Facebook hacked - sql injection ???

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Facebook, a website with an estimated of 5 to 10 Million in US Dollars, a number of 250-1000 employees, a website ranked number 8 GLOBALLY by alexa.com’s traffic standards, is not capable of securing their data base. Millions (LOTS OF MILLIONS) of accounts, email addresses and passwords up for grabs by anyone. Let me show you a few concrete examples of vulnerable parameters.

Not only is the website vulnerable to sql injection but it also allows load_file to be executed making it very dangerous because with a little patience, a writable directory can be found and injection a malicious code we get command line access with wich we can do virtualy anything we want with the website: upload phpshells, redirects, INFECT PAGES WITH TROJAN DROPPERS, even deface the whole website.

But let’s see what else is interesting in the data base. Because I was accused for making personal info public, I didn’t concatenate the username, email, and password syntax, but only the userid and session key column along with the date the key was created. If you don’t know what a session key is to facebook read http://wiki.developers.facebook.com/index.php/Authorizing_Applications.

Let’s move on to another SQL injection vulnerable parameter. This time it’s blind sqli. Interesting in the image is that, firstly, the error wich reveals proof that server data can be accessed from this point.

Let’s see another vulnerable parameter. In the image you see the version of the data base software, and the name of the number 55 table in the database wich is : users. How could the columns of this table be named other than email and password ? You guessed it, they are named like that. To be continued.

Credits URL : http://hackersblog.org/2009/02/04/facebook-hacked-o-baza-de-date-cu-milioane-de-conturi-ce-pot-fi-accesate-de-oricine/

Red Hat and Microsoft ink virt interoperability deal

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Operating system suppliers Red Hat, which is the leading commercial Linux distro by some measures, and Microsoft, the only maker of Windows, today announced a cross-platform support agreement that will allow operating systems from one to run on the hypervisors of the other.

The interoperability agreement has been forced on the two companies, which are not exactly natural allies or even particularly friendly even if they are mostly civil, by their respective customer bases, software partners, and resellers, explained Mike Evans, vice president of corporate development at Red Hat, and Mike Neil, general manager of virtualization strategy at Microsoft, in a webcast this morning.

The Red Hat-Microsoft deal is short and sweet, and bears little resemblance to the landmark interoperability, licensing, and patent protection deal that Red Hat rival Novell signed with Microsoft in November 2006.

That deal irked plenty in the open source community because of licensing issues relating to Linux and the applications that ride atop it. But it has boosted Novell's financials, with Microsoft buying hundreds of millions of dollars in licenses for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 and distributing them to its Windows customer base.

Testing times

The two Mikes were at pains in the short announcement to make it clear that all that Red Hat and Microsoft have agreed to do were to test, validate, and jointly support each others operating systems when running on each other's server virtualization hypervisors. Red Hat's Evans said the agreement has no provisions for patent rights, or open source licensing, or any financial arrangements beyond the standard testing and qualification fees that Red Hat and Microsoft charge their ISV partners to get certified and an agreement to work together to provide cooperative support for products.

Virtualization is, according to Evans, moving out of the early adopter stage and into mainstream use in data centers. It is still early in the server virtualization game on x64 iron, but both Red Hat and Microsoft think that the lack of an interoperability arrangement between the two companies has been hindering the adoption of server virtualization.

Better virtualization management tools are available now, and the underlying x64 iron is able to do more sophisticated support for memory and I/O as it relates to virtual machines and their hypervisors. And with Gary Chen, research manager for enterprise virtualization software at IDC calculating that Windows and RHEL comprise 80 per cent of all guest operating systems on virtualized servers, now is the time for Red Hat and Microsoft to bury the hatchet. Well, it is more like a paring knife. But you get the idea.

As part of the deal, Microsoft is now a partner in Red Hat's virtualization certification program, and Red Hat has joined Microsoft's server virtualization validation program. The latter was set up by Microsoft last June, and includes Cisco Systems, Citrix Systems, Novell, Oracle, Sun Microsystems, Unisys, Virtual Iron, and VMware; so far, only Cisco, Citrix, Novell, and VMware have fully validated their programs with the Windows stack.

