3 Critical Bulletins on Tap for Next Microsoft Patch Day

Microsoft has provided advance notice that three “critical” security bulletins will be released in this month’s patch batch. The bulletins will include patches for flaws in Microsoft Corp.’s flagship Windows operating system and the Microsoft Office desktop productivity suite. As is customary, the software giant isn’t providing any details until July 12, when the bulletins …more

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Asustek to launch low-cost mobo campaign

Asustek Computer will launch a low-cost motherboard campaign in emerging markets such as China, India and Russia in the third quarter, according to sources. Asustek Computer will launch a low-cost motherboard campaign in emerging markets such as China, India and Russia in the third quarter, according to sources. Supposedly called the ?Omega? project, Asustek?s intent …more

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Sasser author gets suspended term

A German court has convicted the teenager who created the Sasser worm that snarled tens of thousands of computers last year and sentenced him to 21 months’ probation. Not too bad for what all it shut down in the days after the attack. Sven Jaschan, 19, from the northwest town of Waffensen, could have faced …more

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UK Man convicted for modding Xbox

A 22-year-old man has become the first person in the UK to be convicted for modifying a video games console. I personally don’t think his crime was worth 140 hours of community service, but then again he ran a site selling them! The conviction is the first of its kind in the UK, where the …more

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EU Rejects Controversial Software Patents Proposal

The European Parliament overwhelmingly rejects the proposed IT patenting directive? and the European Commission will not issue another proposal. The European Parliament on Wednesday morning put the final nail in the coffin of the European Union’s controversial IT patenting proposal, voting overwhelmingly to reject the proposed directive. The Parliament voted 648 to 14 with 18 …more

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AMD Athlon 64 X2 Price Set At $345

AMD plans to launch a dual-core Athlon 64 X2 processor on August 1 priced at US$345, a third less than its current lowest priced dual-core CPU, the sources indicated. The new Athlon 64 X2 Processor would be called a 3800+ and is far cheaper than the current 4200+ that commands $537 on the market. While …more

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Beijing Opens Clinic To Help Online Addicts

I’m surely addicted to the internet, but I don’t know if it makes sense to have an IV drip with unknown drugs and 30-Volt zaps to my pressure points to cure my addiction.  It may sound like something from a 60′s US Government LSD expierment, but this is taking place in China’s first official online …more

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Coding for $15 an hour?

Could a computer coding job paying just $15 per hour signal something’s wrong with the tech world?  If so, then something is wrong as coders are now going for well under $20 an hour all across America. That relatively measly amount is what’s promised in an ad for a “ASP.NET Programmer” on the America’s Job …more

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Legal action taken against 784 file sharers

The music industry has announced a fresh series of legal actions against 784 people they suspect of illegally downloading songs from the internet. The action is brought by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), bringing the total number of actions to nearly 11,000. Police in 12 countries have seized computers and made arrests in …more

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IBM’s Chip Plant Elevates Automation

IBM is showing off how their manufacturing process does not require much human interaction.  Not sure if that is a good thing, but it is making the news headlines this morning. IBM is hands-off when it comes to manufacturing its most powerful processors, including chips used by Apple Computer. The plant, officially called Building 323 …more

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Microsoft settles IBM antitrust suit

Microsoft Corp. settled antitrust claims made by International Business Machines Corp., agreeing to pay IBM $775 million, the companies just stated this morning. Good news for IBM and Microsoft, but now we have to watch Intel and AMD battle it out in court once again. The settlement, which resolves discriminatory pricing and overcharge claims, also …more

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Delay of ATI R520 to boost Nvidia 4Q sales

ATI’s problem with leakage on the R520 on the 90nm front sounds like the original Intel Prescott all over again.  Looks like nVIDIA will get luck and have a great 4Q thanks to ATI’s delays. The delay of the ATI Technologies R520 graphics processing unit (GPU) will benefit sales of the Nvidia GeForce 7800 GTX …more

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RSS in Longhorn Raises Security Fears

Analysts warn that Microsoft’s plan to bake content syndication deep into the belly of Longhorn will open new attack vectors for spammers, phishers and malware writers. Basically the idea is that an RSS item could have embedded scripting, which would easily allow a virus to spread quickly due to the RSS feed. Pretty interesting debate …more

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China Now Has 100+ Million People Online

The number of internet users in China has risen above 100 million for the first time, according to reports in the country’s state media. This is great news for the IT industry as pretty much every company sees China as the next exploding market in the world. Of the 100 million net users, about 30 …more

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