1/7/2006

Google Acquired Reqwireless Inc

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Google Inc. has quietly established a growing foothold in Waterloo, Ont. — the home of Research In Motion Ltd. — following the stealth acquisition of a wireless startup last summer, as well as plans to staff up a recently established research and development facility.

Google disclosed yesterday it acquired Reqwireless Inc., which makes Web browser and e-mail software for wireless devices — although the small wireless company’s products are no longer available for purchase.

“We acquired Reqwireless because of the talented engineers and great technology,” Google said yesterday in an e-mail statement to the Financial Post. “We’re thrilled to have them here.” Google declined to provide details about how much it paid for Reqwireless or how many employees it has.

Source: Financial Post

Oracle ‘Worm’ Exploit Modified

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Exploit code for a malicious worm capable of wreaking havoc through Oracle databases has been tweaked and published, prompting a new round of warnings that an actual attack is inevitable.

Two months after an anonymous researcher released the first public example of an Oracle database worm, the code has been advanced and republished on the Full Disclosure mailing list, adding additional techniques to attack databases.

“It’s still very theoretical right now, but I don’t think any DBA should be underestimating the risk,” said Alexander Kornbrust, CEO of Red-Database-Security GmbH. “If you’re running a large company with hundreds of valuable databases, a worm can be very destructive. It is very possible to use this code to release a worm. I can do this right now if I wanted to.”

Kornbrust, renowned for his research work around security in Oracle products, claims he has already created an actual exploit that uses default usernames and passwords to target Oracle databases.

Source: eWeek

Clear Channel to launch music video-on-demand

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Clear Channel Communications Inc., the top U.S. radio conglomerate, on Friday said it planned to begin testing a free, music video-on-demand service next Tuesday as part of a strategy to bolster its Internet presence.

Between 2,000 to 3,000 music videos from top artists at Warner Music Group and Universal Music Group will be featured on some of its radio station Web sites.

A third music label is likely to join, although a deal has not been finalized, Evan Harrison, executive vice president of Clear Channel’s radio division said.

The free service will be advertising support, the company said.

Source: Reuters

Pfizer fights fake Viagra with RFID

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Viagra may help many couples heat up the bedroom, but it has also helped fuel a huge counterfeit market.

Pfizer, the maker of the world-famous love drug, is now fighting back with technology. The company began on Dec. 15 to affix electronic identification devices known as RFID tags to all U.S. shipments of Viagra in an effort detect counterfeit pills, 5 million of which were seized by authorities last year.

Pfizer said its RFID plans do not call for tracking patient information of any kind. It also doesn’t store any product or patient information on the RFID tags, just the serial number. In addition, the bottles that most patients take home from the pharmacy won’t contain RFID tags because most pharmacists usually transfer medicines from manufacturers’ bottles to generic amber bottles when dispensing the pills.

On all bottles containing RFID tags, the company also puts a special logo and the words, “This package contains a radio frequency device,” in fine print, since you can’t see the tags, which are paper-thin and inserted under the bottles’ labels.

Source: ZDNet

DivX partners with Google Video, Pioneer

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Video technology company DivX is partnering with Google to make Google Video accessible on a variety of consumer electronics devices, the companies announced Friday at the Consumer Electronics Show here.

The DivX video-codec video compression technology offers DVD quality at 10 times the compression of traditional MPEG2 files, enabling a full-length film to fit on one CD or eight films to fit on one DVD.

DivX also announced that Pioneer Electronics will introduce a new line of DivX-certified DVD players and recorders in the U.S. and JVC will introduce a new line of DivX Ultra-certified in-car DVD receivers in North America.

Source: ZDNet

Dell says sells over 10 mln PCs in fourth quarter

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Dell Inc. (DELL.O: Quote, Profile, Research), the world’s No. 1 personal computer maker, sold over 10 million PCs in its fourth fiscal quarter, the company’s chief executive said on Thursday.

“We just shipped in the fourth quarter over 10 million PCs,” said the company’s CEO and founder Michael Dell at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Dell’s fiscal fourth quarter ends in January. In the third quarter, the company sold 9.2 million PCs.

Source: Reuters

eBay Hacker Indicted in Massachusetts

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A 20-year-old Massachusetts man has been charged with hacking into dozens of customer accounts at online auctioneer eBay Inc. and racking up $32,000 in charges.

Sean Galvez of Boston was indicted on one count of larceny and 10 counts of unauthorized access to a computer and identity fraud committed during 2003.

He is believed to have illegally accessed and taken over more than 40 eBay accounts, then used them to buy gift certificates for eBay’s Half.com, according to a statement from Massachusetts Attorney General Tom Reilly.

Source: eWeek

Apple Sues To Save Its iPod

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

With Apple set to introduce new media distribution technology at next week’s Macworld Conference, the company on Wednesday filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in San Francisco against Burst.com Inc. to protect its burgeoning digital content delivery and iPod empire.

“Burst.com approached Apple claiming that some of our products violate their patents. But we don’t agree,” an Apple spokeswoman said in a prepared statement. “Unfortunately, we’ve been unable to resolve the disagreement with Burst directly. So we’ve asked the court to decide.”

To Richard Lang, co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Burst.com, Apple’s rejection of his company’s claims represents something of a double standard. “Big companies love patents as long as they’re not owned by someone else,” he observes.

Apple is seeking a declaratory judgment from the court that its products do not infringe upon patents held by Burst.com. Apple declines to specify which products are the focus of the dispute. Burst.com says it has been pursuing licensing for Apple’s QuickTime, iPod, and iTunes products, including Apple’s iTunes Music Store.

Source: informationweek

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