Microsoft will certify Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.2, and 5.3 will run as a guest operating system on its Hyper-V hypervisor, which is associated with Windows Server 2008; both 32-bit x86 and 64-bit x64 servers will be certified, apparently. And Red Hat is to certify that Windows 2000 Server SP4, Windows Server 2003 SP2, and Windows Server 2008 will all run Red Hat's virtualization hypervisor inside Red Hat Enterprise Linux.


While Evans did not say it by name, the open source Xen hypervisor is still the default hypervisor with RHEL 5. But with RHEL 6, Red Hat is expected to shift to its own KVM hypervisor, which it acquired last summer when it bought Qumranet. KVM is part of the mainstream Linux kernel, while Xen is not.

But Microsoft already has experience supporting Xen, through its agreements with XenSource, which sponsored the Xen project and which was acquaried by Citrix Systems two summers ago. Presumably, the deal calls for Red Hat to certify Windows Server instances running atop Xen now with RHEL 5 and atop Xen and KVM in RHEL 6. Anyway, Windows guests will be certified atop RHEL in the second half of this year.

Red Hat has a partnership with VMware that validates RHEL runs on its ESX Server hypervisor, but thus far, Red Hat does not have a similar deal with Citrix for its XenServer commercial version of the Xen hypervisor. Mainly because it sells its own implementation of Xen, which it wants customers to use.

And if Red Hat wants customers to use the embedded Xen, and in the future the embedded KVM hypervisor, it needs an interoperability agreement with Microsoft so it can try to out-Xen Citrix. And you can bet that Red Hat wants to get KVM certified to run Windows Server instances well ahead of when it goes commercial in RHEL 6.

Credits URL : http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/02/16/redhat_microsoft_server_virtualization/


Intel's future Xeons to share sockets

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We know what's coming on desktops and notebooks. But what about Intel's 32 nanometer server silicon?

Intel's 32 nanometer process will be used to make a family of desktop, laptop, and server processors known as "Westmere," kickers to the Nehalem chips that will roll out throughout the year. Earlier this week, the company divulged that it was pulling its ramp to 32 nanometer chip making processes into 2009 for desktop and laptop processors, and it gave us a pretty idea of what these chips will look like.

What Intel didn't say is how it will deploy cores or crank up clock speeds on 32 nanometer server chips. Intel has some interesting options, as the Nehalem and Westmere desktop and laptop chips show.

On its desktop lineup, Intel is taking two different paths. With the Nehalem chips, which are implemented in its current 45 nanometer processes, the company is deploying quad-core "Lynnfield" chips, which have two threads per core, and it will offer a similar "Clarksfield" chip for laptops. These chips are similar to the current Core i7 desktop chips, which have been shipping for high-end desktops since last November and will arrive in volume this year across the full PC spectrum.

In the second half of this year, Intel is going to use the 32 nanometer shrink not to increase the core counts in its desktop and laptop chips, but rather to move an integrated graphics controller onto a two-chip package. The future Westmere desktop and laptop chips will have only two cores, and the main memory controller that is integrated on the Nehalem chips is being moved over to the graphics controller that will sit beside the Westmere two-core chip.

That graphics chip and memory controller will be implemented in a 45 nanometer process, which will undoubtedly deliver higher yields and lower costs than if they had been done in 32 nanometer processors as a single chip Westmere package. The processor and graphics chips on the Lynnfield and Clarksfield packages will be connected by a QPI (Quickpath Interconnect) link.

Server processors do not need to have integrated graphics chips on their packages, unless you want to use the GPU as a math co-processor. (Not a dumb idea, provided the programming model is easy). Even if Intel doesn't want to do that, the 32 nanometer shrink for Westmere Xeons could allow the company to do all sorts of things: add more processor cores in the same thermal envelope, crank up clock speeds to boost single-thread performance while holding core counts the same or even decreasing them, or integrate other features (such as network controllers) into the chip package.

