Facebook Reverses Ban on Anonymous Group to Combat ISIS AnonHQ

Facebook Ban on Anonymous #OpISIS

Facebook Ban on Anonymous #OpISIS

Just as quickly as Anonymous Red Cult created the growing “Cyber Brain Reborn” group page, the social media giant bowed to pressure from hundreds of Anons who protested the take down of the most popular Anonymous page. As the Anonymous operation, #OpISIS, was hitting full swing, Facebook decided to shut down the main Anonymous group page belonging to the team hacking the living hell out of ISIS.

After all, it  certainly was on the Cyber Brain page that our Counter Current News posts – calling out Facebook and Twitter for refusing to deactivate ISIS member propaganda and recruiting accounts – were first posted. Our contacts in Red Cult tell us that Facebook gave no warning and no explanation for why the entire group was shut down, except to say the whole group’s existence was a “violation” of Facebook’s Terms of Service and “Community Standards.”

The group was run by Red Cult team members, jointly with a couple of other popular Anonymous groups and pages, for a long time. The page only reads “Anonymous” but the URL terms it, “Cyber Brain.” So why was Facebook apparently siding with ISIS over Anonymous? The group was rather careful not to cross any lines with Facebook’s Terms of Service but this page was certainly one of the first places where information on #OpISIS was being posted, as soon as Counter Current News ran with it. Whatever Facebook ends up discovering their motive was, they’ve seemingly rescinded it.

Facebook Reverses Ban on Anonymous Group to Combat ISIS AnonHQ.

Big-ass alligator gobbles big-ass turtle at Florida golf course

Earlier this month, we brought you the story of the big-ass alligator that took over a Florida golf course.

Now that same course has shared another run-in with a gargantuan gator, this time showing the circle of life at work right there on the links.

Myakka Pines Golf Club posted the following photos to Facebook on Thursday morning, showing a gator locals have dubbed “Goliath” chomping down a turtle for breakfast.

Big-ass alligator gobbles big-ass turtle at Florida golf course.

MusclePharm & Arnold Series Lawsuits Say Protein Powders Lack Protein, Ripping Off Athletes

A growing number of companies are accused of selling workout supplements spiked with cheap fillers that they’re passing off as protein.

Bodybuilders, dieters, and athletes want the key macronutrient to help build or keep muscle, and have built protein sports supplements into a $7 billion industry, according to Euromonitor. But companies including pharmacy giant CVS Health and MusclePharm, the $110 million (sales) company that uses former Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger in its advertising, may be selling products where the protein content falls far below what’s on the label, according to a spate of lawsuits that have cropped up over the past eight months. “Arnold Schwarzenegger Series Iron Mass,” for instance, contains half the protein stated on its label, according to third party testing in one lawsuit; Schwarzenegger is not named as a defendant in the complaint.

MusclePharm, which was sued in a California federal court in late January by Ram, Olson, Cereghino and Kopczynski, is only the most recent company under attack for allegedly misleading their customers about just how much protein their products contain.

Lawsuits Say Protein Powders Lack Protein, Ripping Off Athletes.

Astronauts capture vivid Aurora display from International Space Station

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station had a unique view of the vivid Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, which lit up the night sky around the Northern Hemisphere on Tuesday and Wednesday

The result of a rare, severe geomagnetic storm that fortunately did not endanger ISS crew members or affect the station’s navigation systems, the Aurora was visible as far south as Pennsylvania on Tuesday night.

NASA astronauts captured the first night of the spectacular Aurora displays, and shared these otherworldly images via Twitter:

Astronauts capture vivid Aurora display from International Space Station.

Oculus lets motorcycle enthusiasts take a virtual trip to Sturgis

Oculus

Are you suffering from garage fever, biker dudes? Itching to hit the open road on a throaty American-made motorcycle, hug the curves, catch some scenery, feel the horsepower?

Subzero temperatures and record snowfall have made that impossible in most of the country this endless winter. What’s a gearhead to do, except wait for the thaw?

That’s where virtual reality steps in, with executives from Minnesota-based Victory Motorcycles hatching a promotion that uses Oculus Rift to give motorcycle enthusiasts a trip to Sturgis without leaving a trade show floor.

The simulated ride through the Badlands comes complete with 3D, 360-degree images of Needles Highway, a famous stretch of desert road in South Dakota, throttle control, sound effects and a “tactile transducer” to recreate the vibrations of a speeding bike.

