Oasis Labs to Create Blockchain-Based Privacy-First Cloud Computing Platform, Elisa Music Player Version 0.2 Released, Unitary Fund Awarding Grants to Projects Developing Open-Source Quantum Software and More

News briefs for July 9, 2018.

Oasis Labs raises $45 million to create a privacy-first blockchain cloud
computing platform. According to the Venture
Beat post
, the Oasis Labs’ goal for the platform is to “overcome the
performance, security, and privacy limitations that have hampered blockchain
adoption to date. The aim is to make blockchain, a distributed secure ledger
that powers cryptocurrencies such as Ethereum, more useful to a broader set
of companies.”

Firefox 61.0.1, the first minor maintenance update for Firefox 61, has
been released, Softpedia
News reports
. The update includes performance improvements and bug fixes,
and you can download it from here.

The Elisa music player team recently announced
the release of version 0.2
. This update brings new music browsing views
as well as an improved interface and performance improvements. The team notes
their goal is “creating a reliable product that is a joy to use and respects
our users privacy. As such, we will prefer to support online services where
users are in control of their data.” See the Change Log for all
the details.

The Rust programming language team has issued a security advisory for its rustdoc
. Here’s the rundown: “The problem was in rustdoc’s obscure
plugin functionality, consisting of its loading plugins from a path that is
globally writable on most platforms, /tmp/rustdoc/plugins. This feature
permitted a malicious actor to write a dynamic library into this path and
have another user execute that code. The security issue only happens if
you’re actively using the feature, and so this behavior will be removed
from rustdoc in the near future, with patches landing for each channel over
the next week.”

The Unitary Fund, which was created with “personal donations from founder of
security firm Lookout, John Hering, and developer of quantum integrated
circuits Rigetti Computing product manager Nima Alidoust”, recently launched.
The fund is offering $2000 grants to projects developing open-source quantum
software. According to ComputerWorld,
“Any project that ‘will benefit humanity that leverages near-term quantum
computing’ qualifies to apply for the fund.

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