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New York Times hit by cyber attack: The New York Times reported late Wednesday that it had been the victim of a cyber attack for the last four months while working on a story about Chinese prime minister Wen Jiabao and his business connections.

According to the report, hackers based in China have been targeting the newspaper’s computer systems and and working to get passwords associated with the publication’s reporters and other employees. The Times shared information on the attacks with the FBI and eventually tracked the source of the attacks. No consumer data was taken from the site, the report said.

Twitter has a brief outage: Twitter confirmed that some users were unable to access the service Thursday, marking the second time this month that the micro-blogging service has been hit with an outage.

The company said on its status blog that it was working to resolve the issue. Compuware’s Outage Analyzer tool indicated that users across North America and Europe may have been affected by the problem, but it’s not clear how many of the site’s estimated 200 million active users were unable to reach the service.

The service was also temporarily unavailable on Inauguration Day, Jan. 21.

Showrooming shoppers don’t always buy online: Brick-and-mortar retailers may be seeing early success with efforts to combat “showrooming” — the habit of shoppers who look at products in stores but then buy those products online at a lower price.

Data released Thursday by the Pew Internet and American Life Project  showed that nearly half of those who consulted their mobile phones for online prices, 46 percent, ended up in line at the cash register — an 11-point increase from 2011.

Just 12 percent of those surveyed left stores to buy the products online, said Pew research associate Aaron Smith. He said that the survey didn’t delve into the shoppers’ motivations but that he thinks new retailer efforts, such as online price-matching, may have contributed to rise in in-store purchasing.

Facebook profits dropped: Facebook reported its quarterly earnings Wednesday, showing that profits have dropped as the company works to attract advertisers to its site. As Bloomberg reported, Facebook’s mobile advertising efforts made up 23 percent of its total ad revenue, up from 14 percent in its third quarter.

The company reported $1.59 billion in revenue, beating analysts’ expectations of $1.52 billion. But the stock still fell in after-hours trading and opened Thursday at $29.15 per share.

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.



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