26 June, 2004

ZDNet India : Online Ad revenue may touch Rs. 100 crore:
"Online advertising has the potential to touch Rs. 100 crore within a year, said V V Kannan, president, interactive services, Sify Ltd, while launching Internet and Online Association (IOA) on Thursday in Mumbai.

IOA is a body formed by a group of portals including Yahoo.co.in, Sify.com, Rediff.com, MSN.co.in and the online media agency Mediaturf. The key objective of IOA is to expand and enhance content and business realisation through online advertising, e-commerce and mobile advertising.

'The Internet population in India is 17 million and current projections are that it will reach 50-60 million by 2007. We believe that the target of 100 million online users by 2007 is possible and IOA will work towards this objective,' said Kannan, who is also chairman of IOA. "
ZDNet India : Corporate Web servers infecting visitors' PCs

The researchers believe that online organized crime groups are breaking into Web servers, surreptitiously inserting code that takes advantage of two flaws in Internet Explorer that Microsoft has not yet fixed. Those flaws allow the Web server to install a program that takes control of the user's computer.

The flaws affect every user of Internet Explorer, because Microsoft has not yet released a patch and most antivirus software curretnly cannot detect the flaw. Moreover, the infectious Web sites are not just those of minor companies inhabiting the backwaters of the Web, but major firms, including some banks

24 June, 2004

ZDNet India : Hotmail to offer 250MB of free storage

...Over the past few years, Yahoo and Hotmail have both taken steps to decrease memory in hopes of convincing free users to become paying subscribers...

Yahoo - 100mb
AskJeeves - 125mb
Hotmail - 250mb
Rediffmail - 1gb
Google - 1gb
ZDNet India : Yahoo to Trillian: Talk to the hand:
"Yahoo said it will continue changing its protocols to prevent clients such as Trillian from finding new ways to incorporate Yahoo. Again, the measure was cited by Yahoo as a way to prevent IM spam.

'By making frequent protocol changes, it is our expectation that spammers will be blocked from abusing our system to spam our users,' Osako said.

IM spam, commonly referred to as 'spim,' has been flagged by experts as a growing problem. However, experts have also written off spim as a far cry from e-mail spam, which has caused enormous headaches for consumers and businesses alike. "
Yahoo! News - US Charges AOL Worker Sold Customer List for Spam

U.S. investigators said on Wednesday they had arrested an America Online employee and a Las Vegas marketer for stealing the Internet provider's customer list and selling it to a purveyor of "spam" e-mail.

AOL members were flooded with millions of unwanted messages because of the scheme, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. district court in New York.

Jason Smathers of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, was charged with stealing a list of 92 million AOL customer screen names and selling them to Internet marketer Sean Dunaway of Las Vegas

21 June, 2004

ZDNet India : IT salaries on the rise: Karnik

Beginners are being offered 15 percent over earlier wage levels, while the hike goes up by around 25 percent 30 percent for the middle and top management levels.