Flash, Passwords, Twitter, More: Short Wednesday Buzz, February 5, 2014

EVERYBODY PATCH! Adobe has issued an emergency Flash update in response to a zero-day security exploit.

I really try to avoid politics here, because it’s so polarizing, but this is just driving me nuts. White House Conspicuously Silent As It Attacks A Bill To Make Spending Transparent. You may remember that this administration was all about being transparent. But perhaps it just meant opaque.

More government, to be filed under “reasons why I have insomnia”: government agencies stink at passwords. “The report reveals that, much like the general population, ‘password’ is a common password on the agencies’ computers. It also says that the agencies’ systems are vulnerable because they’re not reliably updated with the newest security patches, or because they have outdated antivirus programs.”

Google has extended its security rewards program to cover its own Chrome apps and extensions. Wait.. it wasn’t doing this before?

More Google: Google has added 30 additional holiday calendars to Google Calendar.

I love Twitter research papers. Identifying Users with Opposing Opinions in Twitter Debates (PDF)

The online archive of the Dead Sea Scrolls has been updated. “The new website, officially opened on Tuesday, is the second incarnation of the Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library and has over 10,000 photographs of the ancient texts that were found in a series of caves at Qumran in the Judean Desert.”

Mozilla has released multiple security updates for multiple products… including Thunderbird. Good morning, Internet…

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  1. Thank you for the Heads-Up on Flash! I use an old Mac and the Internet (including Flash in Safari) a lot in the mornings.

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