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From Black Market To Free Market (BusinessWeek Online)
BusinessWeek Online - The Russian hacker known as "Bit" had something valuable to sell. He had spotted a defect in Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer Web browser that makes it vulnerable to attack -- and figured out how to exploit it. In an underground chat room frequented by virus writers, Bit made his pitch. "I'm selling a zero-day exploit for Internet Explorer," read the ad posted at http://forum.web-hack.ru on July 16. The price? $300.

Microsoft the darling of US media coverage (AFP)
Software titan Microsoft enjoys the best media reputation in the United States, with Wal-Mart Stores a somewhat surprising second, according to a survey(Microsoft)AFP - Software titan Microsoft enjoys the best media reputation in the United States, with Wal-Mart Stores a somewhat surprising second, according to a new survey.


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Risky operating system hole needs critical patch: Microsoft (AFP)
The Microsoft campus in Redmond, Washington. US software titan Microsoft is trying to make amends for a software flaw that lets hackers access a computer and seize control, the company confirmed.(AFP/File/Dan Levine)AFP - US software titan Microsoft is trying to make amends for a software flaw that lets hackers access a computer and seize control, the company confirmed.


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Microsoft sees 3 'critical' Windows security flaws (Reuters)
Microsoft Corp. warned users of its Windows operating system on Tuesday of three newly found 'critical' security flaws in its software, including one that could allow attackers to take complete control of a computer. Visitors walk past the Microsoft booth at the China International Software Expo 2005 in Beijing June 15, 2005. (Claro Cortes IV/Reuters)Reuters - Microsoft Corp. warned users of its Windows operating system on Tuesday of three newly found "critical" security flaws in its software, including one that could allow attackers to take complete control of a computer.


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Windows 2000 Users Dealing With Wave of Bugs (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Security analysts say the latest vulnerabilities prove that Windows 2000, no matter where it is in Microsoft's support cycle, will continue to be a target for attackers.

Microsoft Seeks to 'WAIK' Corporate Users with Vista (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - Streamlining Windows deployment is one of Microsoft's stated goals for its next Windows release. A new installation kit is one key to realizing that vision.

AOL, Microsoft Recycle Spammer Loot (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - Both companies have taken large sums from court settlements against spammers and are using them to make e-mail safe again and reward users.

Microsoft Security Squad Scours Web (PC World)
PC World - Strider HoneyMonkey project lures malicious code to learn its tricks, then guards against attacks.

Microsoft Revamps MSN Blogs (PC World)
PC World - MSN Spaces gets 'PowerToys' with multimedia support, custom design tools, other advanced features.

Windows Mobile 5.0: Bigger and Better (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT) Windows Mobile 5.0, released in May, is finding solid reception among mobile-device users. In the wake of this strong response, Microsoft released custom versions of the OS this past summer for handheld PCs and smartphones.

TiVo Tests Internet Download Service (AP)
AP - Add TiVo Inc. to the list of companies trying to wed the Internet to television. The digital recording company will soon allow customers to download TV shows to their set-top boxes via the Internet — even before the shows air on TV.

Google Halts Scanning of Copyrighted Books (AP)
AP - Stung by a publishing industry backlash, Google Inc. has halted its efforts to scan copyrighted books from some of the nation's largest university libraries so the material can be indexed in its leading Internet search engine.

Man Convicted in Huge Computer-Theft Case (AP)
Scott Levine, left, of Florida, the owner of the now defunct e-mail marketing contractor Snipermail.com, leaves the Little Rock, Ark., federal courthouse with his wife Sabrina, right, Friday, Aug. 12, 2005. Scott Levine was convicted Friday on 123 counts in the theft of 8.2 gigabytes of data from Little Rock-based Acxiom Corp. (AP Photo/Mike Wintroath)AP - A Florida man was convicted Friday of stealing information from data-management company Acxiom Corp. in what prosecutors said was the largest federal computer theft trial ever.


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Computer Theft Case Shows Database Perils (AP)
Scott Levine, owner of a Boca Raton, Fla.-based Internet marketing firm, arrives at the Little Rock, Ark., federal courthouse, in this Tuesday, July 12, 2005 file photo.  A federal jury began deliberations Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2005, after a month of testimony and arguments in in Levine's trial.  Levine is charged with 144 counts in the theft of 8.2 gigabytes of data from Little Rock-based Acxiom Corp. (AP Photo/Mike Wintroath, file)AP - On the hunt for a hacker two years ago, security officials at data management company Acxiom Corp. discovered that an Internet address at one of its clients' contractors was taking far more data than it should have.


