The New York Times reported that an anonymous programmer has broken Microsoft's encryption formats. The encryption protection that stops the copying of e-books stored in Microsoft Reader formats have been broken, according to MIT's Technology Review. Microsoft Reader is the software that enables people to read e-books. The software supports five levels of security and the decryption program described by Technology Review defeats level five protection. However, a Microsoft representative said that the claims are just 'rumours'.
After its entry into the
packaged food segment, tobacco major ITC proposes to link 14 states
through the Net for its procurement activities, Hindustan Times
reported. The company is looking at an export turnover of Rs 750 crore
this year. Out of this, Rs 100 crore is sought to be garnered through
procurement via Internet networking. ITC MD Y.C. Deveshwar said
through the company's new electronic commerce initiative, e-chaupal
would ensure proper storage of agri-commodities apart from
facilitating buying and selling of these products.
Press Trust of India reported that in an ambitious initiative, Chennai-based IT Kids, a leading player in computer education of school children, is in the advanced stages of developing 'virtual laboratories' as an integral part of its software package. 'Virtual laboratories will open up unlimited opportunities for the school kids to do experiments in physics, chemistry and other science subjects in their school curriculum,' V. Suresh Kumar, director of IT Kids (P) Ltd said. He said the project envisaged developing computer software by using which a student could embark upon innumerable laboratory experiments prescribed in the school curriculum under simulated conditions on his computer screen.
A Singapore start-up is gunning for a slice of the lucrative $-350 million wireless-networking business, The Straits Times said. RFNet Technologies, one of the companies spun off by Nanyang Technological University's Network Technology Research Centre, will start selling its high-end equipment for this market next month, taking on established players like Cisco Systems and 3Com. The equipment will be water- resistant and can also be deployed over greater distances. Wireless networking, or wireless local area network (LAN), lets computer users connect to each other and to the Internet without cables or wires.
Software major Infosys has topped the
ranking for 'IT's best employer' with Hewlett-Packard and Compaq
clinching the second and the third slots, according to a Dataquest-IDC
India survey published in Times of India. Wipro has, however, slipped in
its ranking to eighth position this time from third position in the
previous survey. HCL Tech and Cognizant Technology Solutions finished at
fourth and fifth positions, the survey said, adding TCS bagged the sixth
position in the survey. "However, the going was not all rosy for
Infosys. The survey sent out warning signals for the company, which was
at a distant second in the survey, well behind IBM India. It was only
because IBM chose to stay out of the survey and declined to send in its
HR details that Infosys came out on top," it said. But despite
this, Infosys has reported the lowest attrition rate and was rated as
the 'dream company' by 25 per cent of all those interviewed and 82 per
cent of its own employees, the survey added.