Former Goldman Sachs programmer Sergey Aleynikov is a free man after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York deemed that stealing source code isn't the same as stealing physical property, and therefore Aleynikov was wrongly charged under the National Stolen Property Act (NSPA). If Aleynikov is to be punished, it will have to be based on copyright law and other intellectual property (IP) legislation, the judge said. Let's retrace Aleynikov's steps.
Don't retire your home brewed aluminum foil deflector beanie just yet, there may be occasions where you'll still want to wear it. Take Symantec's source code snafu, for instance. When word got out that hackers had stolen certain source code from Symantec, the security firm initially brushed off the incident in the public eye saying the stolen code only applied to outdated software from several years ago. Not long after, Symantec advised pcAnywhere customers to stop using their product until it could release a patch. But what's really telling are a series of emails Symantec and the hacker responsible for the theft exchanged with each other.
Symantec had promised to release a security patch for its pcAnywhere software to neutralize known vulnerabilities arising from the theft of certain source code, and the security firm has now made good on its word. The first patch was actually rolled out on Monday, January 23, 2012 for pcAnywhere 12.5 users, but there's another update now available to support pcAnywhere 12.0 and 12.1.
Less than three weeks ago, security firm Symantec publicly downplayed the theft of a portion of its source code and said the stolen bits were from a 2006 enterprise version of its software. The message at the time was that the theft didn't affect Symantec's Norton products for consumer customers, nor were enterprise users as risk. In other words, chillax. Now Symantec is making the unusual recommendation of telling people not to use its pcAnywhere software.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested a computer programmer for allegedly stealing proprietary software code from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (FRBNY). Bo Zhang, the man accused of stealing the source code, worked at the bank as a contract employee assigned to work on further developing a specific portion of the Government-Wide Accounting and Reporting Program (GWA), software which is owned by the Department of Treasury to track government spending.
Doom 3 might not have blown away interactive storytelling standards when it launched on the PC back in 2004, but it definitely raised the bar as far as visuals were concerned. Despite the awesome eye candy, the Internet quickly filled with mildly disgruntled gamers who griped that they could have made a better game by, say, changing up the monster closet-filled gameplay and adding a flashlight to weapons. Well, big talkers, here’s your chance to put your money where your mouth is: yesterday, iD finally released Doom 3’s source code, nearly seven years after the game launched.
How many licks does it take to get to the center of a delicious Ice Cream Sandwich? Not even smarmy owls know the answer to that question – yet. Android developers will have a leg up on Tootsie Pop-packing birds sometime soon, as a Google engineer has confirmed that the ICS code will be released once users are able to wrap their hands around Ice Cream Sandwich-enabled phones and tablets.
WordPress is silently running many of the sites you visit every day, but it seems like every time you hear about it, something has gone terribly wrong. Well, today is no exception. WordPress has announced that a person or persons recently gained root access to several of the WordPress servers. The site source code for VIP customers was likely downloaded by the intruders.
Google has been tight-lipped about just when users would see a final version of the much anticipated Android 2.2 Froyo update. But the OS maker has today released the source code for Froyo to the open source community. Many users are speculating this means Froyo's code is finalized and a real update is on the way. Google has previously just said the update would be available 'soon'.
Google showed off the new version of the operating system at Google I/O late last month. Several test builds have leaked to users, and have given many a sneak peek at Froyo. Android 2.2 will bring features like Adobe Flash support, a redesigned home screen, storage of apps on the SD card, and a respectable speed boost. There has been some speculation that Google was waiting on Adobe to finalize Flash before putting the finishing touches on the OS. Adobe managed to get Flash out the door only yesterday.
We expect ROM hackers to begin assembling updated versions of their wares now that the entirety of the code is out there legitimately. Nexus One users could be seeing an official over-the-air update any day now.
Facebook announced today that they were open-sourcing the real-time technology from the recently acquired FriendFeed. The Python based code is now collectively known as Tornado. "Tornado is... designed to handle thousands of simultaneous connections, making it ideal for real-time Web services," said David Recordon of Facebook. The hope is that developers will quickly begin work on new services that take advantage of the Tornado real-time technology.
Tornado was originally developed by FriendFeed after finding existing Python frameworks did not perform adequately. Tornado is known as a “nonblocking” framework, as it is capable of many concurrent connections. FriendFeed co-founder, Bret Taylor, said that building their own framework resulted in throughput more than "four times higher than the other frameworks."
What about FriendFeed itself, you ask? Fear not, avid FriendFeed users, the service isn’t going anywhere. Facebook’s press release stated that, "Tornado is a core piece of infrastructure that powers FriendFeed's real-time functionality, which we plan to actively maintain."