This one nearly escaped my radar, and does not seem to have ruffled many news source feathers either. Which is surprising, because in my never humble opinion it is actually quite an important bit of news. The Virginia Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of Jeremy Jaynes (the 8th most prolific spammer according to Spamhaus at the time of the arrest) who, way back in November 2004, was the first person in the US to get jail time for spamming. Indeed, on the double spammy whammy of distributing bulk email of ‘disguised origin’ and possessing a stolen database of …

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McAfee publish a list of the top 10 spam subject lines, because of the work done by their threat research and filtering labs as well as customer feedback, and the latest for July shows how the spammer is now concentrating more on ID theft and less on helping you achieve sexual satisfaction or financial security. Certainly comparing the current subject lines with those from other surveys that have crossed my path over the years makes for interesting reading, in a spam threat evolving without end kind of a way. Let us get July 2006 out of the way first, the …

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[ATTACH=right]16954[/ATTACH]What's a billionaire to do when he's not in the spotlight so much anymore and maybe getting a little, well... bored? Sue everyone that people are paying more attention to than you, that's what! Interval Licensing, the company owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, is suing nearly every big name in tech - the lawsuit names AOL, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo and YouTube as defendants, alleging violations of patents related to search, multimedia, database management and "screen activity" (e.g. pop-ups.) No specifics just yet on exactly how each company violated the patents, but a …

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On the same day that [URL="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-11225197"]UK Business Secretary, Vince Cable, has been explaining that Government sees "no justification for taxpayers' money being used to support research which is neither commercially useful nor theoretically outstanding"[/URL] and that universities will be expected to "do more for less" an event has been showcasing the latest near-market products and technologies that have evolved from just such research. [youtube]5yMEYXweFjc[/youtube] The 'Meerkats and Avatars' event held at the Hauser Forum and organized by St John's Innovation Centre, took place today and served as a great reminder that commercially viable science and technology innovation is most certainly …

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The biggest heroes and villains in IT history have been revealed as the results of a new poll are published. Perhaps rather surprisingly, Steve Jobs is just as hated as Bill Gates and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is more hated than both of them. But that's just where the shock results from this particular survey start: wait until you see how people voted in the 'greatest computing hero of all time' section. [ATTACH=RIGHT]23676[/ATTACH]The poll, conducted by IT and Telecoms recruitment specialists Greythorn, asked IT professionals in the United Kingdom who they thought the most unpopular person ever in the history …

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So you want to work on any computer as you owned it, but without going through the whole remote access process? Thanks to an early-stage company established after the founders met whilst studying for PhDs in Computer Science at Cambridge University your wishes might just be about to come true. [URL="http://www.fonleap.com"]Fonleap[/URL], one of seventeen companies showcasing exciting new technology at the annual Meerkats and Avatars event in Cambridge today, is launching a virtual machine in your pocket which uses your smartphone to transport a desktop, in its entirety, from one computer to another. In a nutshell, according to Fonleap co-founder …

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According to reports, the [URL="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/8578704/CIA-website-hacked-by-Lulz-Security.html"]LulzSec hacking group has claimed responsibility[/URL] for a denial of service hack attack on the cia.gov website resulting in it being inaccessible for a while late yesterday. [attach]21307[/attach] LulzSec appears to have taken up the baton of high profile hacking from the Anonymous group in recent weeks, with attacks being reported to have hit the Senate, News Corp, Sony and even the UK National Health Service. Yet all these hacks have one thing in common: they all seem to be aimed at getting media exposure as much as anything else. It could also be argued that …

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When was the last time you backed up your computer? More importantly, have you ever backed up your website? While malware and viruses are still around, many people know what to do when their computers are having problems. There are endless products for scanning your computer system and deleting those problem issues. But the vast majority of website owners rarely, if ever, back up their sites. It is generally too hard or involves too many steps to be done quickly. Website owners may have an old copy of the original site and a copy of some of the pages they …

