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Apple Finally Patches Java Vulnerability

macs4all writes “Apple has finally addressed the Java vulnerability that nearly everyone else patched months ago. Available now for OS X 10.4 and 10.5, and through Apple’s Software Update service, this update patches a flaw in the Java Virtual Machine that could potentially allow a malicious Java applet to execute arbitrary code on the machine. Apple had previously advised users to turn off Java temporarily in their Web browsers.”

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Apple Finally Patches Java Vulnerability

macs4all writes “Apple has finally addressed the Java vulnerability that nearly everyone else patched months ago. Available now for OS X 10.4 and 10.5, and through Apple’s Software Update service, this update patches a flaw in the Java Virtual Machine that could potentially allow a malicious Java applet to execute arbitrary code on the machine. Apple had previously advised users to turn off Java temporarily in their Web browsers.”

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Apple Finally Patches Java Vulnerability

macs4all writes “Apple has finally addressed the Java vulnerability that nearly everyone else patched months ago. Available now for OS X 10.4 and 10.5, and through Apple’s Software Update service, this update patches a flaw in the Java Virtual Machine that could potentially allow a malicious Java applet to execute arbitrary code on the machine. Apple had previously advised users to turn off Java temporarily in their Web browsers.”

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10 Most Influential Tech Products of All-Time

We’re going to offer up a look at what we feel are the most revolutionary products of the miniaturized transistor age – those benchmark tech-related hardware goods that have helped shape the world in which we live today. One prerequisite: Each item must have been available to the average consumer via regular retail channels.

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Iran Moves To End "Facebook Revolution"

We’ve had a few readers send in updates on the chaotic post-election situation in Iran. Twitter is providing better coverage than CNN at the moment. There are both tech and humanitarian angles to the story, as the two samples below illustrate. First, Hugh Pickens writes with a report from The Times (UK) that “the Iranian government is mounting a campaign to disrupt independent media organizations and Web sites that air doubts about the validity of the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the nation’s president. Reports from Tehran say that social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter were taken down after Mr Ahmadinejad claimed victory. SMS text messaging, a preferred medium of communication for young Iranians, has also been disabled. ‘The blocking of access to foreign news media has been stepped up, according to Reporters Without Borders. ‘The Internet is now very slow, like the mobile phone network. YouTube and Facebook are hard to access and pro-reform sites… are completely inaccessible.'” And reader momen abdullah sends in one of the more disturbing Ask Slashdots you are likely to see. “People, we need your urgent help in Iran. We are under attack by the government. They stole the election. And now are arresting everybody. They also filtered every sensitive Web page. But our problem is that they also block the SMS network and are scrambling satellite TVs. Please, can you help us to set up some sort of network using our home wireless access points? Can anybody show us a link on how to install small TV/radio stations? Any suggestion for setting up a network? Please tell us what to do or we are going to die in the a nuclear war between Iran and US.” Update: 06/14 18:32 GMT by KD : Jim Cowie contributes a blog post from Renesys taking a closer look at the state of Iranian Internet transit, as seen in the aggregated global routing tables, and concluding that the story may not be as clear-cut as has been reported.

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DTV Transition Mostly Smooth, Windows Media Center Problems

dritan writes “While most of the transition to digital seems to have gone smoothly, those who use Windows Media Center saw their screens go dark. Users are complaining that Media Center did not pick up changes to channel assignments that took place on Friday. Someone forgot to update the static channel lists distributed with the program guide. Users either have to wait for M|cr0s0ft to fix the problem, or manually edit the configuration files.” Reports indicate that the FCC received upwards of 300,000 calls on Friday from consumers seeking late help with the transition, but they were prepared, with over 4,000 operators available to handle problems. The FCC’s DTV website also had over 3 million hits on Friday. Both phone and internet traffic have now tapered off, and supplies of converter boxes appear to have held out just fine.

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A Twitter Client For the Commodore 64

An anonymous reader writes “Johan Van den Brande has developed a Twitter client for the Commodore 64, allowing 140-character messages to be posted directly from this TV-connected 1982 home computer. This YouTube video shows how the Twitter client is — slowly! — loaded from a 5.25″ floppy disk, how the latest Twitter messages are downloaded and shown on the TV screen, and how this tweet is posted. All that is needed is a C64, a TV, and a C64 Ethernet card. The Twitter client is implemented with the Contiki operating system, which otherwise is used for connecting tiny embedded systems to the Internet.”

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Oracle Beware — Google Tests Cloud-Based Database

narramissic writes “On Tuesday, the same day Google held a press event to launch its Google Apps Sync for M|cr0s0ft Outlook, the company quietly announced in its research team blog a new online database called Fusion Tables. Under the hood of Fusion Tables is data-spaces technology, which would ‘allow Google to add to the conventional two-dimensional database tables a third coordinate with elements like product reviews, blog posts, Twitter messages and the like, as well as a fourth dimension of real-time updates,’ according to Stephen E. Arnold, a technology and financial analyst. ‘So now we have an n-cube, a four-dimensional space, and in that space we can now do new kinds of queries which create new kinds of products and new market opportunities,’ said Arnold, whose research about this topic includes a study done for IDC last August. ‘If you’re IBM, M|cr0s0ft and Oracle, your worst nightmare is now visible.'”

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DRM Group Set To Phase Out "Analog Hole"

eldavojohn writes “In yet another bid to make your life a little more annoying, our DRM overlords at the AACS Licensing Authority have released a new AACS Adopter Agreement. The riveting, 188-page PDF will inform you that — in the name of Digital Rights Management — there will be new limitations set on devices that decrypt Blu-Ray discs. HDMI already has the awesome encryption of HDCP between the device and the display unit. But Blu-Ray still has the Achilles heel of analog players that allow someone to merely re-encode the analog signal back to an unencrypted digital format. So if you have an analog HDTV, hang on to those analog decoders and hope they never break; by 2013 you won’t be able to buy a new one. Ars points out the inherent stupidity in this charade: ‘Particularly puzzling is the fact that plugging the so-called “analog hole” won’t stop direct digital ripping, enabled by software such as AnyDVD HD. And even the MPAA itself recommends using a camcorder pointed at a TV as a way to make fair use copies, creating another analog hole.’ And so the cat and mouse game continues. On that subject, DVD Jon’s legit company just brought out a billboard ad for his product doubleTwist next to Apple’s San Fransisco store. It reads, ‘The Cure for iPhone Envy. Your iTunes library on any device. In seconds.’ So while he’s busy taunting Apple, I’m certain there are others who might have some free time to look at Blu-Ray and the ‘uncrackable’ AACS.”

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The TV Studio in Your Hand: The Future of News Gathering


The soundtrack for today’s column is provided by the Dex Romweber Duo and their new CD, “Ruins of Berlin.” It’s a choice slice of rockabilly heaven with several tunes that would fit right in streaming from a jukebox in some blood-soaked Quentin Tarantino epic. Yet for all the retro goodness in the sound, my vision was filled with newfangled digital technology the night I saw the band in a smoky East Atlanta bar. That’s because Dex and Sara Romweber weren’t 10 seconds into their first song when several people in the audience had whipped out their smartphones.

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