- Bloatware on Android phones
What Priya Ganapati at Wired means are the pre-installed and often difficult or impossible to remove trial applications that are a fixture of PCs. Carriers are following in the footsteps of computer makers, taking advantage of the customizability of Android phones to bog them down with the same nonsense for much the same reason, some extra cash through providing access to 3rd party software and services. Unfortunately, the phone makers aren’t paying too close attention, at least to the backlash and subsequent reduction in bloatware on PCs, as Ganapati goes on to explain. Thankfully not all carriers have succumbed to this urge.
- Mullenweg stands firm: WordPress themes, plugins are convered by GPL
Slashdot links to the decision and some legal reasoning on how the GPL extends from the server’s source to extensions which are not usually covered, being separate works. This is the culmination of quite a bit of heated back and forth between Mullenweg and the author of a commercial theme.
- Court rules violating site’s TOS not a crime but bypassing technical barriers may be
- Firefox 4’s second beta on track to arrive tomorrow
- How to root a Droid X
- Securing WordPress based on hard won, 1st hand experience
- New Twitter phishing attack
- New Microsoft Messenger has same security flaws as the old
- 22 million SSL certs in user are invalid
- Kraken botnet returns from the dustbin
- Adobe pushes out emergency fixes for Reader
- Qualitative differences in crypto and data usage
- White hate demonstrates Foursquare privacy hole capturing hundreds of thousands of logins
- Hack AT&T voice mail with Android
- Regular domains have more malware than porn sites
- Detection of suspicious logins extended to Google Apps
- Facebook apps must now seek user permission to access their data
- Replacing static CAPTCHAs with animation
- Top apps fail to utlize security features in Windows
- 50 arrested in spyware dragnet
- New Opera version includes malware protection
This is news cast 212, an episode of The Command Line Podcast.
In the intro, a quick update on the advertising experiment.
This week’s security alerts are Symantec plans to PGP and a massive quantity of GoDaddy hosted WordPress sites are under attack.
In this week’s news Cyber Privacy Act introduced that would use takedowns against personal info including the flaws that would go along with it, new report shows trillions contributed to the economy by fair use with specific examples of what that means though the point is how the report was produced, Mozilla releases first code for its identity system (which I briefly wrote about earlier ), and raised by Radio Shack inspired by a Wired article and resonating with Levy’s “Hackers”.
Following up this week USTR claims official ACTA draft proves prior rumors were false and MSIE9 to support HTML5 video but only with H.264.
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- Foiling a chain lock with a rubber band
- Security updates for Foxit, Quicktime/iTunes
- Real dangers of PDF executable trickery
- Removing the RSA 1204 v3 certificate from Firefox
- Silent updater for PDF, critical patch coming from Adobe next week
- Serious Java flaw enables web based attack
- Widespread attack on WordPress blogs