Daily News Brief: Mac OS X v10.5 Countdown

Daily News Brief: Mac OS X v10.5 Countdown

Leopard Pounces October 26

Initially hoping for a June release, Apple pushed back the release date for OS X v10.5 in order to concentrate on the iPhone, and they're just about ready to push the 64-bit OS out the door. On October 26, Apple will release Leopard into the wild with a revamped desktop, a new Finder, and over 300 other new features, giving Mac maniacs reason to roar.

iPhone Deemed Toxic

All the iPhone coverage can be downright sickening, but could the popular device be literally toxic? Greenpeace thinks so, who took the gadget apart and claims to have uncovered two types of hazardous substances. An independent laboratory study testing 18 internal and external parts confirmed the presence of toxic brominated compounds, including in the antenna, and accounting for 10 percent of the circuit board's weight. Tests also discovered PVC in the plastic coating surrounding the headphones. Perhaps Disney was on to something with that whole poison 'apple' thing...

10 Percent of Webmasters Rejoice

And the other 90 percent face a hacking risk, according to WhiteHat Security. More than anything else, WhiteHat found that most sites are susceptible to cross-site scripting (XSS) hacks, which can be used to trick visitors into handing over their personal information. WhiteHat also noted an emergence of several other exploits that include SQL injection and HTTP Response Splitting, a threat it deems as "hugely misunderstood and underestimated."

The New Napster

Napster evolved from a peer-2-peer network where illegal file sharing ran rampant, into a fully fledged music download service giving members legal access to millions of songs. But gaining access currently means downloading their software on any PC you plan to listen to music on. And while members can use the software on up to 3 PCs, you're only allowed to designate a new client computer once every 30 days, including OS reinstalls. That model is set to change, and today Napster announced they're moving to a web-based platform where you can download music sans the software, making it compatible with any internet device. Napster hopes the move will strengthen a subscriber base currently at 770,000 strong.

Internet Tax Denied

An internet tax ban first passed in 1998 was set to expire come November 1st, but today the House of Representatives approved a four-year extension to the moratorium in overwhelming fashion. At 405-2, the vote was never close to being rejected, though the bill does fall short of the permanent ban favored by many lawmakers. The US Senate is also expected to support a temporary ban, but should it fail, ISPs have said the price of internet access could jump by as much as 17 percent.

Microsoft Drops Appeal

Caught with their hand in the anti-trust cookie jar and ordered to pay a $34 million fine by South Korea's Fair Trade Commission (KFTC), Microsoft considered appealing the decision, but today announced a change of heart and repealed their request after having lost a similar fight against the European Competition Commission. The KFTC took exception with Microsoft's decision to bundle its own media player and messenger programs with their OS, and in addition to the hefty fine, MS must also offer versions of it's software as standalone products.



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Erm. Addition to the GreenPeace iPhone thing:

Now Greenpeace takes it back?

What's the purpose of the internet tax? I thought Bush's goal was to have every American on the web by 2009

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