In addition to the Westmere roadmap this week, Intel confirmed that the launch of the Nehalem EP processor for two-socket servers was imminent. It's expected before the end of this quarter. The Nehalem EPs (aka Xeon 5000s) will plug into the Tylersburg server platform and use a chipset by the same name, as this roadmap shows:

Back in november, we gave you the feeds and speeds on Nehalem EP motherboards from Super Micro, which makes boards as well as whitebox servers that it and other vendors sell. The Nehalem EP chips, which sport integrated DDR3 memory controllers and which will be the first servers to use QPI, are expected to have somewhere between three and four times the memory bandwidth of existing Xeons and their antiquated front side buses.

Motherboard Glue

Exactly how this will translate into application performance will depend on how sensitive those applications are to memory. The Nehalem EP chips, code-named "Gainestown," are expected to come in two-core and four-core variants, with each core having two threads and with either 4 MB or 8 MB of L3 cache. These chips are basically a version of the Core i7 desktop chip reimplemented with symmetric multiprocessing extensions. Clock speeds are expected to range from 1.9 GHz to 3.2 GHz.

The high-end Nehalem EX processors, code-named "Beckton," will have up to eight cores, will be delivered by the end of the year and will use the "Boxboro" chipset that will also be used in the future "Poulson" Itanium processor. The Boxboro chipset will work with QPI to allow a "glueless" SMP configuration with up to eight processor sockets. Technically, the initial Opterons could do this two, by gluing together four two-way motherboards into a single system image, and it looks like Boxboro will glue together two four-socket machines to get an eight-way. The question with either approach is whether server OEMs will do it. Very few adopted the eight-way Opteron configuration.

The low-end Nehalem EN chips are tweaked versions of the Lynnfield chips used in desktops and made with 45 nanometer processes. They plug into a server platform called "Foxhollow" and use the Intel 5 series chipset used on desktops. If history is any guide, these single-socket server boards will have more I/O slots and possibly more main memory than their desktop counterparts.

Looking ahead to the Westmere generation, the future 32 nanometer chips will plug into the Foxhollow, Tylersburg, and Boxboro platforms. This is obviously something that server manufacturers want very much, since they do not like revving their hardware every year. It looks like Foxhollow gets launched in the second half of 2009, and Boxboro at the end of the year, and Tylersburg should have been here already if this roadmap is to scale.

The Westmere kickers to Nehalem EP chips (which have not been given a code name yet) are due around mid-2010, then, and the Clarkdale chip with its integrated graphics processor gets plunked into single-socket servers in early 2010. Don't expect a Westmere kicker to the high-end Nehalem EX until early 2011, it looks like.

The 32 nanometer shrink from Nehalem to Westmere should allow Intel to get clock speeds up around 4 GHz or so, compared to a little more than 3 GHz with Nehalems and their 45 nanometer processes. Or Intel could boost the core count and keep clocks about the same. The expectation is that Intel will go for speed, not cores. But the company could just as easily put two Westmere chips side-by-side in a single package instead of revving the cores, or leave graphics processors into some Westmere Xeons (as it did for the low-end Clarkdale chip) to use as a co-processor for applications.

It would be interesting to see HPC variants of Westmere chips with the graphics units embedded and then two-chip Westmere packages for regular commercial processing workloads. Intel could put other features inside a package as well - or just make the chip smaller and keep the thermals low, offsetting some of the higher heat that DDR3 main memory kicks out compared to DDR2 memory.

Out beyond that, Intel will launch a new "Sandy Bridge" chip architecture in 2010 or 2011 (it depends on the roadmap you look at) with 32 nanometer processes, and it will eventually shrink this family of chips using 22 nanometer processes in 2011 or 2012.

Credits URL : http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/02/13/intel_westmere_servers/

More OS X MAC attacks!

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New OS X research warns of stealthier Mac attacks ( In-memory code injection covers tracks )

A computer security researcher has discovered a new way to inject hostile code directly into the memory of machines running Apple's OS X operating system, a technique that makes it significantly harder for investigators to detect Mac attacks using today's forensics practices.

The technique, which Italian researcher Vincenzo Iozzo plans to detail at the Black Hat security conference in Washington next month, makes it possible to carry out stealthy Mac attacks that until now have not been possible. The in-memory injection approach allows unauthorized software to be installed on a Mac without leaving traces of the attack code or other tell-tale signs that the machine has been compromised.

