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Saturday, April 16, 2005

Who Oogled first?

Who oogled first? A Long Island entrepreneur against Internet giant Google Inc may hinge on just that, according to papers filed this week in federal court.

The suit filed by Google in US District Court in Brooklyn takes issue with disabled Holtsville businessman Richard Wolfe’s Internet shopping site, Froogles.com, which he said he registered in December 2000. The site has links from 700 online stores, which pay Wolfe a commission on sales.

Two years later, Mountain View, Calif.-based Google launched a comparison-shopping site of its own, called Froogle.com. After Google applied to register the name with the US Patent and Trademark office, Wolfe filed an objection, arguing the Froogle.com name infringed on one he’d been using for two years. That’s when the legal battle began to escalate.

Last year, while the trademark dispute was still pending, Google took its claim before an arbitration panel of the Internet domain-name referee known as ICANN. The panel ruled in Wolfe’s favour, noting the four-year lag between his launch of Froogles.com and Google filing its complaint. This week’s move to federal court is an escalation of the battle that could strike Wolfe’s lower-budget operation hard.

Experts say fighting federal trademark cases can rack up hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees. ‘‘Personally, I find it ironic that a company whose motto is ‘do no evil’ would put so much effort into trying to muscle me out of my business,’’ Wolfe wrote in an email on Thursday.

Google spokesman Steve Langdon said federal court was the proper venue for deciding issues of ‘‘use and registration’’ of the trademark ‘‘in a single proceeding.’’

He said, ‘‘Protecting the Google brand is a top priority for us,’’ and claimed Froogles.com and its services were ‘‘likely to cause confusion or diminish the value’’ of Google’s brand.

Wolfe, 41, a former carpenter who his lawyer said is permanently partly disabled from two work accidents, created the website as a primary business from his home. He wouldn’t disclose his annual sales.

Cisco Acquires Topspin for $250M

Cisco Systems, Inc. yesterday announced its decision to acquire a privately held firm, Topspin Communications, for $250 million and exclusive options.

Topspin Communications makes server fabric switches for large data centers and research facilities where a number of servers are linked together to manage substantial data load. Before the acquisition, Topspin provided InfiniBand switching solutions to accompany Cisco products.

Cisco Systems said Topspin will allow the company to offer better solutions to its enterprise customers that demand scalability and a better range of products throughout.

Market research firm IDC thinks highly of this acquisition. Rick Villars, research analyst for IDC, said this deal will allow Cisco to further strengthen their position in the market. Villars believes Topspin’s technology to be solid match for the networking giant.

According to Cisco Systems, the deal is expected to close in Q4 of their 2005 fiscal financial year. The company will re-hire 135 employees from Topspin and move them to the Switching and Wireless Technology Group.

Intel Sees Mobile Broadband Starting in 2006

Wireless broadband technology WiMax is getting serious attention from both fixed and mobile telecom operators, but it will take years before a mass market of consumers will use it, Intel said on Friday.

Sean Maloney, head of Intel‘s mobility unit, said many trials were under way, but the actual deployment of mobile WiMax would not start this year.

"You‘ll probably see things at the back end of 2006, you‘ll probably see some ... trials earlier than that," he told Reuters in an interview.

WiMax is seen as a longer-range successor to Wi-Fi, the wireless computer standard popularized in coffee shops and used in homes and restaurants. WiMax enables broadband Internet connections over several miles or kilometers, currently to fixed locations but next year also to mobile devices such as laptops or small computers.

He said most mobile operators are to some extent interested in entering the WiMax field, where the first service providers have already started to offer connections.

Dutch company Enertel‘s WiMax service is now available in Rotterdam, Amsterdam, the Hague, Utrecht and Eindhoven. By the end of 2005 its network will offer national coverage across the Netherlands.

Surprisingly, it is not just fixed-line telecoms operators who see WiMax as a way of getting into the mobile services business. Mobile operators see WiMax as an alternative wireless network to relieve their newly built 3G networks from heavy data users and cut costs.

