MS Previews Software Purchasing With The Digital Locker

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Microsoft has a new preview web site entitled “Windows Marketplace Labs” to showcase new methods of buying and selling Windows software. The first such effort is called Digital Locker. Digital Locker is a method of purchasing and downloading third party Windows software online, and then using that purchased software on any computer you wish. This is handled through Microsoft’s Passport authentication service, the same system that is used to identify your Hotmail account, MSN Messenger settings, and other Microsoft services such as MSDN.

Source: arstechnica

Google Offers Prime-Time Video Streamcasts

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Search engine leader Google Inc. is delving deeper into an unconventional business, offering an Internet streamcast of last week’s television premiere of Chris Rock’s new comedy.

Other online outlets have made network prime-time shows available before, but “Everybody Hates Chris” marks Google’s most high-profile video offering so far.

It comes as Google increasingly ventures beyond its search roots as it battles the likes of Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft Corp.

The series premiere - 21 minutes long after removing commercials - is being offered through Google’s servers Monday through Thursday, when the new episode broadcasts on UPN.

To prevent further distribution, the video is available as an on-demand stream rather than a download, which could be stored on a computer and copied.

Source: AP

Norton 2006 Product Launch

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Symantec Launches Norton Internet Security 2006, Norton AntiVirus 2006 and Norton Personal Firewall 2006.

“In today’s precarious Internet environment, security software is critical for everyone who uses email, downloads new software, or uses the Web to shop, bank, communicate, or play,” said Matthew Moynahan, vice president, consumer products and solutions, Symantec Corp. “One of the greatest challenges for users is figuring out whether they have adequate protection to safely enjoy those activities online. Symantec helps put those worries to rest by incorporating its new Norton Protection Center into all of its 2006 consumer security solutions. Norton Protection Center uses simple, everyday language to let users know if their PC, data, and online activities are secure.”

Included in all three of these Norton 2006 solutions is Norton Protection Center, a new approach to alleviate the frustration most consumers feel when it comes to system and data security. By aggregating and summarizing what users need to know, Norton Protection Center effectively addresses the confusion many people experience with other computer and data safety products. Norton Protection Center uses simple, everyday language to make security relevant to the activities consumers use their computers for such as Web surfing, email and downloading digital photos and music.

Norton AntiVirus 2006, Norton Internet Security 2006, and Norton Personal Firewall 2006 are available for preorder at the Symantec online store. The products are scheduled to be widely available for purchase at retail locations and online retailers within the next two weeks.

Lockheed Martin Won Contract To Implement 2010 U.S. Census System

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The U.S. Bureau of Census will count on a team led by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) to develop and operate an information processing system for the nation’s 2010 Census. Under the six-year contract valued at approximately $500 million, the Lockheed Martin team will develop and deploy the Decennial Response Integration System (DRIS) for the Bureau, which will include a publicized option for filing census surveys via the Internet.

The Census Bureau, as part of the Department of Commerce, serves as a leading source of quality data, measuring change about the nation’s people and economy. In addition to several population, economic and housing surveys it does annually, the Constitution requires the Census Bureau to conduct a national census every ten years. The Census Bureau will use the integrated response system to provide respondent assistance as well as data capture for the 2010 Census.

Web Advertising Up 26% In 2nd Quoter

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U.S. Internet advertising revenue grew 26 percent to $3 billion in the second quarter, driven by paid search listings and more sophisticated video and audio ads known as rich media, according to a study released on Monday.

The data provided by the Interactive Advertising Bureau and PricewaterhouseCoopers bolsters expectations that advertisers are spending more on the Internet as consumers devote more time to the Web and away from other media.

Online ad revenue in the first half of the year also rose 26 percent, to $5.8 billion, from a year earlier

Source: Reuters

Microsoft Starts Selling Paid Search Ads On MSN

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Software maker Microsoft Corp. on Monday said it would start selling paid search listings, which allow advertisers to purchase advertising space alongside search results on its MSN Internet site.

