1/17/2006

Google Talk Federation

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Google today announced that its Google Talk service is now fully interoperable with other communications services that support the server-to-server XMPP protocol. This open interoperability, also known as federation, enables any communications service provider to connect to Google Talk so respective users can talk to each other.

Many service providers worldwide support XMPP federation today, as well as thousands of active XMPP-based communications services run by major corporations, ISPs, universities, and individual users. Some of these service providers supporting XMPP federation include Jabber.org, Earthlink, Sipphone’s Gizmo Project, Chikka (Philippines), MediaRing (Singapore), Tiscali (Italy), and Netease (China).

Email is an example of a federated network that enables people to communicate with one another, regardless of their email provider. Open interoperability is the first step towards bringing a similar level of openness and user choice to instant messaging and VoIP, and with today’s deployment of open server-to-server federation, Google Talk is enabling millions of people worldwide to communicate with each other instantly.

Corel debuts WordPerfect Office X3

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Corel Corp. launched a new version of its budget WordPerfect Office software package on Tuesday, with the Canadian software maker saying it is a cheaper alternative to Microsoft Corp.’s Office software.

Ottawa-based Corel said its new WordPerfect Office X3 includes the ability to import and export documents, spreadsheets and presentations to the Portable Document Files (PDF) format, as well as revamped e-mail features.

Corel said its WordPerfect Office X3 costs between $79 and $399. Microsoft, the world’s largest software maker, offers its Office programs from around $150 to more than $500.

Source: Reuters

U.S. government sued over NSA spying

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights filed lawsuits on Tuesday against the Bush Administration for conducting wiretaps of American citizens without judicial oversight.

The ACLU filed its lawsuit against the federal agency tasked with conducting surveillance, the National Security Agency (NSA), on behalf of three authors, two Islamic scholars, and three nonprofit groups that believe they have been or could be targeted by the wiretapping orders. The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed its lawsuit on behalf of its staff, who fit the criteria of those that could be the focus of investigations, the group said in a statement.

Source: security focus

Firefox 20% marketshare in europe 15% In U.S

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A new Xiti Study shows that Firefox has now more than 20% marketshare in Europe and more than 15% in the U.S.

This study relates to the European average of use of Firefox which has just exceeded the 20% mark. In the majority of the countries the use of Firefox rise compared to the last study, including those which were already beyond the 30%. Finland reaches the 38.4% and Germany joined the countries having exceeded the bar of the 30%. France, continues its slow and regular progression to approach the 18%.

Broadcast flag also coming to HD Radio

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Open letters have been flying back and forth between the RIAA and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) over the issue of protecting content on HD Radio. HD Radio, like satellite radio, will provide digital, static-free broadcasts of your favorite radio stations, and will do so in near-CD quality (actually a compressed 96 kbps signal for FM, 32 kbps for AM).

While rejecting the idea of encryption at the source, NAB president, David Rehr suggests that the RIAA and the NAB get together to agree on details of a broadcast flag that would allow radio stations to control what listeners do with their content.

Source: arstechnica

Google to buy radio advertising company

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Internet search engine Google Inc. on Tuesday said it agreed to buy dMarc Broadcasting Inc., a digital solutions provider for radio broadcasters, for undisclosed terms.

Google of Mountain View, California, said closely held dMarc connects advertisers to radio stations through an automated advertising platform. Google said it expects to integrate dMarc technology into the Google AdWords platform to create a new radio ad distribution channel for Google advertisers.

Source: Reuters

Nanobatteries Power Artificial Eyes

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A new U.S. research center, the National Center for Design of Biomimetic Nanoconductors, has been opened to promote new ideas in the field of nanomedicine. For example, a team of researchers at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) is developing a nano-size battery to be implanted in the eye to power artificial retina. But this center will also design and build ‘nanomedical devices based on natural and synthetic ion transporters — proteins that control ion motion across the membranes of every living cell.

