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North Korea blames US for internet outage, calls Obama a reckless ‘monkey’

North Korea believes it is being punished for a crime it did not commit. KCNA, the North’s state-run media outlet, has published an official statement from an unidentified spokesperson that accuses the US of shutting down the country’s internet access earlier this week.

“The United States, with its large physical size and oblivious to the shame of playing hide and seek as children with runny noses would, has begun disrupting the Internet operations of the main media outlets of our republic,” reads the statement.

Insults were flung

Among other insults, the government spokesperson blames President Obama personally for the release of The Interview, adding in an apparent racial slur: “Obama always goes reckless in words and deeds like a…

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Dropbox users claim email addresses leaked to spammers, company blames 2012 security breach

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Dropbox users are reporting spam coming to unique email addresses used for the cloud storage service. In a forum thread from yesterday, a user complained that a Dropbox-specific address had been receiving spam since February 20th, suggesting that the address had been exposed. After a moderator dismissed the claim by saying that spammers might have guessed the address randomly, several other people raised the same issue, most with addresses that were used only for Dropbox. They generally reported spam starting around the 19th or 20th.

About an hour ago, after the issue gained traction on Hacker News, a Dropbox employee posted a response:

We’ve been looking into these spam reports and take them seriously. Back in July we reported…

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New York senator blames newspaper’s gun map for local burglary

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A Republican state senator from New York is blaming a controversial handgun map for the recent burglary of a gun owner’s residence in White Plains. According to Newsday, at least two burglars broke into the home on Saturday evening, as part of an effort to rob the owner’s gun safe. Local police say the were unable to open the safe, and that one of the suspects has already been taken into custody.

The house in question was included on a map showing the locations of gun permit owners in New York, compiled through Freedom of Information requests. Originally published by The Journal News, the Google-powered map displayed the names and home addresses of people with pistol or revolver permits in several New York counties. The paper has come…

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New York senator blames newspaper’s gun map for local burglary

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A Republican state senator from New York is blaming a controversial handgun map for the recent burglary of a gun owner’s residence in White Plains. According to Newsday, at least two burglars broke into the home on Saturday evening, as part of an effort to rob the owner’s gun safe. Local police say the were unable to open the safe, and that one of the suspects has already been taken into custody.

The house in question was included on a map showing the locations of gun permit owners in New York, compiled through Freedom of Information requests. Originally published by The Journal News, the Google-powered map displayed the names and home addresses of people with pistol or revolver permits in several New York counties. The paper has come…

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Aaron Swartz’s family releases statement, blames overreaching prosecutors for his untimely death

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The family of famed Reddit co-founder and political activist Aaron Swartz has released a statement following the 26-year-old’s suicide on Friday. Remembering Aaron for his “insatiable curiosity, creativity, and brilliance,” the family goes on to say that the federal government’s overzealous prosecution contributed to his death.

The government had called for a 35-year sentence after Swartz allegedly used a Python script to offload a large quantity of JSTOR documents from an unlocked maintenance closet at MIT in January of 2011. The federal indictment came after JSTOR dropped its own charges against Swartz, who had legal access to the database.

The family identifies Aaron’s death as “not simply a personal tragedy. It is the product of a…

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Fujitsu blames tepid Windows 8 demand for lackluster PC sales

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Microsoft has bet the farm on Windows 8 and its new modern-style interface, but it seems that not everyone is ready to get on board with the tiles and colors just yet. Earlier reports had claimed that demand for Windows 8 hasn’t lived up to Microsoft’s own internal expectations, and now Fujitsu, an important partner for Microsoft, is blaming its poor PC sales performance on the lack of interest in Windows 8. According to a report from Bloomberg, Fujitsu president Masami Yamamoto pointed to the “weak” demand for Windows 8 as a reason why Fujitsu won’t make its shipment target for new computers in 2012. Microsoft apparently pointed the finger at manufacturers in its own internal reports, but now manufacturers are turning the blame right…

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Mayor Bloomberg blames Apple thefts for rise in New York City crime rate

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New York City’s annual crime rate is about to increase for the first time in 20 years, with city officials (and Mayor Michael Bloomberg) squarely laying the blame on a sharp jump in Apple-related thefts. As of Monday, the city had logged 108,432 major crimes throughout the five boroughs — 3,484 more compared to where things stood at this point last year. In particular, police have seen a dramatic rise in thefts involving Apple hardware, which are up 3,890 year-over-year. If not for the allure iPhones and iPads present to thieves, officials maintain, the city would instead be enjoying a drop in overall crime including the lowest number of homicides on record. “If you just took away the jump in Apple, we’d be down for the year,”…

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Microsoft executive blames cybercrime for delayed mobile strategy

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With over 100 million iPads sold, the one thing everyone can agree on about Surface is that Microsoft has a lot of ground to make up in the tablet and mobile market. That’s not entirely the company’s fault, however, argues one executive in an interview with the Spiegel. According to Craig Mundie, Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer, the company’s huge volume in desktop computing made it “basically the only target” for hackers and cybercriminals, and the time spent fighting these off delayed an entry into the mobile space.

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