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First Windows Phone 7 update results in bricked Samsung phones

We didn't expect Microsoft's first global update for Windows Phone 7 go off without a snag, but several owners of Samsung WP7 devices are really regretting pushing the update button yesterday. The update has reportedly had trouble with the Omnia 7, resulting in bricked handsets or an updater which locks up before it completes. Microsoft is aware of the issues, and is currently working to resolve ...

The best (or worst) security breaches of 2010

Very soon now -- probably in a year or two -- once everyone carries a smartphone, there won't be any discernible difference between our offline flesh-and-blood body and our online persona. That's not to say that real-life face-to-face interaction will slither into the abyss -- far from it! -- but we are reaching a stage where almost anything can be done online. This obviously raises security c...

Kaspersky has its own security breached yet again

It hasn't been smooth sailing for security vendor Kaspersky Labs over the last few years. Back in 2008, the company's Malaysian website was defaced by a Turkish hacker via an SQL injection. In 2009, their U.S. support site was compromised -- again by the use of an SQL injection. Following the second breach, Kaspersky's Roel Schouwenberg lamented, "This is not good for any company, and especial...

Adobe issues zero-day warning for Reader, Acrobat -- again.

Anyone else having deja vu? Adobe's improved security efforts have been a welcome change, but it sure seems like they're still not doing enough. Of course, it's also possible that things have been footloose and fancy-free for so long that it's going to take a while to sort out. They've promised sandboxing is coming, and that should help. In the meantime, however, we're going to see more new...

Outside the U.S. ? Don't try to upgrade Voice in Gmail

Now that I -- like a number of our international readers -- have the voice calling feature in my Gmail inbox, I fully intend to use it at least occasionally. Which is why I'm thankful this handy tip was posted over at Google OS this morning. If you're outside the U.S. do not click the upgrade your account button. As you can see, the results are less than thrilling -- you'll lose access to the ...

Grooveshark yanked from App Store, pandas everywhere made sad

Some people (including our own Victor Agreda Jr.) didn't understand why I was so shocked that Grooveshark's app had finally received Apple's blessing and showed up in the App Store. They had a pending lawsuit from one of the major record companies, after all. No matter, said Vic -- Apple doesn't concern itself with that stuff. It's up to the app developers to sort out those issues. ... Or is it...

Hapless boob steals iPhone while it demos realtime GPS tracking app

Normally this one would fall just outside the Download Squad perimeter, but who doesn't enjoy chuckling at an unlucky criminal? And besides, there's software involved -- which you'll be able to download at some point -- which does kinda make it relevant! See, this particular thief strolled up and nabbed an iPhone out of an unsuspecting woman's hand. Unfortunately for him, the phone was in the m...

YouTube comment exploit leads to copypasta vandalism

It's July 4th, so what better way to spend the day than declaring your independence from traditional YouTube comment dickery than coming up with an even better way to be loud and obnoxious? Until Google closes a rather serious hole in YouTube's comment code, you're going to see stuff like the marquee above appearing on YouTube videos all over the place. The "hack" -- if it can even be called t...

Foxit updates free PDF reader to v4, but watch out for adware

I got a heads-up email today that Foxit Reader -- one of the most widely-used Adobe Reader alternatives -- had released a new version. Curious, I headed over to the site to download and install the new version. After all, Foxit's popularity means our readers might be interested in reading about a major version update. During the installer's first couple of screens, the Ask toolbar was offered ...

Limewire won't die, zombie version to bring iTunes + cloud integration?

They may have had their pants sued off, but that's not stopping the half-naked crew at Limewire from making yet another foray into the digital music business. Yes, like a slobbering brain-hungry zombie that just won't die, Limewire is back from the dead and bent on taking over the world. Well, the world of cloud-powered digital music, anyway. According to a report from Digital Music News, the r...

Hey Twitter, you wanna fix this crap?

Look, Twitter, I know you're busy taking care of things like possible revenue streams and performance glitches, but do you think we could maybe take some time and do something about all the malicious link spam crudding up the joint? When the site redesign was launched a while back, the inclusion of the public stream and trending topics seemed like a good way to show potential Twitter initiates...

Google adds World Cup themes category to Chrome Extensions Gallery, underscores its failings

Good: Google has added a boatload of new World Cup themes to the Chrome Extensions Gallery. Now you can proudly display your nation's colors as a theme on your Chrome browser! Bad: It's a perfect example of what is wrong with the Chrome Extensions Gallery. The themes actually appeared late yesterday, though they looked like extension spam to me. There were no screenshots posted. They're not...

Sophos polls again, claims 93% want opt-in sharing on Facebook

Security firm Sophos has been all over the recent Facebook sharing shenanigans. The company took a little heat over their last poll, which seemed to claim that 60% of Facebook users were considering leaving the site over privacy concerns. Other blogs ran wild with the headline -- making it appear that a mass exodus was on the way and completely overlooking the fact that they had under 1,600 respo...

Why Diaspora will fail

There's been a lot of buzz lately about Diaspora, with its being called "the new Facebook alternative" and getting treated like some sort of social networking Holy Grail for privacy. It even set a record for start-up fundraising site Kickstarter by raising over $170,000 in pledges. Everyone seems pretty excited about the prospect of some magical new social network that will be private, secure, an...

Dear Hotmail: I won't take you seriously until you cut this crap out

I'm a GMail user. I've been a GMail user for years, and I'm not likely to stop using it any time soon. I was, however, excited by all the improvements in Microsoft's latest update to Hotmail. Competition is good, after all -- and a better Hotmail should lead to improvements and innovation in other webmail apps. When reading about the changes you probably noticed a number of bloggers talking ab...