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posted in March 2008

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Google Has A Privacy Policy That Doesn't Offer Privacy
Commentary  |  3/31/2008
In an effort to demonstrate its commitment to privacy, Google on Friday announced a revamp of its online Privacy Center, a repository for information about Google's privacy policies and practices. On Sunday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Google's enterprise search hardware is finding its way into U.S. intelligenc
Apple's Security Patch Process Gets Worse While Microsoft's Gets Better
News  |  3/31/2008
Swiss researchers suggest that the revived popularity of Apple's products may have left the company unable to keep up with security risks.
Google Docs 'Geared' Up To Work Offline
News  |  3/31/2008
Copying online Google Docs files to a local device and synchronizing local copies with remote versions could take some time if the files in question are large or numerous.
Anti-Islamic Film Taken Offline Following Threats
News  |  3/28/2008
LiveLeak.com said it removed the film Fitna from its servers after serious threats to its employees.
Craigslist Slammed For Hosting Prostitution Ads
News  |  3/28/2008
The company says it has implemented a new screening process for erotic service ads that has substantially cut down on the number of such ads.
MacBook Air Hacked In Two Minutes
News  |  3/28/2008
Security researchers from Independent Security Evaluators managed to hack a MacBook Air using a zero-day vulnerability in Apple's Safari 3.1 Web browser.
Amazon Flexes Its EC2 Muscle With Elastic IP Addresses
News  |  3/27/2008
The company revamps its Web services to be a more fault tolerant way to manage servers that would be available to developers running their own physical servers in a data center.
Adobe Launches Online Photoshop Beta
News  |  3/27/2008
The well-known company's entrance into online photo editing and sharing is likely to be felt by competing services like Picnik, Phixr, and Splashup.
YouTube Debuts Viewer Analytics Tool
News  |  3/27/2008
The service is designed to help video makers understand more about where their viewers are and how those viewers found their videos.
China Denies Claims It Might Bug Beijing Hotel During Olympics
News  |  3/26/2008
Officials cite security reasons for warning travelers that their rooms may be accessed at any time without their consent or knowledge.
Chinese Government Aims To Tame Hackers
News  |  3/26/2008
A Chinese hacker's eight-year prison sentence is one of the toughest ever seen, according to a consultant.
Google Search Within Search Box Hurts Affiliates, Says IDC
News  |  3/26/2008
Follow-up searches without leaving Google.com means any ad revenue generated by this second search goes to Google and not to site owners, particularly publishers.
Engineer Gets 24 Year Sentence For Trying To Steal Navy Secrets
News  |  3/25/2008
A Chinese-born contractor with Power Paragon was found guilty last May of trying to obtain submarine technology and to illegally export that information to China.
Rich Parents Prefer Google, Are Better At Spotting Suspect Info
News  |  3/25/2008
A Tufts University study sees the emergence of a "digital skills divide" based on socioeconomic status.
Facebook Privacy Glitch Revealed Private Paris Hilton Pictures
News  |  3/25/2008
Facebook's new privacy controls couldn't stop one user from pulling up private pictures of Paris Hilton and other access-restricted pictures.
Blu-Ray Copy Protection Breached
News  |  3/24/2008
A West Indies company says it has defeated the BD+ DVD copy protection scheme, which was thought to be virtually impenetrable.
Anti-Koran Film Site Suspended By Network Solutions
News  |  3/24/2008
Networks Solutions says it is investigating whether the Web site for a movie that has not yet been released has violated its acceptable use policy.
Microsoft Issues Word Vulnerability Warning
News  |  3/24/2008
Users of Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2, Windows Vista, and Windows Vista Service Pack 1 are not vulnerable.
Mozilla CEO: Apple's Safari-To-Windows Distribution Scheme Is Wrong
News  |  3/21/2008
Apple made Safari version 3.1 available for Windows through its Software Update control panel and as a download from its Web site.
Pro-Tibet Groups Targeted In Cyberspace
News  |  3/21/2008
The attacks on mailing lists and online forums contain information related to recent events in Tibet and may appear to come from a trusted person or organization.
Apple, AT&T Re-Sued Over iPhone Voicemail
News  |  3/20/2008
The arguable innovation of the patent, held by Klausner Technologies, is the ability to access voice messages nonsequentially.
Amazon Introduces Fulfillment Web Service
News  |  3/20/2008
The feature lets merchants store their own products in Amazon's storehouses until instructed by Amazon FWS to fulfill orders.
Online Bidding Site To Silence Silent Auctions
News  |  3/20/2008
E-commerce site cMarket expects to host more than 3,000 online fund-raising events for the likes of the United Way and the Muscular Dystrophy Association this year.
Apple Files Patent For Holographic 3-D Display
News  |  3/20/2008
Apple says recent developments in computers and computer graphics have made spatial 3-D images more practical and accessible.
Google Debuts Portal For Non-Profits
News  |  3/19/2008
This site features ideas and tutorials for how to use Google tools to promote a group's work, raise money, and operate more efficiently.
Apple's Logo Makes You More Creative Than IBM's
News  |  3/19/2008
Researchers with Duke University and Canada's University of Waterloo claim a mere 30-millisecond exposure to famous brand logos can influence view behavior.
Apple Releases Jumbo Security Update
News  |  3/19/2008
While Apple doesn't characterize the vulnerabilities by severity, a significant number of them could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the affected system.
