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Thursday, December 14, 2006

Warhammer: Battle for Atluma Review

Battle of Atluma gets the WarCry card-game mechanics down cold. Unfortunately, the chill permeates every aspect of the presentation. [more]

Pocket Racers Review

Fans of sluggish frame rates and clichéd combat racers pay attention: Pocket Racers is the game for you. [more]

Assault Heroes Review

Assault Heroes takes several cues from the great arcade shooters of the '80s and '90s but manages to spin all of these influences into a unique-feeling product. [more]

Elpida and PSC Sign DRAM Partnership

Both companies will produce over 240,000 12-inch wafers per month... [more]

EPA Changes Mileage Estimates for New Cars; Hybrids the Big Losers

The EPA brings mileage ratings closer in line with reality... [more]

AMD Releases New ATI Catalyst Drivers

Last ATI Catalyst of the year... [more]

FTC Goes After Viral Marketers

Can word-of-mouth recommendations still be trusted?... [more]

IBM and Yahoo! Gives Enterprise Search Software for Free

Now all organizations can get organized... [more]

Digital Distractions Costs Businesses 588B USD

Logic: when workers are chatting, they are not working.... [more]

Sun Solaris getting security, virtualization boosts

New features in Solaris 10 11/06 are intended to make Solaris the most secure operating system in existence, Sun officials said.


IBM, Yahoo launch free enterprise search tool

The companies plan to release the server-side application on Wednesday as a free download aimed at companies that haven't tried out enterprise search because of cost and complexity concerns.


Intel moves Spring IDF to Beijing from U.S.

Although the company is moving that event, the fall Intel Developer Forum will still be held in San Francisco, the usual venue.


Adelaide Bank moves to quell online fraud

By joining RSA's eFraudNetwork, the institution hopes to boost Internet banking security.


Veritas™ Configuration Manager by Symantec Real-time, Accurate Application and Server Configuration Information for Your Enterprise CMDB

This paper will cover the challenge of identifying a reliable source of information to populate and maintain accurate configuration information from the distributed application and server environment for use in the CMDB.


Deploying Network VirusWall in a Cisco Switched Environment

Network VirusWall does more than just monitor threats, and provide threat information. It will help your organization take precise outbreak security actions and detect, prevent, contain and eliminate virus outbreaks. Download this white paper to learn more about how Network VirusWall will significantly reduce your organization's security risk.


EU's patchwork copyright-levy scheme survives scrutiny

The European Union's patchwork of rules on copyright levies, which can mean hundreds of dollars in price differences between countries on goods such as mobile phones, MP3 players and even paper, will not be overhauled in the near future despite pleas from industry groups, artists and France.


Russian expert: Terrorists may try cyberattacks

An increasingly networked infrastructure and a paucity of laws defining cybercrime could lead to disaster in Russia if terrorists such as Chechen separatists started turning their attention to electronic warfare, says one security expert there.

[more] offers one-stop shop for apps customers has unveiled AppStore, which offers customers a single place to access, test and buy more than 400 applications offered through the company's AppExchange marketplace.


The cloudy future of mobile Linux

After years of speculation, there are many who believe that Linux is about to become a major platform for advanced mobile devices. And, not surprisingly given Linux's history, there are those who strongly disagree.


Report blames Denver election woes on flawed software

Election Day problems in Denver were caused by poorly-designed e-poll book software and what consultants looking into the voting woes called a "casual approach" to important technology by local elections officials.


Symantec sues vendors for $15M over piracy

Symantec is suing a group of software vendors, claiming they distributed several unauthorized versions of security and backup software, including Norton AntiVirus and Veritas Backup Exec.


Model for personal health records released

Two of America's largest health insurance trade groups released on Wednesday a model for personal online health records, a step toward the larger goal of making electronic health records available to all U.S. residents by 2014.


Copyright pirates sentenced in Hong Kong, Japan

Piracy trials in Hong Kong and japan have led, respectively, to jail time and fines for two men convicted of copyright infringement.


Another Word exploit in the wild

For the third time this week, hackers have released attack code that exploits a critical vulnerability in Microsoft Word. The proof-of-concept code, which addresses a previously unknown Word vulnerability, was posted Tuesday.


