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October 2003

Friday, 31 October

Microsoft Courting Google for Possible Takeover. Microsoft has reportedly approached Google about a potential buyout of the search technology company.

Broadband Numbers Show Heightened Demand. After a quarter marked by DSL price cuts and cable speed boosts, one thing is clear: Broadband use is surging, regardless of what form it takes.

FTC: Help Us Find and Prosecute Spammers. The Federal Trade Commission weighs in before a House committee, asking for laws to help it fight spam.

E-Mail Virus Turns PCs into Spam Machines. A new e-mail virus capable of turning infected personal computers into "spamming" machines emerged on Friday targeting corporate and home users in Europe and the United States, a computer security expert said.

Japanese Boffins Advance Quantum Computing. A Japanese research team has for the first time successfully demonstrated one of the fundamental building blocks needed to construct a viable quantum computer.

Server Sales Surge for HP, Dell, IBM. Server sales surged in the third quarter and appear to be sustaining higher sales relative to last year.

Device Deserves a Red Light. Some drivers now have a dangerous transmitter that changes traffic lights.

'Smart' Cargo Containers Coming to a Port Near You. A small group of shipping companies next month will begin using "smart" shipping containers equipped with high-tech devices that can tell officials whether cargo has been tampered with.

Intel Positions Pentium 4 Extremely Expensive Edition Over Dead Duck

Plankton May Protect Earth From Icy Fate

Chanda Observatory Reveals What Lies Beneath

'I think I'll just pick up a glass of beer...'

Thursday, 30 October

GDP Growth Surges 7.2%. Broadest measure of economic growth at strongest pace in 3Q since first quarter of 1984.

64-Bit Takes Off. AMD's chip supports 64-bit computing, ushering in a new era for desktops. But the best reason to buy the CPU is strong performance on familiar 32-bit apps.

Digital TV Tuner Mandate Survives Court Review. A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday upheld federal regulations requiring television set manufacturers to install tuners that can receive high-quality digital broadcast signals in new sets starting next summer.

Print Yourself a Roll of Semiconductors? Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center has developed a way to use inkjet printing techniques to create cheap, flexible sheets of transistors--a process that could radically change the way flat-panel screens are created.

New Processor Computes at Light Speed. A superfast processor that uses light, not electrons, to perform calculations goes on sale for the first time. Lenslet's web site.

U.K. Plans to Extradite Spammers. British lawmakers hope to use a new tactic to stop the torrent of junk e-mail that floods in from overseas: Extradite the mass-mailers and bring them to trial in the United Kingdom.

Browser Changes to Hit Online Advertising. Marketers cross their fingers that Microsoft won't have to change its browser in response to the Eolas patent infringement ruling, but they prepare for the worst.

FTC Calls for US Patent Reform.

Nano Chip Aims To Test Cells At Molecular Level. Seven researchers are tapping nanotechnology to deliver a device that could some day conduct ,as many as many as 2000 tests on individual biological cells in real time.

Nanoparticles May Help Fight Fraud

Wedesday, 29 October

Giant Solar Flare Slams into Earth. The cloud of charged particles arrives at exceptional speed and causes a severe geomagnetic storm - but it also subsides quickly. Space Crew Takes Refuge From Solar Storm.

The Long Last Gasp of Tube-based TV. America's love affair with all things big has moved from supersize French fries and sport utility vehicles to large flat-panel, wide-screen, HDTV-compatible televisions--the kind that can hang on a wall. Scram Technologies. By stacking sheets of optically clear plastic or glass with a cladding, proprietary planar waveguides are created that allow light to be transmitted directly to the viewing surface with virtually no loss of light...

W3C Sides With Microsoft Against Eolas Patent. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has taken up Microsoft Corp.'s cause in a patent infringement lawsuit by urging the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to invalidate the related patent "in order to prevent substantial economic and technical damage to the operation of (the) World Wide Web."

Copyright Office Upholds Copy-Protection Law. U.S. Copyright Office has opted to leave a controversial software-protection law largely in place, despite protests that it interferes with consumers' rights to watch movies and listen to music as they wish.

Mandatory Copy Controls Near. FCC could vote this week to require broadcast 'flag' protection in devices to stop online piracy.

