Update: More On The Dutch Spam Wars

 Further to my post about the war between a spammer and three Dutch bloggers, I’ve heard from one of the bloggers, Bas Taart: I was one of the three bloggers that started the war on CustomerBlast (The spammer), and for the record, I’d like to say that I never went offline due to counterattacks. Customerblast.com …

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Update: Diebold Withdraws E-voting Suit?

 Further to my column about e-voting a few weeks back, Diebold, maker of electronic voting machines, has apparently withdrawn its suit against an ISP and some individuals for posting leaked company documents about some of the problems with their system. Stanford Law School reports that Diebold had filed papers with the court saying it ?has …

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News: Segway’s First Hit And Run

 A Segway rider in San Francisco hit a 3-year-old girl while riding — illegally — on one of the city’s sidewalks, ABC reports. The man fled the scene (on his Segway).     The police says it expects to be able to quickly track down the suspect by contacting Segway, and obtaining a list of …

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News: Google In A Mess?

 There’s an interesting piece in Fortune, apparently, on how Google is a company “in disarray”.     The Register reports that several big names have left because of “the juvenile company culture”: No one pays any attention at meetings, because they’re fiddling with their toys, reports Fortune.  

News: More Broadband For Cute Sounding Villages

 I wrote a few weeks back in my column about how a village in Northamptonshire, England, overcame the failure of the national carrier, BT, to install broadband by building their own Wi-Fi network. Neighbouring villages have taken a different route.   The BBC reports that Middleton Cheney, Byfield and some other Northants villages will have …

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Update: More DRM Woes For Online Music

 Further to my previous post about DRM, or digital rights management, here’s a story from IDG News Service about software that may allow Windows-using customers of Apple Computer Inc.’s iTunes Music Store to break the DRM technology that protects files downloaded from that service.   That the guy who posted it — or hosted it …

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News: The Future of Music and DRM

 For those of you interested in the debate about copyright protection for music (digital rights management, or DRM, as it’s called) here’s an interesting article from the industry point of view — and a lively discussion on the lively Slashdot forum (some contributions are more, er, erudite than others).   Something I think hasn’t been …

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Plea: Anyone Hit By Brand-Spoofing?

If anyone has been hit by the recent wave of ‘brand-spoofing’ spam or viruses — particularly those that appear to be from a bank, or from Paypal or eBay — could they please drop me a line? I’m very interested in following up on some of these cases for a future column. Reach me here. …

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News: Blogging For Politicians, Iranian Style

 If you need convincing that blogging is not some nerdy fringe activity, here’s some: Iranian vice-president Mohammad Ali Abtahi is a blogger.     It’s in Persian, iranFilter (a collective news blog) says, and is the first blog by a major Iranian politician. It’s personal rather than political, but has some nice surprises, such as …

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News: Spam Warfare, Dutch Style

If you wonder why people don’t just go after spammers, vigilante-style, here’s why. Three Dutch blogging websites launched an online war against a U.S. spammer, Customerblast.com late last week, and found they’d bitten off more than they could chew. The weblogs, according to The Register, tried to push Customerblast off the web with sustained distributed …

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