• They appeared to have us all fooled, including the New York Times' very own tech columnist, Nick Bilton. But shortly after an opinion piece penned under the name of Bill Keller, former Times executive editor, had been dubbed a fake, the infamous whistle blowers at WikiLeaks have claimed responsibility.

    "Yes. We admit it. WikiLeaks (Assange & co) and our great supporters where [sic] behind the successful NYTimes banking blockade hoax on @nytkeller," shared WikiLeaks via Twitter.

    The confusion began late Saturday night when the Times' appeared to publish an intriguing piece from Keller entitled 'WikiLeaks, A Post Postscript'. The "op-ed" was then tweeted by an account that appeared to be Keller's, and before long the story had reached several influential journalists.

    "Important piece by @nytkeIler defending @WikiLeaks and a plea to protect the First Amendment: http://t.co/LO5SBA3G," tweeted Bilton, who has since deleted the tweet, to his more than 120,000 followers.

    The story quickly

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  • If you thought we must be getting close to an official Apple announcement as the rumour mill ramps up, chances are, you're right: various tech blogs are reporting that Apple will be announcing its iPhone 5 and iPad Mini on September 12.

    According to an iMore blog post, the tentatively-named iPhone 5 will be unveiled in the early fall, and Apple fans can expect to get in line less than two weeks later for a reported September 21 launch. iMore also reports the long-rumoured iPad Mini, as well as a new iPod Nano, will be unveiled on the same day.

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    This report backs up the repeated mention of a "fall event" by Apple during a call with analysts last week, Mashable reports.

    It also supports a report from App4Phone.fr,  a French website that pointed last week to a September 21 release date for the iPhone 5.

    While CNET mentions that this is still in the rumours stage, it's beginning to look like the rumours are indeed true as more and more

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  • Google has officially announced it is bringing a high-speed fibre-optic network to Kansas City, Missouri, as a pilot of its Google Fiber project.

    Google Fiber is Google's first foray into the world of Internet providers. It will offer a fibre-optic broadband network service, providing 'gigabit' speeds, or 1000 mbps. The Associated Press reports that it would be about 100 times faster than a basic cable modem.

    Local news stations were on hand to catch all the details at Google's big announcement:

    Google announces details of Google Fiber service Google unveils its plans for its Google Fiber ultra high-speed Internet service, including a package of Internet-delivered television service. KMBC 9's Micheal Mahoney reports.

    In order to take full advantage of the incredibly fast speeds, users will need to get wired networks, NewScientist reports. Even top-end WiFi networks can only reach about 300 megabits, far from the full speed being offered by Google.

    That will only be a problem for people

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  • Need to follow the Olympics on the go? There are apps for that

    With the London 2012 Olympics kicking off in grand style today, we begin three weeks of gold-medal wins, shocking underdog stories and heartbreaking losses that we'll remember for years to come. And while not everyone is interested in the world's biggest sporting event (don't worry, I hear there's still other stuff on TV), those of us watching eagerly are looking for a way to get all the latest Olympic updates.

    There are plenty of apps out there that can help you follow along with the latest Olympic news when you're away from your television or computer. Whether you're using iOS, Android, BlackBerry or Windows 7, we've got you covered:

    London 2012: Official Results AppLondon 2012: Official Results App for the Olympic and Paralympic Games

    Here it is, the official app of this year's Olympic Games. This colourful and highly-graphic interface gives you access to live and calendar schedules, medal counts and detailed information on sports and athletes. You can

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  • While walking past one of those mobile phone carrier kiosks at a local shopping mall, I overheard a sales associate tell a customer the only phone that synchronizes music with iTunes — the popular and free software for PCs and Macs — is an Apple iPhone.

    This simply isn't true.

    There are a few different — and easy -- ways to sync all your music (and podcasts and audio books) with other smartphones, such as Android.

    The simplest way on a PC is to use Microsoft's Windows Media Player which is included in all versions of the Windows operating system.

    Simply connect your Android smartphone or tablet to your computer via a USB cable and a small window should pop up with a number of options. Double-click the one that says "Sync digital media files to this device," which has a Windows Media Player icon beside it.

