AOL to Let Bloggers Incorporate AIM
America Online is going to give bloggers, consumers and small businesses the ability to integrate its AIM instant messaging service free of charge with their own Web sites. AOL also plans to announce that it is partnering with Facebook, LinkedIn, SixApart and Glam.com so their users can adopt instant messaging within those online communities.
AOL also said it is joining with MarkMonitor and Cyveillance to protect its subscribers from "phishing" attacks, or fake e-mails and Web sites used to get sensitive information from Internet users.
AOL said it is blocking about 8 million phishing attempts against its subscribers daily.
Texts Could Cripple Cell Network, Study Says
Hackers could clog and cripple cell phone service in U.S. cities by inundating networks with text messages, a Pennsylvania State University study found.
Hackers could flood Manhattan's cell phone networks if they sent 165 messages a second. While cell phone service has failed in disasters such as the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, text messaging has largely been reliable and an important part of communicating, the study said.
Motorola Cutting 1,900 Jobs
Cell phone maker Motorola announced that it is cutting 1,900 jobs at 29 U.S. and international locations in more than 20 countries in an effort to improve operating efficiency by eventually consolidating its supply-chain facilities.
The company workforce will remain at about 68,000 because it is adding engineering and marketing positions.
MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS
Yahoo Acquires Events Site
Yahoo bought Upcoming.org, a free site where users post details of events.
The three people who run the Web site will move to Yahoo's Sunnyvale, Calif., headquarters and continue to maintain the site from there, according to a statement on Upcoming.org. No financial details of the transaction were given.
Compiled from staff and news service reports.