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Two vulnerabilities provide root access on Linux

Two new vulnerabilities affecting Linux were uncovered this week that could potentially be used by malicious hackers to gain root privileges.

By Katherine Noyes | 22 October, 2010 05:43

Tags: online security, Linux, security, operating systems, non-Windows

Lenovo to release tablet, IdeaPad U1 hybrid PC in 2011

Lenovo plans on releasing a tablet PC as well as its IdeaPad U1 -- a hybrid computer that can function as both a laptop and tablet -- to the worldwide market during the first half of 2011, said the company's senior business director, Xiong Wen.

By Michael Kan | 21 October, 2010 23:30

Tags: hardware systems, laptops, tablet PCs, Lenovo, netbooks

Google: 2.9 per cent of German households shun Street View

Close to 250,000 German households have requested that Google scrub their homes from its Street View imagery program as the company nears launching the service in Germany amid continuing privacy concerns.

By Jeremy Kirk | 21 October, 2010 21:48

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Google, regulation, Mail, internet, government

Sony explores wider range of Android-based devices

Sony is considering employing Google's Android operating system in more consumer electronics devices, it said Thursday, shortly after launching its first televisions using the software.

By Martyn Williams | 21 October, 2010 22:15

Tags: Yoshihisa Ishida, Google, consumer electronics, Android, software, sony, operating systems

Apple TV Hackers Produce a Weather App

Well, that didn't take long! Earlier this week,GeekTech reported that the new Apple TV can officially be hacked, and already an app has been tested on the device. A small software company named Nito TV posted an image onits Twitter feed displaying the Apple TV running a simple custom weather app.

By Elizabeth Fish | 22 October, 2010 05:35

Tags: Apple, applications, consumer electronics, ios, Home Theater, Apple TV, software

Sales drop for sites after Amazon query throttle

Some website developers and Amazon sellers say they're losing significant sales after Amazon made a change to its Product Advertising API.

By Nancy Gohring | 22 October, 2010 06:37

Tags: e-commerce, amazon.com, internet

NASA wants to run space missions, not data centers

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is backing open source cloud computing with a long-term goal in mind: to get out of the data center business.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 22 October, 2010 08:00

Tags: Configuration / maintenance, NASA, hardware systems, internet, cloud computing, government, Data Center, Government/Industries

Telstra pushes cloud to large enterprises

Telstra (ASX:TLS) and Accenture will jointly push an off-premise private cloud virtualisation platform to large enterprise and government departments in a move that signals the incumbent telco’s view beyond mid-enterprise cloud offerings.

By James Hutchinson | 21 October, 2010 15:38

Tags: Cloud, Telstra

Facebook sues over free gift card, 'dislike' button scams

Facebook has filed lawsuits aimed at cracking down on a variety of scams that have been running wild on the social-networking site in recent months.

By Robert McMillan | 21 October, 2010 12:30

Tags: MaxBounty, Internet-based applications and services, security, Civil lawsuits, legal, scams, social networking, internet, Facebook

ASG acquires Progress Pacific

ASG (ASX: ASZ) has expanded its enterprise credentials with the acquisition of SAP consulting and services provider Progress Pacific.

By Computerworld Staff | 21 October, 2010 13:00

Tags: mergers and acquistions, it services, SAP, business, asg, Oracle

Hands-on with Windows Phone 7

To compete with Apple's iPhone and the Android army, Microsoft needed to pull out all the stops to sell Windows Phone 7 to the masses. Windows Mobile has a miserable reputation as being not user-friendly and slow. Throw in the Microsoft Kin failure, and you've got a lot of skepticism surrounding. Thankfully, Microsoft completely ditched the often frustrating, always sluggish Windows Mobile experience. Windows Phone 7 is a brand-new OS and Microsoft deserves a clean slate.

By Ginny Mies | 21 October, 2010 10:28

Tags: consumer electronics, Microsoft, Phones, Windows, software, operating systems

Steve Jobs vs. the world, part deux

You'd think grown men would have better things to do than squabble like rabid squirrels fighting over a Brazil nut. But when it comes to the future of mobile computing, there is no such thing as fighting dirty. And more and more often, it all starts with Steve Jobs.

By Robert X. Cringely | 21 October, 2010 10:50

Tags: business issues, research in motion, Google, consumer electronics, Phones, hardware systems, laptops, tablet PCs, personnel, Apple

Data privacy legislation hampering cyber crime prevention: ACC

Organised crime groups have penetrated law enforcement bodies, and authorities are helpless to fight back due to restrictive data privacy legislation, according to the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) chief executive, John Lawler.

By Mahesh Sharma | 21 October, 2010 11:54

Tags: Australian Crime Commission, data privacy, legislation

Microsoft Office 365: Guide to a slew of versions, prices

With the newly-branded Office 365, announced this week, Microsoft has taken its BPOS (business productivity online suite) service and added Office apps options. But while Microsoft dumped a bad product name for a better one, the company repeated a longtime marketing habit with Office 365: a confusing array of versions and price points.

By Shane O'Neill | 21 October, 2010 09:18

Tags: applications, Microsoft, software, internet, cloud computing, Office suites

Apple's new MacBook Air: 5 things it didn't get

The new MacBook Air is certainly a great improvement over previous models - namely the move towards exclusive solid-state storage in a laptop is a welcome paradigm shift. However, there were a few notable oversights in the new models that I'm sure a lot of people are disappointed about. Here are a few of them, and the reasons behind Apple's omissions.

By Mike Keller | 21 October, 2010 09:09

Tags: Mac, desktop pcs, hardware systems, software, intel, apple ipod, operating systems, Apple, mac laptop, apple iphone, apple ipad, Mac OS

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