11/16/2005

Microsoft Reaffirms Support For HD DVD format

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft still favours Toshiba in a battle over formats of next generation DVDs, despite growing Hollywood support for Sony’s rival technology, according to the US software giant’s chief executive.

Microsoft aims to make its next-generation “Windows Vista” operating system compatible with Toshiba’s HD DVD format after the software is released within the next 18 months.

Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer said the initial version of the software might not work with HD DVD drives but the company was aiming for compatibility “at the earliest and appropriate time.”

He told reporters on Wednesday that: “We have chosen to support HD DVD for a number of reasons, including the way and the effectiveness with which we can see it integrating with the PC.

“We think it has some real advantages and that’s why we have been working very actively with Toshiba and other members of the DVD forum in order to promote this concept.”

Source: AFP

French party exploits Google Adwords

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France’s majority party has admitted to leading a marketing campaign using Google’s Adwords system of sponsored links.

Keywords evoking the violent situation in the Parisian suburbs and elsewhere across the country point to a petition in support of Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy.

Over the weekend of Nov. 5 and 6, Web surfers who entered terms such as “violence,” “riots,” “suburbs,” “burned cars” or even “scum” into the Google search site were presented with an advertisement linking directly to the official UMP (”Union for a Popular Movement”) Web site.

More precisely, the link directed Internet users to a petition supporting party President and Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy’s “zero tolerance policy” in response to the confrontations rocking the suburbs of Paris.

Source: News.com

SafePC, A Breakthrough Pornographic Content Filtering

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SafePCCom-Guard, Inc. announced SafePC, a unique content filtering and desktop security software product that protects children and unsuspecting adults from pornographic and adult images or lewd text in Web sites or e-mails.

Unlike other products, SafePC uses Image Composition Analysis (ICA), a state-of-the-art set of real-time filtering algorithms developed by First 4 Internet Ltd., that analyze images and text content as they are streamed from Web sites or flow in e-mails and attachments in conjunction with forbidden list technology that blocks known adult sites. The real-time functionality is critical because a significant number of new porn sites and images are continually introduced on the Internet on a day-to-day or even a minute-to-minute basis.

SafePC provides a robust and effective solution to this major problem. Key features of the SafePC solution allow parents or administrators to:

  • Combine real-time Image Composition Analysis (ICA) with black and white list Web site control to provide the most effective content filtration.
  • Address the ever-growing and alarming issues of uncontrolled pornographic material and unmanaged usage of the PC to access the Internet.
  • Provide a safe computing environment with the tools to predetermine the acceptability of images and text contained on Web sites that are visited and in e-mails that are received.
  • Enable supervisory program control with the ability to create permitted access periods based on the time and day that applications can be used or restricted.
  • Log information on Web sites that are visited and record what blocked images are found.

Google Wins Key Wi-Fi Lease

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Search giant Google Inc. took a big step Tuesday night toward becoming an Internet service provider.

A clearly smitten Mountain View city council on Tuesday unanimously ratified a five-year property lease that Google needs to begin building a wireless network in the city.

“There’s no free lunch,” said Mountain View Councilmember Tom Means. “But maybe Google will buy us one tonight.”

Lunch? No. But any city would be hard-pressed to turn down Google’s offer. Mountain View won’t have to spend any money; rather, Google promises to fund all the construction and run the operation. And Google plans to give away access to anyone with the right gear, and a free Google account. As a bonus, city employees, including emergency service workers, will get a secured connection of their own, again at no cost to the city.

Google has even promised to add wireless access to the Google Mobile, a mobile library the city expects to soon take possession. In addition, the city gets an option to buy the network in the future.

Source: eWeek

Keylogger Threat Sees 65% Rise

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iDefense, the cyber security intelligence provider and a VeriSign company, has released data indicating that hackers are on pace to unleash a record-setting 6,191 keyloggers in 2005, a 65 percent increase from the 3,753 keyloggers released in 2004, and significantly more than the 300 in 2000.

Keyloggers, silently installed programs that record a victim’s keystrokes and sends them to hackers, put tens of millions of Internet users’ finances, personal data and account information at risk. Largely distributed by organized cyber theft groups, they are typically packaged with phishing emails or spyware - malicious code that then tracks victims’ online activity - often eluding traditional security defenses like anti-virus software and firewalls.

Joe Payne, vice president, VeriSign iDefense Security Intelligence Services, said, “Keylogging is very effective method for hackers. Fraudsters can launch hundreds of keylogging attacks around the world in seconds, gathering sensitive data to conduct large-scale monetary transfers for their illegal activities.”

