August 4, 2010 – Today’s most interesting stories in technology, media and entertainment:

BlackBerry Steps Up: Research in Motion unveiled its new BlackBerry today, BlackBerry Torch, which you can buy from AT&T starting August 12th. The Torch features a touchscreen as well as a slide-out keyboard, plus lots of other cool features. The Torch will also feature RIM’s new operating system BlackBerry OS 6. Can the Torch compete with the iPhone or Android deices?

Electric Grid Easy Target for Attack: According to the Energy Department, the electric grid is an easy target for cyber-attacks. Computer networks that run the grid have security loopholes that could make the U.S. vulnerable, including the potential threat of shutting down power in parts of the U.S. The good news? Many of the security issues, like poor password management, are rather basic and inexpensive to fix.

Use Multiple Gmail Accounts, At Once: Do you have multiple Gmail accounts? If you do, good news: Google has finally enabled some accounts with the ability to sign into multiple Gmail accounts within the same browser. As of now, only select accounts have been blessed with this feature.

Data Thieves On the Loose: A botnet, code-named “Mumba”, has stolen bank account numbers, credit card information and social networking login credentials from over 55,000 computers. The attacks have hit computers around the world including systems in the U.S., U.K., Germany and Spain. The data thieves have made off with over 60GB of sensitive data so far.

Today’s Video — Shelly talks about BlackBerry security on Fox 5’s Good Day New York

About Shelly Palmer

Named one of LinkedIn’s Top Voices in Technology, Shelly Palmer is CEO of The Palmer Group, a strategy, design and engineering firm focused at the nexus of technology, media and marketing. He is Fox 5 New York's on-air tech and digital media expert, writes a weekly column for AdAge, and is a regular commentator on CNBC and CNN. Follow @shellypalmer or visit or subscribe to our daily email

Like it? Tweet it.

"BlackBerry Steps Up" by @ShellyPalmer

Get Briefed Every Day!

Subscribe to our daily newsletter featuring current events and the top stories in technology, media, and marketing.