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Aussie creates iPhone virus

An Aussie hacker has created a worm that places a background picture of Rick Astley on jailbroken iPhones that have SSH enabled, and released its source code. More news in this week's Roundup.

An Aussie hacker has created a worm that places a background picture of Rick Astley on jailbroken iPhones that have SSH enabled, and released its source code.

Google took the wraps off an open source, experimental programming language dubbed Go. The search giant boasts the code compiles at high speeds and the subsequent programs run nearly as fast as C or C++ code. Google is also working on enabling Go code to run within its Native Client-powered Chrome browser.

In an attempt to improve web speeds, Google is working on a new protocol — SPDY — that could be faster than the current HTTP standard.

Adobe is planning to axe 680 jobs worldwide, which is to have minimal affect on its Australian counterpart, but a local spokesperson refused to provide further details.

In the open source sphere, the release of GNOME 3.0 has been delayed until September 2010, but 2.30 is still expected to be out in March next year. If you're planning to install the recently released OpenBSD 4.6, take a look at this screenshot gallery.

Accused of violating the GPLv2 licence, Microsoft has withdrawn a download tool designed to simplify the installation of Windows 7 on netbooks. Speaking of Windows 7, the Redmond giant is investigating a zero-day vulnerability affecting Windows 7 and Server 2008 Release.

Mozilla has already released the second beta of Firefox 3.6, while Google is set to release Chrome 4.0 beta for Mac in December.

At its developer conference, RIM announced new tools and services for BlackBerry developers, including tools that link Adobe's Creative Suite with the smartphone's platform.

—Posted by Lana Kovacevic.

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