MSFT Bags Sept Patch Day Update Due to Quality Issues

Microsoft Cancels September Patch Day Update
Microsoft Corp. late Friday cancelled plans to roll out a solitary bulletin with patches for a Windows flaw, citing an unknown “quality issue.”

The software giant announced on Thursday that a single “critical” bulletin would cover a wormable vulnerability.

During last-minute testing, however, researchers at Redmond flagged some problems with the update.

“Late in the testing process, Microsoft encountered a quality issue that necessitated … additional testing and development [of the update] before it is released,” a Microsoft spokesperson told Ziff Davis Internet News.

NYLS Announce 3rd Annual State of Play Confab

Third Annual State of Play Conference on Law and Virtual Worlds to Examine ‘Social Revolutions’
Participants will explore social interaction, collective action in massively multiplayer online games on October 6-8, 2005 at New York Law School

eBay Buys Skype 4 2 Much Money

When I heard these rumors last week I assumed that it was just somebody’s idea of a bad joke. What does eBay get for its money? A non-standard geek infested VOIP phone system? Why? I getthat eBay could build all sorts of nifty VOIP apps to helps its business, but come on $2.6 billion? Just download Asterisk and go to town. I hope thgere is more to this story.

Slashdot | eBay To Buy Skype For $2.6 Billion
It’s not a rumour anymore. BBC News online reports that eBay will pay ‘half the amount in cash and the other half in stocks to create an unparalleled e-commerce and communications engine’.” The $2.6 billion purchase would give eBay access to the VoIP market, of which Skype claims it has 2 million users online at any given time. BBC speculates that eBay will use Skype to allow sellers and bidders to communicate via voice; I have also heard that live auctions a la Sothebys might also be a possibility. Also reported at Wall Street Journal (registration), New York Times.

PHP Voice – Classes for dealing with voice in PHP apps

I wonder if I can break this? Project details for PHP Voice
PHP Voice (formerly known as PHP VXML) contain four classes that assist in developing voice application using PHP. It supports Speech Synthesis Markup Language 1.0, Speech Recognition Grammar Specification 1.0, Voice Browser Call Control: CCXML 1.0, and Voice Extensible Markup Language (VoiceXML) 2.0.