A group compromised of U.S. and foreign citizens have been arrested and indicted for their alleged role of an international crime ring that ripped off StubHub. Two Americans, one Russian national, three people from London, and one Canadian were rounded up - the six conspired to use stolen debit and credit card information to purchase thousands of tickets to sports games, concerts, and other in-demand tickets.
The tickets would then be resold and the profits would be split amongst the group. They face a mix of charges related to money laundering, criminal possession of stolen property, identity theft and grand larceny, according to the court.
"You are no longer safe to travel and operate outside of your home country, without significant risk of arrest and prosecution," said Robert Capps, StubHub former security executive, in a statement. "Isolation is a powerful force in the effort to change behaviors. Confined within the borders of their home country, I suspect we'll see a change in behavior of some of these criminals."
A groundbreaking new study published in Plos One has revealed the answer to a question that's probably been plaguing mankind since the dawn of its existence - do dogs get jealous? The answer, apparently, is yes.
Psych professor Christine Harris of the University of California took a sample size of 36 dogs and kept a close eye on them as owners dilligently ignored the poor pooches in their own homes. Their human masters were told to either read a book out loud, lavish attention on an unknown object, like a Halloween bucket, or praise and pet a moving, barking toy dog. Most dogs didn't seem to care too much when their owner was reading the book, but talking to the toy dog set the subjects off and caused them to act aggressively. 40 percent of the dogs acted jealous when owners talked to inanimate objects.
According to Harris, the research suggests dogs are likely to get antsy if they feel a rival is getting more attention than them. "It suggests to me that some of our ideas about the nature of jealousy, like that it requires complex cognition, are incorrect," Harris said.
Amazon is doing very well with its Prime service that offers free and discounted shipping on thousands of items on its website. Amazon also offers Prime subscribers access to streaming video and recently added free music streaming to the mix.
Amazon has announced that it has now added hundreds of thousands more songs to its music library to address one of its main drawbacks at launch. When Prime Music launched it lacked song selection and a mix of current hits. The expanded offerings include artists new to Prime music and additional tracks from artists already available.
Among the new artists added to the catalog are David Guetta, Al Green, Miles Davis, Kendrick Lamar, Linkin Park, Shakira, Deadmau5, Ella Fitzgerald, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Neil Young, DJ Snake & Lil Jon, Young the Giant, A$AP Rocky, Elvis, Oasis, Kacey Musgraves, Ray Charles, Panic! at the Disco, Wyclef Jean, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Skrillex, and John Coltrane among others. Many of those aren't exactly current, but more music is a good thing. Amazon still has no deal in place with Universal, which is the home of some of the most popular artists of today.
There are plenty of items on the market today that promise to track your sleep and help you sleep better so you are more rested and functional the next day. A new sleep tracking device has surfaced called the Sphere that was designed by a Brit named James Proud. Proud happens to be a Theil Fellow and received a $100,000 grant from Peter Thiel to work in technology in the US.
The Sense is the first product that Proud has developed and it is an orb that sits at the bedside and records data on sleep. It can be pre-ordered on Kickstarter now for $99 and aims to ship in Q4 2014.
Sense is able to measure temperature, light, motion, humidity, sound, and particle counts for pollen and dust in the air. Sphere also has a sleep pill that clips to your pillow to record your movements during sleep without having to wear a wristband. The gadget syncs to your iPhone to hare data and can tell you when you tossed and turned and what the cause for that was.
Fans of social networking in the US really like to spend their time on Facebook. New statistics showing the usage of the site have turned up and show that the average American spends 40 minutes each day using the site. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has also said that the 40 minutes spent on the social network each day by most Americans accounts for one in five minutes spent on mobile in the US.
Overall, in the US, Zuckerberg says that people spend nine hours a day interacting with digital media on TV, on the phone, and via a PC. Facebook currently has 204 million monthly users in the US and Canada.
Facebook is also hosting Pages for 30 million businesses and has 1.5 million advertisers. There are also reportedly hundreds of apps that use the Facebook deep-linking standard called App Links.
