Creator of World Wide Web Starts Blog

World Wide Web creator Tim Berners-Lee has started a blog just in time for the 15th anniversary of his invention.Tim berners first remarks on how the Web took off as a publishing medium rather than one in which visitors not only read but also contributed information.

Berners-Lee first proposed the Web in 1989 while developing ways to control computers remotely at CERN, the Geneva-based European Organization for Nuclear Research. He never got the project formally approved, but quietly tinkered with it anyway, making the first browser available at CERN by Christmas Day 1990

Sony’s ‘rootkit’ CDs

News.com reports
Computer security companies had been predicting such exploit code in the wild for weeks, since an independent developer had exposed the presence of a “rootkit” tool on the Sony CDs. The rootkit technology hid the copy protection from view, but also left open a hole that could hide other software.

Virus writers quickly took advantage of that hole, modifying an old Trojan horse to take advantage of the powerful inadvertent shielding provided by the Sony software.

On Friday, Sony responded to the furor and announced that it will suspend production of CDs that contain this particular copy-protection technology and take a second look at its digital rights management strategy.

Antivirus companies are now offering a range of advice, and confusion remains about exactly what the software does and how dangerous it can be to a PC. Here are the basics that everyone should know about this potentially dangerous issue:

What is on the Sony CDs?

The CDs involved are loaded with a relatively new kind of content protection created by British company First 4 Internet. When a listener puts the album into a computer’s CD drive, it pops up a license agreement. If the listener accepts, it installs the copy protection rootkit onto the hard drive.

The rootkit element of the software is used to hide virtually all traces of the copy protection software’s presence on a PC, so that an ordinary computer user would have no way to find it. The software acts to limit the number of copies that can be made of the CD and prevents a computer user from making unprotected MP3s from the music.

What is a rootkit? Isn’t that something that virus writers use?

A rootkit is a powerful piece of software that takes over control of a computer at the most fundamental level. In computer terms, it establishes “root” access, which is similar to administrative access, instead of access for just an ordinary user. It can potentially prevent a computer user from detecting its presence or from performing certain tasks on their own PC.

Like most computing tools, this is not intrinsically a bad thing, but can be abused. Virus writers use these tools to help take over computers and hide the presence of their work

Microsoft and Google Reach Settlement Over Employee

Microsoft Corperation and Google have reached a settlement in their legal battle over former Microsoft employee and now current Google employee Kai-Fu Lee.

In a statement made by Microsoft and confirmed by Google the three parties had entered into a private agreement that resolves all issues to their mutual satisfaction.

Google released a statement from Lee saying he was pleased with the terms of the settlement agreement, according to the Associated Press.

Details of the settlement were not disclosed publicy!

Google about the AOL announcement

Googleblog writes

The recent announcement of the AOL partnership has been the source of a lot of rumors and misconceptions. We’d like to clear some of those up.

– Biased results? No way. Providing great search is the core of what we do. Business partnerships will never compromise the integrity or objectivity of our search results. If a partner’s page ranks high, it’s because they have a good answer to your search, not because of their business relationship with us.

– Indexing more of AOL’s content. Our goal is to organize all of the world’s information. When we say “all the world’s information,” this includes AOL’s. We’re going to work with the webmasters at AOL — just as we work with webmasters all over the world — to help them understand how the Google crawler works (with regard to robots.txt, how to use redirects, non-html content, etc.) so we don’t inadvertently overlook their content.

San Francisco Geek Dinner

Wish I could have made this dinner would have loved to have picked your brain. Any other dinners planned anytime soon? Ashley

From WordPress

Matt writes It appears that the inimitable Ryan Boren is going to be in Northern California this week so it seemed like a perfect opportunity for a WordPress meetup and geek dinner. Although Ryan is the other main developer of WordPress and we have worked together for a long while now, we have never actually met in person so this promises to be a momentous occasion. We are going to start with dinner at Chaat Cafe at 6 PM this Saturday