The widely expected move comes as Microsoft, the world’s largest software maker, continues to take on Google Inc. in the Web-based information and services market.

At stake is the lucrative income from online advertising, particularly ads that are displayed next to search results, the main driver of search leader Google’s revenue.

Source: Reuters

Australia To Declares War On Web Terror

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COMMENTS posted on a website praising a terrorist attack anywhere in the world could land a person in jail under tough new laws to be debated by state and federal leaders today.

Australians could also find themselves in breach of federal law for distributing books or other literature urging people to travel overseas to kill coalition soldiers or for praising a terror attack as a brave act that should be repeated.

New incitement and sedition laws on the table at today’s Council of Australian Government terror summit could place some Australian organisations and businesses in danger of breaching the law.

Likely to come under intense pressure from the laws will be the Australian arm of organisations such as Hizb ut-Tahrir, whose website sails very close to praising the insurgency in Iraq, as well as Islamic bookshops that knowingly sell literature praising terrorism.

Source: Herald Sun

Limewire Preps Anti Privacy Barriers

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LimeWire developers are working of code modifications that will prevent users of future versions of the popular P2P client from sharing copyrighted works. Future versions of the software may check to see if material presented for sharing is copyrighted before blocking sharing if no suitable license can be found, Slyck reports. Users would still have the ability to trade their own work or files they have permission to distribute via a Collective Commons license.

Since LimeWire is working on the Gnutella network, there are plenty of other Gnutella clients to choose from if you find this feature annoying.

Related article: Secure And Anonymous File Sharing Applications

Source: The Register

Motorola CEO: ‘Screw the nano’

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Apple Computer’s newest MP3 player, the iPod nano, is receiving rave reviews and analy sts believe the device will solidify Apple’s dominance in the competitive MP3 player market for at least another year. However, not everyone praises the device — Motorola CEO Ed Zander had some harsh words for the nano in a recent interview.

“Screw the nano,” said Zander. “What the hell does the nano do? Who listens to 1,000 songs? People are going to want devices that do more than just play music, something that can be seen in many other countries with more advanced mobile phone networks and savvy users, he said.

Source: macworld

Space Elevator A Step Closer

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A private group has taken one small step toward the prospect of building a futuristic space elevator.

LiftPort Group Inc., of Bremerton, Wash., has successfully tested a robot climber that reeled itself up and down a lengthy ribbon dangling from a high-altitude balloon.

The test run, conducted earlier this week, is seen as a precursor experiment intended to flight validate equipment and methods to construct a space elevator. This visionary concept would make use of an ultra-strong carbon nanotube composite ribbon stretching up to 62,000 miles (100,000 kilometers) from Earth into space.

Space Elevator
Even with wind moving the balloon, LiftPort’s robot climber was able to navigate its way up and down the long ribbon. (source)

The space elevator would be anchored to an offshore sea platform near the equator in the Pacific Ocean. At the other end in space, the ribbon would be attached to a small counterweight. Mechanical “lifters? — robotic elevator cars — would move up and down the ribbon, carrying such items as satellites, solar power systems and eventually people into space.

LiftPort’s plan is to take the concept from the research laboratory to commercial development.

Source: MSNBC

Phishers Target Yahoo! Photos

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Internet crooks looking to capture login details of Yahoo! accounts are changing tactics. Phishing attacks that attempt to capture a user’s Yahoo! ID and password by tricking the gullible into handing over their credentials to fake sign-in pages have been around for months if not years. Recently, though, these phishing sites have begun using alternative Yahoo! Sign In pages, such as Yahoo! Photos, net security firm Websense reports.

Users typically receive an email or instant message that claims to be from a friend wanting to show off photos of a recent event, such as a vacation or a birthday party. The message contains a link to a phishing site, which records the user’s Yahoo! ID and password, and then forwards the Yahoo! ID and password on to the real Yahoo! Photos site. What started off at a crude attack has evolved with the introduction of a more subtle form of social engineering attack.

Source: The Register

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