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Submission + - Researcher Cracks Android App Permissions System (

AZA43 writes: "A security researcher has discovered a way to circumvent the Android OS permissions system, which could allow malware to remotely access core system resources and personal data without user permission or knowledge. One more chink in Android's armor...and this is a big one."
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Submission + - Fail Blog and the Ethics of Crowdsourcing (

blackbearnh writes: Sites like Slashdot, reddit, and especially Cheezburger Network sites such as Fail Blog depend on crowdsourcing for most of their content. But what are the ethical considerations that need to be taken into account when accepting material from (sometimes anonymous) third parties? In particular, Fail Blog is vulnerable to being used for cyber bullying.

O'Reilly Radar asked Cheezburger Network CEO Ben Huh to talk about the guidelines they use when accepting material for Fail Blog, and how he views the future of crowdsourcing as a strategy for content generation. Frequent Fail Blog readers will be happy to hear that they do, in fact, make sure that no one is seriously injured in any of the videos they post, so you can enjoy your schadenfreude with a clear conscious.

Submission + - Adobe Ends Development Of Flash Player For Mobile (

Diggester writes: "Sources close to Adobe that have been briefed on the company’s future development plans have revealed this forthcoming announcement to ZDNet:

Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores. We will no longer adapt Flash Player for mobile devices to new browser, OS version or device configurations. Some of our source code licensees may opt to continue working on and releasing their own implementations. We will continue to support the current Android and PlayBook configurations with critical bug fixes and security updates.

Additionally, the e-mail briefing to Adobe’s partners has been summed up as follows:

Adobe is Stopping development on Flash Player for browsers on mobile.
Adobe is now focusing their development efforts on:

Applications for mobile
Expressive content on the desktop (in and out of browser)
Increasing their investments in HTML5 in general"


Game Devs Migrating Toward iPhone, Away From Wii 143

A new report by Game Developer Research reveals that the number of developers working on games for the iPhone continues to rise, roughly doubling in number from last year. At the same time, the amount of work done on games for Nintendo's Wii dropped significantly: "Just over 70 percent of developers said they were developing at least one game for PC or Mac (including browser and social games), rising slightly from last year; 41 percent reported working on console games. Within that latter group, Xbox 360 was the most popular system with 69 percent of console developers targeting it, followed by 61 percent for PlayStation 3. While those console figures stayed within a few percent of last year's results, the change in Wii adoption was much more significant: reported developer support for the system dropped from 42 percent to 30 percent of console developers, supporting numerous publishers' claims of a recent softening of the Wii market."

Submission + - RIAA's "Sanctions" Motion in Lindor Denied ( 1

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: When the RIAA decided to drop UMG Recordings v. Lindor, a case against a Brooklyn woman who had never used a computer, it asked the Court to impose 'discovery sanctions' against Mrs. Lindor and against her counsel, Ray Beckerman (known here as NewYorkCountryLawyer), claiming that they had engaged in misconduct regarding discovery. The defendant's response (PDF) pointed out to the Court that each of the RIAA's accusations was false. Concluding that the RIAA's claims of misconduct were 'largely overstated', the Magistrate Judge, in a 13-page decision (PDF), has recommended that the plaintiffs' motion for sanctions be denied. The Magistrate recommended that the RIAA be permitted to withdraw its case 'without prejudice'.

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