Apple bans developer from iTunes

By James Lawson, ITWeb journalist
Johannesburg, 08 Jul 2010

Apple bans developer from iTunes

A Vietnamese developer has been banned from Apple's app store after being implicated in fraudulently pushing titles to the best-seller list, writes the BBC.

Apple says Thuat Nguyen hacked around 400 iTunes accounts in order to use their credit card details to boost sales of his comic book apps.

The company says the developer and his apps have been removed from the iTunes store "for violating the developer Program License Agreement, including fraudulent purchase patterns". The company has since tightened the security of its site as a result of the hack.

Opera Mini upgraded

Opera has released an updated version of the Opera Mini mobile phone browser, version 5.1, reports Telecom Talk.

The update includes an optimised browser skin and allows more than one Web page to be open at once. It claims the browser is best suited for limited memory devices, like the Nokia 5130 XpressMusic, Nokia 6300 and Nokia 2700 handsets.

The company says the upgrade in not critical for Opera Mini users on smartphones or high-end devices.

Facebook privacy under fire

Johannes Caspar, a German data protection official, has started legal proceedings against Facebook due to its privacy concerns, writes eWeek.

Caspar accused the social networking site of illegally accessing and saving personal data of non-users, with the issue being in the e-mail addresses in users' address books on the site.

"We consider the saving of data from third parties, in this context, to be against data privacy laws," says Caspar.

IBM, EU establish consortium

IBM is establishing a consortium with the EU and universities to research cloud computing models to reduce the cost of hosting and maintaining Internet-based services, states ITWorld.

The researchers will start with a project called Artifact-Centric Service Interoperation (ACSI), which is based on the concept of interoperation hubs, revealed by IBM Research last year.

The consortium hopes the research will create new computer science models that bring together managed Internet services from diverse hardware and software environments in a flexible cloud environment.