Similar stealth techniques have existed for more than two years for infecting Windows and Linux machines, but until now, researchers knew of no reliable way to cover their tracks when attacking Macs. It's likely only a matter of time until malware developers begin using the method in the wild, said researcher Charles Miller, who has reviewed Iozzo's work.

"The importance is it makes forensics much harder," Miller wrote in an email to The Register. "In the past, you could rely on seeing the trail of the bad guy on the disk, even if they tried cleaning up and deleting their files. This provides a practical method to eliminate that evidence."

Miller said he is in the process of extending the technique to installing unauthorized applications on the iPhone.

Unlike most attacks today, Iozzo's technique allows someone to execute a binary completely within the OS X application or process that's being attacked. That means the operating system doesn't need to open a new process and the exploit code need not ever touch the hard disk of the infected machine. Such activities typically leave a wealth of clues to system administrators trying to tell whether a computer has been compromised.

A student at the Politecnico di Milano, Iozzo was able to fashion the exploit method by carefully monitoring the Mac executable file format known as Mach-O. By mimicking exactly the way OS X lays out executable code in memory, the researcher discovered a way to bypass more traditional ways of loading binaries into the operating system.

Iozzo said OS X's address space layer randomization, which is designed to thwart such attacks by randomizing the memory locations of executable code, can be circumvented by local users. That's because an OS X program known as the dynamic linker is always located at the same address. The dynamic linker in turn allows him to predict the location of other libraries needed to make the attack technique work.

To be clear, attackers who want to use the technique must first have a reliable exploit for an unpatched vulnerability in OS X or in iTunes, Safari, or some other OS X application. The injection method doesn't make it any easier to pierce a Mac's defenses. It only makes it easier for attackers to cover their tracks once they have.

Still, the technique doesn't make attacks completely undetectable. Investigators can still dump the virtual memory and inspect it or detect the attack by using a network intrusion detection system or a host-based anomaly intrusion detection system.

Be that as it may, don't be surprised if it finds its way into real-world attacks in the future.

Credits : http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/01/21/stealthier_mac_attacks/


Kaspersky Hacked ???

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As one of the market's best antivirus program, news of Kaspersky website being hacked is quite an embarrasing statement ... But so far they accomplish my work on cleaning viruses ... Tha's what happens when a certain product gets to notice or become popular, someone will try to bring it down, hope Kaspersky experts will resolve this issue ASAP, becuase so far they're the leading protection against various types of malicious codes creeping the our PC's ...

The news : Kaspersky breach exposes sensitive database, says hacker

A security lapse at Kaspersky has exposed a wealth of proprietary information about the anti-virus provider's products and customers, according to a blogger, who posted screen shots and other details that appeared to substantiate the claims.

In a posting made Saturday, the hacker claimed a simple SQL injection gave access to a database containing "users, activation codes, lists of bugs, admins, shop, etc." Kaspersky has declined to comment, but two security experts who reviewed the evidence said the claims appeared convincing.

"This looks very real to me," Thomas Ptacek, a researcher at security provider Matasano said via instant message a few hours after the post went live. He pointed to the address bar of one screenshot that showed usa.kaspersky.com along with the text "concat_ws(0x3a,ver" to the right of that. "It's a URL that is being used to alter the database request that's used to generate the page," he added. "One of them can be tricked into pulling arbitrary data from the database. Game over."

Roger Thompson, chief research officer at competing anti-virus provider AVG concurred. "/me feels sorry for Kaspersky," he wrote to El Reg. "Can't tell for certain, but it looks legit."

Representatives from Kaspersky declined to immediately comment.

"Given the hour, we are not able available to talk now, but I will work on answers for you to have early tomorrow," a spokeswoman wrote in an email sent Saturday evening California time, several hours after the post was made.

It claimed that a simple modification of a URL exposed the site's entire database. "Alter one of the parameters and you have access to EVERYTHING: users, activation codes, lists of bugs, admins, shot, etc." The screenshots showed the attack was focused on Kaspersky's technical support and knowledge base for the Americas. It included the names of more than 150 tables.

The URLs were edited to redact the page's vulnerable handler, but tools that are easy to come by could help anyone who knows how to use them to identify where the SQL injection weakness is located, Ptecek said.

