Tech 2.0 for Monday, February 4, 2013

Contributor: Matt Davenport
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Updated: 2/04/2013 6:25 pm


Have you changed your Twitter password? Twitter says hackers may have gained access to information on 250,000 of its more than 200 million active users. In a blog posting Friday, Twitter says it detected attempts to gain access to its user data. It shut down one attack moments after it was detected. But it discovered that the attackers may have gained access to usernames, email addresses and encrypted passwords belonging to 250,000 users. Twitter has reset the pilfered passwords and sent users email advising them that they'll have to create a new one.

Beyonce's splashy show, a freak power outage, and --oh, yeah-- a captivating game of football combined to generate a record 24.1 million posts on Twitter during Sunday night's Super Bowl. That's up from 13.7 million last year -- and that doesn't even include chatter surrounding the ads. Twitter said in a late Sunday blog post that about half of the more than 50 national TV spots that aired during the game included a "hashtag," a word or phrase preceded by a number sign that's used to organize subjects on the short messaging site. During last year's game, only one in five ads included one. Brands ranging from Oreo to Tide and Budweiser, meanwhile, captured online buzz by linking the blackout to their brands in humorous tweets.

Get ready for the next PlayStation. Sony has invited journalists to an evening press event in New York City on February 20. The company hasn't said what it plans to show off, but signs indicate that it'll be the PlayStation 4. Such a console would follow Nintendo's Wii U, which launched last fall. Microsoft's next Xbox game console will likely be unveiled in June at the E3 video game conference in Los Angeles. Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter says it's a "super smart" move for Sony to pre-empt Microsoft's expected launch by several months. This way, the PlayStation 4 will get the spotlight without much competition.


Best Defense To Keep Your Twitter Account From Being Hacked! http://t.co/3YTYLDfR

Were you among the hacked 250K on Twitter & use Gmail? Consider turning on 2-factor verification: http://t.co/t1BwoUAK

Social media Super Bowl: Beyonce, Oreo and a blackout help set a Twitter record http://t.co/L3QiZPOm

Tonight, Twitter is all about the superbowl, The Ravens and Beyonce. Tomorrow it'll go back to lyrics, subtweets, stolen tweets, & drama.

Beyonc�'s halftime show generated more tweets per minute than any other #SuperBowl moment | http://t.co/h0spi9lL

Looks a little, “over the top”. Still whatever with looks, will it perform? Run Bethesda games without choking? #PS4 http://t.co/u1X2ZaB1

The PlayStation 4; don't be surprised if it is "free" at launch: Digitally Downloaded writes: "While Sony hasn't... http://t.co/xCmtgeyU

Sony will be streaming the Feb 20 event where it's expected to announce the PS4. Who's watching? http://t.co/ELTnVyFx
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