Your Tuesday Tech News Round Up!

by Yumi Matsuo · November 15, 2011

Facebook users are spammed with disturbing images; Malicious hackers target Twilight fans; Images of the next BlackBerry are leaked online; Facebook rival social network co-founder dies. There is a new real-time language conversion app, and so much more in today's tech news round up!

1.Twilight fans are targets for malicious hackers. With the next Twilight series premiere approaching, Twilight-related scams and spam are increasing. Hackers are targeting Twilight fans by linking viruses to Twilight-related material. Some of the searches that have experienced poisoning links are 'Nude pictures of Taylor Lautner' and 'Robert and Kristen kissing'. [Mashable]

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2. Google Maps expands to covers parks. Google Maps, which already offers 360-degree street-level views of cities around the world is now covering parks and other locations inaccessible by car with its Trike. Google's Trike is a panoramic camera system mounted on top of an oversize tricycle. Two weeks ago, the High Line was added to Google's digital archive and the team of cyclists will begin shooting in Central Park this week. [NYTimes]

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3. Facebook experiences widespread attack spamming horrific images. Within the last 24 hours, images such as mutilated animals and hardcore porn have reportedly been flooding users newsfeeds. Several people are linking the virus attack to a group that has recently posted a YouTube video threatening to kill the social network. [BBC]

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4. Pictures of the next Blackberry are leaked. According to The Verge, the new BlackBerry device is supposedly called the "Blackberry London" and is said to be released in June 2012. The source has said that it is thinner than the iPhone 4. [Mashable]

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5. Libraries nationwide are increasing their e-lending. Public libraries are kicking the E-book lending into high gear, starting in September when Amazon turned on its Kindle for 11,000 local libraries. App developers are also working towards allowing users to borrow on their smartphone. The New York Public Library has quadrupled its e-book budget in the last 2 years and plans to spend $1 million this year. [USAToday]

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6. An app to chat in over 50 languages. Apple has come out with a free app called Ortsbo 2Go which lets you instant message with those in another language. Whatever you type is immediately translated into another language, and vice versa. The Ortsbo 2Go for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch works as a real-time language conversion on Facebook chat. [USAToday]

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7. NASA has a new tweetup campaign to increase the space agency's audience. NASA is choosing 150 twitter followers through a lottery for the Tweetups event and taking them on a VIP behind-the-scenes look at the space agency's facilities. Participants, whose day jobs range from church office worker to baker, must narrate their experience through tweets, photographs and videos. [HuffingtonPost]

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8. Diaspora Social Network co-founder dies at the age of 22. Ilya Zhitomirskiy, was one of four New York-based students who founded Diaspora, a Facebook rival designed as a user-controlled social network. The privacy-aware site was launched in response to criticism over Facebook's lack of privacy settings. The cause of his death is yet to be determined. [BBC]

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9. Australian court to hear Samsung Apple Dispute. Apple and Samsung have both accused each other of patent infringements and are locked in legal battles in 10 countries. An Australian court has set a March date to hear Samsung's claim of patent infringement on its 3G patents. Samsung is asking to ban iPhone 4S sales in the country due to these infringements. [BBC]

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10. Batteries for phones and laptops boost. Scientists at Northwestern University have changed the material in lithium-ion batteries to boost their abilities. With this new technology, phones and laptops will be able to recharge ten times faster and hold a charge time ten times longer. [BBC]

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