Star Apps: Jason Bateman

Jason Bateman is best known for his acting: "The Hogan Family" and "Teen Wolf 2" if you grew up in the '80s, and "Arrested Development" and "Identity Thief" if you're watching him now. But he's also been recognized for directing. Bateman ran an episode of the "The Hogan Family" at the age of 18, thus becoming the youngest person inducted into the Directors Guild of America (DGA). Recently he has capitalized on both talents with the feature film "Bad Words," in which he plays Guy Trilby, … Read more

Homeland Security busts child porn ring on Tor network

The US Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday that it has arrested 14 men who were allegedly operating a child pornography Web site on the anonymous Tor network.

The arrests were the culmination of one of the agency's largest ever online child exploitation investigations -- dubbed "Operation Round Table." The authorities have identified 251 victims who were exploited on the site. The majority of the victims, 243, were male and their ages ranged from 3 to 17; they were identified as being from 39 US states and five foreign countries.

The underground subscription-based Web site was allegedly … Read more

Woman jailed after recording traffic stop on phone sues

Florida is an interesting place where interesting people come up with interesting interpretations of the law.

You don't even have to buy Carl Hiaasen novels at the airport to realize this, though it helps.

The latest interesting legal battle concerns the right to record and/or film proceedings when police decide to stop and talk to you.

This case concerns 33-year-old Brandy Berning. As the Sun-Sentinel reports, she was stopped by a Broward County Sheriff's deputy for allegedly entering an HOV lane at the wrong time.

For reasons that aren't entirely clear, she decided to record her … Read more

Research makes case for home blood pressure monitoring

Think you've got normal blood pressure because the readings are always good at the doc's? Think again. As many as one in seven of us have what is called "masked hypertension" -- meaning we have healthy blood pressure readings in the comfort of our doctors' offices, but elevated blood pressure at work or home.

New research of more than 5,000 people spanning four countries finds that not only do people with this kind of hidden hypertension have a greater risk of heart attacks and strokes, but that home blood pressure monitoring often helps identify this phenomenon.… Read more

Pair said to have illegally minted $1M worth of Bitcoins

One of regulators' biggest worries about virtual currencies, like Bitcoin, is whether they may be susceptible to fraud or manipulation. Well, two people in Germany apparently just proved this was possible.

The pair is accused of illegally generating nearly $1 million worth of Bitcoins, according to the Associated Press. German police nabbed the two people during a computer fraud investigation earlier this week. No further details on the arrests were available.

The authorities' investigation centered around the belief that the suspects were disseminating malware on the Internet to create a network of hacked computers they could control remotely. According to … Read more

Prominent figures voice support for hacktivist Jeremy Hammond

While the feds consider Jeremy Hammond a criminal hacker, thousands of others think of him as an altruistic political activist.

Hammond, 28, is accused of leading the massive Stratfor hack, which resulted in the alleged theft of 200GB worth of data from companies and government agencies like the US Army, the Department of Defense, Lockheed Martin, Dow Chemical, Coca Cola, and Bank of America.

Though Hammond pleaded guilty to conspiracy, he also claims that this hack was fueled by his need to protest and expose the secret actions of the government and private corporations.

"People have a right to … Read more

Silk Road drug busts multiply, eight new people arrested

Authorities are not stopping with the takedown of Silk Road's alleged owner; they've also started going after supposed drug dealers who used the online black market Web site.

Since alleged owner Ross Ulbricht's indictment last week, eight people in three different countries have been arrested in association with Silk Road. Authorities claim all these people were dealing drugs on the site.

In the US, two people were arrested in Bellevue, Wash., for allegedly dealing cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine to hundreds of buyers, according to journalist Brian Krebs. Steven Lloyd Sadler, 40, was allegedly a top seller on … Read more

HTC One designers jailed for allegedly stealing trade secrets

A trio of top HTC One designers have been arrested in Taiwan for allegedly scheming to steal company trade secrets and start their own mobile design company, according to Engadget.

The three designers -- vice president of design Thomas Chien, senior manager of design Justin Huang, and development director Wu Chien-Hung -- were reportedly arrested by the police on Saturday. News of their arrest caused HTC's shares to tumble nearly 6 percent on Monday.

The trio is accused of downloading information on HTC's new Sense 6.0 UI design and filing fraudulent commission fees to HTC of more … Read more

Netflix in talks for new season of 'Arrested Development'

Despite a lukewarm reception to Netflix's initial effort to resurrect "Arrested Development" on the Web, the video-streaming company is reportedly willing to give the series another shot.

Brian Grazer, co-chairman of the production company Imagine Entertainment, revealed Thursday that his company was in negotiations with Netflix for another Web-only season of the popular series.

"We are in conversations with them to do another," Grazer said in an interview with Bloomberg Television at the Allen & Co. conference in Sun Valley, Idaho. "They are interested in doing that."

Netflix confirmed its interest in another … Read more

The 404 1,298: Where we're the last to leave (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- From Usher to jellyfish: What was new at this year's Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular.

- Social etiquette do or don't?: The ol' Irish farewell.

- Is this the first arrest filmed on Google Glass?

- Speaking of citizen journalism: you'll never eat at Golden Corral again.

- RadioShack tries out new concept store.

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