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Is Stuxnet back? A provincial defense official in southern Iran is claiming that one of the largest power plants in the country and other industrial sites were again targeted by the notorious virus reported to be the creation of the Israeli and American governments. In 2010, Tehran accused Israel and the US of targeting its nuclear facilities with cyberattacks.

This recent Stuxnet attack was successfully defeated, according to local Iranian civil defense chief Ali Akbar Akhavan. “We were able to prevent its expansion owing to our timely measures and the cooperation of skilled hackers,” Akhavan said. Iran has repeatedly claimed to be the victim of cyber attacks from foreign states, and repeatedly claimed success in defeating them, the B…

“Apple today rolled out an updated version of iOS 6, which fixes a problem with Wi-Fi connectivity,” Chloe Albanesius reports for PC Magazine.

“The iOS 6.0.2 update “fixes a bug that could impact Wi-Fi,” according to Apple’s software update notice,” Albanesius reports. “To see if the update has rolled out to your device, tap Settings > General > Software Update.”

MacDailyNews Note: iOS 6.0.2 System Requirements: iPhone 5, iPad mini.

Albanesius reports, “The update took about 20 minutes to install on the iPhone 5, after which the phone need a reboot to complete the upgrade.”

Read more in the full article here.

“Brazilian electronics maker IGB Electronica SA has announced a new line of Android phones under the IPHONE brand, a trademark that was originally applied for in Brazil in 2000,” Jordan Golson reports for MacRumors.

“Apple will either file a lawsuit, or perhaps more likely, begin negotiations for a settlement deal,” Golson reports. “Apple was involved in a similar trademark issue in China, with Proview owning the “iPad” trademark. Apple ended up paying that company $60 million to gain control of the ‘iPad’ trademark.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: ‘Tis a quality company that positions itself to extort a worldwide innovator and/or attempt to confuse its would-be customers with a bait-and-switch of inferior wares.

First came the filters, now another new Twitter feature has started rolling out. Some lucky users—and soon all of us—are now able to download their entire Twitter history.

Twitter has finally provided the option to download all your tweets – twitter.com/nspeaks/status…

— Navjot Singh (@nspeaks) December 16, 2012

Go to Twitter settings. Scroll down to “Your Twitter Archive”. Download ALL your tweets. Even your first. DO IT. DO EEEEEET NOW!

— Psanta(@Psilosophy) December 16, 2012

As promised by Twitter CEO Dick Costello, Twitter is now letting you download a collection of every tweet you’ve ever tweeted, beyond the mere 3,200 tweet limit imposed by the Twitter API. If the option is available to you, it can be found under settings. Once you request your archive, all you have to do is wait, and Twitter will send you an email when it’ ready.

When delivered, the archive is presented as a zipped HTML file which displays the tweets in a calender-like format, a better deal than a straight-up list of text. So get ready to dive into your own personal Twitter past. Or don’t. There could be some embarassing stuff back there. [The Next Web]

Radar has been the way to spot enemy aircraft zooming across the sky for decades, but (un)fortunately, it doesn’t always work. If you’ve got the right tech, you can fool it. A new kind developed by researchers at the University of Rochester however, dips into quantum physics and is unjammable and infallible.

There are a couple of ways to fool radar. First you can just drop a bunch of chaff to generate a whole bunch of noise, or you can take the more technologically complicated route and intercept the radar signal, modify it, and send back false information that looks real. It’s that second tactic quantum radars are most interested in foiling.

Essentially this system uses polarised photons to detect and image objects meaning that if someone tried to intercept these photons and send them back, their polarization would be changed; there’s no way to look at the signal without everyone knowing. And it’s not only that you know; the interference is easy to spot and throw out, resulting in a clean image.

So far the system still has its kinks that need to be worked out, but much like quantum cryptography, it promises a layer or theoretical security unlike anything we have now. Get ready for a quantum future, where everyone can see you see them. [MIT Technology Review via Engadget]

“Much has been written about the brilliance of Steve Jobs and the iconic company that he built,” Paul Spiegelman writes for Inc. “Many say that it was Steve Job’s laser focus on the beauty and simplicity of product design that was the key to Apple’s success.”

“Of course, Tim Cook’s the new sheriff in town at Apple, and he is doing things that were blind spots during the Jobs era,” Spiegelman writes. “He’s focusing on people. As far-fetched as it might seem, I believe that strategy will contribute to Apple making even more money than it already has. (Of course, plenty of Apple engineers will also continue to make cool stuff.) “

Spiegelman writes, “I applaud Tim Cook for the small changes he is making, not because he wants to be different than Jobs, but because it is how he is wired, and he knows it is the right thing to do. I’d bet we’ll see it’s good for Apple’s business too.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: In the full article, Spiegelman credits Cook for “praising employees in public” as if it’s something new. The late, great Steve Jobs praised and thanked Apple employees in public many times.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Scott M.” for the heads up.]

“A local family says a language barrier may have resulted in police using a Taser on a woman after she tried to buy too many iPhones at a local mall. Police, however, say the incident isn’t that clear cut,” WCVB reports. “Xiaojie Li, of Newton, said she is embarrassed by Monday’s Pheasant Lane Mall in New Hampshire incident.”

“Xiaojie Li, of Newton, said she is embarrassed by Monday’s Pheasant Lane Mall in New Hampshire incident,” WCVB reports. “‘So my mom says she don’t know why they called the police, because she doesn’t understand what they are talking about,’ her 12-year-old daughter Jiao Jay said. Jay said her mother bought two iPhones last Friday, and was told that was the limit. When she took video of others she claimed were buying more, the store manager asked her to leave.”

“The confrontation involving the Taser happened when Li went to the store on Monday to pick up two iPhones she ordered online,” WCVB reports. “‘The management of the store asked us to have her removed. The officer approached her, told her she wasn’t welcome in the store, and she refused to leave,’ Nashua Police Capt. Bruce Hansen said. Police say the store had issued a stay-away order against Li.”

WCVB reports, “A video posted on YouTube shows Li and police officers on the floor outside the Apple store at the Nashua mall. The crackle of the Taser and Li’s screams can be heard on the video. “Hansen said the woman had been resisting arrest for about 15 minutes before a second officer arrived at the scene. The 44-year-old mother of two was charged with trespassing and resisting arrest… ‘She wasn’t mistreated in any way. If she left the store when she was told to leave the store, it would’ve been done at that. She was told she was under arrest after repeatedly being told to leave the store. She didn’t submit to the arrest. The officer used the Taser on her to get her to submit to the arrest,’ Hansen said.”

See the video in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: At the Microsoft Store, they use the Taser to get you to buy their phones.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “lawrence” for the heads up.]