Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Technical News - 23 March 2011

  • Researchers release details on 34 SCADA vulnerabilities
    March 23, 2011
    Security researcher Luigi Auriemma has released proof of concept code for 34 vulnerabilities affecting popular SCADA systems.
  • Skewering Social CRM?
    March 23, 2011
    Social anything drives me nuts but starts to make sense when discussed at a practical level rather than the overblown rhetoric we usually see. Paul Greenberg, Esteban Kolsky and I walk through the...
  • If a surveillance society is inevitable, can privacy measures embedded in systems?
    March 23, 2011
    The influx of data and the analytics systems that will go with them means we're headed for a surveillance society. Enter a big idea called privacy by design, from one of IBM's researchers.
  • CTIA Wireless: Blio to be pre-loaded on future T-Mobile products
    March 23, 2011
    ORLANDO -- It took quite awhile for Blio to get its interactive e-reading application ready, but now it's going full throttle with the announcement that the software will be pre-loaded on select...
  • Toshiba unfolds a second monitor to go
    March 23, 2011
    I am a firm believer in using a second monitor at the desk, and this is the thing I miss most when I travel and leave it behind. Toshiba aims to rectify that with a portable monitor that plays...
  • Polycom acquires Accordent, video content management technology
    March 23, 2011
    While the value of the deal---$50 million in cash---is small, the move highlights how Polycom plans to grow with a mix of acquisition and organic growth.
  • CTIA Wireless: LG drops the cords with Wireless Charging Pad
    March 23, 2011
    ORLANDO -- There are a lot of big smartphone and tablet announcements being made at CTIA Wireless this week, but let's not forget about the little things. For example, take a look at LG's new...
  • Spamvertised United Parcel Service notifications lead to malware
    March 23, 2011
    A currently spamvertised campaign is brand-jacking United Parcel Service (UPS) for malware-serving purposes.
  • Microsoft's Windows Intune cloud management service: 10 questions answered
    March 23, 2011
    Microsoft is making one of its new hybrid cloud/on-premise products -- Windows Intune -- commercially available as of March 23. Here are 10 things Microsoft customers, potential customers and/or...
  • Perfect tablet doesn't exist: One size doesn't fit all
    March 23, 2011
    OEMs are building tablets in different sizes be competitive, and conversations about them keep coming back to which size is optimal for consumers. There is no answer to that, one size doesn't fit...
  • 5 top reasons it might be time for an iOS desktop
    March 23, 2011
    What do you think? Is it time for an iOS desktop?
  • Adobe plans give Creative Suite 5 mid-cycle mobile juice
    March 23, 2011
    Adobe plans a mid-cycle release of its Creative Suite 5 that will give the application some mobile heft including the ability to code once and push a mobile app to Android, Apple's iOS and...
  • Vkernel performance analyzer added to Vkernel Operations Suite 3
    March 23, 2011
    VKernel has updated its Vkernel Operations Suite 3 (formally known as the Vkernel Capacity Management Suite) by adding a new performance analyzer. Let's look into what the company has to say...
  • The next tablet battleground: The enterprise
    March 23, 2011
    The next round of tablets aiming at Apple's iPad won't necessarily be looking to go toe-to-toe with the device. Instead, tablets from HP and RIM will be deemed a success if they can keep Apple out...
  • Samsung reboots tablet strategy and beats Apple on price
    March 23, 2011
    Samsung dominated the first day of CTIA Wireless 2011 with its announcement of two new tablets that could finally give the Apple iPad a run for its money.
  • Oncologists use robots to fight cancer
    March 23, 2011
    CyberKnife, a non-invasive procedure that uses a robot and targeted radiation to eliminate cancerous tumors.
  • LightSquared CEO announces Best Buy deal
    March 23, 2011
    ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - Harbinger Capital-backed telecommunications startup LightSquared has signed a retail distribution agreement with electronics retailer Best Buy Co Inc, according to the service provider's chief executive.

  • Making a microscope without a lens
    March 23, 2011
    Those of you who have suffered through my writing before will know that I have a thing for imaging. A paper that offered experimental results on a new super-resolution technique was like offering me free beer: irresistible. Even better, it turns out that we have covered almost every major bit of research that has led to this new work.
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  • Nokia stalls painful job cut talks to end of April
    March 23, 2011
    HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia won't begin difficult talks with staff on deep job cuts it plans following a tie-up with Microsoft until the end of April.

  • Air strikes silence Gaddafi guns at besieged city
    March 23, 2011
    TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Western warplanes silenced Muammar Gaddafi's artillery and tanks besieging the rebel-held town of Misrata on Wednesday after an American admiral warned that the Libyan leader's armor was now in the cross-hairs.


  • EA's Ben Cousins Calls $60 Video Game Price Point "Exploitative"
    March 23, 2011
    It's a common complaint that you'll heard gamers all across the world echo, but rarely will you ever hear the same sentiment from an employee of one of the biggest publishers in the industry.
  • New home sales plunge to record low in February
    March 23, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New single-family home sales unexpectedly fell in February to hit a record low and prices were the lowest since December 2003, a government report showed on Wednesday, suggesting the housing market slide was deepening.


  • Syrian forces kill 6 in mosque attack: residents
    March 23, 2011
    DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syrian forces killed at least six people on Wednesday in an attack on a mosque in the southern city of Deraa, site of unprecedented protests challenging President Bashar al-Assad's Baathist rule, residents said.


