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Thursday, April 21, 2005

Google's First Quarter Profit Soars Nearly Six-Fold

Google's first-quarter profit increased by nearly six-fold as the online search engine leader's rapid growth continued to soar beyond analysts' expectations.

The company's net income rose to $369.2 million ($1.29 per share) compared to $64 million (24 cents per share) in 2004.

Google's total revenue increased from $651.6 million to $1.26 billion, which is a lot higher than Wall Street's prediction of $1.16 billion and earnings of 78 cents per share.

Google's shares jumped 6 percent in after-hours trading to more than $216.

Microsoft to ship 32-bit version of Longhorn server

Microsoft has made a commitment to launch 32-bit and x64 versions of its Longhorn server operating system. There has been, for some time, agreement from Microsoft that there would be a 32-bit version of the client, as well as an x64 version, but as far as the server version went, even during last week things were undecided. However, now the 32-bit and x64 versions will go ahead.

"We will support 32-bit and 64-bit," Bob Kelly, a general manager in Microsoft's Windows server group, said in an interview yesterday. "We're in a transition period from 32-bit to 64-bit. We believe that will take a while."

Microsoft will ship the 32-bit version of the Longhorn server so customers can run the new operating system on existing server hardware. At the time the Longhorn server version ships, Microsoft expects that the vast majority of new x86-based servers, if not all, will be shipped with x64 processors.

AOL Launches Major Campaign against Phishing

AOL has partnered with Cyota Inc. to identify and block access to suspected phishing sites through a continuous monitoring process.

When a possible phishing site is identified, AOL limits access to the site and informs members who attempt to visit it that it is suspected of being a dangerous site. In addition to sites that are fraudulently attempting to spoof pages of the service, AOL is also working to prevent access to fraudulent websites imitating other legitimate companies like banks, credit-card issuers, on-line auctions or on-line payment facilitators.

"These are sites that have all been reviewed by security staff and confirmed as likely phishing sites," AOL spokesman Andrew Weinstein said. "Blocking all access is a pretty aggressive step, but we want to aggressively protect our members from those sites."

Press Release

Google Adds Search History Feature

Google has released My Search History (Beta). Login with your Google account (like your Gmail account), and a search history feature will be integrated right into the Google.com homepage. You can then retrieve pages you've previously found by either clicking on calendar dates, or by performing a full-text search.

Article from Google Blog

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Spammers mine p2p to find e-mail addresses

A security expert said that spammers are now using new techniques to mine p2p networks for e-mail addresses, and it proved to be a lucrative work.

"All it takes is one person you know, who you've sent an e-mail address," said Reshef. "This friend of yours has your e-mail address somewhere in his files, likely in his Outlook .pst file. He doesn't know P2P, and rather than share just some songs, sets the file-sharing software to share his entire hard drive, including his Outlook .pst file for spammers to find and see."

Blue Security set up 500 new e-mail accounts and shared those addresses in several files on a PC connected to eDonkey 2000 and Gnutella p2p networks. Within a day they had received 100 pieces of spam, within three days it had increased to 300 spams and two weeks later each address was getting more than 100 spam e-mails a day.

Sober worm makes a comeback

A new version of the Sober worm has been recently discovered by the companies producing security solutions. Some companies call this version Sober-N, while others called it Sober-M. The worm spreads through a .Zip attachment of an email message written in English or German.

The infected emails are sent by an Internet surfer who claims he got the recipient’s address by mistake, trying in this way to make the user access the attachment that contains the virus. The subject of the infected messages is "I've_got your EMail on my_account!" or "FwD: Ich bin's nochmal" and the attachment is your_text.zip, having 73 Kb. Like all previous versions, Sober only infects Windows.

The body of the mail has the following text:
"Hello,
First, Very Sorry for my bad English.
Someone is sending your private e-mails on my address.
It's probably an e-mail provider error!
At time, I've got over 10 mails on my account, but the recipient are you. I have copied all the mail text in the windows text-editor for you & zipped then. Make sure, that this mails don't come in my mail-box again. bye"

Experts believe the sender is using on purpose bad English to make the message credible.

BlackSpider Technologies declared that since yesterday, over 86,700 messages have been sent to different British companies. The majority of antivirus distributors rated this version of the worm as having a medium level of danger. Since the first version in October 2003, 14 close relatives have found their way to email and file sharing networks.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Google's Unveils Local & Map Services for UK

Now British websurfers can enjoy the Local and Map services offered by Google. Today Google Inc. unveiled Google Local UK and Google Maps UK. Allowing users in the UK to use innovative local business search and beautiful interactive maps.

Symantec Releases Beta Version of Spyware Solution

Symantec Corp., yesterday released the public beta version of its 'Norton Internet Security (NIS) 2005 AntiSpyware Edition', which provides protection from spyware and adware.

According to the company, the beta version is being designed to provide real-time detection and automatic removal of spyware from users' computers and prevent new spyware risks from impacting the PC in the future. In addition to spyware protection, Symantec's NIS 2005 AntiSpyware Edition will continue to include intrusion prevention, firewall, privacy protection, virus protection, spam filtering, and content filtering features.

The security solution is being designed to support the Microsoft Windows 2000/XP operating systems along with Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 or above and is scheduled to be available from the second quarter of the year for an estimated retail price of US$79.95.

Seagate Unveils High-Speed 120 GB Laptop Drives

Seagate Technology announced late yesterday an expansion of its notebook hard disc drive line, bumping capacities up to 120 gigabytes (GB).

