Stories by Dan Goodin

Shielding Web services from attack

Web services are almost irresistible. Every popular IDE makes them easy to build -- to unlock the data and business logic in legacy systems, to provision common functions that can be shared across multiple platforms, or to provide partner organizations direct access to information or applications. And by their nature, Web services helpfully describe themselves, allowing one system to find and interact with another with little or no human intervention.

Capital One upgrades service delivery systems

A decade of rapid growth has a way of making any cutting-edge enterprise feel outdated. But Rob Alexander, executive vice president of Capital One Financial, and his team rose to the challenge.

Microsoft: Vista won't support old Visual Studio

Windows Vista will not support older versions of Visual Studio, a move that will require many developers writing applications for the forthcoming operating system to upgrade to Visual Studio 2005.

Zero-day vulnerability in IE increasingly targeted

The Sans Internet Storm Center on Friday raised its threat level to <a href="http://isc.sans.org/diary.php?storyid=1727&isc=48f29c552f8c2d49efa7301d7d8001c7" target="_blank">yellow</a> after observing an increase in the number of Internet-based attempts to exploit a zero-day vulnerability discovered last week.

The nonprofit millionaires

Randy Whiting stunned his employees just over a year ago when he rolled into the parking lot of their office complex in a brand-new canary-yellow Ferrari - price tag: US$144,000. What set this scene apart was that Whiting had struck gold by working for a nonprofit trade group, CommerceNet.

Judges: Expect Napster ruling Monday

The fate of Napster Inc. could be decided Monday when an appeals court in San Francisco is expected to rule on the controversial music-swapping service that has taken the world by storm.

Top Execs Leave Printing Site Noosh

Three top executives have left Noosh Inc., a printing startup that recently withdrew its public offering and laid off 20 percent of its workforce.

Executives Admit Pixelon Misled Investors

Pixelon, the company that raised $28 million before its founder was exposed as a convicted con artist and a fugitive from the law, passed off widely available technologies as its own exclusive, proprietary software, The Standard has learned.

San Francisco House Hunters Press On After Drop

At a real estate open house in San Francisco's Noe Valley, a quiet neighborhood where a two-bedroom bungalow can approach three quarters of a million dollars, Wall Street's dramatic drop was definitely on people's minds. But house hunters still had their checkbooks with them.

Online Invitations To a Crowded Party

A prime tenet of public relations holds that when a formidable foe moves into a startup's territory, the younger company should declare it's good news for the industry.

Seeking a Better Web Search

Anyone who has spent any time online knows that trolling for useful information can be a chore. A search for the latest news on the presidential campaign, for instance, frequently lists references to spoof sites alongside articles written six months ago - neither of which is particularly useful to someone looking for timely analysis of this week's caucuses in Iowa.

Steven Waldman's Stubborn Faith

At a time when most Net entrepreneurs are playing to the material interests of consumers and businesses, Steven Waldman is pitching to their spiritual needs.

Finding God

Just when you thought there was nothing left to monetize, a new Internet upstart finds God.

Pixelon's Broken Promises

Pixelon's $12 million launch party two months ago certainly made a splash. Its high-wattage roster of entertainers at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena included Kiss, the Dixie Chicks, LeAnn Rimes, Tony Bennett and the Who.