langelgjm writes: Announced this afternoon in a joint conference call held by CEOs Eric Schmidt and Ivan Seidenberg, Google and Verizon have released a joint net neutrality proposal in the form of a "suggested legislative framework for consideration by lawmakers." This comes on the heels of last week's assertion (and subsequent denial) that Google and Verizon were close to concluding talks that would permit Verizon to prioritize certain content in exchange for pay. A look at the actual text of the framework shows some positive net neutrality principles, but there is also some more curious content: "Wireless broadband" is singled out for exclusion from most of the agreement, and providers would be permitted to prioritize "additional online services... distinguishable in scope and purpose." Public Knowledge, a watchdog group based in Washington, has criticized the agreement for these provisions. Link to Original Source
yuna49 writes: eWeek reports that zero-day exploits for Vista are currently on sale for $50,000. The article as a whole gives some insight into the relative value of different types of exploits. Malware designed to create botnets fetches about $5,000. Account credentials for sites like PayPal or eBay are so widely available that they command only $7 apiece.