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ZEN NEWS 08.5.5

MICROSOFT WALKS AWAY FROM YAHOO DEAL
Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer vowed
last week not to pay "a penny" more than he
thought Yahoo was worth, and he kept his word
Saturday. After intense weekend negotiations
stalemated on price, with Microsoft raising its
bid by $5 billion and Yahoo demanding twice that,
he walked away from what would have been one of
the biggest technology deals ever.

MALAYSIAN POLICE RAID BLOGGER'S HOME OVER MURDER ARTICLE
Malaysian police raided the home of a top
Internet blogger after he posted an article
implicating the deputy premier and his wife in
the murder of a Mongolian model, reports said
Saturday. Raja Petra Kamaruddin, founder of the
popular Malaysia Today site, said police officers
questioned him and seized his computers over the
article, "Let's send the Altantuya murderers to
hell," the Star daily reported.

FACEBOOK BECOMES TOOL FOR ACTIVISTS IN EGYPT
Facebook has evolved into one of the latest tools
for political dissent in Egypt, as activists use
the social-networking site to organize protests
on soaring food prices. The activists, who are
urging Egyptians to stay home Sunday and boycott
buying all commodities through Tuesday, use signs
similar to online banner ads on the site to
promote the strike. One such banner is fiery red
and reads: "May 4, a general strike for the
people of Egypt."
[PR]
by papasone | 2008-05-06 20:30 | ZEN NEWS

ZEN NEWS 08.3.25

CHINA ORDERS SHUTDOWN OF 25 VIDEO ENTERTAINMENT WEB SITES
China has ordered more than two dozen video entertainment Web sites to
shut down under new rules governing such sites. The new rules, which
took effect Jan. 31, bans providers from broadcasting video that
involves national secrets, hurts the reputation of China, disrupts
social stability, or promotes pornography. Providers are required to
delete and report such content under the rules.

CYBER ATTACKS TARGET PRO-TIBET GROUPS
Human rights and pro-democracy groups sympathetic to anti-China
demonstrators in Tibet are being targeted by sophisticated cyber attacks
designed to disrupt their work and steal information on their members
and activities. Experts say attributing such attacks to any one group or
government is extremely difficult, as computer systems that appear to be
the source of malicious activity online often are controlled by persons
or groups using computers in completely different locations.

FBI IS LOOKING INTO HACKERS BASED IN CHINA
The FBI has opened a preliminary investigation of a report that
China-based hackers have penetrated the e-mail accounts of leaders and
members of the Save Darfur Coalition, a national advocacy group pushing
to end the six-year-old conflict in Sudan. The accounts of 10 members
were hacked into between early February and last week, and the intruders
also gained access to the group's Web server and viewed pages from the
inside.

CHINA SIDESTEPS NET CRITICISM
A senior Chinese government official has said that he welcomes closer
international ties to develop the country's burgeoning digital media
sector, but also delivered a stark warning to foreigners not to use
"internet issues" to meddle in China's "internal affairs". Cai Mingzhao,
a vice minister at the Chinese state council information office,
articulated his government's policy on digital media in a UK-China
roundtable held at Reuters' offices in CanaryWharf today.

RICE APOLOGIZES FOR BREACH OF PASSPORT DATA
The passport files of all three major U.S. presidential candidates were
breached by unauthorized searches by four employees, the State
Department said on Friday, prompting apologies from Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice, outrage from the candidates, and calls by lawmakers
for further probes. State had announced Thursday night that two contract
employees had been fired and a third disciplined for separately
examining Sen. Barack Obama's passport file in January, February and
March. The department then announced that the passport files of Sen.
Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sen. John McCain had also been
inappropriately reviewed.

U.S. TRADE BODY TO PROBE SONY ON BLU-RAY
The U.S. International Trade Commission will launch an investigation
into Sony and about 30 other companies on possible patent infringements
related to Blu-ray disc players and other products. The commission said
Thursday on its Web site that the products involved are short-wavelength
light-emitting diodes and laser diodes used in such electronics as
handheld mobile devices, traffic lights, and high-definition DVD
players.

GOOGLE LOSES BID FOR EU-WIDE TRADEMARK ON GMAIL NAME
Google lost its bid to get European Union-wide trademark protection for
"Gmail," the name of its Web-based e-mail service. The Gmail name is too
similar to an existing German trademark, according to a ruling by the
EU's trademark agency published on its Web site.


INTEL REBUTS EU ANTITRUST CHARGES
Intel responded to European Union antitrust
charges at a closed-door hearing that it
illegally used rebates to wrest sales from AMD.
Intel Chief Executive Paul Otellini and other
officials attended the two-day hearing that
started Tuesday in Brussels. The EU's
investigation is part of a broader legal battle
that also involves a U.S. lawsuit between the
companies and investigations in Korea and Japan.

