Google blog post on thursday reported that it will be launching a change for published docs in about two weeks time, whereby published docs that are linked to from a public Web site will be allowed to be crawled and indexed by search engines. Google Docs and Spreadsheets users are hereby expected to set limit to how exactly public they want their informations.
However, Google noted that the crawling for search results will only apply to docs which you explicitly publish using the 'Publish as Web page' or 'publish/embed' option, and which are linked to publicly crawled Web pages.
Debates on Google's need to balance between transparency and data accessibility, had been recorded on certain quarters - notably, the online application suite users, concerned about the plan, suggesting better labeling of potentially crawlable documents, spreadsheets presentations and definitive info if a publicly crawled Web page has linked to a published document. The pros on the-other-hand been that published docs linked to from public websites will reach a much wider audience.
Twitter users will be able to initiate a two-way voice chat with other users according to a new third-party offering from Jajah, a VOIP company, known as 'Jajah@call' which goes into beta Today. It is enabled by typing "@call @username": where "username" is someone's Twitter ID or any Twitter client. The company said, the calls will be limited to two minutes for the beta period. However, it seems the two minute period after which the call will end serves as the equivalent to 'verbal tweet'.
There are several applications that allow users to create 'voice-to-text' Twitter posts, known as tweets - notable among them is SpinVox. But it does not appear that anyone has yet made it possible to initiate voice communications directly between Twitter users.
The voice call launch came on the heel of an earlier announcement this week by Facebook that users will now be able to communicate with each other via voice, using a third-party application from Vivox. it's clear that there is a strong interest, among service providers, at least, in taking leading social networks beyond strictly text communications.
Security advisory issued late Tuesday by Microsoft on a reported zero-day flaw in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 has it that Microsoft is investigating new public reports of a possible vulnerability in Microsoft Server Message Block (SMB) implementation.
The software maker said the latest issue affects the 'release candidate' version of Windows 7, but not the final version that was completed in July. Also, the recently completed Windows Server 2008 R2 is not vulnerable, nor are the earlier Windows XP and Windows 2000 operating systems. Microsoft said it will take action, which could include releasing a patch during its next monthly cycle or doing an 'out-of-band' release, if necessary.
The remote reboot flaw in Microsoft’s implementation of the SMB2 protocol expose users of Windows Vista to the teardrop attacks that used to be popular on Windows95. The flaw could allow an attacker to remotely crash any Windows Vista machine with SMB enabled.
According to informations released by Microsoft, Windows Mobile 6.5 will be launched October 6. The revamped platform, according to the report is to feature IE Mobile, and is capable of playing Flash videos from sites such as YouTube. The browser also have capabilities whereby users will be able to zoom and pan with a stylus or with a finger.
The user interface is more touch friendly according to the report, with improved notifications and updates from e-mail, text and calendar items. Also included are the latest Internet Explorer Mobile browser and added free services like 'My Phone' to help protect data in the event of a lost phone and Windows Marketplace for Mobile access to a wide variety of applications for direct download. The service is compared to Apple's MobileMe, and Microsoft said it makes it easier for users to switch devices, or replace a lost smartphone.
Windows Mobile is the third-most used operating system behind Symbian and Research In Motion's BlackBerry platform. However, presently it is facing increased pressure from Apple's iPhone and Google's Android.