“We don’t take lightly filing a legal action, especially against a company with which we’ve enjoyed a long and productive partnership,” wrote David Howard, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel at Microsoft, on the company’s blog. “Unfortunately, even partners sometimes disagree. After spending months trying to resolve our disagreement, Samsung has made clear in a series of letters and discussions that we have a fundamental disagreement as to the meaning of our contract.”Microsoft states that Samsung has been using Microsoft’s acquisition of the Nokia Devices and Services business as an excuse to breach the contract, but never asked the court to decide whether the acquisition invalidated the contract or not. – Christina MulliganMozilla accidently leaks developers’ e-mail addresses and passwordsThousands of Mozilla developers’ e-mail addresses and passwords were accidently released on a publicly accessible server, the company has announced. The issue was revealed on June 23 when one of the company’s Web developers found that a data sanitization process of the Mozilla Developer Network site database had been failing for about 30 days. As a result, about 76,000 users and 4,000 encrypted passwords were leaked.The company had conducted an investigation into the disclosure, but could not detect any malicious activity. “We are known for our commitment to privacy and security, and we are deeply sorry for any inconvenience or concern this incident may cause you,” the company wrote on its blog. – Christina Mulligan Game to sharpen developers’ security skillsApplication security firm Checkmarx has released a new game designed to help developers, coders and consumers improve their code security skills. Game of Hacks provides pieces of codes and challenges players to find the vulnerability as fast as possible.“We repeatedly hear security managers concerned about the secure coding knowledge of their development teams and are looking to provide more training,” said Asaph Schulman, VP of marketing at Checkmarx. “Game of Hacks was designed to sharpen developers’ security acumen in a fun and interactive way so many of the most common security vulnerabilities can be avoided in the first place.”The game is available for desktop, tablet and mobile, and comes with a two-player mode for developers to challenge one another head on. – Christina MulliganMicrosoft files lawsuit against SamsungIn 2011, Microsoft and Samsung entered into a legally binding contract that allowed the companies to cross-license patents, and now Microsoft is saying that Samsung has broken that contract.
Smaller was better at IDF, as is to be expected from a company that makes announcements measuring in nanometers. The new Curie platform, detailed at the show, will provide even smaller chips and software stacks for developers building wearable devices. The Curie includes a 32-bit low-power Intel Quark micro-controller, and 384KB of SRAM.Intel has had to pivot a bit to address the newly open markets for microcontrollers, wearable low-power devices, and the Internet of Things in general. As such, the company was pushing numerous developer platforms at the show, such as its Edison boards, the NUC computer, and the newly announced Curie.Elsewhere at Intel, however, existing and successful aspects of the company’s software efforts have had to pivot as well. James Reinders, director and evangelist at Intel, has been with the company for 27 years. He said that the prevalence of new platforms with new challenges prompted the teams at Intel to bring their popular compiler bare on the market in new ways. Intel launched the INDE cross-platform development package earlier this year, which allows applications to be compiled to multiple mobile platforms.“With things like Android, we’ve seen opportunities to add value,” said Reinders. “The Internet of Things seems to care enough about performance that what we’re doing matters. When you start getting devices that have to respond in real time, people get really sensitive about performance. I think phones and IoT devices are more sensitive to performance than applications on desktops. People are very worried about the performance of their phone applications.” It really doesn’t matter what else Intel talked about at its 15th Intel Developer Forum after it announced its Optane technology. The technology, known as 3D XPoint, is said by Intel to be 1,000x faster and more durable than existing NAND flash memory. Optane will be the brand name under which 3D XPoint will be branded, and Intel co-developed the technology with Micron.Not that you can buy it yet, but the technology promised in Intel’s keynote stole the show for most of the attendees. But there were plenty of other important technologies on display for developers at the event aside from the thunder-stealing next-generation storage announcement.(Related: Intel hopes RealSense inspires developers)Intel focused heavily on its RealSense depth-sensing camera technology. RealSense as a platform introduced new support for RealSense inside the Robot Operating System, Linux and MIT’s Scratch programming language for education. Intel also announced RealSense collaborations with Unity, Unreal Engine and Google’s Project Tango.