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July 30, 2010

Intel Claims 50-Gbit/s Laser Link Is a Breakthrough

Intel said Tuesday that it had developed a 50-Gbits/s optical interconnect prototype that could be used as an ultrafast optical data connection in a few years.

Intel's 50-Gbits/s prototype chip

Built on a technology known as silicon photonics, the link has the potential to scale to up to a terabit per second, enough to transfer the contents of a laptop in less than a second or the entire Library of Congress in less than two minutes, according to Justin Rattner, Intel’s chief technical officer.

July 28, 2010

UA Scientists Using Facebook To Build 6-12 Learning Tool

A team of faculty at the University of Arizona in Tucson is building a new Facebook program intended to help middle and high school students learn how to teach themselves. Using a three-year, $1.4 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the project, called Teach Ourselves, will give users points for doing their homework, showing others how to work through math equations, translating word problems into other languages, critiquing a student’s paper, writing educational Web applications, and producing electronic flashcards or an educational video. (more…)

Russian hacking gang uses botnets to automate cheque counterfeiting

Massive cheque fraud gang rely on botnets and money mules

Cheque fraud is an old-fashioned kind of crime, but a criminal ring with ties to Russia is using modern cybercrime techniques, including botnets, online databases of financial information and cheque imaging archives, to run a highly automated, multi-million-dollar counterfeit-cheque operation. (more…)

July 27, 2010

The most popular Linux for Web servers is…

Even a Linux fan might not have heard of CentOS Linux but, if you’re a Web or other edge-server administrator, I can guarantee you know about CentOS.

That’s because, according to Web Technology Surveys, in July 2010, “For the first time, CentOS is now leading the Linux distribution statistics on web servers with almost 30% of all Linux servers.” (more…)


Faronics Anti Virus Integrates with Deep Freeze

Faronics has released a new anti-virus application. Faronics Anti-Virus provides anti-virus, anti-spyware, and anti-rootkit security. The program also provides e-mail protection with native support for Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Mail, and other e-mail programs. (more…)

Free Web Seminar: The Perfect Fit with Moodlerooms

The Perfect Fit with Moodlerooms: Extensible Choices for Evolving Learning Programs

Join a discussion about managed open-source learning solutions that effectively deliver reliability, scalability, high performance and cost-savings.
During this free, 1-hour webinar, you’ll hear a real story from an institution that configured their learning management system (LMS) to build a successful program and learn what this means for the future of LMS: (more…)

UAE says BlackBerry is potential security threat

United Arab Emirates declares BlackBerry smartphone a possible threat to national security

Emirati officials have declared BlackBerry smartphones a potential threat to national security because users’ data is stored overseas, where local laws don’t apply and where analysts say it could be harder for authorities to monitor.

Apple updates iMac line, intros Magic Trackpad


Apple on Tuesday released new iMacs, adding faster processors and new graphics cards. The company also introduced what it calls the Magic Trackpad, allowing users to have the same type of gesture control that they use on the iPhone and iPad.


July 26, 2010

Free Sophos tool blocks Windows shortcut attacks

Microsoft won’t endorse measure, tells user to cripple shortcuts instead.

The security firm Sophos released a tool on Monday that it claimed will block any attacks trying to exploit the critical unpatched vulnerability in Windows’ shortcut files. (more…)

EDUCAUSE Quarterly Takes an In-depth Look at the Cloud

As higher education IT moves into the “cloud”, the authors in this issue of EDUCAUSE Quarterly (EQ) specify their definitions, share their varied experiences, and warn of the issues that complicate reliance on cloud computing. Explore how others use the cloud at their home institutions, how to negotiate cloud contracts for better support and security, which metrics best suit cloud services, an initiative that provides cloud infrastructure for digital preservation, and the importance of federated identity. (more…)

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