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Employers Fill 2006 High-Tech Visa Quotas (AP)
AP - Immigration officials said Friday they are no longer accepting applications for H1-B visas for high-tech and specialty workers because they have enough to meet the 2006 quota.

Music Industry Worried About CD-Burning (AP)
AP - Music copied onto blank recordable CDs is becoming a bigger threat to the bottom line of record stores and music labels than online file-sharing, the head of the recording industry's trade group said Friday.

Digital service BurnLounge makes anyone a retailer (Reuters)
Reuters - Startup digital music company BurnLounge wants to democratize the music retail business.

Big Questions Swirl At New Sprint-Nextel About Wireless Plans (Investor's Business Daily)
Investor's Business Daily - It's no secret that Sprint and Nextel, which completed their merger Friday, are betting their future on new wireless technology.

German Firm Eyes U.S. Linux Server Market (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Collax, a German company with new venture capital to back its Linux server technology, is planning to expand in the U.S.

ClickCommerce Updates Supply-Chain Suite (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - Supply-chain software vendor ClickCommerce announced the availability of version 5.0 of its supply-chain-management suite, called Tradestream. The upgrade includes predictive event-management functions along with multitier process-coordination tools.

TiVo Tests Internet Download Service (AP)
AP - Add TiVo Inc. to the list of companies trying to wed the Internet to television. The digital recording company will soon allow customers to download TV shows to their set-top boxes via the Internet — even before the shows air on TV.

Music Industry Worried About CD-Burning (AP)
AP - Music copied onto blank recordable CDs is becoming a bigger threat to the bottom line of record stores and music labels than online file-sharing, the head of the recording industry's trade group said Friday.

Google puts on hold effort to scan world's literary works (AFP)
Google's headquarters in Mountain View in Silicon Valley. US search goliath Google has put on hold its plan to amass an online library of the world's books, the company website indicated(AFP/File/Nicholas Kamm)AFP - US search Goliath Google has put on hold its internationally criticized plan to amass an online library of the world's books, the company website indicated.


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Internet phone carriers still seeking 911 replies (Reuters)
Reuters - Some of the top U.S. Internet phone providers told U.S. regulators this week they are still trying to obtain acknowledgments from customers that they know the limitations of dialing 911 with their service.

Google pauses on book search after copyright flap (Reuters)
Google, responding to an outcry by publishers, has temporarily scaled back plans to make the full text of copyrighted books in five of the world's great libraries searchable via the Internet. In this file photo, the logo of Google Inc. is seen outside their headquarters building in Mountain View, California August 18, 2004. REUTERS/Clay McLachlanReuters - Google Inc., responding to an outcry by publishers, has temporarily scaled back plans to make the full text of copyrighted books in five of the world's great libraries searchable via the Internet.


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Google Halts Scanning of Copyrighted Books (AP)
AP - Stung by a publishing industry backlash, Google Inc. has halted its efforts to scan copyrighted books from some of the nation's largest university libraries so the material can be indexed in its leading Internet search engine.

Big satellite launch helps boost Loral (SiliconValley.com)
SiliconValley.com - Loral Space & Communications got another big boost in its liftoff from bankruptcy when a massive broadband-communications satellite built by its Palo Alto subsidiary for Asia rocketed into space Thursday.

What Can Google Learn From Netscape's Downfall? (PC World)
PC World - The search company should never underestimate the power of Microsoft, experts say.

Andrew Kantor: CyberSpeak - Technology levels (and changes) the media playing field (USATODAY.com)
USATODAY.com - Welcome to the Communication Age, where the "new media" has the "old media" concerned and confused. As well they should be. Web sites let any yokel have a worldwide voice. Online stores have chewed into brick-and-mortar profits. MP3s changed the music industry. Blogs are doing the jobs of journalists. Podcasts may be altering the radio landscape.

Verizon Web Site Flaw Allowed Record Access (AP)
AP - Verizon Wireless customers who signed up for online billing services were able to peek at some details of others' accounts due to a Web site programming error that was caught by a customer and fixed this week, a company spokesman said Thursday.

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