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Victorian government moves to mollify IT channel

The Victorian government has announced an expanded eServices panel of IT suppliers, in a move that should relieve the industry’s fury at cuts to the industry panel announced in July.
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Perth music app developers score $1.1m

Australian-made iOS app darling Filter Squad has hit one million downloads for its Discovr app and has promptly closed $1.1m in seed funding.
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Researchers propose simple fix to thwart e-voting attack

Researchers have devised a simple procedure that can be added to many electronic voting machine routines to reduce the success of insider attacks that attempt to alter results.
Dan Goodin, 01 Nov 2011
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HP systems group honcho bails after Meg flip-flops

HP has lost the CTO from its PC division after Phil McKinney announced he was leaving the company for semi-retirement.
Iain Thomson, 01 Nov 2011
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Pete Townshend condemns Apple as 'digital vampire'

Pete Townshend, noted windmill guitarist and child pornography investigator, has called Apple's iTunes a "digital vampire", likened it to big-bucks bailout beneficiary Northern Rock, and admitted that yes, he did once want to cut Steve Jobs' balls off.
Rik Myslewski, 01 Nov 2011

Boston University

SCC team profile Boston University is another first-time SC11 Student Cluster Challenge competitor. The application submitted by the BU Terriers made me laugh out loud – it was very well written and genuinely funny. This team has personality, and it’ll be great to have them in Seattle.
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University of Colorado

SCC Team Profile The Colorado Buffaloes are one of five teams returning to the fifth annual Student Cluster Challenge in Seattle next month during SC11. Like Purdue, Colorado has participated in every challenge but has yet to take home the gold medal. (There aren’t any gold medals awarded. Pity.)
Phil Mitchell, 01 Nov 2011
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Purdue University

SCC team profile In five years of Student Cluster Challenge (SCC) action at the annual Supercomputing Conference, Purdue has yet to hoist the championship trophy over their collective heads. (There isn’t a championship trophy, but there should be.) They’ve had an impact, winning the Green Award for most flops/watt in 2008 and 2009, but they haven’t taken either the LINPACK or the overall crown. (There should be a crown too.)
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Nizhny Novgorod State University

SCC team profile This year’s SC11 Student Cluster Challenge will see five returning teams and three teams that are new to the competition (that’s eight total for those keeping track). One of the returning teams is the pride of Russia, the team from Nizhny Novgorod State University (NNSU).

University of Texas

SCC team profile This is the second year the University of Texas Longhorns will compete in the Student Cluster Challenge at the annual Supercomputing Conference. They brought a lot of personality to the competition last year with a “TACC to the Future” theme combining one of their sponsors (University of Texas Advanced Computing Center) with the series of increasingly crappy “Back to the Future” movies.
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Sony Tablet S

Review Sony may be late to the Android tablet party but it has turned up with something rather unusual and hopefully different enough from the iPad to not suffer the attentions of Apple’s hyperactive legal department.
Alun Taylor, 01 Nov 2011
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Computer 2000 taps Widget UK boss to run retail biz

Computer 2000 has lured Widget UK boss Jo-Anne Foreman to head up its retail biz in the UK.
Paul Kunert, 01 Nov 2011
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97% of Three's network traffic is data

Ninety-seven per cent of the traffic carried on the Three network is data, according to a company blog posted this afternoon. Do people even make phone calls anymore?
Anna Leach, 01 Nov 2011
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UK.gov threatens to 'pull plug' on smart meter rollout

Concerns were raised during a committee hearing in Parliament yesterday over the government's £12bn plan to rapidly roll out smart energy meters in the UK by 2019.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Nov 2011
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World heading for massive jobs slump

The early signs of another jobs slump are already apparent, according to the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
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Return of the SALTY DISK BOFFINS

Micron is getting into a spin over STT-MRAM and getting into bed with a Singaporean research institute to develop it.
Chris Mellor, 01 Nov 2011
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Wooden Mars ark voyagers set to step out on Earth

A group of six men who have spent the past 17 months sealed up inside a spaceship simulator near Moscow - in order to investigate the problems which might arise on a mission to Mars - are about to regain their liberty.
Lewis Page, 01 Nov 2011
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Airbus brews Scandium smackdown for carbon Dreamliner

Having made its first commercial flight on October 26, with a chartered promotional flight to Hong Kong, the new 787 Dreamliner enters regular airline service today. This is of course a great excuse for us to talk about the competition between the differing technologies and market visions favoured by rival aerospace colossi Airbus and Boeing.
Tim Worstall, 01 Nov 2011
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Behold: The Gecko-robot wall-climbing tank!

