Our latest edition of WIG is filled with news link goodness covering topics such as ChromeOS has received a new desktop-style look, a roundup of tools to remove Flashback malware on Macs, Kubuntu has a new official sponsor, and more.
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Weekly News Links
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- Attention Marc Andreessen: Microsoft Just Bought (Part of) Netscape
Here’s a deal that would have made many minds explode back in the 1990s: Microsoft is buying Netscape. Or at least most of the important parts of the company that used to be synonymous with “Internet.”
- AOL patents could help Microsoft battle Google Maps
If you connect the dots, AOL’s patent sale to Microsoft may have a lot to do with hitting Google Maps via the trio of Bing Maps, Mapquest, and OpenStreetMap.
- Firefox gets click-to-play option for plugins
Jared Wein, a software engineer at Mozilla, has created an implementation of “click-to-play plugins” for Firefox – with this enabled, the browser will require that content from plugins like Flash and Java is clicked before the plugin loads and runs. The feature, which Mozilla also calls “opt-in activation for plugins” is already accessible in nightly builds of Firefox.
- HTML5 roundup: Mozilla demos standards-based video chat in Firefox
Mozilla recently published a demo of standards-based video chat in an experimental build of Firefox. The functionality is built with the Web Real Time Communication (WebRTC) standard, which aims to support streaming audio and video communication on the Web without relying on plugins.
- LibreOffice 3.6 to probably add CorelDraw import filter
LibreOffice 3.6 is to probably add support (daily builds with the new feature are to be released in the next days) for CorelDraw file format import, furthermore “it also supports the updated binary format (v16) used in their new version released less than a month ago” via “libcdr-0.0.6 with support of all 32-bit CorelDraw formats, from version 6 to 16″.
- Kubuntu to be Sponsored by Blue Systems
Kubuntu will have a new sponsor in Blue Systems from the 12.10 cycle starting in May. Kubuntu is a community led project to create a KDE flavour as part of Ubuntu.
- ChromeOS gets a desktop revamp
Google has redesigned the ChromeOS user interface to make it more desktop-like with a more traditional windowed system. The switch away from a full-screen browser-only environment is a major change from the original design goals of ChromeOS.
- Windows Live Allegedly Getting the Metro UI Makeover
Microsoft is in love with the Metro UI. It already adopted it for various products, starting with Windows Phone and going all the way to Windows 8, and appears set to throw it over more of them. Windows Live is also said to be en-route to get a taste of the new user interface, and some screenshots that allegedly show it have emerged.
- Why Facebook needs to build a browser
Facebook can no longer rely on Microsoft to keep Google Chrome at bay. It needs to fight back with its own browser.
- MPAA: you can infringe copyright just by embedding a video
The Motion Picture Association of America is squaring off against a coalition of Internet giants and public interest groups over the key question of whether it’s possible to directly infringe copyright by embedding an image or video hosted by a third party.
- Facebook supports horrible proposed Internet bill CISPA
CISPA, the pending US cybersecurity bill, is a terrible law, with many of the worst features of SOPA — surveillance and domain seizures and censorship and so on. What’s more, it is being supported by one of the largest Web companies in the world: Facebook.
- Stuxnet worm was planted by inside man
According to a report by Industrial Safety and Security Source (ISS Source), which cites US intelligence sources, Israel’s foreign intelligence agency Mossad used a worker at Iran’s Natanz uranium enrichment facility to infiltrate the Stuxnet worm into the facility.
- BYOD, evolving Web malware new threat vectors
The trend of employees accessing sensitive corporate information from their personal devices outside their office, along with evolving Web malware are the latest threat frontiers in the IT security landscape, a Sophos report reveals.
- FBI: Smart Meter Hacks Likely to Spread
A series of hacks perpetrated against so-called “smart meter” installations over the past several years may have cost a single U.S. electric utility hundreds of millions of dollars annually, the FBI said in a cyber intelligence bulletin obtained by KrebsOnSecurity.
- When you share with Facebook friends, you share with all the apps they use
Raganwald describes a Facebook privacy-leak that’s creepy even by Facebook standards. When you sign up for apps, the app-maker has the power to extract all your friends’ personal info, assuming they’ve shared it with you.
- Rise of “forever day” bugs in industrial systems threatens critical infrastructure
The number of security holes that remain unpatched in software used to control refineries, factories, and other critical infrastructure is growing. It’s becoming so common that security researchers have coined the term “forever days” to refer to the unfixed vulnerabilities.
- Analyst: More attacks to come for Macs
Apple launched its software remover to tackle the Flashback malware issue on Thursday, but one analyst thinks that while this will address security concerns for now, the Mac operating system will likely be under close scrutiny from cybercriminals with more attacks expected.
