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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-12       Article Source : NewsFactor

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), armed with an injunction from a U.S. District Court, has shut down Enternet Media, Inc., and filed a lawsuit against that company and its affiliates for running an operation that used the lure of free browser upgrades and other free computer software to download spyware and adware on consumers' computers. Enternet Media is the creator and distributor of EliteBar.
The FTC announced the lawsuit Thursday after investigating the spyware operation for the last eight to

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-12       Article Source : TechWeb News

IBM claims it has crushed the competition and broken records with its WebSphere Application Server software.
At least one other company made a similar claim.

IBM announced Thursday that the software performed 64 percent better than others on Standard Performance Evaluation Corp.'s SPECjAppServer 2004, an industry standard benchmark measuring real-world performance of Java 2 Enterprise Edition application servers.

The benchmark measures Web serving, Enterprise Java Beans and messaging. It includes hardware, application server software, Java Virtual Machine software,

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-12       Article Source : AP

Serena Software Inc. said Friday it agreed to sell itself for $1.2 billion to investment firm Silver Lake Partners in a deal that would result in the software maker becoming a private company.
Serena, which provides management software to companies such as General Electric Co., American Express Co. and International Business Machines Corp., said its shareholders will get $24 in cash for each share they own. The offer represents a 1.5 percent premium over Serena's Thursday closing price of $23.65.Read More...  

Posted by iTech on 2005-11-11       Article Source : AP

A controversial copy-protection program that automatically installs when some Sony BMG audio CDs are played on personal computers is now being exploited by malicious software that takes advantage of the antipiracy technology's ability to hide files.
The Trojan horse programs — three have so far been identified by antivirus companies — are named so as to trigger the cloaking feature of Sony's XCP2 antipiracy technology. By piggybacking on that function, the malicious programs can enter undetected, security experts said Thursday.Read More...  

Posted by iTech on 2005-11-11       Article Source : Reuters

Microsoft Corp. has reached a $30 million settlement with South Korea's Daum (035720.KQ) over an antitrust suit, but regulators will continue to review their case against the world's largest software maker.
Shares in Daum Communications Corp., the country's top Web portal operator, jumped nearly 9 percent on Friday after the two firms announced the agreement, which includes a $10 million cash payment by Microsoft to Daum, $10 million in advertising deals and unspecified business terms worth a further $10 million.Read More...  

Posted by iTech on 2005-11-11       Article Source : USA TODAY

Sony BMG Music has a firestorm on its hands.
The label, in a bid to combat piracy, contracted with a British firm to copy protect several music CD titles. The problem: Playing the CDs on a PC requires installation of a software program that tech security experts say can be classified as spyware, and that can't be uninstalled without Sony's (SNE) permission.

The blogosphere has been in overdrive this week, as Sony has tried to calm consumers. The software

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-10       Article Source : InfoWorld

Borland Software is in a peculiar spot when it comes to offering tools for developing Windows applications.
On one hand, Borland provides UML capabilities to Microsoft Visual Studio developers, via Borland's Together product; on the other hand, Borland believes it offers a viable alternative to Visual Studio via its Delphi platform, with easier transitions to Microsoft technologies.

Microsoft rolled out its Visual Studio 2005 tools platform on Monday here, a day before Borland began its Borland DevCon 2005 conference

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-10       Article Source : TechWeb News

IBM, Sony and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. are releasing new software components and documentation for cell processors.
The companies announced Wednesday that the resources, for Cell Broadband Engine Architecture technology, would be available on the developerWorks forum and through the University of Barcelona.

IBM, Sony and Toshiba are hoping the wide release accelerates software development. Masakazu Suzuoki, deputy senior vice president of the Semiconductor Development Division of SCEI, said through a prepared statement that the efforts will support the

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-10       Article Source : IDG NEWS SERVICE

Hewlett-Packard plans to announce an update to its printer management software along with a one-size-fits-all printer driver at its ImagePrint conference in Orlando on Wednesday, according to a company executive.

Web Jetadmin Revamped
Web Jetadmin 8.0 adds the capability to gather usage data on individual users or applications and assign privileges to them, instead of just the printer itself, said Tom Codd, director of marketing for HP's enterprise imaging and printing group. For example, an IT manager could

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-10       Article Source : Reuters

IBM on Tuesday launched a set of software tools it hopes will spur wider interest in its upcoming Cell microprocessor that is key to the computing giant's return to profitable chipmaking.
International Business Machines Corp. has developed Cell jointly with Sony Corp. (6758.T) and Toshiba Corp. (6502.T), for use in Sony's PlayStation 3 video game console due out next year.

But IBM said the development kits will help programmers write software for the chip in areas such as medical

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-09       Article Source : InformationWeek

In the face of the growing threat of identity theft and data theft, vendors, industry groups and government agencies are scrambling to beef up security for online banks and merchants.
In the latest developments, the Liberty Alliance Project introduced plans on Tuesday to develop improved authentication technology. The same day, vendor Entrust introduced an upgraded version of IdentityGuard online authentication software. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. is arguing both sides of the issue, downplaying the dangers of online data theft

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-09       Article Source : TechWeb News

IBM has demonstrated a group of software products and services called the Public Image Monitoring Solution (PIMS) cobbled together to corral the explosion of Web data generated by e-mails, blogs, wikis, jams, news feeds, consumer review sites and articles published daily. PIMS was designed with Nstein Technologies and Factiva.
"I think of this as the rise of collaborative knowledge," said IBM vice president Irving Wladawsky-Berger on Monday at a demo held in Cambridge, Mass.

Mike Rhodin, general manager, IBM

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-09       Article Source : Reuters

Microsoft Corp. expects to sell as many as 3 million Xbox 360 consoles in the first three months after launching the newest version of its video game machine, the financial chief of the giant software company's Xbox business said on Tuesday.
The sales target of 2.75 million to 3 million Xbox 360 units in the first 90 days after the launch date of November 22 was outlined by Xbox Chief Financial Officer Bryan Lee at an investors' conference in New

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-09       Article Source : Reuters

File-sharing service Grokster Ltd. has agreed to stop distributing software that allows users to copy songs over the Internet after losing its case before the U.S. Supreme Court, a recording industry trade group said on Monday.
The settlement with the Recording Industry Association of America follows the high court's unanimous ruling in June that Grokster and other "peer to peer" networks can be held liable if they induce users into violating copyright laws.

Grokster, the lead defendant in the

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-08       Article Source : NewsFactor

German developer SAP has released the latest version of its Business One application. The software is an integration tool for operations that include sales, finance, purchasing, inventory, and manufacturing.
The new version contains enhancements designed to speed up installation and be more compatible with Microsoft Excel-based reporting and analytics tools.

Business One seeks to help small and midsize enterprises automate and link their operations while adapting to market demands and compliance requirements, and to help those businesses connect with

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