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Counter Intelligence: Tetris, Twitter & Goldfish Memory

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    The hacker who accessed the Twitter accounts of Barack Obama and Fox News says a weak password is to blame. The 18-year-old used an automated password guesser to determine a Twitter support staff memebers password, which was "Happiness."

    Read this and you'll look smart. You don't have to be intelligent to impress people -- you just have to fake it. Here's a daily list of fascinating articles that will wow your friends, surprise your co-workers and make you seem sharp at a cocktail party or over the lunch counter....

    • The claim that fish have a three-second memory span is a myth, a group of scientists argue. Fish trained to respond to sounds in captivity reacted to the noises months after they were released into the wild -- proving that they can remember up to five months.
    • Black holes predate galaxies, according to mounting scientific evidence.  Radio telescope data that reaches back nearly to the birth of the very first galaxies helped provide the evidence.
    • "Tetris" helps wipe away bad memories. The game could reduce the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder if played shortly after experiencing a major trauma, Oxford University psychologists claim.
    • The hacker who accessed the Twitter accounts of Barack Obama and Fox News says a weak password is to blame. The 18-year-old used an automated password guesser to determine a Twitter support staff member's password, which was "Happiness."
    • Is Mac's creative phase be over? If Apple's annual Macworld trade show is any indicator than the company is in trouble. Apparently the Steve Job-less event was such a snoozefest that reporters were exchanging texts saying, "Shoot me now."