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This Day in Tech: Tracking the hacks; app-building for Windows 8

Too busy to keep up with today's tech news? Here are some of the more interesting stories from CNET for Friday, June 17.

Boonsri Dickinson
Boonsri Dickinson is a multimedia journalist who covers science, technology, and start-ups. She is a contributing editor at CBS SmartPlanet, and her work has appeared in Wired, New Scientist, Technology Review, and Discover magazine. E-mail Boonsri.
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Too busy to keep up with today's tech news? Here are some of the more interesting stories from CNET for Friday, June 17.

Apple, Google clouds can't snub publishers
The influence of music publishers is growing, and one man is leading them to what they hope is more digital music dollars. More

Keeping up with the hackers
This handy chart provides a timeline of the computer attacks and hacks that have happened over the past few months. More

Web apps get ultimate endorsement: Win 8
Web-style programming in the next generation of Windows is a radical break for Microsoft. But there are reasons to expect that it will help draw programmers, not just alienate them. More

Facebook readying launch of iPad app?
Social-networking giant plans to introduce a free app in the coming weeks tailored especially for the tablet's touch-screen interface, according to a report. More

Aboard the world's largest model train collection
Every year more than a million people visit Miniatur Wunderland, featuring 900 trains, eight miles of track, an airport, and dioramas from several countries.More

Microsoft tries accelerating mobile Web progress
Following its strategy for promoting IE9 for PCs, Microsoft has launched a Web site. More

Sony Handycam NEX-VG10 image samples
While it produces solid video with good color and dynamic range, the VG10 should be better for the money. More

Suppliers ready collision-avoidance systems for mass-market vehicles
Collision-avoidance systems that combine radar and a camera soon may be ready for mass-market vehicles. More

CNET Roadside Assistance 017: Don't be idling (podcast)

On this episode of Roadside Assistance we tackle of the subject of car idling, Honda's noise cancelling, and making a right turn on red. More

Nielsen: Smartphone data usage soars 89 percent
The amount of data consumed each month by the average smartphone users has jumped by 89 percent over the past year, according to a report out today from Nielsen. More

How to set a stronger iPhone passcode
Your four-digit iPhone passcode might be easier to guess than you might think. Thankfully, it's easy to set a longer and stronger passcode. More

Scam Detector app saves you from getting ripped off (hands-on)
The best way to prevent fraud is to know it when you see it. This app gives you the scoop on more than 350 common scams around the world. More

Get a Samsung laser printer for $44.99
A little more robust than most entry-level lasers, the Samsung ML-2525 sports a 250-sheet paper tray and some nifty printing software. More