Google Maps Now Open To Editing
News  |  3/18/2008
Certain place markers that correspond to hospitals or local businesses that have been claimed through Google's Local Business Center cannot be altered.
Apple Faces Time Machine Patent Lawsuit
News  |  3/18/2008
The lawsuit is based on Mirror Worlds' concept of organizing files in a time-based stack or stream.
Thieves Steal 4.2 Million Credit And Debit Card Numbers From Supermarket Servers
News  |  3/18/2008
Hannaford Bros. CEO Ron Hodge said the data intrusion had been contained and that names and addresses were not accessed.
State Of The News Media Not So Great In 2008
News  |  3/17/2008
One finding of the report is that news Web sites are no longer final destinations and search has become the dominant paradigm for dealing with information online.
YouTube Blocked By China
News  |  3/17/2008
The BBC, CNN, and Yahoo News Web sites have also been inaccessible in the region over the past few days following violence in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa.
'Spam King' Robert Alan Soloway Pleads Guilty
News  |  3/17/2008
Soloway could receive up to 20 years in prison and over half a million dollars in fines for mail, e-mail, and tax violations.
Google Sky Rises Above Google Earth
News  |  3/13/2008
However, the launch that allows the previous plug-in to be seen in a separate Web browser is partially being eclipsed by a lawsuit.
Thought-To-Speech Interface Gives Voice To Voiceless
News  |  3/13/2008
Audeo captures neurological information from the brain and translates it into speech.
Google Unveils Ad Inventory Management Tool
News  |  3/13/2008
Google Ad Manager aims to help Web publishers sell as much of their ad space inventory as possible.
Cisco, Adobe Issue Security Bulletins
News  |  3/12/2008
While the vulnerabilities are not related, both companies warn against manipulation of arbitrary files.
Pacemakers Vulnerable To Hacking
News  |  3/12/2008
Three medical schools demonstrate the wireless dangers that can disturb an implantable cardioverter defibrillator like the Medtronic Maximo DR.
YouTube Releases Updated APIs
News  |  3/12/2008
The company also announced that TiVo users will be able to access YouTube videos directly through their TVs later this year.
Microsoft Patch Tuesday Fixes A Dozen Office Flaws
News  |  3/11/2008
Security researchers suggest client-side vulnerabilities are more likely to bear fruit for hackers than the server side vulnerabilities.
Google Finalizes $3.1 Billion DoubleClick Acquisition
News  |  3/11/2008
The decision ends almost a year of uncertainty surrounding the deal, which gained an EU stamp of approval Tuesday.
Mozilla Labs Updates Prism Prototype
News  |  3/10/2008
Prism aims to provide a way for online applications to work outside of the normal browser window, using a subset of browser infrastructure.
Thieving Third-Party Gmail App Highlights Google Security Worries
News  |  3/10/2008
A .Net programmer finds G-Archiver steals users' Gmail login details, adding to a growing number of security incidents.
Security Camera Sees Through Clothes Without Showing Skin
News  |  3/10/2008
The camera works at a range of up to 25 meters, making it potentially useful for both single-person screening and crowd scenarios.
Google Report Highlights Spam As Top Security Issue
News  |  3/7/2008
The company's acquisition of Postini helped the search engine produce its first annual Google Communications Intelligence Report.
Google Ad Adjustment Threatens Bloated Web Pages
News  |  3/7/2008
With Quality Scores, excessively large Web pages, or Web pages served by slow servers, will cost more to advertise.
U.S. Military Restricts Google Maps
News  |  3/7/2008
The DOD took action when Street View images of Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, appeared on Google Maps.
How Many Engineers Will It Take To Change The Light Bulb?
News  |  3/6/2008
The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 calls for incandescent lights to be 25% to 30% more energy efficient in 2012 than they are now.
Swiss Bank Abandons Lawsuit Against Wikileaks
News  |  3/6/2008
The wiki had posted financial documents it said proved tax evasion by Bank Julius Baer's clients.
'Bum Bot' Robot Cop Drives Away Drug Dealers
News  |  3/5/2008
An Atlanta tavern owner's remote-controlled chicken smoker comes with a video camera, public address system, and high-pressure water gun.
Windows XP FireWire Attack Also Defeats Windows Vista
News  |  3/5/2008
Microsoft may not address the "winlockpwn" authentication bypass issue because it's not technically a vulnerability, researchers said.
Google Hacking Database Tool Updated
News  |  3/5/2008
The Google Hacking Database Tool is an online application that automates Google searches for files and other data associated with Web site vulnerabilities.
OpenMoko Offers Phone Case CAD Files For 3-D Printing
News  |  3/4/2008
The company releases its CAD files to the open source community in a technology that can create unique plastic parts for a mobile device at home for about $3,500.
Google Gears Goes Mobile
News  |  3/4/2008
Google is making available an application programming interface for storing Web application data on mobile devices.
Google Groups Grapples With Porn Spam
News  |  3/3/2008
Pornographic images and videos began appearing on Google Groups pages over the weekend, along with infectious malware.
Google Health Gets Personalized Advice From SafeMed
News  |  3/3/2008
The U.S. Institute of Medicine estimates that there are 1.5 million health-care related, preventable adverse drug events in the U.S. annually.
Virginia Supreme Court: No First Amendment Right To Spam
News  |  3/3/2008
Spamming itself is not illegal, but an appeal to protect false message routing information may take Jeremy Jaynes' case to the U.S. Supreme Court.


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