10/5/2006

Microsoft blesses Datacenter users with limitless OS copies

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

As of Oct 1, Windows Server Datacenter Edition operating system customers will have the right to run “an unlimted number of virtualized Windows Server instances.” This policy applies to licenses covering new servers and previous licenses upgraded with new version rights. All told, it means that you pay to run Windows Server Datacenter Edition on a server with a set number of processors and can then divvy that box up with any combination of Windows Server Standard Edition, Enterprise Edition and/or Datacenter Edition without needing to count the number of virtual machines being created or pay for extra Windows Server licenses.

Source: The Register

Sony won’t cut PSP price in ‘06

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Sony Corp.does not expect to cut the U.S. price of its PSP handheld game system for the rest of 2006, and the number of available games will nearly double to about 230 in that time, Sony said on Thursday.

Sony introduced the PSP, or PlayStation Portable, in 2005 in a bundled package that included several accessories and has sold some 5.5 million units in the United States. Currently it sells the device for $200 without some original add-ons, as well as a $250 package including the device, a movie and a memory card.

“We don’t necessarily see the need to cut the price,” John Koller, a product manager at Sony Computer Entertainment, told Reuters. “We need to offer broader value and introduce new consumers to what the PSP can do.”

Trio sentenced to 8 years in U.K. cyberattack scheme

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Three Russian citizens were sentenced Wednesday to eight years each for extorting money from U.K. e-commerce companies.

Ivan Maksakov, Alexander Petrov and Denis Stepanov were accused of receiving $4 million from firms that they threatened with cyberattacks.

The trio concentrated on U.K. Internet gambling sites, according to the prosecution. One bookmaker, which refused to pay a demand for $10,000, was attacked and brought offline–which reportedly cost it more than $200,000 a day in lost business.

Maksakov, Petrov and Stepanov were arrested in 2004 through a joint operation between the U.K. National Hi-Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) and the Russian authorities.

Source: News.com

Starbucks’ Hear Music to be available on iTunes

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Starbucks Corp. on Thursday said its Hear Music catalog will be available in the iTunes music store under an agreement with iTunes owner Apple Computer Inc..

Source: Reuters

Steve Jobs knew about options backdating

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Apple Computer has concluded an internal investigation into backdated stock options and found that while CEO Steve Jobs was aware of the practice, he did not personally benefit from it. Over the summer, we learned that Apple had engaged in backdating and springloading stock options in an attempt to increase the value of stock option grants. Such practices are frowned upon by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Source: arstechnica

Indian data theft ‘exposed’

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A man in India offered to sell the front man of a Channel 4 sting operation the credit card details of 200,000 people, the programme Dispatches will reveal tonight.

The programme makers were inspired by a sting operation mounted on an Indian call centre last year by The Sun newspaper, in which a man allegedly sold the bank details of 1,000 British people to a journalist.

The Channel 4 programme also claims to have found a man willing to sell the mobile phone details of 8,000 British people, and another willing to sell bank account details.

Source: The Register

Apple admits iPod Nano colours fade

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

… the Nano’s packaging is a carton designer’s wet dream all on its own, as this little photo sequence shows. You almost want to leave the Nano in there. And you may have to if you can’t figue out how to get the thing open…

But what’s this I read at the end of the small print on the back after the battery charge and storage capacity caveats?

“Like a fine pair of jeans, iPod Nano colours may vary and change over time.”

So my fine, shiny azure music player may soon become faded, dull and lustreless, baggy at the kneeds, and quite possibly giving out at the crotch.

Source: Reg Hardware

BestBuy to launch music service with Real, Sandisk

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Best Buy Co. Inc. on Thursday said it will introduce a new music service with digital music player maker SanDisk Corp. and music software company RealNetworks Inc. to create the latest competing service to Apple’s iPod and iTunes combination.

Best Buy, the top U.S. consumer electronics retail chain said it would use Real’s Rhapsody subscription service. The service is designed to work hand-in-hand with the new line of SanDisk Sansa e200R Rhapsody digital music players, much in the way that iPods work with iTunes.

The service and players will both be available starting October 15.

Source: Reuters

Microsoft Plans Vista Upgrade Coupon For Holiday Season

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft later this month plans to roll out an Express Upgrade program that gives buyers of Windows XP-based PCs a coupon for a free or discounted upgrade to Windows Vista through March 15.

As part of the deal, designed to drive PC sales though the holiday season, Microsoft will include coupons in each Windows XP SKU that will entitle users to a free or discounted Vista upgrade when the next-generation operating system ships in the first quarter of 2007, industry sources said.

For instance, customers who buy PCs equipped with Windows XP Pro, Windows XP Pro Tablet PC Edition and Windows XP Pro x64 Edition are entitled to a free upgrade to Vista, sources said. Customers will be responsible for fulfillment costs.

Not all of the coupons will be for free upgrades. Customers who buy systems running Windows XP Home Edition can upgrade to Vista Home Basic Edition for a flat $49 fee and to the higher-end Windows Vista Home Premium Edition for a cost of $79.

The Windows Vista Technology Upgrade Program runs from Oct. 26, 2006, through March 15, 2007. Distributors are expected to have the new SKUs in house for system builders by Oct. 15.

Source: InformationWeek

IBM Donates Open-Source Technology for AJAX

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

IBM announced that it will make another round of technology contributions to the open-source community to promote the use of Web 2.0 technologies in the enterprise.

At the AJAXWorld conference in Santa Clara, Calif., on Oct. 4, IBM officials said the systems giant will make additional contributions to the Eclipse Foundation’s ATF (AJAX Technology Framework) and the Mozilla Foundation.

Source: eWeek

Google launches search service for computer code

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Google Inc. is introducing a new search service that only a geek could love.

The Web search leader said late on Wednesday it is introducing Google Code Search, a site that simplifies how software developers search for programming code to improve existing software or create new programs.

Google product manager Tom Stocky said the Mountain View, California-based company is set to help programmers sift through billions of lines of computer source code using its familiar search box to uncover snippets of reusable software.

Source: Reuters

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