duminică, 25 noiembrie 2007

What is a yahoo domain?

A Domain Yahoo Name is very similar to an address forwarding service. The Domain is the address people type in their web browser to get to your web site.The Domain Yahoo Name then points to the "real" address that contains your web site.
How to I choose a domain name?
Your Yahoo domain name is your address on the Web. It's the vehicle that helps friends, associates or customers find you or your business online. When you pick your Yahoo domain name, keep the following tips in mind: Yahoo Domain names can only use letters, numbers, and hyphens ("-"). Spaces and other symbols, like underscores, are not allowed, and domains cannot begin or end with a hyphen. Yahoo Domain names are not case sensitive. They can be between 2 and 63 total characters, not including the domain extension.
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"According to PC Magazine "domain registration through Yahoo! Small Business is the easiest."
Yahoo! Domains allows you to register a domain name for up to 5 years and offers all of the major domain name extensions at affordable prices. Here is a complete list of available extensions and their requirements.
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sâmbătă, 24 noiembrie 2007

Yahoo 'Domain Keys'

Yahoo this week announced they're working on an open-source software that uses public key cryptography to digitally sign e-mail and verify its origins. Dubbed "DomainKeys", the project is getting some air-time - the launch date is vague, sometime in 2004, and the software will be compatible with Sendmail, qmail and postfix. E-mail passing through blessed servers will be tagged with a cryptographic signature as it passes through the mail server. Email clients or en-route mail servers can then check the e-mail's header, and compare it to a public key shared via DNS zonefiles to confirm authenticity, presumably dropping the message if something is wrong.
Brad Garlinghouse, VP of communication products at Yahoo, says the project is part of a larger push. He argues that once "we actually have credibility and confidence that the E-mail that said it came from Yahoo.com actually did come from Yahoo.com, we then can use other intelligence and filters ... so that an individual user can, with confidence and effectiveness, determine what actually ends up in his or her in-box." "What we're proposing here is to re-engineer the way the internet works with regard to the authentication of e-mail," said Garlinghouse to Reuters."So What?" came the response from technology websites and bloggers in unison for much of the week. Cryptonomicon wonders if there's more meat to the idea hidden somewhere in the wings: "By itself, this will do nothing to authenticate users or cut down on spam. It will simply increase the average entropy of messages being transmitted across the Internet.".I'm not sure about the criticism that this initiative will do "nothing" to reduce spam: once you have a system for tagging messages and checking authenticity upon receipt, the next step (blessed lists of domains allowed to send one email) becomes possible. The worldwide email system slowly morphs to become like a huge VPN, with checkpoints to get on. Even though hijacked PCs could still be used to inject spam ostensibly under the identity of the hijacked user, such a standard would force ALL such spam to be directed into the network this way. Moreover, the spammers would have to use on-ramps from blessed servers from big domain names, rather than "somebody's hacked server in china". The isolation of spam in such a way, if such a key system was widely adopted, would encourage providers to do more to shut-out compromised subscribers PCs.Google's Shuman Ghosemajumder, wonders that if the idea is to create momentum for an identity verification standard, why does Yahoo seem to be traveling the road alone up to this point? Yahoo programmer (though not working on the DomainKeys project) Jeremy Zawodny agrees, noting via his blog that "it seems a lot more like another lone cowboy going after the bandits.".Yahoo themselves used the King-Maker remark in the title of this news story, in a clear reference to possible future initiatives by a certain large company to lay down possibly more tightly held infrastructure based around passport (word © 2003 microsoft), that could one day lead to everyone paying a penny to an MS authentication network if they wish to send a message. By making this thing open-source from the start, Yahoo escapes criticism that they may be trying to own it all.But without Yahoo's recently announced anti-spam partners AOL and MSN on board along for the ride, does the authentication system stand a chance? I think they deserve to be heard out.

vineri, 23 noiembrie 2007

Fuel Freedom International

The number one topic that people are discussing around the world is the high price for gasoline and diesel. A primary factor affecting the economy of a nation, a state, a city, or even a family, is the price of fuel. Families cut back on shopping for new products because their budgets are impacted by the rising gas prices. It costs more to fly because a “fuel surcharge” is added to the ticket cost, thereby causing some people to postpone their trip to grandma’s, or delay their vacation. Businesses are also impacted because the cost of sales rises with the cost of fuel… Municipalities are adversely affected as well. These actions are not limited to the United States, but are global in scope.

