Tech 2.0 for Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Some computer systems in South Korean remain down after a cyberattack caused networks at major South Korean banks and top TV broadcasters to crash simultaneously on Wednesday. Police and South Korean officials couldn't immediately determine responsibility, but some experts are pointing to North Korea. While North Korea's state media made no immediate comments on the shutdown, the rivals have been exchanging threats amid joint U.S.-South Korean military drills and in the wake of U.N. sanctions meant to punish North Korea over its nuclear test last month. The cyberattack caused screens to go blank at 2:00pm local time and more than seven hours later some systems were still down. It paralyzed bank machines across the country and froze part of the country's commerce, with customers unable to use the debit and credit cards that many rely on more than cash. However, the disruption did not affect government agencies or potential targets such as power plants or transportation systems.
Walmart Stores Inc. is expanding a test of a new checkout program that allows shoppers to scan items with their smartphones and then pay at self-checkout terminals. The world's largest retailer launched what it calls its "Scan & Go" program late last year in about 70 stores in the Bentonville, Ark., area, where the retailer is based, as well as Atlanta. It is now testing the program in more than 200 stores. The new markets include Dallas, Austin, Denver, Portland and Seattle. It works like this: customers scan bar codes of the different products using the retailer's Scan & Go app on Apple Inc.'s iPads, iPhones or iPod Touch devices. The app generates a code, which can be scanned at the self-checkout terminals.
The U.S. Supreme Court is siding with a graduate student from Thailand over textbooks sold on eBay. The student sold cheap foreign versions of textbooks on eBay in the U.S. without the publisher's permission. The justices, in a 6-3 vote, threw out a copyright infringement award to publisher John Wiley & Sons. The Thai graduate student (Supap Kirtsaeng) used eBay to resell copies of books that his relatives first bought abroad at cut-rate prices. Justice Stephen Breyer said in his opinion for the court that the publisher lost any ability to control what happens to its books after their first sale abroad.
Pink Floyd and EMI Music will mark the 40th Anniversary of the original UK release of The Dark Side of The Moon on March 24, 2013, as fans around the globe unite to turn a specially designed moon dark. Centered around a global playback of the album on PinkFloyd.com, each memory, thought and photo tweeted as fans rediscover the album will count towards the creation of a dark side of the moon. Starting at 00:01am GMT in the U.K. on March 24, 2013, (4:01pm PST/7:01pm on March 23, 2013 in the U.S.), for the entire day, fans all over the world will be able to share thoughts and comments via twitter using #DarkSide40 and witness the impact as the volume of messages combine to turn the moon dark. Originally released in the UK on March 24, 1973, The Dark Side of The Moon became Pink Floyd's first number 1 album in the US, remaining on the chart for 741 weeks between 1973 and 1988. Since its UK release, the album has spent an astonishing 30 years in the UK album charts.
March Madness is here. And the NCAA has an updated March Madness app for mobile devices. Every game in the basketball tournament will be streamed live, but some will require an existing account to a paid TV service. The games on CBS will be streamed for free. You can track the entire bracket live throughout the tournament. Other features include radio broadcasts of the games and live game alerts for your favorite teams. The March Madness app is a free download on Google Play and Apple's App Store.
South Korean Banks and Broadcasters Hit by Possible Cyberattack http://t.co/St1PyyEBqY
South Korea Banks and Broadcasters Hit by Possible Cyberattack http://t.co/lBGveaaCM9
Walmart inches toward mobile checkout with Scan & Go app for iPhone http://t.co/C6t4VMUozq
Walmart inches toward mobile checkout with Scan & Go app for iPhone http://t.co/bQqRbCeGju
Walmart Expanding 'Scan & Go' iPhone Self-Checkout to Over 200 Stores http://t.co/4cbvLF4wlb
Pink Floyd Celebrate 40th Anniversary Of 'The Dark Side Of The Moon' http://t.co/zfptU88t31
CLASSIC: Pink Floyd, 'The Dark Side of the Moon' At 40: Classic Track-By-Track Review http://t.co/zwCcD1UKXp
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Dark Side Of The Moon this Sunday and turn the moon dark! http://t.co/msKtMCZ7Xq
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Check out Simple Bracket, an iPhone app for filling out March Madness brackets. https://t.co/b9sUW5euKg
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