Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Technical News - 30 March 2011


  • Mass SQL injection attack leads to scareware
    March 30, 2011
    Security researchers from WebSense have detected a mass SQL injection attack, which the cybercriminals monetize through scareware, also known as fake security software.
  • Today Cloud Drive, tomorrow a tablet - Watch out Apple, Amazon is after you!
    March 30, 2011
    Amazon's launch of Cloud Drive and Cloud Player yesterday shows just how serious the company is about offering up a challenge to Apple's media dominance.
  • Get more granular about electricity consumption with submetering
    March 30, 2011
    I have had many a conversation with managers at small-ish (or REALLY small) companies, who insist that they can't address some of the energy efficiency practices that I write about because they...
  • Roku XD rolls out to Best Buy locations nationwide
    March 30, 2011
    Roku's growing popularity is has become extra evident now that the Roku HD set-top box will be sold at Best Buy locations nationwide.
  • Salesforce buys Radian6 for $326 million, enters social media monitoring
    March 30, 2011
    Salesforce.com acquired Radian6, a social media monitoring service, for $326 million in cash and stock.
  • Cisco upgrades data center portfolio
    March 30, 2011
    Cisco launched an overhaul of its data center portfolio including switches, servers and storage networking protocols and data center management software.
  • Salesforce to Acquire Radian6 - The Uber Moves continue
    March 30, 2011
    For the last several months, there has been a rumor, always denied that salesforce.com was going to acquire Radian6. In my direct conversations with various people, I was told it wasn't the case....
  • Hands-on review: Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive, Cloud Edition
    March 30, 2011
    Iomega brought several media sharing goodies to CES 2011 this year. Here's a hands-on review of just one of them: the Home Media Network Hard Drive, Cloud Edition.
  • Amazon debuts Cloud Drive, music industry whines: The screen that will end up in court
    March 30, 2011
    Amazon's Cloud Drive beat Apple and Google to the punch and now the music industry is whining about lawsuits. Amazon is defiant. And the potential spat boils down to this: Are Amazon's Cloud Drive...
  • Xeround Add-on for Heroku Cloud Platform
    March 30, 2011
    An interesting challenge for organizations considering a cloud-based implementation of one or more workloads is where to put the structured data (read database-based data). It would seem logical...
  • Mozilla Firefox for Android: My most valuable app
    March 30, 2011
    Mozilla launched its Firefox 4 for Android and the mobile browser has come a long way through its beta. In fact, it's my most valuable app on my HTC Incredible and its importance will only get...
  • An update on Buzz
    March 30, 2011
    User trust really matters to Google. That’s why we try to be clear about what data we collect and how we use it—and to give people real control over the information they share with us. For example, Google Dashboard lets you view the data that’s stored in your Google Account and manage your privacy settings for different services. With our Ads Preferences Manager, you can see and edit the data Google uses to tailor ads on our partner websites—or opt out of them entirely. And the Data Liberation
  • Double the playtime? We test Nyko's third-party 3DS battery
    March 30, 2011
    The 3DS is a great system, and I've found myself using it daily—with the 3D turned on, thank you very much—even though our primary coverage is finished. However, when not being used, the 3DS lives in its charging cradle, as the standard battery runs out quickly unless you start from a full charge. Nyko claims that its Power Pack + can double the amount of time you can play on the system, and it sent us a unit to put to the test.
    Installation is a breeze, and while it adds

  • Japan orders immediate safety upgrade at nuclear plants
    March 30, 2011
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan ordered an immediate safety upgrade at its 55 nuclear power plants on Wednesday in its first acknowledgement that standards were inadequate when an earthquake and tsunami wrecked a facility nearly three weeks ago, sparking the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl in 1986.

