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January 08 2015


Snapchat CEO Angry Over Hack, But Still Not Apologizing

For Evan Spiegel, the hardest words to say seem to be, "I'm sorry."

Snapchat's CEO appeared on NBC's Today on Friday in a pre-taped interview with Carson Daly to discuss the New Year's Eve security breach, which resulted in 4.6 million usernames and phone numbers leaking online. Spiegel was visibly frustrated by the hack -- Daly described him as "outraged" -- but the CEO still did not offer an apology to users.

See also: Use This Tool to Check if Your Snapchat Account Was Compromised

"Technology businesses in general are susceptible to hacking," Spiegel said in the interview. "That's why you have to work really, really, really hard with law enforcement, with security experts, internal and external groups, to make sure you're paying attention and addressing security concerns."


January 07 2015


100 Funny WhatsApp Group Name Ideas for Family and Friends

The social networking wonder that is WhatsApp has taken the world by storm, allowing users to stay connected with family and friends effortlessly. But increasing one's social circle by creating groups presents its own set of problems - appropriate group names. Read this Buzzle article for some funny group name ideas perfect for family and friends.

Did You Know?

As of today, the maximum number of people you can add to a group on WhatsApp is 100.

You've barely been M.I.A. for two hours and you come back to your phone flashing an average 50+ WhatsApp messages per group. Right? Right? Pretty much a common feature these days. But it is precisely therein that lies the fun of having groups on WhatsApp-there's always something happening. Ask around, and you'll find that most individuals are a part of several groups on this messaging app. The simplicity and convenience that WhatsApp brings with it cannot be paralleled by many other mediums, although God knows many have tried.

So while you'll have your professional groups and your study groups, and all those other 'No nonsense' groups, you'll also have a mix of several social groups that will find their way in your WhatsApp world-a healthy mix of family and friends.

And where there are groups, there will be group names. It is this quest to find the perfect name that has brought you to this Buzzle article, to which we say-you've come to the right place. Because in the following sections, we will list out some cool and catchy names for you to choose from.

WhatsApp Group Names for Family Members

Cool Cluster

Daddies Cool

Family Chats

Family Fan Club

Family Ties

Grumpy Grannies

Happy Family

Kith and Kin

La Familia

Mums the Word

My Peeps

Our Family

People of My Life

Red Ties

Speak Up Gang

That's All the Folks

The (surname) Bunch

The (surname) Clan

The (surname) Family

The Chatty Tribe

The Fantastic Four

The Folks

The Texting People

We Are Family

WhatsApp Group Names for Cousins

Across Borders

Bros Before H***

Brothers in Arms

Chats with Brats

Colonial Cousins

Cousin Love


Cousins of the Brood

Cussing Cousins

Cuz I Said So

Cuz the World

Heir Apparents

Hey Sistahs!

Kin of Good Times

Sister and Sister

The Broody Bunch

The Cousin Colony

The Crooning Kin

The Grub Club

The Sis I Miss

What's Up Cuz?

World of Cousins

WhatsApp Group Names for Friends

All Us Single Ladies

Awesome Blossoms

Block Heads

Busy Buddies

Chunky Monkeys

Civil Disobedients

Etc Etc Etc



Gangnam Style

Go Getters

Gossip Geese

Hungry for Trouble

Market Yard

Phone Pals

Pin Drop Nonsense

Recycle Bin

'Sup Group

Swag Partners

Tech Ninjas

Text Masters

The 39ers

The Abusement Park

The Alter Egos

The Bum Chums

The Chamber of Secrets

The Desert Roses

The Drifters

The Foodies

The Frustrated Vagabonds

The Galfriends

The Geek Bank

The Gift of Gab

The Jumping Jacks

The Knights in Shining Armor

The Lady Killers

The Menly Men

The Nerd Herd

The Now Married

The Posse

The Public Square

The Queen Bees

The Rooftop

The Rowdy Buggers

The Singles

The So and So

The Talent Pool

The Trouble Makers

The Walkie Talkies

The Woodchucks

This That That

Three Idiots

Wandering Minds

You Me She

While you do have this huge list of group name suggestions made available to you, don't stick to merely these-draw inspiration and come up with something for yourself. Then wear that name proud and get ready to answer to the call of the group, every time the familiar tone summons you to pick up the phone and start a'typing.


January 06 2015


Snapchat breach exposes flawed premise, security challenge

By Sarah McBride and Alexei Oreskovic

SAN FRANCISCO Tue Oct 14, 2014 7:41pm EDT

A security camera is seen over the door of Snapchat's headquarters in Venice, Los Angeles, California October 13, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

A security camera is seen over the door of Snapchat's headquarters in Venice, Los Angeles, California October 13, 2014.

