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France's broadcast authority has banned the marketing of TV shows to children under 3, to protect them from the potential of developmental problems. The ruling also mandates that French cable operators airing foreign channels with programs for babies have to broadcast warning messages to parents. The messages will read: "Watching television can slow the development of children under 3, even when it involves channels aimed specifically at them." I guess there won't be any French contestants in this year's Baby Fear Factor.
Software

Submission + - Claws Mail drops ClamAV plugin

Colin Leroy writes: "Claws Mail, a lightweight and extensible mail user agent, recently released version 3.3.1. This bugfix release comes without its antivirus plugin based on ClamAV: Claws Mail's licence is GPL version 3 since September 2007, and ClamAV's libclamav is released under the GPLv2 strictly.
According to the Software Freedom Law Center, this incompatibility could only be resolved by relicensing either Claws Mail or libclamav, which was impossible to both teams."
Security

Submission + - Mac, BSD prone to decade old attacks 7

BSDer writes: An Israeli security researcher published a paper few hours ago, detailing attacks against Mac, OpenBSD and other BSD-style operating systems. The attacks, says Amit Klein from Trusteer enable DNS cache poisoning, IP level traffic analysis, host detection, O/S fingerprinting and in some cases even TCP blind data injection. The irony is that OpenBSD boasted their protection mechanism against those exact attacks when a similar attack against the BIND DNS server was disclosed by the same researcher mid 2007. It seems now that OpenBSD may need to revisit their code and their statements. According to the researcher, another affected party, Apple, refused to commit to any fix timelines. It would be interesting to see their reaction now that this paper is public.
Windows

Submission + - A Speedier, More Secure Vista with SP1 (pcmag.com)

CorinneI writes: "Ever since Microsoft released Vista — nearly nine months ago — and people have been tallying up problems like security holes and sluggish operations, we've all been awaiting for Service Pack 1. Now that it's here, albeit in beta form, here's a thorough walk-through that lays out what's improved, from enhanced security to improved media features. The verdict: you need Vista SP1 — no doubt about it."
PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - 40GB PS3 will NOT be backwards compatible! (computerandvideogames.com) 2

gevmage writes: "An article on computerandvideogames.com says that the 40GB version of the PlayStation 3 console, which will supplant the 60GB version (at least in Europe) will not be backwards compatible. From the article: 'In a new eye-opener from Sony the company's revealed that it's to drop backwards-compatibility support in PlayStation products.'

Personally, I think that Sony's generally good attitudes about backwards compatibility has been one reason that I own a PlayStation 2. If they dump that completely, then I may go Wii shopping."

Businesses

iPhone Business Model Hits a Snag in France 332

Serhei writes "It seems like the iPhone might not be released in France by this holiday season, since French requires by law that all cell phones sold there must be obtainable in an unlocked version. Apple will not be able to do so, since it has launched with a 5-year exclusivity agreement with AT&T. That deal will probably require exclusivity worldwide to avoid grey-market imports. (In return for this agreement Apple receives a large share of AT&T's monthly revenues from iPhone subscribers.) If the iPhone falls through in France, the country can join Belgium and a potentially long list of other countries with unlocking laws, whose Apple fans will have to make do with other, less Apple-y phones. Note that there is currently no mention of the iPhone on the Apple France page."

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