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Submission + - OS X and Linux are no magic bullet for Google (

boilednut writes: As reported by the Financial Times, Google is going to phase out internal use of Microsoft Windows due to security concerns, and will offer new employees the choice of either Linux or Mac OS X. However, contrary to common belief, this may actually result in less security — especially, against attacks similar to the Aurora hacks Google suffered last year. Windows (in particular 64-bit Windows 7) may in fact be more secure against attacks like Aurora than either Linux or Mac OS X.

Submission + - Google opens VP8 codec, aims to nuke H.264 with We (

boilednut writes: Today, Google, Mozilla, and Opera announced the launch of the WebM Project. The goal of the project is to develop a high-quality, open-source, royalty-free video format suitable for the Web. WebM video files use VP8 for their video compression, coupled with Vorbis audio compression. The video and audio data will be combined into container files that are based on the open-source Matroska container.

Submission + - F.C.C. Proposes New Rules on Internet Access (

boilednut writes: The Federal Communications Commission proposed an approach to regulating broadband Internet service on Thursday that would reclassify the transmission component as a basic utility subject to the agency’s oversight in order to enforce consumer protections and equal access.
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Submission + - Pot, meet kettle: a response to Steve Jobs' letter (

boilednut writes: Steve Jobs' recent missive on the deficiencies of Adobe's Flash is still reverberating around the Internet. In this editorial, John Sullivan of the Free Software Foundation responds, arguing that Apple is presenting users with a false choice between Adobe's proprietary software and Apple's walled garden.

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