4/30/2006

Napster returns to free, limited music

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

In a bid to bolster the image of its music subscription service and lure new subscribers, Napster is returning to the days of yore by offering free music. But as you might expect, there’s a catch. Rather than offering free downloadable music, Napster is taking a page from RealNetwork’s playbook and offering free streaming music to users in an attempt to entice them. With Napster’s offering, users can listen to streaming music from any of Napster’s two million tracks, with one caveat: no single track can be played more than five times (tracked via mandatory user registration).

Source: arstechnica

Levi Ships RFID-Tagged Jeans

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The next pair of Levi Strauss & Co. jeans bought in a retail store could have a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag attached, the company confirmed Friday.

Levi Strauss & Co. spokesman Jeffrey Beckman confirms that the clothing maker began shipping men’s jeans, excluding the infamous button-up fly 501s, to one retail location in the United States. The trial uses RFID tags clipped to the outside of the garment to focus on inventory management.

Source: InformationWeek

DOJ jails Spam King

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Alan Ralsky might rat out a massive hacker / spammer network

Alan Ralsky is currently being held by the feds and his file is sealed for the next 72hrs by the DOJ. Local hacker “Memehacker” said “We are concerned that he is going to narq out the entire network since they have enough on him to send him to jail. This means hackers, spammers, anyone who has worked in spam legally or illegally for the last 5 years at least”.

Source: valleywag.com

Don’t Lose It, Locate It

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Loc8tor is an innovative product using patent pending technology that helps find important possessions and can even stop them from getting lost in the first place. By blending the best of old and new technology Loc8tor provides an affordable personal homing device of its kind.

Loc8or
The Loc8tor

For young and old, pet lovers to parents and gadget lovers to grandparents, Loc8tor is designed to be exceptionally easy to use and helps avoid that feeling of frustration when you mislay your valuables. From finding keys, handbags or mobile phones to ensuring the safety of your children, pets and personal possessions, Loc8tor’s versatility means it can be used in almost any situation.

Loc8tor鈥檚 versatile nature enables use around the home, in the office or out and about. Small, discrete Tags and a compact Handheld unit direct users from up to 183 metres / 600 feet to within 2.5cm / 1鈥? of the mislaid item.

Loc8tor tag
Loc8tor tag

The Loc8tor鈥檚 small, discrete Tags can be easily attached to almost any item from laptops through to organisers, wallets to keys. The tags are secured in place with the reusable key ring loop or strong adhesive acrylic strips. The built-in flashing LED and audio beep help guide users directly to the lost or misplaced item.

Google’s Statistical machine translation live

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Google recently launched an online version of translation system for Arabic-English and English-Arabic.

To build the machine translator, Google feed the computer with billions of words of text, both monolingual text in the target language, and aligned text consisting of examples of human translations between the languages. Then Google apply statistical learning techniques to build a translation model.

Chinese man buys fighter jet on eBay

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A Chinese businessman has bought a MiG-21f plane from a U.S. seller on the online auction Web site eBay for $24,730 and plans to use it to decorate an empty space at his offices, a newspaper reported Sunday.

Source: AP

4/29/2006

New test can predict return of cancer

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

U.S. regulators have approved a test that reportedly can predict who are at high risk for a return of cancer after surgical removal of the prostate gland.

The test, known as Prostate PX, uses advanced computer technology and digital imaging to determine an individual’s risk for a recurrence of cancer, reports The Washington Times.

Source: ScienceDaily

Azureus Inc. Moves Toward Commercialization

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Future releases of the most popular BitTorrent client, Azureus, will come bundled with a ‘platform’ for media companies to promote their product to Azureus’ multi-million users, reports Slyck.com. Azureus Inc., who are the newly formed company behind the Azureus software, plan to generate a profit from the platform in the future, but in the short-term are hoping to help independent film companies find their audience.

Source: Slashdot

Dean of Israeli scientists, dies at 80

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Prof. Yuval Ne’eman, 80, a world-acclaimed physicist, multi-talented academic, one of Israel’s most prominent scientists and a right-wing ideologue, died on Wednesday at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center after suffering a stroke.

Born in Tel Aviv on May 14, 1925, he was not only the initiator of the Science and Technology Ministry and twice minister but also the founder and chairman of the Israel Space Agency.

Source: jpost.com

Firefox Flicks Video Contest Winners Announced

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Mozilla announced the winners of its Firefox Flicks video contest at the San Francisco International Film Festival. The winning videos were selected from nearly 300 submissions created by Firefox enthusiasts from around the world, who responded to the opportunity to help promote Firefox through short film.

The grand prize winner, “Daredevil,” will be short-listed for the NY Festival of Advertising’s 2006 International Advertising Awards in May, and the finalists’ Firefox videos will be incorporated into Mozilla’s 2006 marketing activities. The contest and the announcement of the winners wrap up the initial launch of the Firefox Flicks campaign, which will continue throughout 2006.

Google Fails to Make Inroads in S. Korea

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Google Inc. has seeped into many aspects of online life across the globe, but the Internet search engine has failed so far to make any notable inroads in one of the world’s most-wired countries: South Korea.

Google referred only about 17 percent of unique visitors to other sites in March, according to the Web analytics company WebSideStory. Another research company, KoreanClick, found that Google’s Korean site referred only about 10.8 percent of unique visitors in February.

The search-engine field here is ruled by local NHN Corp.’s Naver Web site, whose links accounted for nearly 58.4 percent of search referrals, according to WebSideStory.

Source: AP

4/28/2006

U.S.: FBI Sought Info Without Court OK

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

FBI secretly sought information last year on 3,501 U.S. citizens and legal residents from their banks and credit card, telephone and Internet companies without a court’s approval, the Justice Department said Friday.

It was the first time the Bush administration has publicly disclosed how often it uses the administrative subpoena known as a National Security Letter, which allows the executive branch of government to obtain records about people in terrorism and espionage investigations without a judge’s approval or a grand jury subpoena.

Friday’s disclosure was mandated as part of the renewal of the Patriot Act, the administration’s sweeping anti-terror law.

Source: AP

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