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Things We Saw Today: Ugh, Fake Geek Guys

Jill Pantozzi, TMS' erstwhile Editor-in-Chief, tweeted about an incredible /r/relationships post that can really only be summed up exactly how you see it on her tweet.

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BitTorrent Made a Cloud Storage Alternative That Doesn’t Store Things in the Cloud

I've come to love Dropbox. I use a few different computers day to day, and it's nice to have a way to sync files between them easily. Not everyone loves that Dropbox stores your files on their servers, but there hasn't really been a non-cloud solution to file syncing until now. BitTorrent just launched their Sync app to the public, and it works similarly to services like Dropbox, but without using cloud storage.

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Dropbox Buys Mailbox, Spawns Dozens of Clever Headlines

Anyone ever use, the file-sharing site? When that went away, I discovered Dropbox, and I can't even estimate how many gigs I've dragged through that  service already, mostly to share files with friends and collaborators. It's been invaluable. It fills a void, and it's good at what it does. Except now it's going to do more than what it does, because Dropbox just bought Mailbox, the popular email app. But don't panic -- nothing's going away.

Read More Gets Gates, Zuckerberg, and More to Talk About Importance of Coding [Video]

A few weeks ago launched with the goal of getting more young people excited about coding. When they launched there were rumors that they were producing a video with some of the biggest names in coding like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. Today they released that video, and sure enough, Gates and Zuckerberg are in there. They're in good company too, with some big name coders from Twitter, Dropbox, and for some reason The takeaway message? Being a programmer now is basically like being a junk bond trader in the 1980s, except the cocaine and strippers have been replaced with free pizza and awesome rumpus rooms, and the bond trading has been replaced with doing something of some utility to society.

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Did You Know That Dropbox Loves Zelda?

Those of you who have a lot of files that need storing somewhere offsite (no, we won't tell anyone about the nefarious things you like to keep around) maybe be aware of Dropbox, one of the most prevalent, easy-to-use cloud storage services on the Internet. The folks over at Dropbox are pretty cool -- they give you 2 free gigabytes of cloud storage just for signing up and 500 megabytes per each referral up to 18 gigabtyes -- but if you pay close attention to their Help Center, you'll find the Dropbox team is cooler than you thought.

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Dropbox Now Confirms They Were Hacked, Updates Security

Only a little over a week ago, Dropbox and their outside experts were claiming that there was no evidence of a hack. As it happens, they were wrong. They've now confirmed that some users did see unauthorized activity on a small number of accounts due to the recent slew of passwords being leaked across the Internet. On top of that, one of their employees had their account -- which included a document with user email addresses -- accessed as well. Oops.

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Dropbox Says No Evidence of Hack Despite Spam Concerns

Nothing's ever as secure as we think it is. Dropbox, having not so long ago accidentally dropped password protection on user accounts, has been receiving reports of folks receiving spam in their emails. Normally this wouldn't be an issue -- most email accounts get spam. The complicate things, the users have claimed that these accounts were unique to Dropbox; the only way for someone to be spamming them would be due to having somehow gotten the accounts from Dropbox.

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The Secret is Out: Clever Easter Egg Found in Dropbox

Dropbox, the handy cloud storage service, has quickly become a stalwart companion for people looking to sync files across multiple computers or to share files with others. What users probably haven't realized is that the minds behind the service have a pretty good sense of humor, and hid a fun easter egg in the service. So far the trick only appears to work for OS X users, and seems to have been hidden in April, but only just now been discovered. It can be accessed by changing the name of a file (or folder) in your Dropbox folder to a series of pre-set phrases. Doing so causes a window to appear that scrolls through pictures and quotes from many of the Dropbox developers, followed by a special thanks and some words of wisdom. There's also a shoutout to Google, Microsoft, and Apple, perhaps a reference to those companies new interest in cloud-based services pioneered by companies like Dropbox.

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Dropbox Drops Password Protection

Yesterday, the popular cloud storage service Dropbox accidentially disabled password protection for all accounts, leaving user's files open to the public and modifiable for about 4 hours. Dropbox serves around 25 million users and while all their accounts were accessible, Dropbox asserts that only less than 1% of accounts were active during that period, which is not necessarily indicative of foul play. They are still investigating whether any of those cases might have been unauthorized access.

The error was caused when Dropbox changed some code at 1:54 PST and was discovered four hours later. Upon discovery, all active sessions were killed and users who were active during the password-free period were notified and advised to check their use history. But that's where the buck seems to have stopped. As of now, Dropbox has yet to make a public statement on the matter. Neither their twitter nor their homepage makes any reference to the breach, which has some users a little upset.

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