Panther Patches Mac OS X Security Holes. Security researchers reported two new OS X vulnerabilities. The pair have been fixed in the recent Panther update.

Supercomputers Can't Keep Pace With California Wildfires. Even the largest supercomputers can't predict where or how long fires will burn--or suggest how crews can contain them.

Ultrawideband's Reach Gets Wider. XtremeSpectrum tells a standards body that if its ultrawideband technology is chosen, it won't charge other companies royalties.

Microsoft's New WinFS Gets the PDC Buzz. Amid the 'firehose' of information coming at them about new tools and products at PDC, developers are talking about implications of search with the new WinFS system in Longhorn. Microsoft Research Pays Off In Longhorn. MSR is contributing a good chunk of the realtime graphics, GUI advancements, advanced storage and more to Longhorn.

German Mid-size Firms go for Linux. Momentum to migrate from Microsoft Corp. products to open source software is rapidly gaining in Germany, where numerous enterprises are reacting to the U.S. software giant's licensing policy.

Amount of Data Stored has Doubled in Three Years, Says Study. The amount of information stored on various media such as hard drives has doubled in the past three years, to five exabytes of information produced in 2002, according to a study released by the University of California.

FrogPad: One Small Leap for Mankind's Keyboards? If he were alive today, instead of writing about the "Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," Mark Twain might be tapping away about the celebrated typing frog of Harris County, Texas, where Houston-based FrogPad hopes to single-handedly revolutionize the two-handed keyboard. FrogPad.

AOL Accused of Charging Users Without Permission. America Online and its CompuServe subsidiary were hit by a complaint from Ohio's attorney general, claiming that they charged customers for internet access services without their permission.

Three USB 2.0 Flash Drives with 1GB Storage Capacity

That's Disgusting! I Can Tell from Your Face

Calculations Illustrate Fossil-fuel Crisis

Tuesday, 28 October

Microsoft Settles Antitrust Lawsuits With Five States and D.C. Microsoft struck settlements worth $200 million with five more states and D.C. in its on-going legal war against class-action lawsuits. And then Bill Gates tells developers how the unified programming model for Longhorn will unify Windows and Web applications in a single user interface--blurring the distinction between Windows and IE applications.

Strength of Euro Bumps Moto From Top 10 Listing. Motorola exits IC Insights 2003 forecast of the top 10 semiconductor companies as the strength of the euro boosts companies like Infineon and Philips.

SCO: IBM Cannot Enforce GPL. Free Software Foundation is the only entity that can enforce the GPL, SCO officials say.

Full-featured PC Fits in Pocket. A full-featured PC that is small enough to slip into a shirt pocket is being hailed by its maker, Antelope Technologies, as the world's first modular computer.

New 'Sober' Virus in the Wild, but Slow-moving. The worm-type virus, called W32/Sober@MM, is spread as an attachment to e-mail messages written in either English or German, according to McAfee Security.

Monday, 27 October

Motorola Produces 4Mbit MRAM. Motorola meets its promises, sampling the long-awaited magnetoresistive RAM to select industry customers.

Samba 3.0 Does Windows Even Better. Updated freeware hones file and print services for easier management.

Salary Squeeze. Economic pressures have put a pinch on IT compensation again this year. Survey of nearly 15,000 IT professionals shows most are seeing only modest pay raises and flat or declining bonuses.

Longhorn gets first showing at PDC. Proclaiming that the digital decade is just dawning, Bill Gates gave the first official peek at Longhorn, the next version of Windows expected out in 2006.

Storage Vendors Display Their Latest Gear. Storage software and hardware makers roll out new gear at Storage Networking World 2003.

Intel's and AMD's Pre-holiday Price Cuts. Both Intel and Advanced Micro Devices cut the price on several chips, a prelude to the PC holiday shopping season.

Microsoft Security Flaws Infecting Its Finances. Analysts said the security issue was diverting the company's energies, as sales representatives spent more time putting out fires...

California Wins Its First Anti-Spam Judgment

Friday, 24 October

Big Solar Blast May Hit the Earth. Satellites, pagers, cell phones and electrical grids could be affected this afternoon by a powerful stream of energized gas and particles from the sun.

Stealth PCs All the Rage. The new trend among computer hobbyists is to create fully functional personal computers by stuffing the works into toasters, humidors, and lampshades.