Assuming the hack is for real, it wouldn't be the first time a Kaspersky site has been hit by a SQL injection attack. In July, Kaspersky's Malaysian site and several subdomains were defaced by hacker who left pro-Turkish slogans. According to ZDNet's Zero Day blog here, Zone-h archives show 36 website defacements of international Kaspersky sites since 2000.

This breach appears to be more serious because it potentially exposes customer information and could also open Kaspersky's site to other types of abuse, security experts said.

"I hope that Kaspersky administrators fix this vulnerability rather quickly as they no doubt have a large customer base, and it would appear that all those customers are now exposed," Gunter Ollmann, the chief security strategist at IBM's Internet Security Systems blogs here.

"On top of that, this type of critical flaw can probably be used to usurp legitimate purchases and renewals of their products - which could include the linking to malicious and backdoored versions of their software - thereby infecting those very same customers that were seeking protection from malware in the first place."

Credits :
~ http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/02/08/kaspersky_compromise_report/
~ http://hackersblog.org/2009/02/07/usakasperskycom-hacked-full-database-acces-sql-injection/

Brunei News - Flood Prone Areas - Keep out !

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Due to heavy rains these past few weeks, landslides and floods are now creeping the country, damage properties, vehicles are all around us...

Here are some tips to all road users, please avoid the "red" coloured road during heavy rains and flood times nowadays in order to avoid your car getting damage, avoid accidents and heavy traffic jams...

Flood prone areas - GADONG AREA

Flood prone areas - Jalan Gadong, Kampong Jangsak

Flood prone areas - Jalan Tutong, Kampong Tasek Meradun

Flood prone areas - Jalan Tutong, Kg Sengkurong, Mulaut, BAN Areas

Virus on MAC ???

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A MAC virus ... read up ...

A new variant of the iServices Trojan horse has been discovered by intego.

The new Trojan horse, OSX.Trojan.iServices.B, is found in pirated software distributed via BitTorrent trackers and other sites containing links to pirated software, just like the previous version.

OSX.Trojan.iServices.B Trojan horse is found bundled with copies of Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Mac. The Photoshop installer itself is clean, but the Trojan horse is found in a crack application that serializes the program.

According to Intego:

After downloading this version of Photoshop, users will run the crack application to be able to use it. The crack application extracts an executable from its data, than installs a backdoor in /var/tmp/, a directory which is not deleted when the computer is restarted. (If the user runs the crack application again, the Trojan horse creates a new executable with a different name; these random names make it harder to ensure safe removal of the malware.)

The crack application then requests an administrator password, launching the backdoor with root privileges. This copies the executable to /usr/bin/DivX, then creates a startup item in /System/Library/StartupItems/DivX. The program checks to see if it has been launched with root privileges, then saves the root hash password in the file /var/root/.DivX. It listens on a random TCP port, and answers requests such as GET / HTTP/1.0 by sending a 209-byte packet, and makes repeated connections to two IP addresses.

Next, the crack application opens a disk image which is hidden in its resource folder, named .data, and proceeds to crack Photoshop.

Since the malware connects to a remote server over the Internet, the creator will be alerted that this Trojan horse is installed on different Macs, and will have the ability to connect to them and perform various actions remotely, the company says.

The Trojan horse may also download additional components to an infected Mac.

WHAT TO DO: If you’re a Mac user, do not download Photoshop CS4 installers from sites offering pirated software. According to Intego, nearly 5,000 people on one BitTorrent site have downloaded this installer since 6am EST.

In other words, don’t do crack.

The risk of infection is serious, Intego says: “Due to the number of infected users, these users may face extremely serious consequences if their Macs are accessible to malicious users. The first version of this Trojan horse was seen downloading new code to infected computers, which were then used in a DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack on certain web sites. Since this new variant uses the same technology, and contacts the same remote servers, it is likely that it will attempt to download new code and perform such actions.”

The company also noted that the iWork 09 torrent that they warned about on January 22 has been downloaded by at least 1,000 more people since the warning.


Sony's Finger Vein Authentication Technology "mofiria" for PC's and Mobile Devices

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If you thought finger print readers, retinal scanners, etc where the best security measures one can take to secure their devices and data, think again!

