8/8/2005

Yahoo passes Google in search index capacity

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

When most people think of Web search, they think of Google. But Yahoo said Monday that it has completed a vast expansion of its search engine index and now encompasses almost double that of its main competitor.

Yahoo’s Tim Mayer said Monday on the company’s Search Blog that it now indexes more than 20 billion documents and images. That’s almost twice the 11.3 billion Google publicly says it currently spans.

Of the 20 billion elements in Yahoo’s database, 19 billion are documents, 1.5 billion images and more than 50 million audio and video files, the company said.

Source: news.com

Microsoft: Vista Will Not Include Monad

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Close on the heels of word that proof-of-concept viruses had been written for Monad — the command shell that was to be included in Microsoft’s Latest News about Microsoft forthcoming operating system Vista — Redmond said its next OS will not ship with the software.

The news comes after an Austrian hacker Latest News about hacker published instructions for developing viruses for the Monad command shell just eight days after release of the Vista beta code. In its beta version, the operating system did include the scripting shell.

Eric Berg, the software giant’s director of product management, has made clear that, while Monad might be included in future versions of various Microsoft products, it will not ship with Vista.

Source: newsfactor.com

Howard Stern, Others Sue Google over Ad Charges

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Howard Stern and an industrial printing firm launched a lawsuit against Google last week, alleging that the search engine giant fails to live up to its promises regarding the daily budget limits that AdWords users can place over their accounts. The plaintiffs are seeking class action status. They say that Google’s daily budget limits are misrepresented and that Google “continues to bill plaintiffs and all other members of the class in excess of the daily budgets,” creating in effect a monthly budget limit made up of the sum of the daily budget multiplied by the number of days in the month.

Google does indicate that it will refund customers charged more than 120 percent of a daily budget, but the lawsuit gives examples that allege regular violation of this policy, with one example campaign running from between 121 and 162 percent of overdelivery, all charged to one of the plaintiffs.

The suit does not make clear why it involved Howard Stern, a New Jerseyite, other than to say that he is an AdWords customer similarly affected along with the rest of the class.

Source: mediabuyerplanner.com

Macromedia Launches Studio 8

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Macromedia Inc. Monday announced Macromedia Studio 8, the new version of its suite for Web designers, video professionals and graphic artists to design, develop and maintain interactive online applications and content.

Macromedia Studio 8 is the first release of the San Francisco company’s Studio suite since 2003, said Jim Guerard, vice president of product management for the tools business at Macromedia.

Macromedia Studio 8 features the latest releases of Macromedia Flash Professional, Dreamweaver and Fireworks, as well as Contribute and FlashPaper.

The new release improves workflow features and includes new video encoding tools, new CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) enhancements, visual authoring tools for XML, and new tools for authoring and testing mobile content, Guerard said.

Source: eWeek

Creative Introduces Sound Blaster X-Fi

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Creative Technology Ltd. (Nasdaq: CREAF), today announced its highly anticipated Sound Blaster X-Fi(TM) line of sound cards. Powered by the Creative X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity(TM) audio processor, the Sound Blaster X-Fi cards introduce Xtreme Fidelity, an entirely new audio standard for music, movies and games.

Xtreme Fidelity sets a new standard for audio by supporting a combination of 24-bit quality, stunning audio clarity with a minimum of 109db SNR and up to 116dB in the X-Fi Elite Pro version, and the CMSS 3D headphone and surround speaker technology. To achieve the Xtreme Fidelity audio standard, Sound Blaster X-Fi cards draw immense power from the Creative X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity processor, which includes more than 51 million transistors, and is capable of more than 10,000 MIPS. With 24 times more power than the previous Sound Blaster Audigy(R) audio processor, the Creative X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity audio processor utilizes multiple engines to dynamically direct resources through a unique Ring Architecture to completely change the way audio is managed for any application.

The Sound Blaster X-Fi Elite Pro, priced at US$399.99, the Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty FPS, priced at US$279.99, the Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum, priced at US$199.99 and the Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic, priced at US$129.99, will be available this month at Best Buy.

Microsoft launches a preview version of ‘MSN Filter,’

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

MSN quietly launched last week a preview version of MSN Filter, a cross between a blog and a wiki.

MSN made the move a month after MSN officials made it public that they were looking to hire five “freelance contributing editors” to create blogs in the areas of television, music, technology, sports, and fashion/food/style.

MSN Filter updates can be accessed via desktop, email, or phone, and will also be integrated into MSN’s Start.com platform.

Source: microsoft-watch.com

Windows Vista Will Optimize PC Performance

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft hopes to tackle an age-old problem with the next version of Windows: How to keep PCs running like new.

With Vista, the new client version of Windows due next year, Microsoft is addressing what’s become a sad truth for most people: PCs run more slowly over time.

Vista will automatically de-fragment hard disks, make better use of memory to more quickly load programs, and include a new performance control panel that will identify performance bottlenecks, according to the company.

Source: News.com

Apple iTunes Japan Sells 1M songs in 4 days

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Apple Computer Inc. said on Monday its new iTunes online music store in Japan sold over 1 million songs in its first four days, a strong start for the download service in the world’s second-largest music market.

California-based Apple launched iTunes in Japan on Thursday, aiming to win over the country’s music lovers with the market’s largest library of over 1 million songs and prices that undercut the competition.

Apple has sold more than 500 million songs in 19 countries since it introduced iTunes in the United States over two years ago. The service has also been launched in Britain, France and other major European markets.

Japan, the 20th country, was the quickest to reach 1 million downloads. By doing so, Apple said it had doubled the average monthly total of all current online stores run by other companies in Japan combined.

Source: Reuters

IBM open sources enterprise search

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

IBM is open sourcing a jointly developed search architecture with a view to creating a common industry approach to querying unstructured enterprise data.

The company is today expected to announce plans to open source the Unstructured Information Management Architecture (UIMA) used in the company’s WebSphere Information Integrator OmniFind Edition, WebSphere Portal Server and Lotus Workplace. IBM is also open sourcing the UIMA toolkit.

UIMA provides a framework for software tools and services capable of conducting context-based searches across millions of unstructured records, databases, content repositories and email systems.

Source: The Register

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