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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.

Nintendo Mobile Game Machine Goes Online

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Taking up the fight with Sony Corp's recently released PlayStation Portable, Nintendo plans to bring online multiplayer action to its own handheld gaming system.

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Crime time for Chinese net users

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Around 20% of the world's hijacked computers sending out spam, attacking websites and hosting unsavoury material are in China, says a report.

Google Web Accelerator sparks privacy fears

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A software tool launched by Google on Wednesday that speeds up the process of downloading Web sites has caused some users to worry about their privacy.

People Telecom gets piracy warning

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Anti-piracy agencies are targeting a select number of Internet service providers with e-mails warning of illegal movie and software downloads by their users.

Pope's old car sells on Internet for nearly quarter million dollars

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Pope Benedict XVI's former car has sold for nearly a quarter of a million dollars after an Internet auction that saw bids rocket in the space of a few hours, organisers said.

Online Cannabis Dealers Jailed

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Three members of a drug dealing ring who used the internet to sell cannabis to addresses across the UK were sent to prison last week.

Inaction Could Lead to Cybersecurity Law

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U.S. businesses for years have urged the government to let them set computer-security standards of their own, but their inability to do so could now prompt Congress to step in, experts say.

Inmates find ways to go online

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Keith Maydak's jail cells are roomier than most. Must be all that cyberspace. Thousands of inmates access the Internet indirectly using inmate telephone and mail privileges and a network of family, friends or activists. Once on the Web, they enlist celebrities like Susan Sarandon to plead their case, pillory the prosecutors who imprisoned them, or simply find pen pals.

Ad Rev Surpasses Dotcom Boom Levels

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U.S. Internet advertising surged 33 percent in 2004 to a record $9.6 billion, surpassing levels seen during the early Web boom, and will grow at a similar rate in 2005, according to data released on Thursday.

Porn-surfing Norwegians awarded $40k

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Two workers sacked for hunting net smut at work have been awarded $40,000 a head for unfair dismissal. Expect Norwegian exports to fall by 60 per cent over the next six months and a sharp increase in "work-related" RSI and acute male blindness syndrome.

Net-illiterate 'failing children'

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Internet-illiterate parents could leave their children on the wrong side of the digital divide, researchers have said.

Online news sites more liked than ever

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Internet news sites are more popular than ever before and are continuing to erode newspapers' mindshare, research has found.

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