Hackers Slow Internet Root Servers With Attack
Online attackers have briefly disrupted service on at least two of the 13 “root” servers that are used to direct traffic on the Internet. (PC World)
New York may ban iPods while crossing street
NEW YORK (Reuters) – New Yorkers who blithely cross the street listening to an iPod or talking on a cell phone could soon face a $100 fine. (Reuters)
At retail stores, Apple prepares to counter Vista
February 7, 2007 – Apple has been waging a quiet war against Microsoft’s new Windows Vista operating system in its television ads and on its Web site. Now, the Mac maker is bringing the fight to its chain of 170 retail stores, as well. (Think Secret)
Music industry sues Augusta man
In its running legal battle against unauthorized downloaders, five recording companies have sued an Augusta man in federal court claiming he illegally pirated and shared copyrighted music.
Scott Hinds, 23, is a defendant in one of a number of lawsuits by Recording Industry of America affiliates seeking to halt illegal sharing of copyrighted songs — a once-widespread practice some maintain was “fair use,” encouraged by certain computer software. (Morning Sentinel)
Hidden Vista tricks that can make you more productive
There are literally hundreds of new features and hidden tricks in Vista. Here are a few that will be helpful to you as you begin to get accustomed to using the new Windows Vista operating system. (Tech Republic)
AMD cranks out new Opterons
Three low-power Opterons and two processors in the mainstream power category were added to AMD’s product list. The low-power chips are said to consume no more than 68 watts, while the mainstream processors consume no more than 95 watts. (CNET)
Apple: Record labels should drop DRM
SAN FRANCISCO – Apple Inc. indicated it would open its iTunes store to other portable players besides its ubiquitous iPod if the world’s major record labels abandoned the anti-piracy technology that serves as the industry’s security blanket.
Steve Jobs, Apple’s chief executive, made the case for abolishing the protections known as “Digital Rights Management,” or DRM, in an open letter posted Tuesday on the Cupertino-based company’s Web site. He also explained why Apple had decided against licensing its own DRM technology, known as “FairPlay,” as an alternative method for making iTunes accessible to all portable players. (Yahoo News)
MySpace offers 1m directing job
Social networking website MySpace is running a competition to win the director’s job on a 1m feature film (BBC News)
Soldier’s Blogs Monitore, Group Sues For More Info
It is no secret that the military monitors soldiers’ Web postings, can remove certain items and will punish those posting content that violates military rules.
Still, recent publicity about a special military group monitoring soldiers’ blogs and other Web postings has gained widespread attention and led to a lawsuit. (Information Week)
Security better, but needs more work, Gates says
SAN FRANCISCO — In his swan song to an annual gathering of 15,000 computer security experts here Tuesday, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said the software giant has made giant strides in security.
But he acknowledged that threats from malicious computer code and the proliferation of devices connected to the Internet have made security a moving target. (USA Today)