moonbender writes: "The Linux kernel has received birthday wishes from an unexpected direction — a video animation from Microsoft. Quoting The H: The video picks up on the strained relationship between Microsoft and Linux by displaying the phrase "Microsoft Vs. Linux" and then showing Tux, the Linux mascot, turning his back on the offer of a birthday cake from Microsoft. After a brief outline of the history between Microsoft and Linux, the video ends with a conciliatory gesture: Tux accepts the birthday cake in his igloo and the video ends with "Happy Birthday" and the editing of the initial phrase to "Microsoft and Linux?". The Linux Foundation has more stuff celebrating the kernel's 20th birthday."
moonbender writes: "W3C and PrimeLife, a EU research project on privacy issues, join forces with Diaspora and others to start developing standards for a federated social web during a conference in Berlin next month. There will be a keynote by Egyptian blogger-dissident Amr Garbheia, presentations, workshops and a hackathon to start implementing stuff to prepare a post-Facebook web. Friday evening will see a round table with people from the European pirate party, Google, Diaspora and London's Imperial Business School... That should make for some butting of heads. The call for papers ends next monday — but the open spaces stay open.
morsch writes: "Chrome 7 for Linux is planned to tie in with the Gnome Keyring and the KDE Wallet to securely store saved browser passwords. Users of the stable version of Google's Webkit-based browser might be surprised to find out that, so far, passwords are stored on the hard disk as clear text. On Windows, Chrome has always used a platform-specific crypto API call for encrypted storage. The corresponding Linux function was never implemented — until now. Unstable versions of Chrome 7 still disable the feature by default; it can be enabled using a parameter."
morsch writes: "Researcher Vinay Deolalikar from HP Labs claims proof that P != NP. The 100 page paper has apparently not been peer-reviewed yet, so feel free to dig in and find some flaws. However, the attempt seems to be genuine, and Deolalikar has published papers in the same field in the past. So this may be the real thing! Given that one million USD prize money from the Millenium Prize is involved, it will certainly get enough scrutiny. Greg Baker broke the story on his blog, including the email Deolalikar sent around."
mb writes: Germany has gone one step further in impeding access to Wikileaks. Their own take on it: "On April 9th 2009, the internet domain registration for the investigative journalism site Wikileaks.de was suspended without notice by Germany's registration authority DENIC. The action comes two weeks after the house of the German Wikileaks domain sponsor, Theodor Reppe, was searched by German authorities, on March 24, 2009, following WikiLeaks' publication of Australia's secret internet censorship list." Of course, Wikileaks remains accessible through other domains — for now!
moonbender writes: Fake but working iTunes gift cards are being sold on Chinese auction sites for a fraction of their value: "The owner of the Taobao shop told us frankly that the gift card codes are created using key-generators. He also said that he paid money to use the hackers' service. Half a year ago, when they started the business, the price was around 320 RMB for 200 USD card, then more people went into this business and the price went all the way down to 18 RMB per card, "but we make more money as the amount of customers is growing rapidly.""
The people at Outdustry have apparently confirmed this by buying a coupon and transferring it into an iTunes account. Oops.