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News Archive for July 23 to 29, 2000News is archived for reference purposes. URLs on the Internet change, so some of these links may no longer work.
Tuesday, July 24
Digital Subscriber Line
Blockbuster video is signing deals to deliver movies on demand to DSL customers, though it isn't clear when the plans will be viable.
ATLANTIC-ACM released a report giving most DSL providers failing grades.
Criticism of WAP continues, with Web usability expert Jakob Nielsen denouncing WAP (Web Application Protocol), an industry standard for web-connected cell phones. The principal complaints - also outlined in a ZDNet article - are limited screen size, a lack of interoperability among cell phone browsers and a partitioning of content by cell phone companies who want to control the portal space.
ZDNet reports on progress in fixed wireless: high speed Internet sent from towers to stationary receiver dishes.
Deutsche Telekom has acquired VoiceStream Wireless in a deal worth US$51 billion.
Computer security and privacy
Two major security holes were discovered in Microsoft Internet software last week. The first embeds code in the time stamp of an email message. Because Outlook and Outlook Express perform calculations on the time stamp, the malicious code is calculated even if you don't read the message. Download the first patch here. The second bug uses Internet Explorer to install malicious code in Microsoft Access. Download the second patch here.
Congress heard testimony concerning the FBI's Carnivore system. The FBI maintains that the email-devouring Carnivore is not a threat to privacy, but some privacy groups and Congressmen are unconvinced.
The FTC is also filing a complaint against Toysmart for violating the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA), which prevents businesses from collecting information about children under the age of 13 without their parents' consent. This is the first suit filed under the law, which went into effect April 21, 2000.
Richard Smith's Web Bug FAQ explains how third parties can track visitors using a combination of cookies and images served from another site.
Security experts are sounding alarms that Napster is a potential security threat.
Real Networks is in hot water again. This time the problem is a unique identifier sent from the users' computer to Real's servers.
A California man and a Texas woman have been arrested for stealing money from E*Trade accounts belonging to Ericsson employees and creating fraudulent credit card accounts with their identities. The California woman was a Ericsson employee working in the accounts payable department. The pair's ill-gotten gains totaled US$1.5 million.
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