Archive for May 17, 2009

Facebook has confirmed that the popular social networking site has fallen victim to another phishing attack after users noticed a suspicious link that popped up on the site.

Users who followed the spam links were directed to log back in to the Facebook site, but actually logged into a dummy site controlled by the hackers, giving spammers their passwords.

Facebook is unsure how many users received the links directing them to the fraudulent sites.

HP recalls 70,000 laptop batteries

Posted: May 17, 2009 in Tech

HP has issued a voluntary battery recall for around 70,000 litium-ion batteries that it claims are a potential fire hazard.

The laptops affected by the recall include models from the Pavillion, Presario and Compaq ranges and includes 21 models in total. HP also said that the batteries had been sold separately as well.

HP advices users to validate their laptops and batteries to see if its affected by the recall especially if it was purchased between August 2007 and March 2008.

Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Steve Ballmer dismissed reports that Microsoft is looking to buy German software company SAP AG (SAP).

“That is just market rumor and market talk, and I will leave it at that,” Ballmer told a news conference. “I have nothing to say of rumors of acquisitions, positively or negatively.”

The rumor starter after Microsoft sold bonds to investors to raise $3.75 billion. The move sparked speculation that Microsoft could be planning to use the money for an acquisition.

Samsung has launched a mobile phone that offers a “state-of-the-art” transforming E-Ink display.

The Alias 2, described as a “next generation dual-hinge messaging phone with the convenience of an E Ink transforming keypad in a unique flip-style format”.

E-Ink technology offers users the ability to use the phone vertically as a flip phone and a traditional numeric keypad is displayed that can be changed to an alpha-only keypad, or open it in landscape and the phone features a QWERTY keypad that can change to numeric with symbols.

McAfee to acquire SolidCore Systems

Posted: May 17, 2009 in Tech

McAfee has announced that they are acquiring privately held SolidCore Systems. SolidCore Systems specializes in developing programs to protect automated bank tellers and other specialized computers.

The SolidCore Systems acquisition would help McAfee expand their product and services portfolio.