A new Chrome extension lets Spotify users permanently download any song currently available from the streaming music service, a massive slip-up that could quickly upset record labels and music publishers. The Downloadify tool appears to take advantage of weak (or nonexistent) encryption in Spotify’s web player, which the company launched in beta back in November. By simply installing the extension — freely available in the Chrome Web Store — and starting to play a song, users will download a full, DRM-free MP3 file of the track.
The graph below shows DNS traffic from and to Syria. Although Twitter remains relatively silent, the drop in both inbound and outbound traffic from Syria is clearly visible. The small amount of outbound traffic depicted by the chart indicates our DNS servers trying to reach DNS servers in Syria. (via Breaking news: Traffic from Syria Disappears from Internet - Umbrella Security Labs)
President Obama has picked Nicole Wong, currently Twitter’s legal director, to be the White House’s first chief privacy officer…
Wong was previously a vice president and deputy general counsel at Google in its Mountain View headquarters, where she managed a team of lawyers who worked with the company’s engineers to review products before launches. That included privacy, copyright, and removal requests, which earned her a nickname — as recounted in a 2008 New York Times Magazine article — of “The Decider.”