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This week’s edition of WIG is filled with news link goodness covering topics such as new details and screenshots of Windows 8, the existence of a Google tablet has been confirmed, an Australian online retailer has introduced a special tax on IE 7 users, and more.

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  • Dropbox to kill off public folders?
    The popular storage service is reportedly ditching its public folders after July 31, telling developers that they should make a change to their application functionality.
  • Windows 8 Secrets: New Desktop Theme
    This past week, Winunleaked posted a number of tiringly similar screenshots that depict the coming Windows 8 desktop theme that will replace Aero. The new theme features squared off window edges, new default white window chrome, and a less translucent taskbar.
  • Designing the Windows 8 Calendar app
    This post shares details and multiple screenshots showing the look and design of the Windows 8 Calendar app.
  • Windows 8 Mail app to get IMAP support
    Perhaps one of the most criticized aspect of the new Metro-style Mail app in Windows 8 Release Preview is it’s lack of support for IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol), a protocol still popular amongst several email providers.
  • Cinnamon To Get A 2D Session, Other New Features
    The first Cinnamon version was released back in December and until March, the GNOME Shell fork used by default in Linux Mint 13 (Cinnamon edition) has seen many new versions, but there have not been any new releases since then. In case you were wondering, the development continues and the next Cinnamon version should come with some very cool improvements.
  • Mozilla invites users to build “the internet of the future”
    Mozilla and the US National Science Foundation have launched Mozilla Ignite, a web site that challenges “designers, developers and everyday people” to design web applications that will run on “the internet of the future”.
  • Google tablet confirmed by Asus representative, report says
    The long-rumored Google tablet does exist, and it’s going to launch by the end of the month, according to a new report.
  • Do Not Track arrives in Opera 12
    Support for the “Do Not Track” (DNT) header has arrived in version 12 of the Opera web browser along with other privacy and security-focused improvements. The DNT privacy setting is a developing standard being used to tell web sites that the browser user wishes to opt-out of online behavioural tracking.
  • Flash update for Mac adds silent background updating
    Adobe’s new updating process should keep Mac users running the latest version of Adobe’s popular Web plug-in.
  • Firefox 13 tripped up by Flash patch
    The latest release of the Flash Player plugin, version 11.3, is causing frequent crashes in Firefox 13 on Windows. The problem seems to be related to the recently introduced Protection Mode, which is supposed to make the plugin run in a sandbox to isolate it from the rest of the system. The number of users experiencing this problem is now so large that Mozilla and Adobe are both offering differing solutions for a fix.
  • Skype to serve display ads to Window users
    If you have a free Skype account, expect targeted advertisements based on your demographics. And do be sure to engage in “meaningful conversations about brands.”
  • World’s first ‘tax’ on Microsoft’s Internet Explorer
    The Australian online retailer Kogan.com has introduced the world’s first “tax” on Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) browser.
  • Linus Torvalds on Windows 8, UEFI, and Fedora
    Microsoft has made it so that Windows 8 approved PCs can only run Windows 8. Fedora Linux has forged a way around it, but not everyone likes their approach. Torvalds gives his thoughts on the issue.
  • Justice Department probes Internet video data caps
    Antitrust investigation is looking into whether cable company data limits unfairly quash online video competition, sources tell The Wall Street Journal.
  • $422,000 to stream a movie? The continued “success” of phone cramming
    From July 2009 until December 2010, a Minneapolis-based company called Streaming Flix allegedly hit on a hugely profitable business model—slapping steep monthly fees for its online movie service on the phone bills of 253,269 customers. In total, $9.7 million was billed in that year and a half. How many movies did Americans watch after spending all that cash? 23.
  • Losses from security breaches becoming significant for firms
    Cybersecurity breach losses are becoming a significant component of companies’ accounting records with implications from intangible costs such as reputational damage, security watchers observe, who say IT risk assessment in cyber insurance can differ due to company size and industry type.
  • Google closes persistent XSS holes in Gmail
    Google has closed several cross-site scripting (XSS) holes in its Gmail email service – which has more than 350 million active users – that could have allowed an attacker to inject a malicious client-side script into a victim’s system.
  • State-sponsored attackers likely used IE exploit to target Gmail accounts
    Active attacks via an IE vulnerability appear linked to at least some of the state-sponsored attacks Google is warning Gmail users about.
  • James Bond-style malware targets firm that secures industrial systems
    To get a sense of just how advanced some malware-based espionage campaigns have become, consider one recently perpetrated against Digital Bond, a security consultancy that specializes in safeguarding computer systems used to control dams, gasoline refineries, and other critical infrastructure against attack.
  • Disaster awaits U.S. power grid as cybersecurity lags
    Digital signatures that protect access to power-plant control systems are highly insecure, an industry leader warns — and some companies want to make the problem worse.

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  • Published 06/17/12

Comments (3)

  1. Bjarnovikus

    It’s a sad thing that dropbox is no longer going to use the public folder. It’s an easy way to create a mirror “hosting” for a website.

  2. Nathan J.

    WRT Flash: The Windows version added the silent update option as well. When you update to the most recent version, it will ask you to configure your update preferences, with the silent option being the default. Users who just blindly click through will get that.

    WRT IE 7 tax: Brilliant.

    And WRT the most-downloaded WP7 apps: This is why I use ad blocking. Because the link doesn’t go to the article, it goes to a landing page with nothing of value but the real link to the article. I can only imagine why. Maybe to serve ads at the same time, make a little bit off everybody who passes through? Why not just link to the article? As to the article… only the camera app seems remotely interesting. Is the landscape of WP7 apps really that barren? Or are the best apps all free? I’d imagine there’d at least be a few good media players like we have PlayerPro and PowerAmp on Android for $5 each.

  3. Abhijith N Arjunan

    newly registered users are not getting this feature now

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