The story around badBIOS, the mysterious Mac and PC malware that jumps airgaps, is fascinating and surprising. The capabilities of sophisticated attackers right now vastly outstrip the defenses of any computer user or company. The news that the NSA had broken into the networks of Google and Yahoo, unfortunately, wasn’t surprising given Google’s move to encrypt traffic between datacenters early in September.
Blo.gs Lives On
Do you guys remember Blo.gs? In addition to being a cool domain, it’s a ping-update service like Ping-O-Matic that was started by Jim Winstead and acquired by Yahoo in June of 2005.
Some exciting news today: Yahoo! is transferring blo.gs to Automattic for safekeeping and further development. I’ve been a long-time fan of the service, and it even inspired the early WordPress feature which reordered your blogroll based on update times.
We’re looking forward to beefing up the service and giving it a refresh, while continuing its reputation for reliability. It makes me nostalgic to hear the name “blo.gs” again, I even still have the t-shirt they made for a Feedmesh meetup years ago. (For a big blast from the past, check out the discussion around feedmesh and real-time, distributed updates. Everything old is new again.) Major kudos to Yahoo! for giving us the chance to do so — I think most companies would have just shuttered it.
Yahoo Hack Day
Yahoo’s Hack Day is coming up this Friday and Saturday. I’m going to be a judge at the event. The other judges are David Filo, Ash Patel, Cheryl Ainoa, Jeff Clavier, Rashmi Sinha, and Om Malik. Fun group!
Free Jon Miller
BoomTown Plea to Jeff Bewkes: Free Jon Miller! — Kara Swisher.
Flickr has open sourced their uploader on their new code site, which has all the nice bits you’d expect including a WordPress-powered blog. Hat tip: Ryan Schwartz.
I was at Yahoo with Raanan a few weeks ago and Jeremy Zawodny grabbed me and we did an interview for Yahoo Developer Network. We talk about WP 2.5, scaling, bbPress, PHP vs the world, and more.
Yahoo’s new CEO
Jerry Yang announced he was becoming Yahoo’s CEO on Yodel Anecdotal, their WordPress blog.