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Submission + - Microsoft attempts to censure bing vulnerability

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft's bing search engine has a vulnerability with its cash-back promotion, which impacts both merchants and customers. In traditional Microsoft style, Microsoft responded to the author of the breaking bing cashback with a cease & desist letter, rather than fixing the security problems. It is possible for a malicous user to create fake bing cash-back requests, resulting in not only fake cash-back costs for the merchant, but also blocking legitimate customers from receiving there cash-back from bing. The original post is currently available in bing's cahce (although perhaps not for long). But no worries, the author makes it clear that the exploit should be painfully obvious to anyone that reads the bing cashback sdk.
Programming

Google's Launches 2nd Android Developer Contest 26

coffeeisclassy writes "Google's second Android Developer Contest (ADC2) has started, despite some confusion around how to submit applications. The prizes are different from the first ADC, with each category having prizes of 100k, 50k, and 25k and an overall best of 150k,50k and 25k, meaning the best Android application from ADC2 is eligible for ~250k. The rules seem to allow any application never published before August 1st to compete, and the contest is open through the end of August (so break out your keyboards!). The top prizes are certainly less than that of first ADC, but with the prizes broken down by category, Google may be hoping to inspire some love for less popular categories."
Google

Submission + - Google's 2nd Android Developer Contest kicksoff 1

coffeeisclassy writes: Google's second Android Developer Contest (ADC2) has started, despite some confusion around how to submit applications. The prizes are different from the first ADC, with each category having prizes of 100k, 50k, and 25k and an overall best of 150k,50k and 25k, meaning the best Android application from ADC2 is eligible for ~250k. The rules seem to allow any application never published before August 1st to compete and is open through the end of August (so break out your keyboards!). The top prizes are certainly less than that of first ADC, but with the prizes broken down by category Google may be hoping to inspire some love for less popular categories. While some other developers are waiting to find out to submit, one developer has moved ahead and released one of there entires Pigs Can Fly Site Monitor (also on Google Market for those with Androids). So if you've been waiting for an excuse to start a new side-project, here you have it :)
Cellphones

Submission + - DeviceScape port to OpenMoko finished & availa

crazyirishhobo writes: As slashdot reported awhile ago on the start of a port of device scape to the OpenMoko, the port is now been completed and is available for public download. However like other things in the OpenMoko community (including the phones), it appears that it has reached the end of the line, with the developer behind it apparently moving to the Android platform.
Earth

Submission + - Classified evidence of global warming revealed (thinkprogress.org)

An anonymous reader writes: The Obama administration has released more than a thousand intelligence images of Arctic ice, following a declassification request by the National Academy of Sciences. These high-resolution spy photos of rapid sea ice loss off the northern coast of Alaska, kept classified by the Bush administration, show the devastating impact of global warming in the Arctic. The newly-declassified images also reveal the retreat of glaciers in Washington and Alaska.
Privacy

Submission + - Your browser history is showing

tiffanydanica writes: For a lot of us our browser history is something we consider private, or at least not something we want to expose to every website we visit.Web2.0collage is showing just how easy it is (with code!)for sites to determine what sites you visit. When you visit the site it sniffs your browser history, and creates a collage of the (safe for work) sites that you visit. It is an interesting application of potentially scary technology (imagine a job application site using this to screen candidates). You can jump right into having your history sniffed if you so desire. While the collages are cool on their own merit, they also serve as an illustration of the privacy implications of browser history sniffing.
The Internet

Submission + - omnomnom browser history (uwaterloo.ca)

An anonymous reader writes: What does your browser history look like when visualized? An awkward question for many ofhttp://slashdot.org/submit.pl us to be sure. A new open source project, web2.0collage.com, aims to answer this question using browser history sniffing. When you visit the page, using a combination of javascript & scheme code, it determine your browser history, fetches the icon's associated with them and combines it into a collage. Before you get too worried about visiting the site, uses a white-list of safe-for-work sites :) For those interested the AGPL'd code is only a click away.
Privacy

