This week’s edition of WIG is filled with news link goodness covering topics such as Apple and book publishers face an e-book antitrust lawsuit, Mozilla does not want Pepper for Flash on Linux, pre-rendering led to a browser statistics error in favor of Chrome, and more.
Weekly News Links
- Chrome Hacked at Pwn2Own and Pwnium Contests
Security researchers collected over $60,000 in prize money on Wednesday for reporting new zero-day flaws in Google’s Chrome web browser at the Pwn2Own and Pwnium security challenges held during the CanSecWest conference.
- Pre-rendering leads to browser statistics miscount in favour of Chrome
Since version 13, Google’s Chrome browser has been able to pre-load and pre-render pages to minimise potential waiting times when a user clicks on a link. However, users may never actually look at these pages – for example, because they click on a different link.
- Mozilla begins adapting Firefox for Windows 8 Metro environment
Mozilla has started developing an official port of its Firefox Web browser for the Windows 8 Metro environment. They intend to deliver a fully functional version of the browser that will integrate with the Metro experience and offer a touch-friendly user interface.
- Thunderbird to probably feature the Australis enhancements
In the next few months, Mozilla is to probably embrace (probably Q2 2012) a new redesigned default interface, Australis, changing radically various components with attached parts, built-in progress bar, fancy buttons and more. It seems that Thunderbird is also to probably feature the Australis enhancements, thus gaining serious UI refinements, including rounded tabs, slick lines, repositioned toolbar, categorized filters and more.
- Mozilla Doesn’t Want Pepper for Linux Flash
A couple of weeks ago, Adobe announced that is was abandoning Flash on Linux to Google. The idea being that Chrome integrates Flash and Google can be the place where Linux users go for Flash. But what about Firefox? Why can’t Firefox on Linux also get the same benefit? As it turns out, that’s a bug that Mozilla won’t fix.
- Shuttleworth on the Ubuntu Linux 12.04 beta
Mark Shuttleworth, Ubuntu Linux’s father, is proud of where Ubuntu is going and thinks that the next version will bring real desktop user experience innovation “before it shows up in Windows or MacOS.”
- Linux patent defense group expands open-source protection
The Open Invention Network, a Linux patent protection consortium, is expanding its defense to related open-source programs such as KVM, Git, OpenJDK, and WebKit. Mobile Linux distributions like Android, MeeGo, and webOS will also soon be expressly protected.
- OS X EULA changes allow installation on all of your Macs
If you’ve wondered about whether you can install your one purchase of OS X Lion on all of your Macs, the answer is simple: you can.
- Judge orders Google, Motorola to hand over Android data to Apple
The companies must turn over information about the development of Android, as well as information on their merger.
- Apple, book publishers face e-book antitrust lawsuit
Justice Department alleges the group colluded to fix prices on electronic books, sources tell The Wall Street Journal.
- New York senator asks FTC to investigate Google, Apple
Sen. Charles Schumer says the companies should be investigated after it was revealed that private information is available in apps running on iOS and Android.
- Unreported cyberattacks not just due to reputation concerns
Cybersecurity incidents that are not reported stem not just from wanting to protect a company’s image, but also the fact that companies do not have the knowledge or internal policies to properly recognize or deal with cyberattacks, security observer notes.
- Apple releases supplemental OS X 10.7.3 update
After updating to OS X 10.7.3 have you not been able to restore your Mac from Time Machine? A quick update from Apple should fix this problem.
- Adobe Patches Critical Flash Flaws
For the second time in less than a month, Adobe has issued an update to fix dangerous flaws in its Flash Player software. The patch addresses two vulnerabilities rated “critical,” but Adobe says it is not aware of active attacks against either flaw.
- Danish firm outlines two unpatched Safari vulnerabilities
Is the release of information on unpatched software vulnerabilities justified when a breakdown in communication occurs between research and development firms?
- US e-voting system cracked in less than 48 hours
Researchers at the University of Michigan have reported that it took them only a short time to break through the security functions of a pilot project for online voting in Washington, D.C. “Within 48 hours of the system going live, we had gained near complete control of the election server”, the researchers wrote in a paper that has now been released.
- GitHub security incident highlights Ruby on Rails problem
On Sunday morning, 4 March, Egor Homakov exploited a flaw in how the Ruby on Rails web framework handles mass assignments that allowed him to write a posting, delete a posting or push changes into source code on any GitHub project.
