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‘Happy New Year’ Worm Spawns Computer Zombies

Beware of e-mails with the subject line "Happy New Year!" VeriSign is warning that the message may appear to come from a well-wisher but actually contains a worm that could infect computers and use them for malicious purposes. The Happy New Year worm is being heavily spammed at a rate of five e-mail...

California May Spend $95 Million on Clean Technologies

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday announced that he will propose nearly US$95 million in the state budget to create the Governor's Research and Innovation Initiative. The initiative would provide funding for major projects aimed at growing California's economic strength in key innov...

Samsung Unveils Fuel Cell-Equipped Laptop Docking Station

Samsung Electronics has developed a docking station complete with a fuel cell that can power a laptop computer for up to a month. Samsung plans to launch the product at the end of 2007. A fuel cell is an electronic device similar to a battery that produces electricity from an external fuel supply as...

Vista Flaws Leave Door Open for Hackers

For all the talk about safety and security as a foundational promise of Windows Vista, Microsoft's new operating system, released to business users in late November, has already been found to contain several potentially serious vulnerabilities. A programming flaw, thought to be the first identified ...

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Novell’s Roger Levy: Desktop in Linux’s Future

Novell is evangelizing its Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop 10, but the company is not looking for an all-out war with software giant Microsoft. Rather, it is looking to find its niche on the business user's desktop. Novell has already gained Linux desktop momentum with transaction and fixed-function a...

Opera to Provide Browser for Samsung Handsets

Opera Software on Thursday announced a deal with Samsung Electronics to deliver Opera Mobile on Samsung mobile handsets. Opera Mobile, the company's standards-compliant Web browser for advanced mobile phones, uses Opera's small screen rendering technology to reformat Web pages, and it allows users t...

Microsoft Fixes Zune-Vista Compatibility Issue

Microsoft has fixed at least one of the issues with the Zune digital media player: a compatibility problem with Windows Vista, its new operating system scheduled for release on Jan. 30. The patch may not be enough to turn around poor holiday sales of the software giant's so-called iPod-killer, thoug...

Sony Antes Up $1.5 Million to Settle DRM Suits

Sony BMG on Tuesday settled lawsuits with consumers in Texas and California whose computers were infected with spyware hidden on CDs. The attorneys general of both states filed lawsuits last year charging the music giant with unfair business practices and violations of anti-spyware statutes. Each st...

Samsung Unveils Mobile Phone With ‘Optical Joystick’

Samsung Electronics' latest mobile phone sports a gaming element -- a joystick. The company on Tuesday released the SCH-V960, which features a unique "optical joystick" to help users navigate the wireless device's menu and user interface. Unlike most cellular devices -- which depend on the use of a ...

Missouri Lawmakers Look to Overturn Stem Cell Amendment

Two Republican lawmakers launched an initiative on Tuesday to overturn a voter-approved amendment protecting embryonic stem cell research in Missouri. Rep. Jim Lembke and Sen. Matt Bartlett hope to replace the amendment with a constitutional ban on a specific research method: embryonic cloning. Miss...

Skype IM Falls Victim to Trojan Attack

WebSense on Monday identified a Trojan horse that targets Skype IM users in what marks the latest in a series of instant messaging attacks this year. The security researcher first reported the attack as a self-propagating worm called "sp.exe." After a full day of investigation in cooperation with Sk...

Google Enters the Final Frontier With NASA

NASA Ames Research Center signed a Space Act Agreement with Google on Monday that may pave the way for the search giant to explore space. The organizations will collaborate on a variety of challenging technical problems ranging from large-scale data management and massively distributed computing to ...

Skype Founders to Debut New Web TV Service

Skype's founders, Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom, reportedly plan to launch a new Web-based broadband television service next year. The two have invested part of the US$2.6 billion they made from the sale of their VoIP company to eBay to develop the new service. Codenamed "the Venice Project," it ...

Cisco Adds VoIP Handsets to iPhone Line

With buzz about Apple's rumored iPhone growing, Linksys, a unit of Cisco, on Monday announced new additions to its own iPhone product line. The company introduced a series of Web-enabled telephone handsets designed to work with Voice over Internet Protocol services. The new phone family lets users d...

Blogging Headed for the Slow Lane, Suggests Report

Blogging has taken the Internet by storm over the past few years as part of the social networking phenomenon, but Gartner analysts predict that the number of community contributors will peak in the first half of 2007. Less than 2 percent of all Internet users are frequent content contributors, accor...

Google Launches Patent Search Beta

One of the Internet's leading innovators is offering a helping hand to other innovators. Google on Wednesday introduced a new Web site that facilitates searches for U.S. patents by keyword, patent number, inventor and filing data. Google Patent Search is still in the beta stage, but it offers users ...

Immigration Crackdown Uncovers Identity Theft Maneuvers

More than 1,200 people were arrested for alleged immigration violations earlier this week when federal agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement raided Swift meatpacking plants. The workers were accused of using stolen Social Security numbers in order to get jobs. Dubbed "Operation Wagon Train...

Microsoft Talks Up Beta Version of VoIP Server

Microsoft on Tuesday opened a private beta of its new enterprise voice communications server to 2,500 IT professionals. Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 allows companies to integrate Voice over Internet Protocol technology into existing telephony infrastructure. The software giant hopes t...

HP, Cingular to Offer Global Mobile Notebook

HP has partnered with Cingular to develop a new notebook computer with built-in global mobile broadband capabilities. The HP Compaq nc6400 Notebook PC with integrated Cingular Wireless UMTS/HSDPA-based technology aims to let business professionals connect to corporate networks at broadband speeds in...

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Hottest Video Games for Holiday Giving, Part 2

There may be a shortage of the latest and greatest video game consoles this holiday season, but there is certainly no lack of new games from which to choose. Part 1 of this two-part series looks at at five of the hottest new game titles: "Gears of War," "Guitar Hero II," "Resistance: Fall of Man," "...

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