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Hiring an American CEO isn't all Nokia has to do if it wants to succeed in the U.S., mobile industry analysts said on Friday.
 
Monday may have been the Labor Day holiday in the U.S., but lawyers for Hewlett-Packard and Oracle most likely toiled away on their day off. On Monday former Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd joined Oracle's executive ranks, and HP sued Hurd the next day, claiming that his new role at the software vendor violates his HP severance agreement. In other news, Google went back to its roots this week and tweaked its search engine in an effort to speed up the search process. Finally, using location services on smartphones may make meeting up with friends easier, but how companies use the wireless data they collect from these services may threaten people's privacy.
 
Yahoo's news division has launched a new social-networking site that focuses on policy debates driving November's midterm elections in the U.S., with the site giving users a chance to debate and vote on issues.
 
In response to my recent post on quickly determining which version of Windows you have, a reader asked the following about his system:
 
Google is being somewhat circumspect about whether Android or Chrome will run on future tablet computers, with two top executives hinting recently at different possible directions. Analysts also disagree in their predictions.
 
Ever-acquisitive Oracle may place data integration specialist Informatica in its sights next, according to a recent pair of surveys.
 
Bloglines, the venerable RSS reader, will cease to exist in a few weeks, according to its owner, Ask.com.
 
The exploit for a critical unpatched bug in Adobe Reader that's now circulating is 'clever' and 'impressive,' security researchers said this week.
 
Researchers at SecureWorks say the "Here you have" worm may have been created by a Jihadi group called Tariq ibn Ziyad.
 
Of the 152 CIOs who responded to an August survey by the College of Health Information Management Executives, 28% percent indicated that they expect to qualify for stimulus funding in the first six months of fiscal year 2011.
 
It's a matter of short-term needs undermining long-term stability.
 
For the month of August, Facebook edged out Google in terms of how much time U.S. users spent on a Web site.
 
Texas Instruments could implement Arm's latest Cortex-A15 processor design in a chip that could be built and sampled as early as next year, an analyst said on Thursday.
 
A Palo Alto, Calif., hospital is appealing a $250,000 fine imposed after the state determined it was late in notifying patients and government agencies that a data breach had exposed personal information.
 
Ira Winkler thinks the researchers behind the effort to spur vendors into fixing vulnerabilities are extremely irresponsible.
 
Microsoft will launch the next version of Office for the Mac in just under six weeks, according to Amazon.com.
 
NASA, Wells Fargo, Comcast and Disney reportedly were hit by the old-school email worm, which spreads by harvesting victims' contact data.

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Two of the world's biggest e-commerce marketplaces, eBay and it's Chinese counterpart Alibaba, will explore online partnerships that could help their users in China and the U.S., the heads of both companies said.
 
The Android will edge out Research In Motion's BlackBerry and Apple's iOS for all of 2010 to become the second best-selling mobile operating system globally behind Nokias Symbian, according to market research firm Gartner.
 
Google plans to make France the center for all its European cultural operations, and to open a new research center there, CEO Eric Schmidt told French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Thursday.
 
Oracle's newly minted co-president, Mark Hurd, will deliver a keynote speech at the Oracle OpenWorld conference on Sept. 20.
 
Stephen Elop sees a lot to like about the Finnish culture that pervades his future employer, Nokia -- but the country's famous black candy, salmiakki? Not so much.
 
NASA, Wells Fargo, Comcast and Disney were hit by the old-school email worm, which spreads by harvesting victims' contact data.

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Stephen Elop sees a lot to like about the Finnish culture that pervades his future employer, Nokia -- but the country's famous black candy, salmiakki? Not so much.
 
Adobe on Thursday said it would resurrect a tool that lets developers port Flash applications to the iPhone after Apple did an about-face earlier in the day.
 
Security experts warned Thursday of a fast-spreading e-mail worm, the first large outbreak of this type in nearly a decade.
 
Without much fanfare, Apple this week updated its iPhone Configuration Utility when it released iOS 4.1.
 
BI tool maker MicroStrategy is deploying some 1,800 Apple iPads to execs and sales personnel after finding the device's total cost of ownership fell far below laptop computers.
 
The ultra-portable and strangely-shaped wireless Swiftpoint mouse offers comfortable computing at a premium price
 
Cirago's CDD2000 SATA drive docking station is a convenient piece of hardware for sliding in a secondary or backup drive and attaching it to your computer over USB. But it makes for a cumbersome addition to your desk.
 
