Posts Tagged ‘Uniform Resource Locator’

Many WordPress blogs at risk from image-based zero-day vulnerability

Published by pratyushkp on August 3rd, 2011 - in Social, Technology

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Bilocating technology blogger Mark Maunder – he claims to live in Seattle and Cape Town concurrently, though I suspect he means consecutively, and I’ll wager he wisely avoids winter in both of them – recently wrote aboutan intrusion to his WordPress site.

It turns out the backdoor was a previously-unexploited, or at least a previously-undocumented, flaw in a useful little WordPress addon, shared by many WordPress themes, called timthumb.

Facebook Comments Now Feature Video Playback And Website Previews

Published by pratyushkp on July 22nd, 2011 - in Social, Technology

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Facebook has added a new feature allowing users to embed photos, videos and website previews into comments. Now, if you include a URL in a Facebook comment, you’ll be able to preview content from the web page that URL links to.

For example, if your friend posts about the new Harry Potter movie and asks if it’s any good, you might paste a link to the film’s Rotten Tomatoes review page. The new comment will let your friend–and anyone else who can view that post–see a sample of the content on the Rotten Tomatoes, such as the movie’s rating and a promo graphic.

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G.Co: Google Has a New URL Shortener

Published by pratyushkp on July 19th, 2011 - in Social, Technology
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Google has unveiled, a new URL shortener that will link only to Google products and websites.

The search giant already owns, a URL shortener it launched in 2009. Unlike, the URL shortener can be used for any link on the web via the Google Toolbar.

“We’ll only use to send you to webpages that are owned by Google, and only we can create shortcuts,” Google VP of Consumer Marketing Gary Briggs stated on the company’s blog. “That means you can visit a shortcut confident you will always end up at a page for a Google product or service.”

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Get A Custom Google+ Vanity URL

Published by pratyushkp on July 12th, 2011 - in Social, Technology

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If you’re using Google+, you might have noticed that unlike many other social networks (such as Facebook and Twitter) there isn’t an option to create a vanity URL. Instead, each profile is identified by a long string of numbers in the URL (for example, 107030912810704099919).

According to Mashable, the reason Google+ doesn’t offer its own vanity URL shorteners is to keep out spammers who could possibly use that data to infer account information about the user. Google+ isn’t a standalone product, and elements of the social network will be baked into various Google products (including search and gmail), so it’s obvious why the company is placing so much importance on privacy.

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