2/28/2005

Intel confirms 64-bit Celeron scheme

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

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

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

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

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

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

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

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

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

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

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

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

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