Monday, September 18, 2006

HP probe included physical, e-mail tracking ... New iPods priced for profits

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Freescale accepts acquisition bid from investment firms ... Microsoft sued over use of Forefront name ... Unisys subcontractor arrested for stealing VA computer


News: HP probe included physical, e-mail tracking
News: Apple's new iPods priced for profits, not market share
News: Security measures seen doing more harm than good
News: Gartner forecasts trouble with rootkits, ID theft
Windows Tip: Resolving IP address conflicts
ITwhirled: 12 startups to launch now ... Lucrative ventures in unlikely places


HP probe included physical, e-mail tracking
Hewlett-Packard Co. board members and journalists were under physical surveillance by investigators trying to find out who was providing information to reporters, and private investigators tried to put tracking software on a journalist's computer to keep tabs on e-mail, according to a New York Times report.

Apple's new iPods priced for profits, not market share
Apple Computer Inc.'s recent introduction of several new iPods shows the company is looking for better profit margins, not gaining market share, according to researcher Gartner Inc. And the move could boost its rivals.

Security measures seen doing more harm than good
Many of the security measures put in place after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center in New York are doing more harm than good, said two speakers scheduled to present at the Hack In The Box Security Conference (HITB) this week.

Gartner forecasts trouble with rootkits, ID theft
Research analysts at Gartner Inc. are predicting a sticky web of security hazards for IT professionals over the next two years, ranging from targeted financial attacks to spyware to rootkits.

EMC launches new data management software
Network storage vendor EMC Corp. Monday introduced a new data storage management product that is the fruit of three software acquisitions the company has made in recent years.

Freescale accepts $17.6 billion equity buyout
Freescale Semiconductor Inc. has agreed to be acquired by a group of investment firms for US$17.6 billion.

Gartner: Security costs fall with good policies
Enterprises will increasingly face skilled IT criminals trying to infiltrate corporate networks for sensitive data stored in databases, but adopting new policies to evaluate risk should help drive the cost of defense down, computer security analysts said Monday.

Cross-site scripting the top security risk
Web administrators beware: cross-site scripting vulnerabilities are now far more attactive targets than more notorious bugs such as buffer overflows, according to new figures from Mitre, a U.S. government-funded research organization.

Caspian Networks may be acquired
Caspian Networks Inc., a one-time core router startup that today makes devices to improve network performance, is on the block.


Resolving IP address conflicts
By Mitch Tulloch, MTIT Enterprises

A basic but often hard to troubleshoot issue that can arise on a TCP/IP network is an IP address conflict. This occurs when two computers on a network are assigned the same IP address, and this situation can arise in three different ways. First, you might misconfigure your network by manually assigning two computers the same static IP address. This is a common occurrence on smaller networks especially when computers are in a workgroup not a domain. Second, a DHCP server on your network might assign an address to a client computer that conflicts with a static IP address assigned to some other network device such as a router or printer. And third, if you have two DHCP servers on the same subnet that have overlapping scopes, you're likely to get client computers with duplicate addresses.

What I've discovered is that troubleshooting these situations not only requires clear thinking but sharp eyesight as well. For example...

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12 startups to launch now ... Lucrative ventures in unlikely places
In 10 nations on four continents, the editors at have uncovered a dozen of the most intriguing new business opportunities in the world today. No 1: Build cheap Wi-Fi networks for Brazilian resorts.

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