marți, 20 noiembrie 2007

Freddie Mac shares dive after posting loss

Freddie Mac ,the second-largest U.S. mortgage finance company, on Tuesday posted a wider third-quarter loss and said it may slash its dividend and raise new capital as it works through what it called an "extremely difficult year" for housing and credit markets.
Freddie shares plummeted 23 percent to an 11-year low after reporting a net loss of $2 billion as falling home prices and tighter credit conditions increased the number of borrowers defaulting on their mortgages.
Freddie said it has hired Goldman Sachs and Lehman Brothers to help it study raising capital in the "very near term" as its soaring losses force it to raise cash to ensure it has enough capital to meet regulatory requirements. It may also cut its fourth quarter dividend by 50 percent.
If its capital fell below required levels, the company may be forced to reduce the size of its mortgage portfolio.
The gloomy housing market is likely to continue to be a drag on Freddie in the near-term, said Charles Lieberman, chief investment officer of Advisors Capital Management LLC in Paramus, New Jersey, which owns Freddie shares.
"I suspect it will continue to worsen in terms of actual defaults," he said.
Freddie's dismal report dragged shares of larger rival Fannie Mae down about 20 percent.
Buddy Piszel, Freddie's chief financial officer, said the housing market will hurt the company's bottom line for some time even though the company mostly deals in low-risk home loans offered to strong borrowers. "Certainly, when housing markets deteriorate, that has an impact. We clearly will incur higher costs with markets being what they are," said Piszel.
The $2 billion loss, or $3.29 a share, compared with a loss of $715 million, or $1.17 a share, in the year-ago period. Wall Street analysts, on average, had expected Freddie Mac to report a third quarter loss of $2.16 per share.
More of Freddie Mac's home loans are heading into foreclosure, which has forced the company to increase its provisions for failing loans. Freddie said Tuesday it had put aside $1.2 billion for credit losses and had begun to increase fees for guaranteeing the payment on home loans.
Freddie also said the value of its net assets decreased by about $8.1 billion in the third quarter.
The cost to insure Freddie's bonds against default rose to a record 65 basis points after its earnings, according to data from Markit which dates from 2004. Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae are chartered by Congress and investors treat them as if they have an implied government guarantee.
Piszel said that fresh capital would be used to maintain a cushion against losses. Freddie also wants the capital to leave it with some flexibility to increase its mortgage investment holdings, he said.
"Given where credit is heading, given how we performed in 2007, we believe that we need to raise capital," Piszel said.
The company said in a statement that it might sell preferred stock to increase its capital. Fitch Ratings, however, said it may cut Freddie's AA- preferred stock rating following news it was looking at raising additional capital.
Partly to increase its capital reserves, Freddie sharply shrank its holdings of mortgage securities in October and pushed them further below a growth limit set by the regulator, the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight. Freddie Mac's retained mortgage portfolio dropped by an annualized 16.9 percent rate in October to $703.1 billion, after decreasing significantly the previous month.
Freddie shares hit an 11-year low while Fannie Mae shares reached a 12-year trough in early trading. Freddie shares are down 58 percent year-to-date, compared with a 48 percent drop in the KBW Mortgage Finance Index over the same period.

