1/12/2006

Google offers personal home page for mobile phones

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Web search leader Google Inc. on Thursday said it was now offering U.S. mobile phone users a personalized version of the Google home page tailored to work on most recently introduced mobile phones.

The Google Personalized Home page for mobile phones will allow consumers to conduct Web searches and check Gmail e-mail, news headlines, local weather reports or a list of stock prices — all from one central page on their phones.

Google is racing with Internet rivals such as Yahoo, Microsoft, America Online and InfoSpace to extend the information services they already offer on computers to the browsers of mobile phones.

The Mountain View, California,-based company plans to offer the personalized Google home page for mobile phone users in international markets in the coming weeks and months, said Deep Nishar, Google’s product manager for wireless services.

Source: Reuters

Researchers Develop Quantum Processor

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A computer chip based on the esoteric science of quantum mechanics has been created by researchers at the University of Michigan. The chip might well pave the way for a new generation of supercomputers.

Employing the same semiconductor-fabrication techniques used to create common computer chips, the Michigan team was able to trap a single atom within an integrated chip and control it using electrical signals.

As of yet, the technology is not applicable to typical desktop PCs or servers, but quantum computers are said to be promising because they can solve complicated problems using massively parallel computing.

Source: News Factor

Spammer faces up to two years in jail

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A Detroit-area man is facing at least two years in jail on charges that he sent millions of spam messages over a number of high-profile company networks in violation of the Can-Spam Act.

Daniel Lin, of West Bloomfield, along with three other men from West Bloomfield, was charged in April 2004 with sending spam over compromised computers belonging to the likes of Ford, Unisys and the U.S. Army Information Center. They were the first people to face charges under the U.S. Can-Spam Act.

A report in the Detroit News said the e-mails offered diet aids, herbs and drugs to fight male impotence. U.S. authorities claim the gang made approximately $100,000 for their efforts.

Source: News.com

Taiwan breeds green-glowing pigs

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Scientists in Taiwan say they have bred three pigs that glow in the dark.

They claim that while other researchers have bred partly fluorescent pigs, theirs are the only pigs in the world which are green through and through.

The pigs are transgenic, created by adding genetic material from jellyfish into a normal pig embryo.

The researchers hope the pigs will boost the island’s stem cell research, as well as helping with the study of human disease.

Source: BBC

TV ads made quick and cheap on the Net

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A Los Angeles-based start-up launched a service Wednesday that allows companies to create television ad campaigns over the Internet for as little as $500 and as quickly as within one week. Spot Runner lets advertisers select a generic commercial from its library, personalize the ads and target customers by demographics, networks and neighborhoods.

Advertisers can buy air time on major networks, including local broadcast and cable channels like CNN and ESPN.

Source: News.com

Google tests map-based ads

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Google is testing advertisements on some of its local maps, writes David Galbraith in his blog.

For example, a search for New York hotels shows red balloons for organic results and smaller, blue balloons for so-called “sponsored links.”

Galbraith points out that while this may be an obvious move on Google’s part, it is still big news because:

“1. The Yellow Pages advertising market is bigger than the entire existing online search advertising market.

“2. Offline Yellow Pages directories will clearly be replaced, over time, by online products, and it looks like maps are how this plays out.

“3. Ad products are where Google makes the money that justifies its gargantuan Market Cap. So a new ad product is a big deal. Now, alongside Adwords and Adsense it has a third revenue source that is in a bigger marketplace.”

Source: News.com

Sun and Apple almost merged three times

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Sun Microsystems tried to acquire Apple once and then almost merged with Apple on two other occasions, according to Sun co-founder Bill Joy. Beyond these deals, the two companies almost teamed on three other projects including sharing a user interface and the SPARC architecture. The moves were cheered by Apple fan Joy, while Sun’s CEO Scott McNealy appeared less impressed with some of the proposals.

All of this we learned tonight at a Computer History Museum event where Sun’s four co-founders held the stage for close to two hours.

