3/16/2006

MS Outlines Windows Live Voice-and-Video Strategy

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Today at the Spring 2006 VON Conference & Expo, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) will outline its
vision for extending IP communications capabilities throughout Windows Live services to support relationship-centric communication via voice and video for consumers worldwide.

Blake Irving, corporate vice president of the MSN Communication Services and Member Platform group, will detail the company’s voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) strategy and vision for Windows Live in his keynote speech Thursday afternoon. Spring VON Expo is the largest VoIP exhibition in the world, with more than 300 companies showcasing their voice-data communications technology and products.

“Our mission with Windows Live is to deepen people’s relationships with whomever and whatever matters most to them,” Irving said. “We will get there by working closely with the whole ecosystem of telecommunications, Internet services and hardware manufacturing partners to build a complete presence- and contact-centric communications experience. Voice and video will play a critical role as a data type that brings relationships to life online, taking us from an era of black and white to Technicolor.”

The Battle For Eclipse SOA projects

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

There’s gonna be some tough talking at next week’s annual EclipseCon, as two of the industry’s biggest vendors hammer on smaller organizations to merge Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) tools projects.

IBM and Oracle representatives - backing Eclipse’s BPEL designer project - are expected to square off with representatives from Iona, Sybase and ObjectWeb - who are pushing the rival Eclipse STP (SOA Tools Platform) Project - to propose a merging of the teams’ initiatives. A face-to-face confrontation will cap off a flurry of e-mails that have bounced back and forth between the two, warring parties. EclipseCon, taking place in Santa Clara, will serve as the venue for the spat between the bullies and the upstarts.

Source: The Register

Archos readies twin-tuner handheld PVR

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Media player maker Archos will ship what it claims is the world’s first portable movie player with two integrated digital TV tuners and built-in PVR functionality in two months’ time, the company said yesterday. It also announced a new music player, adding support for Plays for Sure-branded download services.

The Archos AV 700 TV contains a 40GB hard drive for programme storage, though it’ll also hold and play music and photos, and Archos has integrated the Mophun mobile phone games engine. It’s really about video, though, and the device boasts a 7in widescreen display to show them off in all their glory.

Source: The Register

FrSIRT Puts Exploits up for Sale

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Independent security research outfit FrSIRT.com is putting its database of security exploits behind the paid curtain.

FrSIRT, previously known as K-Otik, has shut down the public exploits section of its Web site and announced that all exploits and proof-of-concept code will be sold through its subscription-based VNS (Vulnerability Notification Service).

The 3-year-old company, which operates out of Montpellier, France, is considered the go-to place for finding exploit code for known software vulnerabilities and has been a thorn in the side of many vendors, including Microsoft.

FrSIRT describes itself as the trusted center for the collection and dissemination of information related to network threats, vulnerabilities, exploits and incidents, but critics say the company’s open approach to releasing harmful exploit code borders on “irresponsible disclosure.”

The new FrSIRT VNS offers round-the-clock monitoring of new vulnerabilities and threats, and promises real-time access to a Web-based security alerting service.

The alerts are delivered through a Web portal, XML feeds and e-mail subscriptions. Subscribers will also get an online vulnerability scanner and scheduler with which to run security scans on a regular basis to check for security vulnerabilities.

Source: eWeek

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