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NZ police let public write laws – BBC: New Zealanders have been given the chance to write their own laws, with a new online tool launched by police. The “wiki” will allow the public to suggest the wording of a new police act, as part of a government review of the current law, written in 1958. Police say they hope to gain a range of views from the public on the new law before presenting it to parliament. The wiki, one of the first of its kind in the world, is open to any internet user, police say.
Microsoft bows to pressure on XP – BBC: Customer demand has forced Microsoft to extend the shelf life of Windows XP by five months. Microsoft was scheduled to stop selling the six-year-old operating system on 30 January 2008 to leave the field clear for Vista. Now the date on which many sellers of XP will no longer be able to offer it has been lengthened to 30 June 2008.
Gmail cookie vulnerability exposes user’s privacy – CNET News: Petko Petkov of “ethical hacking” group GNUCitizen has developed a proof-of-concept program to steal contacts and incoming e-mails from Google Gmail users. “This can be used to forward all your incoming e-mail,” Pure Hacking security researcher Chris Gatford said. “It’s just a proof of concept at the moment, but what they’re demonstrating is the potential to use this vulnerability for malicious purposes.”
Senate Panel Probes Google’s Acquisition – Associated Press: Senators expressed no outright opposition to Google’s $3.1 billion purchase of online advertising firm DoubleClick at a hearing focused on the deal’s potential threats to competition and consumer privacy. Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis., chairman of an antitrust subcommittee, said at the outset of Thursday’s hearing that the transaction ”warrants close examination” by federal regulators. But afterward, he said there was ”no clear winner” among the deal’s supporters and opponents – most notably Microsoft Corp.
Update shuts down some hacked iPhones – Associated Press: Apple Inc. has issued a software update that creates problems for iPhones modified to work with a cellular carrier other than AT&T Inc. Apple warned earlier this week that the iPhone update â which adds access to the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store and fixes some security flaws â could permanently disable phones running programs that untether phones from its exclusive partner’s network.
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