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From the hip-hip hooray dept:
A Los Angeles District Court ordered three Web marketing companies to cease and desist an operation using the lure of free ringtones and browser updates to download spyware and adware to users' computers.
At the request of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the court also ordered a halt to the deceptive downloads of a marketing affiliate that helped spread malicious software by offering free background music for blogs.
Henry Blodget writes: "(First, I should clarify my position regarding Microsoft: My position is not that Microsoft's web business sucks. It doesn't. Microsoft is either the third or fourth strongest web company on the planet. My position is that the common idea that Microsoft is going to do what it has done in many software businesses--come from behind, bury Google and Yahoo!, and rule the web--is ludicrous. Microsoft has been trying to come from behind on the web for a decade, and it is almost as far behind now as when it started. A few more years--or Microsoft Live, or AdCenter--is not going to change this.)"
[Well, it sure beats them having to innovate! - Ed]
SEOUL- US software giant Microsoft has sealed a 30 million dollar deal with South Korean Internet portal Daum Communications to settle an anti-trust suit and put the two firms in a new partnership. The deal ends a legal battle with Daum, which had accused Microsoft of violating anti-trust rules by unfairly incorporating its MSN instant messaging software into the Windows system.
From the Yes, the Patent Office Truly Is On Crack Dept.:
The third patent is the real kicker. It covers methods for encouraging consumers to write reviews of items they've purchased by determining the optimal times to send them e-mails or reminders.
Switch from "brick" servers to blades is among the changes in the high-end Altix 4000, based on Linux and Intel's Itanium.
Spanish Fork, Utah – Cluster Resources, Inc. (www.clusterresources.com) announced today the Novell SUSE Linux and HP hardware validation of their cluster and grid solutions, Moab Cluster Suite and Moab Grid Suite, through the Novell/HP Validation Program for high performance computing (HPC).
Want to develop Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Web services using IBM DB2 CommonStore? Judith M. Myerson demonstrates how to resolve problems that the SOX mandates have created for executives, now faced with heavy penalties for noncompliance on message and record retention. Follow along with an example of how to resolve the problem by developing or modifying Web services rather than by making changes to a long-running application.
Artesyn Communication Products has announced availability of MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition for its KosaiPM AdvancedMC modules. The hot-swappable, single-wide AdvancedMC card easily enables processing power to be added to AdvancedTCA blades, MicroTCA systems, and proprietary systems equipped with AdvancedMC expansion bays
Ubuntu 6.04 (Dapper Drake) daily builds
have hit the Ubuntu servers. Dapper's goals
: Substantial polish and integration, software discovery and installation, make network-wide enterprise updates easy to manage, consider LSB and related certification standards and support for deployment of Dapper on mission-critical servers. Screenshots
have already surfaced.
Forget viruses, 419 email fraudsters and server meltdowns. The biggest potential threat to your online security could come from the growing menace of 'click' kiddies, a leading security firm warns... A growing legion of semi-computer-literate teens short of something to do could be the biggest danger to security on the web. Where traditional hackers go after specific targets, be it a bank's database or a telecom company's corporate infrastructure, gangs of youths who barely know what they're doing are running programs causing inestimable damage to businesses and individuals alike.
After announcing GNOME would be its default desktop, Novell has decided that it will continue to support KDE on its enterprise Linux family after all.
Computers running the Linux operating system are continuing to advance into the consumer retail market, with the announcement this week that Micro Center will sell desktops and laptops running Linspire's Linux.
Red Hat Directory Server (RHDS) simplifies the management of LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) and makes high availability attainable without a lot of sweat.
If you want great gains with little pain, check out this open source LDAP-compliant server, formerly known as the Netscape Directory Server like I did. Here are the results of my first encounter.
Eurotech is readying a rugged DVR (digital video recorder) platform for trains and other harsh environments. The "Rugged DVR" is based on a passively cooled P133 or Celeron processor, with optional JPEG2000 or MPEG-4 capture/compression, GSM/GPRS (UMTS) radio, gigabit Ethernet, and hi-speed USB 2.0 ports.
When the Ubuntu Linux operating system was first announced in 2004, few could have expected to become as popular as it has. Based on the Debian distribution, Ubuntu Linux has wowed users with its simplicity and effectiveness. The mantra most frequently heard in relation to Ubuntu is: "It just works."
Since its launch, the distro's popularity has grown in leaps and bounds. It won the readers' choice award for best distro in the November edition of the Linux Journal. It's also won similar awards in the UK Linux & Open Source Awards 2005, been voted by Tux Magazine readers as their favourite Linux distribution, and won Ars Technica's best distribution award.
Seneca College's fourth annual Open Source Symposium last month drew high profile developers and thinkers from the open source community to Toronto, where they spoke on issues of copyright, literacy, and increasing content restrictions.
Dennis Walters likes to compare a computer to a car. It needs a steering wheel, doors, brakes, seats. Most important, it needs an engine to make it go. Linux is the engine that makes Walters' computer go.
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