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Sony defends against another hackBlackBerry data disruptions now impact the U.S. and Canada, Apple devices can update to iOS 5 today to get iCloud, Wall Street protesters leveraging a new messaging app, and Sony locks down accounts to defend against another hack attack.
It's Wednesday, October 12, 2011. I'm Bridget Carey on CNET.com, and it's time to get loaded. Sony is dealing with another security mess today. It locked down 93,000 accounts on a PlayStation and Sony entertainment networks after seeing a large amount of attempts to break into user accounts. The hacking began Friday, but Sony says no credit card information was at risk. Sony sent emails to customers who were affected but that's only one-tenth of 1% of its users. The Blackberry service outage that has crippled customers across Europe has now spread into the US and Canada this morning. Research in Motion has said the problems with email, web browsing and Blackberry Messenger all stem from a core switch failure and that in turn caused a traffic jam of data that they have to clear up. This marks the third day of data disruptions for Blackberry users. Today, Apple is releasing the iOS 5 update for owners of iPhones, iPads, and iPods. Improvements to the operating system include photo editing tools, reminders, a notification banner pull-down menu, Twitter integration, and iMessage for messaging between other iOS 5 users, but the most notable of the update is the ability to sync files between devices over your home Wi-Fi. Users can sign up for iCloud which not only gives 5 gigabytes of free data storage but also lets users view, add, or change contacts and calendar events or find a lost iPhone from iCloud.com. A messaging app is finding popularity with Wall Street protesters. It's called Vibe, and it's similar to the concept of Twitter except users can post anonymously. They don't have to create an account to share messages. The app's creator told the New York Times that it grew from 1000 to 12,000 users in the past week and there are about 1000 messages a day posted on Vibe. Available on iOS and Android, the app uses GPS to share messages across specific locations. And if you own a Sony Bravia television, you better check if it's melting. Sony recalled 1.6 million Bravia flat panel TV sold worldwide since 2007. This is after 11 reported cases of the TVs melting or catching fire. It turns out there's a faulty component in the backlight system that might be causing the overheating. First hacking, now melting; it's just not a good day for Sony. Those were your highlights for today. I'm Bridget Carey for CNET.com, and you've just been loaded.