LinkedIn's leaky network security

Business network gets a pair of black eyes, while Flame continues to burn. Also: welcome to IPv6.

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LinkedIn had a rough week on the security front.

Hours after LinkedIn members reported that their passwords were on a list of stolen passwords, the business-networking site confirmed that some 6.5 million of its members' passwords had been stolen and uploaded to a Russian hacker server. At this point, it's not clear how many of the passwords were cracked.

The damage appears to be somewhat limited in scope of data, the post says, but it's also still unclear how many of the site's more than 160 million users may have been affected. After realizing the problem, LinkedIn disabled the passwords that it believed were "at greatest risk" and sent those users e-mails informing them to change their passwords.
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•  What to do if your LinkedIn password is hacked

LinkedIn's app transmits user data without their knowledge

iOS app collects users' calendar data and transmits it to the networking company's servers, without revealing the transmission to members, two mobile security researchers discover.
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United Nations views Flame as cybersecurity opportunity

Representative for United Nations agency, which has taken credit for helping to discover the Flame malware, tells CNET that world leaders gave agency the "mandate as sole facilitator" for boosting Internet security.
•  Flame malware network based on shadowy domains, fake names
•  Flame virus can hijack PCs by spoofing Windows Update
•  Google warns Gmail users about state-sponsored email hacking

Internet lights up with new IPv6 connections

The next-generation Internet technology has been gradually arriving for years, but it takes a big step forward with the World IPv6 Launch event.
•  Internet powers flip the IPv6 switch (FAQ)
•  Top 5 IPv6-ready wireless routers

Facebook officially launches mobile 'App Center'

The social network is launching its app store with 600 apps, a key part of its nascent mobile strategy.
•  Facebook App Center leaks on iPhone

Import bans over patents cause 'substantial harm,' FTC says

Trade agency suggests limiting the use of bans to block imports based on patents that are part of industry standards.
•  Microsoft-Motorola patent-infringement case to go to trial
•  Apple may seek U.S. ban of Samsung Galaxy S III today

Sean Parker's Airtime video chat service launches

Napster co-founders Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning unveil the Web chat service at an event in New York, but there were some hiccups.
•  Airtime curtails privacy for the sake of safety
•  How Airtime could end up filling Facebook's coffers
•  Sean Parker's Airtime not ready for prime time

Google Maps heading to new directions (pictures)

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Google unveils offline mode for Google Maps

Google says its maps application for mobile can work even without an Internet connection.
•  The next dimension of Google Maps and Google Earth (First Take)
•  New Google Maps kicks iPhone vs Android battle up a notch

Halo 4, SmartGlass lead underwhelming Xbox E3 event

At Microsoft's annual media briefing, the audience was less than impressed by a ho-hum set of announcements. The company unveiled no new hardware, and only a few new games.
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Facebook's IPO will hurt startups, warns Y Combinator founder

The co-founder of the startup incubator sends an e-mail to portfolio companies warning of hard times ahead thanks to Facebook's disastrous performance.
•  Nasdaq plans for $40 million payout for Facebook losses

Facebook eyes strict controls for under-13 access, report says

The world's largest social network is reportedly getting ready to open its service to preteens, but parents would have ultimate control over that experience.
•  Why Facebook needs kids

Will we get a .lol or .google? ICANN's answer due June 13

The organization says it received over 1,900 applications for new generic top-level domains, from big companies, startups, geographical locales, and more.
•  Mmm...Donuts: Domain name company eyes a diverse Web

The transit of Venus a dazzling sight (pictures)

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