Source: The Register

Court Dismisses Yahoo Free Speech Suit

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A federal appeals court on Thursday skirted answering whether Yahoo Inc. must pay a fine of about $15 million to a Paris court for displaying Nazi memorabilia for sale in violation of French law.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a federal lawsuit brought by Yahoo in California challenging the fine levied five years ago for running an auction site in which French users could buy and sell the memorabilia banned in France.

Yahoo asked the U.S. court to rule that the judgment could not be collected in the United States because it violated the company’s free speech rights.

In a 99-page decision, the court left open the central question of whether U.S.-based Internet service providers are liable for damages in foreign courts for displaying content that is unlawful overseas but protected in the United States.

The court said it was unlikely the French would ever enforce the judgment and doubted Yahoo’s free speech rights under U.S. law were violated.

Source: AP

FAT Patent Fight Not Over Yet

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

On Tuesday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office reaffirmed a pair of patents held by Microsoft covering the File Allocation Table, but sources close to the Public Patent Foundation indicate that this will not be the end of the story of efforts to overthrow these patents.

Sources said, “The re-issuance of the patent is based on the examiner’s having accepted an argument previously advanced by Microsoft and previously rejected in the history of the patent, so documented on the file wrapper [the docket sheet of activity which accompanies each patent].” Therefore, the PUBPAT (the Public Patent Foundation) is “not precluded from bringing a new re-examination request, and there is every reason to believe that [it] will be doing so.”

Officially, Dan Ravicher, PUBPAT’s executive director and founder, said, “If Microsoft sues anyone for infringing them, the defendant in any such suit can raise any defense they’d like, including invalidity, and even including invalidity in light of this same prior art.”

Indeed, “The patent office’s decision has no preclusive effect on a court, and there are indeed cases where the patent office made a decision in a re-examination supporting a patent and a court later looked at the same exact issue, disagreed with the PTO, and found the patent invalid,” said Ravicher.

Source: eWeek

Apple Responds to iTunes Spying Allegations

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

According to Macworld and BoingBoing: ‘An Apple spokesman (reliable word has it that it was Steve Jobs himself) told MacWorld that Apple discards the personal information that the iTunes Ministore transmits to Apple while you use iTunes. […] Apple tells us that the information is not actually being collected. The data sent is used to update the MiniStore and then discarded.’ Apple also has a knowledge base articlehttp://apple.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/01/12/1513223&from=rss, which apparently was available the day iTunes 6.0.2 was introduced, explaining the MiniStore behavior and how to disable it: ‘iTunes sends data about the song selected in your library to the iTunes Music Store to provide relevant recommendations. When the MiniStore is hidden, this data is not sent to the iTunes Music Store.

Related: iTunes is tracking your music

Source: Slashdot

Intel Macs will run Windows… eventually

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

We’ve been itching to get our hands on an Intel iMac here at Ars, in no small part due to our curiosity about how well it will run Windows. Apple VP Phil Schiller has even given us his blessing, saying that our desire to run Windows on a Mac is “fine with us. We don’t mind.” There’s one small problem: no 32-bit x86 version of Windows currently shipping will run natively on Macintoshes with the Intel Core Duo CPUs.

It’s simple: the Intel Macs don’t use a BIOS. Instead, they use Intel’s newer Extensible Firmware Interface, which is not supported under Windows XP and earlier versions of Windows. Vista will include support for EFI when it ships later this year, so unless someone comes out with a hack that gets XP up and running on the iMac and MacBook Pro, you’ll have to wait until later this year to dual boot Windows and Mac OS X natively on the same machine.

Source: arstechnica.com

Google adds two “Mini” business search appliances

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Consumer Internet search leader Google Inc. on Thursday said it is introducing two new, higher-capacity systems designed to meet the growing demand to search for documents inside businesses.

The Mountain View, California-based company said it is now offering three Google “Mini” search appliances, used by small to mid-sized companies, including systems that can find up to 200,000 internal documents that sells for $5,995, and a 300,000 document search appliance selling for $8,995.

Search appliances are a combination of hardware and software that can cull through a wide variety of documents by office workers inside an organization, or used externally to allow customers to search through documents on a company’s Web site.

The two new devices work like the existing Google Mini search appliance introduced a year ago, which has the capacity to search 100,000 documents and sells for $2,995.

Source: Reuters

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