Archive for June 21, 2007

Watching or downloading YouTube video clips could put you at risk from identity and data theft, according to Secure Computing and ComSentry Network. They warn that the recent expansion by YouTube into Europe could put users of the video sharing network at risk. Peer to peer networks are also blamed.

The chief YouTube culprit is the Ziob trojan, which poses as a fake video file and then bombards users with ads. The ads have the potential to contain ID stealing code.

Yahoo! announced that it has signed partnership agreements with six major mobile operators across Asia, representing a combined subscriber base of nearly 100 million. These new partnerships focus on distribution of Yahoo!’s popular mobile search service, Yahoo! oneSearch, which launched in Asia in May of this year.

The six mobile operators are Globe Telecom (Philippines), Idea Cellular Limited (India), LG Telecom (Korea), Maxis Communications Berhad (Malaysia), PT Telekomunikasi Selular “Telkomsel” (Indonesia) and Taiwan Mobile (Taiwan). These strategic partnerships demonstrate Yahoo!’s commitment to becoming number one in mobile services and establishes the company’s strong early leadership position across Asia in mobile audience reach, mobile search services and mobile monetization.

By distributing Yahoo! oneSearch these six major operators will make it easier for people to search for and find better results and instant answers on their mobile devices. Yahoo! oneSearch gives consumers access to news, Web images, financial information, weather conditions, Flickr(TM) and Web and mobile Web sites, as well as makes it easy to navigate to other web sites.

A computer malfunction at United Airlines halted all departures systemwide for two hours Wednesday, forcing the delay or cancellation of nearly 300 flights, the carrier said.  Spokeswoman Robin Urbanski said the airline did not know the cause of the problem, which affected the systems United uses to dispatch flights for departure.

United said about 268 domestic and international flights were delayed for an average 11/2 hours and 24 domestic flights were canceled. No international flights were canceled, Urbanski said.