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NEWS - April 2, 2007

by Donna Buenaventura / April 1, 2007 5:23 PM PDT

News aggregation site employs human eyes

The news-aggregation site Topix has developed software for filtering out spam and other junk from its message forums. To filter in the good postings, however, the site has turned to human volunteers.

Topix LLC is soliciting editors to oversee the forums covering every U.S. town and city. One or more volunteers from each of 32,500 localities will be in charge of marking the best messages and news items and perhaps writing their own articles on community happenings.

The idea is to tap the power of citizen journalists — everyday Internet users who may write a quick message on a corner traffic accident or complain about delays in garbage collection. Some of that is happening in the forums now, but those posts get buried among the more mundane writeups.

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Ten Reasons why you should upgrade to Windows Vista
by Donna Buenaventura / April 1, 2007 5:43 PM PDT
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Love it or hate it, you can't ignore Windows Vista. Fans of Apple's Mac OS X will tell you that all of the good bits of Vista have been blagged from the Tribe of Jobs but the fact remains that the vast majority of us use Windows XP so the question is simple, why the hell should we make the switch from Windows XP to Windows Vista? We've got ten solid reasons why you should.

1. Safer than houses
2. Aero-batics
3. The bundled apps got better
4. Xbox Live now equals Vista Live
5. Halo 2. Halo 2. Halo 2

6 to 10 read them at http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2007/04/02/ten_reasons_to_update_to_vista/

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McAfee Avert Labs to Host Month of Bug Bugs (MoBB)
by Donna Buenaventura / April 1, 2007 6:18 PM PDT
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During each day of the Month of Bug Bugs McAfee Avert Labs will provide analysis of flawed malicious code (aka bugs). These are viruses that don’t spread, password stealing Trojans that can’t leave the stable, drive-by attacks that crash and burn, phishing attacks that phlop, denial of service attacks that are denied, etc. Our analysis will highlight the errors made by authors, and show how these threats can be fixed and in most cases optimized for maximum potency.

Why have a Month of Bug Bugs?
McAfee Avert Labs is constantly looking at ways to respond to threats more quickly, and to deliver timely and accurate information. The goal of the Month of Bug Bugs is to increase researcher efficiency. On a daily basis researchers waste countless hours trying to replicate viruses and reproduce exploits and other malicious code that is poorly written and non-functional. If the authors would learn how to code these threats correctly in the first place, researchers could respond to more threats - more quickly. The Month of Bug Bugs is meant to highlight the common mistakes made by malicious code authors, and save our researchers the trouble.

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With attacks increasing Windows patch coming early
by Donna Buenaventura / April 2, 2007 2:56 AM PDT
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Fortify identifies JavaScript vulnerability in AJAX apps
by Donna Buenaventura / April 2, 2007 3:00 AM PDT
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Vendor aims to 'cloak' WEP
by Donna Buenaventura / April 2, 2007 3:04 AM PDT
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PGP Adds Vista, USB Drive Encryption Support
by Donna Buenaventura / April 2, 2007 9:35 AM PDT
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PGP Corp. has given its PGP Encryption Platform a boost by adding support for new platforms, applications and expanding encryption support to other potential areas of vulnerability.

Version 9.6 of the PGP Encryption Platform adds support for 32-bit Windows Vista, Mac OS X and Lotus Notes. It also updates support for whole disc encryption of USB thumb drives and adds integration with ControlGuard's endpoint security products.

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