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From: zax2/21/2012 4:27:14 AM
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(Google, using Foxconn teen slave labor logic) "Look, facebook does it too!" Rings hollow. Apple and Microsoft both have browser issues to address, and shame on both for not implementing a fix quickly... but using a security bug/loop-hole to circumvent user cookie settings and track users web activity is evil. Google's arguments on this topic are pure garbage.

Internet Explorer privacy protections also being circumvented by Google, Facebook, and many more By Lorrie Faith Cranor

Posted on February 18, 2012

I am glad to see the Safari cookie circumvention brouhaha bringing attention to problems of privacy self regulation and privacy protection tools. But Safari is not the only browser with this problem and Google is not the only company to exploit it. And circumventing cookie controls is not a new problem. As Riva Richmond wrote on on September 17, 2010, "Large numbers of Web sites, including giants like Facebook, appear to be using a loophole that circumvents I.E.’s ability to block cookies...."

Microsoft is patting themselves on the back for having a browser that doesn't have the Safari circumvention problem. They explain that their Tracking Protection Lists avoid this problem. TPLs do avoid this problem, but the TPL implementation in IE9 is extremely difficult to use ( see my blog post when IE9 came out as well as our usability study) and if you don't turn on TPLs, you will be relying on the IE default privacy settings, which are also being circumvented.

The current excitement is about circumventing the default settings on Safari, which are supposed to block third-party cookies. But IE actually has a similar default setting, only the IE setting is a little more nuanced. Ten years ago, back in 2002, Microsoft implemented a default setting that blocks most third-party cookies, but lets in those that either aren't associated with personal data or that provide opt-outs. The way this works, is IE blocks third-party cookies that don't come with a special code called a P3P compact policy (CP) -- basically an extra HTTP header that includes codes that summarize the privacy policy for the cookie. Under the default setting IE checks the CPs and also blocks cookies that have CPs Microsoft considers to be "unsatisfactory" from a privacy perspective. So companies that don't want their third-party cookies blocked need to have satisfactory CPs (basically if they collect anything identifiable they need to offer opt-outs).

But, companies have discovered that they can lie in their CPs and nobody bothers to do anything about it. We've found thousands of companies with CPs that don't seem to match their actual practices.

Companies have also discovered that, due to a bug in IE, if they have an invalid CP, IE will not block it. So P3P:CP="BOGUS CP" allows a company to circumvent IE cookie blocking! Now they don't have to lie. But they can put in this code that basically turns off IE cookie blocking. Looks like a circumvention to me.

BTW, lots of companies do this, and they know full well they are doing it, including the company that has been in the news this week.... Google! Here is Google's compact policy:

P3P:CP="This is not a P3P policy! See for more info."

But Google is not alone. Here is Facebook's CP:

P3P:CP="Facebook does not have a P3P policy. Learn why here:"

Amazon used to do this but they got sued over it and now they have a valid CP. (The law suit was dismissed in December, largely because the plaintiffs did not allege harm.)

The excuse everyone uses to justify this circumvention is that P3P is dead and IE breaks the cool things they want to do on their website, so therefore it is ok to circumvent browser privacy controls. There is a long painful history associated with P3P (and one that I played a significant role in -- I chaired the P3P working group and literally wrote the book on P3P), and I will be the first to admit that P3P is on life support at best right now. But despite that, Microsoft is still using it as part of their default cookie settings that the vast majority of IE users depend on. So, if you don't like P3P, how about asking Microsoft to take P3P out of their browser? Or how about going back to the W3C (the organization that standardized P3P) and asking them to declare it dead? I suspect nobody wants to do that because it might call into question the effectiveness of industry self regulation on privacy. W3C is currently hard at work on a new privacy standard called Do Not Track (DNT) which the industry is currently rallying around. Once the spotlights are off and companies have to live with the standard they created and discover that it prevents them from doing what they want to do, will they declare it dead as well and feel justified in circumventing it too?

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From: sylvester802/21/2012 7:41:28 AM
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Chrome boss suggests full-screen browsing and desktop view coming to Chrome on Android
by Alex Dobie on 2/20/2012 | Filed Under: Applications, News; Tags: android, google, chrome, ics, sundar pichai | 14 comments

Google released the first beta version of Chrome for Android a couple of weeks ago, giving Android 4.0 phone and tablet owners the chance to try out the new mobile version of its web browser. Today Google's senior vice president of Chrome, Sundar Pichai, gave the first hints about which features to expect in upcoming releases, in an interview with CNET.

Answering a question on consumer reaction to Chrome for Android, Pichai said that two features in particular had been frequently requested -- full-screen browsing and a "request desktop page" option. Both features are present in the stock ICS browser, but neither is available in the current Chrome beta, but Pichai seems to indicate that may change in the future -- "both fully make sense", he says, but "we just want to do them correctly and well."

