11/22/2006

Symantec Releases Beta of New Security Software

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Consumers are constantly threatened by harmful Internet agents, online scams, identity theft and other detrimental computer agents that can make one’s information unsecured.

To combat these problems, Symantec announced Nov. 22 that it has launched the public beta version of its new consumer security service, Norton 360.

Norton 360 integrates Symantec’s PC security and tune-up technologies with new automated backup and online transaction security capabilities designed to protect a user from various computer threats ranging from Internet threats to identity theft as well as protecting a user’s documents, photos and music.

Symantec’s newest security service will also protect a consumer’s confidential information while banking and shopping, as Norton 360 provides users with online identity theft protection.

Source: AP

U.S. Copyright Office issues new rights - Yahoo! News

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Cell phone owners can now break locks to use their handsets with competing carriers, while film professors have the right to copy snippets from DVDs for educational compilations, the U.S. Copyright Office said Wednesday.

Other rights declared in the government’s triennial review of the 1998
Digital Millennium Copyright Act seek to improve access for the blind and to obsolete works and let security researchers try to break copy-protection technologies embedded in CDs

Source: AP

Amazon To Sell XBox 360 for $100

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Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, at 11 a.m. Pacific Time Amazon will sell Xbox 360 Core System for only $100.

Each week Amazon is letting customers vote to decide which one of four deals gets offered to customers. For Thanksgiving users picked the XBox 360, so don’t forget to go to Amazon and get this great deal. They only have 1,000 units in stock.

China sentences Web porn king to life in prison

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A Chinese court sentenced the founder of the country’s largest pornography Web site to life imprisonment on Wednesday and jailed another eight of the site’s organizers, state media reported.

The Taiyuan Intermediate People’s Court handed down the sentence to Chen Hui, 28, and ordered the confiscation of 100,000 yuan ($12,500), Xinhua news agency said. The other eight were jailed for terms ranging from 13 months to 10 years.

Chen founded “Pornographic Summer” in 2004 and went on to start three more pornography Web sites, making money by charging registration fees of $25 to $33 to some of the 600,000 members they attracted.

Source: Reuters

Xbox 360 Unveils First Wave of TV Shows and Movies

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On its one-year anniversary, Xbox 360 will digitally deliver an initial lineup of TV shows and movies to gamers in the U.S. via Xbox Live, the online games and entertainment network from Microsoft.

As announced earlier this month, Xbox Live Marketplace will now provide gamers with easy access to hundreds of full-length TV shows for download to own and movies for download to rent from CBS, MTV Networks, Paramount Pictures, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.), Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment with more content rolled out through Xbox Live Marketplace every week. Xbox 360 is the first gaming console to offer standard and high-definition TV shows and movies via digital distribution.

Microsoft gears up for fifth Imagine Cup

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Microsoft’s competition to find the best student software designers around the world is now open, with $170,000 in prize money up for grabs.

The call has gone out for any student programmers who think they have a shot at winning one of a number of prizes in the fifth annual Imagine Cup, which has a fund of $170,000. But be warned: your only chance of stepping off with a top prize is through cooperation and teamwork, as the Imagine Cup is strictly for team players.

A Microsoft competition, the Imagine Cup is sponsored in the United Kingdom by Capgemini, BT and Hewlett-Packard. It is an international student competition for, in Microsoft’s words, “young technologists around the globe to explore their creativity by using technology to solve real-world problems.”

Last year, more than 65,000 students from 100 countries participated, leading the competition to be dubbed the “software development Olympics.”

Source: News.com

US teen fires up fusion reactor

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A 17-year-old US student has, after two years’ work and 1,000 hours of research, managed to achieve nuclear fusion in the basement of his parents’ Oakland Township home, The Detroit Free Press reports.

Thiago Olson’s Fusor was knocked together with bits and pieces bought on the internet and blagged from manufacturers at a discount. It includes “a piece of equipment taken from an old mammogram machine”, which provides the 40,000 volt charge necessary to provoke fusion in deuterium gas injected into a steel vacuum chamber.

Source: The Register

Microsoft brings 129 lawsuits against phishers

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Microsoft is helping law enforcers hunt down criminals who try to steal bank account details on the Internet and has initiated 129 lawsuits in Europe and the Middle East, the U.S. software company said.

One court case in Turkey has already led to a 2.5-year prison sentence for a so-called “phisher” in Turkey, and another four cases against teenagers have been settled out of court, Microsoft said on Wednesday, eight months after it announced the launch of a Global Phishing Enforcement Initiative in March.

“Sometimes we initiate our own legal action, but more importantly we work with law enforcement agencies,” said Nancy Anderson, deputy general counsel at the software company.

Of the 129 lawsuits that have been initiated, 97 are criminal procedures in which Microsoft and other technology companies have provided information.

Source: Reuters

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