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by Paul Ferguson

November 10, 2005

If you satisfy the following criteria, we would like to hear from you:* You have a Windows computer; * First 4 Internet's "xcp" copy protection has been installed on your computer from a Sony CD (for more details, see our blog post referenced above or

We have not made any final decisions about filing any legal action, but we would like to hear from music fans who have been harmed by the Sony-BMG "rootkit" copy protection technology.

by Paul Ferguson

November 10, 2005

Simon sez, "On Macintouch today, Darren Dittrich reports that Sony's DRM software targets Macs too. Digging into the "enhanced" content on the disk, he found a that, when run, shows a license agreement, then asks you for an admin password. On en

Note that these aren't the rootkits that infect Windows PCs -- Sony's Mac crippleware comes from a different vendor called Suncomm.

Netscape News

November 10, 2005

MADRID (AFP) - Newspapers have no future without online and digital services, media executives heard at a World Association of Newspapers meeting in Madrid.

"Digital revenue is serious business ... Online business is a growth business, while newspapers are not," echoed Helmar Hipp, regional director of Austria's Voralberger Nachrichten, which draws 15 percent of its revenue from the Internet and related activities.


November 7, 2005

The Just Issued Bi-Partisan GAO and Carter-Baker Reports are Correct: Electronic Voting Machines Are Poorly Designed, not Secure and easily Hacked. Your Vote May NOT Be Counted!

Four of America's Leading Academic Experts in Computer Science and Voting machines offer the following pre-emptive emergency advice. The GAO issued a strongly worded indictment against electronic voting machines used in the 2004 elections, the same ones that will be used tomorrow in elections in California and around the country.

VNU Network (UK)

by Daniel Thomas

November 2, 2005

While the internet is providing new opportunities for businesses and consumers, its success is also making it a lucrative ground for criminals.

Organised crime syndicates and individual hackers are exposing flaws in IT products and consumer knowledge to steal money. Microsoft, the world's biggest software organisation, is a prime target for criminals trying to exploit vulnerabilities in its technology to launch viruses, compromise computers and plant money-stealing trojans.


October 31, 2005

Regulators agreed Monday to approve SBC Communications' takeover of AT&T and Verizon Communications' purchase of MCI - deals that allow the nation's biggest phone companies to grow bigger - but with conditions.

By 4-0 votes, the Federal Communications Commission approved the multibillion-dollar mergers with conditions that drew praise from rivals of SBC and Verizon. Consumer advocates, worried about shrinking competition in the industry, said the conditions didn't go far enough.

The Conservative Voice

by Jim Kouri, CPP

October 31, 2005

The Innocent Images National Initiative, a part of the FBI's Cyber Crimes Program, is an intelligence driven, proactive, multi-agency investigative initiative to combat the proliferation of child pornography.

The IINI provides centralized coordination and analysis of case information that by its very nature is national and international in scope, requiring unprecedented coordination with state, local, and international governments, and among FBI field offices across the country.

World Net Daily

by Joe Kovacs

October 29, 2005

WND inquiry prompts school to yank image which completely 'erased' rifle

On the heels of USA Today's doctored photograph of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice this week, a WorldNetDaily inquiry into an altered photo of a gun-toting Ward Churchill has prompted a Seattle-area college to remove the image from its website.

by Rhys Blakely

October 19, 2005

Google could be forced to rebrand its e-mail service across the whole of Europe following its failure to properly register "Gmail", according to a leading trade mark lawyer.

It is estimated Google could have run up a legal bill totalling hundreds of thousands pounds in its attempts to register Gmail as a trade mark in the European Union. But the real hit could be the loss of face the company could now suffer if it is forced to ditch the brand across the territory. The internet search company announced today that it had dropped the "Gmail" name in the UK, following a long-running dispute with London-based Independent II Research (IIIR), a tiny British financial research team, which claims to hold the right to use the trademark.

by Dominic Timms

October 19, 2005

Google has backed down in a trademark dispute over its new email service, forcing it to rebrand its UK service as Google Mail.

The internet giant said it had refused to bow to "exorbitant" demands - believed to be around $50m - from a British company that has applied for the Gmail trademark and would rename its UK service from this morning. Independent International Investment Research claims it registered the trademark in May 2002, two years before Google chose the name for its new email service. Rather than face further protracted negotiations, Google said it had decided to abandon the Gmail name, despite what it described as IIIR's "tenuous" claim.

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