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YouTube intros parental guidance, Iran blocks Gmail, MS issues patches for 26 flaws, and AOL, Facebook partner.

YouTube intros parental guidance

YouTube has introduced an optional feature designed to protect impressionable kids from viewing sexual content, graphic violence and salty comments on the Web site, states The Register.

The new "Safety Mode" setting helps scour potentially objectionable content from YouTube that might not be nixed under its community guidelines, such as war coverage or a newsworthy video that contains violence.

In addition to filtering videos, the feature will collapse user comments by default and censor curse words behind a veil of innocuous asterisks.

Iran blocks Gmail

Gmail appeared to be unavailable to some users in Iran, possibly as part of a government crackdown designed to suppress anti-regime demonstrations scheduled for today, reports CNET.

Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal has reported that the Iranian government said it would shut down Gmail and replace it with a national e-mail system.

CNN reported that government officials were believed responsible for blocked text messages and sluggish Internet speeds in Tehran for days. Gmail users in Iran reported to Google that they were having trouble getting to the service.

MS issues patches for 26 flaws

Microsoft has released the February edition of its Patch Tuesday security update. The latest release includes 13 bulletins, addressing 26 vulnerabilities, writes

Five of the vulnerabilities could allow an attacker to remotely execute code on a targeted system. The five “critical” fixes include patches for the Windows SMB client and the Windows Shell and TCP/IP components. Other “critical” fixes include an ActiveX killbit update and a fix for the DirectShow component.

The severity of each bulletin varies by Windows version, but the update includes one or more “critical” fixes for Windows XP, Server 2003, Vista, Server 2008 and Windows 7.

AOL, Facebook partner

AOL and Facebook are teaming up to bring Facebook chat into AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), says PCWorld.

To try it out, users will need to download the latest AIM beta for Windows or Mac, or use the Web version AIM Express Beta 7.

While this partnership might make AOL look more relevant, it`s not the only way to use Facebook and AIM together. Several alternatives combine other social networks and chat clients as well.

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