YouTube, iTunes hacked on Independence Day

July 5, 2010 § Leave a comment

On the Fourth, both iTunes and YouTube were hacked into separately. The hacking has been linked to the site Ebaumsworld and the online forum 4Chan, but it is said others may be to blame.

The problems where first discovered on YouTube by fans of pop singer Justin Bieber. Viewers got messages popping up saying that Bieber had died or a message trying to get them to go to hacking sites. It is said that the problem was in the comment system. To fix the problem, comments were temporarily disabled for about 3 hours while the problem was fixed.

On iTunes, it is said that book apps from a certain Vietnamese publisher where the top selling at the time and other rumors of accounts being phished and used to buy book apps  surfaced. But this still has not been confirmed. Also, the top book app list has not yet been fixed.

The iTunes issues do not sound as bad as the YouTube issues. I mean iTunes just had its top book apps list messed with. The YouTube issues could have led to viruses on viewer’s computers and broken hearts for millions of preteens and other Justin Bieber fans.

Larry King Live to End,CNN Starts Search for King’s Replacement

June 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

After twenty-five long years, CNN’s Larry King Live will come to an end this fall when King leaves the show.CNN has said they are looking for a replacement for the interviewer. King will not officially retire, he has said he still wants to do work with CNN on specials.

King himself has said he would like Ryan Seacrest of American Idol to be his successor. Others have expressed interest in CBS’s Katie Couric and America’s Got Talent judge Piers Morgan who is also a British interviewer.

An AP story suggested that it to is bad Conan O’Brien had already gotten another job. While Conan is a good talk show host and would be something new and different for the show I do not think it would be a job for him. While I believe he did a wonderful job taking over The Tonight Show (despite what Leno Lovers and NBC think), I do not think this would be his thing, even if CNN did want to shake the time slot up a bit.

If they want to shake things up they should go with Seacrest. He may be best known for hosting American Idol but he has filled in for King in the past so he knows the ropes. He would know how to do a similar show and retain some King fans if the producers kept it the same and he would still be something new and different to bring in new viewers.

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