AOL Quietly Changes Windows Settings To Kill Pop-Ups. Even more annoying than junk E-mail are all the spam messages that "pop up" through a little-used feature in Windows. As part of its spam-fighting efforts, America Online has been turning off that feature for its customers without telling them.

A Developer's Look at Panther. When application developers open the stark black box containing the four CDs of Apple's "Panther" OS, they'll get more than the newly polished end-user experience of what's already the world's most widely used version of workstation Unix.

Conference Speaker Offers Linux Reality Check. Here was a speaker at a Linux enterprise conference telling the audience that Linux isn't the best choice for every IT need.

Flea Bugs Windows Users. Flea can execute automatically when users open HTML formatted emails in Microsoft Outlook or Outlook Express.

Patches Aren't The Answer To Microsoft Holes. As you prepare your budgets for next year, be sure to account for the many hours you'll spend patching Windows.

Microsoft Reports $8.2B in Q1 Revenue, Up 6% From Last Year. Although the software giant saw strength across its consumer business, it said corporate IT spending was slow to improve during the quarter.

Intel Motherboard Locked in Secrecy. Intel will launch a new motherboard this week which contains an electronic safe that can store encrypted keys to sensitive documents and personal information.

Wireless Industry Spurs Upgrade Trend. Everybody wins: handheld manufacturers sell more units, service providers gain more subscribers, and customers report higher satisfaction rates.

Champagne and Tears Welcome Concorde Home. Three Concordes flew into London on Friday in a spectacular finale to the era of supersonic travel.

Satellite Data Reveals Rapid Arctic Warming

Thursday, 23 October

Senate Squashes Spam. Federal antispam legislation could pass Congress this year. Spam Beginning to Hurt E-Mail Use, Report Says.

Recovery in IT Spending Brings Surge of Hardware Orders. Hardware shipments from Taiwanese manufacturers are hitting levels not seen in years as orders climb for a range of products, according to Market Intelligence Center.

LCD Television Sales to Boom, Affordable from 2005. Sales of LCD televisions look set to double next year, but the explosive growth expected to propel the industry in the coming decade is still more than a year off, industry executives and analysts said.

Linux on the Desktop: On the Way, Slowly. The adoption of Linux on the desktop is progressing, but there won't be a "David and Goliath" single blow that suddenly slays the dominance of Microsoft Windows, Linux advocates said at an enterprise Linux conference Wednesday.

Micron Samples 1Gbit DDR2 SDRAMs. Micron adds to its recent memory accomplishments, shipping what it says are the industry's first 1Gbit DDR2 SDRAM components.

Acer May Dethrone HP as Top Notebook Supplier in Europe by Year-end. Taiwan-based Acer is now in a position to replace Hewlett-Packard (HP) as the top notebook supplier in Europe by the end of 2003.

See You Later, Anti-Gators? In an effort to improve its corporate reputation, adware company Gator has launched a legal offensive to divorce its name from the hated term "spyware"--and so far its strategy is paying off.

X10 Files for Chapter 11

NVIDIA GeForce FX 5950 Ultra and GeForce FX 5700 Graphics Chips

Wednesday, 22 October

Hard Disk Drive Makers Show Strong Profits. Maxtor and Seagate beat analysts' earnings expectations, another sign of good times for the industry.

Lucent Breaks Losing Streak. The telecom gear maker posts a profit after three years in the red.

Microsoft Opens Windows Source Code to Its MVPs. Microsoft will announce that it is giving its Most Valued Professionals access to the more than 100 million aggregate lines of Windows source code, which includes all versions, service packs and betas of the Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 products.

Microsoft's Integration Could Increase Customers' Costs. Businesses using Office will see their Microsoft Corp. licensing costs rise 10 to 40 percent if they want to take full advantage of the software's new features.

New Outlook on Microsoft Office. Microsoft Office 2003 is packed with nice improvements that -- while far from overwhelming -- are nonetheless welcome, along with one big plum: a massive and very well-designed overhaul of Outlook.

Sony's Drops DVD+RW From First Spin Of PSX. Sony shocked competitors at the Ceatec Japan 2003 exhibition by announcing a sub-$1,000 price tag for its upcoming PSX entertainment console.