The project, produced by digital agency space150, means to put butts on seats at high-traffic trade shows, which executives say is one of the best ways to move product. It rolled out at the recent Chicago International Motorcycle Show and will repeat, with additions and tweaks, at future events. It may also become part of a museum exhibit in New York.

Oculus lets motorcycle enthusiasts take a virtual trip to Sturgis.

The MLB millionaire who lives in a van down by the Walmart

Young sports stars: Ugh, they’re all egomaniacs who start spending lavishly once they begin raking in that big-league cash, right?

Wrong — at least in the case of one millionaire top Major League Baseball prospect named Daniel Norris.

Norris is 21 years old. The Toronto Blue Jays drafted him picked him in the second round of the 2011 MLB Draft, and gave him a $2 million signing bonus. So he probably lives in some swanky condo while working his way up to bigs right? Wrong again.

The MLB millionaire who lives in a van down by the Walmart.

Las Vegas ‘Institution’ Peppermill, Throws Salt On LVCVA Expansion/Demolish plans

The Las Vegas institution says it is not going anywhere.

It’s “hell no, we wont go” for The Peppermill, as the beloved 42-year old dining institution puts the rumors to rest and blocks the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s expansion plans onto its restaurant footprint.

Rumors of the Peppermill takeover surfaced after word leaked of the LVCVA’s purchase of close neighbor, the Riviera. The venerable casino is now confirmed to have been purchased for $182.5 million and a 60-year-old slice of Vegas history will be demolished.

Reportedly, the Riviera will have six months to phase in a shut down and hand over the keys. The Convention Center is also said to be looking at adjacent lots to further enhance the Las Vegas Global Business District, adding new space and a necessary “transportation hub.”

Peppermill Throws Salt On LVCVA Expansion Plans – Eater Vegas.

Russian researchers expose breakthrough U.S. spying program, embedding Spyware in factory Hard Drives

NSA Spying Center in Utah

NSA Spying Center in Utah

(Reuters) – The U.S. National Security Agency has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers, giving the agency the means to eavesdrop on the majority of the world’s computers, according to cyber researchers and former operatives.

That long-sought and closely guarded ability was part of a cluster of spying programs discovered by Kaspersky Lab, the Moscow-based security software maker that has exposed a series of Western cyberespionage operations.

Kaspersky said it found personal computers in 30 countries infected with one or more of the spying programs, with the most infections seen in Iran, followed by Russia, Pakistan,Afghanistan, China, Mali, Syria, Yemen and Algeria. The targets included government and military institutions, telecommunication companies, banks, energy companies, nuclear researchers, media, and Islamic activists, Kaspersky said. (reut.rs/1L5knm0)

Russian researchers expose breakthrough U.S. spying program | Reuters.

Cell Phone Carriers Must Unlock Phones

The days of carriers locking down devices to keep customers in place are officially dead.

Starting Wednesday, all US carriers must comply with requests from postpaid and prepaid customers to unlock their devices, as long as certain parameters are met. The rules officially came down in 2013 and the industry group CTIA committed last year to have all wireless carriers adhering to the regulation by February 11, 2015.

The debate over phone unlocking has come a long way in just a few short years. Unlocking a phone allows owners to put the device on whatever carrier network they choose. For years, carriers have locked down devices, allowing them only to connect to their own networks. The move was designed to keep customers close and not see them stray to other carriers.

“We are pleased the FCC acknowledged the participating wireless carriers met the deadlines to unlock their customers’ devices per the Consumer Code for Wireless Service,” said Scott Bergmann, the CTIA’s vice president for regulatory affairs, in a statement. “We also remind consumers than an unlocked device does not necessarily mean an interoperable one since different carriers use different technologies and spectrum bands.”

US carriers, you’ll have to unlock those phones – CNET.

Chicago Little League Team Stripped of Championship for CHEATING and Coach Suspended – Las Vegas Team awarded Title (Chicago Should Be Banned From Future Competition)

Little League Baseball has stripped the U.S. championship from Chicago-based Jackie Robinson West and suspended its coach for violating a rule prohibiting the use of players who live outside the geographic area that the team represents, it was announced Wednesday.

Jackie Robinson West must vacate wins from the 2014 Little League Baseball International Tournament — including its Great Lakes Regional and United States championships.

Little League strips Chicago team of U.S. championship, suspends coach – ESPN Chicago.

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