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Hackers are cashing out after stealing credit card numbers from Lush’s UK website, which was shut down on Friday and replaced with a message that warns customers that their account information may have been compromised.

According to the message, anyone who made online purchases on the handmade cosmetic company’s UK site between October 4th and January 20th is at risk of having their credit cards used fraudulently.

Lush also left a message for the hacker:

“If you are reading this, our web team would like to say that your talents are formidable. We would like to offer you a job – were it not for the fact that your morals are clearly not compatible with ours or our customers.”

We’re sure that the hackers are absolutely broken up about the scolding — especially since comments on the cosmetic company’s Facebook profile make it clear that they have started a shopping spree on Lush customers’ dime.

Several customers detail purchases made using their stolen credit card information. Others express anger over the length of time that Lush waited after discovering that hackers had penetrated the site on Christmas Day.

Hilary Jones, ethical director at Lush, told the BBC that the company used the time between Christmas and Friday to investigate what the hacker’s intentions were (perhaps they were just looking for information on bath soaps?). When it became obvious that the hackers had started to make small test purchases using Lush customers’ credit cards, Lush shut down its site.

Other companies like Trapster-maker Reach Unlimited and Gawker Media, on the other hand, notified customers almost immediately when their sites were compromised recently.

A temporary Lush UK website, which prudently will only accept PayPal payments, is scheduled to be launched in a few days. But it might be a while before its customers muster enough forgiveness to shop there.

 

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LONDON: Experts have come up with a new application for the iPhone that has the ability to read minds.

The XWave enables users to control on-screen objects with their minds as well as train their brains to control attention spans and relaxation levels.

It works via a headset strapped around the user’s forehead, plugging into the iPhone jack.

A state-of-the-art sensor within the device can then read the user’s brainwaves through the skull, converting them into digital signals before displaying them in various colours on the iPhone screen.

And as the mind focuses on a particular task the graphics change, indicating the user’s level of concentration or relaxation.

The device is the latest in the field of emerging mind-controlled games and devices.

Innovations giant PLX Devices developed the high-tech sensor using technology that has for years been used by doctors to treat epilepsy and seizures in patients.

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Welcome to Panasonic’s Jungle

Panasonic’s new portable online games machine, The Jungle, is out of the bag and now 100% official. What’s the company line on the handheld designed exclusively for online gaming and MMORPGs?

The Jungle’s official web site calls it a “new mobile device concept designed specifically for online gamers,” a “mean little machine features a kick ass display, touch pad, keyboard, and other gaming controls,” they claim.

What’s it for? Well, The Jungle will someday be able to play a mix of “content” and “experiences.” In real world speak, that means The Jungle will at least be compatible with the browser-based MMO from SyFy and BigPoint, Battlestar Galactica Online. The new platform’s web site also makes a couple references to free-to-play browser game RuneScape as well, so don’t be surprised if Jagex’s fantasy MMORPG announced at some point.

The Jungle’s creators say they’re “working with leading online game developers to create some exciting new content.” Sure sounds like The Jungle will be able to play many browser-based MMOs and may have the ability to serve as your on-the-go Farmville player, but probably isn’t up to the task of running World of Warcraft remotely.

The platform holder is also working with video game web site Machinima.com on a “hilarious” new show call Online Underground, which looks to feature the platform’s cartoon mascots delivering “news and information in the world of online gaming.”

No date has been specified for The Jungle.

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More details have emerged about Facebook’s plans to launch a smart phone, with reports that the social networking site is working with handset maker INQ Mobile. Bloomberg writes that INQ could launch two Facebook smart phones in Europe in the first half of 2011, followed by the United States later in the year.
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Bloomberg’s sources indicate the phones might be branded AT&T in the U.S. although the carrier is still considering whether to carry the phones. It’s understood they would run on Google’s Android mobile operating system and may not carry Facebook branding.

Mobile is increasingly important to Facebook, with about one in four of the 500 million users already logging into the site while on the move. That number will likely continue to grow as smart phones become more widespread and location check-in services such as Places take off. It’s also important for Facebook from a revenue perspective that mobile game players can buy the Facebook Credits virtual currency with the phones to support their game habit on the go.

I don’t think a Facebook-branded mobile phone makes a whole lot of sense. The company is known for its services not actual gadgets so it would confuse the brand message to launch its own phones. (However, I would have said the same thing about branding phones with the name of the phone network and that practice seems relatively common).

The best scenario for Facebook would be if all smart phones – whether Android, Apple’s iPhone or Blackberry – ran the social networking site smoothly. Since Facebook is unlikely to be allowed input into either the iPhone or Blackberry, it makes sense for it to work with Android developers to ensure that it gets the features it wants.

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Navigating maps on computers and mobile devices can still be a clunky experience, especially when you try to search for places on a map. Typically, on Google Maps or Bing Maps, you get a bunch of virtual pushpins for each place which you can click on for more information.

UpNext, a 3D mapping startup based in New York City, brings that information forward in amore fluid way in the latest release of its iPad app. As you push the 3D map around with your fingers, labels for specific searches or your friends’ recent Foursquare checkins pop open as they come into view. UpNext calls this the Fluid Labeling System, and you can see it in action in the video above.

The app, which is also available on the iPhone, now covers eight cities: New York, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Portland, San Francisco, and Austin. The apps are free, and they’ve been downloaded 170,000 times—not terribly much, but it is a good example of where map apps could be going. It renders each city in full 3D and lets you dive into each building to find the businesses inside.

As far as the Fluid Labeling goes, anything that eliminates an unnecessary tap is good in my book, but this is really just an improvement on the existing map UI that is now commonplace. Is there a better way to display information about places on a map than through pushpins?

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Apple’s just opened up a new section of the App Store. Called “Try Before You Buy,” it lets users test drive a limited selection of apps before purchasing them.

Unfortunately, this trial period doesn’t apply to all the paid apps in the store — not yet, at least. For now, the section only contains the freemium, “lite” or ad-supported versions of apps whose full versions are in the pay-to-play section of the store. If the app doesn’t have a free version already in the App Store, it won’t appear in Try Before You
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You’ll still have to download and pay for the full versions of these apps if you want to test or try the real thing; most of the free or lite apps are pared-down versions with less extensive feature sets.

You can find this new section under the “Free on the App Store” heading. The section currently holds 98 apps, including the “lite” renditions games such as Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown, Metal Gear Solid Touch and Labyrinth 2 and free adaptations of apps such as Moodagent and AccuTerra.

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iPhone4 evoke is ongoing – Daily Mail reported some days before; on the other hand Apple hasn’t announced any plans to evoke such phone; UK publications source announced that it was just a tweet from a fake Twitter account from Steve Jobs.

As @ceoSteveJobs is a parody twitter account – even if you don’t read the bio, it should have been apparent from the tweets, which comprise lines like

“Be careful not to leave your #iPhone4 at the Genius Bar on the way out of the store. Gizmodo might pick it up,”

Well, its really rigid to imaging that Apple didn’t knew about the signal issue as Daily Mail heaved the original story with a state that this recall was coming; and all the issues that users having with the signal loss when the new iPhone4 is in the way.  The concerned persons and engineers at the company doubtless declared that do not expect a recall for that reason.

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Reflection:

Don’t be amazed this not the first time something happened that Daily Mail published story only on the basis on a tweet from a fake account;

That’s why twitter has been implemented a system for verifying the accounts; of the vital people and publications

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