Author: Chinmoy Kanjilal Google Profile for Chinmoy Kanjilal
Chinmoy Kanjilal is a FOSS enthusiast and evangelist. He is passionate about Android. Security exploits turn him on and he loves to tinker with computer networks. He rants occasionally at Techarraz.com. You can connect with him on Twitter @ckandroid.

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CISPA is a less aggressive version of SOPA, which threatens online privacy. It grants powers to Internet and telecom companies, allowing them to spy on their users with zero accountability.

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firefox-13

While Google Chrome has shipped with SPDY for a long time now, although Firefox had SPDY present from version 11 onwards, it was turned off by default. Finally, after a series of bug fixes, SPDY has made it to the latest beta of Firefox 13.

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phishing

This case might create a new storyline in the world of phishing and let banks wash their hands off cases where they are actually guilty for lax security measures.

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The wait is finally over, and Ubuntu 12.04 has been released. It sports some bold features, and the fact that this is a long-term release (LTS) makes Ubuntu 12.04 even more special.

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Linus Torvalds is one of the most respected men in the world of software. He has made considerable efforts to build and maintain an OS kernel that changed the way software is done. Linus truly deserves this award for bringing together an awesome group of selfless people and creating a better world for us all.

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Twitter dreams of a world where innovation is not hampered by patent trolls. It dreams of a world with proper use of patents. According to the IPA, the innovator’s rights to a patent remain even after they are sold to a third party.

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Anonymous China started announcing the hack on a Twitter account, @AnonymousChina. However, the account was taken down later and all its tweet were removed. Nonetheless, Anonymous China has another Twitter account in place (WeWorkForGlobal) to spread its propaganda.

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global-payments

In the latter half of last week, Visa and MasterCard sent out notices to several banks asking them to verify a security breach. The massive scale of the breach generated enough noise to come to their notice.

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US senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) have urged the Attorney General, Eric Holder, to investigate into this brewing drama and unravel whatever truth is there in this matter.

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As part of this plan, all public offices will be moved to use Open Source software in their daily operations. This includes all the ministries, the national hospital and the capital city of Reykjavik.

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Facebook was not exactly precise on the nature of the legal action they would take, and everyone thought it was wise to assume the worst. Seeing this publicity go the absolute wrong way, Facebook has come with a clarification. It has now issued a second statement discarding any possibility of it suing employers.

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It is interesting to note that the mystery man why demystified DuQu is none other than Igor Skochinsky, who reverse-engineered the Kindle in early 2008.

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PDF.js is a well known script that renders PDF files with HTML and JavaScript successfully. It can be installed as an extension but the latest nightly version of Firefox 14 ships with PDF.js built in.

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Ubuntu is preferred on the server because of its LTS releases, which are supported with updates for long years. Moreover, it has a large base of zealots who participate closely in the state of affairs.

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Usually, work on Nouveau drivers starts once the binary drivers are out and available for update. This involves months of reverse engineering the binary drivers. However, to everyone’s surprise, Ben Skeggs from RedHat has managed to reverse engineer the binary driver and commit the reverse engineered code to the Nouveau DRM repository, hours after the launch of the official GPU.

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