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+ - Google Buys Malware Analysis Software Provider->

Submitted by wiredmikey
wiredmikey (1824622) writes "Google has acquired Zynamics, a small company based in Germany that provides software analysis tools to help with malware analysis using reverse engineering. Though an official announcement has not been made, Google did acknowledge the acquisition. "We’re delighted to have the zynamics team aboard and hope their tools and skills in fighting malware will help us better protect Google’s users," a Google spokesperson said."
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+ - Contents of leaked HBGary emails reveal wrongdoing->

Submitted by chargersfan420
chargersfan420 (1487195) writes "Ars Technica has sifted through the contents of the HBGary emails leaked last week in the attack by Anonymous and posted an interesting story about some of the things they were up to (which include rootkit development, selling rootkits to the private sector, and an entire list of 0-day exploits in a variety of OSes and other software, among a variety of other devious plans). Today they are reporting a democratic push for a congressional investigation of HBGary Federal."
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+ - Google's Nexus S, A Look At Gingerbread->

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MojoKid writes "Google's Nexus S smartphone has a lot of interesting features, but the one that attracts the most attention is the fact that it ships with the latest version of the Android smartphone operating system, version 2.3. Otherwise known as Gingerbread, this OS is said to be the fastest version of Android yet. In addition to Gingerbread, the Nexus S touts a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, a 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor, and 16GB of internal memory. It's network performance numbers turned out to be relatively impressive as well."
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+ - Smart Phone Gets Driver Out of a Speeding Ticket 1

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Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Sahas Katta writes in Skattertech that a traffic cop pulled him over while driving home and gave him a speeding ticket but thanks to his Android, he ended up walking out of traffic court without having to pay a fine or adding a single point to his record. "I fortunately happened to have Google Tracks running when an officer cited me for speeding while heading back home from a friend’s place," writes Katta. "The speed limit in the area was a mere 25 miles per hour and the cop’s radar gun shockingly clocked me driving over 40 miles per hour." Once in court Katta asked the officer the last time he attended radar gun training, when the device was last calibrated, or the unit’s model number — none of which the officer could answer. "I then presented my time stamped GPS data with details about my average moving speed and maximum speed during my short drive home. Both numbers were well within the posted speed limits," says Katta. "The judge took a moment and declared that I was not guilty, but he had an unusual statement that followed. To avoid any misinterpretations about his ruling, he chose to clarify his decision by citing the lack of evidence on the officer’s part. He mentioned that he was not familiar enough with GPS technology to make a decision based on my evidence, but I can’t help but imagine that it was an important factor.""

+ - Firefox 4 Beta 12 out. Fixing over 650 bugs-> 2

Submitted by darthcamaro
darthcamaro (735685) writes "At last! Firefox 4 Beta 12 is now available. There are over 650 bugs fixes in this massive update including a fix for a memory leak that kept Firefox consumer RAM even without opening new tabs. The other big thing that many users have asked for is that FINALLY, when you hover over a link, the URL is displayed in the status bar, instead of the location bar."
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VP8 Decoder Implemented In Flash Using Alchemy 94

Posted by Soulskill
from the dark-sorcery dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Mozilla's Chris Double has an interesting post on his blog about a port of the VP8 decoder to Flash. He writes, 'Ralph Hauwert has been posting on twitter about work he's done on getting WebM decoding to work by compiling the libvpx source code using Adobe's Alchemy technology. Alchemy is a research project that allows compilation of C and C++ libraries into code that runs on the ActionScript virtual machine used by Flash.' Of course, it's very slow and Adobe says that they'll bring native VP8 support to Flash in due course, but implementing a VP8 decoder in ActionScript is an interesting project nonetheless."

How To Get Around the Holes In IE9 Beta's Implementation of Canvas 111

Posted by timothy
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mudimba writes "Microsoft has made grand announcements about how great their implementation of the HTML5 canvas specification is. However, while I was porting a large HTML5 application to work with IE9 beta I found that there are some key features missing. Workarounds are provided where possible. (Disclaimer: I am the author of the submitted article.)"

Ars Thinks Google Takes a Step Backwards For Openness 663

Posted by CmdrTaco
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An anonymous reader writes "Over at Ars Technica, Peter (not so) Bright gives a long-winded four pages of FUD about how Chrome dropping support for H.264 is a slight against openness. 'The promise of HTML5's video tag was a simple one: to allow web pages to contain embedded video without the need for plugins. With the decision to remove support for the widespread H.264 codec from future versions of Chrome, Google has undermined this widely-anticipated feature. The company is claiming that it wants to support "open codecs" instead, and so from now on will support only two formats: its own WebM codec, and Theora. ... The reason Google has given for this change is that WebM (which pairs VP8 video with Vorbis audio) and Theora are "open codecs" and H.264 apparently isn't. ... H.264 is unambiguously open.'"

+ - Battery Buyers Beware-> 2

Submitted by drougie
drougie (36782) writes "I hate it when my cell phone's battery dies. Happens too damn soon. I want more screen brightness, I don't want to underclock and I don't want to ride around on EDGE until I'm near my charger again. I looked around and found many third party (non-OEM) outfits selling batteries for my phone some of which were both cheaper than the OEM's battery and they were often rated with a higher capacity. To be sure that I didn't stumble upon magical juice I bought some measuring equipment (could have bought twenty spare batteries instead, but hey) and started testing them myself. In short, the results I found illustrate that everyone except the OEMs grossly exaggerates their batteries' performance to a degree that from where I'm sitting crosses the line from benign touting into straight-up fraud. I did not find a single honestly rated non-OEM battery out there. So be mindful of that when you make your next purchase."
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Comment: Re:What part of recent events (Score 1) 1698

by Jeeeb (#30029314) Attached to: Landmark Health Insurance Bill Passes House
What part of recent events represented free markets? BTW, freer markets are recovering and us Keynesians are still bleeding jobs.

I'm sorry but that assertion just seems completely wrong. For example recovery in Asia is being lead by China which launched a massive state run stimulus program in response to the crisis. Japan is slowly moving to the recovery... with a massive government stimulus package. Australia had a massive government stimulus package which probably helped avoid recession and now is being pulled out of the slump by China.

"It ain't so much the things we don't know that get us in trouble. It's the things we know that ain't so." -- Artemus Ward aka Charles Farrar Brown