Noon News: Apache Gets Lotus Symphony, US Official Confirms Data Theft, Adobe Flash 11 Beta Released

International Business Machines has decided to donate the Lotus Symphony source code to the Apache OpenOffice.org project. IBM’s Open Document Format (ODF) architect Rob Weir announced via email that IBM was donating the Symphony source code to OpenOffice.org.

The Pentagon has released the US government’s cyber defence strategy which treats cyber space in a manner similar to land, air and sea. According to BBC, the Deputy Defence Secretary William Lynn admitted that an attack in March and other similar cyber attacks have managed to steal sensitive information.

The second ranking military official of the United States disclosed on Thursday that at least 24,000 computer files were stolen from a key defence contractor during March this year, by a foreign intelligence agency.

On Thursday Windows maker Microsoft Corp announced the release a new hacking alert system for its Windows Live Hotmail email service. In addition to the new feature, the company also adopted a new policy which will prevent users from using common passwords such as “12345” and the like.

Software maker Adobe has released the beta version of Flash 11 which comes with support for 64 bit versions of Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. 64-bit support in Flash has been long overdue. The company had started working on a 64-bit plug-in back in 2008 but had stalled the project as it focused on other things.