China Prepares to Launch Alternate Internet

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The Chinese government has announced plans to launch an alternate Internet root system with new Chinese character domains for dot-com and dot-net. This may mean that Chinese Internet users will no longer rely on ICANN, the U.S.-backed domain name administrator, and, as one commentator notes, could be the beginning of the end of the globally interoperable Internet.

Source: Slashdot

Intel to use new micro-architecture in 2006

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Intel Corp. said on Tuesday it would implement an Israeli-designed new micro-architecture in all segments of the computer market around the world beginning in the second half of 2006.

Intel said the 64-bit microprocessor at the heart of the new architecture was code-named “Merom” and would be implemented in desktop computers, laptops and servers, to be made with Intel’s 65 nanometre chip-making technology.

It also noted that its dual-core Conroe processor for desktop computers and the Woodcrest processor for servers are based on Intel’s new micro-architecture and were developed at Intel’s two main development centers in Israel, where the Centrino mobile processor was designed.

The announcements, part of a strategy to shift its focus on power efficiency and away from raw speed amid stiff competition from its smaller rival, Advanced Micro Devices come as Intel on Tuesday broke ground on a $4 billion chip plant in the southern Israeli town of Kiryat Gat.

Source: Reuters

Virus Passes From PCs to Mobile Devices

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A security association is reporting what it says is the first virus that can pass from a PC to a mobile device and then erase files.

The proof-of concept virus is not yet threatening users. It was sent to the Mobile Antivirus Researchers Association (MARA), which posted its findings on its Web site Monday.

MARA said the virus came with a text file that read, in part: “This is proof-of-concept code for educational purposes only. This virus closes the gap between handhelds and desktops, now it’s one big world open to all.”

The virus can be a nuisance in a couple of ways. On a PC, it will copy itself into the registry repeatedly as the machine is rebooted, according to the text file sent with the virus. As the virus replicates it can eventually hamper the machine’s performance, it said.

Source: PC World

First cars featuring Windows Mobile Debut

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Microsoft and Fiat Auto Group unveiled Blue&Me, the first in-car infotainment system based on Windows Mobile for Automotive. Blue&Me allows motorists to use voice commands and a push-to-talk button to operate their mobile phones, digital music players and other devices in a safer, more convenient manner in the car. The system supports hands-free communication for more than 140 types of mobile phones via a Bluetooth® connection, and through a Universal Serial Bus (USB) port it can connect with a wide variety of personal music players and other devices. The software is upgradeable, so it can be refreshed to accommodate consumers’ changing needs supporting future devices and new industry standards. The system supports nine languages and is available to drivers and passengers throughout Europe in the company’s Fiat Grande Punto, Alfa Romeo 159, Alfa Romeo Spider and Alfa Romeo Brera models.

Sony, Google To Integrat Blogger & Search Into Handsets

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Sony Ericsson and Google today announced that they have worked closely together to integrate Google’s Blogger and Web Search features on Sony Ericsson mobile phones. The two companies are the first in the industry to provide a pre-loaded blog application with a tight integration to the mobile camera and intuitive automatic set-up for consumers who do not already have a personal blog. The first Sony Ericsson products to offer the new service are the recently announced K610 UMTS phone and new flagship imaging handsets, the K800 and K790, announced today and available in Q2 2006.

Integrating Blogger and Google Web Search in the Sony Ericsson handsets will provide a completely new experience for consumers. Icons leading to Google Web Search have been integrated into the phone user interface to provide easy access to the information that Google Web Search can provide.

Additionally, commencing today Google will become the standard search engine for all new Sony Ericsson Internet-capable phones. It has been tightly integrated into the phone web experience with multiple intuitive access points. For instance, users can directly activate a Google Web Search option from whichever page they are viewing without the need to launch a new web page to complete a search. With one click, you will be able to quickly and easily access the information they need.

Yahoo Limits Advertising With Competing Trademarks

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Yahoo plans to stop allowing advertisers to buy ads against searches on their competitors’ trademarks. But Google continues the practice, and lawyers say it’s undetermined whether the ads are legal.

On Wednesday, Yahoo will no longer offer advertisers the option to bid on search keywords containing a competitor’s trademarked terms. Last week, the company notified its advertisers via E-mail that it planned on March 1st to modify its editorial guidelines regarding the use of trademarked keywords.

Yahoo Search Marketing requires that advertisers agree not to violate the trademark rights of others with their ads. To date, it has allowed advertisers to bid on a trademarked search term in three different circumstances: if they are resellers of the trademarked product advertised; if they operate an informational site that doesn’t compete with the trademark owner’s products or services; or if the “advertiser’s site offers detailed comparative information about the trademark owner’s products or services in comparison to the competitive products and services offered or promoted on the advertiser’s site.”

It is this last condition that Yahoo will no longer consider a valid excuse for using a trademarked keyword.

A spokesperson for Yahoo said via E-mail, “Yahoo! Search Marketing believes that this change in our policy enhances our ability to provide the best experience for users that search on trademark terms.”

Source: Information Week

Microsoft Confirms Work On New Handheld Device

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The company will update its ‘Origami Project’ site later this week with more details, but it’s still a ways off from product availability.