Of course, there've also been a few complaints about the lack of Flash support in Chrome for Android. On that subject, the king of Chrome says that the fate of Flash has already been decided by Adobe -- "following their road map, [Adobe] clearly said they'll not support Flash for mobile in the future."

Elsewhere in the interview, Pichai restates Google's commitments to Chrome OS and Chromebooks, despite continuing suggestions that Google's second OS should instead be rolled into a future Android release. He says, "we got a lot of positive feedback, and we are really looking forward to the next generation of Chromebooks."

Source: CNET

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From: sylvester802/21/2012 8:45:50 AM
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OMG! Qualcomm Krait S4 SoC fully benchmarked, diagnosed as 'insane' fast
By Sharif Sakr posted Feb 21st 2012 7:51AM

We've seen it, touched it and we fully expect it'll be turning heads in Barcelona next week, but until now Qualcomm's Krait chip has largely escaped the rigors of independent benchmarking. Fortunately,AnandTech has to come to our rescue once again with a characteristically thorough analysis at the source link. Those blue and green charts can speak for themselves, but if you're in a rush then here's the rub of it: the Krait truly is a next-gen SoC, with the dual-core 1.5GHz MSM8960-powered reference handset delivering an "insane performance advantage" of between 20 percent and 240 percent on CPU benchmarks. As we glimpsed recently, graphics performance is somewhat less ground-breaking but still very healthy, with the 28nm process allowing the Adreno 225 GPU to run at up to 400MHz, versus 266MHz on its Adreno 220 predecessor. Oh yes, this is going to be one mother of an MWC.


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From: sylvester802/21/2012 2:03:13 PM
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Ubuntu on Android becomes real, looks to take on Moto's Webtop experience
by Phil Nickinson on 2/21/2012 | Filed Under: Accessories, Smartphones, News, Featured; Tags: android, app, apps, linux, desktop, ubuntu, canonical | 33 comments

This, folks, is Ubuntu on Android. An honest-to-goodness, not janky or VNC'd, full build of the Linux distro powered by an Android smartphone.

We'll let that sink in.

Canonical -- the company behind Ubuntu -- today announced that it's bringing the full Ubuntu experience to multi-core Android phones in the same way that Motorola has attempted to extend its hardware to a more traditional computing experience with Webtop. That is, you'll connect your phone to a keyboard and display, and from there have full control over a proper Ubuntu experience, all powered by the phone. Because your Android smartphone is already running a Linux kernel, the marriage between your phone and Ubuntu is darn near seamless. The Ubuntu build actually shares the kernel from your phone and boots in parallel.

Canonical gave us a walkthrough of the experience, and it really couldn't be more simple. Dock the phone, and Ubuntu Unity fires up. Photos and videos are instantly available in the desktop experience.

But photos and videos are chump change. You've got full Chromium and Thunderbird apps. VLC. The Ubuntu Music Player. If it's on Ubuntu, it can be on your phone.

But the real power is in the ability to launch your Android apps within that desktop experience. Same goes for contacts. Or your network settings. Or your notifications. It's Android within an Ubuntu experience. And it's pretty slick.

As for hardware requirements, you'll need a dual-core smartphone with at least a 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM. You'll need 2GB of storage free as well, plus USB host mode and HDMI out (MHL adapters will work, Canonical tells us), plus video acceleration. Older phones need not apply, basically.

It's worth repeating that this is your phone powering Ubuntu -- not the Ubuntu desktop on your phone. We're going to get a close look at Mobile World Congress next week in Barcelona, Spain. Stay tuned. For now, we've got Canonical's full press release after the break.

More: Ubuntu

Ubuntu for Android at MWC - world’s first full-featured desktop on a docked smartphone

Carry less, do a lot more. All the productivity and apps of the full Ubuntu desktop, built into your Android phone.

London, 22nd February, 2012: Canonical today unveiled Ubuntu for Android, bringing the world’s favourite free desktop experience to multi-core Android smartphones docked with a keyboard and monitor. Use Android on the phone and Ubuntu as your desktop, both running simultaneously on the same device, with seamless sharing of contacts, messages and other common services.

The phone experience is pure Android - it’s a normal Android phone. When the device is connected to a computer screen, however, it launches a full Ubuntu desktop on the computer display. It’s exactly the same desktop used by millions of enterprise and home users on their Ubuntu PCs, and includes hundreds of certified applications, from office productivity to photography, video and music.

All data and services are shared between the Ubuntu and Android environments, which run simultaneously on the device. So Android applications such as contacts, telephony and SMS/
MMS messaging are accessible from the Ubuntu interface. Indeed, all data on the smartphone can be accessed at any time, docked or not.

