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Google's new Gmail service has been outfitted with a number of security features designed to thwart phishing con artists. Its new anti-phishing security measures are designed to alert users of suspected e-mail scams. The anti-phishing security feature disables hypertext links inside e-mails. Phishing scams typically involve redirecting users onto fraudulent sites once they have been lured by a cleverly disguised e-mail from a familiar company or service provider. Gmail has also provided a prominent "Report Spam" button to its users. Any messages reported as spam get sent to a separate folder and Google's antispam software is notified. The company's help pages say that "the more spam you mark, the better our system will get at weeding out those annoying messages." This is the latest in a series of innovations Google has made to hamper hackers and the like. In October ... (more)

Bloggers Call For Immediate Resignation Of FEMA Director Michael Brown

- Announcing the "Change The Administration" March in D.C. - New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin tells what he thinks about his fellow politicians and people in Washington in this morning's radio interview. "FEMA Director Michael Brown must be removed from his job immediately and should be assigned to truck duty to drive and unload food and supplies to the New Orleans Convention Center thoughout the night and for the next 48 hours. This guy is an incomptenet political idiot who has no qualification to run this organization. It is completely unacceptable not to be able to drop one single p... (more)

Microsoft Touts Disk-Based Backup

Microsoft today announced at the Worldwide Partner Conference in Minneapolis that it will within 30 days release to manufacturing its first disk-based software solution designed to help companies reduce the time spent on data backup and recovery. Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) allows organizations to back up their business-critical information onto hard disks, as opposed to expensive and difficult to manage tape systems. At some point, it’s happened to just about everyone who works with electronic information. An important file gets lost. Important chan... (more)

Operation Data Recovery Launched for Katrina Victims

Tugboat Enterprises, the maker of the new data rescue product Lifeboat, is offering complimentary Lifeboat Data Rescue programs and technical support for the program to individuals and companies whose computers were hit by Hurricane Katrina. The offer is extended as a part of corporate goodwill toward individuals and companies who are most affected. Operation Data Recovery is valid for anyone living in Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee or South Carolina. "When people are affected by this kind of natural disaster, it's important that we pull together. Hurricane ... (more)

Ho, Ho, Ho: Intel to AMD

Novell Fills EMEA Slot Novell, which has been moving its senior management around, has named Volker Smid, who's been serving as GM for Central Europe for the last 18 months, president of Novell EMEA. He succeeds Tom Francesese who was tapped to run worldwide sales in October. Ho, Ho, Ho: Intel to AMD Lehman Brothers, which thinks that AMD is capacity-constrained, also thinks that Intel may be aggressively pricing products and quotes China-based Commercial Times, which cites PC OEMs as its sources, as saying that Intel may again cut prices on its P4s by better than 60% on January 2... (more)