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03/30/10 Warning!  Touch screen phones can lead to embarrassing messages on acquaintances’ voicemails!!  Gadget: Vizit interactive digital photo frame.  Moms/Musing: The Motherhood Manifesto. –  Frankie Speaks is a daily 10 mins+ look into the quirky goings on with Frankie’s(Bonnie Frankum) daily routine in which she plans to keep you entertained with some humor, some techie gadget reviews, and much more. This being a general topic show, she has alot of other fun things planned to go along with all that! This podcast is part of the TechJives.net network and is produced by Chris Pope

Microsoft Releases Emergency Internet Explorer Patch

The patch addresses 10 vulnerabilities in the Web browser; Internet Explorer 6 and 7 users are most at risk.

By Thomas Claburn InformationWeek March 30, 2010 01:51 PM

Microsoft on Tuesday released an emergency, or out-of-band, patch for 10 vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer.

“The Internet Explorer team accelerated testing of this update due to the growing attacks against the publicly disclosed vulnerability (CVE-2010-0806), and the update has reached the appropriate quality bar for distribution to customers,” said Microsoft Security Response group manager Jerry Bryant in a blog post. “Releasing the update early provides Internet Explorer 6 and 7 customers protection against the active attacks and provides users of all versions of Internet Explorer protection against nine other vulnerabilities.”

Symantec security researcher Joshua Talbot said in an e-mail that the catalyst for the patch is the increased activity related to the iepeers.dll zero-day vulnerability that surfaced March 9. “Symantec has also observed a recent spike in attempted infections via this security hole,” he said. “The typical attempted infection process seems to involve compromising a legitimate Web site then inserting an iframe which redirects users to a malicious site.”

Internet Explorer 6 and 7 users are at risk from the iepeers.dll vulnerability; Internet Explorer 8 users are not.

Read the complete story at InformationWeek.com

Cisco takes the Flip approach to home routers

by Erica Ogg

One of the most essential tech products at home is also probably the one you hate the most: your wireless router.

Setting up a home network can be for some an excruciating experience, one that can leave even tech-savvy folks wringing their hands while switching off between calling the router’s customer service line and their Internet service provider.

Cisco Systems says it’s designed a new line of routers specifically to avoid this. The Valet and Valet Plus, will be available at retailers like Best Buy, Staples, and Target and online at Amazon.com starting Wednesday for $99 and $149, respectively.

“We’re trying to take the negative emotions you have about not being able to set it up, and turn it into a positive experience,” said Scott Kabat, director of marketing for Cisco Consumer Products.

Read the full article at news.cnet.com

AT&T Prepares Network For Battle

By NIRAJ SHETH

With a new version of the iPhone in the works, the clock is ticking for AT&T Inc. to get its much-criticized network ready for the looming battle.

The carrier has taken a beating from consumers who have complained about poor coverage in major cities including New York and San Francisco. Now, AT&T is racing to reduce its dropped calls and speed up Web-surfing before Apple Inc. releases a new version of the iPhone that could run on Verizon Wireless’s network.

In mid-December, AT&T executives set up a 100-day plan to dramatically improve the company’s network in densely-populated cities, according to people familiar with the plan. Since then, AT&T has added new network spectrum to better handle traffic, repositioned antennas to improve reception in office towers and wired more neighborhood cell towers with faster connections.

But even with its recent efforts, the network still has not met customers’ quality standards everywhere. While some third-party tests have given AT&T nods for having a faster network, a poll last month by J.D. Power & Associates found AT&T still ranks poorly against Verizon Wireless in call quality.

Read more at Google News

Journalists in China say Yahoo accounts hacked

By ANITA CHANG, Associated Press Writer – Tue Mar 30, 4:49 pm ET

BEIJING – Yahoo e-mail accounts belonging to foreign journalists appeared to have been hacked and Google’s Chinese search engine was intermittently blocked Tuesday, the latest troubles in China’s heavily censored Internet market.

The Yahoo Inc. accounts of at least three journalists and an analyst became inaccessible over the last few weeks. They were greeted with messages saying, “We’ve detected an issue with your account” and were told to contact Yahoo, they said Tuesday. Yahoo technicians told one of the four that his account had been hacked and restored his access, but it was not clear if the other instances were related.

Sensitivity about Internet security has run high since Google Inc. announced in January it might leave China after a series of cyberattacks and complaints about censorship. Last week, Google made a partial retreat, shutting down its mainland-based search engine and redirecting those queries offshore, to the freer Chinese territory of Hong Kong.

Read more at Yahoo! News.