Adobe (NASDAQ: ADBE) has given up on development of its Flash Player plug-in for mobile devices, calling HTML 5 "the best solution" according to a BBC article. Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) late former CEO Steve Jobs famously called the plug-in a drain on battery life and a security vulnerability. Adobe battled back against those claims for over a year, but in the end, Jobs had his way.
Adobe develops way to play Flash on Apple iOS devices
Adobe introduces Adobe Reader for iOS
In March, RSA admitted it was the target of a cyber attack. In the coming months, hackers used data from the RSA to breach defense giants Lockheed Martin and L-3 Communications, which use RSA's SecuID two-factor authentication tokens. President Obama was briefed and RSA's reputation suffered serious damage.
Email used in RSA SecurID break-in revealed
Is there anything RSA wants to tell us about the Lockheed breach?
Stolen RSA SecurID data blamed for hack attempts at L-3 Communications
Hackers breached the Sony PlayStation accounts of 77 million customers in April, which cost the company an estimated $170 million. Personal data was not encrypted, so information such as passwords, physical mailing addresses and birth dates were stolen. Four months later, Sony appointed its first chief information security officer.
Repeated Sony hacks show need to invest early in security
Sony apologizes, promises phased restoration of PlayStation Network
Sony appears better prepared for attacks
Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) debuted Buzz in 2010 but didn't put it out of its misery until October of this year. It only took a few days for Google to make a major privacy blunder with the tool, and if that didn't doom it from the start, its limited capabilities (compared to other online social tools) certainly did. Google informed Gmail users of Buzz's demise with a notice that read, "Google Buzz is going away, but your posts are yours to keep."
Google introduces Google Buzz
Google fixes Buzz to deal with privacy
No, you still shouldn't let employees on Google+
Legal landmines with Google+
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