Amazon Planning Online Media ‘Locker’

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Amazon.com Inc. is planning to start a service that would let people store music and video online and access it from various digital devices, people familiar with the matter said.

The company could announce the effort as early as Tuesday, the people said.

Amazon is still working out key legal issues related to the service, these people added. Most notably, Amazon has yet to secure content licenses from at least some major record labels and movie studios.

One major music company, Sony Corp.’s Sony Music Entertainment, expressed dismay at Amazon’s plans, echoing concerns of others in the industry. “We are disappointed that the locker service that Amazon is proposing is unlicensed by Sony Music,” a spokeswoman said Tuesday evening.

Flash Website Creator Wix Raises $40 Million

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Israeli startup Wix, which allows users to build flash websites, has just raised $40 million in Series D funding led by Insight Venture Partners and DAG ventures, with Benchmark Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners and Mangrove Capital Partners participating in the round. This brings Wix’s total
funding to $61 million.

Founded in 2006, Wix provides a simple mechanism for anyone to create Flash-based websites. Users can customize their Wix websites with a drag and drop editing tool and pretty templates, making the site user-friendly for users who may not be tech savvy. The site makes its money from a freemium model where users pay for extra customization and design features.

Since I joined Wix as a Server Group Manager Wix has gone some major changes in development methodologies we are forming the state of the art development process which will let us do a very quick development cycle, building very advanced, cool frameworks and tools and trying to be one of the leading hi-tech companies in Israel.

My team consists of the best and brightest developers and although recruiting people for the core server team is very challenging since we only look for the best developers, it makes the working environment very challenging and productive where everybody of the developers has a major role in all aspects of the development process. (Now here comes the sales pitch) By the way I’m always looking for the brightest and best developers so if you think you are a Java guru you are welcome to submit your resume to (jobs at wix dot com) or send me a note.

So if you are looking for a free website builder check out Wix.com


Firefox 4 trumps IE9 in first day download contest

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Mozilla’s newly launched Firefox 4 Web browser was downloaded nearly 7 million times worldwide in the first 24 hours, according to media reports.

The number was almost triple the 2.4 million downloads that Microsoft reported in the first 24 hours after the Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) was released.

Nevertheless, the number lagged behind the record-breaking performance of Firefox 3, which was downloaded more than 8 million times in the first day after launch in mid-2008.

Statistics show that Firefox 4 has attracted interest from around the world, with 44 percent downloads in Europe, 26 percent in North America. and 20 percent in Asia.

Mozilla launched Firefox 4 on Tuesday at around 10:00 a.m. EDT to compete with Microsoft’s IE9 and Google Chrome.


Make Add-ons Work In Firefox 4

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Mozilla is soon to release a new version of the popular browser, Firefox 4, many add-ons will stop working. A big hurdle for people is switching to the new browser is that some plugins are not compatible with the new browser version. Luckily there are few workarounds to make old plugins work with Firefox 4

The first one is an extension called Add-on Compatibility Reporter After installing the Add-on Compatibility Reporter, your incompatible extensions will become enabled for you to test whether they still work with the version of Firefox or Thunderbird that you’re using. If you notice that one of your add-ons doesn’t seem to be working the same way it did in previous versions of the application, just open the Add-ons Manager and click Compatibility next to that add-on to send a report to Mozilla.

Another method is to simply add a new configuration to Firefox. Here is how its done:

In the address bar type: about:config
Right click on the setting page and select: New->Boolean
Type: extensions.checkCompatibility.4.0 and set the value to false


Oracle Closes Sun.com Domain

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Oracle is killing Sun.com, the online home of Sun Microsystems and one of the oldest dot-com domain names.

An entry on the Oracle’s OTN Garage says that sun.com will be decommissioned on June 1.

The closure comes after Sun’s new owner, Oracle, moved most of the content on BigAdmin, OpenSolaris.com, and some sections of Sun Developer Network to the Systems Admin and Developer Community of OTN.

That apparently leaves just a hardware compatibly list, which OTN Garage said engineers are “working on a solution” for. Once that’s been relocated to the happy fields of Redwood Shores, Sun’s domain will be turned off.


