6/10/2006

Former RIAA head: P2P Lawsuits Are Wrong

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Former RIAA head Hilary Rosen now believes that the RIAA is wrong by pursuing their lawsuits of individuals for using P2P programs.

…the lawsuits have outlived most of their usefulness and that the record companies need to work harder to implemnt a strategy that legitimizes more p2p sites and expands the download and subscription pool by working harder with the tech community to get devices and music services to work better together.”

Source: Slashdot

Microsoft Adds Libraries to Its Own Book Search Program

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft Windows Live Book Search will add out-of-copyright content from libraries at University of California and University of Toronto to its digital collection. The program, similar to Google Book Search Library Project, will allow users to answer questions and find information within digitized book content.

Source: thebookstandard.com

World Cup Results In Google

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Want to know what are the latest results in the World Cup. Now all you need to do is just type World Cup in Google and you’ll get the results.

(Thanks for 1faq for the tip)

Also in Google news: Google just changed their google maps pin to an arrow.

Google Map Pin

Zero-Day Exploits Abound at Legitimate Web Sites

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

According to the latest research from software maker Exploit Prevention Labs, malware targeting flaws in popular software including Microsoft’s Windows is being delivered by more Web sites than ever, despite efforts to patch the vulnerabilities.

Security applications vendor Exploit Prevention Labs released the findings of a new report that contends that Internet-based threats using so-called zero-day attacks continue to proliferate at a rapid pace.

In addition to appearing with greater frequency than ever before, and on a larger numbers of seemingly legitimate Web sites, researchers said that the attacks on software vulnerabilities in popular programs such as Microsoft Windows are increasingly being used for criminal purposes.

Exploit Prevention Labs said that the zero-day exploits are specifically being used by international cyber-crime rings targeting the operating system and Web browser flaws.

Source: eWeek

eBay plans to sell ads through other Web sites

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Online marketplace eBay Inc. is set to unveil a keyword advertising system for eBay sellers to promote auctions on other Web sites, borrowing from the strategies of Google and Yahoo.

Michael van Swaaij, eBay’s chief strategy officer, told a conference of software developers here on Saturday of plans to allow eBay’s army of auctioneers to run contextual ads on other Web sites in exchange for a cut of the resulting eBay sales.

Source: Reuters

Main Google search site back up in China

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Google’s main search site at www.google.com is back online in China, the Paris-based Reporters Without Borders said on Friday. The company has been criticized for launching a censored version of its site for China at www.google.cn.

Source: News.com

Microsoft Can’t Patch Flaw in Windows 98, ME

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

With support for its Windows 98 and Windows Millennium Edition operating systems about to expire, Microsoft has given up on the idea of patching a critical security vulnerability in the products, the company announced this week.

The flaw has to do with the way Windows Explorer handles the Component Object Model objects used by Windows programs. Attackers could take over a system by tricking users into visiting a Web site that would then connect them to a remote file server.

“This remote file server could then cause Windows Explorer to fail in a way that could allow code execution,” Microsoft said.

Source: PCWorld

“Seeing machine” offers legally blind view of world

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A legally blind poet at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has designed a “seeing machine” that allows people with limited vision to see faces of friends, read or study the layouts of buildings they intend to visit.

The device, which MIT estimates costs about $4,000 to manufacture, plugs into a personal computer and uses light-emitting diodes to project selected images into a person’s eye, allowing visually impaired users to see words or pictures.

Source: Reuters

Effort unveiled for new Web site for the poor

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Low-income Americans would have free and easy access to vital information under an effort announced Thursday to create a bilingual Web site.

One Economy, a non-profit group that uses technology to upgrade the lives of the poor, said it aims to raise $20 million to start the project, Public Internet Channel.

The site would provide information about such basics as public safety, emergency services, education, health care and jobs.

Source: Reuters

Data on nuclear agency workers hacked

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A computer hacker got into the U.S. agency that guards the country’s nuclear weapons stockpile and stole the personal records of at least 1,500 employees and contractors, a senior U.S. lawmaker said on Friday.

The target of the hacker, the National Nuclear Safety Administration, is the latest agency to reveal that sensitive private information about government workers was stolen.

Source: Reuters

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