Highlighting Seagate's notebook product line are 7,200- and 5,400-rpm models that provide the highest capacities available -- 100 GB and 120 GB, respectively -- in laptop drives.

The three new models are the Momentus 7200.1, offered in capacities up to 100 GB at 7,200-rpm, the Momentus 5400.2, available in capacities up to 120 GB with 5,400-rpm speeds, and the Momentus 4200.2, available in capacities up to 120 GB.

Seagate also is offering Serial ATA as an option for Momentus 5400.2 and Momentus 7200.1 drives to deliver a 1.5 gigabits per second interface speed and NCQ (Native Command Queuing).

Microsoft targets mobile workers with software extensions

Microsoft Corp. announced it will extend the capabilities of its new Office Live Communications Server 2005 to wireless devices including those running its Windows Mobile platform, as well as BlackBerry gadgets from Research In Motion Ltd.

Under the new offering, Microsoft said it will develop software for wireless devices to access various Communications Server functions, including instant messaging, presence and contacts services. Microsoft said the offering will allow mobile employees to work more efficiently.

The Communications Server software for Windows Mobile devices will be available later this year. The software for RIM's BlackBerry devices will also be available by the end of this year.

UK court orders ISPs to reveal 33 filesharers

A British judge today ordered five ISPs to name another 33 music file sharers. The individuals concerned had uploaded more than 72,000 music files to the internet, according to a statement by the BPI (British Phonographic Industry), which sought the court order as part of its broader legal offensive against illegal downloading on P2P networks.

The ISPs concerned have two weeks to give the UK record companies' trade association the names and addresses of the file sharers. The case brings the number of people in the UK to face legal action for illegal file sharing up to 90. These people will face claims for compensation and the legal costs in pursuing them, the BPI warns.

BPI General Counsel Geoff Taylor said: "This court order should remind every user of a peer-to-peer file sharing service in Britain that they are not anonymous. These 33 people will now face paying thousands of pounds in compensation. We are continuing to collect evidence every day against people who are still uploading music illegally, despite all the warnings we have given. If you want to avoid the risk of court action, stop file sharing and buy music legally."

Monday, April 18, 2005

New Halo 2 Multiplayer Maps

New Halo 2 multiplayer maps will be available on April 25th on Xbox Live.

The Bonus Pack - comprised of Containment and Warlock, is free. Log into Xbox Live, go to the download content menu item and get 'em. The Killtacular Pack, comprised of Turf and Sanctuary, is $5.99 US (local prices will vary by country) but for the patient, it too will be available for free on June 28 th .

Mozilla Fixes Firefox Again

Version 1.0.3 of Firefox fixes a number of Javascript and cross-site scripting vulnerabilities, as well as other flaws in the browser.

Version 1.0.3 Fixes:

Javascript "lambda" replace exposes memory contents
javascript: PLUGINSPAGE code execution
Showing blocked javascript: popup uses wrong privilege context
Cross-site scripting through global scope pollution
Code execution through javascript: favicons
Search plugin cross-site scripting
Arbitrary code execution from Firefox sidebar panel II
Missing Install object instance checks
Privilege escalation via DOM property overrides

Mozilla is encouraging all Firefox users to update their browsers as soon as possible to plug the holes.

Mozilla now claims Firefox has been downloaded 44 million times, and the count is rapidly growing despite the rising number of potential security flaws that are being found in the browser.

The number of bugs being found in Firefox by security researchers is now approaching the same level as those found in Microsoft’s still dominant Internet Explorer.

Click Here To Download Firefox 1.0.3

Infinity plans Virtual Radio for mobile phone users

Infinity Broadcasting with Hewlett-Packard will bring a new service to cell phones. The service called Visual Radio will allow users to listen to local FM radio stations on their cell phones. Along with this service extra data and media will delivered to their phones about the broadcast currently running. This is an effort to take share away from Satellite radios and help local radio broadcasters. HP and Infinity will announce their deal at the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas later this week.

Apple Releases New Final Cut Pro Suite with HD Support

Apple announced on Sunday afternoon an update to its Final Cut Pro HD video production suite, including all new versions of the award-winning suite's components. The suite contains the company's popular Final Cut Pro 5, Soundtrack Pro for audio editing, Motion 2 for animation, and DVD Studio Pro 4, which has been updated to include support for high-definition DVDs.

The latest update to Apple's award-winning video tool, Final Cut Pro 5 supports DV, SD and film, along with all major HD formats including HDV, DVCPRO HD and fully uncompressed HD. Also included in the updates are an "RT Extreme" engine to view uncompressed HD effects in real time.

Sunday, April 17, 2005

California Gives up VoIP Regulation

"The state Public Utilities Commission voted 3 to 1 behind closed doors late last week to pull out of its appeal of a Federal Communications Commission rule designating so-called voice over Internet protocol as an interstate service beyond state control.

California's was the first of several state utility commissions to appeal the FCC order, leading to the combining of the cases in the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. Its decision to withdraw is likely to cause delays and a move to another circuit."

AOL Monitor Accused of Luring 15-Year-Old

A 19-year-old Los Angeles woman has sued AOL saying that a former monitor of its "kids only" chat room seduced her online when she was a lonely teenager, persuading her to send him nude photos of herself and to engage in phone sex.

The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, also says that Matthew Wright sent sexually explicit videos of himself and planned to drive to California to meet the girl for a weekend together on her 17th birthday.

AOL, said it fired Wright immediately after the company learned of his online relationship with the teenage girl in April 2003.