Archive for November 8, 2007

Apple sued over iPod / iTunes monopoly

Posted: November 8, 2007 in Tech

Apple is a facing a new class-action lawsuit charged with illegally tying iPods to its iTunes store.

The claim is that Apple should not enjoy such a monopoly over the digital media market as it means it can inflate prices, exclude competition, and force consumers to continue to buy into its closed system.

Symantec Acquires Vontu for $350 Million

Posted: November 8, 2007 in Tech

Symantec Corp. announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Vontu, the leader in Data Loss Prevention (DLP) solutions, for $350 million, which will be paid in cash and assumed options. The acquisition is expected to close in the fourth calendar quarter of 2007, subject to receiving regulatory approvals and satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.

Vontu will bring a best-in-class DLP platform to Symantec’s already strong security and storage portfolio. Vontu’s Network and Endpoint Data Discovery and Protection solutions help organizations understand where confidential information is stored and quickly “find and fix” exposed data on servers, systems and endpoints. Vontu Data Monitoring and Prevention solutions stop confidential data from being sent outside the organization through email, web or IM. They also monitor and prevent confidential data on endpoints from being copied to removable media or downloaded to local drives. Vontu also offers a centralized platform with all of its products for policy management, detection, workflow and remediation.

PlayStation3 2.0 firmware update released

Posted: November 8, 2007 in Tech

Sony has unveiled version 2.0 of its PlayStation 3 firmware update, with the latest enhancement offering a host of goodies to console gamers.

New additions include the ability to switch on and off the PS3 remotely using the Portable PlayStation handheld.

Users are now allowed to personalise music and photo playlists, as well as offering gamers the chance to apply a custom theme to the Cross Media Bar (XMB).