WORM BOUNTY. Sven Jaschan, 19, last week received a suspended sentence of 21 months by a court in Verden, Germany, for unleashing the Sasser computer worm. Nonetheless, Microsoft awarded two people who helped identify Jaschan as the worm's author with $250,000 to share. The reward will be paid from Microsoft's antivirus reward program, created in 2003 with the help of Interpol, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the U.S. Secret Service. The Sasser worm was released in May 2004 and Jaschan was arrested within a week of the launch--but not before the worm caused thousands of Windows machines worldwide to crash and reboot.
CHIPS AND STARS. Intel and actor Morgan Freeman launched a digital entertainment company last week focused on distributing movies to consumers over the Internet. ClickStar was formed by Revelations Entertainment, a partnership between Freeman and movie producer Lori McCreary, with an investment from Intel. ClickStar will offer an online service where consumers can download for a fee first-run, pre-DVD-release films, Freeman said in a joint statement with Paul Otellini, Intel's president and chief executive. "ClickStar addresses the growing worldwide consumer demand for digital content--especially filmed entertainment," Freeman said. "Our goal is to deliver first-run premium entertainment to film fans around the world and to make film easier to buy than to pirate."
STRANGE BEDFELLOWS. Elvis Presley Enterprises said last week it has signed up eFashion Solutions to manage Web retailing for all licensed and trademarked Elvis merchandise worldwide. EFashion Solutions, an E-commerce service provider in Secaucus, N.J., has created Web stores for other musical celebrities, including Jennifer Lopez (aka J-Lo) and rappers Eminem, Jay-Z, and Nelly.
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