    If the Music tab on the left of Windows Media Player isn't already highlighted, click Music and you'll see a list of all the music on your computer. Or you can select a particular

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  • THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-L.G. Patterson, FileLife without the Internet isn't something that many of us are acquainted with nowadays. Almost every aspect of our lives depend on online interaction in some way. One technology writer has decided to temporarily pull himself out of the World Wide Web, and hopes to find out what it looks like from the outside.

    Paul Miller, Senior Editor at The Verge announced three months ago that as of May 1, he'd be going without the Internet for one year.

    While it may sound like a near-impossible feat, considering Miller's line of work, he says that his job actually makes it easier. Miller has the support of his colleagues and his superiors, and he's writing about his experiences for The Verge. As Miller explains in the video, he writes his posts and hands them off to a co-worker to put up on the website, so he doesn't actually have to go online at all. That doesn't mean his experiment is an easy one, though.

    "Who could ever have a real job at this point [without the Internet]?" said Miller in an

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  • If the allegations are true, the brass at Chick-Fil-A get an "F" for attempting to quell their current homophobic PR nightmare.

    Marred in the wake of company president Dan Cathy's anti-gay comments, someone at the U.S. chicken restaurant apparently created a fake Facebook account in an effort to thwart the negative social attention. Unless Abby Farle, a Facebook veteran of a mere 24 hours, is indeed the God-fearing quick-serve chicken enthusiast she appears to be.

    The validity of this particular profile came into question Tuesday when a man named Chris had called the company out on Chick-fil-A's Facebook page.

    "Admit it, Chick-fil-A: you stopped carrying Jim Henson's puppets as kids meal toys because you got dumped for being bigots, not because some kids 'got their fingers stuck,' " read Chris' post. The Jim Henson company had pulled their toys from Chick-fil-A's kids meals following Cathy's comments, a move that the restaurant chain rebuffed as a internal corporate decision based on a

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  • The U.K.'s most popular tourist attraction, famous for its champagne rides and terrific view, is about to go social.

    Olympic organizers have partnered with a group of MIT graduates to transform the London Eye into a light show driven entirely on social media, Gizmag reports. The near 400-foot ferris wheel will display a half-hour light show every night during the games, reflecting how London currently feels about the Olympics by interpreting the local tweets.

    The colours displayed will represent the general feeling, or "energy," shared among the tweeting public: positive feedback regarding the Olympics will be shown in yellow, a neutral response will reveal green, and a negative energy will render the London Eye purple. This is all calculated by an algorithm that "linguistically analyzes tweets about the Games from the U.K. and splits them into positive and negative conversations."

    "The algorithm we developed converts real-time social emotions into color and motion — tweets to light

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  • How's this for irony: while it's the parent's job to protect their children, it's the kids who know more about where they're spending most of their time: on the Internet.

    Understandably, many parents feel helpless because of this "digital divide." But common sense and smart software can help protect the ones you love.

    The following are a few tips to get you started.

    Location, location, location: Rather than placing an Internet-connected computer in a child's room, keep it in a central location in the home, such as a kitchen, family room or any other highly-trafficked area. Kids can feel independent while surfing online but not be "alone." Yes, kids might be online via smartphones and tablets, too, but you can restrict certain areas of the browser in the Settings area, secured by a password, if you're concerned.

    Super software: Filtering software might help reduce the odds your young children will end up on inappropriate websites that contain pornography, hate propaganda, unmonitored

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  • The iPod and iPhone have shrunk dramatically since both first debuted, but one thing has largely remained the same: the 30-pin connector port at the base of the devices. But now that port looks like it, too, will be getting smaller, and that could be a big problem for long-time Apple fans.

    As we reported in February, rumours have been abundant that Apple will be shrinking the 30 pin connector port down to a 19 pin version with the release of the new iPhone. Now, it seems that Reuters has confirmed this news with two sources, making it look pretty likely that we'll all have to buy new speakers, docks and car chargers.

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    The reason for the change, according to Reuters' sources, is to make room for the headphone port, which is moving from the top of the device to the bottom. Due to the increasingly slim nature of the iPhone, there was no way to fit the headphone port next to a 30-pin connector port. As The Verge points out,

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