duminică, 4 noiembrie 2007

Wall St Week Ahead: For stocks, Fed chief in the spotlight

Investors banking on more interest-rate cuts may get some clues about what comes next from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, who testifies before the Joint Economic Committee of Congress on Thursday.
"Clearly anything that he says has the potential to move the markets," said Matt Kaufler, portfolio manager at Clover Capital Management Inc., in Rochester, New York.
After the Fed cut interest rates for the second time this year on Wednesday, stocks rallied. But one day later, the gains were erased as the view took hold that further cuts were not in the cards.
With concerns about a credit crunch and losses in subprime mortgages refusing to go away, brokerage downgrades knocked several financial stocks lower.
Investors will be anxiously awaiting the quarterly results of American International Group Inc , due after the market close on Wednesday. The insurer's stock has been hitting 52-week lows on rumors that the results will include losses in subprime securities.
For the past week, the Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> fell 1.53 percent and the Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> declined 1.67 percent. But the Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> rose 0.22 percent.
Despite the turmoil, stocks are still higher for the year, with the technology-heavy Nasdaq Composite leading the way. For the year so far, the blue-chip Dow average is up 9.08 percent, while the S&P 500 is up 6.44 percent and the Nasdaq is up 16.36 percent.
TECHS PROP UP THE MARKET
One of the key technology bellwethers, Cisco Systems Inc , the largest U.S. communications equipment maker, will report earnings on Wednesday.
Scott Neuendorf, an analyst at Hester Capital Management in Austin, Texas, said he expects Cisco to report higher earnings of 36 cents per share, in line with the consensus forecast.
He said Cisco and other tech companies have benefited from diversification of revenues, including revenues derived from overseas sources.
"The tech sector has been kind of pulling up the whole market," said John Praveen, chief investment strategist for Prudential International Investments Advisers LLC in Newark, New Jersey.
Praveen noted that Microsoft Corp helped lift the market after it reported better-than-expected earnings last month. Intel Corp and Apple Inc have also reported earnings that beat consensus forecasts.
Other companies due to report earnings this week include Sun Microsystems Inc on Monday, News Corp on Wednesday and Walt Disney Co on Thursday. After Thursday's sharp decline in stocks, the three major U.S. stock indexes rebounded Friday morning following news that October nonfarm payrolls grew by 166,000 -- more than twice as much as the consensus forecast. But the gains evaporated on new concerns about financial companies exposed to subprime losses.
"I think we're going to continue to have volatility as the market reacts to certain data points," said Jim Fehrenbach, head of Nasdaq trading at Piper Jaffray in Minneapolis.
He said the market is searching for a general theme that can be the catalyst for further gains.
CRISIS OF CONFIDENCE
"You have a crisis of confidence right now with Merrill Lynch and Citigroup," Kaufler said. "Both firms have a leadership void to fill."
Merrill Lynch is searching for a new chief executive after the sudden retirement of E. Stanley O'Neal following a huge write-off, and Citi's Charles Prince has been under pressure from shareholders unhappy with a falling stock price.
The week's schedule of economic news is on the thin side, but there are still some significant reports on tap.
On Monday, the Institute for Supply Management reports on the service sector of the economy. The group's index of October activity is expected to fall to 54.0 from 54.8 in September, according to the median forecast of economists polled by Reuters.
On Friday, the Commerce Department reports on international trade for September. The monthly deficit is expected to rise to $58.5 billion from $57.6 billion in August.
The week will see data on productivity and unit labor costs, wholesale inventories, consumer credit, import and export prices, and the first November reading from the Reuters/University of Michigan Survey of Consumers. The consensus forecast is for the consumer sentiment index to decline to 80.0 from 80.9 in the final October survey.

