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NEWS - October 19, 2006

by Marianna Schmudlach / October 19, 2006 1:06 AM PDT

Microsoft hopes 7 is lucky number for IE

By Ina Fried, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: October 18, 2006, 5:00 PM PT

The browser is back.

Some 18 months after Bill Gates pledged to revamp Internet Explorer, Microsoft is ready with the final production version of IE 7. The new Web browser, which has been in testing for months, is now available for download from Microsoft's Web site.

On the feature side, Microsoft is playing catch-up in many areas. It has added support for Web standards, RSS Web feeds and tabbed browsing. The new browser also offers protection against phishing sites--malicious Web sites designed to trick users into handing over their personal information.

http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9588_22-6127277.html?tag=nl.e589

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Zombies try to blend in with the crowd
by Marianna Schmudlach / October 19, 2006 1:07 AM PDT

By Joris Evers, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: October 19, 2006, 4:00 AM PT

Hackers are trying harder to make their networks of hijacked computers go unnoticed.

Cybercrooks are moving to new Web-based techniques to control the machines they have commandeered, popularly referred to as "zombies." Before, they used to send orders via Internet chat services, but with that method, they ran the risk of inadvertently revealing the location of the zombies and themselves.

"All the good guys are being challenged here. (Hackers are) saying: 'You're spotting my traffic. I am going to try and hide it a little better,'" said Rob Fleischman, the chief technology officer at Simplicita, a Denver-based security start-up that helps Internet service providers deal with infected computers on their networks.

http://news.zdnet.com/2100-1009_22-6127304.html?tag=nl.e589

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Information disclosure bug blights IE7 release
by Marianna Schmudlach / October 19, 2006 1:21 AM PDT

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(NT) (NT) ROFLMAO!!!!! (Ohhhh that hurts!) :D
by tobeach / October 19, 2006 5:11 PM PDT
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Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP is Now Available
by Marianna Schmudlach / October 19, 2006 1:28 AM PDT

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Microsoft has released for download the newest upgrade for its Web browser, Internet Explorer 7, which is also the browser built into Windows Vista.

IE 7 will also be pushed out through Automatic Update, starting in early November, but Microsoft has also released a blocker toolkit and is recommending that enterprises be compatible with, or block, IE 7 by November 1.

Every customer who receives the product via Automatic Update will also be shown a screen and have to give explicit consent to install it.


http://www.microsoft-watch.com/article2/0,1995,2033816,00.asp?kc=MWRSS02129TX1K0000535

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iPod Virus Fallout
by Marianna Schmudlach / October 19, 2006 6:43 AM PDT

Apple blames Windows for virus-infected video iPods; Microsoft fires back.
Paul F. Roberts, InfoWorld
Thursday, October 19, 2006 06:00 AM PDT

Security and quality assurance experts reacted negatively to Apple Computer's efforts on Tuesday to blame manufacturing problems that resulted in iPod MP3 players shipping with a virus that affects Microsoft's Windows operating system.

Security professionals, including Microsoft's own product release virus scanning chief, called Apple's efforts to deflect blame onto Microsoft misleading and said the batch of factory-infected iPods reveals a troubling lack of thoroughness in the company's manufacturing process.

Small Number of iPods Infected

http://www.pcworld.com/article/127565-1/article.html?tk=nl_dnxnws

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Review: Radically New Internet Explorer Is a Worthwhile Upgr
by Marianna Schmudlach / October 19, 2006 6:48 AM PDT

Review: Radically New Internet Explorer Is a Worthwhile Upgrade
We rate both IE 7 and Firefox 2.0 to recommend your best browser experience.
Erik Larkin, PC World
Wednesday, October 18, 2006 05:00 PM PDT

Version 7 of Microsoft's dominant Web browser packs in interface changes, many new features, and plenty of under-the-hood updates. It also arrives just before version 2 of the up-and-coming Firefox browser, which may be just days away. So which new browser is your best bet?

Firefox 2 offers no radical changes compared with version 1.5, which came out a year ago. It's a measured step, purposely non-jarring for current Firefox users. A built-in antiphishing tool makes its first appearance, but most other changes simply refine many of the same features that are new to IE 7. Version 2 polishes tabbed browsing, newsfeed support, and add-on management. Regrettably, you'll still find some sites written specifically for IE that don't look right in Firefox 2. However, you can add a plug-in that will let you view a site in IE to get around the problem; my favorite is IE View. You can download a near-final release candidate 3 today. The final version should be available at the same site within a week, and existing users of the browser will receive a notice about version 2 once Mozilla has made a minor update to version 1.5 a few weeks after version 2 is out.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/127309-1/article.html?tk=nl_dnxnws

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