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|You think your cable modem is fast? A Hong Kong Broadband
Network Limited started offering their 100Mbps residential broadband service.
The company started wiring each customer with a Category 5E copper cable coming
from the switch to the client building. The backbone of the company is designed
to support up to 64,000 Gbps. Broadband Network Limited is planning to have 2
million homes, which is most of Hong Kong, covered by mid 2005 and offer 1Gbps
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Joined: 18 September 2004
Microsoft Spotlights Its Search Engine
After two years in development, redesigned search service is set to launch.
Juan Carlos Perez, IDG News Service
Tuesday, February 01, 2005
Microsoft's Internet search engine, in the works for about two years, is ready for its big-time debut.
Microsoft is announcing on Tuesday that the search engine it built from scratch is taking center stage at the company's Web portal, MSN.com, which previously had relied on search technology from rival Yahoo.
"The whole goal with our new search service is to deliver answers faster to users," says Mark Kroese, MSN's general manager of information services product management. "In a world where the search engine user experience is getting lots of links but no answers, we're really focused on giving users quick answers to their questions."
Since November, Microsoft's search engine had been in a public test--or beta--mode in a special section of the MSN.com portal, while the main search section continued to be powered by the Yahoo technology.
The new MSN Search powered by the Microsoft search engine will let users search not only Web sites but also content from Microsoft's Encarta encyclopedia and MSN Music, Kroese says.
MSN Search also features a variety of tools to let users adjust searches, such as narrowing results by language or domain. The search engine also has the ability to deliver search results from a specific geographical area, a feature called "search near me."
Home Page Redesign
Also on Tuesday, Microsoft will introduce a redesigned home page for MSN.com with a cleaner and simpler layout in which the search engine box is featured more prominently. "We've reduced the number of links significantly on the page, which loads much faster and has a clean, light design," Kroese says.
The new MSN Search is available on 25 localized versions of MSN.com, including the ones for the U.S., the U.K., Spain, Sweden, India, and Germany, and in 10 languages. MSN Search features, such as access to Encarta, vary among MSN.com versions.
With this rollout, Microsoft takes another step in its fight against Google and Yahoo. In December 2004, Google drew 34.7 percent of U.S. search engine users, while Yahoo came in second with 31.9 percent. Microsoft's MSN placed third with 16.3 percent, followed by Time Warner, which includes America Online, with 9.4 percent, according to market research company comScore Networks.
In the second quarter, total U.S. Internet ad spending was about $2.37 billion, a 42.7 percent increase over the same period in 2003, according to a report issued in September by the Internet Advertising Bureau and Pricewaterhousecoopers. Search-related ads were the largest category with $947 million, according to the report.
Microsoft has a deal with Yahoo's Overture ad network to provide the text ads that run with MSN Search results. Microsoft has no plans currently to build its own ad network, Kroese says.
What users can expect to see from Microsoft are frequent enhancements to MSN Search, now that the company has the search engine foundation in place, he says. "We're now really poised to deliver new features on a very aggressive schedule," he says.
Likely areas of improvement would be increasing the size of the search engine's index, which in November stood at about 5 billion documents, broadening the types of searchable documents to include, for example, video content and maps, enhancing result relevance, enabling wireless access to the search engine, and expanding the ability to personalize searches, he says.
In related news, Microsoft on Monday also updated the beta of its MSN Toolbar Suite, which includes the MSN Desktop Search application. The new version fixes bugs reported through the Dr. Watson crash analysis tool in Windows as well as other bugs, according to a posting by program managers to the MSN Search Web log.
Additionally, the updated product can scan items in Outlook when it is not the default e-mail client and changes the way MSN Desktop Search handles e-mail attachments. The earlier version can cause conflicts with antivirus applications because it temporarily saves e-mail attachments for indexing, according to the posting.
Microsoft won't push out the update to the Toolbar Suite to users via the automatic updates feature. Instead, users who want to update have to download and install it from Microsoft's MSN Toolbar Suite beta site.
