Remains of the Day: We be scammin'
Seems like scams are all the rage lately, with one offering a free iPad—in exchange for personal information, naturally—on the loose in social networks, more mysterious iTunes account hacks, and there’s a patent suit against Apple and a bunch of other companies. Not that that’s a scam, of course. Ahem. Fortunately, the remainders for Thursday, August 26, 2010 come with a guaranteed genuine seal of approval.
PayPal, Apple servers not compromised in iTunes hacks (PC Magazine)
PayPal and Apple say that neither of their servers have been compromised, despite anecdotal accounts of compromised iTunes accounts and fraudulent purchases. Oh my God, the charges are coming from inside your house! Get out of your house!
Free iPad Scam Hits Facebook and Twitter (Mashable)
Speaking of scams, messages are cropping up on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter reputedly offering free iPads. Unsurprisingly, it’s all a phishing scheme. It’s just like my dad used to tell me you: “son, there’s no such thing as a free iPad.” (IDG News Service reports on the recent rise in iPad-related scams on social networking sites, as well.)
UTC Apple Store robbed overnight (KFMB-TV)
The Apple Store in San Diego’s University Towne Center mall was robbed overnight by thieves who smashed through the glass doors and grabbed a dozen iPhones from display units. Word on the street is that the company plans to redesign its stores with aluminum unibody doors.
Ganas, LLC v. Sabre Holdings Corporation et. al. (Prior Smart)
A company called Ganas has sued Apple and more than 20 other companies alleging infringement of a patent covering “Object oriented communication among platform independent systems across a firewall over the internet using HTTP-SOAP.” Whoa, whoa—you can send soap over the Internet? This could change everything.