Source: Slashdot

Microsoft new tools aim to lure IBM’s Lotus users

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Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday said it plans to offer a variety of analytical and data transfer tools, aimed at luring customers of IBM’s rival Lotus Notes e-mail software to its own system that allows business to collaborate on projects via the Web.

Both Microsoft and IBM are vying for supremacy in the $2.8 billion corporate messaging market which includes collaboration tools such as e-mail, Web publishing, electronic calendars and project management systems.

Each company wants to play a leading role in defining how Web services will work together in the future.

Analysts agree that Microsoft has captured the momentum in the more than decade-old battle between Exchanges and Lotus Notes to win the lion’s share of the corporate e-mail market.

But IBM is seeking to redefine the competition by investing in a new set of Web-based collaboration tools known as IBM Workplace that is attempting to recapture momentum among corporate users switching to Microsoft.

To encourage customers to switch from their existing Lotus applications to Microsoft’s platform, Microsoft said it would offer a tool to allow potential customers to identify and organize its most-used shared software.

In addition to 30 existing application templates, Microsoft also plans to offer three mew ones in its Windows SharePoint Services that are similar to popular applications in Lotus.

Source: Reuters

Adobe unveils After Effects 7.0

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Adobe’s $3.4 billion purchase of Macromedia is starting to have an impact on the software giant’s product line. The latest version of After Effects, unveiled by Adobe tuesday, includes Flash Video export among its new features.

A tool for producing motion graphics and visual effects for film, video, and the Web, Adobe After Effects 7.0 also includes a re-designed, unified user interface and expanded support for OpenGL 2.0.

According to Adobe, users of After Effects 7.0 can eliminate overlapping windows and palettes, rearrange panels, save custom workspaces, and control UI brightness. OpenGL 2.0 speeds production time by accelerating the on-screen rendering of 2-D and 3-D composites and offers high-fidelity support for blending modes, motion blur on 2-D layers, anti-aliasing, track mattes, and shadows.

Source: macworld

Windows Wi-Fi Flaw Uncovered

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A security expert has uncovered a potentially dangerous flaw in Windows that could enable unauthorized access to a PC via wireless connections. The specialist detailed his findings at the Shmoocon hackers gathering in Washington, D.C.

The vulnerability, affecting millions of
Windows 2000 and XP users, is related to the way in which the operating systems on notebook machines with built-in wireless capabilities automatically seek out a wireless network connection when they are booted up, said Mark “Simple Nomad” Loveless of Vernier Threat Labs.

Microsoft made it easy for users to connect to any available Wi-Fi network, but if the laptop cannot find a link, it assigns an ad hoc address link using the identity of the most recent wireless network accessed, Loveless explained.

“The laptop then starts advertising that local network link ID to other machines in close proximity,” he said. Thus, a hacker could create a network connection on a computer that matches the name, or SSID, of the network advertised by the target computer and use that wireless local area network link to get inside the target machine.

That, in turn, could lead to virus-type activity in which a laptop user unwittingly broadcasts an ad hoc, peer-to-peer connection to anyone who has accessed the same Wi-Fi network, Loveless said. In fact, he added, during a recent visit to an airport, he detected 62 separate machines advertising ad hoc networks.

Machines with an operational firewall are not affected by the vulnerability, including those running Windows XP SP2.

Source: newsfactor

Phishing fraudsters target Apple

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Email fraudsters are targeting Apple fans in a change of tactic from standard phishing attacks. Commonly bogus emails that form the basis of phishing attacks pose as security messages from online banks in an attempt to dupe a tiny proportion of recipients, who happen to be customers of the bank, into visiting a bogus site on handing over account information.

eBay account details are also often targeted in a similar way but the latest scam emails, sent out last weekend, target Apple IDs. Armed with an Apple ID and password, fraudsters have access to user’s iTunes Music Store account and their AppleStore account, information that might allow them to buy computers, software, peripherals under a false identity.

Source: the Register

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