1/6/2008

China Cracks Down on ‘Vulgar’ Video

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

China is launching a nationwide crackdown on sexually suggestive video and audio products, in the latest effort by government censors to curb content considered to be in bad taste.

During the three-month campaign, audio and video producers should stop making “vulgar” products and recall those that are already on the market, China’s General Administration of Press and Publication said.

“Some of the video and audio products are coarsely made, containing materials of bad taste,” the regulator said in a notice on its Web site.

The questionable material includes suggestive language and partially nude images used to promote sales, it said.

Spot checks will be conducted throughout the country and companies that continue to make and sell the prohibited products will be punished, it said.

FAA: Boeing’s New 787 May Be Vulnerable to Hacker Attack

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner passenger jet may have a serious security vulnerability in its onboard computer networks that could allow passengers to access the plane’s control systems, according to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.

The computer network in the Dreamliner’s passenger compartment, designed to give passengers in-flight internet access, is connected to the plane’s control, navigation and communication systems, an FAA report reveals.

The revelation is causing concern in security circles because the physical connection of the networks makes the plane’s control systems vulnerable to hackers. A more secure design would physically separate the two computer networks. Boeing said it’s aware of the issue and has designed a solution it will test shortly.

Owner of JDate Web site considers sale

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Spark Networks, home to popular Jewish online dating site JDate.com, is looking for a buyer and talking to leading social networks and Web dating communities, a source familiar with the talks said on Friday.

Spark shares rose more than 14 percent to $5.56 after the New York Times reported earlier in the day that the company could fetch as much as $185 million, based on analysts’ estimates. That would represent a premium of nearly 40 percent to its closing price on Thursday.

The newspaper, citing people close to the auction, said Spark Networks was in early talks with companies including Yahoo Inc’s eHarmony and News Corp’s MySpace, as well as IAC/InterActiveCorp, which owns Match.com.

The source confirmed for Reuters that Spark was in talks with several potential bidders.

Sony to add Skype Web phone function to PSP

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Japan’s Sony Corp plans to add an Internet phone function to its PlayStation Portable (PSP) game player in cooperation with eBay unit Skype to stir up demand, the Nikkei business daily said on Saturday.

The PSP has trailed Nintendo Co Ltd’s DS handheld gear in sales since their launches three years ago as DS’s casual and innovative games proved a smashing success in gaming population expanding beyond young males to women and mature users.

By downloading Skype’s software, which is expected to become available as early as this month, PSP users can make free Web-based phone calls with other PSP users and the users of PCs equipped with Skype software, the Nikkei said.

Al-Qaida Videos Now on Cell Phones

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Al-Qaida video messages of Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahri can now be downloaded to cell phones, the terror network announced as part of its attempts to extend its influence.

The announcement was posted late Friday by al-Qaida’s media wing, al-Sahab, on Web sites commonly used by Islamic militants. As of Saturday, eight previously recorded videos were made available including a recent tribute to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the former al-Qaida in Iraq leader killed by U.S. forces in Iraq in June 2006.

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