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TidBITS#1173/06-May-2013

Big things are happening at TidBITS this week, as we welcome Josh Centers as our new managing editor! Meanwhile, not so big things are happening with iOS, which saw a minuscule update aimed exclusively at the iPhone 5. In other news, the MacTips.info Web site is up for sale for anyone with an entrepreneurial itch, a bug in our commenting system could lead to an identity crisis for some users, we discuss why Apple is concerned about stock price on a staff roundtable, and David Rabinowitz digs into some of Apple’s recent financial twists. Lastly, Joe Kissell strikes again with another must-read edition of FlippedBITS, in which he explains all about Java and why Apple is deprecating it so. Notable software releases this week include Cyberduck 4.3.1, Postbox 3.0.8, Little Snitch 3.1, Transmit 4.3.4, SpamSieve 2.9.7, and GraphicConverter 8.6.

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FlippedBITS: Java, JavaScript, and You

Serious security threats involving Java have been a recurring theme for Mac users in recent months. But what exactly is Java, and what’s the problem? What’s this Java Runtime you hear about from time to time? And is JavaScript the same thing? Grab a cup of coffee and join Joe Kissell for the story of Java in this installment of FlippedBITS.

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ExtraBITS for 6 May 2013

A couple of anniversaries to read more about this week, including the World Wide Web celebrating its 20th year in the public domain and science-fiction publisher Tor marking its first year of DRM-free ebooks.