11/8/2006

Google’s Online Video Service Sued

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Google Inc.’s online video service has been sued for copyright infringement, providing a possible preview of the legal trouble that may plague the Internet search leader after it takes over YouTube Inc. and its library of pirated clips, the company said Wednesday.

Without providing detail, Google disclosed the video copyright lawsuit in a quarterly filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. A Google spokesman didn’t have any further information about the suit late Wednesday afternoon.

Source: AP

Google accidentally sends out e-mail worm

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Google on Tuesday inadvertently sent the Kama Sutra e-mail worm to the 50,000 subscribers of a Google Video e-mail group.

Three postings were made Tuesday evening to an e-mail list that sends out postings to the Google Video blog. “Some of these posts may have contained a virus called W32/Kapser.A@mm–a mass-mailing worm,” Google said in a note on its Web site apologizing for the incident.

W32/Kapser.A is better known as the Kama Sutra worm. Some antivirus companies raised an alarm about the threat in February, but it ultimately shriveled. Kama Sutra was designed to overwrite files on infected computers on a specific date. However, the worm, which spread under the guise of pornographic content, caused virtually no damage.

Google advises people who may have received the worm in e-mail or downloaded it from the group’s Web site to run an antivirus program to remove it. The company is taking steps to make sure it doesn’t make the same mistake again, it said.

Source: News.com

Windows Vista Goes Gold

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft Corp. finished work Wednesday on its long-delayed Windows Vista operating system, and said the software would be broadly available Jan. 30.

The announcement means Microsoft will meet - just barely - its revised goal of putting Vista in consumers’ hands in the first month of 2007.

Windows Vista’s code was released midmorning Wednesday to manufacturing - a step that allows the company to begin making the copies that will be distributed with PCs and sold at stores, said Jim Allchin, co-president of the Microsoft division that includes Windows, in a conference.

“This is a good day,” Allchin said.

Microsoft had previously said it would release Vista to big business clients at an event at the Nasdaq Stock Market on Nov. 30, and Allchin reiterated Wednesday that corporations who buy Windows licenses in bulk will get the new system this month. That’s also in keeping with the company’s revised release schedule.

Source: AP

Mozilla Patches ‘Critical’ Bugs in Firefox, Thunderbird

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The open-source foundation released a batch of highly critical updates for the Firefox, Thunderbird and SeaMonkey brands and warned that unpatched users face the risk of PC takeover attacks.

The Firefox update applies to Firefox 1.5x and does not affect the newer Firefox 2.0 version. Mozilla says Firefox 1.5.0.x will be maintained with security and stability updates until April 24, 2007. After that, support will only be extended to Firefox 2 users.

The latest patch covers a trio of “highly critical” bugs that could cause security bypass, cross-site scripting, system access and denial-of-service attacks.

The Firefox 1.5.0.8 rollout also corrects an RSA signature forgery bug that was not completely fixed in an earlier patch.

Source: eWeek

IEEE To Revise Laptop Battery Standard

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Moving to improve the performance of laptop battery systems while addressing the recent series of recalls, the IEEE said Tuesday that it will revise its laptop battery standard.

The effort is scheduled to get underway next week at a meeting at Intel’s Santa Clara, Calif., campus. The revision is expected to be completed in 18 months, according to the IEEE.

Source: InformationWeek

Dell announces first quad-core servers

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Dell on Tuesday launched its much-anticipated range of servers and desktops based on Intel’s quad-core Xeon processor.

The company also announced a new system based on the dual-core AMD Opteron processor and a host of other new products and services.

The new quad-core servers are based on existing Dell models. The Dell PowerEdge 1900, 1950, 2950 and 2900 will all include quad-core Xeon processors, as do the SC1430 and 1955 PowerEdge blade servers.

According to Dell, when equipped with quad-core, the new systems “rival the performance of dual-core, four-socket systems” and have up to 63 percent greater performance and up to 40 percent better performance “per watt.”

Source: News.com

Microsoft To Boost Code Protection In Visual Studio

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft Tuesday said the next version of Visual Studio will include the latest version of PreEmptive Solution’s Dotfuscator Community Edition, a tool used to protect code from theft and from hackers looking for security vulnerabilities.

Dotfuscator protects an IT shop’s intellectual property through code obfuscation, encryption and randomization, which makes it difficult for an application to be reverse-engineered. The next version of the product will feature tight integration with the upcoming Visual Studio upgrade, code-named Orcas. Microsoft has not issued a firm date for the release of the application development suite.

Source: Yahoo

Skype tests new features

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Web telephone-calling company Skype on Wednesday unveiled new software with automatic click-to-call features designed to make shopping easier and that also encourages users to join group conversations.

Skype Chief Executive Niklas Zennstrom said in an interview that features in the new Skype 3.0 — available in a public test version starting on Wednesday — can help the company move beyond its dependence on communications revenue.

Source: Reuters

Adware may be lurking in video on MySpace

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Several MySpace pages offer what appear to be YouTube videos that trigger the installation of adware when played, a security company has warned.

The sexually explicit videos can be found on a number of user pages on the MySpace social-networking Web site, Websense said in an alert Monday. They look like YouTube videos, but are in fact hosted on a copycat “Yootube.info” Web site, Websense said. That Web site was still online as of Tuesday evening.

“When users click on the video, they are directed to a copy of the video,” Websense said. People are then redirected to the Windows Media Player, which will pop up a license agreement with installation of an adware program called Zango Cash, it said.

“Assuming that users have accepted the agreement, the video downloads and attempts to install setup.exe from Zango Cash,” Websense said.

Source: News.com

IBM’s Privacy-Friendly RFID Tag Ready For Production

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

IBM thinks it’s got an answer to privacy concerns about RFID tags. It’s announcing Wednesday the first manufacturing agreement for its Clipped Tag, which was designed with an antenna that’s as easy to remove as tearing off a piece of paper.

IBM and its first manufacturing licensee, Marnlen RFID, don’t yet have any business customers for the tags, but they’re talking to retailers in the U.S., Canada and Europe about pilot tests, says Paul Moskowitz, a scientist with IBM Research and one of the tag’s inventors. The idea is to let retail, consumer goods and drug companies tap into the value of RFID while sidestepping privacy concerns. Consumers could remove the antennas once items are purchased. IBM has even done an informational YouTube video on the tag.

Source: Yahoo

13 nations denounced for Web censorship

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The Internet enemies list numbers 13: Belarus, China, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, Myanmar, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.

These are the countries singled out by the press freedom group Reporters Without Borders as the worst culprits for systematic online censorship, and they were targeted in the group’s 24-hour online protest ending at 5 a.m. Wednesday.

“No one should ever be prevented from posting news online or writing a blog,” said the Paris-based group, Reporters Sans Frontieres in French, which taps more than 100 journalists who are “keeping us informed.”

Source: AP

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