Maloney expects handset makers and operators to roll out a lot of phones using Wi-Fi during the next 12 months, but WiMax phones will come later as the mobile chips are not yet ready.

"Some of mobile operators want to talk about it immediately and get involved and do trials," Maloney said, adding there were major differences between operators, as some are preoccupied with launching their fast-speed third-generation

"3G is in deployment phase now .... With WiMax on the mobile side we are at least two years behind that," Maloney said, adding the networks could cooperate in the future.

"There is an opportunity, in four to five years or so, in harmonizing the two standards, getting an intersection point between the two," Maloney said.

Maloney said standardization of a version of WiMax for laptops and portable devices -- which has been delayed due to technological bickering -- is expected in the coming months.

"It is not done, but I think the principal agreements have been reached," he said.

Friday, April 15, 2005

North Pole Gets Wi-Fi Hotspot

Two Moscow-based Intel employees have setup a Wi-Fi hotspot near the North Pole, according to Intel.

The hotspot, which Intel says is the first in the Arctic region, was installed at the Barneo ice camp, which is about 80 kilometers from the actual North Pole, the company said in a statement. The camp is a complex of tents north of the 89th parallel.

The camp is situated on an ice cap and is in operation only when ice conditions are favorable, typically in April, according to Intel. It is used to support scientific and rescue missions in the spring when ice conditions.

The hotspot uses Intel's Centrino equipment and the Iridium satellite phone system as backhaul. The company said in its statement that the installation shows that the equipment can be used in extreme circumstances. It said that those at the camp use the hotspot access for chores ranging from e-mail to getting real-time weather conditions and for taking care of matters at home, including, potentially, financial transactions.

China Tightens Internet Filtering

China is the world‘s leading censor of the Internet, filtering web sites, blogs, e-mail, and online forums for sensitive political content, according to a study released Thursday.

The OpenNet Initiative said that China employs thousands officials and private citizens to build a "pervasive, sophisticated, and effective" system of Internet censorship.

"ONI sought to determine the degree to which China filters sites on topics that the Chinese government finds sensitive, and found that the state does so extensively," said the study, published at www.opennetinitiative.net/china.

"Chinese citizens seeking access to Web sites containing content related to Taiwanese and Tibetan independence, Falun Gong, the Dalai Lama, the Tiananmen Square incident, opposition political parties, or a variety of anti-Communist movements will frequently find themselves blocked," the report said.

The study, jointly conducted by Harvard University, the University of Cambridge and the University of Toronto, used four different tests to probe China‘s Internet blocks from inside and outside China, said John Palfrey, a project leader.

Volunteers inside China ran a special program designed to test what content was blocked by China, while ONI researchers accessed proxy servers in China, posted messages with sensitive content on popular web logs in China and sent test e-mails to and from major Internet Service Providers.

"China has the most extensive and effective legal and technological systems for Internet censorship and surveillance in the world today," Palfrey told officials and reporters at a Congressional hearing in Washington.

China used multiple, overlapping filtering methods and a mixture of soft and hard controls, including blocking by keywords, formal legal pressures and pressure on users and content providers, he said.

The filtering regime was not transparent or even openly admitted by Chinese authorities, and censorship decisions could not be appealed, creating a "climate of self-censorship," Palfrey said. Volunteers who helped run the study faced "substantial risk," he added.

As the regional Internet access provider for Vietnam, North Korea, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, China could export its content controls to those neighbors, said Palfrey, head of Harvard Law‘s School‘s Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Microsoft Releases Public Beta of Data Protection Manager

Microsoft has released the public beta of its disk-to-disk backup product, Data Protection Manager. The product is designed to make backups easier than simply backing up to tape. Disk-to-disk backup completes images in significantly less time, meaning much less downtime for systems during backups.

"Our whole goal with DPM is to shrink the operational costs associated with IT professionals having to manually recover lost data and manage cumbersome backup and recovery processes," says Ben Matheson, group product manager for DPM at Microsoft. "From what our early-adopter customers are telling us, DPM is doing that very effectively."

