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26 April 2009
Mr Ellison helps himself: Oracle's takeover of Sun Microsystems is a surprise, but fits an industry trend (The Economist)
"I am very surprised. I have to think about it." That was the initial reaction of Steve Ballmer, the boss of Microsoft, the world's largest software firm. It was also the response of many in the computer industry to the news on April 20th that Oracle, another software giant, was paying $7.4 billion to buy Sun Microsystems, an embattled computer-maker and Oracle's neighbour in Silicon Valley.
Cybersecurity's Twitter-Fast Shifts (Forbes)
Twitter, despite its chirpy logo and its endorsement from Oprah, isn't as harmless as it seems. Throughout April, worms have ripped through the "microblogging" platform, infecting user accounts with malicious code that spread from profile to profile as Twitterers visited one another's compromised pages.
Twenty years after its commercial launch, the Internet is still at an early stage of its evolution and its future lies in space communications, with people or robots exploring planets, Vinton Cerf, one of the fathers of the Net, told EurActiv in an interview.
Conficker.E to self-destruct on May 5th? (Network World)
The evolution of the multi-faceted Conficker worm is expected to take another turn this May 5th when the latest version, Conficker.E, will simply self-destruct on infected machines, say a number of security researchers.
Conficker virus begins to attack PCs (Reuters)
A malicious software program known as Conficker that many feared would wreak havoc on April 1 is slowly being activated, weeks after being dismissed as a false alarm, security experts said.
RealNetworks and Hollywood studios are squaring off today in a U.S. District Court in San Francisco where Judge Marilyn Hall Patel will determine if the program RealDVD violates laws created to prevent the copying of DVDs that use digital-rights-management technology. RealDVD is a $30 software program that allowed you to copy DVDs onto your computer. Last year a judge halted the sale of the program.
[CBC News] The Conservative government introduced anti-spam legislation on Friday to help crack down on those who send unsolicited and potentially harmful emails and cellphone text messages.
The Implementation Recommendation Team (IRT) was formed by ICANN's Intellectual Property Constituency in accordance with the 6 March, 2009 ICANN Board resolution. The resolution was in response to the request by the community seeking solutions for potential issues for trademark holders in the implementation of new gTLDs. The team reflects experiential and geographic diversity and is comprised of 18 members and two alternates.
The music industry claimed a victory earlier this month when four men behind file-sharing site Pirate Bay were sentenced to a year in jail and ordered to pay £2.5m in damages for helping internet users to download music, films and computer games without paying for them.
Every British phone call, email or website visit 'to be monitored' (Daily Telegraph (UK))
Every phone call, email or website visit will be monitored by the state under plans to be unveiled next week.
Wikipedia uses plenty of copyrighted material and trademarks under the doctrine of fair use. But a trademark infringement lawsuit against a couple of artists would put the Wikimedia Foundation on the opposite side of the fair use fight.
Chirping about Twitter: how can it help in the classroom? (Times Educational Supplement)
When you saw that this article was about Twitter, did you sigh and shake your head? Maybe even curse the micro-blogging craze that you can't help but hear about every other day? It was no surprise then that when Sir Jim Rose's latest review proposed that schools include it in the primary curriculum, the news was met with a mixture of horror and disdain.
Facebook forced to give up users' private data (The Times)
Raising Bill Gates: Father describes what it took to turn an unruly 12-year-old into Microsoft's founder and world's richest man (Wall Street Journal)
Spend time with the family of Bill Gates, and eventually someone will mention the water incident. The future software mogul was a headstrong 12-year-old and was having a particularly nasty argument with his mother at the dinner table. Fed up, his father threw a glass of cold water in the boy's face.
The last log-off: death on the net (The Age)
In the days before technology, death was a relatively simple affair: the belongings of the deceased could be sorted through and boxed up, divided among friends and family to act as a permanent and tangible reminder of a life.
25 April 2009
Chinese Government Blocks Access to YouTube (New York Times)
The Chinese government has blocked YouTube, the video-sharing Web site run by Google. Beijing originally blocked YouTube in late March, then lifted the block for a brief period around March 27.
Pirate Bay judge denies 'conflict of interest' (The Guardian)
The judge who presided over the recent Pirate Bay trial has denied he had a "conflict of interest", after a Swedish radio station revealed he is a member of the country's main copyright association.
In Defense of Baby Shaking on the iPhone (New York Times)
There is already an uproar over a 99-cent game for the iPhone that involves shaking an image of a baby until it dies. The "Baby Shaker" application went on sale Monday, and it appears to have been removed from Apple's App Store on Wednesday.
Microsoft Gets Stung by Global PC Slump (Wall Street Journal)
Microsoft Corp. posted a 32% drop in profit and the first decline in quarterly revenue in its 23-year history as a public company, as the global recession took a toll on nearly every segment of the software company's business.
The Federal Government's NBN plans for the bush are getting a kick start with an initial $250 million investment for backbone fibre optic transmission links announced by the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, reports ARN.
23 April 2009
It's become the new front in cybercrime: scams and identity-theft programs that attack e-mail accounts and users of social-networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace.
UK watchdog clears Google Street View of breaking Data Protection Act (Belfast Telegraph)
The UK's privacy watchdog rejected a complaint against Google Street View today. The Information Commissioner said the service, which allows users to scroll around a montage of street-level photographs of Britain, does not breach the Data Protection Act.
The broadband industry will be able to use the estimated £250m underspend in the BBC's digital switchover fund to bring internet access to everyone in the UK by 2012, under plans unveiled by the chancellor in today's budget.
The German cabinet backed a new draft law Wednesday that would make it harder to access child pornography online and easier to prosecute those who use it.
Click fraud rate dropped in Q1 (Network World)
[IDG] Click fraud, a scam based on the highly profitable search advertising business, dipped in the first quarter after hitting an all-time high in the last three months of 2008.