maine news

Eavesdropping on local bats at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge

Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Location: Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, Gate 1 Hudson Road (Rt.43), Old Town, ME For more information: 207-394-2171; hirundomaine.org How do you listen to a bat? Bat sounds are generally at high frequencies undetectable to humans. Katelin Craven has a way to make …

Maine Women’s Amateur golf championship scores

At Waterville Country Club Tuesday’s first round Leslie Guenther 38-37—75 Mary Brandes 41-37—78 Prudence Hornberger 42-38—80 Emily Bouchard 40-40—80 Micki Meggison 43-38—81 Ruth Colucci 41-40—81 Bailey Plourde 44-38—82 Cecily Whiting 43-39—82 Debby Gardner 41-42—83 Sarah Hansen 41-42—83 Marla LeBlanc 42-41—83 Kristin Kannegieser 41-43—84 Dale Hannon 43-41—84 Rosemary Lyons 43-42—85 Heidi …

The Band Apollo @ The Run of the Mill

Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: The Run of the Mill, 100 Main Street, Saco, ME For more information: 207-571-9648; therunofthemill.net “Fusing pure rock with hints of soul and club-style pop, these young men have one of the freshest sounds to come out of Maine in …

New Franco Center director focuses on fundraising

LEWISTON — When it’s for a good cause, asking for money is a pleasure to Mitch Thomas. Every no can be cordial. And every yes is extraordinary, he said. “I love fundraising,” Thomas said, sitting in his windowless office in the basement of the Franco-American Herit…

Old Apache Code At Root of Android FakeID Mess

chicksdaddy writes: A four-year-old vulnerability in an open source component that is a critical part of Android leaves hundreds of millions of mobile devices susceptible to silent malware infections. The vulnerability affects devices running Android versions 2.1 to 4.4 (“KitKat”), according to a statement released by Bluebox. The vulnerability was found in a package installer in affected versions of Android. The installer doesn’t attempt to determine the authenticity of certificate chains that are used to vouch for new digital identity certificates. In short, Bluebox writes, “an identity can claim to be issued by another identity, and the Android cryptographic code will not verify the claim.” The security implications of this are vast. Malicious actors could create a malicious mobile application with a digital identity certificate that claims to be issued by Adobe Systems. Once installed, vulnerable versions of Android will treat the application as if it was actually signed by Adobe and give it access to local resources, like the special webview plugin privilege, that can be used to sidestep security controls and virtual ‘sandbox’ environments that keep malicious programs from accessing sensitive data and other applications running on the Android device. The flaw appears to have been introduced to Android through an open source component, Apache Harmony. Google turned to Harmony as an alternative means of supporting Java in the absence of a deal with Oracle to license Java directly. Work on Harmony was discontinued in November, 2011. However, Google has continued using native Android libraries that are based on Harmony code. The vulnerability concerning certificate validation in the package installer module persisted even as the two codebases diverged.

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A TV Show About Online Videos Shows Us We’re In A Weird Place With Content Right Now

stacks_image_154 A TV show devoted entirely to showing nothing but online videos is now the No. 1 syndicated show in the nation. You may have seen it on HLN or one of your local channels: It’s on all Cox, Scripps and Raycom stations coast to coast and will soon be syndicated throughout about 91 percent of the country. The show gets over 2 million viewers for each half-hour episode. Comparing some of… Read More

Bakeries on the rise in Maine: Skowhegan event energizes entrepreneurs

SKOWHEGAN, Maine — Amy Tyson and her husband, Zachary, had been summering in Kennebunk for years when they realized that amid the clam shacks and ice cream stores, something was lacking. “The one thing that is missing from our town is a proper bakery. So we decided to do it …

Steer mascot rescued from island

GREENE — It’s a cow tale with a happy, if unlikely, ending. Charlie the Fiberglas steer was rescued from Gulf Island Pond on Tuesday by three state troopers and the Maine Warden Service. The show of force piqued a little natural curiosity. “The (nearby) bridge construct…

Sports briefs for July 29, 2014

Lakers named Byron Scott as new head coach LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers appointed former player Byron Scott as their new head coach on Monday, bringing an end to their “extensive and thorough” search for Mike D’Antoni’s replacement. Scott, 53, was a three-time NBA champion with the Lakers …

Our Nine Favorite Companies From The 500 Startups Demo Day

500 Startups batch 9 It’s that time again: 500 Startups just put on demo day for its ninth batch of companies at Microsoft’s conference building in sunny Mountain View, Calif. The seed stage investor and startup incubator showed off 29 products and services that range from making it easier to get a home loan to a marketplace for 3D printed knick-knacks. Read More