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Submission + - The Crypto Project Revives Cypherpunks Ethic (threatpost.com)

Trailrunner7 writes: When a small group of activists announced the debut of The Crypto Project earlier this year, for many, ahem, mature, security and privacy advocates it brought to mind memories of the original cypherpunk movement that began in the 1990s and that group's seminal efforts to encourage the use of strong cryptography and anonymity online, as well as its successes and failures. The two groups are not allied by anything other than ideology, but The Crypto Project's leaders are aiming to follow in the footsteps of the cypherpunks, build on their accomplishments and make security and privacy tools freely available to the masses.

The group is working on a number of projects right now, including setting up an anonymous remailer, putting up a Convergence notary and setting up a Tahoe-LAFS grid. Threatpost has an interview with Sir Valiance, one of the leaders of the project, who talks about the need for better privacy and anonymity online and why the cypherpunks are still important today.

Submission + - One final manufacturing run of Touchpads (hp.com)

lochnessie writes: HP has announced a limited manufacturing run of Touchpads to be available in the next few weeks. The HP employee making the announcement posted "I think it’s safe to say we were pleasantly surprised by the response" to their massively discounted, sold-at-a-huge-loss tablet.
Space

Submission + - ESA Summer of Code in Space (esa.int) 1

morrison writes: "Following the previous announcement [1], the European Space Agency's Summer of Code in Space (SOCIS) pilot program has announced their mentoring organizations [2] and is now open for submissions from students enrolled at EU institutions (alas, ESA requirement for the pilot) through July 27th. SOCIS is modeled after the highly successful Google Summer of Code (GSoC) program but targets "space-related" open source software. The selected mentoring organizations range from notable GSoC veterans like BRL-CAD [3] and ffmpeg [4] to relatively unknown space software like ORSA [5] and Open Mission Control [6].

[1] http://science.slashdot.org/story/11/06/29/0313212/
[2] http://sophia.estec.esa.int/socis2011/
[3] http://brlcad.org/wiki/ESA_Summer_of_Code_in_Space/Project_Ideas
[4] http://wiki.multimedia.cx/index.php?title=FFmpeg_/_Libav_Summer_Of_Code_In_Space_2011
[5] http://orbit.psi.edu/~tricaric/SOCIS.html
[6] http://openmissioncontrol.wordpress.com/socis/"

Facebook

Submission + - 8 Things You Didn't Know about Facebook and Zynga (bnet.com)

bizwriter writes: An amended S-1 filing for Zynga’s eventual IPO offers details of its relationship to Facebook. There’s plenty of interesting stuff there in the open, but some partially redacted sections hint at why Zynga is so dependent on Facebook as a channel to get to its market — and why Facebook doesn’t deploy its own games.
Bitcoin

Submission + - Bitcoin Trademarking Lawyer Now Sending Bogus DMCA (techdirt.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A couple weeks ago, Slashdot wrote about a lawyer named Michael Pascazi who was trying to trademark Bitcoin. Techdirt picked up on the story, via Slashdot, and wrote a post about it, which included Pascazi's evidence of the trademark. Pascazi has now sent Techdirt a bogus DMCA takedown request over the post, claiming that the header and footer in his stationary, which appears via an embed on the story violates his "copyright." He appears to be claiming that simply posting any version of his stationary is a copyright violation. It's not clear if the content in question is even copyrightable, and if it is how Techdirt's use isn't fair use.
Google

Submission + - Apple Finally Approves Google+ App For iPhone (computerworld.com)

CWmike writes: "Apple approved the Google+ app for the iPhone on Tuesday, and posted it to the App Store. Only an iPhone version of Google+ was available. It's unclear whether Google has created an iPad-specific app. Still, the app may not be available to everyone immediately, said Vic Gundotra on Google+, who heads Google's social division. Two weeks ago, a Google employee said that the company had submitted Google+ to the App Store. 'The Google+ iPhone app has been submitted to the App Store (no not today, sometime prior to today) and is awaiting approval,' said Erica Joy on July 4. According to that timeline, Google's app took twice as long as the vast bulk of submitted apps to win Apple's approval."
Programming

Submission + - Illumination Software Creator 4.0 Preview (lunduke.com) 1

mrmangosir writes: The visual programming tool Illumination will be reaching version 4.0. I have had a chance to test drive the previous version and compare it to an advanced version of Google's Android on-line developer tool and Yahoo's mashup pipes incarnation.

Its ability to output to Android, WebOS, iOS (iPad & iPhone), Windows Phone 7, Flash Websites, HTML5 Websites, Desktops (Python), Nokia Tablets (Python), some of which are being added to v4.0 must be one of the biggest range of languages and platforms I have seen to date. This gives a developer a massive ability to develop one mobile application for more than one platform. I tested the output and you could take the source code and compile or further developer in the available IDE's for each platform. There are some limitations, being that not every aspect like MySQL connectivity is instantly available to put into your application. But there is the availability of adding custom "code blocks", mainly added by the community like MySQL connectivity. They are doing the "indie pay what you want" sale, until 22nd July. For me, I may buy a copy for a friend or two, even if it supports the indie developers as I bought one a while back. Also lastly and most importantly you can develop on a Windows, Mac or Windows machine.

Google

Submission + - Google giving away OpenWRT-based BISMark routers (extremetech.com)

An anonymous reader writes: More than two years after the launch of Measurement Lab, the internet connection speed and analysis project, Google and the National Science Foundation are taking things to the next step and providing testers with free Netgear routers pre-loaded with benchmark and diagnostic firmware. Measurement Lab (aka M-Lab) is a collaborative project tasked with aggregating truly vast amounts of data about internet connections in the US. Until now M-Lab has only consisted of software tools that you can run on your PC — but now, thanks to the Broadband Internet Service Benchmark (BISMark) project being led by Georgia Tech and the University of Napoli, M-Lab participants can provide data straight from the horse’s mouth: their router.
Media

Submission + - Reddit Co-Founder accused of Hacking MIT Computers (webmarketingwar.com)

An anonymous reader writes: New York Times has reported that Reddit co founder Aaron Swartz has been indicted for stealing more than 4 million documents from the highly prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) .

Submission + - Poll: Browser PKI provides users with... 1

arglebargle_xiv writes: - An effective defence against phishing attacks
- Better than nothing at all
- More security theatre than the TSA
- A protection racket to keep CAs in business
AMD

Submission + - Details on AMD's HD 7000 (naviwire.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Details on the HD 7000 from AMD have come out today. This is the first GPU that we know of, to use the PCI-E 3.0 spec, but its release date still remains unknown. We sure hope there will be native support from AMD and Intel at the time of its release. It is codenamed Southern Islands, and based on a 28nm process sporting upscaled VLIW4 stream processors.
Security

Submission + - NoScript awarded Security Innovation Grant (dragonresearchgroup.org)

An anonymous reader writes: NoScript Awarded with the DRG Security Innovation Grant of 2011. The value of the award if U$ 10,000 and will be used to improve the tool and look with more confidence at the goal of releasing a NoScript Anywhere beta build for Android and desktop Firefox by September. What would you do with $10,000 to raise the bar on Security?

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