Annan to present prototype $100 laptop at World Summit on Information Society

The first working prototype of a $100 laptop has been demonstrated at the World Summit on the Information Society in Tunisia. Annan will be joined by Nicholas Negroponte, chairman and co-founder of the Media Lab at MIT, in presenting the laptop to the gathering.

 

New 'Sober' virus

At least three new variants of the Sober worm emerged recently across the Internet. The viruses are activated once a user clicks on an infected attachment.

Microsoft applications for free?

According to news.com Microsoft is considering to offer free, ad-supported versions of some of its desktop products. Although no specific plans have been made, executives within Microsoft are examining whether it makes sense to release ad-supported versions of products such as Works, Money, or even the Windows operating system itself.

Google Base service now available

Google Base service is live, the new service allows people to post "all types of online and offline information and images" that will be searchable on Google Base and, depending on their relevance, may be searchable on Google Search, Froogle and Google Local.

Macromedia Flash Media Server 2 available

Flash Media Server 2 brings the power of the Flash Platform to web video. Macromedia announced the immediate availability of Macromedia Flash Media Server 2, server software that offers a unique combination of traditional streaming media capabilities and a flexible development environment for creating and delivering innovative, interactive media applications.

 

Google Exploring Online Book Rentals

Google is investigating methods where its users could rent online copies of books for one week. According to the plans, users can read the books for one week for the price of one tenth of the book. Initially books cannot be printed or stored but this is considered using a try before you buy concept. According to the plansGoogle is looking for ways to make the Google Print service more attractive to publishers.

Google Analytics

Once again, Google has introduced a new service; Google Analytics. Google Analytics tells you everything you want to know about how your visitors found you and how they interact with your site. 

OpenDocument format becomes more and more popular

Big shots in the software industry are massing behind OpenDocument as government customers show more interest in open-source alternatives to Microsoft's desktop software.

Critical Windows-patch fixes two graphical bugs
Microsoft offers a patch for two serious vulnerabilities which allow hackers to take over computers that use the operating system. The patch fixes issues that occur when rendering images in Windows.
Leaked memos of Bill Gates and Ozzie illustrate Microsoft's frustrations

The Wall Street Journal reported on a leaked memo from inside Microsoft that was sent to top management and direct reports just before the press conference in San Francisco last Tuesday. De correspondence illustrates the displeasure of the company regarding the development of new services and products.

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