Kazaa 3.0 Includes P2P Internet Phone Service|
Kazaa, one of the most popular file sharing programs, revved to version 3.0 Monday, adding an integrated peer-to-peer (P2P) Internet phone service.
Kazaa 3.0 now includes Skype, the free P2P calling service that claims over 13 million users worldwide. The newest edition of the file-sharing software, which is distributed by Sydney-based Sharman Networks, also sports enhanced search capabilities and a trial membership with blog service provider TypePad.
Sharman's chief executive officer, Nikki Hemming, defended Kazaa, one of the file-sharing programs blamed by media content companies for enabling illegal downloading of music, movie, and software files. In February 2004, for instance, the recording industry's Australian association, MIPI, raided the homes and offices of employees of Sharman.
"Despite narrow-minded attempts by others to stymie P2P technology through litigation, boycotts, and legislation, we remain committed to delivering on the promise of peer-to-peer," Hemming said in a statement. "And with the recent U.S. Federal Appeals Court decision affirming that peer-to-peer software is legal, we expect to continue innovating and enhancing the experience for Kazaa users."
In August, a U.S. District Court of Appeals ruled that Kazaa competitors, Morpheus and Grokster, do not violate American copyright laws.
ID Theft Nightmares Frighten E-Shoppers, Survey Says|
Nearly six in every ten consumers say they may cut back on clicking this holiday season because they're worried about identity theft while they e-shop, a survey released Wednesday said.
Vendors Aim To Ease Compliance For Web Data
Internet filtering appliance vendor 8e6 Technologies and network-attached storage appliance vendor Procom Technology Inc. said this week they'll make their products work together to help enterprises simplify compliance processes that call for retention of some Web data for three years.
E-Mail And IM Get Closer
ICQ, an IM service provider owned by America Online, and Mail2World Inc., a provider of messaging and collaboration services, this week revealed a free upgrade to the ICQmail service that includes virus scanning, spam-filtering, instant E-mail translation in seven languages, 6 Mbytes of storage, and new customization features.
New Charges Against Kazaa: 'Pirate' And 'Pest'
Peer-to-peer pacesetter Kazaa was the subject to two unfavorable allegations Monday--one in an Australian court, where it was labeled a pirate; the other in a report from Computer Associates, calling Kazaa the leading spyware pest.
802.11 Standard Modified For Japan
The IEEE has approved an amendment to IEEE 802.11 that will enable WLAN vendors to offer wireless products that adapt to new frequencies, different channel widths, and operating parameters for indoor and outdoor use in Japan.
Register.com Enters Online Backup Race
Domain-name registration firm Register.com Monday added online backup to its list of services, targeting one-person and small-business Web sites.
Online Shopping Has Its Brightest 'Black Friday'
More people than ever chose to let their fingers do their holiday shopping. Consumers spent $250 million online on Friday, a 41% increase over the $174 million they spent online on the same day a year ago.
Lycos Strikes Back At Spammers With DoS Screensaver
Lycos Europe took the fight to the enemy Monday, by launching a screensaver that conducts a group denial-of-service (DoS) attack against sites selling products marketed via spam.
'Blog' Is Word Of The Year
Blog, noun [short for 'Web log'] (1999): a Web site that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by the writer.
HP Works On Software To Slow Computer Worms
Engineers at Hewlett-Packard are working on "virus-throttling" software that they say could slow the spread of Internet-borne viruses and worms.