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18-09-2004, 04:24 PM
A few items that you may find of interest:

AOL Dumps Microsoft's Spam Filter Standard
America Online, the largest Internet service provider, said it would stop using Microsoft's Sender ID technology to filter unwanted e-mail being sent to its millions of members, and instead embrace an open-source friendly alternative.

What would it take to get someone to turn in one of those spammers who send millions of unwanted e-mails? At least $100,000, the Federal Trade Commission figures. Six-figure incentives are the only way to persuade people to disclose the identity of co-workers, friends and others they know are responsible for flooding online...

Cell, a new kind of CPU developed by Sony, IBM and Toshiba, is nearing completion and appears to be one of the few things to be released on time in the tech industry. For those of you who don't know, Cell is a consumer electronics CPU that is designed with scalability in mind. In fact once rolled out, Cell can operate with anywhere from 1 to 64 processors and provide two teraflops of grunt.

Capping a two-year investigation into a sophisticated software piracy scheme, federal authorities yesterday announced charges against 11 people, including four from Washington state, in a case that included the seizure of more than $80 million in counterfeit Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) products. The Redmond, Wash., company called it the largest seizure of counterfeit goods in its history. Products purporting to come from Adobe (Nasdaq: ADBE) and Symantec (Nasdaq: SYMC) also were seized in the case, bringing the total value to at least $87 million, according to federal authorities in Los Angeles, where the charges were filed.

The decision by the Bertelsmann Music Group to slash CD prices in Germany only marks the latest stage in the comeback of a supposedly outmoded medium. The CD is alive and well after all, it seems. In truth, it never really went away. CD sales have rocketed in 2004 - they topped 300 million units in in the first six months, up seven per cent compared to the same period last year, according to Neilsen research. The other booming sector of the music economy is the peer to peer networks. By some estimates a billion files are being downloaded every month and four million users are logged on at any one time.

19-09-2004, 03:46 PM
A new alternative to Google:


Thought nothing web search is synonymous with Google? Think again. Amazon new search site A9.com is set to better the mother of all search engines. A9 does not gives you Google's results, plus a lot more. You can pull up Web results on the same page with results for the same search phrase from the Internet Movie Database, Amazon's "Search This Book" feature, Gurunet's research works, and other sources. In other words, it's a one-stop source for a variety of kinds of information. A9 also maintains a history of your searches a handy feature if you tend to search for similar stuff again and again, and handier still because it's available from any PC that you use A9 on (as long as you log in).

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/html/uncomp/articleshow/855315.cms