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Google

Submission + - Google execs convicted in YouTube bullying case->

gingerkazza writes: Three Google executives have been found guilty and sentenced to six months (suspended) after Italian judge finds them guilty of privacy violations after video of a teenager with Down's Syndrome being bullied was published on YouTube. The implications of this case are huge, assuming that Google does not get the ruling overturned on appeal. Could it even be the end of YouTube in Italy?
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Submission + - Can a Cosmic iPhone bring order to your life?->

gingerkazza writes: "It has long been affectionately known as the Jesus Phone because of the almost religious following it receives, but can the iPhone really harness the power of the Cosmos to help organise your life? Ah, the penny drops: I've bought a Cosmic ToDo list with pink and blue stars, twinkly sound effects and a video of TV presenter Noel Edmonds. Bum!"
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XBox (Games)

Submission + - The Lost and Damned = Lost Money and Froze Solid->

gingerkazza writes: http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4052.html Looks like the most popular download ever on the Xbox is not so popular with everyone. It seems that The Lost and Damned is freezing on a significant number of players, taking mission progress with it. Rockstar games is saying nothing, Microsoft is not refunding money. Methinks we have a shitstorm about to unload here.
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Privacy

Submission + - No appeal from Google on YouTube data ruling->

gingerkazza writes: An appeal by Google against the decision of a federal judge in New York that it must hand over details of every video ever viewed on YouTube to Viacom was not only widely expected, but thought to be pretty much a given. A comment by Google's senior litigation counsel seems to suggest otherwise...
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Windows

Submission + - Dell 'Windows Vista Bonus' is a PC with Windows XP->

gingerkazza writes: http://www.itwire.com/content/view/19154/53/ According to Microsoft, Windows XP died on June 30th when it stopped sending it to the likes of Dell and HP, as well as ceasing shrink-wrapped distribution. According to Dell, new buyers can have a Windows Vista Bonus: a machine with a copy of Windows XP pre-installed instead...
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Security

Journal Journal: The truth about software low hanging fruit vulnerability

http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry1560.html If you were to just take weekly media reports and monthly security researcher statistics as your metric, then I suspect it would be a safe bet to suggest that you would say software security vulnerabilities are on a steep upwards curve. Furthermore, it is just as likely that given the media exposure to such events as Microsoft Patch Tuesday and the furore when Adobe or Apple announce a hole has
Security

Submission + - Government online visa application security breach

An anonymous reader writes: http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry1466.html Online Visa applications are being suspended around the world following this bloggers investigation into the web based system which reveals any application could be viewed just by changing part of the URL. It was the lead story on Channel 4 News in the UK last night, and it looks like governments around the world will have some questions to answer after it was also revealed the breach had first been reported a year ago!!!
Security

Submission + - Online US and UK Visa application data exposed

Bill Andad writes: "http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/trackbacks1466.html An investigative reporter uncovers huge hole in the official online application system for getting a Visa to travel to the US or UK from India that has left users full application data exposed for over a year — despite the vulnerability being reported a year ago."

Feed Indian Visa Application Data Easily Accessible Using Old 'Change Number In URL' ->

The folks over at Daniweb have submitted their story about the online visa application system in India. Approximately a year ago, someone who was using the system ran into a problem, where all the work he had done in filling out the application seemed to disappear, and the back button wasn't work. So he tried making small changes to the URL... which gave him access to someone else's visa application. There are plenty of online systems that do this, but you would expect something a little more secure when it comes to government documents that include all sorts of personal info. The guy notified those responsible, and his alert was promptly ignored. It was only after they were contacted a second time, by the person writing the article about it, that they took it seriously enough to finally plug the hole. With governments leaking data all the time, is it any wonder that people don't feel particularly safe when the government wants even more data from us, while promising that there's no way it would ever be leaked?
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