5. Adobe offers Acrobat 9 : Adobe unveiled acrobat.com, featuring beta versions of hosted document services. Adobe also provided details about Acrobat 9.0 document-sharing software, which is due out in the next few weeks and includes support for Flash multimedia technology.
6. New crypto virus a looming threat : A variant has emerged of the Windows-based encryptor virus Gpcode, which hasn't been around for more than a year. This is the virus that encrypts a victim's data and then demands a ransom to unscramble the data. This variant uses 1,024-bit algorithm that security researchers have not been able to crack, making it a potentially major threat, according to Kaspersky Labs, which discovered the variant. "Up until now, we were able to crack the algorithms," says Roel Schouwenberg, senior antivirus researcher at Kaspersky Lab.
7. Starbucks can't handle demand for free Wi-Fi : Starbucks' Card Rewards Web site was overwhelmed by users trying to sign up for cards after the coffee monolith announced a program that includes two hours of free Wi-Fi daily. The problem was quickly enough resolved, but it may be warning to Starbucks to get out some extra tables.
8. WWDC: Developers see big potential in iPhone apps : Like a lot of other Mac software developers, Inventive Software President John Casasanta, plans to hit iPhone sessions at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference next week. "I'm just on fire with the iPhone," he says, echoing the sentiment of other Mac developers. We'd suggest they get more sunlight if some of us weren't equally enamored of our gadgets.
9. Icahn fires off scathing letter to Yahoo directors and Yahoo denies 'poison pill' Icahn accusations : After taking aim at Yahoo directors in an interview with The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, investor Carl Icahn fired off his complaints in a letter to Yahoo Chairman Roy Bostock, blasting the board and co-founder and CEO Jerry Yang, contending they maneuvered to get Microsoft to drop its bid to acquire Yahoo. The maneuvering included an employee severance package that Icahn charged was a "poison pill" to stave off Microsoft's bid. Bostock followed the next day with a public denial of Icahn's accusations and a demand to see Icahn's plan for the company if he thinks he can run things better.
10. Sports tech: Algorithm predicts Celtics will beat Lakers in NBA finals : The Boston Celtics will beat the Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association (NBA) Finals, according to a points analysis metric that says Boston's starting five players have had a bigger impact on games than the Lakers' starting five. Lenovo Stat, the algorithm developed by NBA statisticians and Lenovo engineers, analyzes scoring in games to see how each combination of players does. The finals started Thursday and the Celtics won the first game, 98-88.