Credit: Reuters/Lucy Nicholson

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The prospect of tens of thousands of potentially racy Snapchat photos hitting the Internet has driven home a simple fact: the mobile app's core feature - delivering photos and videos that vanish seconds after viewing - is flawed.

The negative publicity surrounding that speculation has spurred criticism about its lax security. But whether this will affect the valuation of the 3-year-old Silicon Valley start-up as it seeks another round of funding remains to be seen.

A range of venture capitalists and tech insiders say they believe it will not, for now. One person close to the company's fundraising efforts who asked not to be named said Snapchat is still expecting a $10 billion valuation in the current funding round, one of the startup industry's richest and the same level being considered by investors before news of the breach surfaced last week.

"Once a company is hot, investors will be keen to continue investing unless the issue seems to be life-threatening," said Anand Sanwal, chief executive of venture capital consultancy CB Insights.

The brouhaha has not yet hurt the popularity of Snapchat among teenagers, partly because no mass publication of leaked photos has materialized. The messaging service remained among the five most-downloaded photo and video apps over the weekend, according to analytics service App Annie.

The issue arose last week when hacker forums claimed unknown parties had created a file holding at least 100,000 stolen Snapchat photos, including many of minors, that could end up being posted online. The anticipated event, dubbed "the snappening," was widely reported, including by Reuters.

While Snapchat said its servers were not breached, it confirmed that rogue third-party apps have been storing its users' pictures. That points to a longer-term challenge for the Los Angeles company: its inability to fully block the external parties it blames for undermining its business.


Even before any talk of "the snappening," security experts were faulting Snapchat for what they call a cavalier approach toward privacy, which may have given users a false sense of comfort.

The third-party apps, which allow users to enter their Snapchat password and log-in information, connect to the main service and provide unauthorized features such as image-saving.

Such software can be pernicious since the people whose pictures are stored are often unaware of the privacy breach by the downloaders of the third-party apps.

Snapchat does not allow other apps to interact with its service, but many developers manage to break the rules. The company says it monitors for such "illegal" apps and has succeeded in removing some culprits from Google and Apple app stores.

One website, Snapsaved.com, claimed on Monday on its Facebook page that its servers had been hacked and that intruders had accessed its trove of Snapshot photos.

"Any application that isn't ours but claims to offer Snapchat services violates our Terms of Use and can't be trusted," Snapchat warned in a Tuesday blogpost.

But Snapchat should have been able to detect multiple requests for information originating from external services, or to detect when users were alternately logging on from different apps, cybersecurity experts said.

In addition, Snapchat used very elementary encryption to protect photos and videos on its service, said Chris Wysopal, chief technology officer of Veracode, a firm specializing in testing apps for security vulnerabilities.

Instead of requiring two separate cryptographic keys to access images transmitted across Snapchat, the service relied on a single universal key that unlocked everything, "the bare minimum," he said.

"Someone who knew what they were doing, probably in a few hours could reverse-engineer it, find the key and write a program to decrypt the photos as they go over the network."

In May, Snapchat settled charges with U.S. regulators accusing it of deceiving customers by promising that photos on its service disappeared forever. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission also faulted Snapchat for storing unencrypted videos on users' phones, which could be accessed by connecting the device to a personal computer.

Still, even the best security measures could leave Snapchat playing an unwinnable cat-and-mouse game with hackers.

At a very basic level, Snapchat cannot stop anyone from taking a photo of a photo. Anyone who receives a Snapchat image on the phone can use another camera to capture the screen picture, said Michael Coates, director of product security at Shape Security.

Still, Snapchat may have little to worry in the near term, at least on the valuation front, industry insiders say.

David Cowan, a partner at Bessemer Venture Partners, which has not invested in Snapchat but has backed other consumer startups like dating service Zoosk and online bulletin board Pinterest, said Snapchat has little to worry about.

"These types of breaches will definitely stop people from using Snapchat," Cowan said, "until they have a really cool picture to share."

(Editing by Edwin Chan and Eric Effron; Editing by Richard Chang)

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January 05 2015


Photo-sharing app protects your pics from screenshots

Popular photo sharing app Snapchat may notify you when the recipient of your image takes a screenshot -- but it doesn't actually make it harder to grab that screenshot in the first place.

New iOS app Yovo is looking to make a change in that direction. Created by privacy software company ContentGuard, it uses a novel solution to protect your snaps from screenshots: because it can't do anything about controlling user behavior, it uses an optical illusion on the images themselves.

The illusion it uses is simple -- the Barrier Grid illusion. This is similar to what you might experience driving past a picket fence: as you speed past, your eyes tend to see the stationary scene behind the palings, rather than the palings themselves.

