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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 16, 2013

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 16, 2013

Welcome to Wednesday evening everyone. This afternoon, what's supposedly the first full image of the rumored HTC M7 leaked out, though it's worth pointing out that what we're seeing is only a render and not an actual device. Facebook today announced free calling over WiFi or mobile data connections for iPhone, instantly making one of the biggest VOIP providers around. We heard a bit about the Galaxy Note III today, with rumors saying that it will come equipped with a 6.3-inch screen and Samsung's new Exynos 5 Octa CPU, while Apple and Amazon have been ordered to meet over their App Store case.

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Anonymous forces Westboro Baptist Church out of Aaron Swartz funeral protest

Anonymous forces Westboro Baptist Church out of Aaron Swartz funeral protest

Over the past week we've seen several reactions to the death of freedom of information activist Aaron Swartz, one of the most disturbing being the planned protest of his funeral by the Westboro Baptist Church. It would appear that today the hacktivist collective known as Anonymous has saved the day, having promised action against the WBC if they did, in fact, show up at the funeral in Highland Park, Illinois. The WBC's lawyer has reportedly since contacted local police, stating that the group would not be attending the vigil - and by the looks of it here the day after the event, they did indeed stay away completely, not a one of them showing up.

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Anonymous hacks MIT with Aaron Swartz memorial & manifesto

Anonymous hacks MIT with Aaron Swartz memorial & manifesto

Hack-collective Anonymous broke into MIT's website over the weekend and subverted it into a tribute to open-access activist Aaron Swartz, the internet hero who committed suicide on Friday last week. Describing the $1m lawsuit Swartz faced for hacking into the JSTOR database as "a grotesque miscarriage of justice," Anonymous also called for "reform of computer crime laws," CNET reports, in addition to "a renewed and unwavering commitment to a free and unfettered internet."

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Anonymous wants DDoS attacks to be a legal form of protest

Anonymous wants DDoS attacks to be a legal form of protest

A petition was posted on the White House's website by Anonymous, which is seeking to have DDoS attacks become a legal form of protest. Distributed denial-of-service attacks are not hacking, the group says, but are instead the equivalent of "hitting the refresh button on a webpage." In doing so, the protesters are occupying a digital space much like a protester outside of a physical business.

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Twitter pulls the plug on Anonymous

Twitter pulls the plug on Anonymous

This afternoon, Anonymous's Twitter account went offline to the horror of thousands of followers and supporters who expressed their collective outrage. Turns out the social network pulled the plug on the hackers' account for posting private info. The account came back a while later, with Anonymous sharing the letter it received from Twitter over the incident.

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Anonymous celebrates Guy Fawkes Day with reported PayPal hack [UPDATE]

Anonymous celebrates Guy Fawkes Day with reported PayPal hack [UPDATE]

In case you don't remember, today is Guy Fawkes Day. Anonymous is trying to make sure that you remember the fifth of November, taking to Twitter today to announce that it has hacked PayPal and made off with nearly 28,000 passwords. According to The Next Web, Anonymous posted these passwords (along with usernames and telephone numbers in some cases) to Private Paste, though at the time of this writing the page linked to by the AnonymousPress Twitter account has been taken down. [UPDATE: PayPal responds below.]

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Anonymous turns its attention toward Zynga

Anonymous turns its attention toward Zynga

Zynga has been in the news a lot lately, but the recent layoffs at the beleaguered social games company have caught the attention of more than just the media. Anonymous isn't all too happy with Zynga at the moment, and it's planning to do something about the company's perceived mistreatment of employees come Guy Fawkes Day. It's then, on November 5, that Anonymous plans to complete "operation maZYNGA," an offensive it has apparently already started.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 12, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 12, 2012

Welcome to Friday, folks. The weekend is here once again, and what better way to kick off the festivities than with a Windows 8 purchase? The new OS went up for pre-order today, while a number of other Windows 8-related stories were popping up all over the place. For instance, we found out that the marketing campaign for Windows 8 cost Microsoft a whopping $1.5 billion, and a collection of HP computers were spotted running Windows 8 on the show floor of one Best Buy store in Minnesota.

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Anonymous cuts ties with Wikileaks over new “paywall”

Anonymous cuts ties with Wikileaks over new “paywall”

Once upon a time, Wikileaks and Anonymous were best friends. Wikileaks would get bullied by "the man," and Anonymous would bring down government websites in retaliation. They seemed to make a good pair, like chocolate and peanut butter or Mario and Yoshi (sorry Luigi). Today, however, it seems that Anonymous wants out of this relationship, despite the fact that Wikileaks could use a lot of help right about now.

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