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Tuesday, February 27, 2007
  Study: Spending on video downloads to surge -
Annual consumer spending on Internet downloads of movies and TV shows will top $4 billion in 2011, up from just $111 million last year, according to a study released Wednesday by Adams Media Research.

States standup to cyberbullies -
Ryan Patrick Halligan was bullied for months online. Classmates sent the 13-year-old boy instant messages calling him gay. He was threatened, taunted and insulted incessantly by so-called cyberbullies.

Vista blockade -- security measure or business strategy -
After years of delays and billions in development and marketing efforts, it would seem that Microsoft Corp. would want anyone who possibly can to buy its new Windows Vista operating system. Yet Microsoft is making it hard for Mac owners and other potentially influential customers to adopt the software.

My Broadband :: Hardware & Software : Study shows preference for 'all-in-one' communications systems
BenchmarkPortal, a national research firm specialising in contact centre best practices, published its survey results last month showing contact centre preferences for 'all-in-one' (or 'unified') versus 'multi-point' communications systems.

My Broadband :: Hardware & Software : Virtual Windows to run unmodified on Linux
Novell and Intel have announced the availability of para-virtualised network and block device drivers that aim to allow Microsoft Windows Server 2000/2003/XP to run unmodified in Xen virtual environments on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 from Novell, operating on Intel-based server platforms featuring Intel Virtualisation Technology.

My Broadband :: Business & General : Workplace wellness and how it affects you and your employees
According to a study recently conducted by Microsoft, professionals are spending an average of 5,8 hours per day in front of their computers, which accounts for 69% of their total working hours.

My Broadband :: Broadband : Aggressive campaign against wireless broadband provider raises questions
Aerosat, the largest Wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP) in PE, has been the target of a campaign from iBurst declaring them illegal. This campaign raises some serious questions about the local telecoms arena.

My Broadband :: Hardware & Software : New tune on piracy
The entertainment industry, worried about piracy of digital content, is turning to onerous antipiracy schemes using digital rights management (DRM) technologies. But consumers don't like DRM and it may be doing the industry more harm than good.

BitTorrent, Joost put download tech to legal use - Yahoo! News
"There was a time when the phrase 'peer-to-peer' (P2P) was practically a curse word in the music industry. "

Character assassination by Internet proving venomously effective
"November 4 2008 is the day the world will see a new face in the White House. Until then we can expect the media to become increasingly rapt with how much mud is being slung at whom by the contenders for the US presidency. "

Want a Contract With Your Key Logger?
Malware (define) authors in Russia are now offering service contracts with their spyware. "

SA teacher tantrum makes YouTube debut
An angry classroom outburst by a Port Elizabeth art teacher has attracted a worldwide audience after a secret cellphone video recording of his profanity-laden remarks was posted on the internet.

As Domain Name "Tasting" Grows, So Does Criticism
Entrepreneurs have been taking advantage of a five-day grace period to sample millions of domain names, keeping the relative few that might generate advertising revenues and dropping the rest before paying. It's akin to buying new clothes on a charge card only to return them for a full refund after wearing them to a big party.

N.H. State Workers' Information Exposed Online
More than 1,700 state workers recently learned that some of their personal information, including their names and Social Security numbers, had been inadvertently posted on the Internet. The information on the Web site for the state Department of Administrative Services may have been there since October 2003, The Hartford Courant reported.

Georgia Tech Computer Breach Exposes 3,000 Employees
The personal information of about 3,000 current and former Georgia Tech employees may have been compromised by unauthorized access to a Georgia Tech computer account by unknown sources outside the university, Georgia Tech reported. The stolen information includes names, addresses, Social Security numbers and other sensitive information, including about 400 state purchasing card numbers.

Google Promises Anti-Piracy Tool for YouTube
Google, racing to head off a media industry backlash over its video website YouTube, will soon offer anti-piracy technologies to help all copyright holders thwart unauthorized video sharing, its chief executive said. "We are definitely committed to (offering copyright protection technologies)," Google Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt said in an interview.

Microsoft Ordered to Pay $1.5 Billion in MP3 Patent Case
A federal jury in San Diego has ordered Microsoft to pay $1.5 billion to Alcatel-Lucent in a patent dispute over MP3 audio technology used in Windows. In its verdict, the jury assessed damages based on each Windows PC sold since May 2003.

Spam Grows, Posing Woes for Small Businesses
Unwanted commercial e-mail has surged in recent months as online fraudsters, bogus pharmaceutical suppliers and others send billions of pieces of spam engineered to pierce defenses at companies of all sizes. The share of e-mail deemed junk rose as high as 80% last month from as low as 47% in September, says software security firm Symantec.

Ex-Judge Gets 27 Months for Child Porn on Computer
A former Orange County, Calif., Superior Court judge collapsed in court upon learning he was being sentenced to 27 months in prison for possessing child pornography on his home computer. He was arrested in 2001 after a hacker used a computer program to download incriminating diary entries and images from his computers.

Hacking at TJX Companies Wider Than First Reported
The TJX Companies, the discount retailer best known for its T.J. Maxx and Marshalls clothing stores, said that its hacking investigation has uncovered more extensive exposure of credit and debit card data than it previously believed. Information on millions of TJX customers may have been exposed in the long-running attack, which was made public last month.

New Video Website Faces Copyright Problems
One of the last places you might expect to find copyright violations is on a Web site backed by Time Warner and former Disney CEO Michael Eisner. Nonetheless, Veoh Networks CEO Dmitry Shapiro acknowledges that only a week after the company's official debut, is host to a wide range of unauthorized and full-length copies of popular programs.

Music Industry Gets More Aggressive Against Students
Cracking down on college students, the music industry is sending thousands more complaints to top universities this school year than it did last year as it targets music illegally downloaded over campus computer networks. A few schools, including Ohio and Purdue universities, already have received more than 1,000 complaints accusing individual students since last fall -- significant increases over the past school year.

Monday, February 26, 2007
  Supreme Court Hears Microsoft-AT&T Patent Case
U.S. Supreme Court justices expressed doubts about whether Microsoft Corp. should be liable for infringing AT&T Inc. patents in Windows software sold overseas, a case that could determine the reach of American patents in foreign markets. Hearing arguments in the case, the justices sharply questioned AT&T's assertion that software code could be deemed a "component" of a computer, which would make overseas sales of the software an infringement under U.S. patent law.

Google Fixes Security Flaw in Desktop Software
Security researchers have discovered a serious flaw in Google's desktop software that could be used to wreak havoc on a victim's computer. The bug, which was made public by Watchfire, has now been fixed.

Apple Settles iPhone Trademark Suit with Cisco
Cisco Systems and Apple said they have settled the trademark-infringement lawsuit over the use of the iPhone name for Apple's new multimedia phone. The agreement allows Apple and Cisco to use the iPhone brand on their own products.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007
  Cybercrime Tools Getting Cheaper, More Prevalent
It's becoming cheaper and easier to get hold of the tools needed to launch a cybercrime attack, according to security company RSA. Addressing an audience at the RSA Conference 2007 in San Francisco, Jens Hinrichsen, the company's product marketing manager for fraud auction, showed several screengrabs to illustrate that the prices being asked for hacking tools have been dropping, with many participants embracing volume discounts and other incentives.

Sunday, February 11, 2007
  Email disclaimers do not disclaim
Many email disclaimers, which have the function of protecting the emailer from having the content of the email used against them and ensuring confidentiality, in fact are not legally binding.







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