Tuesday 6 October 2009

Links for Oct 5, 2009

Amazon EC2/EBS DDoS drills hole in Bitbucket

Amazon's EC2/EBS cloud infrastructure isn't invincible against distributed denial of service attacks, it seems. Code hosting service Bitbucket blames its recent 19+ hours of downtime on an Amazon DDoS. Offers harsh feedback to Amazon's support organization.

AVG fights back against Microsoft's free AV with version 9

AVG's free product is an important route to market for the company. Microsoft's Security Essentials is a threat. Version 9's enhanced link scanner and claimed performance improvements should help counter it.

Vonage app. for iPhone and BlackBerry

Important VoIP provider enables access from important smartphone platforms. Perhaps surprising that Apple allowed this, but FCC investigation into Google Voice refusal motivates Apple to be seen to play fair.

All major smartphone platforms to get full-featured Adobe Flash, except iPhone

Flash isn't just for video and silly games. It's also a serious cross-platform development tool. Apple would probably wait until hell froze over to allow it on its platform, as the App Store is a strategic control point.

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