September, 2013

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Facebook Delivers Viewer Engagement Reports To TV Networks

cagraham writes “Facebook has started delivering custom weekly reports to select TV networks, detailing the total amount of social interactions related to individual TV episodes.According to the Wall Street Journal, Facebook is using its data analytics to track the amount of times an episode is liked, shared, or mentioned each week. The data is then anonymized and delivered to networks. This comes a week after Twitter announced they were pursuing deals with major network as well. Facebook may be trying to establish itself as a modern alternative to the traditional Nielsen ratings system, the current benchmark for gauging viewership.”… Read More

NSA’s Project Marina stores EVERYONE’S metadata for A YEAR

Latest Snowden leak shows government economical with the truth…

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Distributed systems boffins flock to Ricon West

Google’s guts, Twitter’s tweaks, Basho’s database details, and more…

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Google launches Web Designer app for creating animated HTML5 ads

Google has unveiled the Google Web Designer app for Chrome, but it should really be called Google Ad Designer. It provides a way to create Adobe Flash-style animated ads in HTML5/CSS3… Read More

Zuckerberg: Let’s make the Internet 100x more affordable

Working with his partners, Facebook’s CEO outlines what needs to be done to drop the cost of Web access worldwide…. Read More

Ematic announces 8-inch Android tablet priced at $129.99

In case you’re keeping score, that’s a full $200 less than Apple’s 8-inch tablet. How does it compare? On paper, surprisingly well…. Read More

NASA’s fluorescent plane glows with the research flow

Can fluorescent oil help researchers improve better aeronautic designs? NASA hopes so…. Read More

New Headphones Generate Sound With Carbon Nanotubes

MTorrice writes “A new type of headphone heats up carbon nanotubes to crank out tunes. The tiny speaker doesn’t rely on moving parts and instead produces sound through the thermoacoustic effect. When an alternating current passes through the nanotubes, the material heats and cools the air around it; as the air warms, it expands, and as it cools, it contracts. This expansion and contraction creates sound waves. The new nanotube speaker could be manufactured at low cost in the same facilities used to make computer chips, the researchers say.” And it exists in the real world: “The Tsinghua researchers integrated these thermoacoustic chips into a pair of earbud headphones and connected them to a computer to play music from videos and sound files. They’ve used the headphones to play music for about a year without significant signs of wear, Yang says. According to him, this is the first thermoacoustic device to be integrated with commercial electronics and used to play music.”… Read More

freeFTPd PASS Command Buffer Overflow

freeFTPd 1.0.10 and below contains an overflow condition that is triggered as user-supplied input is not properly validated when handling a specially crafted PASS command. This may allow a remote attacker to cause a buffer overflow, resulting in a denial of service or allow the execution of arbitrary code. FreeFTPd must have an account set to authorization anonymous user account…. Read More

Microsoft Internet Explorer SetMouseCapture Use-After-Free

This Metasploit module exploits a use-after-free vulnerability that targets Internet Explorer 9 on Windows 7. The flaw most likely exists in versions 6/7/8/9/10/11. It was initially found in the wild in Japan, but other regions such as English, Chinese, Korean, etc, were targeted as well. The vulnerability is due to how the mshtml!CDoc::SetMouseCapture function handles a reference during an event. An attacker first can setup two elements, where the second is the child of the first, and then setup a onlosecapture event handler for the parent element. The onlosecapture event seems to require two setCapture() calls to trigger, one for the parent element, one for the child. When the setCapture() call for the child element is called, it finally triggers the event, which allows the attacker to cause an arbitrary memory release using document.write(), which in particular frees up a 0x54-byte memory. The exact size of this memory may differ based on the version of IE. After the free, an invalid reference will still be kept and passed on to more functions, eventually arriving in function MSHTML!CTreeNode::GetInterface, and causing a crash (or arbitrary code execution) when this function attempts to use this reference to call what appears to be a PrivateQueryInterface due to the offset (0x00). To mimic the same exploit found in the wild, this module will try to use the same DLL from Microsoft Office 2007 or 2010 to leverage the attack…. Read More

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