Ubuntu for Android gives mobile workers a company phone that is also their enterprise desktop. Government and private institutions have embraced Ubuntu on the desktop because of its ease of use, security, manageability, superb range of native applications and excellent support for web browsers like Chrome and Firefox. The desktop can also include Windows applications, using thin client and desktop virtualisation tools. Today’s IT departments commonly support a PC and at least one desktop phone for every employee. Many also provide and manage mobile phones. Ubuntu for Android presents a compelling solution to IT complexity by reducing that burden to a single device.

The first PC for the next billion knowledge workers could be a phone - but they won’t just want to use it as a handset. They will want all the flexibility and productivity of a full desktop, as well as the convenience of a smartphone on the move. Ubuntu for Android represents the first opportunity for handset makers and network operators to address this growth opportunity in emerging markets.

“The desktop is the killer-app for quad-core phones in 2012” says Mark Shuttleworth. “Ubuntu for Android transforms your high-end phone into your productive desktop, whenever you need it”

Manufacturers targeting the corporate phone, as well as the next-generation enterprise desktop and thin clients can easily add Ubuntu for Android to their smartphones. The customized version of Ubuntu drops in cleanly alongside the rest of Android, and the necessary Android modifications are designed for easy integration. Hardware requirements include support for HDMI and USB, standard features in high-end handsets planned for late 2012.

Ubuntu for Android justifies the cost to enterprise customers of upgrading to higher bandwidth 4G connections and contracts. Cloud apps like Google Docs work best with a full desktop, and shine with the lower latency of LTE. Network operators can deliver their own branded applications and services as part of the Ubuntu desktop, in partnership with Canonical.

Canonical leads the traditional Linux ecosystem in support for the ARM architecture, having co-founded Linaro (, the consortium dedicated to the unification of Linux on ARM and the simplification of Android integration and delivery. That industrial experience, combined with Canonical’s long-standing leadership in desktop Linux and deep relationships with global PC brands enables Canonical to deliver an ARM-optimised desktop tightly integrated with Android, on silicon from a range of ARM vendors.

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About Canonical

Canonical engineering and open community governance drive Ubuntu’s success in client, server and cloud computing - including personal cloud services for consumers. Canonical’s vision of a unified free platform in Ubuntu, from phone to cloud, with a family of coherent interfaces for the phone, tablet, TV and desktop, makes Ubuntu the first choice for diverse institutions from public cloud providers to the makers of consumer electronics, and a favourite among individual technologists.

With developers and engineering centres around the world, Canonical is uniquely positioned to partner with hardware makers, content providers and software developers to bring Ubuntu solutions to market - from PCs to servers and handheld devices.

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From: sylvester802/21/2012 2:33:03 PM
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There is no question anymore... Apple is a POS garbage.... if 526 to 486 was A and 496 to 514 was B then 514 to 474 will be C....

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From: sylvester802/21/2012 4:49:05 PM
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Ubuntu Android Add-on Designed to Replace PCs
Feb 21, 2012 12:50 pm

By Joab Jackson, IDG News

Canonical has unveiled software that will give Android smartphones the ability to run full desktop computer sessions on computer monitors and television sets.

"The processors at the heart of smartphones are approaching the power of low-end laptop processors, so we use the horsepower to power a desktop experience," said Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth. "If you link your phone to a computer monitor and keyboard, then the phone can drive a full desktop session."

The company launched the software, called Ubuntu for Android, at the Mobile World Congress, being held this week in Barcelona.

The software works as an add-on to the Android mobile operating system, which is also based on Linux. When connected to a computer screen, keyboard and mouse, the software will launch a full desktop environment based on the Ubuntu Unity shell.

Canonical is marketing the software to carriers and handset manufacturers, who can then market their devices as alternatives to purchasing desktop PCs. Users would not have to install any software, but rather just connect their phones to a monitor and keyboard when they need a full desktop interface. "The handset manufacturers have had this longstanding view that the desktop of the future is the phone, but they struggled to get the balance right," Shuttleworth said.

With this technology, organizations could, instead of issuing a computer to a new employee, simply issue a phone, which then can be used wherever the employee works, Shuttleworth argued. Like with thin clients, this approach could cut the costs of obtaining a PC or laptop for each employee, but unlike with thin clients, it would not be dependent on network connectivity.

With the software, all the data on the smartphone, such as contacts and messages, can be accessed on the desktop. The phone can also carry all the applications needed for the desktop environment, and offer easy connectivity for cloud-based applications as well. Connectivity can come through the phone itself or from nearby Wi-Fi access. Video taken with the phone can be displayed directly on the monitor. Even phone calls could be made directly over the desktop using Skype or similar telephony technology.