The controversial part of the product comes in with Microsoft partners such as Veritas and CA, which already offer backup solutions with Backup Exec and BrightStor. CA has said that they don't mind Microsoft's foray into the market, but Veritas has been noticeably quiet on the subject.

Keep an eye on this market in the future, as growing data volumes and growing needs for data retrieval from compliance regulations have made the disk-to-disk data protection market very appealing.

Google Adds New Mobile Service

Google said Tuesday that it has launched more services available to users of mobile devices.

Specifically, users will have access to driving directions via SMS messages. In addition, they will have access to local business services, the company said in a statement. Google already has a mobile version of its search capabilities.

Using the driving directions capabilities, users send a query as a text message. This service is in addition to existing search capabilities available via SMS, the company said. After sending in the query, they receive turn-by-turn driving instructions.

Click Here to read how to use Google's new service.

RIAA Cracks Down on Internet2 File Sharing

Hundreds of students at 18 universities nation-wide have had lawsuits filed against them by the RIAA for filesharing over Internet2." The official RIAA Press Release and commentary at MSNBC is also available. From the article: "i2Hub has been seen as a safe haven, and what we wanted to do was puncture that misconception," said Cary Sherman, president of the RIAA. "This has been a subversion of the research purposes for which Internet2 was developed."

Source: Slashdot

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Intel First to release Dual Core CPU's

Intel has won the initial leg of a horse race to get the first batch of dual core x86 64-bit processors into the hands of OEMs.


The chipmaking giant said it has been shipping its Intel Pentium Processor Extreme Edition 840, Intel's first dual-core processor-based platform, to PC makers.


The company is in Taipei, Taiwan this week for a local version of its Intel Developers Forum.
The new Pentium runs at 3.2 GHz, backs Intel's Hyper-Threading and is supported by the company's 955X Express chipsets, formerly code-named Glenwood. The processors are designed to power gaming enthusiast platforms and workstations. Intel is also preparing a separate dual core chip for everyday desktop use, the Pentium D, which is expected before the summer.


Dell announced it would be one of the first PC makers to ship Intel's new dual core Pentium Extreme. The Round Rock, Texas-based hardware vendor said it would begin shipping its Dimension brand of PCs with the new chips relatively soon with prices starting at around $3,000. HP and Gateway are expected to follow suit.

The shift to dual-core comes from the problems that semiconductor manufacturers encountered while trying to increase performance on a single core. Intel and AMD both found power consumption and heat generation were unacceptable at higher clock rates. So, now the companies are aggressively pursuing a distributed computing strategy.

"Over time, dual-core systems will become more and more standard for desktop computing as customers seek increased performance in more complex tasks," Roger Kay, analyst at IT market research firm IDC said.


"Dual core shows particular promise in situations in which several compute-intensive tasks like video rendering and audio streaming need to be done at the same time."


As previously reported, Intel's its chief rival AMD is expected to have its dual core Opteron processors available on April 21 with its dual core Athlon family due out later this year. Intel's dual core Xeon processors code-named Paxville and Dempsey are expected to ship to OEMs in the second half of 2005.


Both companies are expecting to ship massive amounts of their respective dual-core chips for desktops, laptops and servers in 2006.



Source: InternetNews.com

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Spammer Gets Nine Years In Jail

A Virginia circuit judge has sentenced a convicted spammer to nine years in jail, the first custodial sentence to be issued to a bulk emailer in the United States. A jury was convinced that Jeremy Jaynes of North Carolina fell foul of a law only enacted two weeks ago.

The spammer, together with his sister (who was sentenced to a small fine) and an accomplice (who was acquitted) was indicted by a Loudon County Grand Jury in December 2003, and convicted late last year.

Jaynes was sending out at least 10 million emails a day using 16 broadband lines, grossing between $400,000 and $700,000 a month on expenses of around $50,000 - a handsome profit. Jaynes snared one punter for around every 30,000 emails sent.

Jaynes is free on bond until the appeal is decided. If it fails, Jeremy Jaynes will be able to offer penis enlargement remedies in prison - a very risky proposition.

Source: The Register