- Flashback malware removal tool roundup
In the past week, a number of reputable companies have released tools to automatically remove the Flashback malware from OS X systems.
When blogger Justin Watt looked at his blog during a hotel stay, he noticed a thin grey bar at the top of the page that should not be there. Watt says that he first thought was that it was due to a CSS problem related to a browser update; however, on examining the source code, it was soon apparent that there was more to it.
- Malware blocks booting
Anti-virus experts at Trend Micro have discovered ransomware which blocks systems from booting. In contrast to the localised trojans, which are widely spread around Europe, it does so by inserting itself into the master boot record (MBR).
Random TinyHacker Links
- Backup Your Old Copy Protected Discs
Do you need to make a backup copy of your old copy-protected DVDs?
- Burn Awesome Disc Labels with LightScribe
Do you want to create custom labels on the back of your CDs and DVDs? Then check out this tutorial.
- The Windows 8 Start Screen vs the Start Menu
An interesting analysis: Is the Start Screen an Improvement vs. the Start Menu?
- Get Cool Wallpapers with Bing Desktop
Whether you like the Bing search engine or not, you surely enjoy the photos shown on its page. This little free app can deliver all those beautiful wallpapers to your desktop and allow you to make Bing searches from the Desktop.
- A captcha that works for humans
A great project from Microsoft Research: ASIRRA.
- Caine’s Arcade
A heartwarming video about a very special 9 year old East L.A. boy.
- Infographic: The level of mercury in fish
Seafood is an important souce of energy, protein and other important nutrients, including omega-3 fatty acids, which tend to lower the risk of coronary heart disease. However, many types of seafood also can accumulate toxins, particularly the heavy metal mercury, which can pose a risk to neurological development in fetuses.
Super User Questions
- How to log activity on my computer?
- How to take a screenshot on Windows 7 and auto create screenshot file on desktop like Mac?
- Why is Windows Update trying to install an update I don’t need?
- Zip files without compression
- How to block websites in localhost file?
- Something eating space on OS drive
- How is SSD lifetime affected by usage pattern and amount of free space?
- Is time a substitute for Safely Remove Hardware?
- Recovering data from an external hard drive
- Removing Battery and running the laptop in plugged in mode?
How-To Geek Weekly Article Recap
- The Best Free Portable Apps for Your Flash Drive Toolkit
- How to Stress Test the Hard Drives in Your PC or Server
- Desktop Fun: Spring Leaves Wallpaper Collection [Bonus Size]
- How To Customize Your Android Lock Screen with WidgetLocker
- Ask the Readers: How Do You Customize Your Computer?
- From the Tips Box: Quick File Renaming in Windows 7, Fast Access to Web Sites on Android, and GPS-based Todo Lists
- What You Said: How You Customize Your Computer
- How To Send eBooks & Other Documents To Your Kindle
- Stupid Geek Tricks: Manage Your SkyDrive Through the Command Line
- How to Convert DMG Files to ISO Files on Windows
Geeky Goodness from the ETC Side
- Hidden Software Settings [Humorous Image]
- Work Smarter, Not Harder [Infographic]
- Of Course it Will Fit! [Humorous Image]
- Need a Better Cleanup Tool [Humorous Image]
- How Linux is Built [Video]
- Project Kapros: A Custom-Built Workstation Featuring an In-Desk Computer
- Crystal Clear Wave [Wallpaper]
- Where is ‘That Key’ Located At? [Humorous Comic]
- The Evolution of Gaming
- What if Google’s ‘Project Glass’ Ran on Windows? [Funny Video]
One Year Ago on How-To Geek
- How to Convert a Hard Drive or Flash Drive from FAT32 to NTFS Format
- How to Automatically Change Your Default Printer Based on Your Location
- Max Out the Multi-Monitor Magic Under Windows 7
- Beginner: How to Use Virtual PC to Install Windows 7 into a Virtual Machine
- How to Change the Virtual Machine Boot Device in Virtual PC
How-To Geek Comics Weekly Roundup
- What it is and is not
- It Really is a Smart Phone
- There is Bad and Then There is Really Bad
- Weak Qualifications
- Robot Politicians
- Listening to White Noise
- Welcome to the Stonehenge Apartments
How-To Geek Weekly Trivia Roundup
- What Console Featured The First Video Game Easter Egg?
- Which Company Created The First Digital Camera?
- What Are Permanent and Unpatched Security Vulnerabilities Referred To As?
- What Was The Name Of Apple’s Failed Game Console?
- What Peculiar Objects Were Launched Into Space During the 1960s to Facilitate Military Communication?
- What Effect Did The Turbo Button Have On Early Personal Computers?
- What’s The Most Popular Screen Resolution Among Internet Browsers?