Vid Boffins have taken their inspiration from the gecko to develop a tank robot that can scale completely smooth walls and shuffle along ceilings.
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Beeb measures Blighty in doormats

The BBC's improbable units department was in fine form last week when it decided to quantify the land area of the United Kingdom in doormats.
Lester Haines, 01 Nov 2011
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Asus eyes Android, Windows 8 tablets in 2012

An interesting snippet emerges from Asus' latest financial results presentation: it expects to sell rather fewer tablets in the Christmas period that it did during Q3.
Tony Smith, 01 Nov 2011
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Darth Vader mounts defence of doomed empire

Dixons Retail is turning to the dark side this Christmas by hiring jackbooted camp war mongerer Darth Vader to star in a marketing campaign.
Paul Kunert, 01 Nov 2011
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Android voice assistant shootout

Android App of the Week Special In the absence of anything shiny, the hoi polloi and the media focused on Siri as the The Big Idea at the iPhone 4S launch. Android has supported basic voice commands for ages, but there are now a number of Siri-wannabes in the Market. But are they of any use other than as a bit of mild amusement?
Alun Taylor, 01 Nov 2011
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Too many states are crushing net rights, says Foreign Sec

LCC Too many countries are interfering in their citizens’ right to internet freedom, the Foreign Secretary told the London Conference on Cyberspace (LCC).
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Don't lose sleep over cloud crypto hole, says Amazon

Amazon has played down the significance of a recently discovered vulnerability affecting its flagship Amazon Web Services cloud computing platform.
John Leyden, 01 Nov 2011
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Half of Britain now owns a smartphone

Almost half of the UK population now owns a smartphone, and Google's OS, Android, is leading the race.
Caleb Cox, 01 Nov 2011

Fasthosts downed by dicky Dell switch

A number of websites were taken offline yesterday, and remained down this morning, after a load of servers run by Gloucester-based hosters Fasthosts fell over. Services on the hosting side are back up now, but the outage provoked angry responses.
Anna Leach, 01 Nov 2011
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Canada founded on 'relentless pursuit of beaver'

A Canadian politician has rather deliciously insisted that vast tracts of his nation were opened by "the relentless pursuit of beaver", an agreeable concept that for some reason conjures an image of Silvio Berlusconi furiously paddling a kayak through white water rapids in pursuit of a fleeing supermodel.
Lester Haines, 01 Nov 2011
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Archiving and the cloud

Deep dive Cloud is everywhere. Every day we read news about new cloud applications and new cloud providers. But will it really solve all our problems?
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HTC Sensation XL hip-hops onto UK shelves

HTC's supersize Sensation has landed in Three stores across the UK today.
Caleb Cox, 01 Nov 2011
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Seagate flings twirling terabyte platters at world

All change on the Barracuda front: despite the disastrous floods in Thailand, Seagate will ship its terabyte-per-platter Barracuda desktop drives this month. At the same time it's phasing out its slower rotating Barracuda Green drives and says it will transition the Barracuda XT to hybrid flash and hard disk technology.
Chris Mellor, 01 Nov 2011
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Flooded fabs to ship 48m fewer disks in Q4

Disk drive shipments are set to plummet by nearly 28 per cent in Q4 – 48 million fewer units than a year ago – in the wake of the devastating flooding in Thailand, says beancounter iSuppli.
Paul Kunert, 01 Nov 2011
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ITU showcases protoboffins, hands them £6k each

ITU Telecom World The ITU's Youth Challenge flew 45 young people to Geneva to pitch their innovative ideas, with six of them pocketing around £6,000 each to develop those ideas into products.
Bill Ray, 01 Nov 2011
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Blogger freaks after airport lackey fondles checked-in vibrator

Air travellers in the US can rest easy that they can happily pack sex toys in their luggage after the Transportation Safety Administration began a "removal" action on an errant employee.
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Hague: Web risks turning into city of ghettos

LCC The UK seems to be hoping for some sort of lasting agreement from its gathering of governments and businesses at the London Conference on Cyberspace (LCC).
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Activists tell gov to shove its net censorship plans

LCC As various bods gather in London for a conference on cyber-security, leading online rights campaigners have penned a letter to Foreign Secretary William Hague urging the government to maintain freedom and privacy while promoting security.
Anna Leach, 01 Nov 2011
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The Register Guide on how to stay anonymous (part 1)

It has been a year since I have talked about securing browsers against privacy invasion. In that time, things have got worse, not better. In addition to the threat of malware and malicious scripts, we have the frightening new evercookie.
Trevor Pott, 01 Nov 2011
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Battlefield 3

Review Even the staunchest opponent of all things games would have been hard pushed to avoid the determined advertising campaign waged on us by EA of late. TV spots, billboards, websites, magazines, sides of buses, newspapers, even logos on tanks in one recent London stunt, all liberally displaying brand Battlefield.
Mike Plant, 01 Nov 2011
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Ofcom tarts up telco report with pretty coverage maps

