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Symantec Moves Against Piracy with Product Activation Requirements

This week, security software developer Symantec announced Norton Antivirus 2004, the newest version of the company's antivirus software. While this product will provide consumers with new kinds of protection against some emerging nonvirus threats -- such as spyware and keystroke-logging programs -- ...

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Upgrade and Archive: The Ongoing Threat of Data Extinction

Keeping paper documents intact for years and years has become a matter of routine for historians and archivists trying to keep a record of history. But saving digital information is turning out to breed its own set of unique challenges. Because digital files depend on their context -- such as the op...

HP’s iPaq Update Highlights Handheld Trend

Arming its low-end handheld iPaq with a more efficient processor, expansion slot for Web connectivity and lower price point, Hewlett-Packard's update of the PDA reflects an industry-wide trend of adding features to handhelds while dropping prices to compete. HP said it will phase out the predecessor...

Software Patent Protest Moves from Street to Internet

A protest tomorrow in the streets of Brussels, Belgium, over a proposed European law on software patents will spill into the Internet as more than 600 Web sites are expected to modify their operations in support of the dissenters. The online protest is being organized by the Foundation for a Free In...

SoBig FBI Probe Continues Amid Ongoing Concern

As law enforcement officials continue their search for the origin of the SoBig.F computer worm that clogged servers and networks last week, security experts are watching for the next variant and worrying that antivirus defenses might be flawed. While the outbreak might have both home and corporate c...

General Electric’s Tech: Past, Present, Future

During the late 19th century, shortly after creating the light bulb, Thomas Edison founded the company that eventually became General Electric. Although the company does not generate the headlines in the computing press that Microsoft, Apple or IBM does, it has been a behind-the-scenes, trend-settin...

Spotlight Forces Exit of New Zealand Spam King

A New Zealand man who bore the brunt of the recent backlash against spam has said he is leaving the business that fills e-mail boxes with solicitations and suspect messages. After an article in a local newspaper identified him as a major spammer, Shane Atkinson said he was inundated with threatening...

Symantec Preempts Virus Fight on Handhelds

Antivirus giant Symantec is touting features like centralized management and wireless Web updates in its new AntiVirus for Handhelds line that will be available in consumer and corporate versions beginning in September. Symantec joins other antivirus and security companies, including Network Associa...

SoBig.F Piles On the Worm Effect

At the tail end of what could be called this summer's "Worm Week," antivirus and security experts watched carefully as the spreading SoBig.F variant flooded in-boxes around the Internet with millions of virus-laden e-mails. Antivirus researchers said the worm, which was set to activate a barrage of ...

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Rugged Computing: The Consumer Trajectory

The rugged-computing industry -- which seeks to make computers compatible with environments that are at odds with delicate electronics -- is one of the fastest-growing segments of the mobile-computing marketplace. Surprisingly, research firm Venture Development estimates the rugged-computing market ...

California Jane Doe Challenges RIAA Subpoena

Lawyers representing a California woman who was targeted by a Recording Industry Association of America subpoena have filed a motion in U.S. federal court challenging the subpoena as an unconstitutional invasion of privacy. The woman, whose motion was filed under the name Jane Doe, is an Internet su...

Infopath and OneNote Headline Microsoft Office 2003

What's so great about the Office 2003 software system that Microsoft announced yesterday was ready to roll off the assembly line? While the software company has indeed spruced up the core applications in the package, that's not the big news. The big news about Office 2003 is not the incremental upgr...

Spreading SoBig.F Variant Fastest Outbreak Ever

The spread of the latest SoBig computer worm variant, called SoBig.F, now is being called the fastest outbreak ever. The worm marks the continuation of a recent onslaught of attacks that included previous worms Nachi and Blaster. Security experts said SoBig.F has spread rapidly across North America,...

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Risking Innovation: DARPA in the Limelight

Established in 1958, the Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency -- most commonly known as DARPA -- has played a pivotal role in supporting innovative research, hosting some of the best as well as the strangest research projects, and garnering a reputation as a hugely influential center of intelle...

SCO’s Evidence Raises Questions About Case

Responding to doubts about its claim that its Unix source code was illegally incorporated into Linux by IBM, SCO put some of the actual code in question on display for Unix conference attendees this week. Lines of the code, which SCO displayed during a slide presentation on its suit against IBM, app...

Microsoft’s Office 2003 Arrives

Calling its new office package an evolution from stand-alone, desktop applications to a more integrated software system, Microsoft has announced that Office 2003 is priced and ready for manufacturers. Aiming to up the stakes in the office software market, Microsoft called the software the most power...

RIAA Details Subpoena Strategy

In responding to concerns voiced by U.S. Senator Norm Coleman, the Recording Industry Association of America has detailed its strategy for pursuing and prosecuting "egregious" infringers of copyright law. The recording industry group -- which announced in June its plans to seek out and possibly sue ...

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Microsoft’s Advanced-Research Division Comes of Age

Last month Microsoft hosted a summit to discuss major computing problems. The event has become an annual showcase for new research projects and for the massive dollar endowments that Microsoft's advanced-research division -- called Microsoft Research, or MSR -- provides to a worldwide network of uni...

Airgo Claims Next-Gen Wireless LAN in Chipset

Wireless startup Airgo -- a company that consists of some of the wireless industry's most prominent pioneers -- announced it is sampling a new WiFi chipset that promises to double the range and data rates of wireless local area networks. Airgo said its AGN100 WiFi chipset, for use in 802.11 wireless...

Apple’s Power Mac G5 Hits the Street

Apple has announced it is now shipping the first of the highly anticipated G5 processors in two models of the Power Mac desktop computer. Billed by the company as the "world's fastest personal computer," the Power Mac G5 takes advantage of 64-bit processing, new cache technology and increased memory...

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