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Dell is working on a 7-inch tablet that runs Android

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Dell is working on a 7-inch tablet that runs Google’s Inc.’s Android operating software.

Not much else is publicly known about the computer. Dell Inc. CEO Michael Dell flashed it briefly Wednesday at Oracle’s annual conference in San Francisco, but offered no hard details. Dell Inc. spokesman Matthew Parretta declined to say when the prototype would go on sale.

2 men get 18 months for attack on Comcast website

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Two men who hacked into Comcast Corp.’s website have been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Twenty-year-old Christopher Lewis of Newark, Del., and 28-year-old Michael Nebel of Kalamazoo, Mich., were sentenced Friday in federal court in Philadelphia. Both had pleaded guilty to conspiring to disrupt service at http://www.comcast.net .

The May 2008 cyber-attack on the Philadelphia-based cable giant redirected all traffic from Comcast’s home page to sites that boasted of the hack.


Google Says Android, iPad To Get Docs Editing

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Google is holding a small expose in Paris this week called Google Atmosphere. It used the event to showcase a few new enterprise features, including its new two-step verification for Google Apps Premier users. The event is meant to highlight the power of cloud computing to some of Europe’s top CIOs.

In addition to the two-step verification system, Google also showed off something else: what it looks like to edit a Google Docs doc from an Android-based smartphone. This is something Google Docs users have been begging for, and now it appears that Google is primed to grant their wish.


Google releases censorship tools

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The US government asked Google for user information 4,287 times during the first six months of 2010.

During the same timeframe the UK government put in over 1,000 such requests.

This is just two snippets from Google’s new Transparency Report, a set of tools designed to show censorship levels around the globe.

Civil liberty groups welcomed the tool but called on Google to provide even more detail about the requests.

Earlier this year, Google released details about how often countries around the world ask it to hand over user data or to censor information.

The new map and tools follows on from that and allows users to click an individual country to see how many removal requests were fully or partially complied with, as well as which Google services were affected.


Twitter says suffered security attack

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Twitter, the popular social media website for broadcasting short messages, said on Tuesday it has suffered an XSS attack, a security flaw on its website, which it is fixing with a patch after users complained.

The Twitter site was flooded with tweets by users complaining of a “mouseover security flaw” or “Twitter got hacked” as the top trending topics on the home page.

Twitter said on its status blog it expects the patch to be fully rolled out shortly and will update users when it is.

According to a blog by security firm Sophos, the website is being widely exploited by users who use a security flaw which allows messages to pop up and third-party websites to open in a browser just by moving a mouse over a link.

Visa tests smartphone payments in mass transit

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Visa Inc is participating in a test program started by rival MasterCard Inc that will let consumers pay for some New York subway tickets by tapping a credit card or a smartphone at the turnstile.

MasterCard said in June that it was working with New York and New Jersey mass transit agencies on a six-month pilot program to test “contactless” payments on certain commuter routes.

The program allows consumers to buy a subway, bus or train ticket by tapping or waving their credit or debit card, or a sticker attached to the back of their phone, over a turnstile electronic reader, instead of buying a separate ticket.

Google adds extra security step to e-mail, apps

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Google Inc. is making it tougher for computer hackers and other imposters to break into e-mail accounts and other password-protected services.

An additional security measure introduced Monday will require typing a six-digit code after an accountholder’s Google password is entered. The codes will be sent to people’s mobile phones.

The two-step process means it will take more than a password to get into an account, at least the first time that an attempted login is made from a particular computer. After logging in, users can ask Google to remember that their identity has been verified on that device and security codes won’t be required to get into the account again.

I think this security measure raises privacy concerns about giving out their phone number to Google, which already holds too much private information. Up until now associating your phone number with your Google account was not mandatory, and not many users used it. This way Google is forcing users to give out their phone number


Intel confirms Blu-ray HDCP encryption is cracked

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Intel has confirmed Blu-ray HDCP encryption is cracked after admitting a leaked master key is the real deal.

High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) copy protection technology is designed to protect high-definition video content as it travels across digital interfaces. The technology was developed by Digital Content Protection, a subsidiary of Intel, and licensed to HDTV, set-top boxes and Blueray disk manufacturers and the like.

A leaked key, now confirmed as genuine, was published online on Tuesday via Pastebin, and quickly spread around the web. The master key creates a mechanism to strip the encryption from, for example, a HD satellite TV broadcast and a DVR, at least in theory. The availability of a master key effectively renders the key revocation feature built into HDCP impotent.

Microsoft wraps up tools for mobile app developers

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Microsoft has taken another step toward a holiday release for its next generation of smart phones.

The software maker isn’t giving an exact launch date for Windows Phone 7. But the company says the tools programmers will use to build Windows Phone 7 applications are complete.

It says developers can start submitting apps to Microsoft for approval in October.


Google to buy Israel’s Quicksee

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Google Inc will buy Israel-based Quicksee, whose software enables users to turn video into interactive virtual tours, for about $10 million, financial newspaper TheMarker said on Monday.

Officials at Quicksee declined to comment.

TheMarker said Quicksee’s technology is regarded as the missing link in Google’s Street View service, used by both Google Maps and Google Earth.

Google hit with new privacy problem, fires engineer

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Internet search and advertising giant Google Inc fired an engineer in July for violating users’ privacy, the company said on Wednesday.

The engineer, David Barksdale, was accused of accessing information about teenagers he had met in a Washington state technology group, according to gossip website Gawker, which first reported the incident on Tuesday. Google would not confirm details of the firing.

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