The software will work on any version of Android, though it will require a dual-core ARM processor running at 1Ghz or higher. The phone would need an HDMI output, which would provide the video outlet to the computer monitor, as well as USB for the mouse and keyboard. Many ARM chips come with built-in video support, Shuttleworth said.

Earlier attempts at equipping smartphones to run computer monitors, such as software developed by Citrix, relied on virtualization, which could slow performance time. In contrast, Ubuntu for Android offers native access to the kernel itself. "We are depending on the fact that Android and Ubuntu are both Linux," Shuttleworth said. When the phone is docked, the kernel starts a number of additional processes that provide the desktop functionality. Canonical did a lot of work to bridge the Ubuntu processes and Android processes, allowing data to be copied easily between the two. "The two sets of processes are talking with each other through this bridge," he said.

Canonical did not mention any handset manufacturers or carriers who are testing the technology, but the company plans to have the software embedded in some Android phones by the end of 2012. The code is available for end users, though it will require a fair amount of expertise to install it. So the company is focusing its efforts on enticing handset manufacturers and carriers to pre-install the software on their high-end phones.

Shuttleworth admitted that the company still needs to finish some vital elements of the software. Security, for instance, "hasn't been a particular focus for us yet," he said. But because programs have already been written for Linux that offer security features such as full disk encryption and process monitoring, the work to bring full security to this setup should not be a huge challenge, he argued.

Joab Jackson covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Joab on Twitter at @Joab_Jackson. Joab's e-mail address is

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To: sylvester80 who wrote (16831)2/21/2012 9:09:58 PM
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OT: Googlighting X-D

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To: zax who wrote (16832)2/21/2012 9:32:22 PM
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Samsung Said to Partner SAP to Push Corporate Use of Android
February 21, 2012, 8:28 PM EST
By Cornelius Rahn and Jonathan Browning
Feb. 22 (Bloomberg) -- SAP AG and Samsung Electronics Co. are teaming up to make mobile devices running Google Inc.’s Android operating system safer to use as corporate tools, according to people familiar with the matter.

SAP, the largest maker of enterprise-management software, and Suwon, Korea-based Samsung will present their plans next week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, said the people, who declined to be named because the details aren’t public. The cooperation will include e-mail encryption as well as making handsets compatible with device-management systems that remotely update software and toggle phone functions such as switching the camera on and off, one of the people said.

The partnership is SAP’s first deal of this kind with a maker of Android phones and follows agreements with Research in Motion Ltd. for the BlackBerry platform and Apple Inc. for iPhone and iPad devices. Samsung, the second-biggest smartphone manufacturer behind Apple, is aiming to sell more handsets to corporate clients after the Android platform became the most popular operating system for smartphones.

“Companies need more pre-configured tablets and smartphones which comply with their advanced security requirements,” said Ulrich Trabert, a software analyst at Bankhaus Metzler in Frankfurt who has a “sell” recommendation on SAP. “Naturally, SAP is looking for a partner who is dominant on the Android platform.”

Spokesmen for Walldorf, Germany-based SAP and Samsung declined to comment.

Pick Your Device

Handset manufacturers benefit from the so-called consumerization of information technology, in which people use technology gadgets for both personal and work tasks, and as more companies allow employees to pick their mobile device of choice.

SAP added technology to help bring its software onto smartphones and tablets by acquiring Sybase Inc. in 2010 for $5.8 billion. Growth in revenue from mobile applications is part of the German company’s strategy to exceed 20 billion euros ($26.5 billion) in annual revenue in 2015.

Apple passed Samsung to become the world’s biggest smartphone vendor in the fourth quarter on surging sales of its iPhone, researcher Gartner Inc. said this month. Google’s Android software ran on more than half of all smartphones sold.

Global sales of such handsets that use computerlike processors and can handle business e-mail and streaming video increased 47 percent to 149 million units, according to Gartner.

--Editors: Kenneth Wong, Simon Thiel

To contact the reporters on this story: Cornelius Rahn in Frankfurt at; Jonathan Browning in London at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Kenneth Wong at

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To: J.F. Sebastian who wrote (16147)2/21/2012 10:05:10 PM
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From: sylvester802/21/2012 10:57:01 PM
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MUST SEE: Watch Ubuntu for Android in Action (VIDEO)
By Joey Sneddon, Published February 21, 2012

Canonical’s newly announced ‘ Ubuntu for Android‘ technology has made a lot of people very excited.

But words and pictures can only relay so much about how the device, which is still a prototype, works.

Can you run Android apps on thedesktop? How flawless is the Ubuntu experience? How do I connect to the mobiles 3G via Ubuntu?

All of those questions and more are answered in the following 3 minute and 57 second long walkthrough of Ubuntu for Android…


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