Todays Tech Notes 7/20/2007

Digital DNA could finger Harry Potter leaker A few lines of ‘digital DNA’ could allow the publishers of Harry Potter to find and finger the person apparently responsible for leaking the final adventures of the boy wizard.

Opera Software Opera Web Browser BitTorrent Dangling Pointer Vulnerability Remote exploitation of a dangling pointer vulnerability in Opera Software ASA’s Opera web browser could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the logged in user.

Microsoft?s Annual Revenue Surpasses $50 Billion Microsoft Corp. today announced revenue of $13.37 billion for the quarter ended June 30, 2007, a 13% increase over the same period of the prior year. Diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $0.31. Excluding $0.08 of previously announced charges primarily related to Xbox 360 warranty policies, earnings per share would have been $0.39, an increase of 26% over the same period of the prior year when also adjusted for certain items.

Microsoft Hit With A Second Xbox 360 Class Action Suit “Microsoft improperly and/or negligently manufactured the Xbox 360 console in a manner that causes the expensive game discs … to be scratched, rendering the games unusable,” the suit alleges. The complaint was filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for Southern California by two residents of the state: Christine Moskowitz and Dan Wood. The suit is seeking not less than $5 million in damages for Xbox 360 buyers affected by the alleged glitch.

Class Action Suit Against Microsoft Alleges XBox 360 Skwatches Disks, Makes Baby Saaad! Tongue in cheek(?) article describing the Xbox 360 lawsuit.

Facebook: the new data black hole Scoble continues to pimp Facebook, which is cool with me, if he likes it, he likes it. I haven’t tried it yet myself, he commented in the comments the exact reason, no time to keep up with everything.