QuickTime 6 released
Apple has released QuickTime 6, the first multimedia player to support the new MPEG-4 standard.
MPEG-4 allows content providers to stream video and audio across the Internet at a higher quality than before but without a corresponding rise in bandwidth usage. In addition QuickTime 6 includes the new AAC Audio standard developed by Dolby for enhanced sound quality and support for Flash 5 content and - in Mac OS X only - JPEG2000 still images, as well as skip protection to designed ensure smooth streaming. ...more
McAfee warns of talking Turkish worm
A new virus has been discovered with an aural payload.
McAfee has alerted users to Amus.A. ...more
Courts block US record industry bid for P2P names
A US Appeals Court has ruled the US record industry cannot compel ISPs to reveal the names of alleged illegal file sharers.
The St Louis court upheld an earlier ruling that the ISPs are merely a 'conduit' for illegally shared files and not directly repsonsible under the terms of the 1988 Digital Millenium Copyright Act.
This decision means that the Recording Industry Association of America will have to continue going through courts on a case-by-case basis to identify file sharers, a more time consuming and expensive process. ...more
AOL, Microsoft settle antitrust suit
Industry giants Microsoft and AOL have cut a deal over the private antitrust lawsuit filed by AOL in 2002. The action alleged that Redmond used unfair practices during the browser wars with Netscape in the mid 90's. Netscape Communications is now a subsidiary of AOL. ...more
Japan sets new Internet2 land speed records
A team from the University of Tokyo has set two new Internet2 land speed records.
Working with Microsoft, Pacific Northwest Gigapopa and JGN2 the Tokyo team created a network path over 30,000km long and crossing eight international networks. Using the IPv4 protocol, it transferred data at a rate of 7. ...more