Google releases WebM video plug-in for IE9

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In an effort to bring its Web video technology to a browser that doesn’t support it, Google has released an IE9 plug-in to play WebM video.

The move won’t bring an end to the industry scuffle over the best way to build video into the Web, but it will mean that allies behind Google’s preferred mechanism will be able to reach beyond the three browsers that support WebM today, Google’s Chrome, Opera Software’s Opera, and Mozilla’s Firefox. Apple’s Safari and Microsoft’s brand-new IE9 support the rival H.264 video codec (though IE9 requires Windows 7 or an updated version of Windows Vista).

Microsoft releases internet explorer 9

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Microsoft has released its Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) web browser, saying that it “unleashes a more beautiful web”.

Microsoft has been publicly testing IE9 beta releases for some time and revealed that over 40 million people had downloaded the betas. The Vole has been aggressively promoting a number of IE9 features, with the highlight being HTML5 hardware acceleration.

This has led Microsoft to come out with unsubstantiated hyperbole such as “IE9 harnesses the power of the graphics processing unit (GPU), unlocking 90 per cent of the PC’s power that went previously untapped by web browsers.” Admittedly GPU acceleration for both HTML5 and Adobe’s Flash Player will help performance, but it should also improve battery life on laptops.


pwn2own day one: Safari, IE8 fall, Chrome unchallenged

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Fully patched versions of Safari and Internet Explorer 8 were both successfully hacked today at pwn2own, the annual hacking competition held as part of the CanSecWest security conference. If a researcher can pwn the browser—that is, make it run arbitrary code—then they get to own the hardware the browser runs on. This year, not only did they have to run arbitrary code, they also had to escape any sandboxes—restricted environments with reduced access to data and the operating system—that are imposed.


Google releases stable version of Chrome 10

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Google has released version 10 of its browser. The update brings hundreds of bug fixes as well as many features that have been available on the Chrome beta and dev channels to users interested in using Chrome’s latest builds. Chrome 10 also addresses 23 security vulnerabilities in the WebKit-based browser (easily more than Google has ever fixed before): 15 rated as High, three rated as Medium, and five rated as Low.

The new Chrome version is significantly faster in some respects (a 66 percent improvement in JavaScript performance on Google’s own V8 benchmark suite) and adds features such a new settings interface with a search box that shows you the settings you’re looking for as you type, the ability to synchronize passwords across your computers and encrypt them with your own secret passphrase for extra security, as well as the options to sync bookmarks, extensions, preferences, themes, and more.

Sony adds extra features to iTunes movies

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Some of Sony Corp.’s movies sold through Apple Inc.’s iTunes store are now available with extra features that enable people to search scenes for actors and bits of dialogue by typing terms into a computer.

Other features allow viewers to choose clips to share on Facebook and Twitter and check where songs from a soundtrack appear. A link to the iTunes store makes music purchases easy.

Facebook lets users report suicidal friends

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Facebook has introduced a service that allows users to report friends who have posted suicidal content on their account pages.

The Report Suicidal Content form, asks for the URL where the comments were made, the user’s full name and other information. From there, “A Facebook administrator will review your report and take any available action from our end,” although the social network doesn’t say exactly what that means.

Given the explosive growth of Facebook, it was probably inevitable that the site rolled out a service like this one. On Sunday, authorities in Washington state recovered the body of a 12-year-old girl who hadn’t been seen since mentioning on Facebook that she planned to kill herself.


Google using remote kill switch to swat Android malware apps

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Google removed a number of malicious applications from the Android Market last week. The programs exploited a vulnerability in the platform that allows attackers to gain root access and apparently create a backdoor for deploying further malware. In a statement posted on the official Google Mobile blog this weekend by Android security lead Rich Cannings, the company has clarified the situation and described the steps it is taking to address the problem.

In addition to preventing further infection by removing the malicious applications from the Android Market, Google will also be using its remote kill switch to forcibly uninstall the application from infected handsets. The company is also pushing out an update to the Android Market that can reverse the exploit, thus preventing the attackers from using it to cause further damage. Google has already started to send out e-mails to affected users in order to explain the situation.

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