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Sorry, You Can't Update Your Facebook Status

Site mysteriously closed off

(Newser) - OK, nobody panic. We're going to get through this together as a society, but it appears that you cannot currently tell anyone how you are feeling on Facebook. The site is currently experiencing a strange technical glitch that allows users to read their news feeds, but not to post... More »

Bug Is Swiping Android Users' Bitcoins

As New York probes virtual-currency firms' practices

(Newser) - Bitcoin users with Android gadgets, beware: A bug is targeting wallets like yours. The problem hinges on Android's random number generator, which, according to Bitcoin, "contains critical weaknesses that render all Android wallets generated to date vulnerable to theft." Bitcoin Wallet, blockchain.info, BitcoinSpinner, and Mycelium are... More »

'Unfollow Bug' Hits Twitter

Tweeters wonder what they're doing wrong

(Newser) - Tweeters are atwitter about an "unfollow bug" hitting the Twitterverse. Scads of Twitter followers are being unceremoniously dumped from sites without anyone's consent or knowledge. “This is a bug, and our team is working to fix it," said a Twitter spokesman. Twitter is advising people to... More »

Everyone Who Unfriended You Hidden Again

Timeline made it easy to see who'd cut you off

(Newser) - If you haven’t done it yet, looks like you’ve missed your window to find out who has unfriended you on Facebook . Last week, a list of friends available in the Timeline profile pages made it clear who had removed you as a friend; they were the ones in... More »

Clock Bug Shuts Down PS3s Worldwide

Sony warns users not to turn on system for 24 hours

(Newser) - Sony is advising many PS3 owners not to use their consoles for 24 hours while the company fixes a massive bug affecting consoles around the world. Older versions of the system have been unable to log on to the Playstation Network, and in some cases even unable to play games,... More »

Blackberry Bug Snarls Delivery of E-mails

RIM says it has fixed today's widespread smartphone glitch

(Newser) - Don’t panic, Blackberry users. Research In Motion says it’s resolved the particularly ill-timed technical issue that caused crippling e-mail delays throughout North America this morning. Customers, however, may still experience delays for a while as the system works through the backlog of unprocessed e-mails. “The timing couldn’... More »

'Every iPhone in the World' at Risk Tomorrow

Text-messaging flaw could let hackers take over your mobile

(Newser) - The iPhone’s text-messaging system has a dangerous flaw that hackers could exploit to take control of your phone, researchers say. They’ll reveal the trouble at a conference tomorrow, Forbes reports. So if you get a text with a “single square character,” turn off your phone right... More »

Fly Strike Shows Another Side to Prez

No 'negotiation' in direct smack

(Newser) - President Obama’s precision fly-swatting has caught the nation’s attention—perhaps because it showed a surprisingly forceful approach, writes Maureen Dowd in the New York Times. “Some Americans fear that President Obama is too prone to negotiation, comity and splitting the difference,” Dowd notes. “This moment... More »

PETA to Obama: Flies Have Feelings, Too

Group unhappy with prez's brutal fly attack

(Newser) - At least one group isn’t impressed with the president’s killer reflexes: PETA. The animal-rights group sent Obama a no-kill trap after he nailed a fly, midair, during a CNBC interview Tuesday. The bug-battling tool captures insects alive. “We support compassion for even the smallest animals,” says... More »

Sorry Folks, No 'Twitpocalypse' Tonight

(Newser) - Rumors of a Y2K-style Twitter bug crashing the microblogging site tonight are mere tweeter-tattle, Ryan Paul writes on Ars Technica. True, Twitter assigns each missive with a numerical ID, and their total will soon exceed 2,147,483,647—the most a 32-bit assigned interger can fit. But the site,... More »

Scientists Name Beetle After Colbert

Researchers honor comedian on his birthday

(Newser) - Scientists who bestowed names of Bush administration officials on a trio of bugs have named a new Venezuelan beetle after Stephen Colbert, the Washington Times reports. "Last year, Stephen shamelessly asked the science community to name something cooler than a spider to honor him," said one of the... More »

BlackBerry Maker Faces 'Storm' of Criticism

Bugs and design flaws in newest, much-anticipated model irk dedicated users

(Newser) - BlackBerry’s newest model, the Storm, has provoked frustration among users over bugs and bad design choices, MSNBC reports. Though the phone gained favorable early impressions for its “clickable” touchscreen, BlackBerry-related websites have recently been buzzing with criticism, as many have found writing email on the screen to be... More »

Scientists Master Fly-Swatting

To defeat a 100 milliseconds reaction time, stealthy swatting is crucial

(Newser) - Scientists using high-speed cameras have figured out why it is so difficult to swat pesky houseflies, the Independent reports. A fly's tiny brain can detect a threat, adjust flight course, and take evasive action in 100-thousandths of a second. The researchers, writing in the journal Current Biology, recommend thinking one... More »

Save the Planet: Eat Bugs

Switching from beef to protein-packed bugs could help combat climate change

(Newser) - Chowing down on creepy-crawlies is a concept that's likely to nauseate most Americans, but insect eats may be the way of the future, Time reports. The critters are rich in protein and far more efficient to raise than cows or pigs, making them a possible solution to the problem of... More »

Scientists Building Better Bug Spray

Pepper compounds keep mosquitoes away 3 times longer than top dog DEET

(Newser) - Researchers have found bug repellents that keep mosquitoes from biting for up to 73 days, WebMD reports. Compounds found in pepper kept bugs away nearly three times as long as industry leader DEET, which manages just 17.5 days under the same conditions—though a normal human would sweat or... More »

Voyeurs Sneak Past MySpace Privacy Blocks

Months-old bug permits viewing of teen photo albums set to 'private'

(Newser) - Voyeurs have been exploiting a MySpace bug for months to see supposedly private teen photos, reports Wired. The bug first cropped up in the fall and has gained traction on ad-based websites that make it easier to take advantage of it. The revelation comes just days after MySpace struck a... More »

Did Bug Bites Do in Dinos?

Disease-carrying insects may have contributed to dinosaur extinction

(Newser) - Disease-carrying insects may have contributed to the extinction of the dinosaurs around 65 million years ago, entomologists write in a new book. Scientists found malaria and other parasitic pathogens in insects preserved in amber, and the same parasites were found in fossilized dinosaur waste, the Guardian reports. New plants, pollinated... More »

Bedbugs Make Bloodthirsty Comeback

Once thought gone for good, pests are on the rebound in US

(Newser) - Despite admonitions about not letting the bedbugs bite, Americans are doing just that, and infestations are being reported across the country. Once thought wiped out by the now-banned pesticide DDT, the insects have been found in hospitals, schools, and even high-end residences, the Times of London reports. "Saturday Night... More »

They're Here

(Newser) - The Brood XIII cicadas are emerging throughout the Midwest in an every-17-year fit of Darwinian survival.  Scientists theorize that their abundance — they emerge by the millions per acre—is an evolutionary advantage: Because of their numbers, predators (primarily birds, insects and fish) cannot possibly eat all of them.... More »

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