App Attack
August 22, 2014

Looks like Google's got some doodling to do.

Researchers from the Universities of Michigan and California are presenting a study at a San Diego cybersecurity conference that shows Gmail's smartphone account is one of the easiest popular apps to hack. They were able to crack into Android phones' Gmail accounts with a 92 percent success rate, reports BBC News.

The academics developed malicious software and then disguised it as an innocuous app that a smartphone owner might choose to download. Once the software was downloaded, the researchers found they could access a smartphone's shared memory, which led to login and password details across a variety of legitimate apps.

"The assumption has always been that these apps can't interfere with each other easily," Shiyun Qian, one of the researchers involved in the study, said. "We show…one app can in fact significantly impact another and result in harmful consequences for the user."

They also tried hacking apps offered by H&R Block, WebMD, Amazon, and Chase Bank. The toughest popular app to hack was Amazon, with a 48 percent success rate. While the study was conducted using only Android phones, researchers think other operating systems such as Windows and iOS are likely vulnerable to the same types of malware.

Google said it welcomed the research because it could help strengthen Android's operating systems, but for now, maybe consider holding off downloading that semi-sketchy wallpaper app. Your current cat picture is totally fine. Sarah Eberspacher

i'm not lovin' it
1:30 a.m. ET

When we last saw the Hamburglar, he was a husky, red-headed cartoon criminal who liked to wear prison attire. Now? He's an actual man who looks like a cross between Inspector Gadget and a bandit who bought his wardrobe at a Party City fire sale.

It's been 13 years since the Hamburglar made his last official appearance in a McDonalds ad, and the company thought his return was overdue. "We felt it was time to debut a new look for the Hamburglar after he's been out of the public eye all these years," Joel Yashinsky, vice president of U.S. marketing for McDonalds, told Mashable. "He's had some time to grow up a bit and has been busy raising a family in the suburbs and his look has evolved over time." The Hamburglar is already shilling the new Sirloin Third Pound Burger online, and will soon show up in TV spots. It remains to be seen if McDonalds will clue us in to why he's decided to return to a life of crime. Catherine Garcia

1:18 a.m. ET

"The 2016 presidential election is already such a big story, get this, TBS is making a made-for-TV movie about it," Conan O'Brien said on his eponymous TBS show. They aren't, of course, but he needed some sort of set-up for his dream cast for the field of 2016 candidates. Conan's biggest laugh was David Spade as Hillary Clinton, but all the real and potential presidential wannabes got the treatment, with a little time travel, gender-bending, and other wistful machinations employed. Some of the casting is dead on — Mike Huckabee, say — and other picks border on mean (poor Bernie Sanders), but most are pretty funny. Watch below. —Peter Weber

that's a lot of money
12:37 a.m. ET
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A free cup of coffee could lead to a $750,000 payday for a North Carolina police lieutenant suing Starbucks, saying he was severely burned after the lid came off the cup and hot coffee spilled all over him.

Matthew Kohr and his wife, Melanie, are suing the company to cover legal and medical expenses, ABC News reports. Kohr, who had pre-existing Crohn's disease, said the burns caused his condition to flare up and he had to have intestinal surgery. His wife said she suffered emotional distress from losing her "intimate partner," the lawsuit says.

The incident took place in January 2012, and Kohr said he was not expecting to get burned the way he did. "I didn't know it was that hot," he said. Soon after, he had to take time off from work, and when he was on the job, he felt "edginess, nervousness, [and] wasn't comfortable in the car." Originally, Kohr wanted to sue for $10 million, saying it's "hard to put a price on what my wife had to go through, what my kids had to go through. What's a year and a half, two years of your life worth? I thought it was worth $10 million." A Starbucks spokesperson told ABC News that customer safety is "our top priority," and denied any wrongdoing. Catherine Garcia

This just in
May 6, 2015

Exotic animals are on the loose in Tuttle, Oklahoma, after the Tiger Safari refuge was hit by a tornado Wednesday.

Tiger Safari's owners confirmed to KFOR that some of the animals have escaped, but did not say what kind and how many. Tiger Safari houses tigers, kangaroos, spider monkeys, eagle owls, and other exotic and domestic animals. Residents in the area are being told to stay inside, and to call 911 if they spot any of the animals.

Update: The Grady County Sheriff's Office announced late Wednesday that all of the animals have been found. Catherine Garcia

election 2016
May 6, 2015
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On Wednesday, former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum told Fox News that on May 27, he will announce whether he will run again for the Republican presidential nomination.

Santorum said he'll share those plans in his hometown of Butler, Pennsylvania, and is looking for a "facility there to talk about what it was like growing up there and where American needs to go in the future." During the 2012 Iowa caucuses, Santorum barely beat the eventual Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, and told Fox News host Greta Van Susteren he hopes "to win by more than 34 votes and hopefully get a good count" this time around. "It was a great campaign last time, we were clearly the underdog, and we're starting out looking at this race and we'd be in the same position so we're very comfortable there," he said. Catherine Garcia

wild weather
May 6, 2015

At least 20 tornadoes were reported Wednesday afternoon and evening in Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma, with dozens of homes destroyed in Amber and Bridge Creek, Oklahoma.

One person was injured in Burr Oak, Kansas, travelers inside Oklahoma City's Will Rogers World Airport were told to shelter in tunnels, and at least two homes and the Roseland Catholic Church were damaged in Roseland, Nebraska, The Weather Channel reports. Cars are flipped over in the Oklahoma City metro area, and thousands there are without power. Severe thunderstorms are being reported in Texas, and several areas in Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma remain under tornado warnings. Catherine Garcia

election 2016
May 6, 2015
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In a first for a Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton will personally cultivate donors for the top Democratic super PAC, Priorities USA Action.

The goal is for Priorities USA Action to raise as much as $200 million to $300 million this election, The New York Times reports. As a declared candidate, Clinton cannot ask donors for more than $5,000 for the super PAC, but under Federal Election Commission rules, she can attend events and talk to the audience, as long as appeals for large amounts of money take place when she is not in the room. Harold Ickes, a longtime adviser for Clinton, is starting to become more involved with the super PAC, and a Clinton loyalist, Guy Cecil, will help oversee it.

One campaign official, who spoke to The Times on condition of anonymity, said that Clinton will do what she can to help Priorities. "With some Republican candidates reportedly setting up and outsourcing their entire campaign to super PACs and the Koch brothers pledging $1 billion alone for the 2016 campaign, Democrats have to have the resources to fight back," the official said. "There is too much at stake for our future for Democrats to unilaterally disarm." Catherine Garcia

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