Intel confirms 64-bit Celeron scheme

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Intel today publicly confirmed its AMD64-like 64-bit addressing system, EM64T, will be brought to the company’s budget Celeron processor line “this year”.

The chip maker also revealed that its dual-core Pentium 4 processor, ‘Smithfield’, is now in production.

Speaking to reporters ahead of the opening tomorrow of Intel Developer Forum, the company’s Industrial Technology Programs Director, Frank Spindler, said EM64T would make it to the Celeron family sooner rather than later.

Source: The Register

Circuit City says good-bye to Amazon

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Circuit City, citing the 鈥渟mall amount of sales鈥? generated through Amazon.com, terminated its multi-year contract with Amazon today to concentrate on the growth occurring at its own redesigned web site.

CircuitCity.com said it no longer needed Amazon as a marketplace for reaching customers. 鈥淐ircuitCity.com has grown tremendously since August 2001, when the [Amazon] contract was announced,鈥? said Fiona Dias, president of Circuit City Direct. 鈥淲e have been pleased with customer response to our own site and have elected to focus on growing the business through our own channel, rather than focusing on the small amount of sales the relationship with Amazon has generated.鈥?

Starting tomorrow, shoppers will no longer be able to order Circuit City products through Amazon, Circuit City said.

Source: internetretailer

eBay provides a backdoor for phishers

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Phishers are exploiting a redirection script on eBay’s site to make fraudulent emails look more convincing. Three Register readers noticed the trick in scam emails they received. Alerted by The Register Email security firm MessageLabs confirmed that it has detected and blocked the same trick a number of times in the last two weeks.

Despite notifying eBay of a potential problem on Wednesday (23 February), and making several calls since, The Register did not hear back from the online auction house.

Source: The Register

AOL Integrates Buddy Lists With Outlook

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Users of America Online Inc.’s instant messaging service can now automatically see from Microsoft Corp.’s popular Outlook e-mail application whether their friends and colleagues are online.

A free tool AOL is offering beginning Monday integrates “buddy list” information from AOL Instant Messenger with Outlook.

When you receive an e-mail from an AIM member who is online, a yellow “running man” logo appears in the “from” line next to the e-mail address. If you believe a quick chat session might be more appropriate in reply than a series of further e-mails back and forth, clicking on the logo launches the AIM software for you.

Source: AP

BEA, Borland endorse Eclipse platform

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EclipseSan Francisco (InfoWorld) - BEA Systems will base the next version of its WebLogic Workshop IDE around the Eclipse open source tools platform, while Borland Software is stepping up its participation in Eclipse.

Code-named Daybreak and due in fall 2005, the next version of Workshop will feature Eclipse functionality and a framework for developing across the BEA WebLogic middleware stack, said Nils Gilman, director of product marketing at BEA.

BEA said it was joining Eclipse as a board member and strategic developer. The company will serve as co-lead on the Eclipse Web Tools Platform project.

An analyst said BEA’s participation in Eclipse was overdue. “It’s about time,” said Burton Group’s Anne Thomas Manes.

Borland, meanwhile, will elevate to the level of strategic developer within Eclipse and lead a project to boost application-modeling capabilities to the Eclipse arsenal. Its efforts will be based on the Unified Modeling Language 2.0 standard.

Source: Yahoo

Music download prices to rise

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The market for downloaded music is strong enough to take a price rise, according to the major music labels.

Several big labels are in talks with online music retailers to get them to increase prices,according to the FT. The labels are looking to increase the wholesale prices shops pay for tracks. Sites in the US typically sell tracks for 99 cents each. The wholesale price is currently 65 cents per track, according to the FT.

Universal and Sony BMG are less keen to put prices up. EMI and Time Warner refused to comment on the FT story. Some observers are concerned that increasing prices would push people back to peer-to-peer networks and dodgy copies of songs.

The music industry is apparently unhappy with Apple’s increasing share of the market - the firm sells about 65 per cent of songs sold online. The arrival of cheaper iPods is likely to give the firm an even larger share of the market. Apple refused to comment on the FT’s story but Steve Jobs is reportedly deeply unhappy with the attempted price hike.

One suggestion is that labels want to introduce variable pricing - so they can charge more for top selling tracks.

Meanwhile it was confirmed on Friday that the European Commission is investigating allegations that British consumers are being ripped off by Apple’s iTunes service because it charges more for downloads from the UK site and does not allow punters to buy tracks from other country’s iTunes sites.

