Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – June 7, 2011

Tiny, Free and Kick-Ass: 20 More Awesome Apps Under 2 MB – A month or two back, we posted our list of 30 amazing apps under 2MB. We thought it was a pretty fun concept, and apparently you guys agreed, because we got some great feedback, and some excellent suggestions. Our first list was far from complete, of course, so we decided to do some more investigating, and found 20 more great apps. They’re all free, all easy to download, and all great at what they do.

Apple iCloud: A Visual Tour – Apple’s new Web storage system will sync your music, pictures, and more.

Ready for Firefox 6? Here’s What’s on the Way – Now in the Aurora channel, this upcoming version of Mozilla’s browser is off to a promising start.

Hackers Exploit Flash Bug in New Attacks Against Gmail Users – Adobe today confirmed that the Flash Player bug it patched Sunday is being used to steal login credentials of Google’s Gmail users. The vulnerability was patched yesterday in an “out-of-band,” or emergency update. The fix was the second in less than four weeks for Flash, and the fifth this year. A weekend patch is very unusual for Adobe.

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Fake LinkedIn notifications lead to malware – If the look of the message seems familiar, it is because the scammers have used the legitimate LinkedIn email template and modified it to suit their needs – i.e. they have changed the link behind the confirmation button.

RSA admits SecurID tokens have been compromised – The admission comes in the wake of cyber intrusions into the networks of three US military contractors: Lockheed Martin, L-3 Communications and Northrop Grumman – one of them confirmed by the company, others hinted at by internal warnings and unusual domain name and password reset process.

DIY: Five free web builder CMS tools – Who says your company must be flush with dough to have a respectable website? Get your small shop’s website up and running with these free CMS tools that are Jack Wallen’s favorites.

Fake AV distributed via user profiles on popular sites – In order to lure people into downloading the PDF exploit that drops and installs FakeRean, these malware peddlers seemingly offer links to sites with adult content. And to make sure that the links to the malicious sites are online at any given time, they have set them up as posts on forums of a variety of online services such as SourceForge, Twitter, Flickr, Stumbleupon,, Yahoo Answers, and many, many more – or by adding it as profile information.

Company News:

Apple introduces iCloud – Apple introduced iCloud, a set of free new cloud services that work seamlessly with applications on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC to automatically and wirelessly store your content in iCloud and automatically and wirelessly push it to all your devices. When anything changes on one of your devices, all of your devices are wirelessly updated almost instantly.

First social engineering protection appliance – Cyveillance has leveraged its technology and advanced threat intelligence to provide a security solution specifically designed to detect highly targeted social engineering attacks. Once an email has passed through the traditional email gateway, Social Engineering Protection Appliance (SEPA) takes security one step further and inspects all email for indicators of social engineering attacks.

Canonical Partners with ASUS for Ubuntu Linux – Ubuntu Linux set to be pre-loaded on ASUS notebooks – Is 2011, finally the year of the Linux Desktop?

LibreOffice Moves Forward without Apache – The LibreOffice open source office project issued a new release today, further demonstrating the viability of the (OO.o) fork. The LibreOffice 3.4.0 release comes in the same week that Oracle announced its intention to move OpenOffice to the Apache Software Foundation.

Microsoft Office 365 Launching June 28 – Office 365 is a cloud-based, monthly-subscription solution that comes in two versions, one for small businesses and one for enterprises. The small business edition is geared towards organizations that have fewer than 25 employees. At $6 a month per user, this version will offer Office Web Apps, Exchange Online, Sharepoint Online, Lync Online, and an external Web site for the subscribers.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Twenty Facts About US Inequality Everyone Should Know – Lavishly illustrated blogpost with some unpalatable data about US inequality. “CEOs in 1965 made 24 times more than the average production worker, whereas in 2009 they made 185 times more.”

Average iTunes user never listens to 81% of music library – The online music lockers from Amazon and Google have generated excitement, but new data from Music WithMe shows iTunes users only play a fraction of the music they actually own.

Windows Forecast Shows XP’s One-of-a-kind Dominance – At its peak, Windows XP powered more than eight out of every 10 computers worldwide. In November 2007, the earliest month for which Computerworld has Net Applications’ data, XP accounted for 83.6% of all operating systems. Although Windows XP’s share has gradually declined since then, it still enjoys a slight majority: Last month, XP owned a 52.4% share.

France bans Facebook and Twitter from radio and TV – This means French news organizations are not allowed to urge their audience to “follow me on Twitter at or “check out my Facebook page at” Instead, they will have to say “find us on social networking websites” or tell viewers to “check out our webpage at this URL to find links to our pages on social networks.”

10 ‘What were they thinking?’ managerial moments – Even the best managers sometimes have a bad day — or a bad moment. Alan Norton shares some of the confounding, over-the-top managerial behavior he’s seen through the years.

Today’s Quote:

The scientific name for an animal that doesn’t either run from or fight its enemies is lunch.”

–     Michael Friedman

Today’s Free Downloads:

SlimCleaner – SlimCleaner is powered in part by the cloud and community intelligence. This software includes a variety of modules that will clean your PC, uninstall unnecessary software, help you decide whether to remove certain programs from running on startup, and more.

Ccleaner – Want to clean and optimize your PC? You’ve probably heard of CCleaner, arguably the world’s most popular tool for doing the job. It clears out temporary files, cleans the Windows Registry, erases browser histories, and so on.

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