kai_hiwatari writes: According to Microsoft, for a system to get the Windows 8 certification, the system must have UEFI Secure Boot. UEFI Secure Boot creates a problem for open source software. Major Linux distributions might be able to get their KEKs added to the approved keys of the UEFI organization and ship their distribution signed. However, for security reason, they will not be allowed to release the private key used to sign it. This means that if a user decides to compile Linux from source or maybe change something in an approved distribution, he will not be able to run it on his system because Safe Boot will no longer be able to authenticate it.
kai_hiwatari writes: "In June, the Fedora developers announced plan to switch to Btrfs as the default filesystem in Fedora 16. While Btrfs is no doubt a huge improvement, many questioned the decision because Btrfs is just not ready for production use — especially the lack of a fsck equivalent. Today, Josef Bacik of Red Hat has announced that Btrfs will not be used as the default file system in Fedora 16. Fedora 17 is now the new target."
kai_hiwatari writes: Today Google has announced another major new feature that they are planning to bring to Chrome. The new feature, called Web Intents, will allow web apps to share information with each other without the need for each other to actually know the other web apps. This is kind of like the Intent in the Android operating system.
kai_hiwatari writes: "In Google+, Torvalds wrote criticized the direction that GNOME has taken with GNOME 3. He called GNOME 3 an "unholy mess" and said that the user experience in GNOME 3 is unacceptable. He said that because of GNOME 3, he has ditched GNOME for Xfce. He said that Xfce is a step down from GNOME 2 — but a huge step up from GNOME 3."
kai_hiwatari writes: "Apple sought an injunction in the Australian Federal Court in Sydney to ban the sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 until the lawsuit has been resolved. It is reported an agreement was reached between the Apple lawyers and the Samsung lawyers during a break in the hearing.
According to the agreement, Samsung has agreed to stop the advertisement and sales of the tablet until the lawsuit is over or the court gives them the approval. If Samsung wins the patent lawsuit, Apple has agreed to compensate for the lost sales."
kai_hiwatari writes: More than 35 million South Korean had their personal data stolen after two popular South Korean websites were hacked. The two websites hacked are Nate, a web portal, and Cyworld, a social network. Considering the fact that South Korea has a population of around 49 million, that makes for around 70% of the entire population.
kai_hiwatari writes: "Mozilla has launched a new project called “Boot to Gecko”. The aim of this project is to develop a complete operating system for the open web. Unlike Google’s version of a web-based OS – the Chrome OS – Mozilla’s version is not aimed at netbooks. With Boot to Gecko, Mozilla is aiming for smartphones – and Android forms a part of their plan."
kai_hiwatari writes: "As one Google+ user has noticed, it seems like tagging someone on a photo means that he/she can see the whole album even if you have not shared it. This is not actually a bug – but rather a feature in Google+. The person who was tagged can also share your private album to others. There is an option to turn off sharing but it is enabled by default."
derGoldstein writes: A new issue page was added to the Android project site: "Issue 10809: Password is stored on disk in plain text". The issue details: "The password for email accounts is stored into the SQLite DB which in turn stores it on the phone's file system in plain text". Andy Stadler replied in a comment: "rest assured, I am not closing this bug. We recognize that this is causing concern for some users, and we're going to look at identifying steps that can make your data more secure."
kai_hiwatari writes: "When Google announced Android back in 2007, Jonathan Schwartz, the CEO of Sun Microsystems at the time, wrote a blog post congratulating Google. Until recently, Schwartz’s blog post published on November 5th, 2007 titled “Congratulations Google. Red Hat and the Java Community” could be found at http://blogs.sun.com/jonathan/entry/congratulations_google. After the acquisition of Sun Microsystems, the URL was redirected to http://blogs.oracle.com/jonathan/entry/congratulations_google. However, if you check either of the links now, you will get a 404 page. It is worth noting that Google included this blog post in its defense against Oracle's Android lawsuit."
kai_hiwatari writes: "Today, Google has announced that they are closing down Google Labs. They say that this will help them prioritize their product effort. Google says that closing Google Labs means ending many of their experiments. However, not every experiment will be gone. Google will be incorporating the Labs experiments they have decided to continue in other product areas. Android apps such as Google Goggles, Google Listen etc. will continue to be available in the Android Market."
kai_hiwatari writes: "Neil Daswani, who is also the CTO of security firm Dasient, says that they have studied around 10,000 Android apps and have found that 800 of them are leaking private information of the user to an unauthorized server. Neil Daswani is scheduled to present the full findings at the Black Hat Conference in Las Vegas which starts on July 30th. The Dasient researchers also found out that 11 of the apps they have examined are sending unwanted SMS messages."
kai_hiwatari writes: "Today, at Google’s Mobile Revolution conference in Tokyo, Google Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt made an attack on Apple and its litigious way. He said that Apple’s lawsuits against Android are a result of their lack of innovation and jealousy because of Android’s success."