Source: The Register


Firefox Address Bar Image Dragging Remote Script Execution Vulnerability

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A remote script execution vulnerability affects Mozilla Firefox. This issue is due to a failure of the application to properly validate the origin of scripts prior to execution when loaded into a browser window by dragging JavaScript image URIs into the address bar.

An attacker may leverage this issue to execute arbitrary script code in the context of a target Web site in the browser of an unsuspecting user. This may facilitate cookie-based authentication credential theft as well as other attacks.

This vulnerability affects both Mozilla Firefox 1.0 and the newly updated Mozilla Firefox 1.0.1.

Currently there is no workaround for this problem


Tip:Redirect My Documents to an alternate location

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Have you ever wanted to change the location of the My Documents folder from the local hard drive to a network drive? In previous versions of the Windows operating system, performing this task required a series of tricky registry edits.

However, that’s not the case in Windows XP. A built-in feature allows you to quickly and easily change the location of My Documents.

Follow these steps:

1. Press [Windows]E to open My Computer.
2. Right-click the My Documents icon in the folder tree, and select Properties.

This opens the My Documents Properties dialog box, and selects the Target tab by default. My Documents is actually a shortcut to a folder, and the Target text box in the Target Folder Location section displays the path to this folder.

To change the location of the My Documents folder, type the new path in the Target text box, or click the Move button.

Clicking the Move button opens a standard browsing dialog box. Use the controls to drill down to any local or network drive you want.

Click OK to close all dialog boxes.

Bank of America loses a million customer records

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A “small” number of backup tapes with records detailing the financial information of government employees were lost in shipment to a backup center, Bank of America said on Friday.

The tapes contained information on the customers and accounts of the U.S. government’s SmartPay charge card program, which has more than 2.1 million members and annual transactions totaling more than $21 billion, according to the General Services Administration. Reports have pegged the number of cards affected at 1.2 million.

“Federal law enforcement officials were immediately engaged when the tapes were discovered missing, and subsequently conducted a thorough investigation into the matter, working closely with Bank of America,” the bank said in a statement. “The investigation to date has found no evidence to suggest the tapes or their content have been accessed or misused, and the tapes are now presumed lost.”

Source: News.com


Mozilla releases Firefox security update

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The Mozilla Foundation on Thursday released an update to the Firefox Web browser to fix several vulnerabilities, including one that would allow domain spoofing.

The open-source project released Firefox 1.0.1 to fix a vulnerability in the Internationalized Domain Names (IDN), a standard for handling special character sets in domain names that could let an attacker spoof Web sites on non-Microsoft browsers. The standard allows companies to register domain names that appear to be the same in different languages.

That encoding scheme could enable an attacker to create a fake Web site for a phishing scam. A spoofed link would seem to be a legitimate URL in the address bar of affected browsers. But instead of taking the victim to the trusted site, the link would lead to a phony Web site with a domain rendered as the same address under the IDN process.

The update is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux at Mozilla.org.

Source: News.com


Warner Home Video To Sell DVD for $2.65

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Taking its battle against rampant piracy of films and music to the front lines, Warner Home Video said it will sell cut-rate DVDs in China in a bid to compete on the counterfeiters’ home turf.

Basic DVDs, to be available shortly after a film’s theatrical release, will sell in China for as little as 22 yuan ($2.65), the company said. That’s still more than the pirated versions readily available in China for 8 yuan ($1).

Warner’s basic versions will not carry any DVD extras such as directors’ interviews and behind-the-scenes footage, the company said. But versions with more features will be available a bit later for 28 yuan ($3.38).

According to the industry, theft in China of copyrights and patents cost Western companies an estimated $16 billion in lost sales each year. Despite sporadic arrests, counterfeit books, DVDs and music are easily available on almost every city street and even in shops.

Source: Wired

Apple takes a step away from FireWire

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FireWire is still Apple Computer’s baby, but the proud parent is cutting the cord.

With the latest crop of iPods, Apple is no longer including a FireWire cable in the box. The music players will still work with FireWire, if a cord is purchased separately, but only a USB 2.0 cable comes with the device. The move is part of a gradual shift on Apple’s part to standardize the iPod on USB, which is far more common in the Windows world.

Although Apple’s embrace has been gradual over several years, it is still a big shift for a company that helped develop the standard behind FireWire, technically known as IEEE 1394, and has been one of its biggest proponents.

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Source: News.com

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