Yahoo! Back! In! The! Black!
Yahoo!, the world's biggest Internet portal (whatever MSN claims), is on the road to recovery, reporting a 24 per cent advance in Q2 revenues to $225.8m (Q2 2001: $182.2m) and making its first profit in six quarters.
Fox recommends hacked DVD players for The Simpsons
Fox is recommending that UK customers bypass the regional encoding system enforced by DVD manufacturers. And the recommendation comes from no less an authority than Homer Simpson himself.
MS licensing deadline doom looms – buy or die
In three weeks time, corporate IT people, your Microsoft software licensing regime is completely screwed if you haven't done something about Licensing 6, which kicks in on 1st August. From that point you'll be unable to license Select version 5, Upgrade Advantage (UA) and Software Assurance (SA) on products you've already got and, as the good people from Gartner point out in this handy ready-reckoner, if you haven't figured out your options and taken appropriate action, you could end up paying 45 per cent more next time you upgrade.
Attack of the Cyber-Terror Studies
Last month's Business Software Alliance report on cyber security (pdf) concluded that cyber terrorism was going to be really serious, so everyone should protect themselves by giving more money to the members of the Business Software Alliance. How did it reach this conclusion? No, not by using professional intelligence experts or foreign affairs specialists, but by asking corporate security officers for their opinions.
MS: our phone software might not be good enough
A refreshing wind of honesty seems to be blowing out of Microsoft's phone division these days.
MS SQL Server multiple vulns
First up we have a trio of issues, all of which have been fixed with a single cumulative patch. There are two exploitable buffer overrun vulnerabilities, one of which allows an attacker to run arbitrary code, and a registry stuff-up enabling the SQL Server service to write to the registry and specify another account, like LocalSystem, say and have OS-like privies.
PGP Outlook plugin has major security hole
A malicious e-mail can create a buffer overrun in Network Associates' PGP plugin for MS Outlook on Windows, which in turn can be used to run arbitrary code with the user's level of privilege. At a minimum this could compromise the user's passphrase and expose his encrypted messages, and at a maximum surrender control of the machine. Attachments do not need to be activated; merely selecting the malicious message is sufficient.
Wales gets broadband boost
The Welsh Assembly is to stump-up a load of cash to bring broadband to Wales, Economic Development Minister Andrew Davies announced today.
IE scripting flaw uncovered
Security researchers yesterday released details of a cross domain scripting flaw in Internet Explorer ahead of a fix by Microsoft.
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MS talks to self about not talking about home 802.11b range
Microsoft, as we've all been aware for some time, plans to enter the home wireless arena at the tail end of this year, and the company today announced that it, er, plans to enter the home wireless arena at the tail end of this year. And...? Er no, that's it folks, they're refusing to give details.
Welsh Assembly Web site sick
Oh dear - the Welsh Assembly is to spend £100 million on broadband. It might need to spend some of that on its Web site.
Fighting the Pigopolists with bricks not bluster
LettersAn overwhelming response to our report on Rep. Rick Boucher's proposal to outlaw share-denial systems, beginning with copy-protected CDs [see Congressman vows Pigopolist legislation]. In this report we resurrected a modest proposal of ours which is neither new nor entirely original, but which caught your attention nevertheless : that we legislate the entertainment complex off our PCs for good.