Steve Jobs puts on his birthday hat, Yelp gets sued, Twitter and Yahoo team up, and Internet Explorer 6 loses one more link to life support.
- IE6 Funeral
A Denver design firm, noting that Internet Explorer 6 is due on March 1 to be dropped entirely from Google Docs, Sites, and, later that month, YouTube, holds a service for the standards-defying browser’s “demise.” We’ll assume it’s not one of those “Celebrate their life, not their death” funerals.
- Flash 10.1 Beta 3 Brings Playable HD Flash Video to Even Netbooks With Crappy Graphics
If you’ve got a laptop or netbook with GMA or Broadcom Crystal video chips, H.264-encoded video is going to move a lot less jaggedly. [Gizmodo]
- Need a job? Learn Drupal
Open source coding, and even volunteering, is a good way to make yourself attractive to employers. One blogger suggests content management software, and Drupal in particular, is a very hot market at the moment. [CNET News]
- Yelp Is Sued After Dispute Over a Review
A veterinary hospital claims the review service gently suggested advertising contracts as a means of wiping away bad reviews. Here come the lawyers. [Bits Blog/NYTimes.com]
The source of the internet’s most universal prank was pulled down overnight, then quickly put back up, and YouTube says it was a mistake. [Neowin.net]
- Firefox: 46 features you might not know about
If you’re a web developer, you might find something in this pile that helps your site look better without much work at all. [Mozilla Hacks]
- Yahoo strikes content-sharing partnership with Twitter
Now you can access your tweets, update your status, and generally hook up Twitter to your Yahoo life. [DailyMe]
- Dev Channel Update
Bug fixes, full-screen mode in Mac versions, and all kinds of little tweaks in the latest cutting-edge Chrome release. [Google Chrome Releases]
- Happy Birthday, Steve
The big man on Apple’s campus turns 55 today. What do you get that guy for a birthday gift? [Gizmodo]
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Windows only: You’re in Internet Explorer-only IT lockdown, so of course you’re using portable Firefox—but you don’t have rights to run the Flash installation program to hook up flashy web pages in the ‘fox. Luckily, when you’re on a computer that already has Flash installed, you can enjoy Flash on the go with a simple trick that enables Flash in Firefox Portable.
- Copy these two files:
from the default install directory (usually
- Paste them in the following folder in your portable installation of Firefox
- Restart Firefox and check out a page with Flash content on it.
Got any other Firefox Portable tweaks that make life in IT lockdown more bearable? Let us know in the comments.
Installing Flash on Firefox Portable with no Installer [Acid Labs]
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Rumors abound regarding new features in a speculated iPhone OS 4.0, our favorite web developer extension, Firebug, gets a big update, and Microsoft asks its users to move away from IE6 and Windows XP.
Photo via Internet Explorer 6 Uninstall Day.
- After Google hack, Microsoft asks users to abandon IE6, XP
At long last, Microsoft gets serious about pushing users to leave IE6 behind, motivated in large part by the recent attack on Google’s servers from China (the exploit only works on IE6 with XP or Windows 2000. [Ars]
- Rumor: Apple iPhone OS 4.0 Features Detailed
Background apps! MORE multi-touch! Syncing! Rumors! [Gizmodo]
- Typing Errors
An extremely interesting and in-depth article discussing the commonly held claim that QWERTY is a scientifically inferior keyboard layout, particularly relative to Dvorak. [Reason Magazine]
- Firebug 1.5 released!
Every web developer’s best friend in the whole wide web, Firebug, releases a pretty significant update, with all kinds of great new features. [hacks.mozilla]
- Chrome OS Zero VM Image Available
A virtual-machine-friendly version of the previously mentioned Chromium OS Zero, the auto-updating version of Chromium OS. [The Chrome Source]
- DNS Security Extensions are about to make the Internet a lot safer
DNS hacks, like the Twitter hijacking in December, may get a lot harder with an updated extension structure for DNS servers. [Download Squad]
- New ways to navigate column view Finder windows in 10.6
If you like the column view in Finder, Macworld highlights the shortcut timesavings of using Tab/Shift+Tab vs. the Left and Right arrows. [Macworld]
- Helping computers understand language
Google offers some interesting insight into how their algorithms handle synonyms when executing search queries. [Official Google Blog]
- Guess The Apple Tablet Features, Win One For Yourself
Gadget-obsessives, Gizmodo’s running a guess-the-Apple-tablet-features contest. The prize: An Apple tablet of your very own. [Gizmodo]
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Grotendo writes “Microsoft plans to release an emergency patch for Internet Explorer very soon to counter targeted attacks and the publication of exploit code for a ‘browse and you’re owned’ vulnerability in its flagship Web browser. The out-of-band update will be released once the company is satisfied that it has been properly tested against all affected versions of Windows. This could happen as early as this weekend.” Microsoft has downplayed the seriousness of the IE zero-day, and insisted that it affects only IE6 even as security researchers close in on exploits for IE7 and IE8. Microsoft has had no comment about the firestorm that Google unleashed by directly accusing the Chinese of cyber espionage. ShadowServer has up a sobering post on the massive extent of the problem of “groups that can be referred to as the Advanced Persistent Threat.”
Read more of this story at Slashdot.
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LinuxSecurity.com: Hackers seeking source code from Google, Adobe and dozens of other high-profile companies used unprecedented tactics that combined encryption, stealth programming and an unknown hole in Internet Explorer, according to new details released by the anti-virus firm McAfee.
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