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 Plan to Charge Businesses for E-Mail Triggers Outcry Plan to Charge Businesses for E-Mail Triggers Outcry

America Online's plan to start charging businesses to send commercial e-mail messages is creating an uproar among some marketers, a newspaper reported Monday. Some marketers argue AOL's plan to implement a certified e-mail system, which could charge advertisers $2 to $3 per 1,000 messages, is a form of e-mail taxation, USA Today said.

Last October, AOL and Yahoo! both agreed to deploy a certified e-mail system designed by technology firm Goodmail Systems. AOL is testing the program and plans to implement it within the next month or two, AOL spokesman Nicholas Graham told Yahoo!, which said when it signed up with Goodmail that it would work with the company to certify messages containing bank statements, receipts and other "transactional" messages, is also expected to implement the system in coming months.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : February 8, 2006, 3:56 pm
News Source : CNN Money

Nyxem Countdown BeginsNyxem Countdown Begins

Anti-virus companies are advising that everyone scan their machines before February 3, when the destructive virus known as Nyxem will delete a multitude of filetypes.

The virus has picked up a few names along the way, and is also known as: Blackmal, MyWife, Kama Sutra, Grew and CME-24. Spread by email attachments promising pornographic material, the virus will wait till the 3rd of each month to wreak its havoc.

Once a machine is infected the virus searches email address books for targets, and even other PCs on the local area network.

Files will be deleted if they are of the following types: DMP, DOC, XLS, MDB, MDE, PDF, PPS, PPT, PSD, RAR and ZIP.

There are plenty of anti-virus solutions that won't cost you a penny, two of which are Grisoft's AVG and AntiVir.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : January 30, 2006, 4:12 pm
News Source : BBC News
Download : Grisoft AVG

 The best gaming mouse: Logitech G5 vs. Razer Copperhead The best gaming mouse: Logitech G5 vs. Razer Copperhead

In our last gaming mice showdown, the Logitech MX518 came on top of both the Razer Diamondback and Razer Viper. Since then however, new products have been released by both companies, and we are glad to inform you we have had several weeks to test them and report back to you. The contenders: the Logitech G5 and the Razer Copperhead, both considered the companies? flagship gaming products, both corded mice, and both tracking at an impressive 2000dpi. This is a head-to-head showdown to see which company has the best gaming mouse currently available.
Serious gamers will look for every possible edge over the competition, and a high-quality mouse can result in huge benefits. Both of these products were released in late 2005, and luckily for all of us prices have already gone down a notch from their original retail price, making for a more affordable choice even for those casual gamers still wanting the latest in comfort and precision when needed.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : January 25, 2006, 4:33 pm
News Source : Techspot

 Editing tips from the NSA Editing tips from the NSA

Hiding confidential information with black marks works on printed copy, but not with electronic documents, the National Security Agency has warned government officials.

The agency makes the point in a guidance paper on editing documents for release, published following several embarrassing incidents in which sensitive data was unintentionally included in computer documents and exposed. Instead of covering up digital text with black boxes, it is better to delete any information you don't want to share, the NSA suggested.

The unintended disclosure of metadata, resulting in high-profile leaks of secrets, has led to red faces at businesses and government bodies in the past. In March 2004, a gaffe by The SCO Group revealed which companies it had considered targeting in its legal campaign against Linux users.

The 13-page paper is called: "Redacting with confidence: How to safely publish sanitized reports converted from Word to PDF."

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : January 25, 2006, 4:31 pm
News Source :
Download : Redacting with Confidence (PDF)

 Google Execs Keep $1 Salaries Google Execs Keep $1 Salaries

Google CEO Eric Schmidt and co-founders and co-presidents Larry Page and Sergey Brin will retain the $1 paid salaries from 2005, according to a filing this week with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The three will instead rely on stock options and grants for their pay.

