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Snapchat Photos Leak, Company Blames “Illegal” Third-Party Apps

A third-party application that can send and receive snaps (something the company forbids in its terms of service) is responsible for the photo leaks, a Snapchat representative said.

A portrait of the Snapchat logo in Ventura, California December 21, 2013.

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Snapchat responded to a reported leak of photos sent through its service this morning, saying it was not a result of a breach of the company's security.

Instead, the company said it was a result of a leak from a third-party application. Such applications access features of the applications developed by companies like Facebook and Google, and in Snapchat's case applications that can send and receive Snaps are at fault. In its terms of service, Snapchat does not explicitly allow third-party applications, and dozens of such applications have been removed from the Google Play and Apple App Store.

“Snapchatters were victimized by their use of third-party apps to send and receive Snaps, a practice that we expressly prohibit in our Terms of Use precisely because they compromise our users' security,” Mary Ritti, a spokesperson for Snapchat, told BuzzFeed News. “We vigilantly monitor the App Store and Google Play for illegal third-party apps and have succeeded in getting many of these removed.”

Third-party apps for Snapchat aren't as popular as they've been for other social platforms like Facebook, particularly due to unreliablity. Recently, Facebook has cracked down on the applications it allows to use Facebook Login, instituting a review process for some apps earlier this year, as reported by BuzzFeed News.

Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel said this week that the company would begin serving its first ads “soon” through the app's Stories feature — a set of snaps that can be viewed in sequence for 24 hours. This monetization push will be a critical element of the company's growth in its way to justifying a reported $ 10 billion valuation. No doubt, another equally important part of that process will be reigning in offenders like the applications that can cause leaks like today's.

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Deadmau5 responds to Disney trademark suit, says company stole his music

Deadmau5 is going on offense in response to Disney’s trademark infringement suit. Last week, Disney moved to block a trademark request filed by the artist, whose real name is Joel Zimmerman, on grounds that the Deadmau5 logo is too similar to the company’s own Mickey Mouse logo. Now Zimmerman and his lawyers have filed a cease and desist letter against Disney, claiming that it used his 2009 hit “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff” without the artist’s permission. On Twitter, Zimmerman linked to short video remix on Disney’s site that shows Mickey Mouse running around a haunted castle to the tune Deadmau5’s track.

Zimmerman has successfully obtained trademark rights in over 30 countries over the years, but Disney is concerned that the trademark, which…

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MakerBot CEO steps down to join new parent company

Bre Pettis has done more than most to bring 3D printing to the masses. But when MakerBot was bought up by industrial giant Stratasys it became clear that things were about to change. One of the first big changes is coming soon as Pettis, a founder of…

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Company behind ‘Settlers of Catan’ actually made the fake board game from ‘Parks and Recreation’

The Cones of Dunshire is every Parks and Recreation fan’s favorite made-up board game, but it turns out wildly complex game isn’t quite as fictional as we all thought. Mayfair Games, the publishers of German board game favorite Settlers of Catan, worked with the show’s producers to design the basic version of Cones used in season six. And now a fleshed-out version of the game as been played in real life. A total of 33 players partook in some Cones action earlier this month at the Gen Con gaming conference in Indianapolis as part of a charity event that raised over $ 20,000.

In the world of Parks and Rec, resident nerd (and huge Settlers fan) Ben Wyatt first came up with the game during a misspent week between jobs. Mayfair Games worked…

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Why Nintendo is a great company plus other great news… but first, A Rant

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A private military company is now providing security in Ferguson, for just one person

A menagerie of armed state and federal agents have filtered in and out of Ferguson, Missouri for more than a week as unrest has grown there, and now even a private military company is joining the mix. Asymmetric Solutions, a PMC that claims to be “capable of deploying highly qualified former special operations personnel” to “anywhere on the globe in a moments notice” will be providing a security detail to an unnamed individual visiting Ferguson.

Asymmetric Solutions announced the job on Twitter, noting that the assignment is saddening and unexpected.

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How One Company Is Building An Internet Connection Through The Arctic Thanks To Climate Change

Arctic Fibre has a $ 620 million plan: to connect London and Tokyo without touching land.

Arctic Fibre

The Gulf of Boothia is a tall, narrow section of the Northwest Passage—the long-sought sea route through the Arctic Ocean—that resembles a Chinese dragon diving down into the Canadian north. For most of Canada's history, and thousands of years before, it was bound in Arctic pack ice: impassable. Over the past fifteen years, that has changed. Ice clearances in the gulf can now last for eight weeks or longer, from August to October.

