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Fri
04
Dec
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Massive Online Raid Shuts Down 1,200 Dubious Shopping Sites

As " Black Friday " proved, online shopping is alive and well this holiday season. However, an increase in Internet shopping presents an opportunity for online deviants looking to cash in on as many victims as possible. As one security unit has ... proven, hundreds upon hundreds of web traps are known to be in existence. Officials at Scotland Yard's e-crime unit discovered a myriad of Asian hoax websites. However, the foreign fraudsters are even more deceptive in their actions this time around, because the infected sites are masquerading as British domain names. This is done to give false ... (view more)

Mon
16
Nov
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YouTube Unveils 1080p High-Definition Video

Tired of watching grainy videos on the ideal time-waster, YouTube? Then you'll be happy to hear that the Google-owned video-sharing site will soon be releasing content in gorgeous high-resolution 1080p. YouTube announced over the weekend that, ... starting soon, users will be able to upload any video for viewing in 1080p, generally considered the highest resolution and thus best picture quality available today. The site has even posted a 1080p test video in case you're curious about how good high-def videos will actually look. Nothin' Beats 1080p YouTube first made high-definition video available ... (view more)

Tue
20
Oct
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Twitter Offered $500k For One-Day Banner Ad

A marketing firm has offered Twitter $500,000 USD to carry a banner advertisement for just one day. However, the ad to be carried by Twitter is not guaranteed to be accepted because the advertising firm in question has a controversial reputation. ... The CEO of uSocial, Leon Hill, said of the offer "While half-a-million dollars may seem like a large amount to invest in one banner for one day, we believe that the investment will be more than worth it." (Source: adoimagazine.com ) However, Twitter does not currently carry advertising; therefore, even if it wanted to take up this offer, it's ... (view more)

Tue
15
Sep
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Twitter Clarifies Copyright, Ads Still Probable

Twitter has reiterated that users of its microblogging service retain the copyright to their comments. However, the site has refused to rule out using posts for targeted advertising purposes in the future. The site has revised its terms and ... conditions to clarify various legal positions. The move appears to be a reaction to public relations problems experienced by rival social networking site Facebook, which recently declared it had the right to use content even after the relevant user had cancelled their account . On the face of it, Twitter is using plain language to reassure users of their ... (view more)

Tue
15
Sep
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Registry Mechanic 8 Review

Excellent news for anyone who uses MS Windows -- Registry Mechanic version 9 has just been released! Registry Mechanic is the long-standing market leader among Windows Registry Cleaners -- and it's not because of great marketing or a massive ... corporation behind it -- no, Registry Mechanic has the #1 slot simply because it works! Subscribers to the Infopackets email newsletter will have read Dennis Faas raving about this product for years; now I've tried it for myself, I can only agree with his praise. And with this very special release, we've arranged an exclusive offer just for you! Why do ... (view more)

Mon
14
Sep
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MS Denies using Explicit PPC Links to Promote Bing

Microsoft has denied suggestions that it has paid to use an explicit term (synonymous with film making) to promote its search engine Bing. Microsoft claims the pay-per-click (PPC) link to the site must have been triggered by another phrase. The ... controversy over the illicit keyword began when a writer at TechCrunch.com -- who asked to remain anonymous -- somehow wound up searching for the 'nasty' word in Google. The writer was surprised to find that the number one listed item in the sponsored pay-per-click results section was for Microsoft's search engine Bing. (Source: techcrunch.com ) How ... (view more)

Tue
01
Sep
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Wikipedia Unreliable Edits Leads to Color-Coded Text

Wikipedia.com is planning to introduce a feature which will color-code parts of its articles in order to show how reliable the information is likely to be. It's a solution to an ongoing problem that has led to a planned freeze on edits to entries ... about living individuals. The WikiTrust feature analyzes the text on a page and ranks each piece of text based on how recently it was edited. This is based on the idea that the longer a piece remains unchanged, the more likely it is that it is trustworthy -- otherwise (it is reasoned), Wikipedia's users would have overturned the edit. The feature ... (view more)

Wed
26
Aug
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Pirate Bay Survives Swedish Scare, Returns Next Day

A Swedish court has failed to make The Pirate Bay walk the plank. A day after the Torrent site's primary ISP was ordered to stop traffic to the site, The Pirate Bay is once again up and running. Yesterday we reported ISP Black Internet's decision to ... terminate its connection with controversial download site The Pirate Bay. Facing a $70,000 USD fine had it failed to stop traffic, Black Internet pleaded poverty and complied with the order. In the hours that followed, Pirate Bay was inaccessible to global traffic. Pirate Bay Blames "Odious Apparatus of MPAA," IFPI However, by yesterday ... (view more)

Tue
25
Aug
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Pirate Bay Torrent Site: ISP Terminates Connection

Yesterday brought another major setback for The Pirate Bay, the prolific Torrent site that for years has faced accusations that it enables the piracy of movies, TV shows, video games, and other media. The Pirate Bay's Swedish Internet service ... provider (ISP) Black Internet recently severed the site's connection to the world. The Pirate Bay last made news at the end of July, when a Dutch court ordered traffic to the site be blocked. Although Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi referred to the decision as rubbish, it appears Holland was only the beginning of the site's many troubles. $ ... (view more)

Mon
24
Aug
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Don't be Duped: Obama Spam Scam is Nothing But False Promises

Hackers have launched a new wave of malware attacks against critics of Barack Obama, duping users into a supposed cyber "protest" against the policies of the US President. Nothing could be further from the truth, however. The message has been cited ... as a mere ploy to get users to install malware on their machines. (Source: sfgate.com ) So why are so many falling for it? Read on. A Hot Political Issue Few people can argue that Obama's rise to the Presidency was a historic feat. However, it is often forgotten that while the majority of democratic voters chose Obama, hundreds of ... (view more)

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