miercuri, 10 octombrie 2007

Google tools to power virtual worlds

Get ready for online games set in your favorite Google Earth locations.
Virtual-worlds platform developer Multiverse Network is set to announce a partnership Tuesday that will allow anyone to create a new online interactive 3D environment with just about any model from Google's online repository of 3D models, its 3D Warehouse, as well as terrain from Google Earth.
The idea is simple: Multiverse's technology--which gives game developers tools to design custom virtual worlds--will let those designers pick and choose from most of the millions of 3D models created using Google's 3D software tool SketchUp, and to import pieces of terrain, as defined by entering specific longitude and latitude data, from Google Earth.
If you want to build a virtual world centered on, say, downtown San Francisco, you could use the new technology to create the area itself and populate it with the digital versions of real-world buildings that have been created and uploaded to the 3D Warehouse.
"The goal is to grab things from the 3D Warehouse when looking at things in Google Earth and then make an instant multiverse world," said Multiverse co-founder Corey Bridges. "What we've done is provide a more streamlined interface for using (Google's technology) as a virtual-world production tool."
Until now, incorporating this kind of information from Google has mostly been the province of fantasy. For some time, Multiverse has made it possible to upload some SketchUp models into a virtual world created using its platform. But the technology the company plans to announce Tuesday, informally called "Architectural Wonders," brings the concept to much more well-rounded fruition, and answers what some people have been crying out for as obvious and necessary technology integration.
"Google's mission statement is to make all the world's information universally available and useful," said Jerry Paffendorf, co-author of the Metaverse Roadmap and co-founder of a stealth start-up called Wello Horld. "So I would say this (is about) making all the world universally available and useful, and that's why this is so fascinating."
For Paffendorf, one of the most vocal proponents of a 3D massively multiplayer environment based on Google Earth and SketchUp information, Multiverse's innovation is nothing short of groundbreaking.
He said he's particularly excited and hopeful that the Architectural Wonders project will allow virtual-world designers to incorporate not just models and terrain from Google Earth, but also much of the metadata that makes it so powerful: the personal notations and photographs that millions of users have added to it.
Of course, Multiverse's project is not the only one that has sprung up to make use of this data. Google is rumored to be working on a prototype virtual world, a beta test of which may or may not be under way at Arizona State University.
Another project is SceneCaster, a new technology unveiled at last week's Demo conference that allows anyone to make 3D "scenes" incorporating models from the 3D Warehouse that can then be attached to blogs or Facebook pages or even to Flickr.
Both SceneCaster and Multiverse's Architectural Wonders projects will be shown at the Virtual Worlds conference, which starts Wednesday in San Jose, Calif.
But because not much is known about Google's stealth project and since SceneCaster does not appear to be a massively multiplayer experience, Multiverse's Architectural Wonders efforts may well prove to be the first publicly available attempt to bring vast amounts of data and models Google is making freely accessible into a working virtual world.
For now, the technology is in its very early iterations. A demonstration seen exclusively last week by CNET News.com revealed what is still fairly rudimentary technology, featuring a single avatar wandering around a largely barren terrain. However, as the avatar moved, it eventually arrived in an area where it was able to move easily among models of structures like the Empire State Building, the St. Louis arch and Kuala Lumpur's Petronas Twin Towers.
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Multiverse also showed News.com its tool for selecting terrain grabbed from Google Earth. It appears to be a simple design that will make it easy for designers creating virtual worlds using Multiverse's platform to quickly enter geographic data and then to import whatever territory is defined directly into their new 3D environment.
Multiverse's technology has reached the point where it can support as many as 1,000 users per server, meaning any virtual world built using its platform and incorporating the Google Earth and 3D Warehouse models could see hundreds or even thousands of users running around inside it.
And while some might wonder why anyone would want to spend time in a virtual New York when they could be in the real place, Paffendorf, who lives in Brooklyn, has an answer.
"Simply put, if you're not there, you don't have that option," he said. "I would go exploring Brooklyn like that, for sure, to see what I'm missing."

