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Our latest edition of WIG has lots of news link goodness such as AdBlock Plus now allows non-intrusive ads by default, Sprint’s disabling of Carrier IQ on phones, Google’s removal of fraudulent Android apps, Tor’s experiments with IPv6, and more.

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Weekly News Links

  • Microsoft’s new automatic update plan could (finally) spell the end of IE6
    Microsoft has announced that starting in January 2012 Internet Explorer will, like Chrome, Firefox and Opera, no longer pester you with update notices. Instead Internet Explorer will automatically download and install updates in the background.
  • Chrome scores a victory in the browser wars
    It’s just one browser version during one particular week, and only one research firm is making the claim–but according to StatCounter, Google’s Chrome 15 is the world’s most popular browser.
  • Study: Chrome the most secure browser
    Security research firm Accuvant has published a new study, commissioned by Google, that investigated and compared the security mechanisms of popular web browsers. The study concludes that Chrome offers more protection than Internet Explorer and Firefox.
  • AdBlock To Allow Non-Intrusive Ads By Default
    AdBlock Plus, a popular extension for Google Chrome and Firefox, has issued an update, which now allows non-intrusive advertising by default.
  • Tor experiments with IPv6
    With the alpha version 0.2.3.9 of Tor, the anonymity software, Tor clients can now connect to private bridges using IPv6.
  • Canonical to remove Oracle’s Sun Java from users’ systems
    The end of licensing for operating system distributors to ship Oracle’s Sun Java JDK packages, combined with October’s announcement of a number of critical vulnerabilities in that software, has led Canonical to announce that, for security reasons, it will be disabling the Sun JDK browser plugin immediately.
  • 2011: The Year of Linux Disappointments
    As years go, 2011 was a kidney stone of a year for free and open source software.
  • Sprint disabling Carrier IQ on phones
    Sprint, which for weeks has defended its use of Carrier IQ software on mobile phones, is now disabling the software, a Sprint spokeswoman confirmed this past Friday.
  • China accused of decade-long cyberespionage attacks
    U.S. officials say China-based hackers have been identified to be the ones behind attacks that spanned a decade, targeting 760 companies, research universities, Internet service providers (ISPs) and government agencies.
  • Microsoft fixes Duqu hole, but not BEAST problem
    Microsoft has finally patched a flaw being exploited by the Duqu Trojan, but a fix to protect Internet Explorer users from having their encrypted communications snooped on didn’t quite make the cut.
  • Google Wallet stores too much unencrypted data in a rooted device–report
    Google Wallet does a good job of storing passwords but doesn’t encrypt the entire credit card number, balance, and other information, a research firm said this past Monday after testing the application on a rooted device.
  • SMS flaw reportedly found in Windows Phone 7.5
    Devices running Microsoft’s Window Phone are susceptible to a denial-of-service attack that disables their messaging function, a tipster has told WinRumors.com.
  • Google removes fraudulent Android apps
    Google has removed 22 apps containing fraudulent software from its Android Market appstore which had posed as popular third-party software, such as Angry Birds and Sim City, and tricked users into sending premium text messages.
  • Google pulls more SMS fraud-related Android apps
    Google has removed five additional apps from the Android Market that mobile-security firm Lookout alleges appear to be engaged in SMS fraud targeting Europeans.
  • Backdoors in industrial control systems
    The US Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) warns of backdoors in a standard network module for control systems, the Schneider Electric Quantum Ethernet Module.

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Akemi Iwaya (Asian Angel) is our very own Firefox Fangirl who enjoys working with multiple browsers and loves 'old school' role-playing games. Visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 12/18/11

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