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In an effort to root out impostors, Facebook will reportedly soon allow celebrities and other public figures to verify their accounts in much the same way that Twitter does.
The social network will begin notifying public figures with many subscribers tomorrow that they can verify their accounts by submitting an image of a government-issued ID, allowing them to display a preferred pseudonym instead of their birth name, according to a TechCrunch report. Facebook will then manually approve the "alternative names" to confirm they are the real stage names or pen names.
Facebook users must be chosen to participate … Read more
Monster and Dr. Dre spearheaded the trend of celebrity-endorsed headphones, starting with the eponymous Monster Beats by Dr. Dre and Lady Gaga's own signature earbuds. But an increasing number of artists are partnering with other manufacturers for their own collaborations.
Signeo announced the Soul by Ludacris headphone series at CES 2011, and 50 Cent stopped by the CNET stage this year to demo his own wireless cans, but does a celebrity shout-out mean that those devices sound better than the competition?
Check out the following list to get the real scoop on all these new headphones supported by famous musicians.… Read more
Following an employees' memorial to its late co-founder, Apple is posting a video recording of the event on its Web site.
Apple held the Steve Jobs celebration for its employees at its headquarters and at its retail locations on October 19.
The video was visible a first, but later the Celebrating Steve page said. "Available soon. Please check back later." (As of 9:45 a.m. PT Monday, the page and video are up and running just fine.)
Former Vice President and Apple board member Al Gore spoke, as did new chief executive Tim Cook and Apple design … Read more
The PlayStation Vita won't be out for the holidays, Apple stores are closing during a memorial for Steve Jobs, and Android's Ice Cream Sandwich version comes with several new camera features.
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The FBI today arrested a Florida man accused of hacking into e-mail accounts of Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera, and dozens of other celebrities, and releasing stolen photos of them to the Web.
Authorities arrested Christopher Chaney, 35, of Jacksonville, Fla., as part of an 11-month investigation officials dubbed "Operation Hackerazzi," according to a statement from the FBI in Los Angeles.
The 26-count indictment, unsealed yesterday, charges Chaney with unauthorized access of protected computers, wiretapping, identity theft, and damaging computers. He faces as much as 120 years in prison if convicted of all charges. Officials said they will likely … Read more
Apple's celebration of the life of co-founder Steve Jobs for its employees is set to take place later this month, as outlined in a company-wide e-mail sent by Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook this morning.
The correspondence, which was posted by French site Mac Generation this afternoon and later confirmed by Reuters, says that the company plans to hold the private event on October 19 at the company's headquarters in Cupertino, Calif.:
Team, Like many of you, I have experienced the saddest days of my lifetime and shed many tears during the past week. But I've found some comfort in the extraordinary number of tributes and condolences from people all over the world who were touched by Steve and his genius. And I've found comfort in both telling and listening to stories about Steve.
Although many of our hearts are still heavy, we are planning a celebration of his life for Apple employees to take time to remember the incredible things Steve achieved in his life and the many ways he made our world a better place. The celebration will be held on Wednesday, October 19, at 10am in the outdoor amphitheater on the Infinite Loop campus. We'll have more details on AppleWeb closer to the date, including arrangements for employees outside of Cupertino.
I look forward to seeing you there.
A company spokesman did not respond to CNET's request to ascertain the e-mail's validity. Several other e-mails from Cook have leaked out following his appointment as CEO in August. One shared with the public following Jobs' death on Wednesday noted that the company was planning such a celebration of his life for company employees.
Rafe Needleman joins us on the show today to discuss the dropping stock prices of RIM, Netflix and HP.How low will they go? We take a closer look at Scarlett Johansson's hacking scandal and Rafe shares with us a very special video about taxidermy. All this and more on today's BOL.Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
The FBI office in Los Angeles is investigating a series of hacking incidents targeting high-profile victims.
"The FBI is investigating a person or group responsible for computer intrusions of high-profile figures," FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller told CNET in a phone interview today.
Eimiller said she couldn't say how many alleged victims there may have been, but estimated that there were "dozens." The investigation has been going on since late 2010, she said.
The news follows leaks of celebrity photos reported in previous months. In March, Vanessa Hudgens met with the FBI after nude photos of her were allegedly stolen from her Gmail account and released online, TMZ reported at the time.
It's unclear who is behind the Johansson incident and whether all of the reported cases are linked or even legitimate.
Unlike corporations, which typically shun publicity for hacking, celebrities--whose careers seem to rise and fall with headlines--may have a motivation for going public with hacking claims, either to get attention or to deflect bad publicity. Meanwhile, celebrities are an attractive target for headline-seeking hackers. Sometimes it's difficult to link the attack to a specific party. … Read more
Move over, Cameron Diaz, there's a new leader in the race to be the "world's most dangerous celebrity."
Former Victoria's Secret model and current host of "Project Runway," Heidi Klum is the Internet's "most dangerous celebrity," security firm McAfee announced today. According to McAfee, when people type Klum-related queries into a search engine, nearly 10 percent of the results are "malicious."
"Fans searching for 'Heidi Klum and downloads,' 'Heidi Klum and 'free' downloads,' 'Heidi Klum and screensavers,' 'Heidi Klum and hot pictures' and 'Heidi Klum and videos' … Read more