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InformationWeek Daily - Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008


Editor's Note

Google Android SDK Hits Street; Android Security Team Braces

It's been a big week for the Android phone platform. Most important, the Federal Communications Commission gave the all clear to the first Android-powered handset, which will be built by High Tech Computer and is currently expected to be called the Dream. Additionally, Google released an updated version of its SDK.

This version of the SDK, version 0.9, Google says, is very close to what the final SDK will look like. While this is all good news for anyone who has yet to buy an iPhone and sign up for a lengthy AT&T contract, it also means that more security researchers, if they haven't already started, will begin hammering away for any existing security-related vulnerabilities. It's what they do, and in the long run, their work improves the quality of software.

Google knows this, and already is bracing for the storm.

An e-mail posted by the Android Security Team posted to the popular Full Disclosure mailing list Monday tells the tale.

Read an excerpt from that e-mail and the rest of my blog here.

George Hulme
george@georgehulme.com
www.informationweek.com

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Wind Turbine Success Story At Jiminy Peak
One year after coming on line, a $3.9 million wind turbine is generating a third of a Massachusetts ski resort's power. See images of how the turbine was installed.

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Intel, DreamWorks Team On 3D Animation Technology

CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg says the first fruits of the partnership will debut with the movie "Monsters Vs. Aliens," next year.

SaaS Company Replaces Microsoft SQL Server With Oracle

Oracle, which has been relatively quiet about cloud computing, is touting a deal to support CaseCentral's software-as-a-service business.

Chinese Gold Medalist Too Young To Compete, Finds Security Consultant

Mike Walker's Web search turned up an official Chinese Excel spreadsheet that indicates that gymnast He Kexin is only 14 years old.

Intel Partners With Yahoo To Enhance Digital TV

The technology includes Intel's new media processor, formerly code-named Canmore, which handles HD video, home-theater quality audio, and 3-D graphics.

Yahoo Buzz Drops Source Restrictions

The news aggregator will now accept submissions from any Web site, not just those handpicked by Yahoo.

Apple Acknowledges iPhone Reception Woes

The company rolled out updated firmware to address spotty reception, but some users say it's still not fixed.

Judge Lifts Gag Order On Student Subway Hackers

Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority had tried to prevent MIT students from discussing security flaws in Boston's transit fare card system.

Microsoft To Invest Up To $100 Million In Novell Linux

The software maker and Novell are also developing new tools and services to help users run Windows and open source systems side-by-side.

Cox Confirms Wireless Ambitions

The cable company said it will be using its share of the 700-MHz spectrum to offer mobile content and services.

eBay Slashes 'Buy It Now' Fees For Sellers

The online auctioneer is also extending listing times from a week to one month.

Nuance Picks Up SnapIn Software For $180 Million

SnapIn has partnerships with several IT and cell phone service providers including EDS, IBM, Microsoft, Nokia, Orange UK, Symbian, and T-Mobile.

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