Nano-velcro Binds Faster Than Strongest Glues

Tuesday, 21 October

Microsoft Ships Office 2003. Updated suite boasts a brighter Outlook, potent workgroup tools, and a few surprises.

Internet Tax Ban Could Drain State Coffers, Group Says. The House passed a bill last month that would make the ban permanent... The Senate could vote on a similar measure as soon as this week.

Sony to Launch 23GB Optical Data Disc. Sony will launch a new optical disc format in November that allows for storage of up to 23.3GB per disc, the company said Tuesday.

Monday, 20 October

Another Microsoft Patch, Another Masquerade. Another virus posing as a patch from Microsoft, which never issues security patches via e-mail, is actually a Trojan Horse, experts warn.

From Cars to Medicine, Nanotubes May Be Miracle Material. They are stronger than steel and as flexible as plastic, conduct energy better than almost any material ever discovered and can be made from unexotic raw materials such as methane gas.

First Athlon 64 Barebone System. Although the Shuttle SN85G4 barebone is pretty small, it hides the power of Athlon 64 and nForce3.

RIAA Sends Warning to File Sharers. The recording industry opened a fresh salvo against online file swapping last week, warning 204 people that they will be sued for illegally downloading music.

Water Battery Set to Shake-up Science World

Friday, 17 October

Solid Uptick for U.S. Computer Hardware. Computer hardware got a second thumbs-up this week as the Lehman Brothers reported strong opportunity for players in the segment and a solid uptick here in the United States.

Microsoft Clears Its Own XP SP2 Confusion. Three days after announcing that Windows Service Pack 2 would be released this year, Microsoft says it really meant that a beta would be released in 2003.

Thursday, 16 October

PC Shipments Surge in Third Quarter. The PC market as a whole grew 15.7 percent compared with the same period last year.

IBM to Add 10,000 Jobs. On a solid Q3, IBM sees the need to start rebuilding its workforce, expecting to add 10,000 jobs in 2004 in areas including Linux and open standards-based hardware and software.

Microsoft Issues Security Updates. In its first monthly security release, the company delivered four critical patches for security vulnerabilities.

Beefed-up Firewall, New version of Update for XP SP2. Details of security 'secret sauce' emerge...

SCO Backs off Linux Invoice Plan. SCO Group backpedals on a plan to send invoices to prod corporate users into buying licenses to use Linux, an OS the company argues violates its Unix intellectual property.

Wednesday, 15 October

Mozilla Launches Version 1.5. The Mozilla 1.5 suite, available now, includes a Web browser, e-mail client, Web page design software, and a chat client. Download.

Microsoft Posts Windows Server Beta For AMD64 Architecture. Testers can now download a beta version of Windows Server 2003 for 64-bit Extended Systems tailored for AMD64 chips, the company said.

Microsoft Pushes-up XP Security Upgrade. A Microsoft executive says the company will launch Service Pack 2 for Windows XP in December, months earlier than originally forecast.

Global DVD Drive Market to Become Volatile. Manufacturers in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan to ramp-up output in the fourth quarter as the supply of pick-up heads improves.

DVD Players High on Shopping Lists. U.S. consumers are planning to buy plenty of electronic gadgets this holiday season.

Too Many IT Workers, Too Few Tech Jobs. Gone are the days when companies courted programmers by hiring headhunters to chase them. Many skilled IT workers now find themselves in a group of hundreds -- sometimes thousands -- of candidates for any particular job.

Intel Sees Earnings Surge. Strong chip sales help boost netincome 142%.

China Prepares to Welcome First Space Hero. After 21 hours orbiting the Earth, the spacecraft carrying China's first astronaut is expected to touch down in Inner Mongolia.

Tuesday, 14 October

Notebook Makers Post High Gains in September. Nearly all of Taiwan’s notebook makers saw sales gains in September on the previous month, with four of the companies reaching all-time highs.

Microsoft Unpacks Details of Longhorn Storage. Will work with, not replace, NTFS.

Windows XP 64-Bit: Desktop Overkill? The best thing that can be said about the demand for 64-bit computing on the desktop is that it is indeterminate. While horsepower-hungry users may see it as a necessity, most IT departments are not yet concerned with giving desktop clients a massive amount of addressable RAM.

