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Posted at 04:39 PM ET, 06/11/2012

The Circuit: Flame, online television ratings, EU privacy

Flame: Researchers said that they have found ties between the Flame virus and Stuxnet, the worm that was recently revealed to have been sponsored by the United States and Israel.

The Associated Press reported that cybersecurity researchers from Kaspersky Labs said that the company found code that was used in both Flame and an early version of Stuxnet, though the two work using different coding platforms.

Another analyst, Alan Woodward, a cybersecurity researcher at the University of Surrey in southern England, found that his research mirrored Kaspersky’s findings, the report said,

Online television ratings: Families will soon see content ratings for shows that stream online, with ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox pledging to bring maturity guidelines for their television shows to the Web, The Washington Post reported.

Major networks on Monday announced that they would begin their voluntary programs on Dec. 1, and determine their own content ratings systems.

“The way we watch is clearly changing. But what is not changing is the need to provide parents with simple and honest means to monitor and manage their children’s viewing,” said FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel. “Today’s announcement is a first step in the right direction.”

EU Privacy: European Union officials are expected to release new guidelines for privacy on the Web, the Wall Street Journal reported, in an effort to figure out how best to regulate sites that use cookies.

The guidelines, the report said, are expected to be released as early as this week, and highlight the debate over whether express user consent should be required to use the cookies.

Apple overhauls mobile, Mac software: Apple went racing through its Worldwide Developers Conference with a raft of new product launches and software features that were welcome news to the company’s most devoted fans.

Among the notable software features announced for the company’s new computer and mobile operating systems: Facetime, the video conferencing application, will work over cellular networks. This had been a point of contention in the past, because the feature could certainly eat into consumers’ use of the traditional phone call.

Other major announcements included the addition of a new MacBook Pro — a $2199 netbook that weighs in at just under 5 pounds and is .71 inches thick.

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