The Weekly Hash - February 22, 2013

Joking about the week’s top tech stories, this week featuring Burger King, Chinese cyberspies and a new Chromebook that will revolutionize the way we watch porn

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Best. Hack. Ever.

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Happy Friday! Safe to say that the theme of this week was “Corporate Twitter Hacking.” As you probably heard, both Burger King and Jeep got hit. Who’s next? Anonymous? Ooops, spoke too soon...

In response, Twitter is recommending that everyone make their passwords more secure. But, hey, Twitter, how about doing as my colleague Melanie Pinola recommends and implementing two-step authentication? Better yet, to be even more safe, how about Hokey Pokey Authentication?

Anyway, here are some of the week’s top tech stories for your review...

Burger King’s Twitter account was hacked this week to look like it had been taken over by McDonald’s. McDonald's has denied involvement so, apparently, Burger King isn’t the only place that serves up whoppers.

This week Google announced the Chromebook Pixel, which has a high resolution touch screen. Experts say the touch screen is so clear, users should wear protection when watching porn.

On Wednesday, Sony announced the long awaited PlayStation 4. It’s designed to be the center of the living room so it will be able to stream video, connect to social media and also serve as an ottoman.

It was revealed this week that Chinese cyberspies have infiltrated 140 U.S. and Canadian companies. Apparently, several of the hackers were identified based on their social media activity; they endorsed each other’s cyberspying skills on LinkedIn.

Bill Gates said in an interview this week that Microsoft’s mobile strategy was a mistake. He said, in retrospect, that a DOS-based smartphone wasn’t the way to go.

Oracle announced this week that they’re moving 130 manufacturing jobs from Mexico to the U.S. The jobs will be smuggled over the border in the middle of the night.

More than 100,000 people have signed a petition asking President Obama to reverse a decision making it illegal to unlock your smartphone. Unfortunately, almost all of the signatures were provided via illegally unlocked phones, so they don’t count.

Facebook reported this week that in 2012 they received $429 million in tax refunds. The refunds were based on deducting executive stock options and the costs of Mark Zuckerberg’s hoodies.

This week the Pirate Bay accused the Copyright Information and Anti-Piracy Center of infringing their copyrights by creating a website that parodies the Pirate Bay site. The Pirate Bay is also accusing them of violating their patent on copyright infringement.

12.6 million U.S. consumers were victims of identity theft in 2012, the highest level in three years. Here’s how bad identity theft has gotten: half of those people stole the identities they were using in the first place.

Have a great weekend! I’ll be heading to Burger King to enjoy their new McWhopper.

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