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Twitter says hackers may have stolen 250,000 passwords


The infamous Twitter fail whale. An image that means something is amiss.

Social media giant Twitter is among the latest U.S. companies to report that it is among a growing list of victims of Internet security attacks, saying that hackers may have gained access to information on 250,000 of its more than 200 million active users. And now, The Washington Post is joining the chorus, revealing the discovery of a sophisticated cyberattack in 2011.

Twitter said in a blog post on Friday it detected attempts to gain access to its user data earlier in the week. It shut down one attack moments after it was detected.

But Twitter discovered that the attackers may have stolen user names, email addresses and encrypted passwords belonging to 250,000 users they describe as "a very small percentage of our users." The company reset the pilfered passwords and sent emails advising the affected users.


'Drunk Nate Silver' tweets are adding up in Los Angeles

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Heads up, innumerate. Twitter has gone post-election punchy with a new game — #DrunkNateSilver.

Here's how to play:

  • Pretend that statistics superhero Nate Silver is drunk.
  • Make up things he can predict.

Dan Levitan is credited as the typhoid Mary of this lastest meme. Gawker, BuzzFeed and others followed the tweet-trail to his Wednesday night communique that read: "Drunk Nate Silver is riding the subway, telling strangers the day they will die."

Below, imaginary forecasts for the Los Angeles region and elsewhere:


The five best Internet reactions to the Romney - Obama Town Hall debate

Patrick Swayze's Dirty Dancing appearance was not forgotten last night as jokesters piled on during the Binder meme.

The Internet poked fun at President Bill Clinton during the Binder buzz.

Pouty U.S. gymnast McKayla Maroney seems unimpressed with this binder of women.


Playboy's Hugh Hefner was the butt of one of the Binder jokes.


A parody of the 80s-era school binder Trapper Keeper.


The "Overly Attached Girlfriend" made it into the Binders meme.

5. The Town Hall debate Songified - rarely has autotune been used in such a humorous way. 

4. When talking about pay equality between men and women, Gov. Romney recalled a time when he was formulating his cabinet.  Romney said he was originally presented with only male applicants. "I went to a number of women's groups and said, 'Can you help us find folks,' and they brought us whole binders full of women."

And in that split second the Binders Full of Women jokes errupted through the web including this one celebrating the Trapper Keeper binder of days gone by.

3. Because comedy is bipartisan, former President Bill Clinton also got sucked into the Binders meme.

2. The Twitter account @Romneys Binder gets 14,900 followers in less than 24 hours.

1. The Facebook group Binders Full of Women attracts more than 325,000 likes in less than a day.


Coping with Carmageddon by loving (and hating) it on Twitter

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Work continued on the bridge over the top of the Sepulveda Pass. Despite the shutdown traffic flowed freely on interstates in The Valley.

Southern Californians love their cars and today, the first day of Carmageddon 2, some of them took photographs of what traffic looked like around L.A.

Some folks simply tweeted their opinions about the 10-mile 405 shutdown from the safety of home. Here is a sample of what people are talking about Saturday afternoon.


Andy Williams is dead, so people on Twitter ask 'Who is Andy Williams?'

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Singer Andy Williams poses for a publicity photo circa 1962.

Andy Williams, the crooner who sold over 100 million records over 70 years in showbusiness, died today at 84.

His death continued a strange trend on Twitter where people of all ages publicly announce that they have no idea who the fallen famous person was.

Williams, the iconic singer of "Moon River", the man who brought The Osmond Brothers to the nation's attention on his Emmy-award winning tv series, the Grammy host for seven consecutive years, was also the lifelong Republican who publicly stood up for John Lennon when the Nixon administration tried to deport the Beatle.

More recently the artist who released eight Christmas albums lashed out against Barack Obama saying he didn't like the current president at all.

"I think he wants to create a socialist country. The people he associates with are very Left-wing. One is registered as a Communist," Williams said in 2009. "Obama is following Marxist theory. He's taken over the banks and the car industry. He wants the country to fail."