Once a keylogging program is activated, it provides hackers with personal data such as address, account numbers, mother’s maiden names or passwords - any strings of text a person might enter online. Using this information to assume another’s identity, hackers run up charges averaging $3,968 per victim, according to a survey. Sixteen percent of victims were required to pay for at least some of this fraud, and spent an average of 81 hours to resolve their cases, reported the survey.

Source: Techtree.com

AMD Shoots for Quad Cores

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Advanced Micro Devices Inc. is planning for quads.

The Sunnyvale, Calif., chip maker is aiming to roll out a quad-core-capable processor family during 2007 and switch to an all-new processor architecture later this decade.

The quad-capable family will result in a wide range of four core processors, including offerings for desktops, notebooks and one for servers that can fit into machines with as many as 32 processors, AMD executives said in a meeting for analysts.

AMD aims to use its ability to step up on processor cores in 2007, along with its move to a new processor architecture around 2008 or 2009 as a means to meet its goals of maintaining what it sees as a technical lead over Intel Corp., its larger rival, while fostering a grow rate that’s at least two-times the market average, company executives said in a meeting for analysts on Tuesday.

Source: eWeek

RealNetworks Rolls Out Next Generation Mobile Helix

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RealNetworks, Inc. unveiled its next generation Helix Server for mobile enterprises. The Helix Server Unlimited is Real’s enterprise solution for delivering high quality streaming experience to wired, and now, wireless devices. The new version supports 3GPP technology, enabling enterprise customers to stream mobile content to a wide variety of handsets and other wireless devices.

“Real has built a strong foundation of delivering innovative mobile technology and services, and we’re very excited to be extending our advanced mobile capability to our enterprise customers,” said John Giamatteo, Executive Vice President of Worldwide Business Products and International Operations for RealNetworks. “The latest version of the Helix server delivers a high quality, rich mobile streaming experience for our partners to stay on the cutting edge of the converging multimedia market.”

The Helix Server Unlimited is the only multi-format, cross platform enterprise streaming server on the market to deliver RealAudio, RealVideo, Windows Media, QuickTime, Mpeg-4 and 3GPP from a single server infrastructure. The server fits within existing operating system environments and supports Windows, Solaris, Linux and Unix-based operating systems for
streaming. New features include support for SNMP v3 and next generation protocols such as IP v6, as well as improved firewall support and Helix Rate Adaptation for better utilization of network resources.

US To Retain Control Over Internet

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The Bush administration and its critics at a United Nations summit here have inked a broad agreement on global Internet management that will preclude any dramatic showdown this week.

By signing the statement, the Bush administration formally endorsed the creation of an “Internet Governance Forum” that will meet for the first time in 2006 under the auspices of the United Nations. The forum is meant to be a central point for global discussions of everything from computer security and online crime to spam and other “misuses of the Internet.”

What the agreement does not do is require the United States to relinquish its unique influence over the Internet’s operations. The statement takes “no action regarding existing institutions,” David Gross, the ambassador leading the U.S. delegation, said Wednesday. “It created no new international organizations.”

Source: News.com

Google Base Goes Live (Again)

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Google BaseGoogle’s mysterious Google Base service again went live late on Tuesday, allowing people to post any kind of information they want for free and to provide labels to describe it so others can easily find it.

The new beta service allows people to post “all types of online and offline information and images” that will be searchable on Google Base and, depending on their relevance, may be searchable on Google Search, Froogle and Google Local, the company said.

While some observers have speculated that Google is targeting the online classifieds market space, specifically eBay and Craigslist, with the service, a Google executive denied that that is the company’s intent.

Marc Leibowitz, Web search and syndication director, said Google merely wants to serve people who have information to share that is not already on a Web site and being crawled by a search engine to open it up to the public. In addition, much of the information in Google Base is expected to be noncommercial, a Google spokesman said.

Source: News.com

TRUSTe Plans To Certifies Consumer-Friendly Downloads

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An anti-spyware initiative backed by Internet portals Yahoo and AOL would certify downloadable software as consumer-friendly and non-invasive.

Under the program, which was to be formally announced Wednesday, developers that want to obtain certification for their downloads would also have to prove their products can be easily removed from computers once installed.

TRUSTe, an organization that already certifies and monitors Web site privacy and e-mail practices for businesses, will rely on testing by two outside labs for the vetting. It would not name the labs.

Developers earning TRUSTe’s certification will not be permitted to promote that fact, said its executive director, Fran Maier. Rather, TRUSTe will issue a “white list” of trusted programs that partners Yahoo Inc., America Online Inc., CNET Networks Inc. and other Web publishers may use in determining whose software they wish to ally with or distribute.

The Trusted Download Program is to begin early next year.

Source: AP

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