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The Maine State Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection reported today that it has received a query from an unnamed out-of-state finance company about placing Global Positioning System units into vehicles it finances or that its customers used as collateral, according to an [URL="http://www.bangordailynews.com/story/Statewide/GPS-data-intruding-on-privacy,151289"]article [/URL]in the [I]Bangor Daily News[/I]. Such GPSes were not intended to help the company repossess the vehicle more easily or to track it in case of theft, but to ensure that the person was working by analyzing the person's traffic pattern, said bureau of consumer credit protection superintendent Will Lund, according to the article. Worse, Lund said …

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The trouble with being a mobile kind of guy is that the proliferation of mobile gadgets that I tend to carry around with me demand a small suitcase to bring the power supplies along if I am to be away from home for longer than a day or so. Sure, battery longevity is improving all the time, and convergence means that I can carry multiple technologies with me in a single gadget these days, but the power supply problem remains. If I want to travel light and leave the laptop at home, that means I don’t want to fill a …

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When sysadmin [URL="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/07/23/sf_admin_stays_jailed/"]Terry Childs went off the rails[/URL] in San Francisco a few weeks ago and deliberately locked down the majority of the city's network, no one should really have been surprised. As most IT professionals will tell you, it was bound to happen sooner or later. [URL="http://www.infoworld.com/article/08/08/18/34FE-it-under-pressure_1.html"]InfoWorld[/URL] took a fascinating look at the soft underbelly of the IT work world recently. Sadly, all of the author's sources refused to be identified out of concern for their jobs. I find that level of fear disturbing since serious issues rarely get better unless they are exposed to the light of day …

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I'm probably a disgrace to my gender for saying this but I think the new study showing women in IT face "significant barriers to advancement" is a bit overblown. According to [URL="http://anitaborg.org/news/archive/new-research-reveals-significant-barriers-to-advancement-for-mid-level-technical-women/"] research conducted by the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology[/URL], the situation is so bad that nearly 30% of women are planning to leave their mid-level tech positions within the next year to "pursue alternative options." The study makes a number of assertions that seem to lay the blame for unhappy female tech workers at the feet of businesses without looking at all possible factors. For instance: …

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[ATTACH=right]16919[/ATTACH]The good people at Mozilla have read our minds, again. The latest [URL="http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/beta/"]beta version of Firefox 4[/URL], released on Tuesday, has a new tool to help you get out from under that unruly pile of browser tabs. It's called 'Panorama,' a shortcut-accessible drag-and-drop workspace that allows you to move and organize your browser tabs into named groups. The workspace is also scalable, so you can increase the size of the group of tabs that you're currently working on, or shrink those that are less important and don't require attention. Not to underestimate our ability to overwhelm ourselves with multitasking, however, …

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I want to get to the impact of the current economic crisis on tech workers, but first a word on U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulsen, who engineered the mammoth $700 federal bailout of Wall Street with your tax dollars. And your kids' future tax dollars, and their kids' future tax dollars. I've heard from a lot of Wall Street wise-guys that Paulsen has misread the problem, and that we, as a country, are giving the federal government way too much power that we'll never get back. Oh, and that there is no guarantee that the bailout will even work. Exhibit …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]17164[/ATTACH][URL="http://www.intel.com/idf/"]Intel Developer Forum 2010[/URL] starts today in San Francisco. The city is decorated from the airport to downtown with banners and ads by Intel with clever catch phrases like “Sponsors of Tomorrow,” “Shake hand with the future” and “Big thinkers, welcome home.” Today is the first of a three day event designed to introduce some new products, technologies and innovation from Intel Corporation and some of its industry partners. The aim is also to gather around “big thinkers” programmers, developers, engineers and designers and encourage them to innovate [with Intel ingredients of course]. On the agenda are some keynotes from …

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A lovely juxtaposition of two articles at TechCrunch this weekend: One expressed concern about discrimination against older workers in the computer industry; the other said that if women weren't successful in the tech industry, it wasn't men's fault. (H/T to @jmhodges, whose Twitter posting provided inspiration for the title.) The [URL="http://techcrunch.com/2010/08/28/silicon-valley%E2%80%99s-dark-secret-it%E2%80%99s-all-about-age/"]age [/URL]piece, by Vivek Wadhwa, criticized the computer industry for discrimination against older workers, and offered older workers advice. "My advice to managers is to consider the value of the experience that the techies bring," Wadhwa wrote. "With age frequently come wisdom and abilities to follow direction, mentor, and lead. …

