6/8/2006

House panel OKs digital licensing bill

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A U.S. House of Representatives panel on Thursday approved a digital copyright bill that critics say could imperil home-use copying of music and video recording devices like TiVo.

Source: News.com

Firms still leaving door open to hackers

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Three in five (61 per cent) firms audited by UK-based penetration testing firm NTA Monitor have one or more high risk vulnerabilities on their internet connections.

NTA classifies a high risk flaw as a vulnerability that allows unauthorised external users to obtain system access, leaving organisations susceptible to Denial of Service attacks or remote system compromise.

Source: TheRegister

New sensors afford robots a light touch

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A new type of sensor may give robots a truly light touch — using electricity and tiny particles to allow a machine to “feel” surfaces, researchers reported on Thursday.

They said their device gave a robot tactile sensitivity equivalent to that of human fingers, and said one early use might be in minimally invasive surgery.

Source: Reuters

‘CSI,’ ‘Survivor,’ other CBS shows head to iTunes

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Apple Computer Inc. said Thursday that CBS Corp. will sell episodes of programs such as “CSI” and “Survivor” on the iTunes Music Store.

Source: bizjournals.com

JFK Papers, Photos to Be Put on Internet

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is launching a massive project to post 48 million pages of documents, 400,000 photos and 1,200 hours of video on the Internet.

The late president’s papers will be digitized first, and could be available on the Internet in 18 months, said Allan B. Goodrich, the library’s chief archivist.

The entire projects, which also includes 7.5 million feet of motion-picture film and 9,000 hours of audio recordings, is expected to take a decade to complete.

Source: AP

Firefox to Drop Pre-Windows 2000 Support

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

In an effort to clean up the API calls used and reduce the codesize a patch was posted at Bugzilla removing support from pre-W2k versions of Windows. There’s a fiery discussion going on over at the Mozillazine forums about this after a counter bug was filed. The official position appears to be that Firefox 3.0 will maintain this un-compatibility.

Source: Slashdot

VA to Recall All Agency Laptops

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The Secretary of the Department of Veteran Affairs, R. James Nicholson, will announce a VA-wide recall of all laptop computers June 8 in a 10:00 a.m. hearing at the House of Representatives Government Reform Committee.

According to Rick Weidman, executive director for Policy & Government Affairs, this recall will cover every laptop computer in the agency.

Source: eWeek

Tyan unleashes 16-core ‘personal’ supercomputer

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Taiwan’s Tyan today pledged to ship a deskside “personal supercomputer” powered by eight Intel low-voltage ‘Woodcrest’ Xeon processors and packing up to 48GB of memory in the fourth quarter. But expect to pay at least $10,000 for the wheel-mounted machine, the company said.

Source: TheRegister

Online video games set to get X-rated

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The adult entertainment industry is on the verge of making online gaming sexier at a time when mainstream publishers are fighting a political and cultural war over erotic content.

Like popular games such as “World of Warcraft” and “Second Life,” Utherverse Inc.’s RedLightCenter is an online universe that can support thousands of players. Unlike the mainstream games, where virtual sex happens in areas apart from the main thrust of play, RedLightCenter starts with sex.

Source: Reuters

Times TV goes live

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The Times has turned on its new online TV and video service backed by a “six-figure” deal with exclusive sponsor Cisco.

A string of video clips including world news, business, sport and entertainment are available from content providers such as Reuters, punctuated by TV commercials.

Source: TheRegister

Sirius to build and launch a 4th satellite

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. on Thursday said it signed a deal with Loral Space & Communications Ltd. to build a new satellite for its pay-radio service.

The cost of designing, building, launching and insuring the satellite will be $260 million, Sirius said. The satellite would support the company’s three other satellites and help improve customers reception of the service.

Source: Reuters

Lala.com Opens Beta to Public

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

With more than 1.8 million album titles available for trade at $1 each, today lala.com opened its beta to the general public. Still in its infancy, lala.com has amassed a music catalog twice the size of Amazon.com’s selection and five times more than can be found on eBay’s CD listings. Every day, lala.com members are adding thousands of new titles, roughly the equivalent of 15 Wal-Mart stores worth of music. This translates into an unparalleled selection of music for lala.com members.

On lala.com, members trade CDs they have for CDs they want. Members receive a CD for every CD they ship to another member. CDs are sent through the mail in pre-paid envelopes provided by lala.com. For every CD received, members pay lala.com $1. Joining lala.com is free.

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