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Thursday, February 24, 2005

Google Searches Movie Listings

From GoogleBlog:

" Looking for a multiplex near you? Use "movie:" followed by a U.S. zip code or city/state to find theaters and showtimes in your area (a search for [movie: Mountain View, CA], for example, will show you what's playing near the Googleplex). You can also just search on "movies," "showtimes" or the title of a current film, and your top result will be movie-related info for your area (if you haven't already saved your location using Google Local, just fill in your U.S. zip code or city/state and click the "Get Showtimes" button). And for those on the go, movie showtimes are also available on Google SMS (send a text message to 46645 -- aka. GOOGL on most phones -- to look up showtimes for nearby theaters). "

The search market is witnessing intense competition, with leading players unveiling new, specialized search offerings in an effort to win market share. Google also recently unveiled a prototype of a service to search TV programming.

Google competitors Yahoo and Microsoft's MSN already have services for searching movie listings and related information.

AMD Demonstrates Dual-Core Processor But Still Can't Get Dell

Advanced Micro Devices Inc. keeps pushing the envelope in processor innovation and performance improvement, but it can't break down the wall at Dell Inc., which continues to pass on using non-Intel processors in its product line.

This week AMD demonstrated a dual core version of its Athlon 64 processor for desktops, which it plans to introduce in volume later this year. A week earlier, AMD demonstrated its dual-core Opteron in multiple server and workstation products at Linux World.

AMD was the first to market with a 32/64-bit x86 processor, which forced rival Intel to belatedly answer with its EM64T 64-bit extensions for its Xeon product line. The two companies' dual-core demonstrations and roadmaps are on relatively the same timetable.

But Steve Felice, VP and general manager of the corporate business group for Dell, recently told InformationWeek his company has no intention of broadening its portfolio with AMD offerings, a stance that Dell CEO Kevin Rollins reiterated Wednesday in public comments.

"From our discussions with customers, demand is not significant enough to force a major shift from us," Felice says. "If our customers get to the point where they are consistently telling us that they think (AMD) is a better technology, we certainly have the wherewithal to add that to the mix. We're not blind to what's out there."

Felice says AMD chips remain a relatively small piece of the market, and customers are more interested in maintaining "the stability of delivery and the stability of performance, and we have a great track record with Intel on doing just that. It's very important to us to have a consistent supply chain."

According to Mercury Research, AMD has been closing the market share gap between itself and Intel over the last two years, but remains well behind the world's largest semiconductor manufacturer.

In terms of total shipments of processors from the two companies, including Xeon, Itanium, Athlon MP and Opteron, AMD held a 3% share in the second quarter of 2003, compared to 97% by Intel. By the fourth quarter of 2004, AMD's share had grown to 7%, and Intel's had dropped to 93%.

Intel earlier this month also made a dual-core announcement. The company said it had completed initial production runs of its dual-core products and was on schedule to introduce dual-core Pentiums in the second quarter, and dual-core Xeons in the second half of 2005.

Robert Cooke, VP of Intel's Desktop Platforms Group, says the company has more than 10 multicore projects currently underway.

Source: InformationWeek

Fake FBI Emails Contain Virus

A fake e-mail claiming it’s from the FBI is going around online. And it’s infected with what’s probably the Sober.K worm.

In an announcement, “The FBI today warned the public to avoid falling victim to an on-going mass e-mail scheme wherein computer users receive unsolicited e-mails purportedly sent by the FBI,” says a statement.

“These scam e-mails tell the recipients that their Internet use has been monitored by the FBI’s Internet Fraud Complaint Center and that they have accessed illegal web sites. The e-mails then direct recipients to open an attachment and answer questions. The attachments contain a computer virus.

“These e-mails did not come from the FBI. Recipients of this or similar solicitations should know that the FBI does not engage in the practice of sending unsolicited e-mails to the public in this manner.”

If you’ve had one of these emails, the FBI wants you to send it to the Internet Crime Complaint Center, says the FBI, which “takes this matter seriously and is investigating”.

Here's an example of a fake Sober.K e-mail posted on the F-Secure blog.

Dear Sir/Madam,

we have logged your IP-address on more than 40 illegal Websites.

Important: Please answer our questions!

The list of questions are attached.

Yours faithfully,
M. John Stellford

++-++ Federal Bureau of Investigation -FBI-
++-++ 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Room 2130
++-++ Washington, DC 20535
++-++ (202) 324-3000

Source: P2PNet

Monday, February 21, 2005

Cell Phone Virus Surfaces In US

The world's first virus that specifically targets mobile phones has made an appearance in the United States. Called Cabir, the virus initially appeared in the Philippines about eight months ago. Since then, it has spread to twelve countries and could eventually threaten a significant portion of the 1.5 billion cell phone users worldwide.

"It's interesting (the Cabir variant) has now been found in the United States, but it's not the end of the world," said Mikko Hypponen, director of Finnish anti-virus research company F-Secure. He explained that the biggest impact of the virus is draining cell phone batteries.

The virus originally appeared in a technology gadget store within two cell phones in the store's window, leading researchers to believe that a passer-by infected the two phones by using Bluetooth. The virus then spread to the store owner's phone, and Hypponen said it was likely other phones in the area were infected, although no reports have been received.

The virus spreads slowly because it uses the Bluetooth capabilities of the phone to propagate itself. Thus, users without the Bluetooth feature will not easily contract the virus. Also, a user must restart his phone for the virus to take hold.

Mobile phone makers are responding to Cabir, as well as other future mobile viruses, by offering anti-virus software on new handsets. However, the virus threat will continue to increase, especially as phones converge around common operating systems like today's computers.

Source: BetaNews

Intel Increases P4's Cache

Intel announced Sunday several additions to its line of Pentium 4 processors, all of which include 2MB of secondary cache, twice that of the current line of P4 processors. Also included with the new chips is the same technology included in its mobile processor line, which is designed to limit power consumption.

The processors will range in speed from 3 to 3.6 GHz with an 800Mhz bus. The top of the line model will sell for $605 USD in lots of 1,000, with the lowest model coming in at $224 USD.

The new Pentium 4 chips will be the last of the single-core processors from Intel as the company moves towards dual-core chips.

"We accelerated this effort with the introduction of Hyper-Threading Technology three years ago and we're extending it by building multi-core processors," Robert Crooke, Intel vice president said. "Platforms based on Intel multi-core technology will provide the performance and responsiveness consumers and businesses need to get the most enjoyment and productivity from their applications."

While dual core processors will not be clocked as fast as single-core chips initially, or be able to maintain the fast pace of speed increases the single-core processor market has seen, they will be faster overall. The processor's two "brains" will allow it to handle more load and offer improved performance.

The new processors are available now to computer makers and the first PCs with the new Pentium 4 chips should make it to the market over the next several months.

Source: BetaNews

Paris Hilton's Cell Phone Hacked!

Popular TV/hotel heiress famous for her infamous sex tape, has been drawing some other unfortunate attention.

It appears hackers have taken a large interest in the young model. A large quantity of telephone numbers and other data, such as cell phone snapshots are spreading around the web like wild fire.

Paris Hilton's address book kept on T-Mobile Sidekick has been hacked and is now popping on the net everywhere.

While this is a huge problem for Paris Hilton, pop and movie stars in her address book such as Eminem, Christina Aguilera, Victoria Gotti and many others are now facing constant calls from fans and other people.

The hacker, Nicolas Jacobsen, 22, responsible for these crimes pleaded guilty. But that didn't stop the data from getting out.

The FBI is investigating the matter, but the damage to Paris Hilton's reputation has already been done.