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WordPress has released version 3.02

The Wordpress team has just released version 3.02 of their software. The update addresses a couple of security issues and various problematic functions. This update is available for everyone that uses the self-hosted version of the Wordpress platform, that means that your site is not located on Wordpress.com. Below is a list of the changes included in the update.

  • Fix moderate security issue where a malicious Author-level user could gain further access to the site.
  • Remove pingback/trackback blogroll whitelisting feature as it can easily be abused.
  • Fix canonical redirection for permalinks containing %category% with nested categories and paging.
  • Fix occasional irrelevant error messages on plugin activation.
  • Minor XSS fixes in request_filesystem_credentials() and when deleting a plugin.
  • Clarify the license in the readme
  • Multisite: Fix the delete_user meta capability
  • Multisite: Force current_user_can_for_blog() to run map_meta_cap() even for super admins
  • Multisite: Fix ms-files.php content type headers when requesting a URL with a query string
  • Multisite: Fix the usage of the SUBDOMAIN_INSTALL constant for upgraded WordPress MU installs
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Game Center now uses real names

Apple has just released an update to the terms of service for Game Center on iOS devices. The terms have been updated with a key feature that is worth mentioning. Game Center will now use your real name when adding people to your friends list. At the beginning of the terms it reads:

IMPORTANT NOTE: We have changed the Game Center terms and conditions to provide you notice that if you send a friend invitation, the full name associated with your Apple ID will be shared with the recipient. If you accept a friend invitation, the full name associated with your Apple ID will be shared with the sender.

This move is similar to what Blizzard had done with Battle.net earlier this year. When you recieve a request from someone you will see both their nickname and their real name in the request. This change honestly doesn’t bother me because I have been used to it on Blizzard games but I do not see a need for it on iOS devices, especially phones.

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U.S. Government Seizes BitTorrent Sites And More

The U.S. Government has been very busy. Without any need for COICA, ICE has just seized BitTorrent domains and other music linking sites which appear to be connected to counterfeit goods. It is complex but possible for U.S. authorities and copyright organizations to point at a fully-fledged BitTorrent site with a tracker and say

“that’s an infringing site.”

When they look at a site which hosts torrents but does not operates a tracker, the finger pointing becomes quite a bit more difficult.
Visitors to the Torrent-Finder.com site are greeted with an eye opening home page which indicates that ICE have seized the site’s domain.

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Microsoft to compete with Netflix with own streaming service

It seems that Microsoft may be in talks with media companies to license TV shows and movies for a new streaming service. With the addition of ESPN to the Xbox 360 over Xbox Live Microsoft may be in a position to do the same for different content providers and charge a subscription fee for them separately. The idea is to better personalize content and only pay for what you want to watch instead of paying cable companies for all the channels you don’t watch. Microsoft is looking into duplicating what they have done with ESPN to include channels such as Showtime or HBO and possibly Disney.

Google TV and Netflix will be the services main competitors with Netflix already available on the Xbox 360. But what will happen to Netflix on the Xbox when this feature is released? I honestly welcome live TV on the Xbox as long as it is live otherwise I will still watch my favorite TV shows on Netflix which is now $7.99 for unlimited streaming.

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Leslie Nielsen dies at age 84

You may remember him from hit movies such as Naked Gun and Airplane. Leslie Nielsen made people laugh so hard they cried but today he died at the age of 84. He died in the hospital near his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida of complications with pneumonia. His agent John S Kelly made a statement:

“We are saddened by the passing of beloved actor Leslie Nielsen, probably best remembered as Lt. Frank Drebin in ‘The Naked Gun’ series of pictures, but who enjoyed a more than 60-year career in motion pictures and television,” said Kelly.

Today is a sad day, check out the video below of some of his funniest moments.

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