SONY announced its new technology called “mofiria”. This technology can be mounted on mobile devices such as Laptops and Mobile phones which authenticates users by scanning their finger veins.

“Sony Develops Compact Sized, High Speed, High Accuracy Finger Vein Authentication Technology Dubbed ‘mofiria’” [link]

The technology works by throwing light on the finger which is captured by a CMOS sensor on the other side, this creates an image identifying the individual. The vein patterns are known to differ from person to person and in fact from finger to finger.

“mofiria uses a unique method where a CMOS sensor diagonally captures scattered light inside the finger veins, making a plane layout possible. As a result, a small and more flexible design can be realized in building this technology into mobile devices” [link]

The company claims that the technology is virtually fool proof. The False Acceptance Rate is less than 0.0001% and False Rejection Rate is less than 0.1%. It takes about 0.015 sec on a regular PC and about 0.25 sec on a mobile device to authenticate using this technology.

We should expect to see this technology in the market in the late 2009 or early 2010, that is when Sony decides to commercialize this technology.

Credits source : http://tnerd.com/2009/02/02/sony-announces-finger-vein-authentication-technology-mofiria-for-pcs-and-mobile-devices/


Philippines fears 800,000 job losses this year

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Another sad news for Filipino Kababayans ... For some year 2009 will be a challenge ...

News source : http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia/philippines/2009/02/03/194366/Philippines-fears.htm

MANILA -- Some 800,000 Filipinos are in danger of losing their jobs this year as the global economic slowdown hits the export sector, Economic Planning Secretary Ralph Recto said Monday.

“Roughly 800,000 are vulnerable to the global crisis,” he told a news briefing at the presidential palace. He said workers in the export sector, including in the key electronics industry, as well as Filipinos working in export-driven economies abroad, were most at risk. Recto's figures are nearly triple initial projections made by Labor Secretary Marianito Roque last week, when he warned that 300,000 jobs could be lost in the Philippines amid the global crisis this year.

More than 15,000 workers have been laid off in the past two months, mostly in the electronics and garments sectors, while 19,000 others saw their work weeks shortened as exports plunged, according to government data.

Recto said it would be “tough” to meet the government's target of creating one million jobs a year in 2009, even assuming that the economy grew at 4.6 percent, as it did in 2008.

“Chances are you can probably create 500,000 jobs, so there's a deficiency,” he added.

The 800,000 who are expected to be laid off this year would make for an even tougher job hunt for some 900,000 Filipinos who will be looking for a job for the first time, including those graduating from university and technical schools, Recto said.

He did not say what percentage of those expected to lose their jobs would be Filipinos laid off abroad.

Some 8.5 million Filipinos work or live abroad, sending some US$15 billion to their families back home in the 11 months to November 2008 according to central bank figures.


Let's Pray for Our Country, Our Countrymen as well as for the World Economy Crisis to end soon ...


Hiking Time - Exercise While Taking Shots

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Feb 1, 2009 - Sunday Morning, Our Filipino Group went to Tasek Lama Park to have some time for hiking/walking, in short to sweat alot (hehehe) ... It started around 7am-10am ... The weather was very cloudy (praise God) ... and we all had a great time ... Of course I would never miss the chance of getting some photos of whatever I see ... hehehe ...

Practice time - here are the photos :

Any comments ??? Were the shot nice??? Give my your suggestions so I can improve my shots!!! Thanks!!!

More Korean And Japanese Companies To Close Shops In Philippines

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Another sad news for our country Philippines because of World Economy Crisis ...

Manila, Philippines (AHN) - The imminent closure of several Japanese and Korean IT companies in the Philippines, as well as the downsizing of operations of some, will cost the jobs of over 40,000 Filipinos in the first quarter of the year in south-central Philippines, a workers group said.

The Pagkakaisa ng Manggagawa sa Timog Katagalugan-Kilusang Mayor Uno or Pamantik-KMU (Union of Workers In Southern Tagalog-KMU), said those facing lay-off are mostly non-union members in electronics and car manufacturing sectors in the Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon processing zones.

