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23 October 2008

A Robot Network Seeks to Enlist Your Computer (New York Times)

In a windowless room on Microsoft's campus here, T. J. Campana, a cybercrime investigator, connects an unprotected computer running an early version of Windows XP to the Internet. In about 30 seconds the computer is "owned."

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Dutch teens convicted of virtual theft (The Age)

A Dutch court has convicted two teenagers of theft for stealing virtual items in a computer game and sentenced them to community service.

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The Growing Security Concerns... Don't Have Nightmares by Bill Thompson (Circle ID)

Anyone concerned about the security of their computers and the data held on them might sleep a little uneasily tonight.

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German privacy watchdogs agree social networking ground rules (OUT-LAW News)

Social networking sites are not permitted to store information about people's use of the sites beyond the duration of a particular session in Germany, according to a panel of all that country's data protection officials.

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eBay in worldwide ban on sale of ivory to save endangered elephants (The Times)

A worldwide ban on the sale of ivory was announced today by the internet shopping site eBay after campaigns by wildlife conservation groups to save endangered elephants from extinction.

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Australian telephone service complaints soar (Australian IT)

Complaints about telephone services to the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) have rocketed in the past 12 months.

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One Bad Apple: Apple Squeezes Competitors (Newsweek)

Apple is looking like what Microsoft was 10 years ago -- a Bigfoot that squeezes smaller competitors.

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Facebook's Roar Becomes a Meow (Newsweek)

Putting ads in front of Facebook users is like hanging out at a party and interrupting conversations to hawk merchandise.

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22 October 2008

Pirates prefer Windows XP over Vista, says Microsoft (Computerworld)

Software counterfeiters pass on Windows Vista and instead prefer to pirate Windows XP, a Microsoft Corp. attorney said today, outlining a practice that tracks with the leanings of many of the company's customers.

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Where the major U.S. presidential candidates stand on tech issues (Computerworld)

The 2008 U.S. presidential election gives CIOs and other IT executives a choice of two major-party candidates who are interested in technology-related issues. While the U.S. economy and the war in Iraq have dominated the debate between Republican nominee Sen. John McCain and Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama, the two men have also hit on such IT hot buttons as telecommunications and tech jobs.

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Google Learns Lessons in the Ways of Washington (New York Times)

After Google and Yahoo announced an advertising partnership in June, letters from consumer groups and advertising associations poured into government regulators, urging them to support or block the proposed deal.

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Taliban orders mobile shutdown in Afghan province (Reuters)

Taliban insurgents said Tuesday they had told mobile phone operators to shut down their networks during the day in the Ghazni province, southwest of Kabul, saying signals help track insurgent fighters.

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U.S. survey shows risky use of mobile email devices (Reuters)

... Despite such risks, many Americans send and receive text messages on mobile e-mail devices in dangerous situations, according to a survey released on Tuesday that showed 77 percent have used such a device while driving a moving car.

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HP unveils consumer smartphones (The Times)

Hewlett-Packard (HP) will unveil two smartphones today, marking its entry into the consumer mobile market, as the computer giant takes on the BlackBerry and the iPhone in the increasingly crowded sector.

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Keyboard sniffers to steal data (BBC)

Computer criminals could soon be eavesdropping on what you type by analysing the electromagnetic signals produced by every key press.

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Debt-Heavy Telecoms Won't Escape the Credit Crunch (BusinessWeek)

As earnings estimates shrink, the financial crisis should crimp telecommunications carriers' spending. Sprint is at risk of default

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Women 'prefer computers to men' (Daily Telegraph)

Women office workers spend almost three times as much time with their computer than their husbands or boyfriends - and they prefer it that way, an American study has revealed.

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'Digitally addicted kids threaten to return civilisation to the Dark Ages' by Andrew Keen (The Independent)

The internet is creating a generation of ignoramuses with tiny attention spans, who will surely become the dumbest generation in history.

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21 October 2008

Domain Registration Scam Hits .fr

AFNIC is advising registrants of .fr domain names of a scam asking them to register for a service with the "Registre Internet Français" directory by a German company called "DAD Deutscher Adressdienst GmbH. The service offered costs between €800 and €1,000.

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Google Profiting From Typosquatting, Report Charges (Wired)

Google is making millions of dollars from internet users visiting typo-squatting websites that earn advertising from Google's Adsense advertising program, Harvard University professor Ben Edelman says in a report published in the McAfee Security Journal says Wired.

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UK government faces fight from within for spy database (Sunday Times)

A Home Office revolt is stalling a plan to store our e-mails and calls but a more sinister one may take its place

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Worldwide mobile penetration to hit 95% by 2013 (Computerworld)

Mobile penetration rates will increase to 95% by 2013 from 46% in 2008, according to a new survey of 34 emerging markets by pricing and tariffs research firm Tariff Consultancy.

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us: ISPs are pressed to become child porn cops (MSNBC)

New technologies and changes in U.S. law are adding to pressures to turn Internet service providers into cops examining all Internet traffic for child pornography.

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Bank hackers steal from French President's bank account (The Guardian)

The French government was forced to admit that no one was safe from internet fraud yesterday after it emerged that thieves had managed to hack into President Nicolas Sarkozy's personal bank account and siphon off cash.

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Georgian cyberattacks suggest Russian involvement (Computerworld)

The hackers who launched cyberattacks against the former Soviet republic of Georgia two months ago probably had links to the Russian government, even though no hard evidence has been uncovered of official involvement, a report by an all-volunteer group of experts said today.

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