When you take a picture, the app overlays a blurred grille over the image. When the receiver opens the image, the grille moves, allowing them to see the picture -- but if they try to take a screenshot, it will always result in an image with blurred sections.

"Everyone is becoming more conscious of the digital trail they leave. It seems as though there isn't a day that goes by where we don't see a headline about the consequences of inadvertent or malicious digital publication of our private lives," said ContentGuard's Scott Richardson.

"Let's face it -- not every moment or message is meant to be shared or stay online forever. Yovo represents a new way to create and share photos and messages in a more private, fun and interactive way."

The app also allows you to send photos from your camera roll, selectively blur portions of an image, choose who sees what and for how long, and set a self-destruct timer on messages and photos from one second to up to 24 hours.

One thing the company doesn't mention, though, is whether it stores and keeps user images. CNET has contacted ContentGuard and will update when we receive more information.

Meanwhile, you can download Yovo for free from the iTunes app store, and check out a video of how it works below.

Yovo D-fence from ContentGuard, Inc. on Vimeo.

This article originally appeared on CNET.


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Season 5 of 'Boardwalk Empire' may be the show's last

It could be true, or it could be a hoax, but it is worth mentioning for now until more information becomes relevant. According to a Dec. 5 report from TV Overmind, HBO might be ending the Prohibition-era series, "Boardwalk Empire,"...


January 04 2015


Crucial Bits Of snapchat

We stay in the age of change. Every little thing moves, and also points rapidly vanish, yielding to uniqueness. Everything is ephemeral, as messages sent out by users of Snapchat And also the success of this network can be carefully related to the transience.

The network was the primary step in defining their company design, and made including his first sponsored message.

Just what is the trick of your success?

If we assess the sensation Snapchat from near the neuromarketing technique, there are two aspects that appear important in the effective among the general public:

Disinhibition: the better defense against the dissemination of private photos stimulates spontaneous habits.

Nonetheless, lessening the effective application of the vortex own hormones of teenage years appears rather exaggerated. Individuals include other positive high qualities connected to customer encounter that could possibly be associateded with its popularization.

Is it really secure this network?

The magazine October 12 15GB recognized with pictures Snapchat 200,000 accounts, filteringed system by a group of hackers in the well-liked forum 4Chan, related to various other detractions swiped material. The matter has been called Snappening "

But this is not the only scandal using Snapchat The Snappening joins an additional episode purification of 4.6 million user accounts as well as their telephone number on a site called SnapchatDB. In this instance, hackers have hidden the last figure contact number, most likely since his only purpose was to reveal that snapchat for windows had the strange opening in your safety and security.


Snapchat, A Company That Has Never Made Any 'Money,' Is Valued At $10 Billion

Snapchat, the company behind the app that made disappearing photos cool, is in talks with Chinese investors about an investment that would value the company at $10 billion, Bloomberg News is reporting.

That number, if you didn't catch it the first time, is a one followed by 10 zeros. Coincidentally, $0 is the exact amount of revenue this company has generated in its existence, as far as we know. Welcome to the tech industry.

According to Bloomberg, the group of investors includes Alibaba, the mega-success Internet company that's essentially the Chinese version of Amazon. These guys aren't dumb. The reason Snapchat or any other company without a way of making money raises funding is that investors expect them to be super-profitable someday.

A Snapchat spokesperson declined to comment on the valuation when reached by email.

Brushing off early, big-dollar offers is a large part of how Facebook became Facebook and Google became Google. Coincidentally, both of those companies reportedly tried to buy Snapchat for $3 billion and $4 billion, respectively. Snapchat is said to have turned down both offers.

It's hard to reconcile what money means to regular folk -- who spend 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. collecting it to feed and bathe themselves -- with what money means in Silicon Valley. Burger King and Western Union, which don't get to breathe the air under California's tech bubble, must sell hamburgers or process wire transfers to justify their own $10 billion valuations.

Even in Silicon Valley terms, $10 billion is a crazy big number. Airbnb and Dropbox are also valued at $10 billion, based on their most recent rounds of funding this year. Small difference between those two and Snapchat: They have revenue, and Snapchat doesn't.

After enduring mockery for turning down billions to hold onto his little disappearing-photo app, Snapchat's 24-year-old CEO Evan Spiegel suddenly looks like the smartest guy in the room. The only thing we can mock him about now are the misogynistic emails from his fraternity days in college.

Could he be building a new Facebook or Google? Maybe. But there's another possible fate. In 2010, Groupon's Andrew Mason turned down a $6 billion overture from Google. Today, Mason, who has since been fired from Groupon, is a self-employed musician.

This story was updated with a reply from Snapchat.

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