1/31/2008

Dell developing Google Android handset, moles claim

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Dell will unveil a smartphone based on Google’s Android platform and it’ll do so at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) show in Barcelona next month.

At least, that’s what unnamed “senior industry sources” cited by UK trade paper Marketing Week claim.

It also admitted Google insiders say that there’s no near-future announcement on the calendar.

Google announced the open source, Linux-based Android back in November 2007, and while the platform’s pitched as a Google initiative, it has plenty of support, mobile phone majors like Samsung and Motorola among them. Android’s tied firmly into Google’s online apps, and is essentially a way to get the advertising company’s ‘word from our sponsor’ wares out in front of eyes on the move.

Founder says Russian authorities hack critical Web site

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

An opposition Web site in the southern Russian region of Ingushetia accused local authorities on Thursday of trying to shut it down after it promoted protests and published details of kidnaps and murders.

Ingushetiya.ru had been one of the only information sources criticizing the authorities from the mainly Muslim region bordering Chechnya.

The Web site promoted and helped organize a protest on Saturday in which demonstrators armed with petrol bombs clashed with police and burnt a pro-government newspaper office.

On Thursday the Web site was closed, founder Magomed Evloev said, accusing authorities of hacking into the site to try and silence opposition.

“This is the action of the Ingush authorities,” he said. “They want to silence us and all the people of Ingushetia, but they will not succeed.”

Ingushetia’s authorities declined to comment.

Mozilla fixes Firefox’s flat add-on vulnerability

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The security team at Mozilla has fixed the flat add-on vulnerability acknowledged last week. However, no decision has been made when Firefox 2.0.0.12 will be pushed out to users’ desktops.

The vulnerability, known formally as the “chrome protocol directory transversal,” occurs when a “flat” add-on is present. In this case, an extension to the browser stores its information within JavaScript files as opposed to JAR files. Window Snyder, Mozilla’s chief of security, says the vulnerability is not within the browser, but in how the extensions are written.

An attacker exploiting this flaw may be able to retrieve data or profile a compromised system.

Top Google execs pledged to stay 20 years

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Google Inc’s top three executives had pledged to work together for 20 years in a pact they made shortly before the company’s initial public offering in August 2004, Fortune magazine has reported.

Co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, together with Chief Executive Eric Schmidt say in a joint interview for Fortune’s February 4th issue that the three had agreed to work together for two decades starting one month before the 2004 IPO.

“We agreed the month before we went public that we should work together for 20 years,” said Schmidt, who added that he will be 69 years old by that time. Page would be 51 and Brin 50.

Porn to spice up cell phones

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Size matters in pornography, except when it comes to tiny mobile phone screens, the next frontier for erotica.

If the adult entertainment industry has its way, Americans will soon get a choice of free porn on cell phones — or at least some photographs of good-looking girls in bikinis.

Unlike in Europe, mobile porn has yet to take off in North America as carriers have been afraid of offending political and religious groups and parents concerned about children being exposed to adult content.

That may change this year as phone companies plan to loosen control on their networks to allow a wider variety of gadgets and services, while introducing new tools to shield minors. More advanced phones with better Web browsers like Apple Inc’s iPhone also offer higher quality pictures and video.

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