Microsoft to kill MSN for the Mac

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Microsoft plans to end its foray into as an Internet service provider to Mac users, discontinuing its MSN for Mac OS X software, CNET News.com has learned.

The company plans to notify customers this month and discontinue the service as of May 31, a Microsoft representative said in an e-mail. Microsoft announced plans to get into the market in 2002 and began offering the service in the United States the following year.

“Beginning May 31, Microsoft will make changes and no longer support the MSN for Mac OS X Internet Software client,” the representative said. A Microsoft representative declined to say how many people subscribe to MSN for the Mac, but said it is “a small number.”

Under a deal from years ago with Qwest, Microsoft is required to offer Internet access to Mac users. Therefore, customers will still be able to buy $22-a-month Internet access from Microsoft. However, the company will not offer any local software and customers will have to log-on using the Mac’s built-in Internet Connect dialer.

Source: News.com

Anti-Spyware Vendor Shut Down

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A software vendor that tried to drum up sales by offering to clean up nonexistent computer “spyware” has been temporarily shut down, U.S. regulators said on Friday.

The makers of Spyware Assassin tried to scare consumers into buying software through pop-up ads and e-mail that warned their computers had been infected with malicious monitoring software, the Federal Trade Commission said.

Free spyware scans offered by Spokane, Washington-based MaxTheater Inc. turned up evidence of spyware even on machines that were entirely clean, and its $29.95 Spyware Assassin program did not actually remove spyware, the FTC said.

A U.S. court has ordered the company and its owner, Thomas Delanoy, to suspend its activities until a court hearing on Tuesday. The company could be required to give back all the money it made from selling Spyware Assassin.

MaxTheater could not be reached for comment.

Source: Reuters

Verizon to raise DSL price

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Verizon Communications on Friday confirmed it will raise the price of its DSL subscriptions for month-to-month users by $3 to drive customers toward cheaper one-year contracts.

Beginning March 22, the nation’s largest phone company said it will increase prices for its non-binding subscribers from $34.95 a month to $37.95. Verizon said the bump is meant to persuade monthly customers to commit to its one-year plan, which costs $29.95 but penalizes subscribers for canceling prematurely.

Verizon gives the monthly customers the $29.95 rate only if they subscribe to the company’s unlimited local and long-distance phone plan–$44.95 to $59.95 per month, depending on the state–or the unlimited local package, ranging from $21.95 to $32.95.

“There are pressures on margins from Wall Street that they continually face,” said Patrick Mahoney, an analyst at market research firm The Yankee Group. “As broadband growth steadies, they need to show continually increased revenues.”

Source: News.com

Alternative browser spyware infects IE

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Some useful citizen has created an installer that will nail IE with spyware, even if a surfer is using Firefox (or another alternative browser) or has blocked access to the malicious site in IE beforehand. The technique allows a raft of spyware to be served up to Windows users in spite of any security measures that might be in place.

Christopher Boyd, a security researchers at Vitalsecurity.org, said the malware installer was capable of working on a range of browsers with native Java support. “The spyware installer is a Java applet powered by the Sun Java Runtime Environment, which allows them to whack most browsers out there, including Firefox, Mozilla, Netscape and others. In the original test, only Opera and Netcaptor didn’t fall for the install but Daniel Veditz, who is the head of Mozilla security, has since confirmed to me that this will also work in Opera and Netcaptor,” he explained.
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In the example Boyd highlights surfers looking for Neil Diamond lyrics (of all things) are served with a variety of adware and spyware packages including Internet Optimizer, sais (180 Solutions) and Avenue Media. Thereafter, if victims allow the packages to install, victims will be bombarded with pop-up ads and their computer will be reduced to a crawl. The malware doesn’t install automatically but managed web security firm ScanSafe reckons the pop-up dialogue it generates is obscure enough to fool most home users.

Source: The Register

High Court orders ISPs to name file-sharers

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The UK High Court today granted the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) an order under which six UK ISPs must supply the names and addresses of 31 individuals alleged to “have uploaded large numbers of music files on to peer-to-peer filesharing networks”, as a BPI press release puts it.

The ISPs have 14 days to cough up the required details. Once it has the information, the BPI will “write to the individuals concerned, setting out the details of their infringements and offering them the opportunity to settle the case before proceedings are issued”.
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BPI General Counsel Geoff Taylor said: “Once again the Court has accepted that BPI has evidence that filesharers in the UK are infringing copyright and has ruled that the identities of these 31 individuals should be disclosed, so that the BPI can take legal action. Today’s result is a blow for illegal uploaders who believe that the law simply does not apply to them.”

Twenty-three people alleged to have distributed music illegally via peer-to-peer networks last week settled with the BPI, paying up to £4,500 each. Three cases remain unresolved, and legal action may follow.

Regarding this earlier bout of litigation, Taylor noted: “We learned from our first round of cases that people from all walks of life are engaged in this activity. We would particularly advise parents to check what their children are doing on the internet and make sure that they are not breaking the law by filesharing illegally.”

Source: The Register

NVIDIA Released ForceWare 70 Unified Driver

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Industry’s First WHQL-certified Windows XP 64-bit Graphics Driver Features New PureVideo(TM) Technology and Stunning Gaming Performance Increases

NVIDIA Corporation today announced the immediate availability of its new Windows Hardware Qualification Labs (WHQL)-certified NVIDIA ForceWare Release 70 graphics driver. This new driver features:

  • The industry’s first WHQL-certified Windows XP 64-bit WHQL graphics driver
  • Performance increases with NVIDIA SLI(TM) multi-GPU and single GPU configurations
  • SLI Application Profiles for more than 60 of the hottest games
  • New PureVideo technology features for home theatre and notebook PCs

In addition the new driver supports more than seven different operating systems and more than 250 NVIDIA products. The NVIDIA ForceWare Release 70 driver is available immediately at http://www.nvidia.com/drivers.

To enhance the high-definition experience, NVIDIA has included a number of new features in its new PureVideo Technology. NVIDIA has added:

  • LCD panel overdrive, to alleviate panel ghosting artifacts with fast moving video on notebooks displays
  • Color temperature correction to better enrich colors for notebook customers
  • Second generation Consumer Electronic display support (EIA-861b timings), which will allow end users to connect any NVIDIA GPU to any high definition flat panel display
  • An easy to use HDTV setup wizard with more options, allowing users to maximize their video quality

Novell to Deliver Full Lifecycle Management for Linux

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HANNOVER, Germany, CeBIT 2005, Novell today introduced Novell(R) ZENworks(R) 7 Linux Management, an integrated, complete management system for centralized control of Linux desktops and servers. With ZENworks 7 Linux Management, organizations can dramatically reduce the overhead required to manage Linux systems. As a result, organizations can quickly and easily deploy and manage Linux in their IT environment, lowering their total cost of IT operations.

Novell ZENworks 7 Linux Management provides complete lifecycle management for Linux platforms, including SUSE LINUX and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, adding imaging, configuration lockdown, remote management, inventory and software management to extend its leadership in this fast growing market. The management capabilities of ZENworks 7 Linux Management are integrated with Novell Linux Desktop and SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 9 (part of Novell Open
Enterprise Server). ZENworks 7 Linux Management uses Policy-Driven Automation to centrally deploy, manage and maintain Linux resources no matter where they reside in the network.

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