CHINA SEEN SURPASSES U.S. AS LARGEST INTERNET MARKET
China has surpassed the United States to become
the world's largest Internet market by number of
users, a research firm said on Thursday. The
estimate by Beijing-based BDA was based on data
from China Internet Network Information Centre,
which indicated that the country's Internet users
totaled 210 million at end-2007.

YOUTUBE MAKES VIDEO SHARING EASIER
In a move likely to broaden its reach globally,
YouTube unveiled yesterday an easier way for
people to share with the world the videos they
create. The video-sharing subsidiary of Google
said it is providing free access to so-called
Application Programmer Interfaces that will let
people greatly expand their use of YouTube on Web
sites, cell phones, and even video games.
[PR]
by papasone | 2008-03-27 00:00 | ZEN NEWS

ZEN NEWS 08.3.11

MICROSOFT FACES PROBE IN NORWAY OF BID FOR FAST SEARCH & TRANSFER

 Microsoft's proposed $1.28 billion purchase of Norway's Fast Search &
Transfer is the subject of a stepped-up antitrust probe by Norwegian
regulators. The Norwegian Competition Authority began a 25-day review of
the deal Feb. 25 and will make a ruling by April 3.



MALAYSIAN OPPOSITION POLITICAL WIN SHOWS POWER OF CYBERSPACE

 Malaysia's weak opposition was up against a hostile mainstream media and
restrictive campaign rules, but it can chalk up much of its stunning
success in Saturday's election to the power of cyberspace. Voters
exasperated with the unvarnished support of the mainstream media for the
ruling National Front furiously clicked on YouTube and posted comments
with popular bloggers about tales of sex, lies and videotapes in the
run-up to Saturday's election.



INTEL TO FIGHT EU ANTITRUST CHARGES THIS WEEK

 Intel will fight European Commission charges that it abused its
dominance and gave illegal rebates to drive a smaller competitor from
the market at a two-day closed hearing this week. Intel has its logo on
four-fifths of the central processing units that run the world's 1
billion personal computers and servers, the rest made by U.S. rival AMD.


IRAQI-BORN ARTIST ASSERTS CENSORSHIP AFTER EXHIBIT IS SHUT DOWN

 In the video game that Wafaa Bilal created, his avatar is steely-eyed
and hooded, with an automatic rifle at his side, an ammunition belt
around his waist, a fuse in his hand and the mien of a knightly
suicide-bomber. He is the "Virtual Jihadi." The Iraqi-born,
Chicago-based artist said he adapted his game from an earlier version
made by al-Qaeda's media branch to raise questions about Americans'
conceptions of the enemy in Iraq. His work was briefly exhibited last
Thursday night at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. until
administrators shut down the show Friday morning.


AOL, CBS TEAM UP FOR RADIO, ADVERTISING

AOL's Internet radio division and CBS Radio have announced a content and
advertising partnership that will allow AOL's listeners to access CBS
content, including University of Maryland basketball games through
CBS-owned WJFK-FM (106.7). The deal will end AOL Radio's partnership
with XM Satellite Radio, as of May 1. XM offers 20 of its
commercial-free channels through AOL Radio to lure listeners to
subscribe to XM's service. Seven of the top 10 radio channels on AOL
Radio as of yesterday were XM stations.
[PR]
by papasone | 2008-03-12 00:00 | ZEN NEWS

ZEN NEWS 08.2.26

YOUTUBE LOST FOR MANY AS PAKISTAN ATTEMPTS TO BLOCK LOCAL ACCESS
Most of the world's Internet users lost access to
YouTube for several hours Sunday after an attempt
by Pakistan's government to block access
domestically affected other countries. The outage
highlighted yet another of the Internet's
vulnerabilities, coming less than a month after
broken fiber-optic cables in the Mediterranean
took Egypt off line and caused communications
problems from the Middle East to India.
[PR]
by papasone | 2008-02-28 00:00 | ZEN NEWS

ZEN NEWS 08.2.19

BUSH SAYS U.S. IN MORE DANGER BECAUSE CONGRESS HASN'T EXTENDED SPY LAW
With a government eavesdropping law about to
expire, Washington is awash in accusations over
who is to blame. President Bush said Friday that
"our country is in more danger of an attack"
because of Congress' failure to adopt a Senate
bill that would have renewed a law that made it
easier for the government to spy on foreign phone
calls and e-mails that pass through the U.S.



