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[News] Why Flash is Evil: Spyware to the Max

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Flash Cookies: The Silent Privacy Killer

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| Looking at my list, I see over 100 websites that have been accessing the same 
| cookie for the last year (the last time I formatted my computer). Some of 
| them are storing only 1kb of information, some are storing the full 100 kb’s. 
| On my own computer, I see that my bank is storing flash information despite 
| the fact that there isn’t a single flash application visible when I log in to 
| check my balance. I see Youtube, CNN, Microsoft, Rotten Tomatoes and a ton 
| more!      



Flash Player 10 Is Live

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| The release version of Flash Player 10 is out there and available for
| download. Hopefully, it will soon be available from your favorite automated
| update repository since such package management should resolve the new
| dependencies needed for Flash Player 10.



Adobe releases DRM tool for Flash video

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| With a price tag of $40,000 per CPU, the tool is aimed at broadcasters and 
| site operators that use Flash to serve streaming video. 


Adobe Pushes DRM for Flash

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| Now Adobe, which controls Flash and Flash Video, is trying to change that 
| with the introduction of DRM restrictions in version 9 of its Flash Player 
| and version 3 of its Flash Media Server software. Instead of an ordinary web 
| download, these programs can use a proprietary, secret Adobe protocol to talk 
| to each other, encrypting the communication and locking out non-Adobe 
| software players and video tools. We imagine that Adobe has no illusions that 
| this will stop copyright infringement -- any more than dozens of other DRM 
| systems have done so -- but the introduction of encryption does give Adobe 
| and its customers a powerful new legal weapon against competitors and 
| ordinary users through the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).         


Nobody likes DRM, including attorneys for Microsoft, Real

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| At this week's Digital Music Forum, lawyers managing digital rights for 
| Microsoft's Zune music download site and RealNetworks' Rhapsody said that 
| they too believe digital rights management to be more of a headache than an 
| asset.   


For Adobe, a tough lesson in (open-source) diplomacy

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| The brouhaha had to be painful for Adobe, a community-friendly company that
| likes to think of itself as a kinder, gentler outfit than arch-rival
| Microsoft . But here Adobe was, accused of using its overwhelming position in
| PDF software to make money at the expense of smaller companies -- the very
| sort of behavior that earned Microsoft a bad rap in Silicon Valley.    

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