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Many Unaware of Browser-Security Link

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Many American online computer users are unaware that choice of browser affects Internet security, and few switch browsers even when they know the risk, a Norwegian study said Monday.

Sweden's parliament passes law against file sharing

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Swedish parliament passed a law banning the free exchange of material protected by copyright over the Internet. The law also gives holders of copyrights a legal basis to file for damages. The retail price of a 5GB blank DVD will now probably rise from the current 10 krones to 30.

Doctor sells surgery exam answers on eBay

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Doctors who fail the American Board of Surgery written exam are no longer allowed to review their tests privately after one man wrote down the answers to dozens of questions and offered them for sale on the Internet.

Microsoft-Netscape Conflict Leaves Firefox

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Due to Internet Explorer instabilities and those trying to poke holes in it, there is room for change. The browser war is far from being over.

Should you post your résumé online?

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Q: Will I get caught if I post my résumé on the Net?

I have been cautioned about putting my résumé online. For example, your existing employer might find out that you are looking for another job if they find your résumé.

This Is Your Brain on E-Mail

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Some might call it progress - others call it addiction. Whatever you call it, it's hard to turn a corner without seeing someone flipping open a cell phone or PDA to casually browse through their e-mail inbox. Does paying regular attention to e-mail really classify as an addiction?

Woman sues Yahoo over nude photos

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A woman sued Yahoo for $3 million, alleging the Internet site failed to fulfill a promise to remove nude pictures of her from the Web.

Google chief says M$ no competition

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Software giant Microsoft has set out to topple search king Google, but to listen to Eric Schmidt you almost wouldn't think the two companies were rivals. "There's plenty of room for all the players."

CIA overseeing 3-day war game on Internet

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The CIA is conducting a war game this week to simulate an unprecedented, Sept. 11-like electronic assault against the United States.

The Internet goes Greek

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Starting July 4 for the first time Greeks be able to name their Internet sites with letters from the Greek alphabet.

High Court blocks web porn sales

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Adult-only porn videos and DVDs cannot be sold in the UK by mail order, the web or phone, the High Court has ruled.

BitTorrent Creator to Launch Search Engine

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The creator of the popular online file-sharing program BitTorrent said Monday he is preparing to launch a Web-based search engine that will comb the Internet for sites hosting files for downloading movies, music and other data.

NWS Public Forecasts to be Gutted?

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The National Weather Service web site, run by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, provides a wealth of weather, hydrological, and climatological data that has, historically, been freely available in many forms to anyone who wants to go through it. Senator Santorum, for reasons probably best attributed to his campaign contributors, apparently wants to end all that in favor of creating what looks to me like a government-sponsored monopoly for companies like Accuweather and The Weather Channel.

Yes, ad-savvy Google scans your Gmail

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There are a lot of reasons some people will hate this, on principle. It is an invasion of privacy, a sneaky way to sell you something, proof that no matter how hip a company may seem, when they get a little success, they start acting like Big Brother. Or Darth Vader.

Google's Home Page Gets Personal

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Users will be able to view news, weather, and Gmail messages on the company's home page.

Porn Valley Goes Blogging

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Porn stars, porn gossip scribes and porn production workers are turning to blogs to expose what it's really like to live and work in the San Fernando Valley-based sex industry.

Netscape's Two-Headed Monster

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Like something out of Dr. Frankenstein's laboratory, the programmers at Netscape have resurrected a browser that most Internet users had left for dead. Netscape 8 lets you view Web pages using either the Firefox or Internet Explorer engine.

Daily Earthquake Forecasts for CA Now Online

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Starting today, Californians will be able to check the Internet for their daily earthquake forecast.

Psycho girlfriend on eBay promises 1-month fantasy

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"Let me be your fantasy imaginary psycho girlfriend for a month. I am 29 years old, 115 pounds, with natural purple hair and a fascination with death. I am certifiably insane (copy of certificate available upon request)."

Google puts the brakes on Accelerator

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Google has stopped downloads of Accelerator, blaming capacity problems, after some users complained their privacy had been invaded.

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