  • Senators hit at drink-drive apps
    March 23, 2011
    A group of US senators asks smart phone firms to cease distributing apps said to enable drink-drivers to avoid police checkpoints.
  • Goldman CEO set to testify at Rajaratnam trial
    March 23, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein was set to testify on Wednesday as a government witness at the trial of hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam, intensifying the focus on what is already the biggest insider trading case in decades.


  • Apple Removes Gay Cure App From App Store
    March 23, 2011
    recoiledsnake writes "Apple has removed the Gay Cure app after the pressure on Apple to remove the app started to snowball, culminating in an online petition initiated by Change.org which collected over 140,000 online signatures from people who wanted the app removed. Searching for the app now yields zero search results and Exodus International President Alan Chambers tweeted the following on Tuesday night. 'It's official, the @ExodusInl App is no longer in the @AppStore. Incredibly disappointing
  • Japan quake costliest ever
    March 23, 2011
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan estimated the cost of the damage from its devastating earthquake and tsunami could top $300 billion as authorities in Tokyo warned that babies should not be given tap water because of radiation from a crippled nuclear plant.


  • Corrected: Radiation at 500 microsieverts/hr at Japan
    March 23, 2011
    (Agency corrects radiation level to 500 microsieverts per hour, not millisieverts. Corrects to show level was recorded on March 18, not Wednesday; and removes reference to highest level of radiation since crisis began.)


  • E-Discovery And The Rise of Predictive Coding
    March 23, 2011
    Predictive coding is the electronic coding, organization, and prioritization of entire sets of electronically stored information (“ESI”) according to their relation to discovery responsiveness, privilege, and designated issues before and during the legal discovery process. Lawyers control this process by specifying relevant criteria. Computers then expedite discovery, as discussed in greater detail below. As I have written elsewhere, the discovery process is becoming increasingly automated
  • Best Buy to sell access to new wireless network (AP)
    March 23, 2011
    AP - LightSquared, a company that's building a new nationwide wireless broadband network, says Best Buy will resell access to that network, starting with a trial early next year.
  • Elizabeth Taylor's Last Tweets: @DameElizabeth on Love, Death and Kim Kardashian
    March 23, 2011
    One of the great legends of Hollywood has died. Elizabeth Taylor was 79.
  • AOL: You've Got An Upgrade! UBS Turns Bullish, Ups Rating To Buy
    March 23, 2011
    AOL (AOL) shares are on the rise this morning after UBS analysts Brian Pitz and Brian Fitzgerald this morning upped their rating on the company to Buy from Sell, while maintaining a $25 price target on the stock.
  • IMDB Updates IOS App With Watchlist, AirPlay Support
    March 23, 2011
    If you're a film aficionado like me, but have trouble remembering actor names and movie titles, IMDB's universal iOS app is probably close to your heart (and...

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  • Extract Media Files From Your IPod or IOS Device
    March 23, 2011
    It’s always a good idea to back up your iTunes library. I do it somewhat obsessively, but the are simpler techniques that can do the trick as well.

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  • Sirius XM: Analyst Downgrades On Howard Stern's Lawsuit
    March 23, 2011
    Suddenly, Howard Stern has declared war on Sirius XM (SIRI). And that could be a big problem for the company and its holders.
  • Report: IPhone 5 'Will Have 4in Display, Launch in Q3'
    March 23, 2011
    Trial production of the iPhone 5, which will have a larger edge-to-edge display than its predecessor, has already begun, a report claims.

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  • Threats vs. Vulnerabilities
    March 23, 2011
    Schneier's blog links to a short paper on the difference between threats and vulnerabilities. It's a little heavy for this early in the morning, but it might be worth your time.
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  • Firefox 4 Nears 6 Million Downloads as Browser Wars Heat Up
    March 23, 2011
    Firefox 4, Internet Explorer 9 and Chrome 10 are available now, but there's even more exciting stuff that will be coming out for browser fans in the future.

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  • Congressman Probing HBGary Scandal Fears 'Domestic Surveillance'
    March 23, 2011
    When a small team of hackers launched a 24-hour assault on software security firm HBGary Federal last month, they did so to take revenge on its CEO, who had sought to penetrate the global collective they aligned themselves with known as Anonymous.
  • Another solar plant to open in Tibet
    March 23, 2011
    Suntech, a China-based solar manufacturing giant, plans to build a 10-megawatt plant in Tibet.
  • Oracle declares Intel's Itanium dead
    March 23, 2011
    The software and server company says Intel itself maintains that the server chip family is "nearing the end of its life," though Intel says otherwise.
  • 10 social media pet peeves from SXSW bands
    March 23, 2011
    South by Southwest is a long, winding "spring break!" (yelled in frat-boy fashion) for tech nerds and music fans alike. The fest has since wrapped, leaving attendees with glowing memories, emotional and physical scars and suitcases bursting with ripe clothing.

  • Syfy Wants a Piece of Facebook, Too
    March 23, 2011
    Former Sci-Fi Channel cable company says it's all-in for social gaming, plans to bring new games to market, starting with Facebook this year.

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  • Google's ongoing China struggles
    March 22, 2011
    How do walk away from the fastest growing market in the world? Can any company afford to ignore a billion potential users?
  • Mac software VP Bertrand Serlet leaving Apple
    March 23, 2011
    Serlet, responsible for developing Mac OS X, will be leaving the company to focus "less on products and more on science." Craig Federighi steps up into the vacated role.

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