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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.