2/21/2006

Nude photo site wins injunction against Google

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A federal judge has ruled that portions of Google’s popular image search feature, which displays small thumbnail versions of images found on other Web sites, likely violate U.S. copyright law.

U.S. District Judge A. Howard Matz ruled Friday that Perfect 10, an adult-oriented Web site featuring “beautiful natural women” in the nude, has shown that Google image search probably infringes copyright law “by creating and displaying thumbnail copies of its photographs.”

The Los Angeles judge said he would award Perfect 10 a preliminary injunction against Google, and gave lawyers for both sides until March 8 to propose the injunction’s wording.

Google said on Tuesday that it plans to appeal the injunction, and predicted it will have no effect on the “vast majority” of its image searches.

Source: News.com

Google releases Desktop 3 for Enterprise

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Google on Tuesday released the beta version of its latest desktop search application, Google Desktop 3 for Enterprise, which the company recommends for corporations worried about security risks.

The enterprise version has all the functionality of the consumer version, which was released last week. But it allows network administrators to completely disable features, such as Search Across Computer. That feature, disabled by default, automatically stores copies of data on multiple computers.

Source: News.com

AOL to Charge Same for Dial-Up, Broadband

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

America Online Inc., seeking to encourage its subscribers to sign up for high-speed connections, is raising the price of its main dial-up plan to equal that of its new broadband offerings.

That means most subscribers will pay $25.90 a month for either dial-up or broadband beginning March 9, although AOL is offering discounts to dial-up subscribers who commit to a year. AOL currently charges $23.90 a month for unlimited dial-up access.

“We’re doing this because a majority of AOL members will be able to get high-speed connections and access the AOL service for this new price,” spokeswoman Anne Bentley said Tuesday. “Hopefully it’s an encouragement for them to get high-speed connections.”

Source: AP

U.S. Takes Aim at Online Gambling

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Legislation focused on cracking down on the thriving business of online gambling was introduced in Congress this week to tighten existing laws that outlaw the practice in the U.S.

The Internet Gambling Prohibition Act, sponsored by Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Rick Boucher (D-VA), would update the U.S. Wire Act, which prohibits gambling over telephone wires, to cover use of the Internet to operate a gambling business.

The bill not only forbids a gambling business from accepting payments made by credit cards and electronic transfers, but also includes an enforcement mechanism to address gambling operations, located offshore, that use bank accounts in the U.S.

“For too long our children have been placed in harm’s way as online gambling has been permitted to flourish into a $12 billion industry,” Goodlatte said in a statement. “The Internet Gambling Prohibition Act brings the current ban against interstate gambling up to speed with the development of new technology.”

The bill would allow federal, state, local, and tribal law-enforcement officials to seek help from Internet service providers to remove or disable access to Internet gambling sites that violate the act. In addition, the bill would boost the maximum prison term for a violation of the Wire Act to five years from two years.

Source: News Factor

OSx86 Project forums back online

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The OSx86 Project’s forums came back online over the holiday weekend after site administrators removed links to patches developed by a hacker named Maxxuss, according to a posting on the site.

The forums were shut down last week after the site said it had received a notice under the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. At various points last week, the site contained links to Maxxuss’ Web site, where PC owners could find patches allowing them to run a recent version of Mac OS on their non-Apple x86 PCs, which Apple forbids.

At the request of Apple’s lawyers, the OSx86 Project removed direct links to those patches, the site said.

Source: News.com

EverQuest II Kingdom of Sky Ships to Retail

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Sony Online Entertainment Inc. (SOE), announced that EverQuest II Kingdom of Sky, the second expansion for EverQuest II, is shipping to retail stores in North America and can also be purchased via digital download.

The retail version of the game contains the full version of EverQuest II, as well as the all new Kingdom of Sky expansion, a full-color poster sized map, a limited-edition collectible EverQuest II coin, and a special in-game item, a carnivorous plant that will reward players with items for feeding it.

The digital download includes the new expansion only, and can be purchased through the SOE Station Store. Purchasers of both the retail and digital download will also receive a free Arena Champion character that can be used in Player vs. Player (PvP) combat.

Extremely Critical Mac OS X 0-Day Exploit Released

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Heise online is reporting that a new critical vulnerability for Mac OS X has been discovered and it appears to have ramifications beyond the Safari brows. The problem is severe because a user simply needs to visit a malicious website and shell scripts with launch with zero user interaction!

The cause for this problem is that OS X will automatically launch shell scripts (even inside a ZIP file) when it’s missing certain syntax at the beginning of the script.

Vulnerabilities don’t get any more serious than this since it requires no user interaction. The recent Mac OS X Leap.A worm attempted to fool users in to launching the malicious code which was disguised as an image file, but this exploit launches the minute you visit a webpage with Safari. All Apple OS X users should immediately implement the following temporary workaround before Apple releases a patch.

The best immediate recourse against such an attack is to deactivate the option “Open ’safe’ files after downloading” in the “General” section of Safari’s preferences.

Source: ZDNet

Next-gen DVD format DRM gets green light

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The Advanced Access Content System Licensing Administrator has approved the final specification for its copy-protection technology that will be used by both the Blu-ray and HD DVD high definition optical disc formats.

The AACS LA reached agreement on an interim licence that will give hardware makers and disc replicators access to the encryption keys needed to start pressing discs and shipping players capable of reading them, Video Business reports.

One of the major stumbling blocks to the agreement had been the issues of ‘managed copy’ which will allow consumers to make a copy of AACS-protected discs for playing on a computer media centre, which Microsoft and Intel consider an essential feature.

Source: pcpro

Google denies acting unlawfully in China

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Internet giant Google, which has agreed to block politically sensitive items on its new China site, rejected Chinese newspaper reports on Tuesday that the new platform does not have the correct license.

The Beijing News reported on Tuesday that Google.cn, the recently launched service that accommodates China’s censorship demands, has not obtained the Internet content provider (ICP) license needed to operate Internet content services in China.

The Ministry of Information Industry, which regulates China’s Internet, was “concerned” and investigating the problem, the paper said.

“Under China’s policy framework for the Internet, Google.cn is clearly unlawful,” said the China Business Times.

A Google spokeswoman said the newspaper reports were groundless. “Google has the required license to operate the Google.cn service in China,” she said in an emailed statement.

Google used the ICP license of another, local company, Ganji.com, under a business partnership — a practice followed by many international Internet companies in China. The license number is displayed at the bottom of the Google.cn screen.

Source: Reuters

Google has no valid license to operate in China

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Google’s China platform, Google.cn, has no Internet content provider (ICP) license necessary to operate in China, the Beijing News reported.

The newspaper said that the Ministry of Information is aware of the status of Google’s Chinese operations and that authorities are investigating the matter.

The report added that so far Google.cn is using the same ICP licence as Ganji.com, a Chinese information website.

Current rules do not allow foreign companies without an ICP licence to provide internet services in China, the report said.

Google’s China spokesman said he is unaware of the issue and declined to comment further.

Source: forbes

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