InfoSec News: Symantec HackIsWack site still open to rickrolling: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/09/09/symantec_hackiwack_rickrolled_again/
By John Leyden The Register 9th September 2010
Symantec's hapless HackIsWack cybercrime rap competition site can still be rickrolled, despite assurances to the contrary from the security giant. [...]
 
InfoSec News: Employee charged with hacking computer with porn: http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news/crime/blog/2010/09/employee_charged_with_hacking.html
By Peter Hermann The Baltimore Sun September 9, 2010
It happened one day last year, as more than a dozen board members of a Baltimore substance abuse center had gathered around a conference room. [...]
 
InfoSec News: Film studios 'launch cyber attacks on torrent sites': http://www.tgdaily.com/games-and-entertainment-features/51458-film-studios-launch-cyber-attacks-on-torrent-sites
By Emma Woollacott TG Daily 9th Sep 2010
An Indian firm has blithely admitted carrying out DDoS attacks on illegal torrent websites on behalf of movie companies including 20th [...]
 
InfoSec News: Secunia Weekly Summary - Issue: 2010-36: ========================================================================
The Secunia Weekly Advisory Summary 2010-09-02 - 2010-09-09
This week: 89 advisories [...]
 
InfoSec News: Kenya tops list of EA countries worst-hit by computer viruses: http://www.businessdailyafrica.com/Company%20Industry/Kenya%20tops%20list%20of%20EA%20countries%20worst%20hit%20by%20computer%20viruses/-/539550/1006422/-/vyb5f/-/
By Kui Kinyanjui Business Daily September 9 2010
Kenya has risen to become the most insecure country in East Africa in [...]
 
The departure of Stephen Elop to Nokia leaves Microsoft with a vacancy at the top of one of its largest and most important divisions, but the company doesn't show any signs of rushing to fill the position.
 
Nokia has named Stephen Elop, former president of Microsoft's business software group, to become its new CEO effective from later this month.
 

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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/09/09/symantec_hackiwack_rickrolled_again/

By John Leyden
The Register
9th September 2010

Symantec's hapless HackIsWack cybercrime rap competition site can still
be rickrolled, despite assurances to the contrary from the security
giant.

A web application filter was deployed to block an earlier cross-site
scripting attack, but this filter is configured to allow a YouTube video
featuring rapper Snoop Dogg,...
 

Posted by InfoSec News on Sep 10

http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news/crime/blog/2010/09/employee_charged_with_hacking.html

By Peter Hermann
The Baltimore Sun
September 9, 2010

It happened one day last year, as more than a dozen board members of a
Baltimore substance abuse center had gathered around a conference room.
The CEO was giving a PowerPoint presentation on his accomplishments.

Suddenly, his computer shut down, then restarted, replacing the latest
slide with an...
 

Posted by InfoSec News on Sep 10

http://www.businessdailyafrica.com/Company%20Industry/Kenya%20tops%20list%20of%20EA%20countries%20worst%20hit%20by%20computer%20viruses/-/539550/1006422/-/vyb5f/-/

By Kui Kinyanjui
Business Daily
September 9 2010

Kenya has risen to become the most insecure country in East Africa in
terms of virtual threats, according to new industry findings.

International data security firm Kaspersky says Kenya now tops the list
of East African countries...
 

Posted by InfoSec News on Sep 10

========================================================================

The Secunia Weekly Advisory Summary
2010-09-02 - 2010-09-09

This week: 89 advisories

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Table of Contents:

1.....................................................Word From...
 

Posted by InfoSec News on Sep 10

http://www.tgdaily.com/games-and-entertainment-features/51458-film-studios-launch-cyber-attacks-on-torrent-sites

By Emma Woollacott
TG Daily
9th Sep 2010

An Indian firm has blithely admitted carrying out DDoS attacks on
illegal torrent websites on behalf of movie companies including 20th
Century Fox.

Girish Kumar, managing director of Aiplex Software, said he's hired by
the studios to trawl the internet in the days following a movie's...
 
Nokia has named Stephen Elop, president of Microsoft's business software group, to become its new CEO effective from later this month.
 
Nokia has named Stephen Elop, president of Microsoft's business software group, to become its new CEO effective from later this month.
 
There are several ways to save YouTube videos; Mark Gibbs discusses an online service and a Windows application.
 

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