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We've just had a long weekend here in AU so being at work on a Tuesday morning is always a little bit depressing. However today a little article in wired caught my attention and made me chuckle Voting System pwned by Michigan Wolverines (http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/10/dc-voting-system-hacked/) and in the Washington Post Hacker infiltration ends D.C online voting trial (http://voices.washingtonpost.com/debonis/2010/10/hacker_infiltration_ends_dc_on.html)
The crux of the story is that computer experts were asked to prod the vulnerbilities of an online voting system. They did and ...... well the two headlines say it all.

If you need a chuckle, have a read.
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The Xmarks browser bookmark sync service is soliciting pledges from potential customers willing to pay at least $10 annually, saying that it will reconsider staying in business if it collects 100,000 promises.
 
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Evan Williams is handing over Twitter's CEO title to Chief Operating Officer Dick Costolo, as the microblogging company focuses on generating revenue that is consistent with its massive popularity.
 
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The Google Apps tool that synchronizes the hosted communication and collaboration suite with Outlook now works with the latest version of the Microsoft e-mail desktop software.
 
A new "Zero Trust" security model could help prevent insider attacks and eliminate trustless external networks.

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