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Hey, Adobe: Mac OS X 10.6.5 Update is 42 Percent Fixes for Flash

Mac users were treated to a final release of Mac OS X 10.6.5 this week, which addressed a number of issues including the squashing of more than 130 bugs. But did you realize that almost half of those bugs were caused by Adobe Flash?

9to5Mac is reporting that Apple’s latest Mac OS X 10.6.5 released on this week took on a number of issues related to image-processing operations, graphics performance, printing quirks and more, including more than 130 bug fixes — 42 percent of which are related to Adobe Flash.

Sure, we all like to bag on Adobe’s Flash technology, which Apple CEO Steve Jobs has famously excluded from iOS — but the fact remains that there’s a growing anti-Flash sentiment brewing as more and more web developers embrace the iOS-friendly (and open-source) HTML5, particularly for online video.

“There’s an anti-Flash backlash beginning, and it isn’t about Apple, it isn’t about Adobe (ADBE), it isn’t about HTML5, it isn’t about anything but buggy software, lousy performance and broken promises,” 9to5Mac notes.

TechCrunch also jumped into the fray
: “So you’ll forgive me if when Kevin Lynch announces all these great-sounding things about Flash that are just around the corner, I’m highly skeptical. How long have we been promised Flash on mobile devices? 5 years? It’s still not where it needs to be. Hell, it’s not where it needs to be on the desktop.”

What it all appears to come down to is that everyone loves the idea of Flash — just not Flash itself. Is anyone at Adobe listening to these concerns?

Twitter Fixes Security Hole, Adds Two New Features

Twitter is recovering after an attack on the social networking site earlier today. According to TechCrunch, the site suffered an attack whereby users could tweet some JavaScript code that could in turn cause pop-ups anytime someone moused over a maliciously crafted tweet.

Fortunately, Twitter was able to get the attack stopped before more users became victim to this exploit. This attack only affected the web-based version of Twitter, as users accessing Twitter through a client like the official Twitter client were not susceptible.

TechCrunch is also reporting that Twitter rolled out two new features today to their new Twitter interface (for those lucky enough to have access at this time). The first new feature gives you the ability to reply to all users contained in a tweet when replying to a tweet. The second addition is an auto-complete feature when typing a username into a tweet. Simply type the @ symbol followed by the first few letters of a username and Twitter will suggest users to you in a pop-up list, allowing you to select one.

Unfortunately, the new Twitter interface isn’t being rolled out to everyone at once, but if you are one of the lucky few that uses the web interface, these changes will be welcomed.


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