  • Wife says China activist charged with subversion (AP)
    March 30, 2011
    AP - Chinese police have filed subversion charges against another human rights activist, the man's wife said Wednesday, the latest move against dissent since anonymous online calls urged Chinese to imitate pro-democracy protests in North Africa and the Middle East.
  • MIT Drone Finds Its Way Using Kinect Vision
    March 30, 2011
    garymortimer writes "This MIT multicopter is able to fly in GPS denied environments by creating a 3D map of its surroundings on the fly (no pun intended) based on point clouds generated by a Kinect. Also pretty handy for avoiding trees and other obstacles outside at low level. This processing is onboard, unlike other systems that depend on motion capture rigs."
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  • Libya rebels flee oil town under Gaddafi bombardment
    March 30, 2011
    TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libyan rebels fled in headlong retreat from the superior firepower and tactics of Muammar Gaddafi's troops on Wednesday, highlighting their weakness without Western air strikes to tip the scales in their favor.

  • Obama wants to curb U.S. oil imports by a third
    March 30, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will set an ambitious goal on Wednesday to cut U.S. oil imports by a third over 10 years, focusing on energy security amid high gasoline prices that could stall the country's economic recovery.

  • Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen's Withering Take on Bill Gates (The Atlantic Wire)
    March 30, 2011
    The Atlantic Wire - Remember that one scene in The Social Network where Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin eagerly returns to Palo Alto for the site's million-user party, only to be rebuffed by a conniving Sean Parker, Mark Zuckerberg, and an infuriating lawyer who informs him that his shares in the company have essentially been diluted to nothing? Well, according to Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, decades ago a sneaky Bill Gates and his partners were trying to do something similar to him.
  • Mozilla Launches Firefox 4 on Android
    March 30, 2011
    Mozilla says Firefox has a new streamlined interface and faster performance, but some users aren't impressed.

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  • Microsoft To Add NFC to Windows Phone 7, Says Report
    March 30, 2011
    Microsoft is jumping on the one-swipe mobile payment bandwagon by introducing Near Field Communications (NFC) technology to Windows Phone 7, according to reports.

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  • Gartner forecasts 5.6% rise in IT spending (AFP)
    March 30, 2011
    Indian Information Technology professionals work on their laptops during an 'Open Hack Day' programme organised by the global search engine Yahoo! in Bangalore. Worldwide information technology spending is expected to increase 5.6 percent this year with tablet computers like the iPad helping to drive growth, a technology research company said.(AFP/File/Dibyangshu Sarkar)AFP - Worldwide information technology spending is expected to rise 5.6 percent this year with tablet computers like Apple's iPad helping to drive growth, a technology research company said Wednesday.


  • QOTD: Just Shut It Down and Give The Money Back to The Shareholders, Right?
    March 30, 2011
    QOTD: Just Shut It Down and Give The Money Back to The Shareholders, Right? DD Shorty
    “I couldn’t be happier that Apple has created a market and built up enthusiasm but longer term, open, capable and affordable will win, not closed, high price and proprietary. Apple is great if you’ve got a lot of money and live on an island. It’s not so great if you have to exist in a diverse, open, connected enterprise; simple things become quite complex.”
    Andy Lark, Dell’s global head of marketing for large enterprises and public organizations, on Apple and the iPad’s role in enterprise11 times that of Dell’s

  • Etc: Apple has scheduled its second quarter conference call for April 20, 2011 at 5pm Eastern Time.
    March 30, 2011
    Apple has scheduled its second quarter conference call for April 20, 2011 at 5pm Eastern Time.
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  • Report: Microsoft sending Windows 8 to PC vendors
    March 30, 2011
    Microsoft is reportedly sending early versions of Windows 8 to its PC vendor partners. The company is releasing the software through its Connect testing system.
  • Salesforce buys Radian6 for $326 million
    March 30, 2011
    The deal gives Salesforce technology to help it keep tabs on social media across properties such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.
  • Comodo Says Two More RAs Compromised
    March 30, 2011
    Trailrunner7 writes "Officials at Comodo have acknowledged that an additional two registration authorities affiliated with the company have been compromised in the wake of the high-profile attack on the company that was disclosed last week.Addressing a list of concerns about Comodo's practices raised by customers and browser vendors in the wake of the attack, Alden said that the company is now in the process of rolling out a new two-factor authentication system for its RAs. Comodo also is installing
  • Amazon's Cloud Drive Riles Music Industry
    March 30, 2011
    The music industry is poised to strike at every possible infringement--Amazon's new cloud music service is their latest target.