FILM GROUP SUES CHINA SITE ACCUSED OF AIDING COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT
A Hollywood group said Friday it is suing a
popular Chinese Web site over film piracy,
expanding a legal battle over use of the Internet
by China's thriving industry in product copying.
The Motion Picture Association accused Xunlei
Networking Technology Co. of allowing users of
its file-sharing service to download hundreds of
movies from other Web sites despite repeated
warnings. The group said it is seeking 7 million
yuan, or about $1 million.


BUT NO DECISION ON NON-ENGLISH DOMAIN NAMES
Weeklong discussions in India about the creation
of online domain names entirely in languages
other than English led to greater understanding
but no major decisions, according to ICANN chief
executive Paul Twomey. At issue is a proposed
"fast-track" mechanism for specific countries to
get non-English suffixes. Supporters say demand
for non-English names - to expand Internet usage
to those who cannot speak English or at least
type English characters - is so great they cannot
afford to wait the few years it might take to
settle those questions.


FORMER GOOGLE CONTRACTOR SUES GOOGLE OVER SKY
A former Google contractor is suing the company
for allegedly stealing from him the idea for the
Sky layer in Google Earth. The lawsuit filed this
week in federal district court in Atlanta seeks
punitive damages of US$25 million from Google.
Jonathan Cobb claims in his suit that he
disclosed the idea for a Google Sky idea in
internal e-mail discussion groups when he worked
at Google as a contractor beginning in 2006.


SMUGGLERS RETURN IPHONES TO CHINA
A New York Times article reports on how factories
in China churn out iPhones that are exported to
the U.S. and Europe, only to have thousands of
them smuggled right back into China. The strange
journey of Apple's popular iPhone, to nearly
every corner of the world, shows what happens
when the world's hottest consumer product defies
a company's attempt to slowly introduce it in new
markets. Although unlocking the phone violates
Apple's purchase agreement,
[PR]
by papasone | 2008-02-21 17:24 | ZEN NEWS

ZEN NEWS 08.2.13

YAHOO TO REJECT MICROSOFT BID
Raising the stakes in the battle for its future,
Yahoo plans to reject Microsoft's $44.6 billion
offer. The decision, made by Yahoo's board of
directors at a meeting Friday, sets the stage for
what could be a long, drawn-out takeover campaign
for the Silicon Valley icon.

REPORT SAYS YAHOO SEEKS TO RESTART AOL MERGER TALKS
Yahoo is seeking to restart merger talks with AOL
as a means of defending itself against an
unsolicited bid approach from Microsoft, the
London-based Times newspaper said on Monday. The
paper, without citing sources, said Yahoo was
also considering tie-ups with groups such as
Google and Disney. agreement to use it.

EU PRESSURES MOBILE OPERATORS TO LOWER DATA RATES
After forcing Europe's mobile operators to cut
rates for making and receiving phone calls
abroad, the European Union's top telecoms
regulator has set her sights on prices for
downloading and surfing the Web wirelessly. EU
Commissioner Viviane Reding has already warned
carriers that prices for so-called data roaming
have to fall by the summer or else -- a message
she will likely repeat at the industry's main
trade show, the Mobile World Congress in
Barcelona, which starts on Monday.

MICROSOFT: STREAMING OFFICE 'INFRINGES LICENSE'
Microsoft has said that the Internet service
provider Fasthosts, which has started offering a
hosted version of Microsoft Office 2007, is
infringing on the software giant's license
regulations. Earlier last week, the UK-based ISP
and hosting company started selling an online
version of Microsoft Office, advertised as being
"streamed to your PC." However, unlike most
hosted software, or software as a service (SaaS),
it requires users to download software to their
client PC.
[PR]
by papasone | 2008-02-15 18:01 | ZEN NEWS

ZEN NEWS 08.2.5

ANTITRUST APPROVAL FOR YAHOO DEAL MAY NOT BE A SLAM-DUNK

A confident Microsoft said it expects to get federal approval for its
Yahoo purchase this year, but some experts say not so fast. The company
faces a review by the U.S. Department of Justice or the FTC. The
European Commission also will review the deal. There are several
potential obstacles, including questions as to whether the proposed
merger will substantially affect that competition in search privacy.
Analysts say a major factor weighing in Microsoft's favour is Google's
dominance in the online search and advertising businesses, the two areas
regulators are likely to focus on when weighing market power issues
raised by the nearly $45 billion unsolicited bid.


JAPANESE POLICE USE COPYRIGHT TO CHARGE SPAMMER

Police investigating a man for allegedly spreading a computer virus had
to arrest him on a copyright infringement charge because Japan lacks
laws against malicious computer programs, a police officer said. Masato
Nakatsuji, 24, a graduate student at Osaka Electro-Communication
University, is suspected of illegally copying and distributing over the
Internet an image from the Japanese animation film "Clannad" showing a
woman walking amid falling cherry blossoms.