Wireless growth in Asia leads to security woes

Asia has seen rapid growth in wireless Internet use recently, but unsecured Wi-Fi networks and lost or stolen mobile devices leave users vulnerable to a rising tide of data thefts and other attacks according to Citrix CSO Kurt Roemer.


Forrester: Apple's iTunes music sales collapsed in first half of 2006

Sales at Apple's online music shop iTunes Music Store dropped off dramatically in the first six months of 2006, according to market research firm Forrester.


Dogs wearing antlers. 'Nuff said.

Here at Google Video, we like footage of dogs acting goofy as much as the next aggregators of online videos -- and if the canine clips in question also involve doggie antlers, little red Santa outfits, and the promotion of a feel-good Google product launch, well, all the better.

Tis (almost) the season

This year, good old St. Nick has learned a new trick: he has dispatched a few of his most experienced elves to squirrel away some toys in the farthest corners of Google Earth. Every day from now until Christmas Eve, a clue will appear outside Santa's workshop leading to another toy -- and every day, the location of the previous day's toy will be revealed.

Ready to scour the earth and find your first toy? Once you've got the newest version of Google Earth installed, let's get started.


Now you can search for U.S. patents

We've all heard about the Wright brothers, Thomas Edison, and Alexander Graham Bell -- famous inventors whose creative minds changed the course of history. But there are many more like them, and millions of inventions that have been patented in the U.S. alone -- from useful everyday items such as adhesive tape and contact lenses to, er, things useful in specific situations, like this shark protector suit or this amusement device incorporating simulated cheese and mice.

Tod ay, we're excited to be releasing the beta version of Google Patent Search, which makes it easy to search the full text of the U.S. patent corpus and find patents that interest you. Start your exploration at or visit the Advanced Patent Search page to search by criteria, including patent number, inventor, and filing date. You can view images of original patents online.

Google Patent Search uses much of the same technology that powers Google Book Search, so you can scroll through pages and zoom in on text and illustrations just like you can with books.

It's a natural extension of our mission to make this public domain government information more easily accessible using Google?s search technology. We?re ple ased to have started with over 7 million patents granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and look forward to expanding our coverage over time.

Update: Removed mention of saving and printing as we're still working on that. [more]

Introducing Google Patent Search

Using much of the familiar technology that you've come to love for browsing books on Google Book Search, you can now search the full text of the U.S. patent corpus -- from early 18th century patents to recent ones from 2006 -- with Google Patent Search. History buffs will have a blast investigating Henry Ford's motor patents, and genealogists might just enjoy trying to find patents assigned to long lost relatives. Personally, I loved poring over a groundbreaking method for inducing hypnosis, as well as this 1920s hairnet and this 1960s "display device" (aka lava lamp).

For more information, check out our post on the Google blog or try out Google Patent Search for yourself! [more]

New lessons on AdWords Editor now available

A quick update: we've recently updated the AdWords Learning Center with new multimedia lessons on the AdWords Editor. The detailed lessons will show you step-by-step how to use AdWords Editor's tools and features. Of course, if you prefer to print out these lessons on paper or view them without animation, they're also available in a text-only format.


AdWords Trademark Policy (Part 1 of 2)

Every now and again we receive questions regarding how trademarked terms are handled for AdWords ads. Most of the questions can be divided into two categories ? questions asked by trademark owners and questions asked by advertisers trying to use a trademarked term in ad text or keyword lists.

In part one of this two part series, we will answer a few of the more common questions asked by trademark owners.

How do I prevent unauthorized advertisers from using my trademarked term(s) in their ad text and keywords?
Google AdWords has a trademark complaint procedure in place to help trademark owners monitor the use of their trademarked terms by AdWords advertisers. The trademark complaint procedure varies depending upon where the trademark owner has trademark rights. Please note the two procedures below:
Once a trademark complaint has been filed and approved by our Trademark team, ads and/or keywords containing the trademark in question may be disapproved depending upon the parameters of the complaint.

To file a complaint or to review m ore information, please use these links:
NOTE: You do not need to be an AdWords advertiser in order to submit a trademark complaint.

