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Adobe hands over copyright to PDF format

Adobe hands over copyright to PDF format

PDFs will soon become the international standard for electronic documents after Adobe relinquished control of the copyright to ISO. The move is part of Adobe’s plans to make such movement of files more open, and as the most popular standard, PDFs will now be even easier to create and move. “By releasing the full PDF specification for ISO standardization, we are reinforcing our commitment...

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Microsoft Pledges Windows XP Support Through 2014

Microsoft may have little choice but to support XP for an extended period since most of its business customers have not upgraded to Windows Vista. In an unprecedented move, Microsoft has committed to providing support services for its soon to be retired Windows XP through 2014 — a full 13 years after the operating system was originally released. In a letter sent to customers...

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Google faces one billion dollars in damages in trade-secret lawsuit

LimitNone, a small software-development company, is seeking nearly $1 billion (£508m) in damages in a lawsuit that accuses Google of reneging on a partnership with the company and misappropriating its trade secrets for the Google Apps online service. Specifically, the suit concerns LimitNone software called gMove that is designed to let people move email, contacts and calendar information stored in Microsoft Outlook to Google’s...

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Mac OS X Trojan reported in the wild

At least two Mac-focused security firms warned late this week of a Trojan horse that takes advantage of flaws in remote management software in Mac OS X to run code on the affected computer. As with most Mac flaws, the user must first download and open the file in order for it to take effect. Once it is opened, the Trojan — dubbed “AppleScript.THT”...

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Set top boxes may get VLC for all-format TV playback

Funding to port the popular VLC open source media player to set-top boxes could mean a lounge-room media player that actually supports all the media you want to play. Media sharing enthusiasts got a huge truckload of hope backed up to the delivery dock this week when Neuros announced that it had, in effect, received sponsorship from Texas Instruments to port VLC (VideoLAN if...

Explosion at ThePlanet takes down 9000 websites

Explosion at ThePlanet takes down 9000 websites

On the night of May 31st, an explosion occurred at ThePlanet’s H1 data center. Markus Langenfeld updated his blog about the issue, including the e-mail notification that customers received. “I got an interesting email tonight, apparently there was an electrical fire at ThePlanet’s H1 data center in Dallas Texas. According to some sources there was an actual explosion powerful enough that it knocked down...

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Google has a new favicon

Overnight, Google got a new face on the Web–one measuring 16×16 pixels. The search giant updated its favicon, the eensy little 256-pixel logo that appears in browser locations such as bookmarks, URL location bar, and window tabs. The old icon, a capital G in a black box, has been supplanted by a cuddlier-looking blue lower-case g. It’s a minor change, to be sure. But...

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Help Firefox get in Guinness on Download Day 2008

The Firefox team is looking for help getting into Guinness. What’s it going to cost me, you ask? Only a few minutes of your time to download Firefox 3 on Download Day 2008. You can make your pledge to get Firefox 3 during Download Day to set the Guinness World Record for Most Software Downloaded in 24 Hour. By the way, the official date...

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Windows 7 kernel will be refined, not new

Typically when Microsoft ships a new OS (like Windows Vista), we immediately start talking about the next version-which begs two questions: 1) is Microsoft working on a new version of Windows, and if so, 2) why aren’t you talking about it? I thought I would spend a minute giving you an update on where we are. First, yes, we are working on a new...

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Vista’s UAC protects against rootkits

Love or hate its nagging prompts, Vista’s Account Control feature (UAC) has a security feature that marks it out from any other type of Windows security programme — it can spot rootkits before they install. This is one finding buried in a report published in two German computer magazines some months ago after testing by the respected AV-Test.org, which set out to find out...