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New and Noteworthy: Will the Mac ever be attacked by a Sasser-like worm?; Apple denies song-price increase; more

New and Noteworthy: Will the Mac ever be attacked by a Sasser-like worm?; Apple denies song-price increase; more

Will the Mac ever be attacked by a Sasser-like worm? An eWeek article asks the question "Will we ever see something like the Sasser worm for the Macintosh or Linux?" continuing: "Undoubtedly, many people who choose these platforms do so because they think it immunizes them from the sorts of attacks Windows users must deal with. This past week saw the announcement of several vulnerabilities in Mac OS X, some extremely serious. The first, a heap overflow in QuickTime reported by eEye, could allow an attacker to run arbitrary code in the context of the user running the QuickTime player." More.

How high will Google go? Anxious investors are scrambling to determine the valuation of Google Inc. when it sells an estimated $2.7 billion in stock through a Dutch auction of previously unseen size. Reuters reports "Before the company announced its planned initial public offering one week ago, analysts had pegged Google's post-IPO valuation around $25 billion -- bigger than online retailer Amazon.com but still smaller than that of rival Internet media company Yahoo Inc. But given a look at Google's profitability and growth, estimates now run from just under $30 billion to more than $50 billion, which would value the company almost on par with the Internet's brightest star, eBay Inc." More.

PalmOne quietly launches retail outlets Another Reuters article notes that PalmOne last Friday unveiled its flagship store in Philadelphia's International Airport. It brings to 11 locations the Milpitas, California-based company has quietly opened since 2002. "The stores, in coastal states such as New Jersey and California and ranging from walk-through kiosks to large shopping mall and airport locations, will help PalmOne introduce low-end Zire and business-driven Tungsten handhelds and Treo mobile phones to consumers who do not normally shop in stores like Best Buy or Circuit City." More.

Apple denies song rate hike Last week Apple flatly denied a report that the computer maker was planning to raise prices for songs bought on its iTunes online music store, which recently sold 3.3 million songs in a single week. More.

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