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This app quickly mutes 100 crowdsourced topics from your Twitter timeline

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If you’re sick of politics, sport and general world news then you’re probably best off avoiding social media altogether.

But if you want to have your cake and eat it, there is another option to prevent unwanted items filling up your precious timeline on Twitter. Try Mute, a way to quickly mute 100 words from Twitter as chosen by the wisdom of people on the internet — aka crowdsourced.

Twitter has long supported muting words, but Mute makes it easy to really get into the feature. Its Mute.life website lists 100 keywords that have been added and then voted on by visitors to form a ranked list. By installing a bookmark in your (Google Chrome) browser, Mute can be used to automatically add those top 100 words into your muted word list for Twitter.

To get started, visit Mute.life and follow the instructions on the left-side of the screen. You can mute individual words, but the process behind that is pretty cumbersome since it involves copy-paste and manual entry. A better approach may be uploading the full 100 and then removing those you words that you don’t want to mute. Consider Mute the starting point.

I took Mute — which was created by nomadic developer Pieter Levels — for a spin and it worked as advised. Within a few minutes I had 100 muted words set up.

The only problem was the crowd — the main selling point — since many of the words I had muted weren’t topics that I wanted to banish from my timeline altogether.

There’s not going to be much left in my timeline if I mute all of these

That said, I’m not really the target audience here. I can’t remember muting any/many keywords over the years. But, if you’re someone who is looking to make use of Twitter’s mute feature, then this service gives you a jump start at doing that.

Levels said on Product Hunt that he is working to bring Mute to Facebook — that’s certainly a feature that would appeal to more people, so we’ll stay tuned on that.

Update: Facebook muting is now supported too — full details on the website here.

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RGV Not Meeting NTR Family

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Ram Gopal Varma is trying to get maximum attention to his Lakshmi’s NTR movie, and there is quite a good buzz on the project even before it was launched. RGV is planning to make it big in the best way possible and trying to create a special interest towards the film in the public.

RGV Not Meeting NTR Family
RGV Not Meeting NTR Family

“I got this idea from the friends to make a film on the life of SR NTR. My film deals with the incidents that took place in his life from the time Lakshmi Parvathi entered his life till his death. The subject is ready and I am not going to meet the family members of NTR because all of them would narrate the incidents that are in favorable for them. I met NTR’s driver and cook recently and got some details.” said RGV about his research.

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Actress Sada Turns Prostitute For Torch Light

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Sada is a heroine in Telugu who was seen in homely roles in her career beginning. The actress who was shot with popularity also explored offers in Kollywood. She was a judge for the reality show being telecasted in ETV. The actress is always in her limits when it comes to giving her judgment, or behaviour in the show or presenting herself in a beautiful manner. She never crossed the limits in being glamorous.

Sada Turns Prostitute
Sada Turns Prostitute

The latest update is that the actress is going to be seen as a prostitute in the film titled Torch Light. The film is being made in Tamil and is directed by Abdul Mazeeth. The director said that he approached a lot of heroines before Sada but everyone rejected the role. He is happy that Sadha immediately accepted the role. The film is scheduled for a release in December.Readmore

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Find your unprotected Amazon S3 buckets with this free tool

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Services like Amazon’s S3 have made it easier and cheaper than ever to store large quantities of data in the cloud. Used properly, S3 buckets are a useful tool that can save time and money.

Used properly, I said. The problem is that plenty of companies fail to implement basic security. This, as I’m sure you’ve guessed, has resulted in an astonishing spate of (frankly) catastrophic data breaches. In October, researchers discovered an open S3 bucket containing the personal information of 1,113 NFL players and their agents. And in July, the details of three million WWE fans were chokeslammed onto the internet, after a third party contracted by the popular wrestling franchise set their buckets to ‘public,’ allowing anyone with an Internet connection to access and download content from it.

Sometimes, the leaked data is of a profoundly intimate nature. One leak, which emerged just last week, contained the blood test records of over 150,000 people.

Kromtech Security, a Cologne-based infosec firm, today released an open source script that should hopefully solve this problem for good. The tool, called S3 Inspector, is essentially a short Python program that uses your credentials to enumerate your S3 buckets. It will then identify which ones are secured properly, and which ones urgently require your attention.

Speaking over email, Bob Diamchenko, Head of Communications for Kromtech, explained the motivation behind S3 Inspector.

Amazon S3 is a popular storage service that is used by many enterprises, governments, and individuals across the globe. The service is fast, scalable and easy to use, but far too often we have seen cases where administrators fail to configure it properly or simply forget about configuration changes. This usually results in confidential user data or internal data is leaked online to anyone with an internet connection.

We began to see an increase in the number of instances of S3 misconfigurations. Recently we published a detailed guide, which explains how to protect your S3 buckets in detail. However, despite numerous warnings and a never ending cycle of data leaks, it seemed like those who store sensitive data online were not getting the message or unaware of the dangers.

When talking to the affected companies about the reasons for them to leave their repositories unprotected, we learned that oftentimes businesses have so many AWS S3 instances within their environment that it becomes hard for them to continuously check for their public availability.

We decided to make a simple tool that can help Amazon S3 users quickly check their S3 buckets for public access. We hope that by raising public awareness and giving people the tools to quickly check if they are protected from leaks. As responsible members or the cybersecurity community we hope that our hard work and dedication will reduce the occurrences of data leaks and financial, reputational damage, and cyber crimes.

S3 Inspector is available from today. You can download it from Github here.

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