Romeo Legazpi, chairman of Pamantic said workers from Samsung, Yazaki, F-Tech, Fujitsu, NEC, TDK, and Matsushita are facing lay-offs in the first quarter of 2009. In September 2008, Amkor wiped out all its 3,000 contractual women workers.

Integrated Microelectronics Inc. (IMI), which used to employ 17,000 workers, 90 percent of which are women, terminated 3,000 contractual workers last December, in addition to the 1,000 regular workers in forced leaves also last month.

Last week, U.S. chipmaker Intel Corp., said it is closing down its assembly test facility in Cavite, that would affect 1,800 workers.

The group also assailed various schemes implemented by car manufacturing companies affected by the global financial crisis.

In the car industry sector, Toyota Motor Philippines implemented this month a Monday-no-production day and it announced to "temporarily" get rid of its 500 contractual workers and on-the-job trainees by March.

Nissan Motors laid-off 40 regular employees in December and plans to retrench an additional 70 more this February. Keihin Philippines plans to implement a four-day work month this February. Ford now maintains only 18 employees out of the previously 400 workforce. Isuzu Philippines will soon follow the steps of its mother company, which displaced 30,000 Japanese employees.

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CSS Template Layouts - Creative & Free !

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CSS - Cascading Style Sheet, is the standard and probably the only useful way to format websites effective and effeciently ... Been surfing the Internet and found this reference site that has offers free code for certain layouts ... Check It out!

URL : http://www.intensivstation.ch/en/templates/


Awesome Photography - Places in the World !

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I have always dreamt of going from place to place around the world to take a shot of some of the famous and beautiful spots around the world, for free of course ... hehehehe ... But since it's not possible, well I'll just see them in the Internet and post them here in my blog ...

Credits to all Photographers who took these awesome pictures!

Machu Picchu, Peru - szeke (flickr)

Valencia, Spain - Juanma Alvarez (flickr)

Cairo, Egypt - KoRaYeM (flickr)

Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow, Russia - Serijo r (flickr)

Lilla Torget (Little Square) Malmo, Sweden - Mark Bowman (flickr)

Giza Plateau, on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt - Joanot (flickr)

Rome, Italy - Portiman (flickr)

The New Nayong Filipino ! :P - And we thought it's gone !

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I've recently been searching for some good spots in the Philippines and found this very good and interesting news ... There's a New Nayong Filipino !!! ... yup it's true, it was located in Pasay Manila last time that I've checked, but they had to run it down because of the building of NAIA 3 International Airport, so I thought that this Amazing Park would be gone forever.

But good news is that they've located it to Clark Pampanga ... Nayong Filipino is a like history park, where they copy or make a replica of some memorable events of Philippine history ... wanna know more? ... come and visit the New Nayong Filipino to see for yourself ...

Some pictures & credits to http://www.philippinesbestplaces.com/


North Pole Massive Melting

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Due to Global Warming those ice caps in the polar regions are melting, soon there will be no more ice left on those regions and the sea level will increase dramatically !!!

The weather/climate or seasons will also change dramatically and this can mean a totally ugly scenario, unless we do our part to ACT RESPONSIBLY to save and reduce the effects of global warming ... Our future will not be so bright as we expected it to be ...

Some Facts:

Massive Melting !!!

Scientists are particularly interested in the North and South Poles because they are expected to show the most dramatic effects of global warming.

Models predict that the regions will see temperature increases roughly three times as quickly as the rest of the globe because of an effect known as ice albedo feedback, which occurs when highly reflective ice gives way to dark water.

The water absorbs much more of the sun's energy, increasing temperatures and causing further ice melting.

Source: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/06/080620-north-pole.html

HP Mini 1000 Vivienne Tam Edition

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HP launches a new notebook, “Mini 1000 Vivienne Tam”. This note book has an Intel Atom N270 1.60Ghz processor with 1024X600 resolution of LCD display. This notebook is of 10.2 inch with Microsoft Window XP home edition OS.

Its various other features such as built in stereo speakers, fully Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, webcam integration. This notebook has loaded with 1GB DDR2 RAM, 16GB solid state drive or 60GB hard drive option. It runs with 3 cell battery.

Its price starts from $700.