6/15/2006

Avoid Wikipedia, warns Wikipedia chief

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Wikipedia founder Jimmy ‘Jimbo’ Wales has warned students not to refer to Wikipedia, reports the US education weekly The Chronicle.

Wales said that he gets about 10 e-mail messages a week from students who complain that Wikipedia has earned them fail grades

Source: TheRegister

AOL launches corporate IM beta

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AOL launched a public beta of its AIM Pro service on Wednesday, marking the latest industry titan to offer corporate America a business version of its instant-messaging service.

The AIM Pro service, professional edition beta, is a version of AOL’s popular Instant Messenger that targets working professionals, small work groups and businesses.

The application is designed to integrate with Microsoft Outlook and provide access to AOL partner WebEx Communications for video conferencing and desktop sharing.

Source: News.com

Direct X 10 will be Vista only

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The Inquirer got the official word that Direct X 10 won’t find its way to Windows XP.

So anyone who plans to buy Direct X 10 hardware and plans to use its full potential will have to buy Vista as well.

Source: The Inquire

Internet for all In Europe

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The 25 European Commission member states and nine accession countries have all signed up for a plan that could make accessibility in e-procurement mandatory.

The 34 countries all signed an agreement in Riga, Latvia, on Wednesday, committing themselves to the “Internet for all” action plan, designed to ensure that the most Web-disadvantaged groups can get online.

The EC has now pledged to increase broadband coverage across the continent to 90 percent by 2010. Rural areas are still underserved, according to the Commission, with about 60 percent penetration. Urban areas fare better and are already at the 90 percent mark.

Source: News.com

Bill Gates To Steps Down In July 2008

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Microsoft Corp. today announced that effective July 2008 Bill Gates, chairman, will transition out of a day-to-day role in the company to spend more time on his global health and education work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The company announced a two-year transition process to ensure that there is a smooth and orderly transfer of Gates’ daily responsibilities, and said that after July 2008 Gates would continue to serve as the company’s chairman and an advisor on key development projects.

The company announced that Chief Technical Officer Ray Ozzie will immediately assume the title of chief software architect and begin working side by side with Gates on all technical architecture and product oversight responsibilities, to ensure a smooth transition. Similarly, Chief Technical Officer Craig Mundie will immediately take the new title of chief research and strategy officer and will work closely with Gates to assume his responsibility for the company’s research and incubation efforts; Mundie also will partner with general counsel Brad Smith to guide Microsoft’s intellectual property and technology policy efforts.

Social Networking Sites Attracts Record Numbers

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comScore Media Metrix today released its monthly analysis of consumer activity at top online properties and categories. In addition to shopping for Moms and Grads, checking out job sites, and staying on top of personal finance and politics in May, Americans also flocked to their favorite TV show and sports sites, including those focused on the World Cup and NBA playoff games. The social networking phenomenon also continued its stratospheric ascent, as MySpace.com reached new heights with 50 million visitors in May and YouTube.com nearly doubled its traffic from April, reaching 12.6 million visitors.

Top 10 Social Networking Sites (number of visitors in thousands):

1. MYSPACE.COM -51,441
2. Classmates.com Sites - 14,792
3. FACEBOOK.COM -14,069
4. YOUTUBE.COM -12,669
5. MSN Spaces - 9,566
6. XANGA.COM - 7,146
7. FLICKR.COM - 5,163
8. Yahoo! 360 degrees - 4,936
9. LIVEJOURNAL.COM -3,904
10. MYYEARBOOK.COM - 3,048

“The popularity of social networking is not expected to wane in the near future,” said Peter Daboll, president and CEO of comScore Media Metrix. “This is a phenomenon we’re seeing not only in the U.S., but also around the world. The challenge for social networking sites will now be monetization and how advertisers will respond to the global marketing potential of these sites.”

Top 10 sites are (number of visitors in thousands):
1 Yahoo! Sites - 130,143
2 Time Warner Network - 119,206
3 MSN-Microsoft Sites 118,907
4 Google Sites - 104,367
5 eBay - 77,525
6 Ask Network - 54,603
7 MYSPACE.COM - 51,441
8 Amazon Sites - 48,278
9 New York Times Digital - 40,342
10 Verizon Communications - 36,238

Critical Flaw In Adobe Reader

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Adobe Reader is susceptible to multiple unspecified security vulnerabilities.

Several security bug fixes have been made, with one considered critical for the Macintosh OS and several considered to have a low rating for Windows. If vulnerability is exploited it would allow malicious native-code to execute, potentially without a user being aware.

All versions of Adobe Reader prior to 7.0.8 are vulnerable to these issues.

Adobe urge users to update to the latest version

Piratebay sails back to Sweden

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Swedish BitTorrent site Piratebay has moved home after a brief sojourn in the Netherlands.

And it is sending a subtle message in its reverse DNS which reads: “hey.mpaa.and.apb.bite.my.shiny.metal.ass.thepiratebay.org.”. Which almost sounds like a quote from Bender, the Futurama robot.

The Piratebay moved to the Netherlands after the raid. But according to their blog they missed Sweden too much and had to return. The site says it wants to spread the website over several different locations worldwide to make it harder to take down.

Source: TheRegister

Over 12,000 black Nintendo DS Lite Systems Stolen

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$2.32 million worth of black Nintendo DS Lite systems stolen in Hong Kong when their shipment making its way from China, where the DS Lites are made, to Europe where the black DS Lites are launching on June 23rd.

Source: Slashdot

Sony unveils world’s smallest projector

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At 410cc it fits easily in the palm of your hand and would tuck away into most brief cases or handbags. The projector uses 14 LEDs as its light source, which means it will draw a fairly small amount of power compared to traditional projectors which generally use a high power bulb.

Source: TheRegister

DivX 6.2.5 Codec Released

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The new DivX decoder, including many performance quality enhancements such as A new “Sharpening” post-processing feature that enhances texture and sharpens any DivX 3, 4, 5 or 6 video; Optimizations for decoding and post-processing; Performance enhancements for post-processing on HT, SMP, and dual core processor.

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Porn download at state office puts taxpayers at risk

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Electronic files containing personal data of up to 2,200 Oregon taxpayers may have been compromised by an ex-employee’s unauthorized use of a computer, the Oregon Department of Revenue said Tuesday.

The incident apparently occurred when an employee downloaded a contaminated file from a porn site.

The “trojan” program attached to the file may have sent taxpayer information back to the source when the computer was turned on again.

Source: katu.com

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