grub writes: The U.S. National Security Agency knew for at least two years about a flaw in the way that many websites send sensitive information, now dubbed the Heartbleed bug, and regularly used it to gather critical intelligence, two people familiar with the matter said.
The NSA’s decision to keep the bug secret in pursuit of national security interests threatens to renew the rancorous debate over the role of the government’s top computer experts.
grub writes: According to TechCrunch, BBM for iOS and Android will go live today: "Hey, remember when BlackBerry was going to officially roll out BBM for iOS and Android a few weekends ago only to be stymied by technical issues? At the time it was yet another dark mark on BlackBerryâ(TM)s already sketchy record, but things are finally starting to look up. The company confirmed on its Inside BlackBerry blog that the messaging app will go live in the Android and iOS app stores for new users once more at some point today."
Now to find some people still using Blackberry to swap PINs with!
grub writes: Truly tragic. Africa's western black rhino is now officially extinct according the latest review of animals and plants by the world's largest conservation network.
The subspecies of the black rhino — which is classified as "critically endangered" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species — was last seen in western Africa in 2006.
grub writes: "Thorsten Heins just broke what has to be the biggest news out of BBLive this morning: BBM is breaking out of its walled garden. Starting this summer, users running iOS 6 and Android ICS or higher will be able to download the BBM app for free."
grub writes: "Halliburton has decided to drop Research In Motion's BlackBerry platform in favor of Apple's iOS for its workforce.
An internal newsletter outlined the plan for the nearly 70,000 employees who work for Halliburton in more than 70 countries. "Over the next year, we will begin expanding the use of our mobile technology by transitioning from the BlackBerry (RIM) platform that we currently use to smartphone technology via the iPhone.""
grub writes: ""We’ve all seen those copycat iPhones that come out of China, the majority of which can usually be identified as counterfeit within a few seconds. However, when it comes to faking Apple stores, China does a pretty damn good job.
Apple only has a handful of retail stores in China, so one savvy businessman has decided to build his own. However, he didn’t go down the Apple authorised reseller route as you’d expect — he literally ripped off Apple’s own stores."
grub writes: "(Submitting this in case the message direct from Steve's brain was missed due to faulty chip implants) Earlier this morning Apple has opened up pre-orders for the iPad. Priced from $499 for the cheapest WiFi to $829 for the top of the line 3G/WiFi. Free delivery to your door or pickup at your favourite Apple Store."
grub writes: "The controversial group known as The Landmark Forum has dropped its DMCA case against Google. The cult was trying to find out the identity of a critic who posted hidden camera footage of their indoctrination weekend on Google, YouTube, Internet Archive and others.
Landmark Education, known for its Landmark Forum motivational workshops, served a subpoena for the identity of an anonymous user of Google Video last month, claiming that a French documentary posted by the user infringed Landmark's copyrights. The piece, entitled "Voyage Au Pays Des Nouveaux Gourous" (Voyage to the Land of the New Gurus), is highly critical of Landmark and included hidden camera footage from inside a French Landmark Forum event along with panel discussions about the group. The piece had also been posted with English subtitles on popular U.S. video sites YouTube and the Internet Archive.
Mark a Win for free speech! More info at the EFF site"