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Facebook ‘Spam King’ pleads guilty, faces 3 years in jail

Facebook ‘Spam King’ pleads guilty, faces 3 years in jail

Sanford Wallace, the so-called ‘Spam King’ of Facebook, has plead guilty to sending in excess of 27 million spam messages using the social network. This is a legal matter that stretches back years, and involves approximately 500,000 Facebook accounts that were compromised. Wallace, now 47, plead guilty yesterday to using Facebook for mass spamming in 2008 and 2009. Wallace plead guilty to both fraud and criminal contempt — he is said to have violated a court order that had barred him from accessing Facebook. Sentencing will not take place until this upcoming December.

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Amazon launches booze (and more) delivery service in Seattle

Amazon launches booze (and more) delivery service in Seattle

Amazon has brought its Prime Now service home, announcing its launch in Seattle, Redmond, Kirkland, and Bellevue. With Prime Now, the retailer’s Prime subscribers can get one-hour delivery for a variety of goods that would otherwise be ordered and shipped via post, including everything from a Kindle to a case of beer. Amazon says that “tens of thousands of items” are available for Prime Now delivery; the service has previously launched in other big cities and their surrounding regions, and will continue to expand into other cities in the future.

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McAfee claims Ashley Madison breach ‘was an inside job’

McAfee claims Ashley Madison breach ‘was an inside job’

On Monday, John McAfee published a long statement claiming he knows who is behind the Ashley Madison hack, and that it wasn't some faceless collective of hackers. Rather, he says a "lone female operative" who worked for the site's parent company Avid Life Media is to blame, and that he is "confident" in saying so. McAfee is, of course, the founder of the anti-virus software by the same name, and in the recent past was living life briefly as a fugitive amidst murder claims and more.

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Court: FTC can sue companies for failing to protect customer data

Court: FTC can sue companies for failing to protect customer data

Wyndham Worldwide Corp. must face a case against it from the Federal Trade Commission, a US appeals court has ruled. The case is in regards to Wyndham’s alleged failure to protect its customers’ data. In both 2008 and 2009, Wyndham suffered three cyberattacks that ultimately left in excess of 619,000 card accounts vulnerable. Many consumers were then hit with fraudulent charges after the Russian hackers behind the breach disseminated the stolen information.

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Intocircuit 11200mAh portable battery mini-review

Intocircuit 11200mAh portable battery mini-review

Though they take up little space in your bag, a portable battery is a godsend for frequent travelers, or for those times you end up being away from a charging station longer than anticipated. A portable battery is only as useful as its ability to charge your phone, however, and there's one big downside with most portable batteries: you can't see how much charge they have left, or you have to guesstimate using a few LED indicators. Enter the Intocircuit 11200mAh battery -- it has a built-in display showing the percentage of charge left, among other things.

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NASA’s new Ceres photo zooms in on shiny mystery mountain

NASA’s new Ceres photo zooms in on shiny mystery mountain

If case you haven’t been following closely, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has been sending back photos from the dwarf planet Ceres over the past several months, each one showing the celestial body more clearly as the spacecraft grows closer. Soon after the pictures began rolling in, NASA had a mystery on its hands: bright spots shining in an otherwise dull and dim landscape. As it grew nearer, the photos also revealed a cone-shaped mountain. Dawn recently sent back a close up shot of one shiny structure, but the puzzle is no closer to being solved.

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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II unveiled: 16MP, 5-axis stabilization

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II unveiled: 16MP, 5-axis stabilization

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II camera has been officially unveiled after months of speculation and leaks. This is the successor to the Olympus OM-D E-M10, a popular model in its own right. The camera maker hails the new OM-D E-M10 Mark II as an entry-level camera body joined by 5-axis image stabilization. Olympus promises its newest OM-D model is both small and more ergonomic than previous models. The most notable feature with the camera is 5-Axis Voice Coil Motor (VCM) Image Stabilization, but that’s hardly all it has to offer, with other features including everything from integrated photo filters to advanced low-light shooting.

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BlackBerry Passport with Android Lollipop shows up in video

BlackBerry Passport with Android Lollipop shows up in video

We’ve known for a while now that BlackBerry is looking to add Android to its own hardware, and in recent times we’ve seen the slider codenamed Venice which is purported to be the first BlackBerry phone running Google’s OS. Now a new video has surfaced showing the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition running Android Lollipop, hinting that we might be seeing Android versions of BlackBerry’s existing models.

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Rockstar Editor will have new features on PS4, Xbox One

Rockstar Editor will have new features on PS4, Xbox One

Rockstar Editor will have new features when it arrives on the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One, it has been announced. The editor will be arriving on the consoles with the next Grand Theft Auto V update, allowing gamers to capture and edit their in-game footage. The editor is nothing new, but the features coming to the next-gen consoles are. The update will be arriving next month, and the new Rockstar Editor features will also be made available on the PC.

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Nintendo details games, amiibo lineup for rest of 2015

Nintendo details games, amiibo lineup for rest of 2015

Nintendo has revealed its plans for the remainder of 2015, including the roster of games it has in the pipeline. Among the plans is a new exclusive Super Mario Maker Wii U bundle that will be offered through Walmart retail stores and online. The bundle will bring with it the game and Idea Book, as well as a 30th Anniversary Mario Modern Color amiibo. That bundle will be available starting September 11 for $299.96 USD. There will be several new amiibo figures and a slew of new titles, as well.

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Yamaha’s new Silent Guitars are electric, boast acoustic sound

Yamaha’s new Silent Guitars are electric, boast acoustic sound

This summer, Yamaha debuted its new line of SLG200 Silent Guitars in the United States, and they’re now shipping to customers. The guitars feature a sleek body with an open design and integrated technology that produces sounds akin to “a full-bodied acoustic guitar.” Yamaha is offering nylon and steel versions spanning three color options, all of which feature a headphone jack for plugging in the included earbuds (or your preferred headphones). When headphones are used, the guitars are nearly silent, allowing them to be used in shared living spaces, apartments, and other places where silence is necessary.

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‘Anakin’ is now one of the top 1,000 US baby names

‘Anakin’ is now one of the top 1,000 US baby names

The U.S. Social Security Administration has revealed that "Anakin" is now one of the top 1,000 baby names in the United States. The administration released its latest list of popular baby names in the United States this summer, and we see more than a handful that are likely inspired by popular culture -- Khaleesi, for example, outranked Anakin last year in the top 1,000 baby name chart. Still, Anakin is gaining ground and joining the likes of "Luke" and "Leia" among the top charts.

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