Adobe yesterday released an update which fixes half a dozen flaws in its ubiquitous Flash Player 9 browser plug-in. The flaws, reported earlier this week, could allow criminal hackers to break into users’ computers and use them, clandestinely, as platforms to broadcast spam or take over other computers. As ZDNet’s Ryan Naraine reports, the patch […]

Since Google walked away from its partnership with Yahoo! earlier this week over concerns about anti-trust hassles, Yahoo has been without a white knight investor to haul it out of its current financial hole. Yesterday, Yahoo! CEO Jerry Yang told anyone who would listen, at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, CA, that Yahoo! […]

While the current push by major auto makers to offer hybrid power plants (on the way to their ultimate goal of gasoline-free vehicles) has earned praise from environmentalists, the flip side of that coin may be lithium battery shortages. William Tahil of Meridian International Research warns that the rush to bring hybrid and all-electric vehicles […]

Firefox development programmer Ehsan Akhgari announced, in his personal blog earlier this week, that a new ‘Private Browsing’ mode will be available in ‘pre-release’ versions of Firefox 3.1. Credit: Ehsan Akhgari Akhgari explains: “… While you browse the Web, your browser usually records a lot of data which will later be used to improve your […]

From: CNet.com — Video steaming giant YouTube has closed a deal with at least one major movie studio to offer its feature-length films online and is courting other film distributors. As CNet’s Greg Sandoval reports, “To be sure, not all the studios are prepared to give YouTube full-length movies. [However,] Canadian film company Lionsgate agreed […]

Internet security developer Kaspersky Lab’s Security Network reports a sharp increase in online malware threats this past September. Kaspersky’s October, 2008, Monthly Malware Statistics report reveals an increase over more than 10 per cent in the incidence of, “malicious programs, including adware and potentially unwanted programs,” over that period. In a nutshell, the reports concludes: […]

Google Senior Vice President of Corporate Development David Drummond announced, in the company’s Public Policy Blog yesterday, that the on-again, off-again deal with Yahoo! which would have seen the two Internet giants cooperate on search and advertising, is definitely off: “In June we announced an advertising agreement with Yahoo! that gave Yahoo! the option of […]

U.S. communications giant AT&T has announced it will experiment with data transfer limits on its Internet access service plans. The pilot project, in Reno, Nevada, will be monitored to see if data transfer caps can curb the bad habits of so-called bandwidth hogs. AT&T says a mere 5 per cent of its access customers account […]

Engineers are working on a new generation of robots for use in hazardous environments and may discover radio communications enhancements that will help police and emergency responders work more safely. One lesson emergency workers quickly learned during the 9/11 attack in New York City was that their radio-controlled search robots did not work well in […]

Microsoft (MS) has announced it will offer free MS Windows Server software to qualifying start-up companies under the BizSpark program. The program will offer a wide range of MS products in addition to Windows Server including Visual Studio, SQL Server, SharePoint and others. To qualify, companies must be privately owned, must not be more than […]

From: Yahoo! News — Around the world, supporters and critics alike celebrated the victory of Barack Obama in last night’s U.S. Presidential election in their own virtual ways… As Derrik Lang of Yahoo! News reports, ‘…While crowds gathered at public rallies and millions of others simply glued themselves to television news coverage, many spent election […]

From: CNet.com > News > Webware — Google has ported over the name verification process from its Knowl Web site to the main Google system. The process lets you go through a verification process which ultimately gives your Google Profile an extra layer of authenticity. Google Profiles are Web pages where users can publicly disclose […]