12/21/2006

Samsung exec pleads guilty in memory probe

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

An executive with South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. will plead guilty, serve 10 months in prison and pay a $250,000 fine for conspiring to fix prices of computer memory chips, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday.

Young Hwan Park participated in the conspiracy while he was a vice president of sales at Samsung, the world’s top memory chip maker, the department said.

Park is currently president of Samsung Semiconductor Inc., the company’s U.S.-based subsidiary.

Park also has agreed to assist the Justice Department in its ongoing investigation, which focuses on dynamic random access memory, or DRAM chips, the kind found in all personal computers.

Source: Reuters

Google’s Blogger adds privacy options

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Google Inc. has released a new version of its Blogger service, adding privacy settings that restrict readership to a predetermined audience.

Users can choose to have blogs accessible to anyone or just to themselves.

Or they can list the e-mail addresses of the people they want to let in. Those readers would need to register for a free Google account - the same used for its Gmail and other services - and would sign in with their regular Google passwords.

Source: AP

Xbox Live challenge is to reach masses

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Letting video game players compete against others online has distinguished Microsoft Corp’s Xbox 360 console from Nintendo and Sony Corp.rivals, but casual gamers have yet to embrace the service in droves.

Xbox Live allows free game downloads, video chat sessions and more, but its main success is allowing gamers to play competitively against others online, often in violent games. Some 4 million subscribers pay $50 per year for the service.

Source: Reuters

YouTube helps police find murder suspect

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A video posted on the ultra-popular Web site YouTube has helped Canadian police find a man they believe responsible for a murder.

Police in the Southern Ontario city of Hamilton said on Thursday that they uploaded a one-minute, 12-second clip from a surveillance tape onto the video-sharing YouTube site.

The video, which showed suspects arriving at a local nightclub for a Sean Price hip-hop concert, garnered media attention and was viewed more than 30,000 times.

George Gallow, 24, of Hamilton, who is seen in the clip wearing a baseball cap with the word “JOKER” on the front, turned himself into police on Tuesday and has been charged with second degree murder and attempted murder.

Source: Reuters

Ask.com testing new search interface

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Ask.com quietly began testing a new search interface this week in a bid to highlight its technology and take on titan Google anew.

Ask, a longtime background player in search that shed its “Jeeves” image this year, launched Askx.com–a simplified user interface for scouring Web sites, images, news and video. The company, owned by InterActiveCorp (IAC), described the site as a test bed for Ask’s future technology.

“In today’s version of Ask X, you’re not just getting back a list of links, but a slick, new three-panel interface,” according to the company. The left panel includes search suggestions, the middle panel displays Web listings and, at right, the page shows alternative results for video, shopping or encyclopedia links.

Source: News.com

Bloggers must disclose sponsored posts

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A company that helps advertisers connect with bloggers willing to write about their products for payment will now require disclosures amid criticism and a regulatory threat.

Before this week, advertisers were barred by PayPerPost Inc. from telling bloggers they can’t disclose the sponsorship, but bloggers were able to decide on their own whether or not to do so. Under the new policy, bloggers must disclose that they are accepting payment, either in the write-up or in a general disclosure policy on the blogger’s Web journal.

“Ever since we launched, there’s been a lot of controversy about disclosure,” said Ted Murphy, PayPerPost’s chief executive.

Besides other bloggers questioning the ethics of receiving payments without disclosure, the Federal Trade Commission said in a Dec. 7 staff opinion that failure to disclose could, in some cases, violate consumer-protection laws on deception. The FTC did not single out PayPerPost or say whether it would launch any investigation.

Source: Yahoo

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