The action, approved by Google last week but only made known yesterday came during a week in which Google's stock lost 14 percent amidst fears stemming from a flap with U.S. Justice Department. However, don't expect to see these men on the streets any time soon. Google's stock recovered 7 percent yesterday, meaning that Schmidt's stock value alone increased $413.8 million in a single day of trading. His total wealth in shares is estimated at $6.3 billion.

Google's policy of paying top executives $1 started in the second quarter of 2004, leading up to the company's initial public offering in August 2004.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : January 25, 2006, 4:28 pm
News Source : CNet

 'Rent-a-Zombie' Ringleader Pleads Guilty 'Rent-a-Zombie' Ringleader Pleads Guilty

A man who leased networks of infected computers to criminals to carry out denial of service and spam attacks has pleaded guilty and could receive six years in jail.

Twenty-year old Jeanson James Ancheta of California faces felony charges after making $61,000 from renting the infected machines and infecting US military computer systems. After his sentencing on May 1st he stands to lose his BMW and more than $58,000 in addition to jail time.

"Not only is it reassuring to see the US government prosecuting this 20-year-old where he actively targeted thousands of computer systems and infected them with malicious software for his own financial gain but it also shows the seriousness of this crime spree," said James Rendell, senior technology specialist at Internet Security Systems.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : January 25, 2006, 4:28 pm
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 NTL's network showing signs of strain NTL's network showing signs of strain

A thread over on Cable forum is painting a sorry story with NTL's (UK Broadband ISP) recent network upgrades for 10MB services.

With nearly 200 replies, a lot of people seem to be experiencing issues with a recent Firmware upgrade causing their modems to cease connections to the internet. The only way to remedy this issue is to fully power off the modem and power it back on. These connection issues are occuring around 2-4 hours at a time. I am personally affected by this issue and NTL's customer service has been nothing short of a car wreck.

Many users have replied complaining about the issue and many others have started similar threads on the site complaining of the same issues. It has now been 7 days (5 working days) since this issue occured and NTL's official statement is "we are aware of the issue and are working towards resolving this. An issue with a planned firmware upgrade that was rolled out on Tuesday, has affected a limited amount of customers using the NTL 100 and 120 modems."

Also on the board, you can find many threads with users confused as to why they're not getting the full 10MB as promised. It seems the NTL network strugles at peak times from 6pm onwards and those who have been hard at work all day suffer once they're home and using their broadband. It's not yet known what is causing the poor speed issues.

Unfortunately for those on NTL, there has been no specific date given as to when these issues will be resolved.

If you're an NTL customer and you are currently experiencing loss of connectivity since Tuesday 17th January or you're not getting the "power of 10" as promised then please leave a comment and let us know.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : January 25, 2006, 4:27 pm
News Source : Cable Forum

 Siemens, IBM to team up on Internet telephony Siemens, IBM to team up on Internet telephony

Siemens and IBM are teaming up to offer VoIP (Voice over IP) technology to the enterprise.

The two companies are planning to intergrate Siemens HiPath softswitches for VoIP into IBM's Lotus Notes and Domino servers.

Customers will be able to launch phone calls and conferencing from within their email clients or over instant messaging.

The intergration is expected to be complete by summer.

As Lotus Notes is the main competitor to Exchange in the enterprise, it will be interesting to note Microsoft's response with their upcoming Office 12 suite of Office applications. Microsoft recently unveilved their plans for the future of MSN Messenger with Windows Live for consumers. Users of Windows Messenger Live will have inbuilt VoIP functionality.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : January 25, 2006, 4:26 pm
News Source : Washington Post

 14% of Internet Uses iTunes 14% of Internet Uses iTunes

According to the BBC, Statistics gathered by Nielsen NetRatings shows that traffic to Apple's iTunes Music Store grew by 241 percent in 2005.

The research revealed that teenagers aged between 12 and 17 years old made up most of the users of iTunes. The figures mean that about 14% of the internet's active users are regularly using iTunes.

Between December 2004 and 2005 the numbers of people going to the site grew from 6.1 million to 20.7 million.

