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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.

Wal-Mart targets parody site

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A college student was forced to redesign a Web site satirizing a foundation run by Wal-Mart after the discount retail giant claimed he violated copyright law by using graphics from the company's Web site.

Beware How You Google

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A simple misspelling of Google's domain name could lead to a Web surfer's worst nightmare.

In a new twist to the old practice of "typosquatting," virus writers have registered a slight variation of Google Inc.'s popular search-engine site to take advantage of any users who botch the spelling of the google.com URL.

Specialist gets eight months for hacking

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A former Los Alamos National Laboratory computer specialist was sentenced to eight months in prison Monday for hacking into and damaging the computers of several high-tech companies, including online auction giant eBay Inc.

Online tabloid gets out the BIG NEWS

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"CHILI-FINGER CHICK IN THE CLINK." There are subtler ways to describe the arrest of the woman who claims she found a finger in a serving of Wendy's chili.

But Sploid.com prefers screaming headlines and news roundups that mix the big stories of the day with ones the editors find amusing.

E-crime investigations hit by specialists doing 'dog work'

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Computer crime investigations are suffering because the UK's highly trained police specialists are being forced to waste time on basic tasks such as copying hard discs, a senior security consultant has revealed.

Slain Marine's e-mail raises legal issues

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Yahoo Inc. may have resolved its dispute with a family over accessing the e-mail account of a Marine killed in Iraq, but legal experts say such conflicts are bound to be more common as e-mail becomes a crucial component of our lives.

Google readies banner offerings

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Google is taking a big step toward becoming an online banner-advertising network as the market for brand ads heats up.

THE DARTH SIDE: MEMOIRS OF A MONSTER

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Yes, even the dark lord of the Empire has a blog now, and it turns out he's a sensitive soul who, like anybody, has to put up with foolish underlings and cybernetic body malfunctions.

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