802.11n rivals agree to merge

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The two major factions in the race to develop the standard for the next generation of Wi-Fi, 802.11n, have agreed to submit a unified proposal to the IEEE.

The groups, TGn Sync and WWiSE, together with a third group, MITMOT, said late last month they will merge their respective proposals as a draft which will be sent to the IEEE in September. A final version will be submitted in November.

TGn Sync and WWiSE have been touting their respective suggestions for how 802.11n should work for almost a year now. With powerful wireless industry backers behind each proposal, these two groups quickly emerged as the most likely contenders for the final 802.11n specification, which is expected to take Wi-Fi speeds to 540Mbps.

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Source: The Register

Ask To Sell Ads Next To Search Results

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Stepping up its competition with the other search engines, Ask Jeeves is launching an advertising network that will allow marketers to buy ads next to the company’s search results.

The program, which makes its debut Aug. 15, is similar to the highly lucrative ad networks operated by Google and Yahoo where advertisers bid to have their ads appear alongside certain search queries.

Ask Jeeves is the Oakland-based subsidiary of Inter ActiveCorp, and the ads will also appear on other Web sites owned by the parent company.

Ask Jeeves will continue to run the Google ads for now, along with its own new ones, under a contract that runs through 2007. However, most observers expect the company to eventually completely replace the Google ads with its own.

Source: siliconvalley.com

Mac OS X Intel Kernel Uses DRM

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Several people have discovered that the new Intel kernel Apple has included with the Developer Kit DVD uses TCPA/TPM DRM. More specifically, it includes “a TCPA/Palladium implementation that uses a Infineon 1.1 chip which will prevent certain parts of the OS from working unless authorized.

Source: Slashdot

Hackers Race to Expose Cisco Internet Flaw

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Computer hackers worked through the weekend to expose a flaw that could allow an attacker to take control of the Cisco Systems Inc. routers that direct traffic across much of the Internet.

Angered and inspired by Cisco’s attempts to suppress news of the flaw earlier in the week, several computer security experts at the Defcon computer-security conference worked past midnight Saturday to discover and map out the vulnerability.

“The reason we’re doing this is because someone said you can’t,” said one hacker, who like the others spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity.

Cisco’s routers direct traffic across at least 60 percent of the Internet and the security hole has dominated a pair of conferences that draw thousands of security researchers, U.S. government employees and teenage troublemakers to Las Vegas each summer.

The hackers said they had no intention of hijacking e-commerce payments, reading private e-mail, or launching any of the other malicious attacks that could be possible by exploiting the flaw.

Rather, they said they wanted to illustrate the need for Cisco customers to update their software to defend against such possibilities. Many Cisco customers have postponed the difficult process because it could require them to unplug entirely from the Internet.

Source: eWeek

Yahoo to Partner With CNN, ABC for Video

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ABC News and CNN.com plan to start providing video news feeds to Yahoo Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO - news)’s news site, the companies have announced. CNN.com will offer daily video clips and ABC will offer on-demand video content, Yahoo officials said in a statement late Sunday.

Video will be available for free to Yahoo users and supported by advertising.

Source: AP

Hacking the hotel through the TV

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When Adam Laurie stays at hotels, he says he can hack his way around paying for premium TV channels, the minibar and phone calls.

What’s more, by connecting his laptop to certain modern hotel TV systems, Laurie says he can spy on other guests. He can’t look into their rooms (yet), but depending on the system he can see what they are watching on their TV, look at their guest folios, change the minibar bill and follow along as they browse the Internet on the hotel television set.

To tease his fellow guests, he can also check them out of their room and set early wake-up calls via the TV.

Laurie can do all this because of what he calls the “inverted security model” of the systems. “The TV is controlling which content I get to see. The hotel in most cases is streaming all content without any control,” Laurie said in a presentation Saturday here at the Defcon event for security professionals and enthusiasts.

Source: News.com

AMD releases budget dual-core Athlon

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Advanced Micro Devices has released a new version of its dual-core desktop chip as the back-to-school buying season heats up.

The Athlon 64 X2 3800+ will run at 2GHz and each core will have a 512KB secondary cache for rapid data retrieval. The chip costs $354 in quantities of 1,000. That’s less than existing dual-core Athlons, but the chip also doesn’t provide the same performance levels as the chips released earlier. The Athlon 64 X2 4200+, for instance, has the same size cache but runs at 2.2GHz.

If the model number sounds familiar, it is. The company already sells a 3800+ Athlon with a single core.

AMD will also cut processor prices on Monday, a spokeswoman said

Symantec To Release New Products Throughout The Year.

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Symantec plans to switch from its annual product update to one of greater frequency as it faces increasing competitive pressures, the security giant announced Thursday as part of its first-quarter results.

Symantec, which historically introduces new consumer products and upgrades in September, will now deliver the products throughout the year. This move comes as the security company seeks to remain competitive amid an increasingly crowded consumer field that will soon include Microsoft’s OneCare antivirus, anti-spyware and firewall service offering, which is expected to debut later this year.

“We will refresh the products as we always have, but…we’ll do it more than once a year,” John Thompson, Symantec chief executive, said during a conference call with analysts. “Our anti-spyware is a good example of this. We could have shipped it earlier, but we had to wait for the packaging that we do with new releases. Instead, we could have done a live update for our anti-spyware.”

Source: News.com

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