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After a year of hard work, Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) has just deployed changes to the desktop version of its "News Feed." Bloggers -- on the whole -- seem pleased with the changes. No problems, everything is great. Still, the "new look" has many bloggers scratching their heads, unsure of what has changed exactly.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers want to keep things the way they are.
High fives and thumbs up. That's what celebrating CEO Jan Koum of instant messaging company WhatsApp was doing after Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) decided to buy his company for 19 billion dollars. Not everybody is in cheer though: privacy groups Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) are determined to crash the party.
GnuTLS, the widely-used open-source encryption library, has a simply horrible bug. And it's had that bug since 2003. It has a similar effect to the recently-discovered one in Apple OS code: It fails to correctly validate certificates.
The conspiracy theorists are beginning to have a field day, with fingers pointing in the NSA's direction.
The MtGox Bitcoin exchange is bankrupt. Not a huge surprise, but insiders are also alleging chronic incompetence within the company, flowing from the CEO, Mark Karpeles. Supposed hackers have also leaked some PHP code that appears to substantiate those allegations. But could it all be an elaborate ruse to steal customers' imaginary money?
MtGox Co., Ltd. is now aiming for "civil rehabilitation" in a Tokyo District Court (similar to Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the U.S.).
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers release the frickin’ ill-tempered, mutated sea bass.
Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) new CEO is doing some spring-cleaning. Looks like Tami Reller's getting the blame for Windows 8, and there's simply no reason to keep Tony Bates hanging around like the metaphorical bad smell.
In other news, Scrooled-meister Mark Penn is getting a promotion. Oh brother.
This is not a Nigerian "419" scam, a method to earn millions browsing the web from home, or an attempt to sell a bridge in Brooklyn. However, some bloggers are having a hard time believing rumors that Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) will soon give Windows 8.1 away for free.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers are skeptically optimistic and optimistically skeptical.
@Mikko, the notoriously publicity-shy CTO, doesn't trust RSA.
The RSA (NYSE:EMC) Conference was boycotted yesterday by TrustyCon attendees. A range of speakers criticized the company's alleged cosy links with the NSA, arguing that the industry badly needs a huge dose of trustworthiness.