Briefs: Boeing to Expand Broadband Offering

FRAMINGHAM (04/28/2000) - The Boeing Co. last week announced plans to extend broadband connectivity to passengers on commercial aircraft. The company will use existing satellites and antennae to provide in-flight voice and data connections that match the speed of cable modems.

Seattle-based Boeing said the system, called Connexion, is already available for use in private aircraft and that installation will begin in commercial aircraft late next year.

Wireless Wins Some, Loses Some

Although wireless market penetration will more than double in the next five years, wireless customer turnover rates, already growing at 4% annually, may continue to rise, too, according to a study released last week by Cahners In-Stat Group in Scottsdale, Arizona. Cahners analyst Ken Hyers said cellular and personal communications services carriers will add 20 million new subscribers this year but will lose 31 million subscribers to competitors.

Piranha Attack

Internet Security Systems Inc. says it has identified a backdoor password in Red Hat Inc.'s Linux Piranha product that could allow an attacker to compromise a Web server and deface and destroy a Web site. Updated software with patches is available on the Red Hat Web site, with Version 0.4.13-1.

EU Decries MCI/Sprint Planned Merger

The planned merger of MCI WorldCom Inc. and Sprint Corp. is running into trouble in the European Union, according to one EU commissioner. "Our investigation [into the proposed merger] has confirmed our serious concerns about the impact on competition, and in the next few days, we will send a statement of objections to the parties," said Mario Monti, the EU's competition commissioner, during a news conference last week.

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