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Microsoft Targets Linux in Global Ad Campaign

Linux is irritating Microsoft, and the software giant isn't going to take it anymore. On Monday, the maker of the Windows operating system launched what it says will be a prolonged advertising campaign to "get the facts" before the IT community about the cost benefits of its OS over its open-source ...

Haitian Group Files Suit To Ban ‘Grand Theft Auto: Vice City’

Lawyers for the makers of "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City" are proposing to move a lawsuit against the controversial video game from state to federal district court in Florida. "Big, powerful corporations usually try to make it as difficult as possible to litigate against them, so they move cases into ...

Internet Fraud Complaints Rise 60 Percent in 2003

The past year was a good year for bad guys on the Web. Fraud complaints surged 60 percent to 120,000 from 75,000 a year ago, according to the Internet Crime Complaint Center in Fairmont, West Virginia. The Center, which changed its name last week from the Internet Fraud Complaint Center, maintains a...

Dutch Supreme Court Declares Kazaa Is Legal

Distributing software for sharing files on the Internet is legal even if the application is being used for illegal activity, the Supreme Court of The Netherlands has ruled. In upholding a lower court ruling, the high court found that Sharman Networks, maker of the Kazaa file-sharing application, did...

Philips and Sony Working on Interoperable DRM

Within six months, Philips Electronics expects to release a new interoperable digital rights management (DRM) system. That will be good news for music consumers currently befuddled by a hodgepodge of schemes promoted by the likes of Apple, Microsoft, Napster and RealNetworks. "At the moment various ...

Big Bank Customers Targeted by Internet Scammers

Customers of large big banks, beware. You might be surfing the Web with a bull's-eye on your browser. That's because Internet scam artists have targeted the customers of large financial institutions for their nefarious efforts. The technique used by the grifters is a cyberspace version of the old ba...

Scheme Hatched To Counter Digital Rights Balkanization

A scheme to counter the Balkanization of digital rights management on the Internet was unveiled Wednesday by a standards group whose members include ContentGuard, Macrovision, Microsoft, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone, Universal Music Group and VeriSign. The group -- called the Content Reference For...

U.S. Congress: P2P E-Smut ‘Not Necessarily’ More Dangerous than Other Forms

Smut distributed through peer-to-peer networks isn't inherently more dangerous than titillating matter found elsewhere on the Internet. That was one of several findings by the research arm of the U.S. Congress, the General Accounting Office (GAO), in a letter responding to written inquiries by the S...

Spam Fighters Targeted by New Virus

Some folks find flattery in imitation, but spam fighters are finding it in denial-of-service attacks. The attacks are being generated by a nasty but undistinguished virus called Mimail-L, which, as part of its mischief, is commandeering its victims' computers to deluge with e-mail eight prominent an...

Next Gen DVD Standard Fuels Format War

An industry group has approved a standard for the next generation of DVD players, but the move could be just the first skirmish in a future format war. The Tokyo-based DVD Forum has given its nod to a design for "blue laser" DVD players proposed by Toshiba and NEC. Blue-laser players use DVDs that s...

Hacker Drills Hole in iTunes Security Blanket

Apple Computer lured millions of PC users into its online music store when it released a version of its popular iTunes software for Windows, but it also attracted a less savory element -- hackers. Just 10 days after the release of "WinTunes," a crafty codesman at Trinity College began distributing M...

Spyware Targeted at Congressional Hearing

A bill to take the "spy" out of spyware got a public hearing before a Congressional subcommittee Wednesday. The legislation filed by Rep. Mary Bono (R-California) would require spyware purveyors to inform computer users of the presence, nature and function of their applications, as well as seek perm...

Grandmaster and Computer To Battle in Final Match

In a classic duel between wetware and software this afternoon, the world's number one chess player will battle a computer program in the last of a four-game set in virtual reality. After three contests, the opponents -- Grandmaster Garry Kasparov, 40, and X3D Fritz -- are deadlocked at one win each ...

Feds To Take Second Look at Web Crippler Patent

A patent that critics say will vitiate the Web will be reexamined in a rare move by the U.S. Patent Office. The patent, No. 5,838,906 -- or 906 for short -- governs the embedding of components into Web pages, a practice that, among other things, enables use of such popular applications as RealAudio,...

Gateway Intros 14 New Products, Nips at Dell

While some PC makers talk a good consumer electronics strategy, Gateway is turning talk into products. That's what Gateway executive vice president Scott Edwards told TechNewsWorld in an exclusive interview following a New York City press conference where the computer maker with the bovine brand int...

Feds Obtain Restraining Order Against Super Spammers

An outfit that has exploited a networking feature in Microsoft Windows to send pop-up ads to consumers' computers as frequently as one every 10 minutes has been slapped with a temporary restraining order to halt the practice, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced at a press conference in Wash...

MTV Wakes Up to Online Music

MTV, which sat on the sidelines while Apple, Napster and MusicMatch rushed into the online music market, has finally decided to get off the bench and enter the game. The Viacom-owned company said it will launch its own online music download service to compete with a list of players that seems to gro...

Eolas Attorney Refutes W3C Objections to Web Patent

A request to federal regulators by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to invalidate a controversial patent rests on shaky ground, according to an attorney representing the patent holder. That patent for embedding components into Web pages must be revoked to "prevent substantial economic and technic...

Linux Gets Lift from Oracle

Linux has received a boost from Oracle, which said it has certified its database product on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3. In addition, Oracle announced it will provide support for this product running on the Linux platform. Certification -- which entails some 1,000 tests to ensure an operating system ...

Palm Expected To Regain Euro Lead in Q4

Palm lost its leadership position in the West European handheld computer market last quarter, but analysts expect the Santa Clara, California-based company's sales to rebound in the final frame of the year. "We fully expect that Palm will regain the leadership position in Europe in Q4," Andrew Brown...

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