Skype Returns to the Living
- By Peter Varhol
After Skype users became unable to log in to their accounts from late Wednesday
on, the network gradually
came back online
at the end of the week.
The company, now a part of eBay, lets individuals make free or low-cost VoIP
calls over their computers using the Internet backbone. Whenever I'm logged
on to Skype, there are typically well over 7 million others online.
Skype didn't go into detail about the problem, instead referring to it as a
in an algorithm within Skype networking software." More specifically,
the self-healing function in the peer-to-peer network seems to have failed.
The company also offers fee-based services for voice communication over the
Internet, which were also disrupted.
Do you depend on Skype? I mostly use it for overseas calls. What did the outage
do to you? Don't call my Skype account; instead, e-mail me at email@example.com.
Ad Words Protected by Trademark?
American Airlines has filed
suit against Google, asking that the company cease selling ad words that
reflect its trademarks. American says that searching on its trademarked keywords
is fine, but Google shouldn't be making money from selling those words.
In practice, competitors and aggregators purchase company names and other
well-known terms in order to bring their own products or services to the attention
Does a trademarked term extend to its use as a search keyword? If so, can a
third party sell it? I doubt the courts have caught up to this issue yet, so
if you have your opinion, let's hear it at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amado Hidalgo, security analyst for Symantec, claims that a new
Trojan horse called Infostealer.Monstres by Symantec has stolen more than
1.6 million records belonging to members of the Monster.com job search service.
This Trojan uses the collected data to create more credible phishing attacks
against those whose personal data was stolen.
I have a Monster.com profile; I wonder if that's why my volume of phishing
spam has gone up lately. If you have a Monster.com profile, how do you feel
about possible unauthorized access by the phishers? E-mail me at email@example.com.
Peter Varhol is the executive editor,
reviews of Redmond magazine and has more than 20 years of experience as a software
developer, software product manager and technology writer. He has graduate degrees
in computer science and mathematics, and has taught both subjects at the university