12/5/2005

Official 2006 FIFA World Cup Site Launched

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

With soccer fans around the globe anxiously awaiting the Final Draw on Friday, December 9 in Leipzig, Germany, Yahoo! and FIFA have teamed up to deliver the Web’s most dynamic football experience at FIFAworldcup.com. The newly re-launched official Web site of the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany(TM) offers one-stop shop for fans of the world’s biggest sporting event, and will include real-time coverage of both the Final Draw and the 64 matches of the Tournament; exclusive vintage video highlights; and a wealth of information about Germany and the specific host cities. In addition, FIFAworldcup.com has added three new language versions this week — Portuguese, Italian and Korean — and is now available in a total of seven languages.

Google Fixes Desktop Search Loophole

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Google has strengthened its Desktop Search tool so that it cannot be used any longer by hackers who are exploiting an unpatched vulnerability in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer software.

Last week, Matan Gillon, an Israeli security researcher, reported that he had found a way to use an Internet Explorer vulnerability in conjunction with Google Desktop Search to penetrate Windows PCs and obtain personal information from them.

Google has made a correction to its Desktop Search service so that it cannot be used any longer in conjunction with the remote attack.

“Even though Internet Explorer is the root cause of the vulnerability, Google’s changing its Desktop Search so that it was no longer remotely accessible though the vulnerability in IE was the responsible thing for Google to do,” said Gartner Research vice president Neil MacDonald. “This will protect Google’s Desktop Search users until Microsoft addresses the root cause issue.”

Because Microsoft and Google compete for desktop search capabilities, said MacDonald, the negative publicity was not good for Google. But, rather than take a black eye for what fundamentally is a problem with Internet Explorer, Google has fixed the problem directly, he noted.

“This still leaves open other CSS-based attacks on other products as long as the vulnerability in IE remains,” he said. “Now the ball is back in Microsoft’s court where it should have been from the beginning.”

“Google was able to address the problem quickly because it didn’t require changing any code at the user’s desktop,” MacDonald said. “Google applied more stringent security controls on its main site, which shut down the exploit.”

Source: newsfactor.com

ICANN gives tentative OK on ‘.asia’ domain

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The quasi-governmental organization that oversees the Internet has given tentative approval for a “.asia” Web domain to unify the Asia-Pacific community, but the group has delayed a decision on whether to move forward with a “.xxx” zone for pornography sites.

The new “.asia.” domain would supplement suffixes available for individual countries, such as “.cn” for China and “.jp” for Japan. ICANN earlier approved “.eu” for the European Union; registrations for that begin Wednesday.

Registrations for English-language names in “.asia” could begin as early as six months after ICANN grants final approval. But first, ICANN and the DotAsia group will have to spend weeks or months ironing out contract details. The DotAsia Organization Ltd., which consists of groups that currently run domain names for China, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and other countries, also plans to explore permitting domain names in Asian languages under “.asia.”

Source: boston.com

Man sues Microsoft over alleged Xbox 360 glitch

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A Chicago man who bought Microsoft Corp.’s new Xbox 360 has sued the world’s largest software maker, saying the new video game console has a design flaw that causes it to overheat and freeze up.

The proposed class action claims that in Microsoft’s bid to gain share in the $25 billion global video game market, the company was so intent on releasing the Xbox 360 before competing next-generation machines from Sony Corp. and Nintendo Co Ltd. that it sold a “defectively designed” product.

Robert Byers, who brought the suit, said the power supply and central processing unit in the Xbox 360 overheat, affecting heat-sensitive chips and causing the console to lock up.

Complaints about the problem surfaced quickly on gaming enthusiast Web sites after the Xbox 360 debuted on November 22.

The lawsuit, filed on Friday in federal court in Illinois, seeks unspecified damages and litigation-related expenses, as well as the replacement or recall of Xbox 360 game consoles.

Source: Reuters

CNN.com launches broadband video news service

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

CNN.com launched an on-demand, online video service Monday morning that features multiple, simultaneous live news feeds, allowing subscribers to control what they want to watch and when.

The subscription service — called CNN Pipeline — also gives viewers access to a selection of CNN video archives and allows them to view CNN International television.

On its first morning, the product — which is geared for people who don’t have access to television during the day but want to keep abreast of news events — featured live coverage of Saddam Hussein’s trial and of the 9/11 Commission issuing its final report.

Source: CNN

Toshiba Recalls DVD Home Theater Systems

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Toshiba America Consumer Products LLC Announce Recall of DVD Home Theater System.

This recall involves the Toshiba 5-Disc DVD Home Theater System, model number SD-C67HT. The model number can be found on the front of the DVD Player/Receiver to the right of the word “Toshiba”. The DVD Home Theater System consists of six speakers, including a subwoofer, and a DVD Player/Receiver.

Toshiba DVD Home Theater System

The affected products sold at consumer electronics stores nationwide from April 2005 through September 2005.

To determine the model number of your DVD Home Theater System: check the model number located on the front of the DVD Home Theater System. You will find the model number to the right of the word “Toshiba” Look for model number: SD-C67HT.

If your system is recalled you can fill in this form to get a refund

JBoss buys tech from Arjuna, HP

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

JBoss has acquired two electronic-transaction technologies from Arjuna Technologies and Hewlett-Packard, in a move to bolster its open-source middleware.

The open-source software company said Monday it plans to make the proprietary software part of its JBoss Enterprise Middleware Suite. Arjuna was formed three years ago out of the now-defunct HP Arjuna Lab.

The acquisitions comprise the Arjuna Transaction Service Suite, a transaction engine, as well as Arjuna’s Web Services Transaction technologies, which support two popular Web services specifications.

JBoss’ technology buy is its latest move to build up its open-source middleware.

Boss anticipates releasing Arjuna Transaction Service Suite and Arjuna Web Services Transaction as part of its open-source enterprise middleware suite during the first quarter. Arjuna’s chief architect, Mark Little, will also join JBoss as director of standards.

Source: News.com

Printing Organs on Demand

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A group of researchers hope printers’ whirs and buzzes will soon be saving lives.

Led by University of Missouri-Columbia biological physics professor Gabor Forgacs and aided by a $5 million National Science Foundation grant, researchers at three universities have developed bio-ink and bio-paper that could make so-called organ printing a reality.

So far, they’ve made tubes similar to human blood vessels and sheets of heart muscle cells, printed in three dimensions on a special printer.

“I think this is going to be a biggie,” said Glenn D. Prestwich, the University of Utah professor who developed the bio-paper. “A lot of things are going to be a pain in the butt to print, but I think we can do livers and kidneys as well.”

Prestwich guessed initial human organ printing may be five or 10 years away.

Source: Wired

RealNetworks moves Rhapsody to the Web

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

RealNetworks’ core music subscription service is migrating onto the Web on Monday, in a move that includes some of the first fruits of its recent antitrust settlement with Microsoft.

The company is creating a new version of its Rhapsody digital music service that will let people search and listen to its catalog of songs from a Web page, instead of requiring them to download software. Along with that new version, Microsoft will begin promoting Rhapsody over the next week through its Media Player software and on the MSN Music site.

RealNetworks executives hope the new version, in conjunction with a previous offer allowing people to listen to 25 songs for free, will make it easier for Web surfers to understand what a subscription music service is all about.

Source: News.com

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