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Silicon.com

by Will Sturgeon

July 16, 2011

The number of viruses being written and released continues to grow year on year, with 2004 already looking set to pass many malware milestones.

Sasser has accounted for more than a quarter (26.1 per cent) of all email-borne viruses. The prolific Netsky.P accounted for 21.4 per cent while the .B and .D variants accounted for 11 per cent and 6.8 per cent respectively, according to antivirus vendor Sophos, making Netsky in all its forms by far the most prolific.

Silicon

by Will Sturgeon

February 7, 2006

A decision by Google to blacklist BMW's German website for allegedly boosting its internet search ranking in breach of Google guidelines has divided experts and web users, as another big name company comes in for the same treatment.

Office equipment giant Ricoh has also now found itself on the end of Google's search sanctions in Germany but some critics of Google's 'death penalty' say companies are being punished unfairly for having the savvy to make Google's system work for them. Others joining the debate however have praised Google for keeping large multinational companies in check.

breitbart.com

by William Bigelow

March 10, 2013

It doesn't get more ironic than this: Barack Obama, who boasted of how his administration was the "most transparent in history," cracked jokes at the Gridiron Club annual dinner Saturday night about his transparency while the event was closed to outside press...

courthousenews.com

by William Dotinga

September 20, 2012

Graphic recordings prove that a Montana man was sentenced to life in prison for a murder he didn't commit, after police knowingly withheld exonerating evidence, the man, acquitted on retrial, claims in Federal Court.

In 2010, more than a year after the Sublette County (Wyo.) Sheriff's Office resurrected an investigation from its cold-case files, a jury convicted Troy Willoughby for the 1984 murder of Lisa Ehlers. The Wyoming Supreme Court affirmed his conviction and sentence in June 2011. Willoughby sued Randall Hanson, a former investigator for the Sublette County Attorney's Office; former sheriff's Capt. Brian Ketterhagen; and sheriff's Deputy Sarah Brew. They are the only defendants. Willoughby sued them all in their individual capacity.

CNBC

by William M. Welch

January 19, 2014

Online retail giant Amazon says it knows its customers so well it can start shipping even before orders are placed.

The Seattle-based company, which late last year said it wants to use drones to speed package delivery, gained a patent last month for what it calls "anticipatory shipping,'' the Wall Street Journal reports. Amazon, the Journal reported, says it may box and ship products that it expects customers in a specific area will want, based on previous orders and other factors it gleans from its customers' shopping patterns, even before they place an online order.

ip-watch.org

by William New

October 12, 2011

The Obama administration's recent signing of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement may face a US constitutional challenge as a member of the US Senate today called into question the administration's power to negotiate and enter into such a trade agreement without Congress's approval. Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat often out front on technology issues, sent a 12 October letter addressed to President Obama taking issue the US Trade Representative (USTR)'s assertions that the ACTA is a "sole executive agreement" which can be entered into and implemented without the legislative branch's involvement. USTR, which is part of the White House, has repeatedly said the agreement does not require changes to US law.

lewrockwell.com

by William Norman Grigg

June 18, 2014

Not surprisingly, in this is the age of Homeland Security Theater, cops and their fellow travelers often seek to provoke comments that can be construed as "threats" or "incitement" - and then demand that Facebook shut the supposedly offensive page.

Although government-aligned media outlets generally are faithful stenographers for the coercive caste, the same is not true of social media. YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter have fatally undermined the official narrative that law enforcement is a noble calling by offering critics the means to document and publicize the criminal violence and pervasive corruption that characterize the profession. Thus it's not surprising that police are seeking to ban Facebook pages that document police misconduct and demand accountability. "There are anti-anti-police pages starting whose main purpose isn't to engage the anti-police pages intellectually, but just to report and get them banned," warns LRC reader Buddhadev Chakraborty. "Examples of these pages are Stop the Cop Haters, and Night of Blue Lights."

The American Spectator

by William Tucker

July 2, 1998

Bill Gates and Microsoft have committed the crime of understanding the Information Age better than anyone else.

Now the Reno Justice Department has joined forces with Gates's competitors to teach him a lesson, ignoring what his brilliant career could teach them. On May 18, the Department of Justice filed an anti-trust suit against Microsoft Corporation, charging it with anti-trust violations in promoting its Internet Explorer over rival Internet browser Netscape. Simultaneously, attorneys general from 20 states filed companion suits on almost identical grounds.

infoworld.com

by Woody Leonhard

September 11, 2013

It must be Wretched Wednesday -- the day after Black Tuesday. Watch out for automatic patches KB 2817630, KB 2810009, KB 2760411, KB 2760588, and KB 2760583

No sooner did Microsoft release the latest round of Black Tuesday patches, than screams of agony began sounding all over the Internet. At this point, I've seen verified problems with KB 2817630, KB 2810009, KB 2760411, KB 2760588, and KB 2760583. Here's what we know at this point. KB 2817630 is not a security patch, it's a gratuitously delivered functionality patch for Office 2013, and man has it had an impact on functionality. I've seen dozens of reports that installing this patch, possibly in conjunction with the KB 2810009 patch that is part of MS13-074, causes the folder pane in Outlook 2013 to disappear. An anonymous poster on the SANS Internet Storm Center offers this picture of the effect.

facebook.com

by WPMU DEV

January 11, 2011

I'm going to take a look through the first page of Google to see just how safe pages ranking for "Free WordPress Themes" are.

8 out of 10 sites (the first results from a Google search) included base64 encoding in their themes. The average WordPress user no doubt knows that Google isn't the best place to find themes but the stats on these sites show that there are thousands of people downloading them and using them on their websites. Someone who has come to WordPress on the first time is more than likely to type "free WordPress themes" into Google to find a site that gives them what they want. Unfortunately they're more than likely to end up with spammy links, at best, on their site.

      
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