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Apple Patches Massive Holes In OS X 246

Trailrunner7 writes with this snippet from ThreatPost: "Apple's first Mac OS X security update for 2010 is out, providing cover for at least 12 serious vulnerabilities. The update, rated critical, plugs security holes that could lead to code execution vulnerabilities if a Mac user is tricked into opening audio files or surfing to a rigged Web site." Hit the link for a list of the highlights among these fixes.
The Courts

Submission + - Judge bars RIAA prez from testifying in P2P case (arstechnica.com) 3

Eskimo Joe writes: A federal judge surprised observers in the Captiol v Thomas file-sharing trial today by barring RIAA president Cary Sherman from testifying. 'After a brief recess this afternoon, plaintiffs' counsel Richard Gabriel and defendant's counsel David Toder made their cases before the judge as to the relevance of Sherman's testimony. Toder argued that Sherman's testimony was not relevant to the question at hand, the fact of whether Thomas was liable for copyright infringement. Gabriel said that Sherman would be able to tell the jury why this case was significant, and more importantly, describe the harm the RIAA believes piracy has caused to the music industry. "I don't want to turn this case into a soap box for the recording industry," Toder argued in response.' Testimony wrapped up today with closing arguments expected Thursday morning.

Submission + - Carnival To Host First-Ever Bloggers Cruise

Michael Given writes: Based on the incredible success of the Internet blog of Carnivals Senior Cruise Director John Heald — whose humorous and insightful postings have attracted nearly 200,000 visitors since the site was launched last month — Heald will host his first-ever Bloggers Cruiseaboard the Carnival Freedom in January 2008.

Submission + - Another DMCA Takedown Notice For Digg

ngottlieb writes: "Digg has received another DMCA takedown notice for a post containing a number used to decrypt a copyrighted poem. The hosting of the key violates the DMCA's "ban on trafficking in circumvention devices" in the same way the hosting of the AACS key violated it. Will Digg.com comply with this takedown notice, or continue it's stand against the DMCA, supporting its users all the way?"

Submission + - Students liable for School Insecurity?

yamamushi writes: "Within the past few weeks, students across Boerne ISD were being called into offices to discuss the use of proxies to circumvent the schools websense system. The problem is that some of these students are being punished so far as being suspended from school for up to (as far as anyone knows so far) 3 months at a time. Shouldn't the school district be liable for their own insecurity? Why are they punishing so many students for something that should be handled from the district's end? I know at the time I was going to school there, I was punished for using a linux livecd to login to their computers without using a password, even after I told the admins how to disable cdrom boots, they refused to update any of the computers and as such I was using the same tactic till the day I graduated."

Feed Fewer Children And Teens Received Antidepressants Following FDA Warnings (sciencedaily.com)

The number of children and teenagers prescribed antidepressant medications appears to have decreased following public warnings about suicidal behavior potentially associated with the drugs, according to a recent report. In addition, antidepressants are now more often prescribed to this age group by psychiatrists rather than primary care physicians.
Media (Apple)

Submission + - EU Launches iTunes Probe

Adam9 writes: "European Union regulators are investigating Apple Inc.'s iTunes online music store for possible violation of competition rules, a British newspaper reported Monday. The Financial Times said Apple and several major music companies had been sent a 'statement of objections' alleging that the deals underpinning the sale of music through iTunes in Europe might violate competition rules. The newspaper said the European Commission had sent a letter outlining the accusations to Apple and 'major record companies' including Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Warner Music and EMI Group PLC. The newspaper said the charges centered on the fact that, in Europe, iTunes prohibits users in one country from downloading music from a Web site intended to serve another. It quoted a spokesman for EU competition commissioner Neelie Kroes as saying that Apple's agreements restricted music sales 'in the sense that consumers can only buy music from the iTunes store in their country of residence' — a possible violation of the EU's rules against restrictive business practices. Apple spokesman Steve Dowling said the company wanted to operate a single store for all of Europe, but music labels and publishers said there were limits to the rights that could they could grant to Apple. 'We don't believe Apple did anything to violate EU law,' he said. 'We will continue to work with the EU to resolve this matter.'"

Submission + - RSA 2007: Botnet Live Presentation now Online

An anonymous reader writes: At the recent RSA 2007 conference, one of the few talks given that received any sort of coverage was one I was lucky enough to attend, "Botnet Live" — where the researchers involved (Chris Boyd, and Wayne Porter) talked about how they used methods other than simply looking at the Botnet data to catch the bad guys. The idea was, by looking at all the "real-world" evidence surrounding the botnet, and continuing to "track" it after the work on the Botnet itself had been handed over to the authorities, more data could be generated in terms of profiling the people behind the hacking than if they'd just kept to the technical side of things. In the talk, they focused on two examples — one involving a Botnet where a custom built PERL script was used to suck down personal data from third party payment systems, and the other involving a group of Hackers based in the Middle-East that used Rootkit technology, fake BitTorrent clients and modified IRC clients to push their radical ideologies. The full presentation is now online, and I recommend anyone with an interest in Botnets (and the people behind them) take time to watch / listen to the full thing.

Feed Ten Reasons why you should upgrade to Windows Vista (theregister.com)

In case you need persuading...

Love it or hate it, you can't ignore Windows Vista. Fans of Apple's Mac OS X will tell you that all of the good bits of Vista have been blagged from the Tribe of Jobs but the fact remains that the vast majority of us use Windows XP so the question is simple, why the hell should we make the switch from Windows XP to Windows Vista? We've got ten solid reasons why you should.


Submission + - Europeans taller than Americans

theolein writes: "The BBC has an article up on a recent study that concludes that Europeans are now on average taller than Americans from being shorter some 200 years ago. It seems that Americans have grown about 1 inch in that time, whereas Europeans are between 3 and 6 inches taller than they were 200 years ago. The study does not include Asian or Hispanic immigrants to the USA and makes no conclusions about why this is, but states that factors, such as dietry, social and economic factors may play a role in the results."

Submission + - iTunes to Offer EMI Tracks Without DRM

Y-Crate writes: Apple and EMI have apparently inked a deal to offer "significant amounts" of EMI's catalog on iTunes without any copy protection whatsoever — a first for iTunes and something Steve Jobs claimed he would do if a label allowed him to. EMI is also considering making their content available to other online retailers under similar terms.
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Submission + - Report Finds the Internet is "Serious Business

An anonymous reader writes: An article on Encyclopedia Dramatica has revealed that the internet — perceived by many as a place to chat and "hang out" — is, in fact, serious business. Law enforcement around the world is cracking down on anyone who does not take the internet strictly 100% seriously, targeting many sites who have decided that April fools day is a time to make light-hearted jokes. Finally they've admitted what we Slashdotters already knew!

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