9/30/2005

Microsoft Confirms Next XP Service Pack

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Microsoft has revealed plans to release a third service pack for its Windows XP operating system.

“There will be a Service Pack 3 for Windows XP,” Bernard Ourghanlian, technical and security director at Microsoft France, confirmed, revealing that Microsoft’s OS is set for another major update.

Windows XP SP3 will be available sometime next year–after the launch of Windows Vista, which “is the priority for the development teams,” according to Microsoft France.

Microsoft has yet to reveal details about the contents of the service pack.

Source: ZDNet

Google Ads Tests Site-Targeted Campaigns

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Site-targeted campaigns are a new enhancement to Google AdWords. Site targeting lets advertisers choose individual sites in the Google content network where they’d like their ads to appear. If you want to place your ad on a single international website, you can. If you want to target dozens of sites about basketball or orchids, you can do that, too. Site targeting lets you handpick your audience, big or small.

The ‘Advertise on this site’ link is a shortcut that makes it easy for advertisers to run ads on a specific Google partner site. Working in partnership with the website, Google helps the advertiser create an ad and begin running it on that site

When you set up a site-targeted campaign, you first name the sites where you’d like to advertise, or just give us a list of words that describe your site. The AdWords matching system does the rest, analyzing your input and creating a list of available Google Network sites for you to choose from.

EU Wants Shared Control of Internet

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The European Union insisted Friday that governments and the private sector must share the responsibility of overseeing the Internet, setting the stage for a showdown with the United States on the future of Internet governance.

A senior U.S. official reiterated Thursday that the country wants to remain the Internet’s ultimate authority, rejecting calls in a United Nations meeting in Geneva for a U.N. body to take over.

EU spokesman Martin Selmayr said a new cooperation model was important “because the Internet is a global resource.”

“The EU … is very firm on this position,” he added.

Source: AP

Next Gen DVD War Continue As Dell Backs Blu-Ray

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After quietly heating up over recent months, the battle over next-generation DVD formats boiled over Thursday, as Dell and Hewlett-Packard assailed Intel and Microsoft, which have lined up in the opposite camp.

Earlier this week, Microsoft and Intel announced that they were backing the HD-DVD format, saying its approach will spur easier home networking of movies and make it simpler to distribute hybrid discs containing both high-definition and traditional DVD movies. Dell and HP shot back Thursday, saying the world’s largest software and processor makers were spreading “inaccurate” information. They also reiterated their backing for the rival Blu-ray format.

Source: ZDNet

Microsoft Loses in Eolas Patent Decision

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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has endorsed a Web-browsing patent that Microsoft is accused of infringing, dealing a setback to the software company.

In a decision unveiled Wednesday, the office reconfirmed a patent held by Eolas Technologies that allows interactive content to be embedded in a Web site, which is a common practice on the Internet. Eolas is a spin-off of the University of California.

According to a news release from the university, the patent office completed a “re-examination process” on the original patent, which was published in November 1998, and plans to issue a re-examination certificate to uphold its validity.

“We are gratified that the patent office’s re-examination has validated its original evaluation of the University’s unique contribution to the technology, which fuels the Internet,” said James Holst, general counsel for the University of California, in the release. “This decision ensures that the patent rights of the public institution that developed this technology, a significant innovation with wide-reaching public benefits and use, will be protected.”

In a statement, Microsoft said it is studying the patent office’s decision but still plans to present its side of the argument at the retrial as scheduled. “We are confident we will achieve a successful resolution,” the company said.

Source: PCWorld

F-Secure Internet Security 2006 Tackles Spyware, Rootkits

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F-Secure Internet SecurityF-Secure launches its flagship consumer product, F-Secure Internet Security™ 2006 containing a highly automated package of well-integrated antiviral tools and advanced features to protect families against the evolving dangers of the Internet. These modern-day threats include spyware, adware, spam, invisible rootkit worms, inappropriate content and phishing. F-Secure Internet Security™ 2006 also offers help for families looking for ways to control their children’s Internet usage. Also launched today is its streamlined sister product, F-Secure Anti-Virus™ 2006.

One of the key features of F-Secure Internet Security™ 2006 and F-Secure Anti-Virus™ 2006 is real-time integrated antispyware which tackles the problems of inadvertently-installed spy- and adware commonly downloaded when file-sharing e.g. games, music or other entertainment content. This is the first antivirus product to detect spyware before it is installed on a PC.

Both new software packages also integrate the unique F-Secure BlackLight™ technology, released earlier this year to tackle the problem of advanced stealth malware called rootkits. Rootkits often remain hidden from a user’s computer operating system and undetected by current security products allowing a convenient backdoor for hackers.