Most users were male, equaling 54% of the total amount of users.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : January 25, 2006, 4:26 pm
News Source : BBC News

 ATI Radeon X1900 XTX review ATI Radeon X1900 XTX review

A good three months after ATI released the Radeon X1800 XT they again release a new high-end product series, one that needs to match NVIDIA's GeForce 7800 GTX 512 MB version.

The one card to rule them all ? This youngest bunch from the ATI clan .. well beasts of the brute actually, has been developed under codename R580 and was due to arrive for a while now actually. ATI decided to increase the number of Pixel Shader units inside that graphics core from 16 to 48 and with success. Oh and please, don't get confused here, it's 48 pixel shader units not to be confused with the cards sixteen "true" pipelines.

In a 23 page article will show you all the info you'll ever need.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : January 25, 2006, 4:25 pm
News Source : Guru 3D

 Microsoft TechEd Europe 2006 Cancelled Microsoft TechEd Europe 2006 Cancelled

Just received official documentation that Microsoft TechED Europe 2006 in Amsterdam is cancelled. Teched Europe will evolve to 2 events (merging with IT Forum) and is rescheduled to November 2006 in Barcelona.

"To better serve the developer and IT professional communities in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, Microsoft is evolving its pan-European technical events (Tech Ed Europe and IT Forum) in 2006."

?Microsoft Tech Ed 2006: Developers?
will be a deep-dive technical event addressing the specific requirements of developers while ?Microsoft Tech Ed 2006: IT Forum? will be replacing IT Forum but will retain its focus on IT professionals and their distinctive needs.
The two conferences will for the first time run back-to-back in November 2006, creating Microsoft?s premier technical education platform in the region and a central feature of the IT industry calendar.

Tech Ed 2006: Developers Positioning Statement
Microsoft Tech Ed 2006: Developers will be Microsoft?s premier European conference designed to provide developers with deep dive technical training, information and community resources focusing on building software solutions with Microsoft development tools for current and soon to release products and technologies.

Tech Ed 2006: IT Forum Positioning Statement
Microsoft Tech Ed 2006: IT Forum will be Microsoft?s premier European conference designed to provide IT professionals with technical training, information and community resources to build, plan, deploy and manage the secure connected enterprise.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : January 25, 2006, 4:25 pm
News Source : Bink

 Mecca Set for Ultra-Modern Network Mecca Set for Ultra-Modern Network

Saudi giants Future Entertainment Works (FEW) are to build one of the world's largest and most technologically advanced IP converged networks in the world - alongside the city's Grand Mosque.

FEW are to employ Nortel technology at the King Abdulaziz Endowment Proje ct, a new 800,000 square metre urban development consisting of six towers, both for residential and retail use, and a five-star hotel. The ultra modern network will be fully IP-based and offer over 16 IP services including IPTV, Video on Demand, retail services, consumer information and advertisements.

Saudi Arabia's Mecca is a holy city, known best for the annual pilgrimage called Hajj.

The network will consist of 65,000 ports, 400 switches and the initial deployment of around 18,000 IP phones. It will be able to take advantage of virtually any IP-based device.

The development is expected to be completed in 2007, with the network scheduled for an early-2006 completion.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : January 25, 2006, 4:24 pm
News Source : Neowin

 New Mortal Kombat detailed New Mortal Kombat detailed

First details of the follow-up to Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks! Details have surfaced which will please fans of the franchise's lengthy and unique list of fighters. Over 60 playable characters will be included in the game, according to the latest issue of Game Informer.

For those who would rather put their own spin on a fighter, a Create-a-Kombatant option has been added that lets gamers pick facial features, wardrobe, and even maneuvers for their pugilist. The fatality system will be "reinvented," and midair combos and directional throws will also be included.

