The Circuit: WikiLeaks and Anonymous, Google executive released, Intel resumes shipping chips
LEADING THE DAY: Anonymous, the "hacktivist" group responsible for attacks on several prominent businesses for their actions against WikiLeaks, has turned its energies on the security firm responsible for investigating it. According to CNET, HBGary Federal, a firm said to be working with the federal government to identify Anonymous leaders, had its Web sites taken down and replaced with a page explaining Anonymous's reasons for the attack. The group also downloaded thousands of the company's e-mails and posted them online and hacked the Twitter account of HBGary's CEO, Aaron Barr.
Meanwhile, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is back in court today fighting extradition charges over allegations of sexual assault.
Google exec released in Egypt: Google confirmed that executive Wael Ghonim, missing since Jan. 27, has been freed. Ghonim's first interview after being released, with ONTV Egypt, was posted to YouTube. "I am not a hero," he said, according to a translation on Alive in Egypt. "On the contrary, I am someone who has been sleeping for 12 days."
Intel resumes shipping chips: Intel has resumed shipping its flawed Sandy Bridge chipset, after talks with computer manufacturers. Intel spoke with computer makers about continuing shipments of the chip in computers that aren't affected by the flaw. "As a result of these discussions and specific requests from computer makers," Intel wrote in a statement, "Intel is resuming shipments of the Intel 6 Series Chipset for use only in PC system configurations that are not impacted by the design issue."
The redesigned, repaired chipset is expected sometime in mid-February.
Groupon explains commercials: Groupon explained itself and highlighted its charitable work in a blog post Monday, after facing backlash for its satirical Super Bowl commercials. The commercials, a wicked take on traditional commercials for charity, have been labeled offensive and exploitative by critics. The company responded by highlighting its charitable work with the very causes it featured in its commercial, adding that,"we would never have run these ads if we thought they trivialized the causes – even if we didn’t take them as seriously as we do, what type of company would go out of their way to be so antagonistic?"
Without Craigslist, prostitutes turn to Facebook: A study from Columbia University has found that 83 percent of New York City sex workers surveyed have a Facebook page. In a Wired write-up of his findings on how tech has changed the sex industry, professor Sudhir Venkatesh, said that he expects Facebook to be the "leading online recruitment space" by the end of 2011.
Safer Internet Day: Today is Safer Internet Day, co-funded by the European Union, a day aimed at teaching people safe surfing and online habits. Several European governments have initiatives and activities set up to teach young people about the possible dangers of Internet use, and Yahoo! has set up its own page, Yahoo! Safely, with activities and resources for young people and their parents.
| February 8, 2011; 8:35 AM ET
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