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[ATTACH=right]16801[/ATTACH]The holiday shopping season has apparently come early to the tech world. First came the big and stupefying news that [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story305645.html"]Intel was purchasing security leader McAfee[/URL] for $7.68 billion earlier, and now the end of the week brings a new flurry of acquisitions from three more industry leaders. [B]Google Likes What it Sees in Like.com[/B] It's been a long, tortured romance between the two search engines. The Mountain View Monster originally courted Like.com's visual search service for retail back in 2004 when the brand new company was known as Riya. As Like.com itself explains, its technology... [QUOTE]lets us understand visually …

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Geolocation features in cameras are giving thieves new information when someone proudly posts a picture of their new acquisition, whether it's a boat, a flat-screen TV, or a new car, according to an [URL="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/12/technology/personaltech/12basics.html?_r=1"]article [/URL]last week in the [I]New York Times[/I]. Some cameras and smart phones embed location-specific information, such as latitude and longitude, into the metadata, or information, about a picture. Canny thieves can click on the picture, check the metadata, and determine the location of the prize, or just the house or garage full of power tools behind it. Combined with information such as posts about a user’s …

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The big mystery of what exactly Verizon and Google were talking about behind closed doors was solved this afternoon when about 1:45 p.m. ET, the two telecom companies issued a joint policy proposal, announcing a compromise on net neutrality. Their [URL="http://www.scribd.com/doc/35599242/Verizon-Google-Legislative-Framework-Proposal"]suggestions[/URL] are legislative framework for policymakers, they said. "Google and Verizon have been working together to find ways to preserve the open Internet andthe vibrant and innovative markets it supports, to protect consumers, and to promote continued investment in broadband access. With these goals in mind, together we offer a proposed open Internet framework for the consideration of policymakers and …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]16516[/ATTACH]On Thursday, Federal Communications Commission chair [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julius_Genachowski"]Julius Genachowski[/URL] said the he found the idea of Internet service providers offering faster speeds for users willing to pay extra fees "unacceptable." His statement was in reaction to rumors earlier this week that [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story302325.html"]Google and Verizon were working on an agreement[/URL] that would open the way for Verizon offering such a distinction in service. The Commission has been working on its own talks with large Internet service provider and content companies, but news that Google and Verizon might be working on a deal of their own brought the talks to a halt. [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story302391.html"]Google …

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[ATTACH=right]16268[/ATTACH]The federal government and almost all these United States are broke, and so they're considering something we've all at least thought about from time to time: making money off the Internet. There's a fight brewing in Washington, D.C. over an attempt to collect sales tax from online purchases... yet again. The idea is pretty simple - states haven't been able to collect sales tax on most Internet purchases thanks to a 1992 Supreme Court Decision holding that retailers can only charge tax in states where they have a physical presence (yes, all the folks in Kentucky have been getting screwed …

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In a new development to [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story302325.html"]news earlier today[/URL] that Verizon and Google were nearing an agreement that might end net neutrality, both companies have now released statements to the contrary. In Google's case, the statement came as a [URL="http://twitter.com/googlepubpolicy/statuses/20393606477"]Tweet[/URL] around mid-day Thursday. "@NYTimes is wrong. We've not had any convos with VZN about paying for carriage of our traffic. We remain committed to an open internet," the Tweet said.[ATTACH]16425[/ATTACH]Verizon had posted a similar [URL="http://policyblog.verizon.com/BlogPost/740/NewYorkTimesStoryisMistaken.aspx"]statement[/URL] on its Policy Blog shortly before that. "The NYT article regarding conversations between Google and Verizon is mistaken.  It fundamentally misunderstands our purpose," David Fish wrote. …