Mortal Kombat: Armageddon is scheduled for release on the Xbox and PlayStation 2 in October.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : January 18, 2006, 2:29 pm
News Source : Gamespot

 600,000 Xbox 360's sold in the US to date 600,000 Xbox 360's sold in the US to date

According to the market research firm NPD Group, Xbox 360 has sold 600,000 units in the United States since their launch in late November. Stock shortages of the console have severely restricted its sales in North America and Europe, even in the wake of Christmas, and some retailers are believed to have unfulfilled preorders even now. However, Microsoft is bringing a new factory on line to produce the Xbox 360 next month, and hopes to be able to deliver new stock to the market at a faster rate by the end of this quarter.

The software giant revised its shipment targets for the Xbox 360 at the start of this year, and now expects to ship between 4.5 and 5.5 million units of the console worldwide by the end of its financial year on June 30th.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : January 18, 2006, 2:28 pm
News Source : GamesIndustry

 Medal of Honor Airborne announced Medal of Honor Airborne announced

Electronic Arts today announced Medal of Honor Airborne, the newest installment from EA's critically-acclaimed Medal of Honor franchise which was credited with pioneering the First-Person Shooter (FPS) WWII genre when it debuted in 1999. While building on the key tenets of the franchise including historical accuracy and authenticity, Medal of Honor Airborne is set to redefine the series by introducing players to an entirely new way of experiencing a WWII FPS; namely the fully interactive Airborne experience. As the first game in the Medal of Honor series to be released on next generation platforms, Medal of Honor Airborne will ship to stores in Winter 2006 under the EA brand for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 2 computer entertainment systems, Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system, Xbox; videogame system from Microsoft, and Windows PC.

Step into the boots of Boyd Travers, Private First Class of the 82nd Airborne Division and engage in battles throughout Europe. From rocky beginnings in Sicily to war-winning triumphs in Germany, each mission begins behind enemy lines, with an intense and fully interactive airdrop. Your ability to determine your own starting point dramatically changes the way each mission plays out. View the entire operation from the air, and then control your parachute to choose your landing spot. On the ground, gather your senses and assess the terrain. A wide variety of authentic, customizable weapons are at your disposal, each with distinct characteristics. Choose your path in this free roaming FPS environment. Medal of Honor Airborne will also feature exceptionally photo-realistic characters, adding to the intensity of the cinematic, story-driven game.

"Medal of Honor Airborne is a step in a new direction for the franchise. While integrating our state-of-the-art, next-gen technology into every aspect of the game, we are introducing innovations that will redefine the series and impact the genre as a whole," explained Patrick Gilmore, VP and Executive Producer at EALA. "By fully controlling the airdrop from your very first step through landing, Medal of Honor Airborne adds a new dimension of player choice by letting you decide where every mission begins and how it plays out."

The Medal of Honor Airborne development team continues to ensure that the ideals and integrity of the prestigious congressional Medal of Honor are accurately reflected in the game. The producers sought counsel from numerous expert sources to make certain the game is historically accurate and as true to the WWII Airborne experience as possible. Serving as a military spokesperson for Medal of Honor Airborne, Capt. Dale Dye, who has worked as the Military Technical Advisor for the last 7 Medal of Honor games, will help to create a truly authentic experience.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : January 18, 2006, 2:27 pm
News Source : GamesIndustry

 Battlefield 2 Booster pack and new patch information Battlefield 2 Booster pack and new patch information

EAGames UK posted some new information today about the upcoming "booster packs" that Battlefield 2 will see. What is most surprising is that the first booster pack, "Euro Force" will be released February 8th! Euro Force will contain 3 new maps, Operation Smoke Screen, The Great Wall of China, Taraba Quarry. A new army will be included, which is quite shockingly the European Army. New weapons will also be included, the FNP90 and Benelli Tactical Shotgun. 4 new vehicles are also coming, including the Eurofighter! View some Euro Force screenshots here.

