Microsoft's $8.5 billion purchase of Skype has prompted a lot of confused speculation, but Microsoft clearly spelled out its reasons, and the things it didn't say are pretty obvious.
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Jack Schofield spent the 1970s editing photography magazines before becoming editor of an early UK computer magazine, Practical Computing. In 1983, he started writing a weekly computer column for the Guardian, and joined the staff to launch the newspaper's weekly computer supplement in 1985. This section launched the Guardian’s first website and, in 2001, its first real blog. When the printed section was dropped after 25 years and a couple of reincarnations, he felt it was a time for a change....
Context Information Security's claim that HTML5's WebGL represents a security risk has been widely reported this week, with more than 30 items appearing in Google News, and Context has now responded with a sort of "Frequently Asked Questions" post. WebGL is used to deliver accelerated 3D graphics in Canvas, and is promoted by Google for web-based applications programming.
The British government is stress-testing a new search-driven website that makes it easier for people to find the answers to common problems such as Should I register for VAT, How much is the minimum wage, and Where can I use my buss pass. The site has been built in only three months by a small agile team in the Cabinet Office.
Context Information Security says it has uncovered "serious security flaws in the new WebGL technology that creates 3D graphics in a browser". The design flaws give "potentially malicious web pages low level access to graphics cards that could provide a ‘back door’ for hackers and compromise data stored on internet-connected machines".
Some TalkTalk customers have had their voice and internet services disrupted, and a statement on the company's website says: "We're experiencing a technical issue this morning that means you can't access our website, or visit MyAccount, at the moment. We are sorry about this and are working hard to get this resolved as soon as we can.
Attachmate, which has taken over the once-mighty Novell, has reportedly started to shed an unknown number of US-based staff. This could affect the Mono project led by Miguel de Icaza, co-founder of the Gnome project, creator of the Gnumeric spreadsheet, and founder of Ximian.
Malware writers are usually quick to exploit hot news topics such as royal weddings and the assassination of terrorists, and Osama Bin Laden's death is no exception. In this case, malware events include the exploitation of Sohaib Athar's website -- he's the man who live-tweeted the US attack in Abbottabad without knowing it -- and scareware attacks on Mac OS X via the usual poisoned search engine results.
Apple plans to introduce the new models of its iMac range tomorrow (Tuesday), according to the Apple Insider blog, describing it as a "a much-needed refresh". The new machines will have this year's Sandy Bridge processors instead of first-generation Intel Core iX chips, and Thunderbolt ports instead of MiniDisplay ports, says the site.
Booming sales of smartphones helped the worldwide mobile phone market to grow by 19.8 percent to 371.
Microsoft has reported record third-quarter revenues of $16.43 billion and a 31 percent jump in profits to $5.