The hack felt 'round the Web (week in review)
Gawker breach leads to password security panic, while WikiLeaks' Julian Assange is released on bail. Also: Mark Zuckerberg is named Time's Person of the Year.
A data breach at Gawker Media last weekend had a ripple affect for sites all over the Web.
Gawker's, and passwords, usernames, and e-mail addresses for about 1.3 million user accounts were posted on the BitTorrent site Pirate Bay. Passwords were encrypted with technology, but weak passwords can easily be cracked.
People who use the same password on multiple sites are at risk of having their accounts on those other sites compromised. This happened already on Twitter, with some accounts being used to send spam shortly after the Gawker breach was publicized. (To find out how to check if you are at risk and get more details about the incident.)
Compromised data was in computer system of database management firm hired by a marketing business partner of the fast-food company.
McDonald's warns customers about data breach
WikiLeaks' now-famous spokesman emerges from Wandsworth Prison and tells crowd of journalists and supporters that he hopes to "continue" his work.
Facebook founder beats out world leaders and controversial figures for the title, bestowed on the person who has "done the most to influence the events of the year."
Rebuffing the Justice Department, judges insist on warrants because e-mail records give police "the ability to peer deeply" into someone's activities.
Chrome accounts for nearly 10 percent of browser usage. Google would like more and is looking to corporate use for further adoption.
As it cuts costs and head count, Yahoo is also shutting down a number of social-media services that have fallen out of use or never made the company much money.
Program powered by an IBM Power7 server will compete against "Jeopardy" superstars Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter in a contest to air in February.
A study of 10 years of data shows that falling solar PV panel prices and more competition among installers are resulting in lower prices, with dramatic price drops in 2010.
Home solar costs falling with industry scale
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