8/31/2005

Man faces new charges in ChoicePoint ID theft

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A Nigerian man has been indicted for infiltrating consumer-data company ChoicePoint to fraudulently access financial records of consumers in a still-widening case that has spurred calls for tighter regulation of the personal information business.

Oluwatunji Oluwatosin, who had already been sentenced to 16 months in prison in the ChoicePoint case, now faces 22 more charges, Los Angeles prosecutors said Tuesday.

The additional counts came as authorities broadened their investigation of data theft at ChoicePoint and said they expected more people to be charged in the case.

Source: ZDNet

Analyst Leaks iPod Phone Launch Details

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Secret plans for the launch of an iPod phone have been leaked in advance of the official Apple launch, it is believed by an industry analyst.

Apple is expected to announce today a partnership with Motorola, the handset company, and Cingular Wireless, the mobile service provider, to market a mobile telephone that doubles as a digital music player.

According to Mr Entner, the first iPod phone will be available in two models, with either 512MB or 1GB of storage. The larger model can hold up to 240 songs. The handsets will reportedly be the first in a series called “Rokr”.

Source: Times Online

Google Ads Go Offline To Print

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Google is expanding its lucrative Internet advertising network into the print world in a bold attempt to capture traditional ad dollars.

The search king is quietly testing the waters of print advertising sales, according to executives at several companies that have bought the ads. Google recently began buying ad pages in technology magazines, including PC Magazine and Maximum PC, and reselling those pages–cut into quarters or fifths–to small advertisers that already belong to its online ad network, dubbed AdWords.

Source: News.com

MS Released Phishing Filter and Games Add-Ins

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

MSN today unveiled two new MSN® Search Toolbar Add-ins, enabling people to customize their toolbar to their specific interests and providing a smarter searching and browsing experience. These latest add-ins for MSN Search Toolbar include a beta of the Microsoft® Phishing Filter Add-in, which helps protect customers from potential risks of phishing Web sites and online identity theft, and the Games Add-in, providing one-click access to some of the Web’s most popular online games via MSN Games.

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MSN buys into Net calling future

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft plans to announce Tuesday that it has purchased a small Internet calling start-up called Teleo, as part of a move to expand the capabilities of MSN Messenger.

The move comes as all the major portal and IM companies are moving more heavily into Internet calling. Last week, Google launched its own instant-messaging service, dubbed Google Talk, with a focus on voice chatting.

Source: News.com

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