magsol (1406749) writes "Multiplesources are now reporting that the iPhone, exclusively on the AT&T network since its launch in 2007, will also be available on the Verizon network starting early next year. In typical Apple fashion, the announcement likely won't be made until January 2011." Link to Original Source top
magsol writes "Sunlight Foundation, a self-declared non-partisan and non-profit organization "dedicated to using the power of the Internet to catalyze greater government openness and transparency", is partnering with Google, O'Reilly Media, and TechWeb in opening the Apps for America 2: The Data.gov Challenge on the heels of the public release of Data.gov (discussed here earlier). Sunlight Labs, an open-source development team contained within the umbrella of the Sunlight Foundation and dedicated to building technology which improves overall governmental transparency and accountability, is hosting the contest. Participants have until August to submit an application — client, web, Adobe AIR, iPhone, or just about any other medium — which meets the three criteria of transparency, permanence, and visualization. Multiple cash prizes are available, including all-expense-paid trips for the top winners to the gov2.0 Expo Showcase in Washington D.C. on September 8." top
From the post: "The attacker gained entry through the PHPList application and was able to dump a complete backup of the emails on file. He then used the same exploit to access the phpBB.com database. Both the email list from PHPlist and a copy of the phpBB.com users table were then posted publicly."
Furthermore, it would seem that the passwords of longtime users who frequented phpbb.com back in the days of the 2.0.x distribution might be at risk as well: "Those users who registered while phpBB.com used phpBB2 and did not login on the new phpBB3 board continue to have their password hashes stored in the old format. Passwords stored in the old format are much less secure than those stored in the new format. The attackers have been focusing purely on the passwords stored in the old format."
Nevertheless, the administrators emphasized that there was nothing wrong with the core phpbb application; the exploit was leveraged only through an outdated install of phplist, so anyone using the latest release of phpbb3 shouldn't be vulnerable." top
Not only were usernames and email addresses public compromised, but due to the complexities involved in migrating from version 2.0.x to 3.0.x, some of the users registered with phpBB.com may have passwords that are at risk as well: "Those users who registered while phpBB.com used phpBB2 and did not login on the new phpBB3 board continue to have their password hashes stored in the old format. Passwords stored in the old format are much less secure than those stored in the new format. The attackers have been focusing purely on the passwords stored in the old format."
The phpBB team stressed that the core bulletin board application is not vulnerable to this kind of attack." top
magsol writes "Brandon LeBlanc, a member of the Windows Team blog, provided an explanation regarding Microsoft's delay in posting Windows 7 beta keys: "Due to very heavy traffic we're seeing as a result of interest in the Windows 7 Beta, we are adding some additional infrastructure support to the Microsoft.com properties before we post the public beta. More updates can be found here, though your best bet may be to spam your browser's refresh button. The public beta is now 4+ hours overdue, and with a Microsoft-imposed 2.5 million license limit for general public, checking the site frequently may be a prudent course of action."
This comment was actually mine: http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=1464032&cid=30297410. Problem is, I'd already modded a few folks before making the post, and I wanted my mods to stick. Plus I thought people might have 1) gotten upset, or 2) not really found the comment funny or truthful. Guess I was wrong on all counts, w00t!
Why are my comments' scores on my profile page all significantly lower than what is shown on the articles themselves (when I follow the links to the comments from my profile to the articles on which they are posted) ? This started happening a month or two ago, and I figured it was a bug...buuuut it's definitely still happening.
So you probably won't hear much from me. 'sides, I'll be using my membership here mostly for reading and (occasionally) responding to the articles that are posted.
But I'll be sure to say hello from time to time.:)