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Google fixes Street View as German launch continues     Google released Street View imagery for 20 more German cities on Friday, saying it has improved the process used to blur the properties of those who object to the service.   The wider launch comes about two weeks after Google received complaints over imagery it released for the city of Oberstaufen. Due to a technical problem, iPhone and iPad users were able to see properties for a very short time before the blurring took effect.   The blurring also somewhat partially obscured adjacent properties, a problem Google said it...
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Wiseguy scalpers bought tickets with CAPTCHA-busting botnet     Three California men have pleaded guilty charges they built a network of CAPTCHA-solving computers that flooded online ticket vendors and snatched up the very best seats for Bruce Springsteen concerts, Broadway productions and even TV tapings of Dancing with the Stars.   The men ran a company called Wiseguy Tickets, and for years they had an inside track on some of the best seats in the house at many events. They scored about 1.5 million tickets after hiring Bulgarian programmers to build "a nationwide network of...
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Facebook fixes bug that disabled accounts       Facebook has fixed a bug today that disabled an unknown number of accounts, which appeared to belong to females, according to the complaints posted on the Web.   "Earlier today, we discovered a bug in a system designed to detect and disable likely fake accounts," a Facebook spokesperson said in an e-mail. "The bug, which was live for a short period of time, caused a very small percentage of Facebook accounts to be mistakenly disabled."   Facebook fixed the problem and was in the process of reactivating and notifying affected...
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'Unforgettable' iTunes announcement tomorrow   Apple is advertising an "exciting announcement" for iTunes that the company claims will make tomorrow a day you will never forget. The intriguing ad says that the news will be revealed at 7 a.m. PT on Tuesday, November 16.   Until now, there has been no consensus on which features will come next for iTunes. Some industry insiders have speculated that Apple will announce a cloud-based music management system--perhaps related to new data centers it's building in North Carolina--but others suspect that Apple will announce a subscription-based...
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Researchers take down Koobface servers   Security researchers, working with law enforcement and Internet service providers, have disrupted the brains of the Koobface botnet.   Late Friday afternoon, Pacific Time, the computer identified as the command-and-control server used to send instructions to infected Koobface machines was offline. According to Nart Villeneuve the chief research officer with SecDev Group, the server was one of three Koobface systems taken offline Friday by Coreix, a U.K. Internet service provider. "Those are all on the same network, and they're all inaccessible...
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12 Android Apps to Replace Your Other Gadgets     Need a compass, a flashlight, a voice recorder, or a TV remote? Look no further than your Android phone, augmented with these cool app downloads.   Android phones can do more than just answer calls and take pictures. Like digital Swiss army knives, they concentrate a lot of utilities into a compact, pocket-size device. Straight out of the box, your Android phone is a still and video camera, an address book, a GPS navigator, and even a phone.   But with the right apps, you can also turn it into a flashlight, a remote control, a...

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