Microsoft to Offer Video Service for MSN. Microsoft plans to offer online video through its MSN Internet service and portal to deliver exclusive news, sports and entertainment to users for free.

Maxtor Doubles Hard Disk Density. Maxtor claims to have demonstrated a way to double hard disk recording density without adding significantly to the manufacturing cost.

IBM Debuts Power5. The next generation chip will first appear in pSeries and iSeries servers, and can offer customers up to 1,000 logical processors on a chip, IBM says.

Via Introduces Seven Watts Tiny 1GHz X86 Chip. It's the smallest aspidestra in the world

LG Unveils 76-inch PDP, Largest Yet. LG Electronics Inc. has beaten its own record for the largest prototype PDP (Plasma Display Panel) yet produced with the development of a panel that is 76 inches (190 centimeters) in diagonal width.

Microsoft Automates Wi-Fi network Setup. Microsoft plans to offer Windows XP enhancements to make it easier for users to automatically log onto Wi-Fi networks.

Dual-band Wi-Fi chip Set doubles Range, Cuts Power

NanoKids Made in Lab

Saturday, 11 October

Maine Leads the Entire Country Again! It's numero uno in the number of manufacturing jobs lost. Maine lost 22.1% of all of it's manufactuirng jobs in the last three years. Maine also has the highest taxes per income in the country.

Friday, 10 October

No More Weekly Microsoft Patches. The software giant announces a dramatic shift in its approach to issuing fixes for security vulnerabilities.

'Subversive' Code Could Kill-off Software Piracy. Illegally copied games protected by the new system work properly at first, but start to fall apart after the player has had just enough time to get hooked.

64-Bit Technology Takes Off. AMD's chip supports 64-bit computing, ushering in a new era for desktops. But the selling point for this CPU is the boost for 32-bit apps.

Best Notebook PCs. IBM ThinkPads take top honors on both our value and power charts. Newcomers from HP, Toshiba, Gateway, and Acer also earn kudos.

Student Faces Suit Over Key to CD Locks. SunnComm Technologies says it will likely sue a Princeton student who early this week showed how to evade the company's copy protection by pushing a computer's Shift key.

Missouri Files First Spam Suits. The suits, filed in St. Louis City Circuit Court, stem from the anti-spam law Missouri enacted in late August.

Web-based Music Pirate Gets Jail Time. A New York man was sentenced to six months in jail after being convicted of using the Internet to sell hundreds of CDs that were loaded with unauthorized copies of songs.

Thursday, 9 October

Apple Should Have Used Intel Chips. Apple should have adopted the Intel architecture when it had the chance, according to former chief John Sculley.

Developers Gripe About IE Standards Inaction. Web developers want to light a fire under Microsoft to get better standards support in the company's Internet Explorer browser, but they can't seem to spark a flame. Mozilla.

Intuit to TurboTax Users: We're Sorry. In an open letter to customers to be published Thursday, the company plans to apologize for its product activation experiment, saying the antipiracy measure was a mistake.

Microsoft May Automate Updates. Blaster attacks, other security threats prompt Microsoft to consider distributing patches by stealth.

Search for Habitable Planets Narrows

Sleep Appears to Rescue Memories

Programming Set To Define True Start Of High-Definition TV Era

Wednesday, 8 October

Eolas Files Motion to Enjoin IE. Eolas Technologies on Monday filed a motion to permanently enjoin Microsoft's distribution of its Internet Explorer browser amid a flurry of court filings by both sides in the pivotal patent-infringement case.

Court's Call: Hands-off VoIP. A federal judge permanently barred Minnesota from applying traditional telephone rules to Vonage, a move which indicates that VoIP phone services will be able to operate without the burden of state telephone regulations.

Windows SBS 2003 on the Launch Pad. On Thursday, Microsoft will release Windows Small Business Server 2003, which will face intense competition from Linux.

Apple Eyes UNIX Market with Panther. The new version of the Mac OS X may give Apple what it needs to push into UNIX's market in the enterprise, analyst say.

Microsoft's Muglia Details 'Securing The Perimeter' Initiative. Microsoft's next-generation security initiative, dubbed "Securing The Perimeter," includes a major update of the Windows Server Software Update Service (SUS) during the first half of 2004 and partnerships with firewall vendors to deflect future attacks, the company's software management chief said.