Sony Cracks Down On PSP Hacks

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Sony is engaged in a tug-of-war with hackers who keep cracking its PlayStation Portable software to unlock the device and run their own applications on it.

The company is preparing another update to the PSP firmware to fix a recently disclosed bug that lets hackers downgrade the PSP system software and run their own, so-called homebrew code on the device, a Sony representative said Thursday.

“It is not…what the device was designed for,” said Patrick Seybold, a spokesman for Sony Computer Entertainment America. “We plan to deal with this issue with the next system update.” He declined to say when that update would be ready.

Yahoo Acused of Hijacking Voice Technology

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A Silicon Valley technology company is suing Yahoo Inc. for allegedly stealing trade secrets by hiring away 13 key engineers who had nearly completed its interactive speech technology project.

Nuance Communications Inc. said it would ask a Santa Clara County judge Friday to block Yahoo from allowing the engineers to work on the technology it intended to market to Yahoo and other Internet companies.

The California case concerns voice recognition technology that Nuance says was at least 75 percent complete before its vice president of research and development, Larry Heck, took a job at Santa Clara-based Yahoo. About a dozen Nuance engineers on the project followed him to Yahoo this month, leading Nuance to conclude that Yahoo is attempting to swipe its technology.

“Yahoo and Heck now plan to replicate this technology for Yahoo, depriving Nuance of a valuable corporate opportunity, and positioning Yahoo as a competitor,” Jeffrey Chanin, Nuance’s attorney, said in court documents.

Yahoo, however, said it is not colluding with Heck or the other engineers to steal Nuance’s technology.

Source: AP

9/29/2005

Disney’s Mix Sticks - MP3 Players For Preteens

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Disney Mix SticksGoing after a market that includes children as young as 6, Disney on Thursday unveiled a new line of portable digital audio players for preteen consumers.

Disney Mix Sticks are digital audio MP3/WMA players designed to download music files or copy from CDs. They also accommodate memory cards, called Mix Clips, that feature prerecorded music from Walt Disney Records.

Disney Mix Sticks have a storage capacity of 128MB, enough for about 60 songs, and work with a USB 2.0 connector. The MP3 players also feature an SD/MMC card slot for as much as 1GB of storage, or approximately 500 songs.

The Mix Clip memory cards carry full-length albums from Walt Disney Records and are compatible with computers, cellular phones and other devices.

The MP3 players are scheduled to ship in mid-October to major retailers and are expected to sell for about $49.

Source: News.com

U.S. Insists on Keeping Control of Web

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A senior U.S. official rejected calls on Thursday for a U.N. body to take over control of the main computers that direct traffic on the Internet, reiterating U.S. intentions to keep its historical role as the medium’s principal overseer.

“We will not agree to the U.N. taking over the management of the Internet,” said Ambassador David Gross, the U.S. coordinator for international communications and information policy at the State Department. “Some countries want that. We think that’s unacceptable.”

Many countries, particularly developing ones, have become increasingly concerned about the U.S. control, which stems from the country’s role in creating the Internet as a Pentagon project and funding much of its early development.

Gross was in Geneva for the last preparatory meeting ahead of November’s U.N. World Summit on the Information Society in Tunisia.

One proposal that countries have been discussing would wrest control of domain names from the U.S.-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, and place it with an intergovernmental group, possibly under the United Nations.

Gross dismissed it as unacceptable.

Source: AP

Kodak EasyShare One Camera Can Wi-Fi Directly To Web

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The Eastman Kodak Company says it has begun shipping the first digital camera with built-in Wi-Fi technology.

Users of Kodak’s EasyShare One camera will be able to wirelessly send pictures from the camera over the Internet from thousands of Wi-Fi “hot spots” around the world.

The cameras can take and store pictures, send pictures with e-mail messages, upload pictures to Internet galleries and allow people to view photos stored on Kodak’s Easyshare Gallery anywhere they can find a wireless Internet hot spot.

Source: AP

Hacker May Got University Of Georgia Student Info

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The University of Georgia said a computer hacker may have accessed the names and Social Security numbers of at least 1,600 current and former employees.

The university was working with state and federal authorities to investigate the breach, which was discovered Sept. 19.

“To this point there has been no evidence, direct or indirect, that any of this information has actually been misused,” said Arnett C. Mace Jr., the school’s provost.

University officials say 2,429 Social Security numbers were exposed, but there was some repetition and the number of affected people is expected to be smaller.

Source: AP

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