McAfee To Offer Products For ‘Clean’ Net

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McAfee is preparing carrier-grade security products that service providers can use to offer users an Internet connection that’s free of security threats. The company on Tuesday plans to announce a strategy, dubbed “Clean Pipes,” under which it is developing the products, said Vatsal Sonecha, vice president of market development and strategic alliances at McAfee in Santa Clara, Calif. One of the products, a carrier-grade server device to offer these services, is due out in the first half of 2006, he said.

Source: News.com

DVD Format War Looms

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Chances looked slim that consumers will be spared a DVD format war, as the backers of one standard said on Friday there was no common ground for a unified format and it was on track for a market launch within a year.

“If we want a unified standard, it has to be better than the sum of the parts. We would like to find something that’s better in the other standard than ours, but we haven’t found it,” said Frank Simonis, a spokesman for backers of the Blu-ray standard.

Speaking on the sidelines of the IFA consumer electronics trade fair, Simonis said the Blu-ray association was ready to lay down the specifications of the higher-capacity DVD format in the spring of 2006.

The rival HD DVD camp has recently had to push back its launch into the New Year. “We’re no longer lagging behind,” said Simonis, who is also strategic marketing director at the optical storage unit of Philips Electronics

Source: Reuters

Symantec Anti-Virus Tool Puts Server Passwords in Danger

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Symantec Corp. is investigating a report of a security hole in a version of its corporate anti-virus product that could expose sensitive username and password information, the company acknowledged.

The reported security hole affects Symantec Anti Virus Corporate Edition Version 9 and could allow an attacker or nonprivileged user to obtain sensitive server log-in information. Details of the vulnerability were posted on the Bugtraq mailing list Wednesday.

Source: eWeek

Linspire Giving Away Desktop Linux OS

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Linspire is giving away free copes of its Linux desktop operating system, called Linspire Five-0, until Sept. 6, the company announced on Thursday.

Linspire Five-0 normally costs $49.95, but Linspire says it has decided to give away copies of its operating system because of confusion caused by a package called Freespire that unknown parties are making available for download, Linspire said in a statement.

Both Andrew Betts, who developed Freespire, and Linspire insist that Freespire, while incorporating Linspire source code, was not a free copy of Linspire Five-0.

“The very things that were taken out of Linspire for Andrew’s project are in fact some of the very things that make Linspire, well… Linspire,” Linspire said in a statement. These include third-party licenses for MP3, Java, Flash, Quick Time, Windows Media, Bitstream fonts, and Real media.

To avoid further confusion Betts has decided to change the name of Freespire, he said in a statement. It has been assigned the temporary code name “squiggle.”

Linspire decided to give away copies of Linspire Five-0 because they “thought it would be fun” to emulate Freespire’s free availability, the company said in a statement.

Source: News.com

Google Opens Digital Library

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Google Inc. is asking European book publishers to submit non-English material to its Internet-leading search engine - a move that may ease worries about the company’s digital library relying too heavily on Anglo-American content.

Under an expansion announced Thursday, the Mountain View-based company opened its ambitious Google Print book-scanning project to publishers in France, Italy, Germany, Netherlands and Spain.

It marks the first time that Google has sought submissions from non-English publishers since it began to scan books into its search engine index last year.

Source: AP

Yahoo IM Acts Like A Malware

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If you’re one of the tens of millions of Yahoo users asked to upgrade your instant-messaging software this week, be on your toes: The update can open the door to unwanted PC houseguests–and setting changes–by default.

The newest free version of Yahoo Instant Messenger (YIM) boasts advanced Internet phone calling in a upgrade that comes “highly recommended” by Yahoo. By clicking “yes” to the update, a user can expect to get a slicker YIM interface with buttons to quickly chat, blog, swap photos or call someone online. It even has new smiley icons.

Those changes are what many might expect. What they may not expect are all the other tools they get when not paying attention.

By accepting Yahoo’s “typical” installation of YIM with Voice, it will also download Yahoo’s Search Toolbar with anti-spyware and anti-pop-up software, desktop and system tray shortcuts, as well as Yahoo Extras, which will insert Yahoo links into the Internet Explorer browser. The IM client also contains “live words,” which will automatically show an icon when the user highlights words online and then hyperlink to Yahoo search results, definitions or translation tools. Finally, the installation will alter the users’ home page and auto-search functions to point to Yahoo by default.

To avoid these changes, users must actively choose the “custom” installation and uncheck five boxes.

Source: News.com

DVD Jon Hacks Media Player File Encryption

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Norway’s best known IT export, DVD Jon, has hacked encryption coding in Microsoft’s Windows Media Player, opening up content broadcast for the multimedia player to alternative devices on multiple platforms.

Jon Lech Johansen has reverse engineered a proprietary algorithm, which is used to wrap Media Player NSC files and ostensibly protect them from hackers sniffing for the media’s source IP address, port or stream format. He has also made a decoder available.

The hacker hopes his move will make content streamed to Media Player more widely available to users of alternative players on non-Windows platforms.

Source: The Register

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