News and more in 2004.
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- IBM has open-sourced some of its speech recognition software. This should spur new development in the arena – one I consider critical to further progress in handheld devices and user interfaces in general. Wonder if they’ve heard about the talking worm?
- AMD beat Intel in sales for the week ending August 21. A trend?
- Microsoft’s Sender ID proposal has been rejected by the IETF because it’s too proprietary. It looks like SPF: the Sender Policy Framework now has the inside track to become the approved sender authentication technology. This is a key step to eliminating spam. Only one hitch: Microsoft claims to have patented key algorithms and could hold up adoption.
- Speaking of patents, the patent holder for a key part of the RFID spec is enforcing its patent. Could spell trouble for RFID.
- PayPal says it will start fining customers up to $500 for using the online payment service on gambling, pornography and illegal sales of prescription drugs starting September 24.
- Symantec has launched an anti-phishing service for financial services companies. Scam emails will be blocked for users of Norton’s anti-spam and Internet Security products.
- AOL is testing a redesign of its homepage. CNET says it’s part of a plan to turn the page into a portal site. I’ll stick with my.yahoo.com.
- DirecTV has ordered three new satellites from Boeing costing as much as $750 million. They’re for HDTV.
- Windows Media Player 10 is out. PC Magazine loves it. Download it via Windows Update.
- Firefox 1.0PR ships tomorrow. So does Sims 2.
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