duminică, 30 septembrie 2007

Web-Address Theft Is Everyday Event

Like real-world theft, the hijacking of an Internet address can happen quickly and with little warning.
New York computer consultant Ronen Inowlocki knows firsthand. In July, a thief connived to take control of the yyy.com address that Mr. Inowlocki has owned for years. Mr. Inowlocki is still fighting to get it back, and can't access the "@yyy.com" email addresses he had used to communicate with clients. Meanwhile, the thief shifted the Internet address, also known as a domain, to a service in Germany and lists a mailing address in Iceland as his contact info.
Experts say the theft of Internet domain names occurs every day. The thieves -- taking advantage of companies that have either let down their guard or failed to take adequate precautions -- are often after financial gain, since short or memorable domains can be sold for millions of dollars and generate Web traffic and online-advertising revenue. Some domain hijackers are former employees or others looking to extract payments or take revenge.
"It's a complete rampage in our industry," says Monte Cahn, founder and chief executive of Moniker Online Services LLC in Pompano Beach, Fla., which handles domain services such as registrations and auctions.
Bob Parsons, chief executive officer of GoDaddy.com Inc., says the domain registrar is aware of daily hijacking incidents, with the frequency having increased as Internet use grows. But he and other domain experts say businesses can take simple measures to protect domains and notes there are techniques that help in the event they are hijacked.
Companies or individuals register Web domain names with some of the roughly 900 independent registrars world-wide or their affiliated resellers, usually paying a small annual fee. The registrars, who are accredited by the nonprofit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, collect identification and technical information from those registering.
That information is used to route Internet traffic so that when someone types a Web address, say, www.apple.com, into their browser software they are directed to Apple Inc.'s computer servers or when they send an email it ends up at the right place.
Once they register them, owners can transfer or sell the domains to other people. The sale of the "Porn.com" domain for $9.5 million is the biggest reported sale so far this year, according to Domain Name Journal.
Internet domains are prized for several reasons, including their individuality, their brand recognition or simply because they are easy to remember, thus increasing customer traffic. Two companies can't both own and use "car.com" simultaneously, for example.
Numerous businesses have suffered from domain-name hijacking. In January 2005, a thief took control of "panix.com" away from Internet service provider Public Access Networks Corp. Emails to Panix customers bounced during the roughly two days that Panix lost control of the domain. In another case, it took the owner of "Sex.com" years to regain the domain after it had been hijacked using a forged letter to the registrar.
Domain experts say protecting the email address used to register the domain safe from break-ins is one of the most important steps to guarding the domain. Contact information for the person registering each domain is made publicly available online in a "Whois" database.
Hijackers sometimes break into the email address listed for a domain and use that account to change the domain owner's password with the registrar and authorize the domain's transfer. That's what happened to Mr. Inowlocki, with the domain thief breaking into his free Yahoo Inc. email account to seize yyy.com.
The domain experts say it is generally safer to use a corporate email address rather than a free Web email account offered by portals such as Yahoo. That's partly because the free Web email addresses can expire if they aren't used for a few years and then a domain hijacker can easily snatch them up. Passwords that are hard to guess and changed frequently are also key.
Owners need to "treat access to their email account as securely as they would treat credit-card numbers and other important information," says John Berryhill, a lawyer in Media, Pa., who handles domain-related issues.
Other measures to protect domains include keeping the information in the Whois database up to date, and registering it in the name of one of the owners or senior executives of a business. If the contact information held by the registrar isn't accurate, registrars can have a tougher time verifying who is trying to make any changes.
Domain experts say problems frequently occur when an outside contractor or employee registers a company's domain in their own name. Later on, they can use that to claim personal ownership of the domain in order to try to extract money from the business or cause problems.
Experts are divided on whether businesses should use private registration services, where registrars' information is listed in the Whois database rather than that of the owners. Such a measure could make it harder to impersonate the owner or crack into the email account. But Richard Lau, a London-based domain-name consultant, says that can make it harder for individuals trying to quickly verify ownership of a domain that has been transferred.
Mr. Lau advises businesses with valuable domains to use free and inexpensive services offered by some registrars that require additional layers of verification before a domain can be transferred from its owner. One of his clients has an "executive lock," which requires the company's chief executive to meet personally with the registrar's staff before it will transfer a domain. "The more valuable your domain name, the more you need to sacrifice convenience for security," says Mr. Lau.
Moniker, for one, offers a free executive-lock service as part of its domain registration service, which costs about $8 to $10 per year. Owners get a separate password they need to provide for the domain to be transferred. For a few dollars annually, GoDaddy.com will lock a domain from being transferred under most circumstances and extend the ownership for another year even if the owner forgets to renew it. At least one company offers insurance against domain theft.
When a domain is stolen, the owner needs to contact his registrar as soon as he becomes aware of it. In some cases, the owner's registrar can negotiate with the hijacker's registrar to have the domain returned. In others, the owner's registrar needs to file a formal complaint.
If those don't work, the owner can file a lawsuit. Mr. Lau says it is important to act quickly. "If the current owner sells the domain to an innocent third party, then it really gets murky and that's when you really have to be committed to a long fight," he says.
In Mr. Inowlocki's case, his registrar says it hasn't had any luck recovering the domain from the registrar that yyy.com was transferred to -- Key-Systems GmbH in Germany. Key-Systems CEO Alexander Siffrin says that is because Mr. Inowlocki's registrar, TierraNet Inc. unit DomainDiscover, hasn't yet made a formal complaint or gotten a court order.
Once it supplies "definite evidence of illegal activities involved in the transfer process, we will agree to transfer the domain name back," says Mr. Siffrin.