SOFTWARE

Adobe Reveals Security Flaw in Unix Version

A security flaw in the popular document-sharing software Adobe Reader could be exploited to seize control of a computer system, according to Adobe Systems. Adobe Systems said the flaw affects only the Adobe Reader versions 5.0.9 and 5.0.10, which were written for the Unix computer operating system.

Adobe posted a fix for the vulnerability on its site. The software flaw was discovered by the Reston-based security defense firm IDefense.

Telecommunications

Yahoo Looks to Attract Internet Callers

Yahoo is hiring engineers and adding services to carve out a bigger piece of the expanding market for Internet-based calling, company executive Brad Garlinghouse said.

Yahoo is also is in talks with SBC Communications to offer a product that meshes Yahoo Internet calling with SBC's Web service, SBC spokesman Shawn Dainas said Tuesday.

Verizon Unit to Air Time Warner Content

Verizon Communications agreed to carry news, cartoons and movies from Time Warner's Turner Broadcasting on a new fiber-optic network, bolstering plans to compete against cable and satellite television companies.

Fios TV, which starts this year, will air Turner networks including TBS, TNT, the Cartoon Network and CNN, New York-based Verizon said in a statement.

Alltel Deal Altered for Antitrust Approval

Alltel's $6.2 billion acquisition of Western Wireless was cleared by U.S. antitrust enforcers on the condition that Alltel divest wireless telephone assets in 16 rural markets where the two companies are significant competitors.

Internet

Intel Invests in Web Movie Venture

Intel said it invested in a movie company set up by Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman that will encourage Internet-based distribution of independent films. ClickStar will push for films to be released on the Web while they're being shown in theaters, Intel said in a statement. Intel did not say how much it is investing.

Compiled from staff and news service reports.