1/31/2007

UK retailer stops stocking floppy disks

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

PC World, Britain’s largest chain of computer superstores, will say goodbye to floppy disks once the current stash is gone.

The retailer said Wednesday it opted not to reorder any more disks because they do not hold enough data and better alternatives exist.

PC World has about 10,000 disks in stock. With 155 stores across Britain and nearly 50 more elsewhere in Europe, spokesman Hamish Thompson said the final stock of floppies will be gone “in weeks, if not days.”

“It’s had a good, long and productive life, but really, it’s just too small to hold any real data,” Thompson said of the disks. “It just doesn’t make sense any more.”

Source: AP

Google loses European GMail trademark battle

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Google has failed to win the right to register the term “Gmail” as a wide-ranging European trademark.

The Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM), the body which is responsible for European community trademarks, rejected Google’s appeal after a stiff battle with German-born venture capitalist Daniel Giersch.
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Giersch, who has held his trademark for six years, has been fighting this battle since Google launched its email service in 2004. The German entrepreneur founded a same-day mail delivery service called GMail designed to offer a swifter alternative to the Deutsche Post.

Last year, a district court in Hamburg already handed Giersch victories at both the preliminary and final stages of the litigation and Google was ordered to remove all Gmail references from its German service.

Source: The Register

Vista upgrade invalidates your XP key

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

If you choose to purchase an upgrade version of Windows Vista to upgrade XP, you will no longer be able to use that version of XP. Either on another system, or as a dual-boot option. The key will be invalidated, preventing activation.

From Vista’s EULA (PDF) :
13. UPGRADES. To use upgrade software, you must first be licensed for the software that is eligiblefor the upgrade. Upon upgrade, this agreement takes the place of the agreement for the software you upgraded from. After you upgrade, you may no longer use the software you upgraded from.

However you can still install a clean copy of Vista with this workaround posted by ActiveWin.com

The process is a bit tedious, but is not hard are all to complete. Users have to perform these simple steps to perform a clean install of Vista without a previous version of Windows installed with an upgrade DVD:

1. Boot from the Windows Vista Upgrade DVD and start the setup program.
2. When prompted to enter your product key, DO NOT enter it. Click “Next” and proceed with setup. This will install Windows Vista as a 30-day trial.
3. When prompted, select the edition of Vista which you have purchased and continue with setup.
4. Once setup has been completed and you have been brought to the desktop for the first time, run the install program from within Windows Vista.
5. This time, type in your product key when prompted.
6. When asked whether to perform an Upgrade or Custom (advanced) install, choose Custom (advanced) to perform a clean install of Vista. Yes, this means that you will have to install Vista for a second time.
7. Once setup has completed for the second time, you should be able to activate Windows Vista normally. You can also delete the Windows.old directory which contains information from the first Vista install.

Phishing overtakes viruses and Trojans

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Phishing attacks have outnumbered e-mails infected with viruses and Trojan horse programs for the first time, according to security experts.

Security mail services vendor MessageLabs reported on Monday that in January 2007, one in 93.3 e-mails (1.07 percent) comprised some form of phishing attack. There were fewer e-mails–one in 119.9, or 0.83 percent–infected with viruses.

The difference in the ratio of phishing to virus attacks is partly due to virus attacks becoming more targeted and no longer occurring as one large outbreak. This includes the recent Storm Worm and Warezov attacks, according to MessageLabs.

Source: News.com

MySQL prepares for IPO

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Open source database vendor MySQL AB is preparing itself for an initial public offering, and could even be ready to go public before the end of the year, according to its CEO Marten Mickos.

“We are planning to go public,” Mickos told Computer Business Review in an exclusive interview, adding that the Uppsala, Sweden-based database management vendor is in no hurry to go public after raising $18.5m in Series C funding this time last year and $39m in total.

“We have about half the VC money ever raised still unused,” he said. “We are talking to bankers now but we may take our time,” he added. “It’s more of a timing issue, but we are making sure we can do it this year if we want to.”

Source: Computer Business Review

Teen Accuses Record Companies of Collusion

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A 16-year-old boy being sued by five record companies accusing him of online music piracy accused the recording industry on Tuesday of violating antitrust laws, conspiring to defraud the courts and making extortionate threats.

In papers responding to the record companies’ lawsuit, Robert Santangelo, who was as young as 11 when the alleged piracy occurred, denied ever disseminating music and said it’s impossible to prove that he did.