To the scientific community, that's another drop in the ocean of evidence for climate change. To one Canadian telecom startup, however, it's a chance for an unprecedented, hugely complex business venture: to connect London and Tokyo directly via fiber optic cable.

Arctic Fibre

Later this month, Toronto-based Arctic Fibre will announce major investment from several New York private equity funds. Soon after, the company will begin elaborate marine surveys, now feasible because of the iceless weeks in late summer. They're the final step before laying fiber optic cable along the Arctic Ocean floor. And if climate and commerce permit, by the end of 2016, Arctic Fibre will have built a single, nearly 10,000 mile-long undersea network connection between Somerset, in England's southwest, and Ibaraki Prefecture, on the east coast of Honshu. At a cost of $ 620 million, they will have threaded internet through the Arctic Circle.

It's the latest, and maybe the most ambitious project in the global push to establish fiber optic redundancy, the need for which became glaring six years ago when several cuts of undersea cable in the Mediterranean Sea slowed or even stopped internet traffic across much of Asia. Last month BuzzFeed wrote about the effort to create new, overland internet routes between Europe and Asia:

In the wake of the 2008 disruption, companies on both ends of the Mediterranean route began clamoring for redundancy, or the creation of alternative network links from Europe to Asia. And over the past half-decade, a series of enormous European and Asian telecom consortia have done just that, building four new overland fiber-optic pathways to link Europe to the financial hubs of the Persian Gulf and the booming economies of South Asia…ISPs, banks, and other major companies will readily pay a premium to diversify the source of their internet service and ensure that they aren't vulnerable to future outages.

The new overland cables share one basic problem: They all run through the Middle East or the Caucuses, enormously volatile regions in which conditions are ripe for future service disruptions. The main cable of the Arctic Fibre, on the other hand, except for landings in Europe, Japan, at Cambridge Bay in the Canadian north, will hardly come ashore at all.

That's an enormously enticing prospect for commercial concerns in East Asia and Europe. Says Doug Cunningam, Arctic Fibre's CEO, “I've sat in offices in London, and I've picked up lots of carrier interest in South Korea, Japan, Singapore, and the Chinese will come around as well.”

Still, laying cable across thousands of miles of rugged and topographically varied sea floor poses its own unique challenges. Sea ridges and cliffs can chafe cable to the breaking point; underwater currents can snap cable sideways; cascading rocks on the steep slopes of the Japan Trench could cause dangerous rockslides. For Arctic Fibre to work, the company needs to know where to use double-armored cable, where to give the cable slack, where to pull it taut, and where to bolt it to the seafloor.

That's where the marine mapping comes in. The first set of surveying ships will sail west from Prudhoe Bay on the northern coast of Alaska, south through the Chukshi Sea and Bering Strait (across which Sarah Palin famously glanced Russia), and then southwest to Shemya, at the western tip of the Aleutian Islands. They'll use advanced side-scan sonar, digital cameras, electromagnetic probes, and drills that snatch subsea cores, all in order to measure and characterize the seafloor on which they'll lay cables.

Says Cunningham, “We're going to know within a meter where we're putting this fiber”.


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Square just bought a restaurant delivery company

Here’s something unexpected: Square — the company that turned your cell phone into a credit card reader — just purchased Caviar, a company that delivers food from restaurants that don’t normally deliver. It’s an unexpected acquisition; Caviar is a…

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French company Iliad reportedly wants to buy T-Mobile too

Sprint isn’t the only company hoping to shell out billions for the privilege of scooping up T-Mobile’s US branch; according to the Wall Street Journal, a French company called Iliad wants in on the action as well. Iliad, which owns a mobile operator…

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Savannah Bee Company featured in Google economic report

Savannah Bee Company featured in Google economic report
The company, founded in 2002 by Ted Dennard, was recently featured in Google's Annual U.S. Economic Impact Report, which looks at web savvy companies who use Google Analytics and other web tools to grow their online business. Since 2009, Google …
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Google touts St. Louis startup in annual report
Overall, Google has helped provide $ 1.2 billion of economic activity for Missouri businesses in 2013, the company said. More than $ 650,000 of free advertising was given to 23 Missouri nonprofits through the Google Ad Grants program. For more …
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Google gives lift to SF homeless-shower bus
The cost of fixing the bus up to include showers, two private bathrooms and toiletries was provided by private donations, including some from Google. The Lava Mae bus travels throughout San Francisco, where the city allows the nonprofit to use fire …
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