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Submission + - First color E-ink reader unveiled (

Aviation Pete writes: At the CES, Chinese manufacturer Hanvon has demonstrated the first E-ink reader with a color display. The screen resolution is an impressive 1600 x 1200, but pages load rather slowly. The E 920 reader will be available not before May.

Submission + - Facebook Ads Could 'Out' Gay Users ( 1

itwbennett writes: Researchers at Microsoft Research India and the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems in Germany have written a paper showing that a users may be inadvertently revealing their sexual preference to advertisers. 'One example was an advertisement for a nursing program at a medical college in Florida, which was only shown to gay men. The researchers said that persons seeing the ad would not know that it had been exclusively aimed at them solely based on their sexuality, nor would they realize that clicking on the ad would reveal to the advertiser, by implication, their sexual preference in addition to other information they might expect to be sent, such as their IP (Internet Protocol) address.' For its part, Facebook 'downplayed the study, saying that the site does not pass any personally identifiable information back to an advertiser.'

Submission + - Mozilla: Forget About Firefox on iPhone (

CWmike writes: Mozilla has yet again rejected the idea of crafting a version of Firefox for the iPhone, saying that it is instead focusing its iOS efforts on the Firefox Home sync software, which was admitted into the App Store in July. In a blog post that outlined Mozilla's future plans for Firefox Home, the company said, 'People have asked about adding more browser-like features to Firefox Home, but there are technical and logistical restrictions that make it difficult, if not impossible, to build the full Firefox browser for the iPhone,' said Ragavan Srinivasan, a product manager at Mozilla. Although Apple clarified its App Store admission policies earlier this month, competing browsers remain off limits to outside developers like Mozilla unless they're willing to completely rewrite their code. 'Apps that browse the Web must use the iOS WebKit framework and WebKit JavaScript,' Apple's revised guidelines read.

Submission + - Map Based Passwords ( 1

smitty777 writes: Discovery is running an article on passwords based on a very specific location on a map. Instead of showing UID and Password fields, the user would simply click on a very specific spot on Google Earth, for example. I wonder how you would make that secure? Also, if you forgot, would you get a message saying "Your password is the third flamingo on the left on the lawn of Aunt Bessie's house"?

Submission + - Marvell launches first triple-core hybrid ARM chip (

Blacklaw writes: While other manufacturers are content to develop dual-core ARM processors, Marvell has gone one better — literally — with a new triple-core chip called the Armada 628.
The system-on-chip design, based on ARM's v7 MP series, features two dedicated 1.5GHz processing cores plus a third 624MHz core in a single application processor — making Marvell the first company to bring such a beast to market. While two of the cores are a pretty standard SMP setup, as seen in other dual-core ARM implementations, the third is a standalone processor designed for ultra-low-power draw. The idea behind such a design is that when the system is idle, or only running a low-performance application on a single thread, it can shut off the dual-core portion and save oodles of power.


Submission + - Firefox 4 struggling to reach finishing line (

nk497 writes: Mozilla may release an eighth beta of Firefox 4 before the alpha release, which is scheduled for the middle of October, as it struggles to nail down the bugs in the many new features in the increasingly complex new browser. At the moment, the blockers list of bugs that need to be fixed pre-launch currently stands at 753 entries. Mozilla's weekly meeting notes state that the developers are overdue on the release of beta 7 because of the extensive blockers list, which could have a knock-on effect for future releases. Mozilla has said there will be no more new features or UI changes after beta 7, hopefully letting it finish up the work on time.

Submission + - Clearwire Customers Complain Of Throttling (

An anonymous reader writes: Clear isn't getting specific about exactly how much usage is considered excessive, or how far back users should curtail use if they're looking to avoid the throttle monster. We've contacted Clearwire in the hopes of getting more specifics from the company in terms of what they consider excessive use, and/or what triggers "ISDN mode," but have yet to hear back

Submission + - Gartner: 5% of IT Budget Goes To Security (

itwbennett writes: A Gartner survey of 1,500 companies found businesses spend an average of 5% of their total IT budget on security. Gartner also broke it down to security spending per employee, which averaged around $525 annually in 2009, compared to $636 in 2008 and $510 in 2007. Of the total IT security budget, 37% is spent on personnel, 25% on software, 20% on hardware, 10% on outsourcing and 9% on consulting.

Submission + - back from the dead (

An anonymous reader writes: In what could be described as possibly the worst publicity stunt in software history, DRM-free game store staged it's own death — and has risen from the grave... The question remains, will the users forgive them?

Submission + - Govt. attacks paper; demands 4 years of reader IPs ( 1

iroll writes: The founders of the Phoenix New Times have been arrested for exposing a "secret" grand jury subpoena targetting their newspaper. From the New Times article:

The subpoena demands: "Any and all documents containing a compilation of aggregate information about the Phoenix New Times Web site created or prepared from January 1, 2004 to the present, including but not limited to :
A) which pages visitors access or visit on the Phoenix New Times website;
B) the total number of visitors to the Phoenix New Times website;
C) information obtained from 'cookies,' including, but not limited to, authentication, tracking, and maintaining specific information about users (site preferences, contents of electronic shopping carts, etc.);
D) the Internet Protocol address of anyone that accesses the Phoenix New Times website from January 1, 2004 to the present;
E) the domain name of anyone that has accessed the Phoenix New Times website from January 1, 2004 to the present;
F) the website a user visited prior to coming to the Phoenix New Times website;
G) the date and time of a visit by a user to the Phoenix New Times website;
H) the type of browser used by each visitor (Internet Explorer, Mozilla, Netscape Navigator, Firefox, etc.) to the Phoenix New Times website; and I) the type of operating system used by each visitor to the Phoenix New Times website."

This story has been picked up by other media outlets around the country, including the NY Times


Submission + - TD Ameritrade spam case - what remedies to seek? (

elvey writes: "Apropos Ameritrade Security Audit Finds Privacy-Busting Back Door) Ok, so they made that announcement because I sued, and now I'm in negotiations with them!
In these negotiations with TD Ameritrade, what should I ask for, on behalf of the 6 million or so class members?
In addition to (or instead of) the following, what should I demand? What's essential, what's a plus? Feel free to be humorous, or vent, but keep in mind, I'm looking for serious input.
  1. A program somewhat like the Mozilla Security Bug Bounty Program, but with a $100K award.
  2. Employment and Subcontractor Policy changes that require termination and the forfeit of all deferred or unpaid compensation in cases where they intentionally or negligently facilitate a breach
  3. Free trades (We may be asking for this instead of cash.) Granting 2 free trades would mean up to $120 MM in foregone revenue. We could ask for cash instead.
  4. Enhance security: reduce access to databases and fields in databases to a need-to-know basis
  5. Enhance security: Retain a firm like Counterpane or Neohapsis to do a forensic audit and ongoing security audits (Does anyone have experience with on ID Analytics, the guys that AMTD finally hired to find the crack I and others told them had occurred? They've been retained for an unspecified amount of time to do unspecified work.) All systems and procedures should be covered by the audit.
  6. Enhance security: Set up and monitor canaries.
  7. Run a sting operation to find the thieves.
  8. I know it took 'em two years to discover the breach, and have good reason to suspect that SSNs have been used (what thief would leave money on the table, plus, my ID was stolen, and the timing was right), despite the claims to the contrary.
    Who wants to see an apology? Full Disclosure? Donations to anti-spam organizations? (spamhaus,, SORBS, SpamAssassin(ASF), etc.) Congressional lobbying for effective antispam legislation, modeled after the California bill I helped get passed that Congress turned around and neutered by passing the CAN-SPAM act.

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