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Submission + - Mac OS X Lion LDAP Vulnerability Emerges (

hypnosec writes: New reports have shed light into the shocking fact that the iPhone maker Apple Inc.'s latest version of the Mac OS X is plagued by some grave security risks, particularly for businesses which use it to communicate with a particular form of centralized network. According to the reports, almost anyone who logs in to the Mac OS X 10.7, more popularly known as Lion, get instant access to restricted resources by typing in any random passwords with the help of the massively popular authentication technology LDAP.

Submission + - Windows Worm Morto Targets Weak Passwords Via RDP (

CWmike writes: "A new Windows worm, dubbed 'Morto' by Microsoft and F-Secure, is working its way through company networks by taking advantage of weak passwords, say security researchers. The worm has been circulating since at least last week, when company administrators noticed systems generating large numbers of unexplained connections to the Internet. 'Although the overall numbers of computers reporting detections are low in comparison to more established malware families, the traffic it generates is noticeable," Microsoft's Hil Gradascevic wrote on Sunday. Morto spreads using RDP, or Remote Desktop Protocol."
United States

Submission + - White House wants to make IP infringement a felony ( 2

Shikaku writes: "The White House today proposed sweeping revisions to U.S. copyright law, including making "illegal streaming" of audio or video a federal felony and allowing FBI agents to wiretap suspected infringers.

In a 20-page white paper (PDF), the Obama administration called on the U.S. Congress to fix "deficiencies that could hinder enforcement" of intellectual property laws."


Submission + - Apple applies new App store rules inconsistently (

mystikkman writes: Apple has approved updates to the Kindle and Netflix iOS apps despite them not including any provision for in app purchases that must pay out 30% to Apple. Apple has previously rejected the free Readability and Sony e-reader apps for selling subscriptions outside the app store. The new policies received a lot of scorn from subscription sellers like The bigger question is, come June 30 when the new rules are actually supposed to kick in, will Apple pull the Kindle and Netflix apps from the iDevices if they don't cough up 30%?

Submission + - Why we should buy music in FLAC (

soodoo writes: "We have plenty of HDD space and broadband internet. Why don't we demand full CD quality audio in an accessible format from online music stores?
The advantage of lossless is not only the small audio quality improvement, but better future proofing and converting capabilities. FLAC is a good, free and open format, well suited for this job."


Submission + - Fedora 15 + GNOME 3.0, a skippable release (

mAriuZ writes: "So now that the Alpha release for Fedora 15 has been declared gold, all the features are in, only polish and bug fixing are to be applied until final, is the time for previews are reviews, it was also the time for me to look at the new default desktop and understand what is coming. The executive summary of my review is: from a desktop point of view, this is a release to skip, and I am not talking about the Alpha, but about F15 altogether."

Submission + - Android users hit by malware attacks (

unassimilatible writes: Tens of thousands of users of Android-based smartphones have downloaded applications capable of taking over their phones with malicious software designed to steal data or send expensive messages, security experts have warned, the Financial Times reports.

Google, the Android developer, has removed 55 such applications from its official Android Marketplace after being alerted to them by amateur and professional researchers. Score one for the iPhone?

Open Source

Submission + - 5 Reasons why kids should use Linux (

donadony writes: Perhaps the most difficult part of providing quality technical support is when you need to assist young minds in mastering the complexities of technology. Today children of all ages use computers and it becomes an essential part of their learning curve that they understand the basics of keeping their system going. This is made easier when they work on open source platforms such as Linux.

Submission + - Canonical disables Banshee Amazon Store in Ubuntu (

Julie188 writes: Banshee is a media/music player for Linux that has support for purchasing music via Amazon MP3. The revenues have always gone directly to the GNOME Foundation. Historically, the default music player in Ubuntu has been Rhythmbox, but that's changing in 11.04 to Banshee. The problem, at least as Canonical seems to see it? Amazon MP3 support in Banshee competes with Ubuntu's own offering, Ubuntu One — which also has support for purchasing music. The alternative? Canonical offered to leave the Amazon Store on by default, but take a 75% cut leaving a paltry 25% for GNOME.

Submission + - Ballmer Turns To Geeks For Salvation (

jfruhlinger writes: One of the critiques of Steve Ballmer as Microsoft CEO is that, as someone who came up through sales, he doesn't really get what running an innovative tech company is about. With the company board starting to question his performance — he didn't get his bonus last year because of the Kin debacle, for instance — it appears that Ballmer planning to install engineers in high places to turn the company around.

Submission + - Will Patent Make NCAA Football Playoffs Impossible

An anonymous reader writes: Mark Cuban recently announced plans to create a college football playoff system, which many people (including President Obama) have been claiming has been needed for years. However, after doing so, Cuban received an odd emails, claiming that he'd better watch out, because a college football playoff system is patented and anything he did would likely infringe. The patent wasn't named, but Techdirt believes it has found the patent in question, along with another pending patent application (which has some amusing errors in it — such as an abstract that says it's about a boat fender, rather than a sports playoff system). So is it really true that some random guy in Arizona is the only person who can legally set up such a college football playoff system?

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