Stories by George A. Chidi Jr

AOL Instant Messaging service out again

For the second day this week, America Online's (AOL's) Instant Messenger service went out temporarily, with a Thursday outage striking at about 2 pm American EDT -- roughly the same time as a Tuesday afternoon outage.

Microsoft researching e-mail filtering, rating software

Microsoft researchers are developing e-mail software that learns what messages are important to users and which aren't, ranking them by urgency, chairman and chief software architect Bill Gates said to technologists at the Computer-Human Interaction ...

Solar flares? AOL Instant Messaging knocked out

An unspecified glitch temporarily knocked out America Online's Instant Messenger service Tuesday afternoon, keeping some users out of their "buddy lists" and unable to use the communication tool.

IDC: MP3 players to sell like hotcakes

Music fans will trade in their portable CD players for MP3- and other compression-technology players ... eventually, according to market research from International Data Corp released Thursday. But new devices will probably rely on something other th...

Guninski finds another hole in MS Exchange security

Bulgarian bug hunter Georgi Guninski said in an advisory Wednesday that a security risk is created in interaction between Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE), Internet Information Server (IIS) and Exchange 2000 software, potentially baring server dire...

Microsoft releases new media players

Microsoft Wednesday released Windows Media Audio and Video 8, digital media players the company said provide near-DVD quality video reception in real time on broadband connections, and near-CD quality sound at higher compression rates than earlier ve...

Worm puts Linux servers in a real bind

An "unusually destructive" computer worm is winding through the network conduits of Linux computers, capable of massively compromising servers by exploiting a known vulnerability, security researchers said Friday.

MS preps security features for next version of IE

The next version of the Internet Explorer Web browser will integrate new privacy protocols, giving Web surfers more control over what kinds of cookies to accept, according to a Microsoft release on Wednesday.

Intel, IBM ally for wireless development

Intel will use IBM's embedded software in Intel's Personal Internet Client Architecture (Intel PCA) for wireless devices and other Internet appliances, the companies announced Tuesday.

Symantec security suite goes into 'stealth mode'

Internet security company Symantec has unveiled a consumer security suite that lets users know if someone else pokes around their computers, screens outgoing data for personal information and can operate in a 'stealth mode' to hide from hackers.

Transmeta releases 'Midori' Linux

Low-power microprocessor maker Transmeta released its version of the Mobile Linux operating system, Midori Linux, as open-source code Tuesday, to allow industry-wide input for further development of the OS, the company announced.

Gateway to simplify product line, lower costs

Computer maker Gateway plans to simplify its product offerings, paring down the number of computer configurations offered from millions to hundreds, executives told financial analysts on Wednesday.

Napster details new business strategy

The peer-to-peer music-trading -- considered by some as music-stealing -- site from Napster will move to a membership-based subscription service "as soon as possible," according to a release Friday from the company.

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