6/9/2006

Microsoft Changes WGA Following Spyware Allegations

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Microsoft has changed a feature found in its Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) software after receiving complaints about the program’s daily check-ins with the company’s servers. Now, the tool will dial home in 14-day intervals instead of after every system boot.

Source: NewsFactor

EchoStar, DirecTV to resell broadband

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Targeting rural homes, satellite-TV providers EchoStar Communications Corp. and DirecTV Inc. will resell broadband Internet access via satellite from WildBlue Communications Inc., WildBlue said Friday.

The agreement is a big deal for WildBlue, a privately held company based in Greenwood Village, Colo. It has about 60,000 customers in the United States. EchoStar and DirecTV have 27 million customers combined, many of them in rural areas with access to few, if any, choices for broadband Internet.

Source: AP

Texas to Install Web Cameras on Border

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The governor of Texas wants to turn all the world into a virtual posse. Rick Perry has announced a $5 million plan to install hundreds of night-vision cameras on private land along the Mexican border and put the live video on the Internet, so that anyone with a computer who spots illegal immigrants trying to slip across can report it on a toll-free hot line.

Source: AP

U.S. Drops Plan To Restrict Foreign Researchers

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The Commerce Department has withdrawn proposed changes to export rules that would have tighten restrictions on foreign researchers working in the U.S.

The department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) said last week it is withdrawing two “deemed” exports proposals that originated with the Defense Department. They would have limited foreign researchers’ access to sensitive U.S. technologies.

Source: InformationWeek

Linux Now 25% of Dell’s Server Business

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Linux now makes up over 25% of Dell’s server business, and has become such a standard that they only need to confer with Red Hat for some 10% of service calls

Source: Slashdot

NSA To Datamine Social Networking Sites

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New Scientist has discovered that the NSA is funding research into the mass harvesting of the information that people post about themselves on social networks. And it could harness advances in Internet technology — specifically the forthcoming ’semantic web’ championed by the Web standards organisation W3C — to combine data from social networking websites with details such as banking, retail and property records, allowing the NSA to build extensive, all-embracing personal profiles of individuals.

Related: Social Bookmarking A Threat To Privacy

Source: Slashdot

Microsoft TV enters European market first

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Deutsche Telekom’s French Internet arm, Club Internet, will be the first in Europe to sell Microsoft’s software for TV and video on demand over Internet Protocol networks to consumers, the pair said on Friday.

Microsoft’s television technology allows users to watch high-definition TV, two programs at the same time and record up to 50 hours. It is part of the U.S. giant’s strategy to diversify into telecoms, media and the home-networking market.

Source: Reuters

Court backs government broadband wiretap access

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A U.S. appeals court on Friday upheld the government’s authority to force high-speed Internet service providers to give law enforcement authorities access for surveillance purposes.

Source: Reuters

Beware, phisers target Google!

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Phishers are using a fictional Google brand to launch a three-pronged malware assault on users’ PCs, reports a leading tech website. The phishing e-mail, which contains a realistic Google logo but with the two “o”s replaced with blue Viagra pills, was spotted by the Internet security firm Surf Control’s threat centre.

If a user clicks on the link contained in the e-mail, they are sent to a Web site that drops two relatively harmless Trojan horse programs on their PC. However, although the programs do not do much on their own, when combined they could be lethal, quoted a company official.

Source: tmcnet

Microsoft wraps up code for ’supercomputer’ Windows

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Microsoft has taken another step in its effort to bring Windows in the world of supercomputing, having finished development of its computer cluster operating system.

The software maker said Friday that it has finalized the code for Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003, which is designed to allow multiple servers to work together to handle high-performance computing (HPC) tasks. Such work, long handled by systems from SGI and Cray, has increasingly been tackled by Linux clusters, though Microsoft has been planning its entry for some time.

Source: News.com

Detox Clinic Opening for Video Addicts

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An addiction center is opening Europe’s first detox clinic for game addicts, offering in-house treatment for people who can’t leave their joysticks alone.

Video games may look innocent, but they can be as addictive as gambling or drugs _ and just as hard to kick, says Keith Bakker, director of Amsterdam-based Smith & Jones Addiction Consultants.

Bakker already has treated 20 video game addicts, aged 13 to 30, since January. Some show withdrawal symptoms, such as shaking and sweating, when they look at a computer.

His detox program begins in July. It will run four to eight weeks, including discussions with therapists and efforts to build patients’ interests in alternative activities.

Source: AP

Google co-founder says company is staying in China

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Google Inc. is committed to doing business in China despite criticism the company has faced for abiding by Chinese government censorship restrictions, co-founder Sergey Brin said this week.

Source: Reuters

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