Microsoft announced today that they will be awarding a total of $250,000 in prize money in a competition to create new security technologies for preventing memory safety vulnerabilities and exploits. The winner of the contest, dubbed the "Bluehat Prize", will receive $200,000. Second and third place will receive $50,000 and a subscription to MSDN, respectively. The winners' technologies will not be owned by Microsoft, but instead owned by their creators and are free to license to others. The contest closes on April 1st, 2012.
Mashery Open-Sources I/O Docs
Mashery I/O docs, an interactive documentation system used to compile information on Web APIs, has gone open source today. DJ Walker-Morgan from The H explains how the interactive documents work,
Once the documentation is generated and loaded into a web browser, the various API calls are listed on a page in quick reference form. Clicking on any one of them expands the entry to show the parameters the call will take. Rather than being a passive display, the parameters have value form fields, a selector for results in XML or JSON format, and a "Try It" button that will make that API request with the parameter values shown. It will display the complete call being made and the response headers and body.
Amazon Spreads Private Cloud Across the Globe
Up until today, Amazon's virtual private cloud service was only offered in North America via two data centers in Oregon and Virginia. Amazon has officially expanded their private cloud services globally with new data centers in Ireland, Singapore, and Tokyo. Currently it costs 30 cents an hour for a Gigabit Ethernet port and $2.25 per our for a 10 Gigabit Ethernet port on Amazon Web Service's Direct Connect.
Android Developers aren't Getting Paid by Google
According to an article by The Register, Google has failed to compensate several Android developers for their Android Markpet share over several months. Posts in the Android Market support forums by disgruntled developers say that Google is failing to pay them for web-based sales "that seem to disappear". Google has yet to comment on the situation.
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