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Samsung ad that claims it will take your selfies to the next level

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This advertising campaign for Samsung rides on the popularity of selfies. The text and images that most cell phones and cameras will just let you take shitty selfies, and that their camera will turn your self-pictures into real portraits. For that, they took some of art history’s most famous paintings and recreated how the setting […]

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Gamer claims ‘Donkey Kong’ world record, ending plastic surgeon’s four-year reign

“Dr. Kong” has been defeated. Competitive gamer Robbie Lakeman has snatched the world record for the highest ever Donkey Kong score from Hank Chien. Chien, a plastic surgeon in New York, has held sole possession of the title for nearly four years — earning himself the nickname Dr. Kong. Late Thursday night, Lakeman completed a over three-hour session and earned a score of 1,141,800 — 3,200 points better than Chien’s prior record. The next day, according to Donkey Blog, he called Dr. Kong himself to tell him to relinquish his crown.

The world record for the original arcade version of Donkey Kong, dating from 1981, has been hotly contested for decades. Competitive players sink thousands of hours into mastering the game — and hoping for a…

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Anonymous claims to have brought down several of Israel’s government websites

An arm of the hacking/activist group Anonymous claims to have been conducting a digital attack on Israel’s government websites for over a week now, continually knocking them down and watching them come back online again. The attack is an act of protest against Israel’s treatment of Palestinians, and though the group, AnonymousGlobo, largely hasn’t gone into detail about its views, it’s been tweeting the hashtag #FreePalestine in support of Palestinians’ human rights. So far, websites including those from Israel’s intelligence agency and its Ministry of Justice have been brought down, according to Black Bag, though both have since come back online.

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USAID refutes claims about allegedly subversive Cuban Twitter clone

USAID has denied Associated Press allegations that it created a Cuban alternative to Twitter in order to foment political unrest. Last week, the AP wrote that the foreign aid agency had secretly created a microblogging service called ZunZuneo, intending to recruit users with innocuous topics and then nudge them towards dissent. But USAID has disputed several of the AP’s claims, saying that the program was neither covert nor intended as anything but a platform for free speech. “The article contained significant inaccuracies and false conclusions about ZunZuneo,” writes spokesperson Matt Herrick, calling it “part of a broader effort that began in 2009 to facilitate ‘Twitter-like’ communication among Cubans so they could connect with each…

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Rap Genius claims to have fixed its Google search violations

Rap Genius’s three cofounders have a new reason to pop bottles this weekend: they’ve reportedly resolved their issues with Google, according to a lengthy new blog post detailing how they messed up and how they fixed the problem. Last month, Google penalized Rap Genius for using spammy SEO techniques, pushing links to the popular lyrics website further down in Google search results and causing traffic to Rap Genius to plummet.  Rap Genius quickly apologized and promised to amend its ways (“we overstepped, and we deserved to get smacked,” the cofounders say again in today’s blog post), and the mea culpa appears to have worked. “It takes a few days for things to return to normal, but we’re officially back!” the Rap Genius cofounders…

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Nokia and Samsung say they can’t track powered-down phones despite NSA claims

Earlier this year, The Washington Post claimed that the National Security Agency (NSA) had developed a method nine years ago to locate cellphones when they were powered-down. The publication didn’t provide technical details on the software or hardware involved, leaving security researchers puzzled by the revelations. Seeking clarification on the technologies invoked, British privacy watchdog Privacy International conducted a survey of eight cellphone manufacturers in August to obtain details on how it would be possible to track a cellphone once it’s turned off.

Half of the firms involved in Privacy International’s research have responded, but none of the companies have provided a clear explanation for The Washington Post’s…

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Patent troll Lodsys backs out of lawsuit at last minute to avoid a ruling on its claims

Notorious patent troll Lodsys abandoned a lawsuit on the eve of a trial rather than face the possibility of losing on the merits of his claims, according to the defendant in the case. Security firm Kaspersky Labs, one of dozens of defendants in Lodsys’ two-year-old lawsuit over claims related to in-app purchases, said in a blog post today that Lodsys settled its claims without winning any concessions from Kaspersky. “Churchill was right: ‘Never give up,'” company founder Eugene Kaspersky wrote. “We’ve followed his advice in our fight against a particular troll. As a result the troll gave up and ran away with nothing and its tail between its legs.”

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LinkedIn dismisses claims that it hacked users’ email accounts

LinkedIn is coming out strong against accusations that its been hacking users’ email accounts to send promotional spam. “We do not access your email account without your permission,” Blake Lawit, senior director of litigation at LinkedIn writes in a new blog post. “Claims that we “hack” or “break into” members’ accounts are false.” The statement fights back against a lawsuit alleging that the social network has been breaking into users’ email accounts by pretending to be them.

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Eric Schmidt calls Oracle CEO’s claims about Google ‘simply untrue’

Eric Schmidt’s seen fit to respond to Oracle CEO Larry Ellison’s incendiary anti-Google comments. Specifically, the executive chairman challenges Ellison’s claim that Google “took [Oracle’s] stuff” through its use of Java in Android. Ellison said Google (and CEO Larry Page) acted “absolutely evil” with regards to the $ 6 billion Java legal battle, which Oracle ultimately lost. Schmidt responds today that Ellison’s claims are “simply untrue” in a public post on Google+, explaining that the court’s ruling in Google’s favor “protects a principle vital to innovation: you cannot copyright an idea, like a method of operation.” The argument will likely do little to convince Ellison (he clearly remains unhappy with the jury’s decision that…

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At least five new J.D. Salinger works will be published, documentary claims

J.D. Salinger’s estate will release “at least five” of the author’s unpublished works in a planned sequence starting in 2015, according to the New York Times. The author, whose novel The Catcher in the Rye has become an oft-challenged literary standard for high schoolers, left detailed instructions for the posthumous publishing of his work. One collection of previously unpublished material will reportedly be called The Family Glass, and will focus on the Glass family, which was the subject of Salinger’s 1961 novel Franny and Zooey. Another will be a “retooled version” of the short story The Last and Best of the Peter Pans, an as-yet-unpublished work currently available as a 12-page manuscript at the Princeton University’s Firestone…

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