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Legendary NYC steakhouse sues Yelp to unmask spitting-waiter reviewer

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A man turned down for a job at the eatery shares a name with the reviewer, who claimed to work at Sparks Steak House, where management purportedly encourages spittle garnishes. He says it wasn't him; it was an imposter! Sparks wants Yelp to reveal the true identity to get to the bottom of the bogus claim.

Liberty Reserve CTO pleads guilty to involvement in massive money laundering

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Mark Marmilev, CTO of former digital currency brokerage Liberty Reserve, has pleaded guilty to playing a major role in the operation of the business which became a favourite for cybercrooks and money launderers.

Facebook wants to know why you hate specific adverts

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Facebook's not happy to just let us hide ads anymore; now it wants to know why we hid a given ad so it can purge newsfeeds of super-cruddy ads.

Monday review - the hot 22 stories of the week

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Get yourself up to date with everything we've written in the last seven days - it's weekly roundup time.

Firefox sneaks out an "inbetweener" update, with security improvements rather than fixes

Usually, if everything goes according to plan, Firefox updates appear every six weeks.

But if needs must, Mozilla delivers in-between updates, too, and that's what has happened here, bumping Firefox from version 32.0 to 32.0.1.

Why would we let you say "No" to something that's free? 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Here's our latest 60 Second Security video for your viewing pleasure.

Enjoy...

Apple's free gift: Did U get the album 2?

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Apple's gift of a free U2 album for iTunes users?

Turns out it's "free" as in "compulsory"...

Target tops the list of most epic privacy fails

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Our readers ranked Target’s data breach ahead of Adobe, Snapchat, Google Glass, and Talking Angela for the biggest privacy failure of the past year.

Serial hacker pleads guilty to bank bitcoin blackmail

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A 22-year-old with a lengthy history of convictions pleaded guilty last week to charges of blackmail and fraud, after threatening to reveal details of thousands of phished bank accounts if the bank involved refused to pay up.

US government "threatened" Yahoo with daily $250,000 fines over user data

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In the post-Snowden era many web firms came in for criticism over their apparent willingness to bend over for the NSA as the agency went on a massive data grab. Now, however, Yahoo has revealed how much it would have cost the company to disregard government data requests – a cool quarter of a million dollars per day.

'Yelp Bill' protects Californians from getting pants sued off over reviews

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California has passed a bill that protects customers from getting penalized by companies after writing bad reviews. Yelp's response: Yippee!

Facebook tests Snapchat-like vanishing act for posts

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Faceboook's going Mission: Impossible, ephemeral-message on us, having confirmed that it's testing an auto-delete feature that will let users schedule their posts' demise.

85% of apps not up to scratch on privacy, study finds

Worldwide app study finds 85% not up to scratch on privacy

A coordinated study of apps run by a group of national privacy and data protection bodies from around the world has found that the majority are failing to provide adequate information on the privacy implications of using the app.

SSCC 164 - Spend Bitcoins using Apple Pay? *NOW* you've got me interested! [PODCAST]

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Here's this week's Sophos Security Chet Chat for your listening pleasure.

Our weekly computer security podcast with the News You Can Use...

Twitter, Netflix, Reddit, Foursquare et al. protest end to net neutrality

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Those sites and many more simulated a slowdown of their sites and services by doing things such as posting the dreaded spinning wheel of death. The internet didn't really slow down; the companies were, rather, trying to illustrate what the internet would be like if the US passes rules proposed by ISPs.

Microsoft held in contempt while it appeals court decision in customer email case

Microsoft held in contempt while it appeals court decision in customer email case

Microsoft and the US government have agreed that the company will be held in contempt for its refusal to hand over email stored in the cloud at its Dublin data center but won't be fined or punished, giving it a chance to appeal a court order to cough up a customer's communications.

Apple Pay - just how safe is it going to be?‏

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Apple Live 2014 saw the announcement of the Apple Watch, a free U2 album for all iTunes users, and the iPhone 6/6 Plus.

But perhaps of most interest to security watchers was "Apple Pay", Cupertino's guns-blazing answer to Google Wallet...

Bitcoin inventor's identity allegedly under threat after claimed "Satoshi Nakamoto" email hijack

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An anonymous internet user claims to have hacked the email account of Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of virtual currency Bitcoin, and is threatening to unveil Nakamoto's identity for 25 Bitcoins.

Patch Tuesday wrap-up, September 2014 - why even a single-bit data leak is worth fixing

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Here's what you need to know about the September 2014 Patch Tuesday updates from Microsoft and Adobe...

Google grapples anew with EC in the search/advertising antitrust swamp

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The EC's poked the sleeping dragon, yet again reopening a four-year antitrust investigation that puts Google in the hot seat. The surprise move comes after rivals fumed loud and hard about getting unfairly shut out in the most recent settlement. This time, Android may be up for investigation, too.