- Don’t get faked by Android antivirus apps
Most Android security apps are worthless when it comes to protecting you against mobile malware, according to a new study.
- Court: 4 More Months for DNSChanger-Infected PCs
Millions of PCs sickened by a global computer contagion known as DNSChanger were slated to have their life support yanked on March 8. But an order handed down Monday by a federal judge will delay that disconnection by 120 days to give companies, businesses and governments more time to respond to the epidemic.
- Whoever Wrote the Duqu Trojan’s Framework Wrote It in an Unknown Programming Language
The Duqu Trojan is one nasty piece of code, rivaled in sophistication only by its relative, the Stuxnet Worm. A new analysis of the Trojan, however, has revealed just how advanced it really is.
Random TinyHacker Links
- Comparison: Internet Explorer 10 vs Internet Explorer 9, Chrome and Firefox
One of the things 7 Tutorials was interested in testing on Windows 8 was if Internet Explorer 10 is a good browser or not. 7 Tutorials ran a few tests and compared it with Google Chrome and Firefox.
- Get Access to More Advanced Configuration for User Accounts and Groups
The Local Users and Groups snap-in from Computer Management, allows more granular control over the user accounts and groups found in Windows. These tutorials show how to work with it.
- Windows 8 Consumer Preview Wallpapers in a Windows 7 Theme
A fresh set of great wallpapers for your Windows 7 desktop.
- Too Cool, Microsoft’s 3D Desktop
Kudos to Redmond for thinking outside the box, pun intended.
- Infographic: The Major Players in the Online Music Landscape
This interesting infographic looks at the modern social music revolution.
- Animated GIFs, The Beginning
Necessary evil or the bane of the internet, Documentary.net focuses on the creation of animated .gifs.
- Visual Hallucinations
This infographic looks at different kinds of visual hallucinations, causes, and effects related to them.
Super User Questions
- Can Double Zipping Cause Problems?
- In Internet Explorer 10 Metro, how do you change the home page?
- Getting to the command line in Windows 8
- Force Windows 8 Metro apps to run lower resolutions below 1024×768
- Who provides the internet service to Internet Service Providers (ISPs)?
How-To Geek Weekly Article Recap
- The Best Tips for Speeding Up Your Windows PC
- The How-To Geek Guide to Measuring Your Energy Use
- How To Make Youthful, Glowing Portraits In Under a Minute
- How to Get the Classic Start Menu Back in Windows 8
- How to Easily Identify the Song You’re Listening To
- Desktop Fun: Half-Life Wallpaper Collection
- How To Boot Into Safe Mode On Windows 8 (The Easy Way)
- Ask HTG: Remote Trouble Shooting Computers, Recording Streaming Audio, and Cloning a New PC
- How to Live Without the Start Button in Windows 8
- How to Use the Mouse to Get Around in Windows 8
Geeky Goodness from the ETC Side
- Build a USB Password Key to Automatically Login to Your Computer
- Windows is Experiencing Start Up Problems [Funny Image]
- Downloading the Internet [Animated Humorous Image]
- Recycle Bin Nightmare [Humorous Comic]
- Listen to Pandora Anywhere Without a Using a Proxy
- What You Should not Do with That Shiny new iPad [Funny Video]
- Track Your Power Use with a DIY Whole House Energy Monitor
- Huge Solar Flare Might Interrupt Power, GPS, and Satellites Tomorrow
- Open Source Speakers Use Mason Jars as Enclosures
- Mari0, a Super Mario Bros. and Portal Mashup, Now Available
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- Beginner: How To Create a Virtual Machine in Windows 7 Using Virtual PC
How-To Geek Comics Weekly Roundup
- Time to Invest in New Technology
- Privacy Issues
- Not a Web
- Of Superheroes and High Heels
- Our Ancestors
- Origin of the Popup Blocker
- Attention to Detail
How-To Geek Weekly Trivia Roundup
- Which Famous Inventor Electrocuted An Elephant To Discredit His Competition?
- Which Best Selling Author Used Their Initials To Appeal To Young Male Readers?
- Which Game Company Released a Game Parodying Their Eventual Demise?
- What Was The First TV Show To Use Computer Generated Models?
- What Was The First Electronic Programmable Computer?