NASA is currently looking for proposals for a commercial satellite network to be put in orbit around Mars. The satellite network would be used to provide telecommunications capabilities for future robotic missions to Mars.
"We are looking to broaden participation in the exploration of Mars to include new models for government and commercial partnerships," said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator of NASA's Science Mission Directorate at the agency's headquarters in Washington. "Depending on the outcome, the new model could be a vital component in future science missions and the path for humans to Mars."
NASA wants to avoid a communications gap foreseen for the 2020s and is seeking cost effective solutions to future communications needs. "Looking ahead, we need to seriously explore the possibility of the commercialization of Mars communications services," said Lisa May. "This will offer advantages to NASA, while also providing appropriate return-on-investment to the service provider." Communications currently use relay radios to send data from the surface of Mars to orbiters in place around the planet. With only one more orbiter, MAVEN, planned in the foreseeable future, NASA is predicting communications issues for future rovers sent to the surface of the planet.
Fans of Marvel movies will be pleased to hear that a new film in the Marvel universe has been given a release date. This film follows a collective of bad guys known as the Sinister Six. The movie will focus on six super villains from the Marvel universe and will hit theaters in November 2016.
Sinister Six will be directed by Drew Goddard. The next movie in The Amazing Spider-Man franchise has also been given a release date. The Amazing Spider-Man 3 will hit theaters in 2018. Exactly what month that launch will happen hasn't been announced.
All of the other films in that franchise have launched in the spring, presumably the new film will launch around the same time. The Sinister Six is one of two spin offs planned for the Spider-Man franchise and will follow Doctor Octopus, Electro, Kraven the Hunter, Mysterio, Sandman and Vulture. The second spinoff has no release date and will focus on Venom.
The Wall street Journal operates a print publication and it has an online presence as well. Hackers recently attacked the WSJ computer network and forced the publication offline. Authorities say that the hackers were able to infiltrate WSJ computer systems used to host graphics.
As a result of the breach, systems were taken offline to isolate the attack. According to the WSJ, no damage, or altering of news graphics has been found, but a review of the systems is ongoing. A spokesman for the WSJ said, "We are investigating an incident related to wsj.com's graphics systems. At this point we see no evidence of any impact to Dow Jones customers or customer data."
A user going by the name w0rm posted to Twitter an image of the hacked website with an offer to sell the user name and other info required to control the server for a bitcoin, worth about $620.
GM has been at the center of a raging controversy and some of the biggest recalls in automotive history over the last year or so. The company has had a myriad of problems, but the biggest of the recalls is the ignition switch problem that has been linked to several deaths. GM has now offered an estimate of what it will cost to pay victims of the ignition switch recall at $1.2 billion.
GM has hired a disaster compensation expert to administer a victims fund and claims will begin being accepted on August 1. The fund is uncapped and for now, the number of victims who are qualified for payments from the fund is unknown.
Some analysts estimate that the total cost of fines and settlements GM faces could total as much as $7 billion. GM is expected to fight lawsuits that are tied to accidents that happened before it exited bankruptcy in July 2009. For now GM has taken a single-time $1.2 billion recall cost from its earnings.
SpaceX is working on a way to be able to retrieve the main stage of the Falcon 9 rocket to be reused for future flights. This month the Falcon 9 was used to put six ORBCOMM satellites into space and after that launch was completed successfully, the main stage of the rocket went on to perform another test.
The main stage fell back into the atmosphere at hypersonic velocity and a camera on the outside of the rocket recorded the landing process. As the rocket came back to a water landing in the Atlantic Ocean, the main rockets fired up twice to slow the rocket down to a velocity of near zero at touchdown.
You can see in the video above that the landing process appears to have performed flawlessly. The landing legs on the rocket pop out and the rocket lowers itself into a very soft landing in the water before toppling over on its side in the ocean, as planned. SpaceX says that the structural integrity of the rocket was damaged during the flopping over horizontally portion but the camera footage shows things performed as planned and data needed was gathered in the test. The goal is to eventually land the main stage on a floating landing pad for reuse with no refurbishment.