Firefox 2.0 Delayed Until October

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Mozilla Corp. on Monday pushed back the release date of Firefox 2.0 yet again, with a scheduled ship for mid-to-late October.

According to the minutes of Mozilla’s weekly progress meetings, there are approximately 40 bugs in the under-construction Firefox 2.0 Beta 2, and about 100 that need to be addressed before the final goes out the door.

Source: InformationWeek

CBS to air primetime shows online

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BS Corp. on Tuesday said it plans to air prime time television programs, including its top-rated CSI series and “Survivor” show, on the Internet for free.

The shows will include “limited commercial interruption” and be made available on its high speed Internet channel innertube the morning after it airs on the CBS broadcast network, the company said.

Source: Reuters

RIAA drops suit against grieving family

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The RIAA is famous for suing anyone, anywhere, no matter how unlikely the target or how bad it makes them look. Apparently, even its avarice has limits, as the group has decided to drop the suit against Larry Scantlebury’s estate. Scantlebury was named as a defendant in one of the RIAA’s lawsuits. He recently passed away, and the RIAA graciously decided to stay the case for 60 days while his family grieved his loss.

In response to the uproar surrounding the situation, the RIAA has decided to drop all proceedings against the estate. In a statement, RIAA spokesperson Jonathan Lamy said that “out of an abundance of sensitivity, we have elected to drop this particular case.”

Source: arstechnica

Google Upgrades Blogger

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Google has announced the first major upgrade to Blogger since taking over the creaking old platform. Still in beta, the new service offers a tie-in to your Google Account, dynamic pages, separate comment feeds, new layouts, an apparent merger with Google’s Page Creator for WYSIWYG editing, integration of feeds, public/private access control and — of interest to bloghackers — tag-based labels for categories.

Source: Slashdot

Sun to Open-Source Java ME

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Sun Microsystems plans to open-source its implementation of the Java ME specification and is shooting to have that done by the end of this year, Sun executives said Aug. 14.

This is the first time Sun has said publicly that Java ME (Java Platform, Micro Edition) is part of its plan for open-sourcing Java.

Until now the company has said that it is working on open-sourcing its implementation of the Java SE (Java Platform, Standard Edition) specification, also known as JDK.

Source: eWeek

Windows Mobile Security Software Fails the Test

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Windows Mobile security software is insecure and buggy, according to a report from Airscanner. In a paper posted at msmobiles.com, roughly 20 different Windows Mobile programs (e.g. MS Money, Password Master 3.5, etc) were examined and found to have a wide range of issues from broken protection schemes to poor encryption algorithms, and more. The paper goes into some details about each program and their flaws and also provides some tips on how to protect your data.”

Source: Slashdot

Spyware Infection Rates On The Rise

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Spyware infection rates have risen to the highest levels since 2004 when the Internet security scourge was at its supposed peak, according to the latest State of Spyware report issued today by Webroot Software, the leading anti-spyware developer.

During the second quarter of 2006, Webroot researchers found that 89 percent of consumer PCs were infected with an average of 30 pieces of spyware — a slight increase from the first quarter of 2006 when infection rates returned to alarmingly high levels after a supposed lull in spyware infections during the second half of 2005. According to the report, new distribution channels, advanced spyware technologies and a reliance on free anti-spyware programs are all contributing factors to the startling increase.

In the report, Webroot details how spyware purveyors are capitalizing on the popularity of social networking sites like MySpace to reach new victims while spammers have recognized the extra profitability offered by adding spyware programs to their email scams. Spyware criminals are also flooding the Internet with an increased number of malicious spyware websites in hopes of garnering new victims. Using Phileas V, the next generation of Webroot’s automated spyware research system, Webroot to date has identified 527,136 malicious websites. This number marks a substantial increase during the last quarter as the number of identified websites at the close of the first quarter of 2006 was 427,000.

Apples New Mac OS 10.5, Leopard Leaked

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A preview version of Apple’s much anticipated Mac OS X 10.5 made its way onto file-sharing networks such as BitTorrent this past weekend, according to various publications.

Attendees at last week’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) received copies of the beta ware and had to sign legally binding agreements not to let Leopard stray onto file-sharing networks. Perhaps someone didn’t read the not-so-fine print?

MacUser reports that this version of Leopard is indeed legit, unlike a fake one that was reportedly making its rounds last week. The version of Leopard available on BitTorrent is 4.3GB, containing 93 files.

Source: InfoWorld

VA to Encrypt All Computers

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Through a contract with SMS, the department plans to install GuardianEdge encryption on all agency laptops.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced a plan to encrypt critical data on every laptop computer in the agency within the next month.

According to a release provided to eWEEK by spokesperson Matthew Burns, VA Secretary James Nicholson is announcing a new data security program that will begin immediately.

Source: eWeek

Apple claims legal right to the word ‘Pod’

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Apple has laid legal claim to the word “Pod,” arguing that other companies that use the word as part of their product names risk infringing the trademark of its popular iPod music player.

The legal campaign, which in recent days has drawn challenges to products with names such as Profit Pod and TightPod, reflects a broader attempt by some of the most successful consumer technology companies to prevent their best-known product names slipping into common usage beyond their control.

Dave Ellison, whose company, Mach5Products, makes the Profit Pod, said he received trademark recognition for his product name in the US, and that he and his wife, Carolee, had thought up the name around five years ago, before they had heard of the iPod, which was introduced in 2001.

Google also is fighting the use of the verb google, but unlike Google, Apple is trying to stop companies from using a generic word.

Related: Google Sends Legal Threats to Media Organizations

Source: FT.com

Microsoft warns game developers of security risk

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All too familiar with hackers looking to exploit security flaws in its software, Microsoft Corp. warned video game developers on Monday that their PC games are now a target for criminals.

Popular massively multiplayer online games, such as “World of Warcraft,” have created a market for valuable game identities loaded with gold or other hard-earned forms of in-game currency that can be used to buy new weapons, magic spells or other trappings to advance within the game.

Using malware or software designed to infiltrate a computer system, hackers steal account information for users of MMO games and then sell off virtual gold, weapons and other items for real money.

“Those of you who are working on massively multiplayer online games, organized crime is already looking at you,” said Dave Weinstein, a Microsoft security development engineer at the company’s Gamefest video game development conference.

Source: Reuters

AMD unleashes next-generation Opteron chips

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dvanced Micro Devices plans to announce its new “Rev F” generation of Opteron server processors Tuesday, the next volley in a competition with Intel’s newly competitive Xeon models.

The Rev F Opterons, all dual-core models, add new virtualization abilities and faster memory, run at the same 2.6GHz top speed as preceding mainstream models, and plug into AMD’s new “Socket F.” Although that new socket disrupts server designers’ easy upgrade path from one Opteron to the next, it also lays the foundation for quad-core chips in 2007 and for server designs through the end of the decade.

Source: News.com

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