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Teenager paid $60,000 for Chrome flaw find – Radio iPlayer – Facebook hugs

Google gives $60,000 to fault-finding hacker

A hacker has been awarded $60,000 (£37,500) by Google for the second time this year after successfully identifying security flaws in Chrome.

Known only as 'Pinkie Pie', the teenager found what Google calls a "full Chrome exploit" at the Hack in the Box conference in Kuala Lumpur.

The search engine is known for rewarding those who pass on information of bugs in its systems, and has also allocated prize money of $50,000 (£31,000) for locating "partial Chrome exploits" and $40,000 (£25,000) for unearthing "non-Chrome exploits".

Pinkie Pie was also awarded $60,000 in March as part of Google's 'Pwnium' competition. On that occasion, he was recognised for using a string of six different bugs to break out of Google's sandbox.

Hack in the Box is an annual event used by many companies to improve the security of their programmes, and celebrates its 10th birthday this year.


BBC creates radio iPlayer

Fans of the BBC's audio content will now be able to catch up with their favourite shows on a new iPlayer site dedicated to radio.

Previously, radio had been incorporated into the main iPlayer alongside television shows. Now, each medium will have a place of its own, and new radio content will now offer much more than it did before.

Many BBC shows are also shown on webcam, and this footage will now be available too, along with specially created social media content prepared by presenters and programme staff.

An iPhone app has been created, which comes with a built in alarm clock so listeners can wake up to their favourite show. There are plans to develop an Android version, while users on other platforms will still be able to find the site on their normal web browser.

The announcement follows the corporation's move to allow its iPlayer content to be downloaded to mobiles and watched without having to go online.

However, the BBC has been criticised in some quarters for taking so long to provide a radio service of this nature, as other networks have been running similar projects as far back as 2010.


Inflatable coat offers Facebook hugs

If a simple 'like' is not enough for Facebook's one billion users, they may be interested in the new "wearable social media vest" created by students at MIT.

The garment responds whenever someone likes your Facebook posts, inflating to give the impression of a real-life hug. The wearer can then squeeze the coat, deflating it and returning a hug to the sender.

Currently, likes are the only Facebook feature to have been incorporated into the jacket, with some jokingly asking whether features will be added for pokes and unfriending.

The response to the Like-A-Hug has been decidedly mixed. Some have praised the product and suggested it would be a comfort for people in long distance relationships or who lived far away from their families, while others angrily denounced it as "depressing" and "pathetic", claiming it was a poor substitute for actual hugs and that people should "get outside".

Written by James Riches


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