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By Joris Evers
IDG News Service, 02/01/05
America Online on Feb. 17 plans to release the first public test version of a new Netscape browser that is designed to protect users from scams and malicious code while surfing the Web.
With the release, AOL is taking aim at Microsoft's dominant Internet Explorer (IE) Web browser, which has been the subject of many security vulnerabilities. Also, AOL is looking to piggyback on the popularity of Firefox, the open source Web browser that was released in November and has since been downloaded nearly 22 million times.
Using a list of known malicious Web sites, the new Netscape 8 browser will automatically adjust security settings to protect the user. A blacklist of Web sites will be stored on the user's PC and updated frequently. AOL is currently in negotiations with various security companies to supply the information, sources close to AOL said.
Phishing scams are a prevalent type of online attack that typically combine spam e-mail messages and Web pages that look like legitimate e-commerce sites to steal sensitive information such as user names, passwords and credit card numbers.
Netscape 8 will identify sites known to be trusted, such as banks, online services and online stores, with a green check mark. These sites by default will be displayed using the IE rendering engine, with most browser technologies enabled to maximize compatibility. The trusted sites list will come from organizations such as Truste, sources said.
Unknown sites will be coded yellow. Users can change settings on a per-site basis through a menu that is easily accessible from the browser tab.
Netscape 8 is based on Firefox, but also supports the IE browser engine. AOL released a preview version of the browser to a select group of testers in late November. The Netscape browser doesn't include the IE engine, but uses the engine that is part of Windows. As such, the Netscape 8 browser only works on Windows computers.
IE is part of Windows and is used by most Web users. Many Web sites have been designed specifically to work with the Microsoft browser and may not work correctly in browsers using other engines, including the Gecko engine in Firefox. For example, movie site Movielink.com and tax Web site HRBlock.com don't work well in Firefox.
"One of the big complaints about Internet Explorer has been security," said one person involved with Netscape 8 development who asked not to be named. "We think that is real, but we also think that a lot of the browser technologies can be used for good things as well."
In addition to the security features, the Netscape 8 beta includes enhanced support for RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds, also found in Firefox, and allows users to set multiple homepages that will display in different browser-tabs.
Netscape and Firefox are not the only browsers seeking to capitalize on IE's bad security reputation. Deepnet Technologies of the U.K., for example, offers a free browser based on IE, but with additional features, including one designed to protect against phishing scams. Apart from gathering known phishing sites from affiliates and antiphishing Web sites, the Deepnet browser also has a built-in phishing report facility that Netscape 8 will lack.
Netscape was the most popular browser in the early years of the Web. AOL is now breathing new life into the Netscape browser, which was marginalized after Microsoft introduced IE in the mid-1990s. The final version of Netscape 8 is due out in the second quarter and will be backed by some marketing efforts from AOL, according to sources familiar with the company's plan.
Johan Bostrm of the IDG News Service in Boston contributed to this report.
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By ANICK JESDANUN, AP Internet Writer
NEW YORK - Time wasted deleting junk e-mail costs American businesses nearly $22 billion a year, according to a new study from the University of Maryland
A telephone-based survey of adults who use the Internet found that more than three-quarters receive spam daily. The average spam messages per day is 18.5 and the average time spent per day deleting them is 2.8 minutes.
The loss in productivity is equivalent to $21.6 billion per year at average U.S. wages, according to the National Technology Readiness Survey produced by Rockbridge Associates, Inc., and the Center for Excellence in Service at Maryland's business school.
The study, to be released Thursday, also found that 14 percent of spam recipients actually read messages to see what they say, and 4 percent of the recipients have bought something advertised through spam within the past year.
The random survey of 1,000 U.S. adults was conducted in November and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points
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|Microsoft: SP2 shimmy's not a
|By Matt Hines CNET
News.com February 1, 2005, 3:24 PM PT|
Microsoft downplayed the significance of a reported flaw in its latest update to Windows XP.
