Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 3, 2009

New features in Opera 10 release candidate – Opera Software opens the curtain on the release candidate of Opera 10 with a bunch of new features to make it faster and more productive.

Microsoft: Upgrade Messenger Or ElseMicrosoft will force an upgrade of its Windows Live Messenger instant messaging software later this month to plug a hole Microsoft introduced when a programmer added an extra character to a code library.

Firefox Add-On Spies On Google Search Results – New spyware purporting to be an Adobe Flash Player update creates a Firefox add-on that can monitor the user’s browsing activities.

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Maintenance error causes two-hour Gmail outageGoogle’s nearly two-hour Gmail outage yesterday was the result of a miscalculation regarding the capacity of its system, the company said late on Tuesday.

Google’s Take on the Future of Blogging – The search giant touts growth potential as it unwraps enhancements to its Blogger service, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this month.

Flaw In Sears Website Left Database Open To Attack – Business-logic flaw in Web application could have let hackers brute-force attack the retailer’s gift card database.

Trojan Could Enable Attackers To Eavesdrop On Skype Calls – Exploit saves conversations as MP3 files to make detection more difficult, researchers say.

Malware Targets Windows Task Manager – Hackers and malware writers are increasingly targeting the Windows Task Manager, preventing users from forcing the discontinuation of unauthorized and unwanted processes initiated by worms and Trojans. The targeting of this vital tool means users will be stuck with annoying and dangerous malware.

Lifehacker: Snow Leopard’s Four Best Improvements (for Civilians) – Most of Mac OS 10.6’s changes are deep in its underpinnings for developers to put to good use. But what do the rest of us get out of Snow Leopard? Modest, but nice, improvements to the everyday Mac workflow.

Snow Leopard ships with vulnerable Flash Player – Apple’s new operating system comes with an outdated version of Flash Player that exposes Mac users to hacker attacks.

Off Topic:

18 Resources to Help you Write Better Blog Titles – Headlines are a lot of things. They’re neglected, undervalued, a gateway, and most of all – a pain in the ass to create. If you blog, then you have written a headline before. Whether or not you were aware of it at the time, the headline you wrote made a significant difference in the performance of your post.

Man Opts for Jail Instead of Marriage – It’s not an excuse most men use to get out of their marriage, but a Lancaster, Pa., man held up a bank to finally be free from his (not so) better half.

iPhone GPS Gets Robbers Arrested – Armed robbery victim was able to find the suspects who stole his credit cards and iPhone — he used the GPS feature in his stolen smart phone.

Woman fired for emailing in all caps – An employee in New Zealand is fired for using all caps in her email messages.

How a software engineer tried to save his sister and invented a breakthrough medical device – Robert Goldman is the founder of Vascular Designs, a company that just won FDA approval to sell a breakthrough medical device that could save the lives of countless terminally ill cancer patients.

Today’s Free Downloads:

SoftPerfect Network Scanner – If you administer a small network at work or at home, you’ll welcome the free SoftPerfect Network Scanner. Want to discover every device on your network? Get details about IP addressses? MAC addresses? SoftPerfect Network Scanner does that for you, and more.

Reinvent your desktop – BumpTop is a fun, intuitive 3D desktop that keeps you organized and makes you more productive. Like a real desk, but better.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 3, 2009

  1. g

    Regarding the woman who got fired for emailing in all caps – justice served. Some people just need to learn the hard way. lol

  2. ‘Firefox Add-On Spies On Google Search Results – New spyware purporting to be an Adobe Flash Player update creates a Firefox add-on that can monitor the user’s browsing activities.’

    Hey Bill,
    So it’s now spy vs. spy- lol