How do I add authorized users, or advertisers that I have approved to use my trademarked term in their ads, to my trademark complaint?

Towards the end of the trademark complaint form, you'll see a section where you can list the ?Authorized Entities? you've approved to use your trademarked term(s). Fill in this section and the Trademark team will note these entities during the ad review process. If you do not specifically list authorized users (by either their AdWords Customer ID or their AdWords contact email address), authorized entities may be disapproved for using your trademark term(s).

If you've already filed a complaint and would like to add (or delete) an authorized user, please send either an email to (if you are the original complainant only) or a signed letter on company stationary (address and fax information below) to the Trademark team. Please be sure to include the following information:

1. An explicit statement authorizing the authorized entity to use the trademarked term

2. The authorized entity's AdWords customer ID or login email address

Address and fax information:

Google Inc.
Attn: Google AdWords, Trademark Complaints
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043

Fax number: 650-649-1774
Attn: Google Trademark Complaints

This concludes part one of the AdWords Trademark Policy series. Stay tuned for part two, in which we'll answer common questions asked by advertisers trying to use a trademarked term in ad text or keyword lists.


Make Sure Adviser Is in Your Corner

Many CIOs use consultants to help with their technology initiatives — but that doesn’t mean they have to like it. Indeed, many folks take a decidedly dim view of consultants, based on observations like this one from software developer Joel Spolsky. He describes consulting engagements as “a fairly pointless transfer of wealth from ExxonMobilConoco to BainMcKinseyGartner’s senior partners” in his popular Joel [...] [more]

Google Open Sources Web Toolkit

Though Google has long been an open source advocate, the company has also been accused of being too stingy with its own code. Today, however, the Internet search behemoth took another step toward changing that reputation. According to iTWire, Google is releasing its Java-based Web Toolkit, which was used to build Gmail and Google Calendar, under the Apache [...] [more]

Patch Tuesday Release Left Microsoft Word Vulnerabilities Unfixed

Notable in this month’s Patch Tuesday release from Microsoft is the lack of fixes for two Word vulnerabilities that many enterprise users and IT departments are anxiously awaiting. An SC Magazine article says off-cycle patches for those problems will probably be released — when MS gets them ready. Also worth a mention is an unexpected fix for a flaw in Windows [...] [more]

Corsair Announces 16GB Flash Drive

Corsair's Flash Voyager sizes up... [more]

Nifty Toolbar upgrades for Firefox

Ever since the latest version of the Google Toolbar for IE came out, Firefox users have been asking when they'll see the same new features in their favorite browser. Well, we've been hard at work on a new version of the Toolbar for Firefox -- Google Toolbar 3 Beta -- that lets you access your bookmarks from any computer, add custom buttons to your Toolbar, and share web pages via Blogger, Gmail, and SMS.

In addition to adding all the features from the Google Toolbar for IE, there's another one just for Firefox users. When I surf the web, I want to be able to look at all the files I come across right in my browser. But a lot of times, I have to download files and view them with a separate application instead. Since Google Docs & Spreadsheets launched, I've been able to look at those files right in my browser. Except the process is kind of clunky right now: I have to right-click on a link, download the file to my machine, and then upload it to Google Docs & Spreadsheets. I want to be able to just click on a link to a document or spreadsheet and have it show up in my browser. So I added a feature to the Google Toolbar for Firefox to do that.

Now you can surf the web a little bit faster. I hope you enjoy this feature as much as I do!

IBM's Moscow Offices Raided

Corruption at the executive level... [more]

Sprint close to year-end goal for EV-DO Rev A upgrades

Sprint has deployed EV-DO Rev A upgrades in 10 more markets, bringing the number of cities equipped with the next-generation high-speed wireless technology to 20.


Vista seen at last

Microsoft finally launched Windows Vista operating system (OS) worldwide to businesses at the end of last month, along with revamped versions of its Office productivity suite and Exchange e-mail server. [more]

Breach at UCLA exposes data on 800,000

After what may be the largest data breach at a university, the University of California, Los Angeles, began sending out letters to more than 800,000 individuals whose personal data may have been compromised in database breach that remained undetected for more than a year.


Computer Speakers

This tutorial will show you how to create realistic looking vector computer speakers. [more]