Yahoo! buys up online picture sharing site Flickr
In yet another round of search engine follow-my-leader, Yahoo! has bought Canadian photo sharing company Flickr. The acquisition follows a similar move by Google last year when it bought up the Picasa picture sharing website.
The Flickr startup has won many plaudits for its free picture management download software and service. ...more
Tetris comes to chip and pin terminals
Researchers at Cambridge University have managed to hack tamper-resistant chip and pin terminals so they can play a game of Tetris.
Stephen Murdoch and Saar Drimer, researchers at the Security Group at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory managed to open up the terminal and replace most of the inner workings that control the screen, card reader and keypad.
'Steven suggested that in order to show that it is completely under our control, we should make it play Tetris (similarly to the guys who made a voting machine play chess),' said Drimer on their blog. ...more
Apple releases QuickTime security update
Apple has released a security update that addresses a vulnerability in QuickTime where visiting malicious websites may lead to arbitrary code execution.
The flaw is caused by a buffer overflow in QuickTime's handling of RTSP URLs. By enticing a user to access a maliciously-crafted RTSP URL, an attacker can trigger the buffer overflow, which may lead to the execution of code. ...more
Google wins key advertising test case
Search engine Google has won a court case in the US allowing it to sell competitive advertising through its AdWords programme
Geico, and American car insurance company had sued Google saying that the search engine was damaging its business by allowing competitors to bid for advertising slots on results based on the 'Geico' search term.
Google had argued that the practice was well established in media circles. After hearing the case for two days US District Judge Leonie Brinkema, sitting in the Eastern District of Virginia, agreed and found that Geico had shown insufficient evidence to warrant an injunction on the grounds of trademark infringement. ...more
Quiz JK Rowling on latest Potter in live Webcast
JK Rowling is to read from latest Harry Potter novel and participate in a question and answer session at the Royal Albert Hall, which will be streamed live over the Web.
The event, kicking off a 4pm on 26 June, will be hosted by Stephen Fry, and will see JK Rowling read extracts from Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix to 4,000 schoolchildren.
Rowling will take questions live over the Internet during the event and BT and MSN are running a competition inviting children to submit questions to the author, some of which will be put to Rowling via giant video screens. ...more