Sony clamps down on the PlayStation Portable grey market
Sony has begun to clamp down on grey market imports of the PlayStation Portable ahead of the official European launch on 1 September.
The launch of the gaming and movie playing PSP was put back six months after its success in Japan and then the US caused supply shortages. As a result enterprising retailers have been importing them from those two countries and selling them at a premium. ...more
Anti Spyware Coalition defines what it is spyware
A new industry grouping calling itself the Anti Spyware Coalition (ASC) has begun its life with an existential question: What exactly is the spyware that it is anti?
The group has come up with a set of definitions that will form the basis of its activities. In its draft guidelines it has defined spyware as technologies that 'impair users' control over material changes that affect their user experience, privacy, or system security; use of their system resources, including what programs are installed on their computers;
or collection, use, and distribution of their personal or otherwise sensitive information'.
It has also come up with definitions for such nasties as 'adware,' 'port scanner,' and 'screen scraper'. ...more
Microsoft under legal attack again
Microsoft's busy legal representatives must be wondering if the current wave of legal attacks will ever abate, as the digital rights company Intertrust extended its legal action against the software giant over the weekend, seeking to stop the imminent sale of Windows XP.
Intertrust is alleging that Microsoft has infringed seven of its patents, claiming that XP, .NET (Microsoft's Web application delivery technology) and Media Player use Intertrusts's patented security technology. ...more
Sunbelt Software acquires Kerio Personal Firewall
Terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but Sunbelt Software has announced that it will acquire Kerio Technologies' Personal Firewall product.
This will be re-branded, temporarily, as the Sunbelt Kerio Personal Firewall, with all existing customers receiving support through Sunbelt once the acquisition is completed, which is expected to be before the end of the month.
'The popular Kerio firewall is a clear technology leader in endpoint security for businesses and consumers,' said the president of Sunbelt Software, Alex Eckelberry. ...more
Be on track for nationwide ADSL2+
High-speed broadband provide Be has secured a ?24.5mn investment that will enable it to begin a nationwide installation of ADSL2+ services of up to 22Mbps.
So far, the ISP has enabled or begun enabling 52 exchanges in London and will soon begin moving its kit into Birmingham and Manchester. ...more