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Dodgy DDoS Attacks On Feedly & Evernote, Epic Uber Protests Across Europe [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 12-06-2014

Today in Tech News Digest, dodgy DDoS attacks, epic Uber protests, an annoying XSS vulnerability, Amazon vs. Warner Home Video, free SwiftKey for Android, Chromecast support for VLC, and an amazing iPhone music video.


Feedly & Evernote Suffer DDoS Attacks

Both Feedly Unofficial Guide To Feedly: Better Than Google Reader Do you hunger for the best desktop and mobile RSS reader ever made? For both the hungry and the hopeful, Feedly satisfies. Read More and Evernote How to Use Evernote: The Unofficial Manual Learning how to use Evernote on your own takes a long time. This is why we've put together this guide to show you how to take full advantage of the most important Evernote features. Read More recently suffered distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks from cybercriminals demanding a ransom to stop the barrage. Evernote quickly neutralized the attack, but Feedly was affected for most of Wednesday (June 11).

DDoS attacks generally see services flooded with traffic from a botnet, which prevents legitimate traffic from getting through. Most come with ransom demands which, if met, stop the attack. Feedly and Evernote both refused to pay the ransoms, but TechCrunch speculates that other companies have paid ransoms, which is why DDoS attacks are on the increase.

Both Feedly and Evernote should be back up and running for all users. No personal data was compromised in this instance, and anyone still being affected is being advised to refresh their DNS cache.

Uber Protests Create Streisand Effect

Controversial ride-sharing company Uber is expanding into Europe, and traditional taxi drivers are none too happy about it. This led to protests in several European cities, with cab drivers blocking roads to try and get governments to act against what they see as unfair competition.

These protests appear to have backfired somewhat, creating a Streisand effect where people who were previously unaware of Uber and the service it offers asked why the taxi drivers were unhappy. And with cabs refusing to pick up passengers, Uber offered a viable alternative.


Taxi drivers are right to be worried about Uber and other ride-sharing services Hire A Car In Most Major Cities Worldwide With Uber And MyTaxi You'd expect by now that hiring taxis with an app on your fancy GPS-enabled device to tell the drive your location would be an everyday event, right? Wrong. Read More , because the newcomers are bound to eat into their business. However, smartphones and apps aren’t going anywhere, so little can be done to halt this kind of progress.

XSS Vulnerability Hits TweetDeck

An XSS (cross-site scripting) vulnerability What's Cross-Site Scripting (XSS), & Why It Is A Security Threat Cross-site scripting vulnerabilities are the biggest website security problem today. Studies have found they’re shockingly common – 55% of websites contained XSS vulnerabilities in 2011, according to White Hat Security’s latest report, released in June... Read More hit TweetDeck yesterday (June 11), with Twitter taking the site down while it worked on a fix. The script propagated itself but otherwise appears to have been harmless.

Twitter is advising all users to log out of the app and then log back in to “apply the fix.” An Austrian teenager named Florian appears to have discovered the vulnerability, but warned TweetDeck about it before it spread.

Amazon At War With Warner Home Video

Amazon has added Warner Home Video to the companies it’s playing hardball with in contract negotiations. While trying to squeeze better margins from Warner Bros., Amazon is refusing to allow pre-orders for The Lego Movie, Transcendance, and other big-name titles.


This news comes after months of Amazon delaying or stopping orders and deliveries for titles from book publisher Hachette. Which suggests Amazon is switching from being “the everything store” to the store that only sells products which offer a healthy profit margin.

SwiftKey Android App Is Now Free

With its v5 update SwiftKey Keyboard has gone free. SwiftKey, which, like its rival Swype Swype For Android, Reviewed: A Hassle To Install, But Is It Worth It? I've long since fell in love with sliding/swiping keyboard, as my SlideIT review from a year ago shows. But when people hear "swiping keyboard," SlideIT isn't usually the first name that comes to mind: Swype... Read More , allows for easier typing on Android handsets, previously cost $3.99. Its newly free status means SwiftKey now supports in-app purchases for premium themes, but just remember you don’t have to buy them.

VLC Getting Chromecast Support

The makers of VLC have announced Chromecast support How to Stream Videos From VLC to Chromecast You can now stream videos from VLC to your Chromecast. Something VLC users have been requesting for a long time. In this article we explain how to get it working... Read More for iOS, Android, and desktop, with iOS leading the way within the next six weeks. VLC is an extremely popular media player capable of playing a huge range of file types, and support for Chromecast Google Chromecast Review and Giveaway We're giving away a Google Chromecast, so read through our review, then join the competition to win! Read More just adds to its appeal.

‘All By Myself’ iPhone Music Video

And finally, what would you do if you found yourself stuck in an airport all night? Miserable. Bored. Lonely. This is the situation Canadian lighting designer Richard Dunn found himself in when travelling from McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.


He did what any sane person would do in that position; he made a music video to Celine Dion’s cover of Eric Carmen’s All By Myself. It’s brilliant, naturally, but it also shows how smartphone cameras have turned us all into budding filmmakers Smartphone Spielberg: How To Shoot Striking Videos on Your Mobile The best camera you can possibly lay your hands on is the one that you currently have on you, or so the saying goes. Ever since hardware manufacturers started putting bigger and better cameras on... Read More .

Image Credit: Jim Bauer via Flickr

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  1. dragonmouth
    June 12, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Uber - inevitable march of progress. Ride sharing has existed for a long time. Now it is gettting more organized. The protest by the taxi drivers is analogous to teamsters striking when cars became popular.

    Amazon - at one time they looked invincible, like the company would go on forever. By trying to play hardball, they are biting the hands that feed it. One of these days these companies will start their own distribution channel and cut Amazon out. Where will Amazon be then. SOL?

    • Dave P
      June 15, 2014 at 2:48 pm

      I think you're right. Taxi drivers would be better off figuring out a strategy for competing with Uber and the like.

      The problem is Amazon is now ubiquitous. When I advise someone to buy something online I tend to say, "Why not buy it from Amazon?" That brand recognition is hard to beat.

    • dragonmouth
      June 15, 2014 at 7:05 pm

      "The problem is Amazon is now ubiquitous."
      No, it is not. It has only brainwashed online shoppers into thinking of Amazon first to the exclusion of other retailers. I will agree that they do sell a shipload of different items and they try to offer one-stop shopping. However, their prices CAN be beat and for many items you still have to go elsewhere.

      "That brand recognition is hard to beat."
      That's why kleenex, coke and xerox have become household names.