Facebook has traced a bug that exposed the personal details of six million users.
The company's White Hat team came clean about the security malfunction, which accidentally revealed private email addresses and telephone numbers to connected users.
It explained that the information it uses to make friend recommendations was wrongly stored on their account.
Connected users were then provided with the information when using the 'download your information' tool. The option has now been temporarily removed while the social network fixes the error.
Facebook reassured users in a statement, adding: "We currently have no evidence that this bug has been exploited maliciously and we have not received complaints from users or seen anomalous behaviour on the tool or site to suggest wrongdoing.
"Additionally, no other types of personal or financial information were included and only people on Facebook - not developers or advertisers - have access to the DYI tool."
Xbox One has changed its policies for used games and online connectivity for disc-based games.
The console will no longer require to be online once every 24 hours, instead only needing an internet connection when initially setting up the system.
Discs will function as they did on Xbox 360, with no restrictions on borrowing or selling used games.
"There will be no limitations to using and sharing games, it will work just as it does today on Xbox 360," explained president of interactive entertainment Don Mattrick.
Full retail games bought from Xbox Live can also be played offline, and like today, can't be resold or shared.
As with Xbox 360, any disc-based games on Xbox One must have the disc in the tray for them to run.
Region locking will also be lifted, meaning games from any region can be played on any console.
"Since unveiling our plans for Xbox One, my team and I have heard directly from many of you, read your comments and listened to your feedback," said Mattrick.
"We have listened and we have heard loud and clear from your feedback that you want the best of both worlds.
"Thank you again for your candid feedback. Our team remains committed to listening, taking feedback and delivering a great product for you later this year."
The used games and online requirement policies have been a big talking point since the console's unveiling last month, with one research firm describing it as "deeply flawed".
Comments advising gamers without an internet connection to buy an Xbox 360 were also poorly received.
Microsoft previously hinted that games will be freely playable on Xbox One after the system's demise.
Sony has revealed the PlayStation 4 in full at E3 2013.
Andrew House showed off the next-generation console for delegates during Sony's conference on Monday evening (June 10). It is priced at $399 (£349, €399) - $100 cheaper than the US retail price for Xbox One, and £80 cheaper than the UK RRP.
House said that he feels the PS4 is "sleek and visually impactful wherever it is placed", and asserted his belief that the new console is "worthy of the PlayStation heritage".
It has also been announced that the PS4 will place no restrictions on used games. Disc-based titles can be traded in at retail, sold to another person or lent to a friend.
The console does not need an 'always-on' internet connection, and will not require online authentication, Sony Computer Entertainment president and CEO Jack Tretton confirmed.
You asked about our shared game policies on PlayStation. We listened. Here's @amboyes and my reenactment. youtube.com/watch?v=kWSIFh…
— Shuhei Yoshida (@yosp) June 11, 2013
PlayStation Plus membership will also carry over to PS4. Although PS Plus membership is required for online play, non-members will still be able to play all single-player games and use all media services.
PlayStation's cloud-based gaming service Gaikai will launch in the US during 2014, starting with a catalogue of acclaimed PS3 games.
Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton also announced on Monday that the company will provide exclusive content for both PS4 and the PlayStation Network. Redbox Instant and Flixter will soon be made available for US customers on PS3, PS4 and PS Vita.
PS4 launch titles will include Killzone: Shadow Fall, Drive Club, inFAMOUS: Second Son and Knack.
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Jun 11 2013
Microsoft has announced pricing and a release date for its next-generation Xbox One console.
The company confirmed during its E3 press conference that the system will debut in November, priced at £429 in the UK and $499 in the US.
Numerous games were confirmed for the Xbox One at the Los Angeles expo, including Dead Rising 3, Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Crimson Dragon, and a new entry in the Halo series.
Announced last month, the Xbox One is described as an all-in-one "ultimate home entertainment system".
While the console won't require an always-on connection, it must be connected to the internet every 24 hours.
Xbox One will see 15 exclusive games launch in its first year, including Forza Motorsport 5 on day one.
Xbox One pricing details were announced alongside a new Halo title, Dead Rising 3, Ryse, Titanfall and Project Spark.
The company also unveiled a brand new slimmer, quieter Xbox 360 and revealed plans to ditch Microsoft Points.
iPhone 6 will increase its screen size to 4.8 inches, an analyst has predicted.
Glen Yeung from Citi Research told CNET that he expects the handset to be released with that screen size in early 2014.
If true, the iPhone 6 would be a mere 0.2 inches smaller than the Samsung Galaxy S4, which has a 5-inch display.
Yeung went on to claim that the widely-rumoured iPhone 5S "has been delayed by two to four weeks", and said he is unsure about whether Apple can meet a September launch.
The analyst also predicted that two new versions of the iPad Mini will land soon, with one priced lower than the current model to compete with cheaper rivals such as the Nexus 7. Yeung claimed that the second model will have a 2048x1536-pixel Retina display.
Yeung added that a full-sized iPad could be on the way in September, slimmed-down and with a lighter weight compared to the current model.
Regarding the near future, Yeung believes that, in terms of hardware, Apple will only reveal new MacBooks at the Worldwide Developers Conference, although he added that the rumoured 'iRadio' service will be launched. Additionally, the analyst thinks the company will announce that it is to open its API to developers, to allow them to develop for iCloud, Maps and Siri.
Companies including Facebook, Apple and Google have spoken out to deny that they have knowingly granted US government agencies direct access to their servers in the wake of the PRISM data-mining controversy.
