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Hackers rob US and global banks of millions in one of the largest heists ever

Banks in Russia, Japan, the US, and Europe have fallen victim to a massive, sophisticated malware hack, allowing the perpetrators to steal hundreds of millions of dollars since 2013. According to a Kaspersky Labs report provided to the New York Times, more than 100 banks in 30 nations have been affected by the breach, with upwards of $ 300 million stolen in the process.

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Instagram makes teens and celebrities angry by killing millions of spambots

A crackdown on spam Instagram accounts has triggered a cataclysm in the world of low-grade social media celebrities. The event, which began today after the photo-sharing service made good on its promise to start deleting millions of fake accounts, has been dubbed the “Instagram Rapture” after the follower counts of apparently popular Instagrammers were savaged. Rapper Tyga saw his followers drop from 5.5 million to 2.2 million, while Ma$ e committed Instagram’s version of seppuku, deleting his account after freefalling from 1.6 million followers to around 100,000.

Some users have revelled in the spam massacre, suggesting that those who have seen the biggest drops are guilty of having purchased fake followers to boost their numbers, while…

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The US Marshals are scanning millions of American phones with fly-by cell towers

Federal agencies have a new way to find people. According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, the US Marshals service has scooping up Americans’ cell phone information by planting fake cell tower devices on board small airplanes. The device, known as an IMSI catcher, sorts through the collected data in search of a specific target’s unique ID, pointing the Marshals to his exact location. The program has been running since 2007, and according to the Journal, agents get a court order for each search, but it is still unclear whether the orders specify the alarming means by which the resulting search is conducted.

The marshals use fake cell towers onboard small airplanes

The attack plays of a basic vulnerability of cell phones:…

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Getty Images releases free iOS app for browsing and sharing millions of images

Six months after shifting its business model to embeddable photos, Getty Images has released an iOS app designed to help you browse and share its massive collection. The app, called Stream, lets you search Getty’s archives to find images that you can legally share and embed for non-commercial purposes on blogs and social media. Or you can browse photo streams created by Getty editors in categories like news, sports, entertainment and “archival,” which highlights photos of historical significance.

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Detroit makes millions from parking meters, but it can’t afford to power them

Sometimes you need to spend money to make money, but that’s easier said than done when there isn’t much money to spend in the first place. Detroit, which last year became the largest American city to declare bankruptcy, is missing out on potentially millions in revenue because just about half of its 3,404 parking meters are out of service, according to city officials. It’s estimated that the city could get an extra $ 6 million in revenue just by getting the rest of the meters in working condition.

Fortunately, it shouldn’t be too difficult to fix the broken meters. The Detroit News reports that most of the meter issues come from small cutbacks in maintenance costs that are ultimately counterproductive. As part of efforts to reduce city…

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Millions of tons of ocean plastic has gone missing

For a decade or more, scientists have assumed our seas carry millions of tons of plastic, much of which should be floating in open water, forming vast midocean “gyres” — islands of man-made mess such as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. But according to a new study, something more worrying is happening to 99 percent of the ocean’s plastic: it’s disappearing.

The study outlines the findings of scientists who trawled the waters around five large ocean gyres in 2010 and 2011. The data they obtained put them far short of the expected amount of plastic in the ocean — rather than millions of tons, the global load of ocean plastic was calculated at 40,000 tons at most. Carlos Duarte, an oceanographer at the University of Western Australia and…

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This document could decide whether Oculus owes ZeniMax millions

The publisher of games like Doom, Quake, The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, and Dishonored issued a legal challenge to virtual reality company Oculus VR earlier today. Since its former employee John Carmack helped improve the Oculus Rift VR headset, warned ZeniMax Media, Oculus would have to pay. Initially, Oculus laughed off the threat, characterizing it as a cash grab timed to intercept the $ 2 billion Facebook deal. But it turns out that ZeniMax has more than threats: it has Oculus founder Palmer Luckey’s signature on a piece of paper.

This is that piece of paper.

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Could the US government really save millions by changing font?

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If you follow typographic news, or if you just read online news, you have probably seen this kid who promised that a simple change of font could save the US government $ 400 million. Hell, he even was interviewed on CNN for that.

While I appreciate Suvir Mirchandani’s creative thinking and the solution he found, things may not be that easy after all.

Thomas Phinney, a typography blogger, took a closer look at the study and well… kind of ripped it apart. He argues that Garamond is smaller and should be set bigger, so the savings may not be that big after all. He also takes a look at the way government prints, which doesn’t match the student’s essay.

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‘House of Cards’ threatens to bail on Maryland unless it gets millions in tax credits

The producers behind House of Cards are channeling Frank Underwood’s ruthless side in negotiations with the state of Maryland. According to The Washington Post, production company Media Rights Capital has threatened to “break down our stage, sets and offices and set up in another state” if it’s not granted millions of dollars in tax credits. Netflix’s popular series has already taken in a large portion of the $ 40 million Maryland has distributed to keep movies and TV shows filming in the state. (Governor Martin O’Malley even visited the set back in May.) But some lawmakers are growing tired of the expense.

Maryland reimbursed Media Rights Capital $ 11 million for season one of House of Cards; season two saw the state up that figure to…

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Toyota recalls millions of Prius hybrids to fix a software glitch

The best-known hybrid vehicle in the world, the Toyota Prius, is being recalled globally by its maker due to a software issue with its engine control unit (ECU). The current ECU settings in the third-generation Prius have been reported to cause some transistors to overheat, which in turn sends the car into a failsafe mode and, under certain circumstances, could cause the hybrid system to shut down while driving. You’ll still be able to bring the vehicle to a stop and Toyota states that no accidents have resulted from this problem, but obviously it’s an issue that needs resolving.

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