Google vs. Microsoft, IPad Bug, IPhone 4

A Google engineer published attack code for a Windows XP zero-day bug just five days after informing Microsoft of the vulnerability, setting off a firestorm in the security research community this week. In other news, Apple kicked off the week unveiling the iPhone 4, while the World Cup kicked off at the end of the week, taking the Internet by storm and leading to a flurry of new mobile apps.

1. Google researcher gives Microsoft 5 days to fix XP zero-day bug and Microsoft, users say Google security researcher put Windows customers at risk and Microsoft confirms critical Windows XP bug: Whatever we might think about the plethora of vulnerabilities in the various versions of Windows, releasing exploit code for an XP bug just five days after notifying Microsoft of its existence strikes us as rude. Microsoft owned up to the bug and said it would be patched, but didn't say when.

2. AT&T bug discloses iPad users' e-mail addresses, FBI investigating iPad e-mail leaks, FBI iPad investigation: an FAQ and Should you worry about the iPad 3G data leak?: Memo to Apple: It really is time to rethink that exclusivity deal with AT&T.

3. Apple introduces iPhone 4 and iPhone 4: What you need to know: All the news, and then some, about Apple's big iPhone 4 unveiling.

4. Novell wins final judgment in SCO battle: A judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah granted Novell a declaratory judgment in its ages-long legal battle with SCO, ruling against SCO's contentions of slander and implied covenant of good faith. The judge also declared the case closed. We've thought it was closed before, but this looks to be the real deal.

5. Why Google backed down on home page backgrounds: Google's brief home-page redesign was the most inauspicious debut since Coca-Cola unleashed New Coke on the American soda-drinking public.

6. Today's 20 greatest tech arguments: My iPhone is better than your BlackBerry and your Droid! Is not! Is too! ... And more arguments from IT Land.

7. How to ruin your life with social networking: Not that you need our help, but as the story notes: Learn how to do it, as that's the only way to learn how not to do it.

8. Study: Porn sites lure cybercrime victims: Social networking isn't the only Internet road to ruination.

9. Hot stuff: Summer gadget guide 2010: Lots of gadgets to contemplate for some seasonal fun -- check out the Audi C30 for an $80,000 vehicular technological extravaganza.

10. World Cup apps guide and 1 in every 150 searches relates to the World Cup: Some of those searches related to the World Cup on Friday were undoubtedly to see a replay of Bishop Desmond Tutu's happy dance -- about halfway through the video -- after host country South Africa's Siphiwe Tshabalala winged one by Mexico's goaltender Óscar Pérez in the 55th minute to take the lead in early FIFA tournament play. Mexico tied the game, which ended in a 1-1 draw, for an interesting start to the World Cup.

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