Ofcom has published the first of its triennial reports on the UK's communications infrastructure, but more importantly there are pretty maps too.
Bill Ray, 01 Nov 2011
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The data boom and bust cycle

Broadcast More data more often than not means more disks. It was ever thus - but in these cash-strapped times, just buying more kit is no longer an option. But is it really that easy to stop the growth/spend cycle and make what you’ve already got work harder? Could you solve everything by throwing a bit of elastic cloud storage into the mix, or does that just move the problem?
Phil Mitchell, 01 Nov 2011
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Lovely ‘leccy car breaks out of Oz

It’s the kind of thing that a conference organiser dreams about: a product launch that goes around the world. That’s what last week’s Electric Vehicle Conference in Brisbane got when a local collaboration launched an Australian-built e-sportster.
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Netflix, Amazon ink video streaming deals with Disney

Netflix and Amazon have extended existing content deals with Walt Disney Company in a clear sign that the meeja world wants online video streaming to become big business Stateside and, presumably, beyond.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Nov 2011
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Why can't civil servants keep a grip on their BlackBerrys?

Butter-fingered civil servants are continuing to hurl away their personal tech devices, figures released to the House of Commons yesterday show, with BlackBerrys particularly prone to going walkies.
Joe Fay, 01 Nov 2011
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French nuke biz slapped in mystery cyberattack

French nuclear power group Areva may have fallen victim to an operating system-level electronic attack, which was first detected in September.
John Leyden, 01 Nov 2011
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Cops should help us slay trolls, says Facebook wonk

LCC Police forces need to be better equipped to deal cybercrime and online misbehaviour, a couple of web grandees have declared.
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Calyx owner Better Capital stages reseller roll-up

Private equity house Better Capital has merged seven specialist mid-market software resellers under the m-hance brand with a single management team.
Paul Kunert, 01 Nov 2011
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£2.8m bank Trojan slurp ringleaders jailed

The two ringleaders of a gang that siphoned more than £2.8m from bank accounts were jailed on Monday following an investigation by the Met's Central E-Crime Unit (PCeU).
John Leyden, 01 Nov 2011
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Google explains 'why' ads target user's Gmail

Google has begun telling users of its Gmail service exactly why it is serving up specific ads that creepily refer to the content detailed in individual email correspondence.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Nov 2011
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Facebook, Twitter just tools in Arab Spring

LCC Twitter and Facebook didn’t start the revolutions in the Middle East, but they did accelerate them, according to Yemeni activist Atiaf Alwazir.
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Yahoo! beds! down! with! cookie! sniffing! Interclick!

Yahoo! is buying advertising network Interclick, which is best known in these pages, at least, for winning a lawsuit brought against its cookie respawning and history sniffing techniques.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Nov 2011
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Hyperscale networks need holistic management

If large-scale storage networks were managed in the same way as city road traffic systems the result would be catastrophic, with traffic jams, delayed delivery and lost messages. Network Fabric management, unlike road traffic management systems, has both real-time traffic management and an end-to-end view to find faults fast and fix them.
Chris Mellor, 01 Nov 2011
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Nokia sets release date for Lumia 800

Nokia's Lumia 800 has been given an official launch date here the UK, with punters able to pick one up from 16 November.
Caleb Cox, 01 Nov 2011
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Battlefield 3 is EA's fastest selling videogame. Ever

Battlefield 3 has become the fastest-selling videogame in EA's history, with ten million units leaving the publisher's distribution centres since last week's release. Half of those were picked up by gamers in the space of a few days.
Caleb Cox, 01 Nov 2011
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Miley Cyrus hacker let off with probation

Josh Holly, the self-confessed Miley Cyrus hacker, has avoided jail for unrelated computer crimes, receiving three years' probation at a sentencing hearing on Monday.
John Leyden, 01 Nov 2011
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Chip sales shrink a bit in September

The semiconductor supply chain is bracing for impacts from the flooding in Thailand, but sales were good through the end of September, according to statistics compiled by the Semiconductor Industry Association. Global semiconductor sales hit $25.8bn, up 2.7 per cent sequentially from August. That's the positive spin. The negative spin is that on a year-on-year basis, the SIA reckons that chip sales slipped 1.7 per cent.
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Cameron loves net freedom – as long as no one's rioting

LCC UK Prime Minister David Cameron has insisted that government “doesn’t own the internet, run the internet or shape the internet”, despite having said that he was considering shutting down social media during the London riots.
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Calxeda hurls EnergyCore ARM at server chip Goliaths

