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Newswatch 12.7.07: Apple delights Big Apple

Hackers attack fed labs

[PCW] In what a spokesperson for the Oak Ridge facility described as a "sophisticated cyber attack," it appears that intruders accessed a database of visitors to the Tennessee lab between 1990 and 2004, which included their social security numbers and dates of birth.

EchoStar becomes Dish, spins off SlingBox

[GigaOM] Why the change? EchoStar wants its name to truly reflect its true business. It is also planning to spin off some of its businesses, and that spin-off will be called EchoStar Holding Co. (EHC), a move we had mused about earlier.

Drew family statement on Megan's suicide

[Fox] "Lori Drew was not aware of any mean, nasty or negative comments made by anyone against Megan until after Megan took her own life. In fact, the first negative message was sent by a teenager from another residence, and several other negative comments were made by other teenagers at different locations. The negative comments that were sent by the teenage girl at the Drew’s residence occurred when Lori was not home.

GPL lawyers sue Verizon

[CW] A group that provides legal services to open-source software developers announced today that it has filed a copyright-infringement lawsuit against Verizon Communications Inc. alleging that the company is violating the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) in distributing wireless routers to users of its FiOS fiber-optic broadband service.

21st century Bonnie & Clyde

[ABC] Police say the couple stole their neighbors' identities and may have even broken into their homes to install spyware on their computers. Dozens of keys, credit cards and fake IDs were discovered in the young couple's upscale apartment.

Manhattan Apple Store opening

[News.com] The first person in line, a high schooler, had showed up at 1 a.m. That's not a typo. He told CNET News.com that by 3:30 or 4 a.m., more people started to join him. But the line really started to take off in the early afternoon, as students were let out for the weekend (some schools in the area close early on Fridays) and grown-up Apple fans cleared out of their offices in favor of lining up in the freezing cold.

TX sues sites over kids' privacy violations

[CW] Texas Attorney General Gregg Abbott has sued two Web sites that cater to children for failing to take adequate measures to protect their identities and personal information. The lawsuits are the first in the U.S. to be brought under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) of 1998 and highlight the many privacy pitfalls facing minors that the law is designed to address.