The second booster pack is titled "Armored Fury" and that will be released March 28th. The pack will obviously focus on mechanized combat, on large scale maps that are reminiscent of some other memorable maps from Battlefield 1942 - El Alamein. There will be 3 new maps, Operation Harvest, Midnight Sun and Operation Road Rage. There will also be 2 new vehicle classes: Attack jets and Recon helicopters. Both Euro Force and Armored Fury will be available on the EA Downloader service for ?5.99.

In addition to the announcement of these booster packs, some more information was released on the upcoming patch for Battlefield 2. Needless to say some of the fixes are certainly long overdue and very welcome.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : January 18, 2006, 2:27 pm
News Source : EA Games

 Guild Wars: Factions announced Guild Wars: Factions announced

NCSoft today, officially announced the next chapter in the Guild Wars universe. Guild Wars: Factions will be released in the 2nd quarter of 2006. Factions will add all new areas to explore, new professions to learn, new skills and monsters, and of course a load of new missions. Factions will also expand greatly on the PvP side of things, and enhance current guild features further.

To give players a taste of things to come, ArenaNet also announced that during the weekend of January 20th through the 22nd, everyone is invited to play the Guild Wars: Factions Global Free-For-All PVP weekend! ArenaNet will give away free keys to access the game and of course all current players will have full access to this event as well. During this event, we will all get a small dose of the expansion. Two of the new professions will be made available, the Ritualist and the Assassin. Players will be able to use some of the new skills from these new professions as well. Players will also be able to play on the new PvP continent named Battle Isles which has many new quests, and a large explorable area.

The original Guild Wars recently (September 2005) passed 1 million copies sold in North America and Europe and continues to grow. The addition of Factions to the Guild Wars universe should make for a great time.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : January 18, 2006, 2:26 pm
News Source : NCSoft

 Burnout Revenge 360 Screens & Preview Burnout Revenge 360 Screens & Preview

Burnout fans with an appetite for destruction can feast their eyes on a few Burnout Revenge Xbox 360 screenshots, thanks to Team Xbox. The eight shots showcase some great new particle effects on the new hardware in 720p resolution. This game is definitely shaping up to be a high speed, blistering pace showcase, much like its current-gen counterparts.

Also posted today is a two page preview of the game, covering customary topics such as audio and video. Also including is information on the game's new Xbox Live! features, such as Live Revenge, a mode geared around creating heated rivalries between players, and Save and Share, which allows gamers to save their best crashes and upload them for others to view and comment on.

Burnout Revenge on the Xbox 360 is scheduled for release March 14th.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : January 18, 2006, 2:26 pm
News Source : Team XBox

 EA files System Shock trademark EA files System Shock trademark

System Shock's rights to the spiritual successor may have been locked by Take-Two, but Electronic Arts is making sure the original franchise stays up. Electronic Arts registered a trademark last month on the title "System Shock" for use in video games. Interestingly enough, it also made note that the trademark was to apply to "a computer game that may be accessed network-wide by network users," or "an online computer game accessed and played via mobile and cellular phones and other wireless devices."

The System Shock name has been in the news a bit lately as Irrational Games, developer of the classic System Shock 2, was purchased by Take-Two Interactive, which recently registered a trademark for BioShock, Irrational's "spiritual successor" to the System Shock franchise.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : January 18, 2006, 2:25 pm
News Source : Gamespot

 Take-Two Interactive acquires Irrational Games Take-Two Interactive acquires Irrational Games

A Take-Two press release confirms rumors that were floating about today - Take-Two Interactive has indeed acquired Irrational Games. Irrational Games you may remember, is responsible for creating some of the best PC games in recent memory. Titles such as System Shock 2 and Freedom Force certainly come to mind. Irrational Games will join Take-Two under the 2K Games label.

The first title that will be published under the 2K Games label is none other than BioShock. A Next-gen Console and PC game that is a "sequel" of sorts to the System Shock universe, BioShock is already highly anticipated, and will be released in early 2007.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : January 18, 2006, 2:25 pm
News Source : Neowin

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