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Submission + - Safari To Fall First in Hacking Contest ... Again? (computerworld.com)

CWmike writes: Apple's Safari will be the first browser to fall next month at the Pwn2Own hacking challenge, the contest organizer has predicted.'Safari will be the first to go,' said Aaron Portnoy, security research team lead with 3Com TippingPoint, the sponsor of Pwn2Own, which starts on March 24. However, researcher Charlie Miller, who hijacked a Mac in less than five seconds through Safari last year to win $5,000, and $10,000 by hacking a MacBook Air in 2008 in under two minutes at Pwn2Own, again by exploiting a Safari bug, says he's not as certain as Portnoy that Apple's browser will tumble first. 'Unlike previous years, I'd say Safari isn't significantly easier than the browsers on Windows,' Miller said. 'I say this because Snow Leopard finally has DEP [Data Execution Prevention]. Also, because at Black Hat DC, Dion Blazakis showed how to defeat DEP in [Windows] browsers. The only difference is that Safari has a bigger attack surface, and includes, for example a PDF reader (Preview) and Flash.'

Submission + - Are HR black-lists more likely for techies? 1

Sunkist writes: The Wall Street Journal has an article on How a Black Mark Can Derail a Job Search. One of the interesting components of the article is that most of the cautionary tales and accounts involved technology workers, specifically mentioning programmers and software developers. Is this issue widespread among tech workers or is it just tin-foil hat, isolated-to-cranky-sys-admin-guy incidents?
Java

Submission + - Rare Borland Memorabilia for Haitian Relief (webwire.com) 1

santakrooz writes: Embarcadero employees, many of whom are original Borland engineers and employees from the early Turbo Pascal, Quattro Pro, Paradox, JBuilder, Delphi and Borland C++ teams, are auctioning off rare and historical Borland memorabilia to raise money for Haitian Relief efforts. Proceeds are going to the Clinton/Bush Haiti Relief Fund.

http://shop.ebay.com/andersohlsson/m.html

Power

Submission + - 100% efficient lighting devices?

Roland Piquepaille writes: "You all know that incandescent light bulbs are terribly inefficient, turning only 5% of the electricity it consumes into light. Fluorescent lamps are better using up to 25% of its energy as light. And solid state lighting devices lose only 50% of the energy they received. But now, researchers at Arizona State University (ASU) claim they've developed organic lighting devices which are 100% efficient. The researchers think it's possible to produce these solid-state lighting devices based on OLED technology at low cost. If this is true, this would be of major benefit to the environment by conserving energy and natural resources. Read more for additional references about these future lighting devices."
Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft calls the kettle black

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft is playing the role of sore loser in the fight for Double Click. Monday, they urged lawmakers to review Google's acquisition of Double Click for possible anti-trust violations saying that it gives Google ownership of 80% of the online advertising market. Once you get past the irony of this move, does Microsoft have a good point?
Communications

Submission + - Are mobile phones wiping out our bees?

Anonymous Coward Inc. writes: "Snippet from article . "Seems like the plot of a particularly far-fetched horror film. But some scientists suggest that our love of the mobile phone could cause massive food shortages, as the world's harvests fail. They are putting forward the theory that radiation given off by mobile phones and other hi-tech gadgets is a possible answer to one of the more bizarre mysteries ever to happen in the natural world — the abrupt disappearance of the bees that pollinate crops. Late last week, some bee-keepers claimed that the phenomenon — which started in the US, then spread to continental Europe — was beginning to hit Britain as well.""

Feed Breath Test To Identify Early Stage Lung Cancer (sciencedaily.com)

A series of quietly exhaled breaths might indicate whether or not a patient is at risk for lung cancer. Using DNA recovered from exhaled breath, researchers can examine the state of cells that line the lungs, and potentially detect cancer at an early stage, when treatment may be most successful.

Feed Smart Hydrogel Nanoparticles For Serum Cancer Biomarkers Harvesting (sciencedaily.com)

Researchers are investigating a remarkable use of nanotechnology that might change the way doctors monitor patients for cancer-indicating biomarkers. These hydrogel nanoparticles, less than one tenth the size of a red blood cell, could function like "smart" sponges, designed to soak up specific proteins in the bloodstream.

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