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Video Game Dream Team
A Worm in Bad Taste
Criminals just couldn't pass up the opportunity to cash in on a massive disaster. A "plea for aid to help the victims of last month's Asian tsunami disaster is actually a vehicle for spreading a computer virus, Web security firm Sophos said Monday. The worm appears with the subject line: 'Tsunami donation! Please help!' and invites recipients to open an attachment called "tsunami.exe" -- which, if opened, will forward the virus to other Internet users," Reuters reported. The worm is not widespread, Reuters noted. However, it's still a reminder to keep your virus-protection up-to-date on your PC and to avoid opening e-mails from unknown senders.
Reuters: Computer Worm Exploits Tsunami To Spread Virus
Yahoo's Broadband Dreams
Yahoo already has a lucrative partnership with SBC Communications for broadband-based services. Now the Internet services company has linked up with Verizon Communications. Yahoo will work with Verizon "to introduce a portal for its high-speed Internet service," the New York Times reported. "The venture comes as competition for broadband customers between telephone and cable companies continues to heat up. Yahoo is also looking for ways to attract visitors to its Web sites and reduce its reliance on advertising revenue. In the multiyear deal, Verizon's 3.3 million broadband customers will be able to use the co-branded portal at no additional charge. Yahoo will receive an undisclosed share of Verizon's broadband subscription fees, and Verizon will get a share of the advertising revenue generated by the portal," the paper said. Verizon, for its part, has a similar deal with Microsoft-run (and Yahoo rival) MSN, the article noted. The Financial Times picked up the announcement too.
The New York Times: Verizon and Yahoo Team Up To Offer Broadband Service (Registration required)
Is Google Considering a Fiber Diet Too?
Google has potential broadband ambitions too, CNET reported. "Is Google Inc. planning to build a global fiber-optic network from scratch? And, if so, why? The question has cropped up in light of a recent job posting on the search engine giant's Web site seeking experts in the field," the article said. "A Google spokesman declined to elaborate on the job posting. Still, it raises some tantalizing thoughts, including the long-shot chance that the Mountain View company is laying the groundwork to jump into the telecommunications business. The posting was reported by Light Reading, a Web site that tracks the optical networking industry." Read the Light Reading posting here.
CNET's News.com: Google Wants 'Dark Fiber'
Filter In Review: The Rise of Google
When Filter launched in Aug. 2002, the hangover from the dot-com crash was still lingering and the prospects for a blockbuster tech IPO seemed a long way off. Few believed a Silicon Valley Internet company called Google, hatched by two Stanford graduate students, was going to change tech's course so mightily.
Google's auction-style IPO beat expectations, raising $1.67 billion and spurring a handful of other tech IPOs in the last months of 2004. Google's stock soared well above its initial $85 offering price, and the company is investing its IPO windfall in its continuing quest to dominate the search-engine space.
Though Google continues to set the pace, the company can't afford to rest on its laurels. Microsoft and Yahoo want the search-engine crown for themselves and there are signs that they're catching up. After all, Microsoft is the largest software company in the world and it has a history of winning out in the end, even if it's late to recognize what consumers want.