Microsoft’s IE 7 May Beat Firefox 2.0 To Market

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Mozilla Corp. has released Firefox 2.0 Release Candidate 2 (RC2), but may be beat in the race to final by Microsoft, which said that Internet Explorer 7 would ship in October.

Firefox 2.0 RC2 went live late Friday, with the update pushed automatically to users of earlier editions of Firefox 2.0, the open-source browser’s first major update since 1.5 in November 2005. Others can download RC2 in versions for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux in 39 localized editions, including ones for Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, Mongolian, Russian, and Slovakian speakers.

However, at least one more release candidate will be issued by Mozilla. “There are a handful of security and stability bugs we’d like to see get in before the final FF2 release. Thus we’ll be doing a third release candidate,” wrote Mike Schroepfer, Mozilla’s director of engineering, in an entry on the developer’s message forum.

But while Mozilla has not set a final release date for Firefox 2.0 — on this calendar, it was once pegged to late October, but was withdrawn weeks ago — rival Microsoft said that it will ship IE 7, the first significant upgrade to its browser since 2001, this month.

Source: InformationWeek

Google Snaps Up YouTube for $1.65B

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Internet search leader Google is snapping up YouTube for $1.65 billion, brushing aside copyright concerns to seize a starring role in the online video revolution.

The all-stock deal announced Monday unites one of the Internet’s marquee companies with one of its rapidly rising stars. It came just a few hours after YouTube unveiled three separate agreements with media companies to counter the threat of copyright-infringement lawsuits.

The price makes YouTube Inc., a still-unprofitable startup, by far the most expensive purchase made by Google during its eight-year history. Last year, Google spent $130.5 million buying a total of 15 small companies.

Source: AP

Symantec ships Web shopping shield

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Symantec on Monday announced the availability of Norton Confidential, a new product designed to protect consumers as they do business online. Norton Confidential includes technologies to shield against data-thieving phishing Web sites and eavesdropping malicious software such as keystroke loggers and screen scrapers, Symantec said in a statement.

Source: ZDNet

MS Ends support for Windows XP Service Pack 1

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On October 10, 2006, Microsoft will end all public assisted support for Windows XP Service Pack1 (SP1). After this date, Microsoft will no longer provide any incident support options or security updates for this retired service pack under the policies defined by the Microsoft Support Lifecycle policy.

Enterprise customers
Microsoft will, under qualified conditions, make Custom Support Agreements (CSA) available for eligible enterprise customers. CSA customers are also encouraged to consider migrating to Windows Vista as part of their migration plan. Customers may qualify for a CSA if they have a current Premier support agreement, and a detailed migration plan moving them from Windows XP SP1 to the latest operating system.

Microsoft: Vista deployment twice as fast as XP

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Microsoft has announced that they expect businesses to deploy Vista quickly—twice as fast as the XP launch, in fact. By Vista’s first birthday, proud papa Microsoft hopes that it will have doubled the deployments of XP in the same time period.

Source: arstechnica

Microsoft Revokes ‘Adware’ Distributor’s MVP Status

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One week after it named the creator of a Windows Messenger add-on to its list of Most Valued Professionals (MVPs), Microsoft has revoked the award after critics pointed out that the program is used to distribute adware.

Messenger Plus is a free program that adds some useful functions to Microsoft’s instant-messaging software, like the ability to stack several chat windows together and access them via tabs.

However, security experts last week said Paciullo’s software is also used to distribute Lop, which they describe as a nasty adware program. Other MVPs said his addition to the list made a mockery of the MVP program.

Source: cio.com

Universal and YouTube land deal

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Universal Music Group on Monday said it has landed a distribution deal with the top online video site YouTube, ending a public dispute over protecting the rights of its artists online.

Source: Reuters

Google signs deal with Sony BMG, Warner Music

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Internet search leader Google Inc. on Monday said it signed distribution deals with Sony BMG and Warner Music Group Corp. to offer music videos.

Source: Reuters

Web video search site Blinkx signs Microsoft pact

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On Monday, Blinkx will announce potentially one of its biggest deals to date, with Microsoft Corp., which has agreed to use Blinkx technology to power the video search on some parts of its MSN Internet sites and Live.com.

“We will be the single biggest video search engine on the Web,” Suranga Chandratillake, Blinkx co-founder and chief technology officer, said in an interview.

Source: Reuters

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