Snapshots of Advanced Technology Displays at CEATEC. A variety of displays of advanced technologies are being showcased at this year’s Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies (CEATEC) exhibition in Tokyo from October 7-11.

Microsoft Wins Patent for IM Feature. The feature is already used in IM services from Yahoo and AOL, and it's not clear whether Microsoft will try to use the patent to offer it exclusively on MSN Messenger.

House Votes to Tighten Computer Security. The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to require the government to set up its computers so they are not exposed to security risks associated with "peer-to-peer" networks.

The Burning Question. 23 DVD burners tested.

Military Sonar May Give Whales the Bends

Philips Developing Wearable Medical Monitoring System

Tantalizing Evidence Hints Universe is Finite

2 Americans Share Nobel Chemistry Prize

Little Solar Houses for You and Me

New Photos of 'Astounding' Mars

Tuesday, 7 October

Microsoft Tweaks Explorer to Address Ruling. Microsoft is moving ahead with what it calls "modest changes" to Windows and Internet Explorer as a result of the patent suit brought against it by Eolas Technologies.

DSL Speeds, Cellular Coverage. New technologies gear up to start competing against cable, DSL, and hot spots.

Ruling Opens Cable Lines. Companies would be required to share their networks with rival ISPs.

Cable Vs. DSL Battle Rages Hot As Ever. The latest round of aggressive price-cutting and performance upgrades in the battle between DSL and cable modem providers is a blessing for consumers, but business users may benefit less at first.

AOL Buffs Up Search With Help From Google. The two companies deepen their search pact, as AOL races to keep up with Yahoo! and MSN.

Asus Unveils DiGiMatrix Hi-Fi Styled Home PC. Reg Kit Watch Adds Bluetooth to PDA line, too.

Software Vendor Channel Satisfaction Hits New Low. The overall channel satisfaction rating for all 13 software vendors as a group came in at 13.2 percent in August, down from 18.6 percent in July.

Microsoft Shakes-up Partner Program. The software maker is revamping the way it shares the wealth among its allies in a drive to reward expertise, not just volume, and so boost sales to small and midsized businesses.

Fanless Heatpipe CPU Cooling System. This fanless CPU cooling project is an exercise in logical design and simple execution using available technologies. It is far from simplistic.

Customers Get More Time to Quit Microsoft's Java. Sun Microsystems and Microsoft agreed to a 10-month extension to give customers more time to migrate away from Microsoft's Java virtual machine before it stops supporting the product.

Is the Desktop PC Era Over? Vote to find out how others have voted.

High Court Ruling a Boon for Rambus. The U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear Infineon Technologies' appeal against the memory chip maker, clearing the way for Rambus to prove that memory makers are violating its patents.

Lite-on Ships Record Volume of LCD Monitors. Lite-On Technology in September again delivered a record volume of LCD monitors.

Superconductor Trio Wins 2003 Nobel Physics Prize

Monday, 6 October

Chip Demand Rising As Corporate Spending Loosens Up. The fog shrouding the semiconductor market appears to be lifting, as a more stable industry outlook offers suppliers a chance to improve margins and update their product mix.

Advanced Chip Opens Door to Software Choice. A computer chip designed to run more than one operating system at a time could break Microsoft's stranglehold on PC software.

Motorola Spins-off Semiconductor Group. Motorola Inc. is spinning off its semiconductor products group into a separate, publicly traded company.

Intel Slashes Centrino Prices. Intel slashed prices for its mobile computing processors almost across the board, with some Centrino models falling by as much as 30 percent.

VeriSign Suspends its Redirect Service. VeriSign knuckled under to pressure from several recent lawsuits and halted its SiteFinder redirection service.

Four Men Plead Guilty to Software Piracy. Four men in the US have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement.

American, British Scientists Win Nobel Prize for Medicine. Discoveries led to advances in magnetic resonance iimaging.

