The White House has tapped Twitter’s former legal director Nicole Wong for chief privacy officer, a newly created position. Before joining Twitter six months ago, she was at Google where her nickname was “The Decider.” [ReadWrite]
Yahoo reportedly really really wants out of its search deal with Microsoft because it’s killing the company’s revenue. [WSJ]
Betaworks’ first game, Dots, has racked up 1 million downloads in its first week of release. [TechCrunch]
Syria’s government said it’s working to repair the country’s connection to the Internet. Who is faster with customer service: Syria or Time Warner? [CNN]
In an effort to get more people back into its brick-and-mortar stores, Target is rolling out deals on people’s Facebook News Feeds that you can take to the store and redeem. [AdAge]
On Thursday the Syrian government shut down nearly all Internet traffic into and out of the country, a sign that the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has grown wary of external scrutiny. Many activists fear it is also a sign that Syria plans a vicious crackdown on rebels who seek an end to Assad’s regime.
All 84 of Syria’s IP address blocks have been unreachable since 5:26 a.m., according to the research firm Renesys, effectively wiping the war-torn nation off the face of the Internet. Web traffic bound for Syria, and traffic from Syria to the rest of the world, is at a halt.
The Associated Press cited reports from Syrian activists and internet company Akamai Technologies confirming the outage.
When Hackers Attack
Remember last summer, when all anyone could talk about was hacktivists? For a while there, we were living in a William Gibson novel, with hackers wreaking havoc and corporate types running scared. Well, so far, this June is shaping up a little differently, with a wave of state-sponsored attacks straight Read More