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Rumors surfaced today saying Verizon and Google are reportedly close to making a deal that could end net neutrality. The [URL="http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100805/ap_on_hi_te/us_tec_google_verizon"]Associated Press[/URL] reported that the two companies, which have been in talks for close to a year, may reach an agreement in the coming days. If such an agreement were reached, it would change the face of the Internet as we know it, giving telecommunications companies the ability to choose the speed and order of content delivery. It could mean faster services, but at a price to both the online sites that want their content to be top-priority and Internet …

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On Thursday 2nd June 2009 it will be the 20th anniversary of the Tienanmen Square massacre when an undisclosed number of student protesters were killed after tanks rolled into squash the protests. You might imagine, then, that in China services such as Twitter would be a-buzz with talk about the day. Well it probably would have been, had the Chinese authorities not closed it down on Tuesday. Various chatroom sources are saying that both Twitter and Hotmail have been blocked throughout the mainland of China since 5pm on Tuesday, China time. There have also been some reports of Windows Live …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]16368[/ATTACH]Users of multiple Google accounts have found it inconvenient in the past to have to log in and out of the individual accounts in order to access a particular one. [URL="http://www.google.com/support/accounts/bin/answer.py?answer=181602"]Now you can access all of them from a single browser window[/URL]. The functionality, which is in the process of becoming publicly available today, can be enabled by going to the Google Accounts Management Dashboard and looking under Personal Settings. The "Multiple sign-in" setting, which is off by default, should appear below the "Email addresses" setting. To enable it, click on "Change." According to Google, [URL="http://googlesystem.blogspot.com/2010/08/google-multiple-sign-in-now-available.html"]if it's not there yet, …

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This morning, General Electric (GE) announced that it's investing in [URL="http://www.synapsense.com/go/index.cfm"]SynapSense[/URL], a startup working to develop hardware and software that monitors data center power usage in order to help companies determine where they can cut data center costs. Other investors in the company include American River Ventures, Robert Bosch Venture Capital, DFJ Frontier, Emerald Technology Ventures, and Nth Power. Existing customers of the SynapSense technology include Facebook, NBC, and Yahoo. [ATTACH]16145[/ATTACH] Along with the investment, it's agreed to create a commercial partnership with SynapSense in order to offer customers of its monitoring software and hardware for IT systems a package …

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[ATTACH=right]16135[/ATTACH]A day after Wikileaks dropped one of the biggest leaked bombshells on the U.S. government, perhaps since the Pentagon Papers, typing wikileaks.org into a browser is likely to get you nothing more than a blank browser window. The somewhat mysterious collective site released over 91,000 secret reports related to the Afghan War that paint a bleak picture of the war effort. The New York Times, (UK) Guardian and Germany's Der Spiegel were given access to the documents a month previous to their going live on Wikileaks. The New York Times released its reporting on the document on Sunday. The posting …

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[ATTACH=right]16132[/ATTACH]The U.S. Copyright Office has made new changes to the DMCA and there's some big ones in the mix. For one, it's no longer illegal to circumvent copy protection in order to copy a DVD for use in the classroom - under certain circumstances. Every three years, the office examines American copyright to see how it needs to be adjusted to account for changes in technology. One of the things it looks at is DRM (digital rights management) technology that affects the ability of people to make use of works in a way that does not infringe copyright, such as …

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Mike Maser, Chief Strategy Officer at Digg, has [URL="http://blog.digg.com/?p=928"]confirmed[/URL] that Digg Ads will start rolling out in an early beta format during the next few days. So expect to start seeing sponsored Diggs mixed up with the real stuff, although the adverts will carry a 'sponsored by' title the screenshots suggest that they will not be easily distinguishable from ordinary Diggs if you ask me. Maser is "excited" about the move and says the goal of Digg Ads is to "encourage advertisers to create content as compelling as organic Digg stories, and to give you more control over which ads …

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You might wonder why a 10 year old web building business managed to become the number one trending topic on Twitter this last week, with the moonfruit hashtag being tweeted in excess of 10,000 times an hour at one point. The answer is not as straightforward as some would have you believe. OK, the facts of the matter seem pretty simple: the Moonfruit marketing department decided to run a 'competition' to celebrate 10 years in business whereby anyone who included #moonfruit in their postings on Twitter would be entered into a random draw. The prize, spread across a 10 day …

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