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NEWS - June 18, 2005

by roddy32 / June 17, 2005 9:56 PM PDT
Justices to rule on fate of file-swapping
By John Borland, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: June 17, 2005, 5:11 PM PT

Perhaps as soon as Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on the future of file-swapping, in one of the most closely watched legal battles of the year.

With implications that could ripple from Hollywood studio gates to executive suites of the biggest Silicon Valley companies, the case has drawn an impressive list of participants. Groups ranging from state attorneys general to the Christian Coalition all have weighed in, promising near-apocalyptic consequences if the court ignores their advice.

more here
http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9588_22-5752012.html?tag=zdnn.alert
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CA set to deliver defensive packages
by roddy32 / June 17, 2005 9:59 PM PDT
In reply to: NEWS - June 18, 2005

By Karen Said, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: June 17, 2005, 4:11 PM PT

Computer Associates International is set to unveil on Monday five Protection Suite bundles aimed at small and midsized businesses. The packages pull together CA's eTrust Antivirus, eTrust PestPatrol Anti-Spyware and BrightStor ARCServe Backup products. They also contain Desktop DNA Migrator, a system restore and recovery tool not included in an earlier version of Protection Suite.

more here
http://news.zdnet.com/2100-1009_22-5751938.html?tag=zdnn.alert

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Privacy issues with Google library search
by roddy32 / June 17, 2005 10:01 PM PDT
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By Elinor Mills, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: June 17, 2005, 6:05 PM PT

A contract between Google and the University of Michigan released publicly on Friday contains no provisions for protecting the privacy of people who will eventually be able to search the school's vast library collection over the Internet.

Google announced plans late last year to digitize and index as many as 7 million volumes of material from the University of Michigan to make them searchable on the Internet as part of its Google Print service, a searchable index of books. Google also has agreements with Harvard, Oxford, the New York Public Library and Stanford, where Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page began their search work before launching their company in 1998.

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http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9588_22-5752085.html?tag=zdnn.alert

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Netscape sends out another patch
by roddy32 / June 17, 2005 10:03 PM PDT
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By Joris Evers, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: June 17, 2005, 3:32 PM PT

Netscape has released an updated version of its Netscape 8 browser to fix a bug that broke XML rendering in Microsoft's Internet Explorer.

The update, version 8.0.2, addresses a problem highlighted in a Microsoft employee blog a few days after Netscape 8's May debut. In the posting, Dave Massy, a program manager on the IE team, warned that installing the Netscape browser would cause IE to render extensible markup language files, such as RSS feeds, as blank pages.

The revamp released late Thursday is the second update in the month since Netscape 8 launched. A day after launching the Web browser and touting its security features, Netscape, a division of Time Warner's America Online subsidiary, had to issue a new version to fix several serious security flaws.

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http://news.zdnet.com/2100-1009_22-5751867.html?tag=zdnn.alert

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Marketers seek to make cookies more palatable
by Donna Buenaventura / June 18, 2005 4:03 AM PDT
In reply to: NEWS - June 18, 2005

Online marketers are scrambling to protect one of the key tools of their trade: the cookie.

Faced with reports showing that more and more computer users regularly delete the tracking files automatically downloaded by Web browsers, marketers and Web site publishers are launching a "cookies can be good for you" campaign. They argue that cookies -- small files that Web sites use to identify users and to serve up targeted ads -- don't deserve their bad reputation and shouldn't be lumped together with such Web scourges as spyware and viruses.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05168/523384.stm

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Botnet Hunters Search for C&C Servers
by Donna Buenaventura / June 18, 2005 4:16 AM PDT
In reply to: NEWS - June 18, 2005

Convinced that the recent upswing in virus and Trojan attacks is directly linked to the creation of botnets for nefarious purposes, a group of high-profile security researchers is fighting back, vigilante-style.

The objective of the group, which operates on closed, invite-only mailing lists, is to pinpoint and ultimately disable the C&C (command-and-control) infrastructure that sends instructions to millions of zombie drone machines hijacked by malicious hackers.

Roger Thompson, director of malicious content research at Computer Associates International Inc. (a veteran anti-virus researcher) closely involved in the effort, said the group includes more than 100 computer experts (unofficially) representing anti-virus vendors, ISPs, educational institutions and dynamic DNS providers internationally.

http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1829347,00.asp

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