IBM Debuts Hard Drive 'Airbag' Crash Protection

Lasers Operate Inside Single Cells

Clever Motor Leads to Talking Vacuum Cleaners

Friday, 3 October

Update 11:42 PM EST: Microsoft just released a patch to fix the vulnerability that occurs because Internet Explorer does not properly determine an object type returned from a Web server in a popup window. See Security Bulletin MS03-040. Go to Windows Update, scan for updates, and then review and install any critical updates. Attack Program Hijacks Surfing in IE. A malicious program, dubbed QHosts, infects PCs using a recent flaw in Microsoft's Internet Explorer to take control of how computers look up Internet addresses. Internet Explorer Trojan Problem Still Not Patched. Another solution would be to download and install Mozilla.

Philips Says New Technology Boosts DVD Capacity. Dutch Philips Electronics said on Friday it had developed a new technology with Japan's Mitsubishi Kagaku Media that nearly doubles the storage capacity of data on recordable DVD discs.

Toshiba Delays Fuel Cell. The company shows off the latest version of its fuel cell for portable devices, but problems with the new technology mean it will not be commercially available until 2005.

ICANN Demands VeriSign Shut Down SiteFinder. The organization charged with ensuring the stability of the domain name system demands ICANN suspend its controversial 'wildcard' service pending an investigation of its ramifications.

Mass. Official: "Open Source" Reports Overstated. A senior state official said that reports about a planned shift to open source software platforms by Massachusetts were inaccurate and that the state has no "Freeware Initiative," as stated by a number of software industry lobbying groups opposed to the plan.

Sony to Unveil All-In-One PSX Game Device Next Week. The PSX, which packs a TV tuner, DVD recorder, hard-disk drive, and the PlayStation 2 game player into a single white box.

Never Heard of Mers Kutt, eh? Time You Did

Murphy's Law Honoured

Thursday, 2 October

OpenOffice Update Finalized. The group behind OpenOffice released the first major update to the open-source challenger to Microsoft's Office--and it's a free download.

Microsoft Faces Class-Action on Security Breaches. Microsoft faces a proposed class-action lawsuit in California based on the claim that its market-dominant software is vulnerable to viruses capable of triggering "massive, cascading failures" in global computer networks.

$40 Printer With $40 Ink. HP's Deskjet 3520 is the first $40 ink jet. And its print quality is decent--but you'll pay as much for replacement cartridges as you did for the printer itself.

Online Sales Tax Bill Hits House. Legislation grants congressional approval to a national compact among states to levy taxes on Internet sales.

SCO to Yank SGI's Unix License. High-end computer maker Silicon Graphics Inc. is in line to become the next target of Linux opponent SCO Group, with the controversial software seller threatening to revoke SGI's Unix license.

Red Hat Sees Boost From SCO Suits. Red Hat reports that sales are brisk in Australia and Asia, in part because companies are asking for advice--opening communication channels.

Microsoft Moves Beyond Patches. Conceding that its strategy of patching Windows holes as they emerge has not worked, Microsoft plans next week to outline a new security effort focused on what the company calls "securing the perimeter."

Flaws Patched in OpenSSL Internet Sockets Protocol. The security vulnerabilities could have allowed potential crashes or other attacks by hackers.

Male Brain Science Gives Clue to Nagging Questions

Drug Produces Faster Healing and Fewer Scars

Microchip Stars In Tale Of Lost Cat

Closest Asteroid Yet Flies Past Earth

Broken Biscuit Breakthrough

Wednesday, 1 October

Microsoft-Phoenix Take Crash Course . Microsoft and Phoenix Technologies on Tuesday announced a joint effort aimed at making it easier to restore computer data following a crash. Press Release . CSS is the next generation of BIOS that is focused on improving a device's reliability, usability, manageability, and security.

Palm Refreshes Tungsten, Zire PDAs . Tungsten T3, Tungsten E, and Zire 21 boost memory, software in new versions.

Will Dell Go from Sizzling to Middling? The bears' argument: That the red-hot PC maker faces tougher prospects for maintaining its spectacular growth in the near term.

Microsoft Delivers SharePoint Services for Windows Server . Today, Microsoft delivered Windows SharePoint Services, a part of Windows Server 2003 that allows end-users to set up Web sites for collaboration and information sharing.

Multiple Vulnerabilities Found in OpenSSL . Security holes in the open-source implementation of SSL/TLS could allow denial-of-service attacks or system access.

Particle Smog: Health Risks Move to Fore

Pentagon Plans Huge 'Homeland Defense' Dirigible


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