Tuesday Morning Cyber Corner

IN THE NEWS: WHITE HOUSE THWARTS CYBER ATTACK

WASHINGTON (AP) -- It happens to a lot of people -- cyberattacks. And now the White House says it has beaten back an attempt by someone to worm into its computer system. Obama administration spokesman Jay Carney told reporters it thwarted the effort -- and that no classified networks were threatened by the attempted incursion. Carney says the White House has the means to identify such attacks, isolate them -- and prevent them from spreading. Carney says there is no sign that any data was removed and that the attack was aimed at an unclassified area of the White House computer network.

IN THE NEWS: IRAN RESTORES ACCESS TO GMAIL

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iranian authorities have loosened their grip on Gmail. A week after blocking access to Google's popular email service, Tehran officials have let people start using it again. The Islamic Republic took the step in response to video clips posted on YouTube of an anti-Islam film. The clip set off deadly protests across the Muslim world. YouTube is owned by Google. The ban on Gmail sparked a slew of complaints from Internet users and officials in Iran. Meanwhile, YouTube remains blocked in Iran -- at least as of yesterday.

ON THE WEB: MLB INVESTIGATING SLUR POSTED ON PLAYER'S TWITTER ACCOUNT

CYBERSPACE (AP) -- It's a mystery -- one even deeper than even the question of who makes it to the playoffs this year. Major League Baseball says it's investigating a post to Texas Rangers pitcher Derek Holland's Twitter account. The post was aimed at someone who called Holland a "pathetic excuse" for a pitcher. The poster responded with a slur against homosexuals. Holland says he was either pitching or in the dugout when the post was sent. And he says the only person who he knows has access to his account is his fiancee -- and she denies involvement, too. Less than two weeks ago, the Toronto Blue Jays suspended starting shortstop Yunel Escobar for three games for wearing eye-black displaying an anti-gay slur in Spanish during a game.

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Twitter site: http://www.twitter.com

MLB site: http://www.mlb.com

IN STORES: RDIO TO PAY MUSICIANS FOR DRAWING CUSTOMERS TO SITE

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The music subscription service Rdio is looking to increase its audience -- and get rid of the idea that services like theirs underpay artists for their work. So it has begun paying musicians $10 for every person they get to sign up for an Rdio plan. Snoop Dogg -- or Snoop Lion, if you go by his latest name change -- is among the artists whose music is featured on the site. But other artists like Adele and Coldplay have withheld their latest hits from the site because of the pay issue. Rdio is in competition with other music streaming services in the U.S. like Spotify and Rhapsody -- though the streaming concept is gaining some traction among mobile device users.

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Rdio site: http://www.rdio.com

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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