Submission + - Generating Meta-collages from browser history

bobdole3k writes: With some simple javascript & scheme code (under the AGPL) its possible to sniff a users browser history. A new browser history sniffing site uses this to generate a collage of the sites you visit. Before you get worried, it uses a list of "web2.0" sites, so the collage will (probably) be appropriate (unless you don't want your colleagues knowing about your slashdot/blogging habits). An interesting application of potentially scary technology. While the results by them selves are kind of interesting, the collage also serves as a cool illustration of the privacy concerns surrounding browser history sniffing.
Privacy

Submission + - Browser history sniffing illustrated

Anonymous Pants writes: A new open-source website, Web2.0 Collage, illustrates just how easy browser sniffing is. Once it's gotten a list of all the sites you visit it constructs a (somewhat creepy) collage graphically illustrating the websites you visit. Depending on your browser history the results can be nifty or creepy (fortunately it does use a filtered SFW list). While the results on it own are kind of interesting, it also serves as a cool way to illustrate the privacy concerns of browser history sniffing.
Security

Submission + - Website hijacks browser history & makes collag

itsamemario writes: With some basic javascript its possible to sniff a users browser history. A new browser history sniffing site uses this to generate a collage of the sites you visit. Before you get worried, it uses a list of "web2.0" sites, so the collage will (probably) be appropriate (unless you don't want your colleagues knowing about your slashdot/blogging habits). An interesting application of potentially scary technology. For those wanting to skip the warning screen and go straight to the browser sniffing this should do the trick. While the results by them selves are kind of interesting, it also serves as a cool way to illustrate the privacy concerns of browser history sniffing.
The Internet

Submission + - Browser sniffing ninjas

tasteyf00dninja writes: web2.0collage.com uses browser history sniffing to determine what websites you visit and creates a collage of them. Before you get worried, it uses a list of "web2.0" sites, so the collage will (probably) be appropriate (unless you don't want your colleagues knowing about your slashdot habbits). An interesting application of potentially scary technology. For those wanting to skip the warning & explanation screen and go straight to the browser history sniffing this should do the trick. While the results by them selves are kind of interesting, it also serves as a cool way to illustrate the privacy concerns of browser history sniffing.
Security

Submission + - The art of browser history sniffing

An anonymous reader writes: There is a new kid in town doing something a bit different. web2.0collage.com uses browser history sniffing to determine what websites you visit and creates a collage of them. Before you get worried, it uses a list of "web2.0" sites, so the collage will (probably) be appropriate (unless you don't want your colleagues knowing about your slashdot habbits). An interesting application of potentially scary technology. For those wanting to skip the warning screen and go straight to the browser sniffing this should do the trick. While the results by them selves are kind of interesting, it also serves as a cool way to illustrate the privacy concerns of browser history sniffing.
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Submission + - Collages of sniffed browser history for !privacy

hkarau writes: web2.0collage.com uses browser history sniffing to determine what websites you visit and then creates a collage of them. While the collage is kind of nifty, it also graphically illustrates just how easy it is for people to sniff your browser history. Before you get too worried, it uses a white-list of SFW sites, so the collage will (probably) be appropriate (unless you don't want your colleagues knowing about your slashdot habits). However, just because these people play nice is no guarantee that everyone else will. Other potential benign applications including customizing bookmark-lets, but the less than benign (say advertising or even hr site) implications or troublesome. An interesting application of potentially scary technology.
Networking

Submission + - Rackspace is down (zeitbyte.com)

golem1313 writes: Rackspace went down some time around 4:20PM EST. Their site is down, their client portal is down and their phone system has been busy for the last 15 minutes. They have been doing work on the power supply at one of their facilities for the last couple of days. Is this some twisted moment of silence for the Michael Jackson. Fanactical!!

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