In a security advisory, the company warned of a loophole that could be used by malicious hackers to steal private information or hijack computers.
The bug potentially affects every user of the Internet Explorer web browser – around 900 million people worldwide.
If you use Windows, whether you use Internet Explorer as your browser or not, I think you should patch it immediately.
Fortunately, Microsoft has made this easy. Just use Internet Explorer to go to this page. About halfway down the page you will see 2 buttons labeled ‘Fix it’. Click the one under ‘Enable’ and then click Run. Once the utility runs, your system should be patched. No reboot needed.
Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Mark Suster, a 2x entrepreneur who has gone to the Dark Side of VC. He started his first company in 1999 and was headquartered in London, leaving in 2005 and selling to a publicly traded French services company. He founded his second company in Palo Alto in 2005 and sold this company to Salesforce.com, becoming VP of Product Management. He joined GRP Partners in 2007 as a General Partner focusing on early-stage technology companies. Read more about S.. show all text
I must apologize to Dave Winer. He warned me about supporting services that aren’t the open web and I wasn’t willing to listen to him a month ago, because I was infatuated with a cool new service that lots of insiders were supporting.
I’ve seen a LOT of discussion about Quora in the past few weeks since I wrote it could be the biggest blogging innovation in the past decade. GigaOm even wrote a post asking whether it was worth the more than $80 million the investors are hoping .. show all text
Sure, you could use HTTPS before but it was poorly implemented. You could log on via HTTPS but Facebook wouldn’t keep you in the HTTPS realm.
Facebook decided NOT to turn this on by default. So , if you are a Facebook user, stop what you are doing and make these quick changes to your account now. This will keep all your interactions from being passed in the clear if you are ever using Facebook on a network you don’t control.
Go to Account (link in the upper right of your Facebook page) then click Account Settings
Scroll down until you see the Security section and click the Change link
Check the box next to ‘Browse Facebook on a secure connection (https) whenever possible’ and then click Save
That is all there is to it!
Facebook posted about this on their blog the other day if you want to read more.
Rumors of Amazon either purchasing Netflix or launching a competing option have been circling and now one of Engadget’s readers says hes seeing an unlimited video streaming section to complement the current Amazon VOD options.
This is pretty interesting. Amazon Prime is $79/year and the streaming only option of Netflix is $95.88/year.
Seems that after this was found, no one could get to the Amazon page referenced in the article. Perhaps it got released too soon or something else is in the works.
Video on demand is an interesting space to watch. Sure to be more news soon.
Well its official, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is a celebrity and household name.
Despite playing no role in the development of The Social Network, Mark Zuckerberg decided to make a surprise appearance on tonight’s episode of Saturday Night Live.
The appearance saw Zuckerberg play alongside Jesse Eisenberg, the actor who played him in the movie, interestingly this is apparently the first time the two have ever met.
There had been rumors that he may appear on the show but Zuckerberg w.. show all text
Everything just changed in the angel investing world.
Two years ago Yuri Milner, through his investment firm DST, disrupted the traditional Silicon Valley venture capital model when he began investing in the hottest startups – companies like Facebook, Zynga and Groupon – at very high valuations and extremely easy deal terms. He looks brilliant in hindsight, with all of his U.S. investments at significantly higher valuations since he invested.
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Qatar-based news service Al Jazeera has a long relationship with Creative Commons licensing. Now, for its coverage of the Egyptian uprising, it has released photographs via Flickr and video on a CC license.
Available photographs and video are available for free use so long as the user gives attribution and does not alter the products. For the record, all the photographs and video in this post are from Al Jazeera.
Sponsor Mohamed Nanabhay, head of Al Jazeera Online, tweeted that more video wou.. show all text
The Egyptian authorities have blocked internet access and text messaging after a video of man shot by brutal police force was posted on Youtube, but it didn’t stop Egyptian internet users from posting about the escalating situation in Cairo. While Twitter and Facebook are being blocked, many users are bypassing the block through proxy servers and third-party applications like TweetDeck and Hootsuite.
Confirming what a few have reported this evening: in an action unprecedented in Internet history, the Egyptian government appears to have ordered service providers to shut down all international connections to the Internet. Critical European-Asian fiber-optic routes through Egypt appear to be unaffected for now. But every Egyptian provider, every business, bank, Internet cafe, website, school, embassy, and government office that relied on the big four Egyptian ISPs for their Internet connectivi.. show all text
Twitter’s market value has reached $4 billion just a month after it raised $200 million in funding.
According to SharesPost, a secondary market for buying and selling stock in privately held companies, Twitter‘s value has jumped to $4.0 billion, based on recent transactions. That is a $300 million increase in value in just over a month, based on the $3.7 billion valuation set by its funding round in December. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers led Twitter’s most recent round.. show all text
Netflix Inc. on Thursday released a report on the quality of North American Internet service providers, a result of a four-month study of traffic generated by its streaming video service.
Of the providers studied by Los Gatos-based Netflix NASDAQ:NFLX, Charter Cable consistently provided the best connection speeds, while Sprint’s Clearwire Corp. was consistently the slowest. Comcast Inc. and AT&T Inc., which together provide Internet access to the majority of subscribers in the Silicon Valley, did well — Comcast was generally the second fastest ISP, and AT&T was somewhere in the middle.