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Daily Dose - Apple Making 3 iPad 2s?

12.30.2010
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According to an unnamed source, Apple could be planning to release three different versions of the iPad 2 next year: Wi-Fi only, UMTS + Wi-Fi, and CDMA.  The source was cited by DigiTimes, and also mentioned that Apple may be working on some anti-smudging screens.  Rumors have already surfaced that predict front and rear-facing cameras on the iPad 2 (for FaceTime) along with a iPhone 4-like Retina Display.  Reports on the release date vary from as early as February to April.  My money is on June.

Puppet Labs' MCollective 1.0 Release
The Puppet software is known for it's seamless ability to automate developer environment setup.  Earlier this month, the final 1.0 version of Puppet Labs' recently acquired technology, MCollective, was released.  The MCollective framework will add parallel job execution and build server orchestration to the list of capabilities provided by Puppet Labs software.  It will allow developers and sys admins to directly query Puppet state, orchestrate Puppet runs, and other further Puppet integrations.

Bug in Skype's Windows Client Caused Last Week's Mass Outage
It's incredible how one bug in the Skype client for Windows can cause such mayhem.  About 50% of all Skype users run the Windows version and 40% of those clients experienced Skype crashes last week.  The P2P cloud storm caused a third of all publicly available supernodes to go down as well, putting much of the user base out of commission.  Kudos to Skype though, for providing such a comprehensive post-mortem post.

Mozilla Exposed 44k Old Firefox Add-on Accounts - Nobody Noticed
44,000 older user accounts for the Firefox add-ons sites were found on a publicly available server this week by a Mozilla security expert.  Luckily, their records show that no one else accessed these files, which had an older security algorithm.  Mozilla's director of infrastructure, Chris Lyon, said that the issue posed a minimal security risk for users, but they felt that they should still report this incident.  

Why startups should not choose NoSQL
Bozhidar Bozhanov explains why most startups don't need a NoSQL data store.
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