SRI LANKA BLOCKS SMS ON INDEPENDENCE DAY

Sri Lanka's telecom networks Monday blocked text messaging on mobile
phones as part of security measures for the island's independence day
celebrations, the phone operators said. The main mobile service provider
Dialog, in a message to its subscribers, said SMS (short message
services) would not be available for 12 hours, the duration of
independence day festivities.
[PR]
by papasone | 2008-02-08 14:09 | ZEN NEWS

ZEN NEWS 08.2.3

The internet in China: Alternative reality

It is all these limitations, paradoxically, that make the internet so
popular in China. In the West online activities have transformed
existing businesses and created new ones; in China, by contrast, the
internet fills gaps and provides what is unavailable elsewhere,
particularly for young people. More than 70% of Chinese internet users
are under 30, precisely the opposite of America, and there is enormous
pent-up demand for entertainment, amusement and social interaction



Egypt says lay off music, movie downloads after 'Net outage

Egypt's Internet situation is in dire straits after two undersea cables
in the Mediterranean were accidentally severed yesterday, cutting off
much of the country's access to the outside world. 70 percent of the
nation's Internet has been disconnected, according to Egypt's Ministry
of Communications and Information Technology, with phone calls to Europe
and the US also being disrupted.
[PR]
by papasone | 2008-02-04 00:00 | ZEN NEWS

ZEN NEWS 2008.1.31

NEW YORK HALTS SALE OF HISTORIC DOCUMENTS ON EBAY
A New York state employee who had access to
government-owned archives has been arrested on
suspicion of stealing hundreds of historic
documents, many of which he sold on eBay. Among
the missing documents was a1823 letter by Vice
President John C. Calhoun and copies of the Davy
Crockett Almanacs, pamphlets written by the
frontiersman who died at the Alamo in Texas.

MUSIC LABELS SAY NO DEAL WITH QTRAX
The world's biggest music companies, including
Warner Music Group Corp and Sony BMG, denied that
they have agreed to license songs for a free
download service that was launched by Qtrax
yesterday. Qtrax told media outlets last week
that it had deals with the major labels
representing about 75 percent of all music sales,
to let users download songs for free in a new
service to be supported by advertising revenue.

ERICSSON CUTS DEALS WITH 10 MUSIC LABELS
Mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson said it had
signed deals with 10 music labels to add content
to its PlayNow service, which lets users download
music via their mobile phones. Sony Ericsson said
the deals added 5 million new tracks to its
catalog.
[PR]
by papasone | 2008-01-31 23:04 | ZEN NEWS

ZEN NEWS 2008.1.24

EU DATA REGULATOR SAYS NET ADDRESSES ARE PERSONAL INFORMATION
The head of the EU's group of data privacy
regulators said yesterday that IP addresses
should generally be regarded as personal
information. Germany's data protection
commissioner, Peter Scharr, leads the EU group
preparing a report on how well the privacy
policies of Internet search engines operated by
Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and others comply with
EU privacy law. His view differs from that of
Google, which insists an IP address merely
identifies the location of a computer, not who
the individual user is.

CHINA'S ZHONGYI SUES MICROSOFT
Chinese information technology company Zhongyi
Electronic Ltd. said it is suing Microsoft for
alleged intellectual-property rights violations,
but a Microsoft statement Friday disputed the
legal claim. The case brought by Zhongyi involves
Microsoft's use of Zhengma, a Chinese
input-method editor that allows computer users to
enter Chinese characters using Western keyboards.

UK TEACHERS SAY WEB PLAGIARISM A SERIOUS PROBLEM
More than half the respondents in a survey of UK
teachers said they thought plagiarism from the
Internet is a problem. They said that some
students who steal essays wholesale from the Web
are so lazy they do not even bother to delete
advertisements from the cut-and-pasted text.

AFP PUSHES ID THEFT BASE IN INDIA
The Australian Federal Police will continue to
push for an office in India to combat identity
theft, despite budget realignments flagged by
Home Affairs Minister Bob Debus. India has been
identified as a major base for several identity
theft syndicates operating in Australia. In one
bust last year, $1 million in cash was seized
from crime rings in Melbourne and Sydney.

NIELSEN SAYS GOOGLE'S SHARE OF SEARCH MARKET FALLS
According to Nielsen Online, Google lost search
market share last month for the first time since
June. Google's share of U.S. Web queries fell to
56.3 percent in December from 57.7 percent the
previous month, Nielsen said Friday in a
statement. Yahoo dropped to 17.7 percent from
17.9 percent. The companies lost market share to
Microsoft, which upgraded its search engine in
September to include shopping, health, map, and
entertainment options
[PR]
by papasone | 2008-01-26 10:57 | ZEN NEWS