9/8/2005

Microsoft To Offer Web Development Tools

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The software company plans to open access to its MSN and other public Web sites to let developers assemble new applications that build on those sites–a technique used successfully at Google and at other Web companies to promote their properties.

Microsoft will detail its “Web platform” strategy at its Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles next week, company executives told CNET News.com. It intends to publish the application programming interfaces, or APIs, to some of its public Web sites, including MSN Search, and deliver better tools to write those applications.

Source: News.com

CA Releases 14 Patents To Open Source

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Computer Associates International, Inc. pledged open access to key innovations covered by 14 of its U.S. patents — and counterparts of these patents issued in other countries — for individuals and groups working on open source software. CA also announced it has reached a long-term, patent cross license agreement with IBM, creating an exchange of license rights and releases between the companies.

In making its patent pledge to the open source community, CA is joining IBM in encouraging other companies to create an industry-wide “patent commons? in which patents are pledged royalty-free to further innovation in areas of broad interest to developers and users of information technology. IBM made a similar pledge earlier this year.

The patents covered by CA’s non-assertion pledge address a wide variety of technology challenges and can be used in a full range of open source projects. They include:

  • Application development and modeling that automates translation between programming languages and provides visual modeling and editing of data objects to create more powerful, flexible programming tools.
  • Business Intelligence and analytics that simplify visualization of complex multi-dimensional data techniques with neural networking technology and efficient management of the aggregation and population of data marts.
  • Systems management and storage management solutions that provide intelligent process controls to maximize system performance and storage utilization.
  • Network management and security tools that enhance visualization of network traffic patterns and congestion, selectively capture and filter network traffic, and provide granular session control capabilities.

A complete list of applicable patents is available at http://ca.com/patents/oss/

New Cisco Flaw Could Pose Threat To Net

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A serious flaw in Cisco Systems software puts computer networks at risk of cyberattack and has prompted security vendor Symantec to raise its Internet threat level.

A vulnerability in Cisco’s Internetwork Operating System could be exploited to crash or remotely run malicious code on devices that run IOS, the San Jose, Calif., networking giant warned Wednesday in a security advisory. IOS runs on Cisco’s routers and switches, which make up a large portion of the Internet’s infrastructure.

“Successful exploitation of the vulnerability on Cisco IOS may result in a reload of the device or execution of arbitrary code,” Cisco said in its advisory. “Repeated exploitation could result in a sustained (denial of service) attack or execution of arbitrary code.”

Cisco’s warning prompted Symantec to raise its ThreatCon global threat index to Level 2, which means an attack is expected. “Given the recent attention to exploitation of vulnerabilities in Cisco’s IOS it is possible that this issue will see attempts at exploit development in the near term,” Symantec said in an advisory.

Source: TechRepublic

Google hires ‘father of the Internet’

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Google Inc. on Thursday said it hired Internet pioneer Vinton Cerf to become the company’s “chief evangelist.”

Cerf, 62, whose official title will be chief Internetevangelist, was hired away from telecommunications company MCI Inc. and charged with exploring new Internet applications for the Web search company. MCI is in the process of merging into Verizon Communications Inc.

Source: Reuters

Lockheed Martin To Preserve The Electronic Archives

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ERAThe National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) announce Lockheed Martin as the winner of a contract for hundreds of millions of dollars to build an electronic system that will accept, preserve and make accessible, far into the future, all types of electronic documents, regardless of their hardware and software.

This announcement marks the first stage, in a five-part program to develop this electronic system. Increment one will require two years of development to provide system functions for managing, preserving, and providing online access to National Archives electronic records. The Electronic Records Archives (ERA) system is expected to be operational by 2007. Four more yearly increments will each build on the previous increment, by providing additional functions, technology enhancements, and advanced preservation techniques. Full use of the ERA system is expected by 2011.

iPod Phone Hybrid Divides Experts

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Apple’s announcement of a phone that can use iTunes and play music has left the industry divided.

Some pundits said the device compared badly with existing iPod music players in both its looks and onboard features.

Others questioned which group of consumers it was aimed at and whether people would be willing to pay a premium for such a device.

But some thought that the combination of Apple and Motorola could turn the gadget into a winner.

Source: BBC

EBay In Talks To Buy Skype

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

EBay Inc. is in talks to acquire Internet-telephone company Skype Technologies SA for between $2 billion and $3 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

Citing people familiar with the matter, the newspaper said the deal would represent a dramatic shift in strategy for the world’s largest online auction site.

The talks are at a sensitive stage and could fall apart, according to one person briefed on the matter, the Journal said.

An eBay spokesman declined to comment and Skype officials could not be reached for comment, the newspaper said.

Source: Reuters

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