of discussion on security in its Vista update--a . The to make a call for hacker help with cybercrime.
Meanwhile, one hacker at the conferencesoftware that could let an attacker break into a PC. Other researchers released tools to test the security of increasingly popular , or VoIP, telephony systems.
In other security news, McAfee released four protection suites and a standalone wireless-security application. Theand are designed to compete with products from Symantec and security market newcomer Microsoft.
The product news came on the same dayin current versions of its consumer security software that might put systems at risk of attack and compromise.
The Entertainment Software Association announced on Monday that the is no longer the game industry's biggest conference. The organizers' goal for 2007 isn't fanfare--it's intimacy.
The newly named "E3 Interactive Media Festival," will be an invitation-only event, downsized by tens of thousands, and pushed out two months, to July 2007. The change in timing wasanticipating smoother production schedules and time to prepare more game demos for the big event.
Video games were also a hot topic this week in Boston at computer graphics. The concern there, however was: Is there really reason for concern? Panelists and audience members discussed whether the uproar over violent games is based in reality or just a soapbox for politicians.
Otherdirectly about its digital rights management (DRM) policies and weren't shy about expressing their views on regional coding and Sony's rootkit anticopying software.
"I am not here to talk about rootkit. Symantec had been using it before Sony BMG, and there was not this outcry," Mitch Singer of Sony Pictures Entertainment responded. On DRM, Singer said, "I think FairPlay protected Steve Jobs' ability to protect his hardware so that he could sell it for a lot more money.
Yet despite all that money, Steve Jobs himself didn't have a great week.for some of its 15-inch MacBook Pro batteries, citing performance concerns. Apple will replace the batteries, which do not pose a safety hazard.
Other Apple customers, .Mac users in particular, weren't dealing with bad batteries but rather a publishing system that wouldn't publish for at least four days this week. Unsurpisingly, Apple's latest advertising campaign, pegged to the slogan. Apple, which this week, said it is investigating the .Web publishing outages.
Working in Apple's favor this week were. Ford Motor, General Motors and Mazda Motor are bulding 2007 models that better integrate with digital-music devices. That might not be as cool as , but it's a boon for iPod junkies.
Also in Apple's win column was a reprieve from. Sections of France's controversial copyright law--which had threatened to mandate interoperability between Apple and rival online music players' digital rights management--were ruled unconstitutional.
Regulatory issues were also the battle for Yahoo this week.is investigating Yahoo for possible antitrust violations after some users complained about the company's new fee policy for its auction service.
Addressing other legality concerns, Yahoo teamed up with Google, the Interactive Advertising Bureau, the Media Rating Council and several other. The newly formed Click Measurement Working Group said it will establish guidelines to help measure how prevalent click fraud really is.
Yahoo could have yet one more unexpected problem on the horizon: AOL. Time Warner on Wednesday announced that its, software and other Web services for free to high-speed Internet users in a bid to boost online-advertising sales.
The offering marks yet another transition for the Internet service. AOL, which announced more layoffs this week, tries again to move on from an era of dial-up access and subscription-based revenue to compete with the Googles and Yahoos of the world.
Google wasn't so focused on the AOL rivalry but on the radio.on Wednesday that allows the search giant's AdWords clients to promote their products and services through XM spots.
In the Net's world of social networking,. Features in Flock 1.0, which is built on top of Firefox software, focus on sharing and communication, a common theme of so-called Web 2.0 services.
But what Web 2.0 offers in services, it also requires in bandwith. Federal regulators renewed on Thursday theirfor the many areas where broadband choices have been limited to DSL or cable modems. If broadband over power lines takes off, more Americans will be able to plug into high-speed Internet access.
Wider access to high-speed broadband means broad access to video. And in the world of video, CNN is snatching a page out of YouTube's book.on the company's Web site that will feature user-submitted video, audio and articles. Video-sharing sites have become online warehouses for war footage from Lebanon, Iraq and Chechnya.
Where can busy people watch all those heart-wrenching videos? On their phones, of course. Verizon Wireless this week introducedto U.S. shores, offering video and music features it hopes digital-media junkies will find tasty.
The phone has extensive music and video capabilities tied to its V Cast media store, with a caveat: V Cast service is compatible only with PCs running Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Media Player 10.
Verizon Communications, meanwhile, plans to spend $20 billion over the next several years to build a fiber-optic network that reaches directly to the side of its customers' homes. Over that period, it expects to make, Verizon's best hope of competing with cable companies, which are now offering voice services as part of a "triple play" bundle that also includes television service and Internet access.
Of course, there are many areas of the world where cable bundles aren't as important as, say, electricity. So two former Sun employees are using solar power to get Wi-Fi technology running where sources of electricity are unreliable. Their nonprofit organization,to schools in developing countries via cheap, solar-powered Wi-Fi networks, enabling them to gather information from around the world.
Connecting with the world, however, doesn't always bring what one might expect. In the United States, the Bush administration has asked a federal appeals court to halt a lawsuitnetworks to surveillance by the National Security Agency.
Permitting the Electronic Frontier Foundation's lawsuit to proceed would endanger national security and possibly expose classified information, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a legal brief filed on Monday.
The GPL debate
A proposed patent provision in a revamped General Public License, which governs thousands of open-source projects, isn't sitting well at that two competing versions of the license could survive.
GPL version 3 represents theto grapple with the thorny issue of software patents. But HP prefers version 2, arguing that the new one imposes disproportionate patent consequences for a company that distributes even a single copy of GPLv3 software carrying technology the company has patented.
Meanwhile, the Federal Trade Commission, in a unanimous decision announced Wednesday, found thatfor four computer memory technologies, which eventually made their way into industry standards for dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chips.
Microsoft managed to avoid FTC issues this week, dealing with internal issues instead. The software giant announced executive changes within its Platform and Services Division on Tuesday, and said it isvision and bolster its response to customers. The changes come amid worries about delays in getting Vista out the door by early 2007.
Under the latest plan, big businesses should have Vista by November, and the. But that's dependent on the operating system sticking to a tight schedule, with a near-final version needing to be ready this quarter. Some prominent bloggers are calling on the company to reschedule the release and to send out a Beta 3 version instead.
Meanwhile, the comany Microsoft deems as its biggest competitor,to acquire MRO Software, a company that builds applications for managing industrial equipment. IBM said it will incorporate the asset management tools into its Tivoli line of systems management software. MRO will operate as a business unit within Tivoli.
, also dramatically expanded a partnership to use Advanced Micro Devices' Opteron processors in its servers, announcing on Tuesday a full-fledged server line geared for mainstream business use. The move gives during a time when Intel is trying hard to reverse market share losses.
in the server market at Intel's expense, as the larger company waits to see if a new processor can reverse its slide. AMD on Monday said it increased its share of the x86 server processor market to 25.9 percent. Intel now holds 72.9 percent of the overall market for x86 processors, while AMD has 21.6 percent.
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