Microsoft Corp. on Monday confirmed that it is working with manufacturers on the concept for a new personalized handheld device under the name Origami Project.

News of the device started circulating on the Web after Microsoft put up a cryptic Web site that hinted at a Thursday announcement, but gave no details. The site generated so much buzz among bloggers that a Microsoft technical evangelist on Monday tried to temper expectations that the company was ready to release a product.

Soon after discovery of the Origami Project Web site, a video apparently of the device started circulating the Internet. The video, which was found on the site of production firm Digital Kitchen, shows people using a handheld computer with a touch screen that’s being used to watch video, access the Web, send pictures and instant messages and play videogames. The machine appears to have a wireless connection.

“While Origami is a concept we’ve been working on with partners, please know that the video seen on Digital Kitchen’s web site is a year old and represents our initial exploration into this form factor, including possible uses and scenarios,” Microsoft said in an emailed statement. “However, we are excited to share more details about the evolution of the Origami concept with you in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!”

Source: InformationWeek

AOL Suits Seek $18M From `phishing’ Rings

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America Online is taking advantage of a first-of-its-kind anti-”phishing” law in Virginia to sue three international groups that allegedly stole information from unsuspecting AOL users by sending e-mail that appeared to be legitimate messages from the company.

AOL’s three lawsuits, filed Monday in federal court in Alexandria, Va., seek $18 million for the unit of Time Warner Inc.

The suits allege that the 30 phishers, who have not yet been identified by name, violated the 2005 Virginia anti-phishing act, which covers AOL because it is based in Dulles, Va. The suits also cite federal computer fraud law and the Lanham Act, which protects trademarks.

The phishers cited in the suits are accused of sending tens of thousands of e-mails and setting up Web sites that purportedly were from AOL customer service.

Source: AP

Google to Grab More Office Space

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The search giant is reportedly set to unleash real-time access, opening a window to office network software.

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Google said it will offer automated business management features that have so far been missing from its enterprise search repertoire, according to a recent report.

Matt Glotzbach, director of product management for Google’s enterprise products, confirmed earlier reports that real-time access to information is on the way.

Google will soon let its corporate search customers get real-time access to their company’s computer networks, thus providing the basis for features like ERP (enterprise resource management).

In an e-mail to eWEEK, Dave Girouard, general manager of Google Enterprise, wrote that Google plans to upgrade its search appliances later this year to increase the types of searchable content “and boost the types of authentication and authorization systems with which the appliance can interoperate.”

Source: eWeek

Diverse Groups Team Up to Fight E-Mail Fee

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A variety of interest groups have joined forces to fight a proposed bulk e-mailing fee they claim strikes at the heart of online communication — a level playing field for rich and poor.

America Online plans to introduce a service that would charge businesses and other bulk e-mailers a fee to route their e-mail directly to a user’s mailbox without first passing through junk mail filters. Yahoo has announced similar plans.

“The creativity and ingenuity that have driven the Internet have always relied on an open platform where the haves and have-nots get treated equally,” said Eli Pariser, executive director of MoveOn.org Civic Action. “This e-mail tax system is a big step toward dismantling that system.”

The alliance protesting the move includes liberal activist group MoveOn, the conservative activist group RightMarch.com, the U.S. Humane Society, labor and environmental groups and online medical communities.

AOL spokesman Nicholas Graham replied: “No matter what the political rhetoric is, AOL will remain resolute in our pursuit of improving e-mail safety and security in doing what is right for our members. That simply is not going to change.

Source: AP


May 23 Launch of First Blu-Ray Disc Titles

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) is targeting May 23 to deliver the first wave of Blu-ray Disc (BD) titles at retail, it was announced today. Delivery will coincide with the launch that day of the first commercially available BD player from Samsung Electronics, which will be followed shortly by BD players from Pioneer and Sony along with a BD compatible VAIO PC from Sony.

SPHE and MGM Home Entertainment will first release eight BD titles, with another eight following shortly June 13. Benjamin S. Feingold, president, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, made the announcement.

The first Blu-ray Disc titles will include: 50 First Dates, The Fifth Element, Hitch, House of Flying Daggers, A Knight’s Tale, The Last Waltz (MGM), Resident Evil Apocalypse and XXX.

BD titles streeting June 13 include: Kung Fu Hustle, Legends of the Fall, Robocop (MGM), Stealth, Species (MGM), SWAT and Terminator (MGM). Underworld Evolution will debut in early Summer day and date with the DVD.

“We are primed to ensure that a variety of Blu-ray Disc content is available at retail to support the introduction of the first BD players from Samsung Electronics and Pioneer, as well as the first BD player and compatible VAIO computer from Sony,” said Mr. Feingold. “Sony Pictures further intends to provide additional titles to coincide with the launch of BD products from other manufacturers. We’re thrilled that the Blu-ray Disc era is about to begin.”

Amazon.com acquires Shopbop.com

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Online retailer Amazon.com, Inc. said on Monday it has acquired Shopbop.com, a retailer of women’s shoes and accessories.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Source: Reuters

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