8/2/2006

Huge European iTunes giveaway

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Apple is teaming up with Coca-Cola in Europe to give away about 70 million songs on its market-leading iTunes Music Store — more than a third of the total number of songs it has sold there to date.

The companies declined to disclose terms of the deal.

Source: Reuters

AOL Giving Away More Free Services

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Stepping up the chase for online advertising dollars, AOL will give away e-mail accounts and software now available only to its paying customers in a strategy shift likely to accelerate the decline in its core Internet access business.

The decision, announced Wednesday by AOL parent Time Warner Inc., removes the few remaining reasons for AOL subscribers to keep paying when they already have high-speed Internet access through a cable or phone company.

AOL will still offer its dial-up accounts at $26 a month for unlimited use, but the company no longer will aggressively market the service. That’s likely to mean the end of mailboxes stuffed with CDs of trial AOL software, as well as job cuts in marketing and customer service. The company did not announce how many layoffs will result.

The changes are to fully take effect in early September.

Source: AP

RealNetworks to Distribute Firefox Google Toolbar

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

RealNetworks, Inc. (Nasdaq: RNWK), Google Inc., (Nasdaq: GOOG), and Mozilla Corp. today announced a new multi-year agreement under which Real would offer the popular Google Toolbar and the Mozilla Firefox Web browser with RealPlayer, one of the most frequently downloaded applications around the world.

This builds on and broadens a successful two-year relationship under which Real has distributed millions of Google Toolbars to Internet users around the world.

Real regularly distributes more than 2 million pieces of software a day worldwide. When users install RealPlayer, they will be given the option also to install either the Google Toolbar or Firefox.

Windows Live Spaces Is Launched

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) tonight began rolling out Windows Live Spaces, the next generation of the world’s most widely used blogging service, MSN Spaces.

The new service includes social networking features designed to help users discover and connect with friends through their trusted contacts and allows customers to personalize their Windows Live Spaces with gadgets.

Microsoft also announced additional progress on Windows Live with the launch of Windows Live Toolbar, the Windows Live QnA beta and the releases of enhanced safety services in the coming weeks.

Israel hacks into Hezbollah TV

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

ISRAEL today hacked into the television station of Hezbollah, emblazoning images on the screen showing pictures of corpses and claiming the Shiite militant group’s leader Hassan Nasrallah was a liar.
One of the images shown on Al-Manar television portrayed the body of a fighter lying face-down, wearing khaki trousers with a text beneath in Arabic reading: “This is the photograph of a body of a member of Hezbollah’s special forces”.

“Nasrallah lies: it is not us that is hiding our losses,” continued the text, which appeared during the evening news and stayed on the screen for several minutes.

Israel also hacked into FM radio stations and instead of normal programs a two-minute recording was repeatedly broadcast.

“Hassan sent men to fight the Israeli army, an army of steel, without preparing them. Stop listening to patriotic hymns for a moment, reflect and bring your feet back to the ground,” said the Arabic message.

Source: The Courier-Mail

Most Home Users Secure Wi-Fi Networks

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Six out of ten consumers with Wi-Fi lock down their home networks, said a poll released Tuesday by a research firm.

According to New York-based JupiterResearch, 60 percent of home computer users who own a wireless network enable security on the network. Security experts unanimously recommend that consumers apply wireless security provisions to protect their computers and the data on them, as well as keep freeloaders from piggybacking on their bandwidth.

Source: InformationWeek

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