Responding to a Russian security company's claim that it found a way to beat a protective element of Microsoft's Windows XP Service Pack 2, the software giant on Tuesday said it does not believe the issue represents a vulnerability. In fact, the company said the technology highlighted by Moscow-based Positive Technologies was never meant to be "foolproof" and added that the reported flaw does not, by itself, put consumers at risk.
"An attacker cannot use this method by itself to attempt to run malicious
code on a user's system," Microsoft said in a statement. "There is no attack
that utilizes this, and customers are not at risk from the situation."
Last week, Positive reported that the Data Execution Protection tools included in Service Pack 2--code intended to prevent would-be attackers from inserting malicious programs into a PC's memory--opened Windows XP systems up to additional threats. The security company said that two minor mistakes in the implementation of the technology could allow a knowledgeable programmer to sidestep the measures, known as the Data Execution Protection and the Heap Overflow Protection.
But Microsoft representatives disagreed with Positive's interpretation of Data Execution Protection, saying the technology was not created to necessarily foil existing threats but to make developing attacks against Service Pack 2 harder.
In an e-mail message to CNET News.com, Microsoft representatives said the company would continue to modify the technology and would evaluate ways to mitigate the reported method of bypass.
Those "security technologies in Windows XP Service Pack 2 are meant to help make it more difficult for an attacker to run malicious software on the computer as the result of a buffer-overrun vulnerability," the representatives said in the statement. "Our early analysis indicates that this attempt to bypass these features is not security vulnerability."
Positive said that attack programs that use the exploit to get around Windows XP Service Pack 2 protections work reliably, allowing intruders to introduce malicious code onto machines using a second vulnerability that would otherwise not work on Service Pack 2 because of the protection mechanisms.
Yury Maksimov, chief technology officer at the security company, said Positive only publicized the issue after Microsoft refused to act on previous warnings of the flaw that it sent to the software giant. He said he believes the Data Execution Protection does open up potential vulnerabilities.
"In this situation, we decided it would be much safer for the industry to be aware of the new, existing threat," Maksimov wrote in an e-mail. "Such a vulnerability cannot cause a new worm or virus (to appear). But that's exactly the situation when it is much better to know about the problem, than not."
However, at least one industry expert said that Positive's report of the threat may not be completely fair to Microsoft. Peter Lindstrom, a research director at Spire Security, observed that the Data Execution Protection vulnerability is unlikely to be seized upon by hackers. It relates more to core security issues with the design of many different kinds of software, not just tools made by Microsoft, he said.
"Maybe you could classify this problem as a lost opportunity on Microsoft's part to protect Windows better, but that doesn't make it a vulnerability," Lindstrom said.
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SEATTLE, Washington (AP) -- A teenager was sentenced Friday to 11/2 years in prison for unleashing a variant of the "Blaster" Internet worm that crippled 48,000 computers in 2003.
Jeffrey Lee Parson, 19, of Hopkins, Minnesota, will serve his time at a low-security prison and must perform 10 months of community service. He had faced up to 10 years in prison, but the judge took pity on the teen, saying his neglectful parents were to blame for the psychological troubles that led to his actions.
"(The Internet) has created a dark hole, a dungeon if you will, for people who have mental illnesses or people who are lonely," U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman said. "I didn't see any parent standing there saying, 'It's not a healthy thing to lock yourself in a room and create your own reality."'
Defense lawyers said Parson feared leaving the house and his parents provided little support. He pleaded guilty last summer to one count of intentionally causing or attempting to cause damage to a protected computer.
Parson created a Blaster version that launched a distributed denial-of-service attack against a Microsoft Windows update Web site as well as personal computers. Blaster and its variants, also known as the LovSan virus, crippled networks worldwide.
Parson's lawyers said he has made great strides since his arrest. They also credited him with making a Seattle School District video warning teens of the dangers of Internet vandalism.
Parson apologized to the court and to Microsoft, saying, "I know I've made a huge mistake and I hurt a lot of people and I feel terrible." He will still have to pay restitution to Microsoft and to people whose computers were affected in an amount to be determined at a hearing next month.
Parson was charged in Seattle because Microsoft is based in suburban Redmond.
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