TechBytes: iPad Security Breach

PTA teams with Facebook, Playstation 3 goes 3-D, Barnes & Noble Nook offer.

June 10, 2010— -- AT&T has acknowledged a security breach for the iPad. A group of hackers obtained the e-mail addresses of more than 100,000 iPad owners, including military personnel, business executives and public figures. The hackers used a weak spot to steal the information when users tried to log into their AT&T accounts through the device.

AT&T said the only information hackers would have been able to steal was e-mail addresses. But that can be enough to launch an attack that plants malicious software on the computers. AT&T says it has fixed the problem and will notify all iPad owners whose information may have been exposed.

PTA Teams With Facebook

The National PTA is teaming up with Facebook to promote Internet safety. The two will work together to build a program to provide information and support to kids, parents and teachers about issues such as cyberbullying, good online citizenship and Internet security. Their goal is to educate kids about being online, not just on Facebook.

PlayStation 3 Goes 3-D

The PlayStation 3 is going 3-D today. Sony will begin offering the first batch of 3-D games for download on its PlayStation Network. Sony plans to release a total of 20 3-D games in the next year. But there is a catch: You need to have a 3-D capable television for them to work. Sony also announced that the PS3 will be able to play 3-D Blu-ray movies later this year.

Barnes & Noble Nook Offer

Barnes & Noble is not backing down to competition from the Kindle or iPad. It started offering last week its Nook eReader with a $50 gift card. And now it's offering free coffee to anyone with a Nook at one of its in-store cafes. To get the coffee, you'll have to show the server an open eBook on a Nook, or just Barnes & Noble's eReader software, which runs on laptops, BlackBerrys and other devices. The promotion runs through the end of the month.

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