Thursday, November 20, 2003


Judge rules in favor of pop-up purveyor | CNET News.com  

Judge rules in favor of pop-up purveyor | CNET News.com: "Judge rules in favor of pop-up purveyor
Last modified: November 19, 2003, 4:00 PM PST
By Stefanie Olsen
Staff Writer, CNET News.com

A federal court judge dismissed Wells Fargo's motion to block a software maker that launches rival pop-up advertisements when customers access the bank's Web site.
Judge Nancy Edmunds of the U.S. District Court of Michigan's Southern Division on Wednesday denied Wells Fargo's motion for a preliminary injunction against WhenU, a distributor of free advertising software, that was aimed at disarming the pop-up purveyor. The judge also issued a memorandum opinion on the case.
Wells Fargo and plaintiff Quicken Loans charged that WhenU violated their copyrights and trademarks by delivering ads for rival Web sites to consumers while they were visiting their own sites.
'The fact that some WhenU advertisements appear on a computer screen at the same time (the) plaintiffs' Web pages are visible in a separate window does not constitute a use in commerce of the plaintiffs' marks,' Judge Edmunds wrote as one of the arguments against an injunction.
While only a preliminary opinion, it echoes an earlier judgment in favor of WhenU in its case against U-Haul International. Like Wells Fargo and a handful of other litigants, U-Haul had charged WhenU with trademark and copyright violations, among other complaints, as a result of pop-ups for competing movers that appeared on U-Haul's Web pages. In September, a Virginia U.S. District Court judge granted a motion for summary judgment in favor of WhenU."

On first look, I got really mad. Then I read the whole thing and found out that the competing ads were served up by other programs. That is, you had to agree to have these ads show up as a condition of using some other piece of software for free. No ads - no free application. So, the people who saw these ads had agreed to have them pop up. So, I can see where the judge told the 'infringed' parties to get lost. Sad, but some people are willing to agree to aggravating ads in order to have free software...

Tuesday, November 18, 2003


ZoneLabs Firewall Now Protects Against ID Theft  

ZoneLabs Firewall Now Protects Against ID Theft: "ZoneLabs Firewall Now Protects Against ID Theft
By Mark Hachman
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LAS VEGAS – Software firewall provider Zone Labs Inc. is expected to announce a new version of its ZoneAlarm Pro software here at Comdex on Tuesday, with new safeguards against identity theft.
The company's new ZoneAlarm Pro 4.5 firewall guards against ID theft through the ability to block certain personal information from being transferred over the Internet, as well as to lock down the 'hosts' file that stored on a user's PC. ZoneLabs will also announce new versions of its free ZoneAlarm and paid ZoneAlarm Plus products, but will exclude the new features."

The good gets better :)

Sun touts Opteron server, Linux desktop | CNET News.com  

Sun touts Opteron server, Linux desktop | CNET News.com: "Sun touts Opteron server, Linux desktop
Last modified: November 17, 2003, 12:52 PM PST
By Stephen Shankland
Staff Writer, CNET News.com

LAS VEGAS--Sun Microsystems introduced Advanced Micro Devices' Opteron into its server family and announced a deal in China that's expected to boost its Linux desktop software.
As expected, Sun Chief Executive Scott McNealy on Monday showed off two servers that use the processor during a keynote speech at the Comdex trade show here, becoming the second major company to adopt the chip. IBM already has announced Opteron servers, but its model at present is intended only for the narrower high-performance technical computing markets. "

Well! This is quite a milestone for AMD. The first high-profile use of an AMD chip in a server. That tells me that AMD is doing something right. I know that Wall Street has been looking for the dark lining in all those silver clouds, but I've suspected for some time that they've missed the boat on AMD. I've personally run AMD for, hmm..., at least 8 years and have NEVER had any kind of problem with the CPU. Motherboards, as we all know, are a different matter. I'm pleased to see that someone feels that AMD CPU's are to be taken seriously.

Monday, November 17, 2003


Reuters | Latest Financial News / Full News Coverage  

Reuters | Latest Financial News / Full News Coverage: "Microsoft plans online music service
Mon 17 November, 2003 10:17

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Microsoft plans to roll out a song-downloading service next year that will rival offerings from Apple Computer and Roxio Inc.'s Napster.
A spokeswoman for the company confirmed to the Journal that Microsoft's MSN Web site will have such a service in 2004, but declined to provide more detail.
Citing a person familiar with the matter, the paper said Microsoft has been in close contact with major music companies to discuss plans for a service.
The story noted that Microsoft might be able to undercut the per-song price of competitors, and that its dominant Windows operating system gives the company a strong position from which to expand into new markets."

Aha! Just as I said :). Well, it's good to know that my crystal ball doesn't need new batteries!

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