According to a Washington Post investigation published on Thursday (June 6), the National Security Agency and the FBI are alleged to have set up the top-secret PRISM scheme in order to directly access data from the servers of nine tech companies - Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube and Apple.
A leaked NSA briefing presentation states that analysts for the authorities can access photographs, audio and video chats, documents, emails and log files when building files on individual targets or networks of interest.
Facebook's chief security officer Joe Sullivan said on Thursday evening that the company had no knowledge of the PRISM programme, and only answers requests relating to specific individuals.
"We do not provide any government organisation with direct access to Facebook servers," Sullivan said. "When Facebook is asked for data or information about specific individuals, we carefully scrutinise any such request for compliance with all applicable laws, and provide information only to the extent required by law."
A spokesperson for Apple added: "We have never heard of PRISM. We do not provide any government agency with direct access to our servers, and any government agency requesting customer data must get a court order."
Google also denied knowledge of PRISM, saying that it complies with the law when dealing with requests to disclose data.
"From time to time, people allege that we have created a government 'backdoor' into our systems, but Google does not have a 'back door' for the government to access private user data," a statement from the firm added.
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Microsoft has congratulated Sony and Naughty Dog for the high review scores achieved by The Last of Us.
Xbox Live director of programming Larry 'Major Nelson' Hyrb toasted Sony in a recent Twitter post, saying that The Last of Us looked like a solid game.
The Last of Us stars Joel and Ellie as two survivors living in a post-apocalyptic United States overrun by zombie-like humans infected with a fungus-like virus.
The game features a story-driven single-player campaign, as well as a clan-based multiplayer mode in which players must grow their numbers and survive for 12 weeks.
It has been unanimously praised ahead of next week's launch, scoring 96% on Metacritic and receiving almost 30 perfect scores.
Sony registered domains for The Last of Us sequels last month, suggesting that the title would be the start of a new franchise.
The Last of Us will be released exclusively for the PS3 on June 14.
Sony's PlayStation 4 will launch with a price tag of around $349 (£228), while Microsoft's Xbox One will cost in the region of $399 (£261), according to an industry expert.
Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter made the predictions based on the approximate cost of the materials and components from which the next-generation machines are made.
The PS4 has a bill of materials that adds up to around $275 (£419), with the new Microsoft console costing around $325 (£213) to build.
Although Pachter belives that the Xbox One will be priced higher than its rival, the analyst expects the console to be available at a cheaper price via a subscription with a broadcast, cable or ISP provider.
"We believe the ability to watch live TV from a cable, telco, or satellite set-top box through Xbox One could entice an MSO to drive subscriptions through a subsidised box in exchange for a multi-year contract," GI.biz quotes him as saying.
"The 'always connected' requirement for the Xbox One likely means that a broadband connection will be required, suggesting to us that ISPs may have an incentive to offer a subsidy as well.
"In addition, Microsoft could conceivably subsidise the Xbox One through prepaid Xbox Live Gold subscriptions [as it has done on a limited basis in the past] or premium Skype functionality as well.
"Similarly, Sony could subsidise the PS4 through prepaid PlayStation Network subscriptions, but unlike Microsoft, it does not have a history of doing so."
Pachter went on to say that current hardware, including the PlayStation Vita and Wii U, could receive a price cut when the new consoles arrive on the market.
Jun 02 2013
Xbox One will not support XBLA digital downloads, Microsoft has confirmed.
Microsoft's Phil Spencer has advised Xbox 360 users to keep hold of their consoles, describing the 360 as a vibrant part of the Xbox ecosystem.
"Those games will continue to run on your Xbox 360 for as long as your Xbox 360 runs," Spencer told GameSpot.
"The box is not backward compatible and we think for somebody who invests in a large digital library that you want to keep your Xbox 360. Keep that as a vibrant part of the ecosystem.
"That's why we've made sure that your identity, your friends, are constant between both platforms
"You don't have a separate identity on Xbox One or [Xbox 360]; it's the same, you are you.
"My friend's network is the same on both boxes, my achievements are the same. So we think that service component is an important component to keep constant across both devices."
Announced last week, Xbox One - described as an all-in-one "ultimate home entertainment system" - will be launched later this year.
While the system won't require an always-on connection, it must be connected to the internet every 24 hours.
Elsewhere, while Microsoft hasn't fully confirmed its policy on used games, a report suggested the firm and publishers will profit from all second-hand sales.
Xbox One will see 15 exclusive games launch in its first year, including Forza Motorsport 5 on day one.
The PlayStation 4 is "first and foremost... a games console", according to Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai.
Speaking at this week's All Things Digital conference, Hirai said that while the PS4 will be supported with multimedia apps and features, its primary function is as a gaming device.
"The most important thing we need to make sure we do at least initially is that we all agree and understand that the PS4 is a great video game console that appeals to video gamers," Hirai explained (via AllThingsD).
"If we miss that part then I don't think we get the initial establishment of the console. That formula has worked for us with all our consoles, including the PS3.
"We take a look at this first and foremost as a game console. We don't want to end there. That's an area we will obviously reveal and talk about in the coming months."
Unveiled earlier this year, the PS4 has been compared to a "supercharged PC". It features an x86 CPU, enhanced PC GPU and 8GB RAM.
Sony recently confirmed that the PS4 will include a headset and a large hard drive, and that controllers will be able to charge while the system is in standby mode.
GameStop, meanwhile, has said that the PS4 will launch in all regions this year and that Sony will struggle to meet consumer demand.
New games include Killzone: Shadow Fall, Infamous: Second Son and The Witness.