All Major Browsers Hacked

Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, Safari were all hacked at the Pwn2Own contest in Vancouver this week. Well, it’s not the good news we all wanted to hear, but the Pwn2Own conference is the kind of conference that rewards hackers by revealing their hacks to the public.

And that’s a good thing. In time, developers of Chrome, Firefox, Explorer and Safari can submit fixes to patch their browsers. But, it doesn’t bode well when hackers continually find browser security holes on a yearly basis.

The biggest winner this year is South Korean security researcher and serial browser hacker JungHoon Lee, also known online as lokihardt. His Google Chrome attack earned him the largest payout for a single exploit in the history of the competition.

He earned $75,000 for the Chrome bug, an extra $25,000 for a privilege escalation to SYSTEM and another $10,000 for also hitting the browser’s beta version for a total of $110,000.

Google Code Closing

A bit of news from Google. They’re shutting down Google Code. Not now, but in 10 months. This will give developers the time to migrate their code over to other project hosting companies such as GitHub, Bitbucket, etc. Beginning today, you can longer create a new project within Google Code.

So, I’m not surprised by Google’s move since they themselves have moved most of their open-source projects over to GitHub. To help with the migration, Google will offer tools for developers to migrate their code over to GitHub, Bitbucket or Sourceforge.

Finally, here’s the blog post from Google of the announcement.

Linux Jobs Are in Demand

If you’re a Linux guy, this is good news. Linux jobs are in high demand. From Computerworld.

If you’re an open-source expert, the job market is your oyster – the Linux Foundation released a report this week that says that employees with Linux skills are in high demand, with hiring managers working hard to bring them in.

According to the survey, the prevalence of open-source in the cloud and other important areas of business technology is helping to push the demand for Linux- and open-source-savvy workers higher. Forty-two percent of respondents said that CloudStack or OpenStack experience would be a valuable addition to a resume, and 19% said the same about open-source SDN skills.

GigaOm Shutting Down

It’s sad to hear GigamOm is shutting down. It’s on my list of tech sites I visit often.

Here’s the official message from GigaOm’s management.

A brief note on our company

Gigaom recently became unable to pay its creditors in full at this time. As a result, the company is working with its creditors that have rights to all of the company’s assets as their collateral. All operations have ceased. We do not know at this time what the lenders intend to do with the assets or if there will be any future operations using those assets. The company does not currently intend to file bankruptcy. We would like to take a moment and thank our readers and our community for supporting us all along.

— Gigaom management

Apple Watch Revealed Today

Apple revealed today, the Apple Watch. It starts out at $349 with some watches as high as $10k. Pre-orders can begin April 10. Apple stores will start selling on April 24, most likely you’ll need a reservation. You just can’t walk into a store and get one, at least not in the first few weeks after its release. Here’s an article from ZDNet, PCMag, Gizmodo, ComputerWorld, and Lifehacker.

Lost in the hoopla is the reduced price of the Apple TV. It’s now sells for only $69. Let’s not forget the new super-thin Macbook. It’s thinner and lighter than the MacBook Air. It’s powered by Intel Core M. It’s fan-less and has a single USB C port that allows you to connect to everything. Gone are the USB 3.0 ports and the Display port. You have to buy a $79 dongle if you want connect to other devices or displays. I think the MacBook is a little bit underpowered. It’s a almost a cross between a tablet and laptop. The MacBook starts at $1299 and $1599.

Are You A MicroManager?

I know a micromanager when I see one. The problem is managers don’t always realize they are micromanagers. How do you convey to them that they needed to change? Secretly slip to them this article from cio.com?

Micromanagement may seem harmless, but it’s sabotaging your teams, your productivity and morale from within, and stifling your business’s ability to grow. Here’s how to tell if you’re a micromanager, and some steps you can take to overcome this fatal flaw.