Calxeda, formerly known as Smooth-Stone in reference to the river rock that the mythical David used in his sling to slay Goliath, doesn't think the server racket can wait for the 64-bit ARMv8 architecture (announced late last week) to be designed and tested in the next few years.
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HP Project Moonshot hurls ARM servers into the heavens

Hewlett-Packard might have been wrestling with a lot of issues as CEOs and their strategies come and go, but the company's server gurus know a potentially explosive business opportunity when they see it.
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Open Rights Group denies Netflix is coming to the UK

Parliament's Business Select Committee heard some interesting news today, as they mulled the Hargreaves Report’s recommendations. Executive director of the Open Rights Group Jim Killock told MPs that the UK’s copyright laws were deterring investors and new businesses. Alas, he could have picked a better example.
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Nov 2011
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Native Gmail app coming to iPhone, iPad?

The word on the street is that a Gmail app for iOS is about to hit Apple's App Store. If true, not only would iPhone and iPad Gmailers benefit, but Android device makers would lose one of their advantages over Apple's iDevices.
Rik Myslewski, 01 Nov 2011
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The Silicon Valley mirror-tocracy

Open ... And Shut In the latest round of Silicon Valley navel-gazing, CNN's recent airing of Black in America gets technology prophet and pundit Michael Arrington on the record as not "know[ing] a single black entrepreneur."
Matt Asay, 01 Nov 2011
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Asian countries dominate global spam deluge

Asian countries collectively relayed more than half (50.1 per cent) of the world's spam last quarter.
John Leyden, 01 Nov 2011
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Activision banned me from Call of Duty gig, says exotic performer

Dutch adult entertainment star and - apparently - avid gamer Kim Holland was uninvited from a VIP Call of Duty bash after Activision discovered what she does for a living.
Caleb Cox, 01 Nov 2011
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Biden: The internet ain't broke, let's not fix it

LCC US Vice President Joe Biden has made it clear that America is not interested in the sort of global internet rules that China and Russia have been calling for.
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Chinese orbital docking starts long march to space station

China has successfully launched an unmanned capsule into orbit and is beginning to maneuver it into place for the nation’s first orbital docking.
Iain Thomson, 01 Nov 2011

Samsung demands iPhone 4S source code in Aussie row

Samsung is demanding the source code of the iPhone 4S firmware, while Apple wants copies of Samsung's contract with Qualcomm and both companies are looking to France in their Australian case.
Bill Ray, 01 Nov 2011

Bill Gates strangled Microsoft's 'tablet for creatives'

New details have emerged about who, why, and how Microsoft killed off its Courier dual-display tablet 18 months ago. The simple answers: Bill Gates, Windows, and abruptly.
Rik Myslewski, 01 Nov 2011
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Critical Windows zero-day bug exploited by Duqu

The Duqu malware used to steal sensitive data from manufacturers of industrial systems exploits at least one previously unknown vulnerability in the kernel of Microsoft Windows, Hungarian researchers said.
Dan Goodin, 01 Nov 2011
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AT&T to offer first LTE phones this Sunday

AT&T has announced that the first two phones for its nascent LTE network – the HTC Vivid and the verbosely monikered Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket – will be available this Sunday, November 6.
Rik Myslewski, 01 Nov 2011
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Adobe buys Auditude

Adobe continues to spend up expanding its advertising business with the acquisition of Auditude, an online video ad management platform.
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OpenBSD 5.0 reveals MAD-themed release

The OpenBSD Foundation has released version 5.0 of the popular operating system and has made it available for download – or for purchase via CD if you want the bonus party pack.
Iain Thomson, 01 Nov 2011
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Curtin Uni inks instrument contract for WA radiotelescope

Curtin University has awarded a $AU1.3 million contract to Fremantle-based Poseidon Scientific Instruments to supply electronics packages for the Murchison Wide-field Array telescope.
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NZ ISP piracy law kicks in

New Zealand’s first crop of internet content stealers will soon receive copyright infringement notices under the recently introduced ‘Skynet’ law.
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Canberra ATM cracker refused bail

A chronic gambler from the ACT has been denied bail over charges that he stole money from ATMs in late October.
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Cray results suffer from AMD delays

Advanced Micro Devices has made business tough for supercomputer maker Cray once again. But it won't get a third chance.
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Riverbed joins OpenStack gang

Riverbed has become the latest vendor to take formal membership of the OpenStack community.
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Army of 'socialbots' steal gigabytes of Facebook user data

Updated A small array of scripts programmed to pass themselves off as real people stole 250 gigabytes worth of personal information from Facebook users in just eight weeks, researchers said in an academic report to be presented next month.
Dan Goodin, 01 Nov 2011