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Firefox

Submission + - Mozilla To Bug Firefox Users With Old Adobe Reader, Flash, Silverlight

An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla today announced it will soon start prompting Firefox users to upgrade select old plugins. This will only affect Windows users, and three plugins: Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash, and Microsoft Silverlight. Mozilla says Firefox users will “soon see a notification urging them to update” when they visit a web page that uses the plugins.
The Internet

Submission + - The Internet accounts for 5.1 million US jobs and 3.7% of GDP

lpress writes: "A Harvard Business School study sponsored by the Interactive Advertising Bureau shows that the ad-supported Internet is responsible for 5.1 million jobs in the US — two million direct and 3.1 million indirect. They report that the Internet accounted for 3.7% of 2011 GDP.

The research, development and procurement that launched the Internet back in the 1970s and 1980s cost the US taxpayers $124.5 million at the time — not a bad investment!"

Submission + - Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Jailbroken (paritynews.com)

hypnosec writes: Amazon’s latest Kindle Paperwhite is now officially jailbroken giving users the ability to do things like turning their eReaders into weather station display and connecting serially to Raspberry Pi. To jailbreak the Paperwhite, the user would need to copy a file over to the root directory of the e-Reader and restart the device. The Kindle Paperwhite jailbreak is based out of a previously known hack used on the Kindle Touch.

Submission + - Canadian Music Industry wants SOPA-style blocking added to bill C-11 (michaelgeist.ca)

MrKevvy writes: Michael Geist writes:

"Yesterday the Canadian Music Publishers Association added to the demand list by pulling out the SOPA playbook and calling for website blocking provisions. Implausibly describing the demand as a "technical amendment", the CMPA argued that Internet providers take an active role in shaping the Internet traffic on their systems and therefore it wants to "create a positive obligation for service providers to prevent the use of their services to infringe copyright by offshore sites." If the actual wording is as broad as the proposal (the CMPA acknowledged that it has an alternate, more limited version), this would open the door to blocking thousands of legitimate sites. The CMPA admitted that the proposal bears a similarity to SOPA and PIPA, but argued that it was narrower than the controversial U.S. bills."

Security

Submission + - Contradictions in Security Perception vs. Reality (net-security.org)

Orome1 writes: McAfee announced the State of Security report showing how IT decision-makers view the challenges of securing information assets in a regulated global business environment. Organizational awareness and protection against information security risks is very important. However, many companies are uncertain about their IT security posture in terms of awareness and protection. Despite having formal strategic plans, 34 percent of the companies believe they are not adequately protected against information security risks which could impact their business. Almost a third of organizations surveyed have either not purchased or not yet implemented many of the next-generation security technologies that are designed to address current-day threats, despite more than 80 percent of the organizations identifying malware, spyware and viruses as major security threats.

Comment Re:How much do you people think early TVs were? (Score 1) 262

The government has been giving out coupons for $40 or $50 (forget the exact amount) towards the cost of a converter box so you can pick up HD TV signals and watch them on an analog set. I was at my brother's house last weekend, and he had one hooked up to his old analog set, which he had stuck in his kitchen, since he had a HDTV set in his living room. It was pulling in HD channels fine. His girlfriend said with the coupon, the box cost them $10.

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