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Comment Not about discontinuation (Score 3, Insightful) 141

This isn't about discontinuing them, in February RIM is releasing the new OS version. This leaves them with the choice to either recall the unsold units and reload the OS and repackage them, or get as many of them out there as they can now and avoid that cost. Either way it would mean a loss of money, but the more new users they pick up now the better in the long run. Once the newer ones come out with the new OS version loaded, who will buy old stock? Sell the units now and let the users install the upgrade themselves.
Android

Submission + - Dropbox for Android Security Bypass Vulnerability (net-security.org)

Orome1 writes: A security issue has been reported in Dropbox for Android, which can be exploited by malicious people to bypass certain security restrictions. Android applications can communicate with each other through the exporting of program features, also known as IPC endpoints. This is defined in the AndroidManifest.xml file which is part of all installable application packages. Any feature of an Android application can be exported, meaning that other applications can access these features and interact with the application across the sandbox. In some cases this can pose a security risk to the application exporting its features.
Music

Submission + - Music Copyright War Looming (nytimes.com)

quarterbuck writes: When copyright law was revised in the mid-1970s, musicians, like creators of other works of art, were granted “termination rights,” which allow them to regain control of their work after 35 years, so long as they apply at least two years in advance. Recordings from 1978 are the first to fall under the purview of the law, but in a matter of months, hits from 1979, like “The Long Run” by the Eagles and “Bad Girls” by Donna Summer, will be in the same situation
Google

Submission + - Google Buys Motorola Mobility For $12.5 Billion (gizmocrazed.com)

Mightee writes: "Google Inc. has just announced that it will be acquiring Motorola Mobility for a staggering $12.5 billion. The announcement does come as a surprise, since buying a hardware company is an unusual move for Google.

In a blog post, CEO Larry Page writes that the acquisition will enable the company to supercharge the Android ecosystem. It is a move to build up the Google's patent portfolio, and will enhance competition, help in bringing a better user experience and more value to shareholders. He also mentioned the recent patent wars that Google believes to be anti-competitive."

Security

Submission + - WPA/WPA2 Cracking with CPUs, GPUs, and the Cloud (tomshardware.com)

wintertargeter writes: Yeah, it's another article on security, but this time we finally get a complete picture. Tom's Hardware looks at WPA/WPA2 brute-force cracking with CPUs, GPUs, and Amazon's Nvidia Tesla-based EC2 cloud servers.

Verdict? WPA/WPA2 is pretty damn secure. Now to wait for a side-channel attack. Sigh....

Submission + - 2,000-Year-Old Body Found in Irish Bog

An anonymous reader writes: A 2,000-year-old body thought to be that of a victim of human sacrifice was found in an Irish Bog, experts said Friday.

Initial examinations on the body, found just outside Portalaoise, central Ireland, indicated it could be a young woman, the Irish Times reported.

Submission + - Termination rights of 35 year old recordings (nytimes.com)

Maximum Prophet writes: "When copyright law was revised in the mid-1970s, musicians, like creators of other works of art, were granted “termination rights,” which allow them to regain control of their work after 35 years, so long as they apply at least two years in advance. Recordings from 1978 are the first to fall under the purview of the law..."
Since the recording companies are just looking out for their artists, there won't be much of a problem here.

Comment On a further note... (Score 3, Funny) 375

Sales of wax cylinders, reel-to-reel tapes, and 8-track tapes continue to drop. When questioned about the drop of new wax cylinder users from 9 to 7, the RIAA stated that the deaths of those two consumers were indeed not from thier advanced ages of over 100, but rather caused by "Pirates" attempting to hurt their profit margins.

The RIAA was optimistic about the increase in clay pot recordings with the recent fad in "accoustic archeology" and hoped to once again start producing new releases in this format in Q4 2009. Questions concerning the validity of such archaic technology were pushed aside with "If the format fails, it because of the Pirates".

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