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Yahoo’s latest anti-spam initiative

Dec 16, 20032 mins
Enterprise ApplicationsMalware

* Yahoo targets spam, plus RIAA sends out more mail, Coke gets into digital music

Today, we catch up with some news in the world of Web business.

* Yahoo’s latest anti-spam initiative

Yahoo has developed DomainKeys, which targets the practice by spammers of spoofing, or changing an e-mail message’s header information so it appears to have been sent by someone else. DomainKeys is deisnged to let receiving e-mail systems confirm that a message originated from a user authorized to send e-mail for the domain stated in the header.

The service uses public cryptography technology to accomplish this validation. The outgoing message is digitally “signed” with a private key while the receiving e-mail system uses a public key to validate the signature.

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* RIAA issues more lawsuits

The Recording Industry Association of America this month said it is stepping up its legal efforts to curb online piracy. The group is filing 41 new lawsuits and sending 90 lawsuit-notification letters to users whom the RIAA alleges have illegally distributed significant amounts of copyright-protected music files.

The RIAA has settled with 220 file-sharers as a result of earlier lawsuits, lawsuit-notification letters and subpoenas. In addition, 1,054 users have submitted affidavits as part of the RIAA’s amnesty program.

* Coca-Cola bops to a new tune

Coca-Cola last week announced it will dive into the music download market by launching its own download service in the U.K. in January.

Run by European digital music company On Demand Distribution (OD2), the music service will offer 250,000 tracks from over 8,500 artists. Tracks will cost £0.99 ($1.72) each, Coca-Cola said.

OD2, a London company set up and part-owned by singer Peter Gabriel, offers a “white label” service running online music sites for U.K. and European music businesses, including those offered by Microsoft’s, Tiscali and Virgin Entertainment Group.

According to a report by Jupiter Research, a division of Jupitermedia, earlier this year, the online music market could be worth $3.3 billion by 2008.

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