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  • Here's why you should pay-the-wall and support quality journalism...
    March 29, 2011
    Newspaper paywalls have come under attack but how else can we support quality media so that we can make the right decisions as a society?
  • New York to Investigate T-Mobile, AT&T Deal
    March 30, 2011
    New York is the first state that has committed itself to investigating the $39 billion deal for possible anti-competitive effects.

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  • Labour ordered IT 'to sound sexy'
    March 30, 2011
    Tony Blair's ex-IT chief - now the top civil servant at the Cabinet Office - tells MPs some Labour ministers ordered costly computer projects to make policies "sound sexy".
  • Google Talk Guru turns IM into a search tool
    March 30, 2011
    A new app from Google Labs dubbed Talk Guru lets you search for information by chatting with an automated bot programmed to deliver the answers you seek.
  • Syria tests internet freedom theory
    March 30, 2011
    In the wake of Egypt's "Facebook revolution," which was fueled in part by online social networks, much has been made about the role of technology in encouraging or even creating democracy.

  • Electronics load offsets home efficiency gains
    March 30, 2011
    The overall energy efficiency of U.S. homes has improved since the 1970s, but those advances are partially undercut by more numerous appliances and electronic gadgets.
  • Startup website linked to malware
    March 30, 2011
    The Startup Britain website, endorsed by Prime Minister David Cameron, linked to malware when launched according to a security firm.
  • Salesforce.com buying social monitoring vendor Radian6
    March 30, 2011
    Salesforce.com plans to buy social media monitoring vendor Radian6, whose technology tracks conversations occurring on social sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, the company said Wednesday.
  • Roku XD player heads to Best Buy
    March 30, 2011
    The company will start selling its XD player at Best Buy stores and on Best Buy's Web site, marking its debut on the shelves of a bricks-and-mortar retailer.
  • Now, Play Sucker Punch: Annihilation for Free
    March 30, 2011
    Hack and slash through movie s fantasy world as one of the five femme fatales

  • First images from Planet Mercury beamed home
    March 29, 2011
    Stay tuned. We're bound to learn more about Mercury than we've ever known before.
  • Mobile SEO a must in 2011
    March 30, 2011
    By now people would have heard the term "Mobile SEO" but some still thinks of doing SEO to non-mobile friendly sites should take care the conversion part of consumers using mobile devices. Certainly not, I suggest starting a separate mobile site with mobile formatted digital content if you don’t have one.

    According to comScore, Mobile search was 9 percent of all queries in 2010 and could grow to 20 percent by 2012. So do you want to be one of the people missing those 20 percent Mobile search

  • Facebook backpedals: removes Third Palestinian Intifada Page against Israel
    March 29, 2011
    Although Facebook previously said it wouldn't remove a Page calling for a Third Palestinian Intifada against Israel, it has now done so after discussions degraded into violence and hate.
  • Eek, a (bomb-sniffing) mouse!
    March 30, 2011
    System out of Israel employs smell-sensitive rodents to detect drugs or explosives in public venues like airports and malls. Don't worry: they won't crawl all over you.
  • Shouldn't Verizon be able to manage a DSL install by now?
    March 29, 2011
    Since when is getting DSL turned on an exercise in futility? It's DSL!!!
  • VIDEO: Magic jeans put drum kit in your pocket
    March 30, 2011
    If you are in a band and are sick of lugging around your drum kit, then what about lightening your load and investing in a pair of "drum jeans"?

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