Obama campaign raises more questions about Romney’s wealth

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is not doing enough to ensure his political actions are not influenced by his multimillion-dollar fortune, officials with President Barack Obama’s campaign said on Thursday.

Dennis Santiago: FDIC Closures for the Week Ending June 8, 2012

Earlier this week my company reported on our findings about the first quarter number of the banking industry. Our industry fact sheet indicates the banking is getting healthier.

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Microsoft contains Flame with Windows Update revamp

Following a groundbreaking cryptographic attack that hijacked the platform Microsoft uses to deliver updates to millions of large customers, the company has issued changes designed to prevent similar exploits from working again.

The company’s Windows Server Update Services, which businesses and organizations use to deliver patches to large fleets of PCs, will no longer work through network proxies that use SSL deep packet content inspection, Microsoft representatives said in an advisory published Friday afternoon. Such proxies act as man-in-the-middle devices that can peek inside encrypted traffic as it travels from a local network onto the Internet. Enterprises that have inspection servers in place will have to create exception rules so all Windows Update traffic is bypassed.

The changes are designed to blunt the kind of attacks carried out by Flame, the sophisticated espionage software that infected PCs in Iran and other Middle Eastern countries. As revealed earlier this week, the malware hijacked the Windows Update process to spread from machine to machine within a local network. By hacking a Microsoft licensing service to sign malware stored on one infected computer, Flame could disguise the malicious payload as a Windows update that should be installed by other computers on the same network.

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Roger Clemens’ wife says she was injected with drug

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The wife of former pitching ace Roger Clemens testified in his perjury trial on Friday that she received a shot of human growth hormone from her husband’s ex-trainer, who says he also injected the performance-enhancing drug into Clemens.

Apple to Launch New App Usage Tracking Tools for Developers to Balance User Privacy

Last year, Apple announced that it was phasing out developer access to UDIDs, the unique iOS device identifiers that allowed developers and advertisers to not only track usage of their own content, but also in some cases track users’ movements across apps and browsing sessions. The company earlier this year began rejecting apps that continued to use the UDID rather than implementing unique identifiers that would enhance privacy by remaining unique to the developer’s app.



The Wall Street Journal now reports that Apple is preparing to release new tools to assist developers with tracking usage of their apps without using the UDID, maintaining user privacy while still making it easy for developers to gather usage data on their apps.

Apple Inc. is planning to release a new way for mobile app developers to track who uses their software, according to people briefed on Apple’s plans, the company’s latest attempt to balance developers’ appetite for targeting data with consumers’ unease over how it is used.

The new tool, which could be detailed in the coming weeks, aims to better protect user privacy than existing approaches, these people said.

The report notes that Apple has been inconsistent about blocking apps that use the UDID for tracking purposes and that the new tools will provide developers with ways to collect important data anonymously without being linked to the UDID that when combined with data from other apps could be used to identify the specific user of a given device.

No other details on the tools have yet been revealed, but the company could share more information at next week’s Worldwide Developers Conference.


WWDC Banner Confirms iOS 6 Announcement

Instagram user Zac Altman has posted a photo showing a new banner going up at the Moscone West convention center confirming that Apple will be unveiling iOS 6 at next Monday’s keynote address.



iOS 6 has been assumed to be a major topic of discussion for the event, but Apple has so far mentioned only that it will discuss the “future of iOS” at the event. The banner also displays a silver-colored theme that has been rumored to making its way to the iPhone to replace the blue theme present in many of Apple’s apps. The silver theme has already been showing up on the iPad, but rumors of an Apple mapping app have suggested that the silver theme will moving to the smaller screen as well.

With Apple having dropped numbering and other descriptors from its latest model of the iPad earlier this year, there has been speculation that the company may follow suit with other products such as the iPhone. Today’s banner indicates that the company will at least continue marketing iOS using its version number.

Update: A clear shot from CNet:

iOS 6 icon cropped from CNet’s image shows the background is water ripples: