Monday, February 20, 2017

If you planned to send out a mean Tweet, it might not get very far

Just a week after releasing a trio of tools aimed at dealing with abuse and trolls, Twitter is temporarily limiting the reach of certain messages deemed to be abusive. There are reports that several Twitter users have been notified that some of their account features have been temporarily limited after Tweets were found to be offensive or abusive. Specifically, for 12 hours Twitter will keep the user’s Tweets from being seen by anyone other than their followers. That means if John Tweeted a harassing message to Jen, Peter, who doesn’t follow John, won’t be able to see his messages. (Heat Street)

 

Yahoo’d Again….. Again.

On the same day as a report that said Verizon is renegotiating its offer to buy Yahoo at a $250 million discount, the internet company is warning users that there’s potential their email accounts may have been hacked, for the third time in less than six months. Yahoo confirmed recently that it was notifying users that their accounts may have been accessed illicitly between 2015 and 2016 but declined to say how many people were affected. However, news sources have said that notifications have gone out to a reasonably final list of users and the security investigations are in their final stages. “Based on the ongoing investigation, we believe a forged cookie may have been used in 2015 or 2016 to access your account,” the company wrote in an email to users. Yahoo first mentioned those “forged cookies” by Yahoo in December, when it announced the hack of one billion accounts: The company believes some some bad actors got access to proprietary code in order to forge cookies that let them log into users’ accounts without even having a password, stolen or otherwise. (Consumerist)

 

Spanish woman gives birth to healthy twins at age 64

A doctor in northern Spain says a 64-year-old woman has given birth to healthy twins following her second successful pregnancy at an advanced age. Recoletas Hospital medical director Enrique Martin said Thursday (2/16) that the babies delivered by cesarean section on Tuesday are “perfectly healthy.” The twins are a boy who weighed 2.4 kilograms (5.3 pounds) and a girl who weighed 2.2 kilograms (4.9 pounds.). The mother had her first child at age 58, but her daughter has been in the custody of local authorities since 2014 because she didn’t attend school and was not properly cared for. The Spanish woman became pregnant a second time after seeking in-vitro fertilization in the United States. She is being identified only by her initials, M.I.A. Laws in Spain don’t establish legal limits on the maximum age for assisted reproduction but the Spanish Fertility Society discourages treatments for women over 50. (ABC News)

 

Pigeon caught smuggling a mobile phone into prison after guards spotted inmate trying to catch the bird

A pigeon in Brazil was busted for trying to smuggle a very sought-after item into a prison. Guards at the Franco da Rocha prison caught a pigeon with a cellphone attached to its body. Officials say the bird was trying to deliver the phone to inmates. The guards noticed that some of the inmates were trying to catch the pigeon. Then, one of the guards found a small pouch that contained a cellphone and battery. There’s no word on who actually tried to smuggle in the phone. (Daily Mail)

 

Bumbling would-be burglar fails to break into store with large rock

A bumbling burglar was caught on camera failing to break into a Massachusetts market using a large rock. The Norwood Police Department shared surveillance footage of a man dressed in a hooded sweatshirt as he attempted to break into a local market by hurling a large rock through a glass door. “He has the ability to hurl a 10 pound boulder, multiple times, but lacks the strength to provide proper trajectory in order to gain entry,” police said. The man was eventually able to send the boulder through the glass door after three failed attempts, but couldn’t create a large enough hole to enter the building. “Had he not been scared off by the vehicle seen at the residence behind him, he may still be trying to get in,” police said. K9 Units searched the area the next morning and police are seeking assistance in identifying the suspect in the “somewhat comical” failed burglary. (Norwood PD Facebook)

 

The iconic Nokia 3310 is coming back

The relaunch of the brick-like phone is planned for the end of the month. The Nokia 3310, first launched 17 years ago, has achieved cult status. It was extremely hardy, with a great battery and a now-iconic design. But it was phased out long ago; it’s so old it doesn’t even have a color screen and Nokia lost its market-leading position with the dawn of the iPhone and the smartphone era. HMD Global, the Finnish company that now makes Nokia phones, is reportedly preparing to launch a “modern version” of the 3310 ahead of Mobile World Congress, a mobile industry conference to be held in Barcelona, Spain, on February 26th. (Business Insider)

 

The stubborn man still using his Nokia 3310 after 17 years

The accolades of the Nokia 3310 are numerous. Its durability is legendary, and what without powerful guts or high-resolution display or speedy data connection, its battery life is absurd by today’s standards. But can you still use a Nokia 3310 in the modern world? Dave Mitchell does does so evidently you can. The 49-year-old retired solider bought it back in 2000 and which he took with him to both Iraq and Afghanistan during is 29-year military career. Mitchell has been continuing to his fully functional 3310 despite pressure from friends and family to upgrade.  In 2017, where you are lucky to find a phone with a battery that can last longer than a full day, the 3310’s battery life—which Mitchell puts at 10 days—is a practical superpower. It doesn’t come without downsides however, as all current plans require Mitchell to pay for data plans that he not only doesn’t want, but is totally incapable of using with his ancient handset. But you know what they say: “If it ain’t broke, it’s probably a Nokia 3310.” (The Sun)

 

Squirrel Foils Attempted Theft

A teenager broke into a home in Meridian, Idaho, recently and when he tried to break into a gun safe in the house, he got scratched by Joey, a pet squirrel. Joey’s holed up in the home of Adam Pearl of Meridian since he was found in a flower garden about six months ago. He hasn’t been trained as a security squirrel but reportedly, trained himself to use a litter box. When a teenager broke into the home and tried to break into a gun safe in the house, he got scratched by Joey. Adam Pearl said he’d planned to release Joey into his backyard this spring. But after Joey foiled a burglar, he says, I’m kind of torn. He said that nobody can believe it because who can say they have a squirrel that guards their house? (NPR)

 

Today Is:

*Bean Day
*Love Your Pet Day  (or Love Your Dog Day)  
*Northern Hemisphere Hoodie Hoo Day
*Presidents Day
*World Day for Social Justice

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