Santangelo is the son of Patti Santangelo, the 42-year-old suburban mother of five who was sued by the record companies in 2005. She refused to settle, took her case public and became a heroine to supporters of Internet freedom.

The industry dropped its case against her in December but sued Robert and his sister Michelle, now 20, in federal court in White Plains. Michelle has been ordered to pay $30,750 in a default judgment because she did not respond to the lawsuit.

Robert Santangelo and his lawyer, Jordan Glass, responded at length Tuesday, raising 32 defenses, demanding a jury trial and filing a counterclaim against the companies that accuses them of damaging the boy’s reputation, distracting him from school and costing him legal fees.

Source: AP

NFL to Offer Video Downloads on iTunes

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

For the first time ever, football fans will be able to download video highlights of the Super Bowl, and they will be offered exclusively through Apple Inc.’s online iTunes Store.

The National Football League said Tuesday it will make highlights from Sunday’s game available for purchase online the following day. The download, in English or Spanish, will cost $1.99 and will be viewable on computers or iPods.

A 90-minute video of the NFL’s coverage of the Super Bowl will also be sold for $1.99.

Source: AP

1/30/2007

Lawmakers take aim at sex offenders on Internet

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday proposed requiring sex offenders to register their e-mail and instant messaging addresses with law enforcement authorities in a bid to protect children using popular social Internet sites like MySpace.

The legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives also would require the Justice Department to develop a system that would allow commercial social networking Web sites to check members’ addresses against individuals listed in the National Sex Offender Registry.

Violators who fail to comply with registering their online communication identities would face up to 10 years in prison under the bill. If the offender was on supervised release from prison, the individual’s probation would be revoked.

Source: Reuters

Microsoft will change Vista to meet EU requirements

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

As Windows Vista appeared in computer stores worldwide, Microsoft said Tuesday that part of the design of the new operating system is the work of the
European Commission.

“Following discussions with European Commission, Microsoft committed to make a number of changes to the Windows Vista operating system prior to release,” the software maker said in a statement, pointing to three functions of the operating system: security, search, and fixed document formats.

Source: Yahoo

Microsoft researcher missing at sea

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An award-winning Microsoft researcher has been missing since he set off on a solo sail trip on Sunday.

Jim Gray, who works in Microsoft’s Research Center in San Francisco, left alone on his 40-foot sailing yacht Tenacious sometime on Sunday morning and was expected back in the evening that same day, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a statement Monday. However, the 63-year-old Gray had not returned by Monday night.

The Coast Guard said a search for Gray started Sunday night after his wife reported him missing. The overnight search involved an airplane, helicopter, patrol boat and a life boat and continued during the day on Monday, with three additional patrol boats and a utility boat, the Coast Guard said. However, no signs of Gray or his yacht have been found.

Source: News.com

Vista and British Library put da Vinci online

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft and the British Library have digitised two of Leonardo da Vincis’ notebooks.

British Library CEO Lynne Brindley said to celebrate the consumer launch of Vista it would offer free access to two da Vinci notebooks - one owned by the library, and one from Gates’s private collection.

The British Library has created an updated version of its application called “Turning the Pages” which allows people to browse parts of its 150 million piece collection via a web browser. We heard how this works better using Vista.

Gates paid $30.8m for the Codex Leicester in 1994. He said his wife wasn’t very impressed when he said he’d bought a notebook - until he told her it was one of da Vinci’s.

The British Library owns a second notebook called Codex Arundel. Both books will be freely available at the British Library website for the next six months.

Source: The Register

Apple pays $700,000 for bloggers’ legal fees

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Bloggers and online journalists have completed their final victory lap in a protracted fight against Apple. Earlier this month, a Santa Clara County Court ordered Apple to pay the legal fees associated with the defense of subpoenas issued to online journalists (and other related entities) in response to online reports about a confidential audio/video product — code-named “Asteroid” — under development at the Cupertino-based company. The “Asteroid” product was never released, but Apple claimed the news reports violated California state trade secret law and that the journalists were not entitled to First Amendment protections. However, following an appeals decision last year that strongly sided with the journalists, the Court ordered Apple to pay all legal costs associated with the defense, including a 2.2 times multiplier of the actual fees. [updated]

“The court’s ruling is a victory for journalists of all mediums and a tremendous blow to those firms that believe their stature affords them the right to silence the media,” said Kasper Jade, the publisher of AppleInsider.com, one of the sites that broke the original “Asteroid” report (the other was PowerPage.org). “Hopefully, Apple will think twice the next time it considers a campaign to bully the little guy into submission.”

Source: MacNN

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