3/22/2005

Yahoo backtracks on Firefox pledge

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Yahoo retracted a statement from the company’s Australian office that had promised future products would work with both the Firefox and Internet Explorer browsers. Users of the Mozilla Foundation’s open-source Firefox browser have had to switch to IE in order to use some Yahoo services, including parts of its search toolbar.

“In the grand scheme of things Firefox is still a new technology,” said a Yahoo representative, retracting the earlier promise. “I’m not saying we are not going to be developing and exploring other areas–we are. But there are so many different products on the Yahoo network that there may be some products that are, perhaps, not appropriate for that browser.”

Source: News.com

Apple Buys SchemaSoft

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Apple Computer confirmed on Tuesday that it has scooped up SchemaSoft, a small Canadian company that helps software makers translate rival file formats.

“Apple has acquired assets from SchemaSoft, a developer of software components for facilitating digital information workflow,” the Cupertino, Calif.-based company said in a statement to CNET News.com. The Mac maker added that it plans to use SchemaSoft’s technology in future products, but did not offer specific details.

SchemaSoft’s tools can extract data found in a variety of formats including those used by Microsoft Office documents, along with Quark and Adobe Systems’ Portable Document Format, the software maker states on its Web site. The tools can also output into those formats as well as into HTML and XML.

Those tools could be beneficial for Apple, which already offers such features in its iWork suite. The Office rival includes the Keynote presentation program, which can read and write to Microsoft’s PowerPoint format, and Pages, a word-processing program.

Source: News.com

IBM debuts spam assailant tool

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

IBM unveiled on Tuesday a new spam weapon–e-mail sorting technology that analyzes domain identity and then works to slow down computers responsible for sending unwanted messages.

Dubbed FairUCE, the antispam technology is meant to take an aggressive swing back at computers being used to deliver large volumes of unsolicited e-mail. After identifying a certain machine as an established source of spam, the software bounces back any messages sent by the device in question with the intent of slowing that computer down and retarding its ability to produce more unwanted e-mail.

In theory, the more spam a system targeted by FairUCE generates, the more traffic it will have redirected back at itself. IBM is making the technology available for free download on its Web site.

Source: News.com

Novell to Debut Open Source Technology Center

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Novell today launched an initiative to promote the growth of new open source companies and drive technology development in Utah. Novell is establishing the Novell(R) Open Source Technology Center on the site of its Provo, Utah, business campus to promote innovation in the design and development of open source based applications, fueling this fast growing market. New and growing companies will benefit from Novell’s business, technical and operational expertise.

“Open source is driving innovation in the software industry,” said Jack Messman, Novell chairman and CEO. “The Novell Open Source Technology Center is intended to provide a launching pad for new ideas, products and solutions, in a state known for its contributions to technology.”

Initially, Novell will dedicate up to 25,000 square feet of office space at the company’s state-of-the-art facilities in Provo to start-up and early stage open source software companies. Novell will also offer office, business, and technical services, as well as the opportunity for investment capital. Space is expected to become available in the third quarter 2005. Specific features and terms of the facilities and services arrangements will be made available to prospective companies through the company website.

HP to acquire Snapfish photo service

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Aiming to boost its presence in the digital-photography market, Hewlett-Packard said Monday that it plans to buy online photo service Snapfish.

HP said it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the privately held company and that it expects the deal to close next month. The company did not announce financial details.

HP senior vice president Larry Lesley said HP has focused on products that allow customers to manage images in the home, but sees a need to do more to move images throughout the home and beyond.

The move represents a shift in thinking for HP, which has historically focused on touting its printers as the best way to make copies of digital images.

Source: News.com

Apple patches Mac OS X flaws

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Apple Computer has released nearly a dozen fixes for flaws in its Mac OS operating system, including a script for preventing phishers from fooling users of its Safari browser.

The script, released Monday, tackles a pernicious phishing problem in browsers. The loophole could allow an attacker to use certain characters from different languages to create legitimate-looking Web addresses that actually send victims to malicious Web sites. The security problem affected all browsers that supported Internationalized Domain Names, or IDN, and is not Apple-specific.

The patches can be downloaded from Apple’s Web site or automatically installed via Apple’s Software Update tool.

Source: News.com

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