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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.

Poisoned web poses risk to security

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COMPUTER criminals are coming up with ever stealthier ways to make money. Rather than attack PCs or email inboxes, their latest trick is to subvert the very infrastructure of the internet, the domain name system (DNS) that routes all net traffic. Internet poisoning returned to the fore in early March, now new loopholes have opened and poisoning appears to be back.

EU to launch its own web domain

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The European Commission has said that the new internet domain name ".eu" will be up and running by the end of 2005.

Google Continues To Dazzle

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Google continued to dazzle Wall Street in its third quarter as a publicly traded company, blowing past analysts' estimates after the close on Thursday.

Army of zombies invades China

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China's rapid Internet growth has brought with it a somewhat disturbing side effect: multiplying zombies up to no good.

eBay 'most popular brand' online

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eBay is the top brand name on the net, according to calculations by net monitoring company Envisional. Microsoft was the most prominent company name in the index, but it was the sixth most negatively perceived. McDonald's came in as the least popular.

Google Sues for Halt of Froogles.com Domain

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Google Inc. asserts that Froogles and Froogles.com, a Web site that links to Web-based shopping deals, infringe on the Google trademark and dilute the value of the Google name. Richard Wolfe a sole proprietor operating this from his home.

20 Arrested in Crackdown on Internet Drugs

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Twenty people in the United States and abroad were arrested on charges they ran Internet pharmacies that illegally shipped narcotics, steroids and amphetamines to teenagers and other buyers around the world, federal authorities announced Wednesday.

OMB highlights best practices in federal information dissemination

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Citizens' access to federal information is increasing thanks to best practices of federal depository libraries, federal-funded community technology centers, public libraries, and the National Archives and Records Administration, according to the Office of Management and Budget.

Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Extend Internet Tax Ban

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If passed, bill would permanently bar Internet access levy, among others.

Associated Press to impose online licensing fees

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The Associated Press will begin charging newspapers and broadcasters to post its stories, photos and other content online, a pricing shift that reflects the growing power of the Internet to lure audiences and advertisers from more established media.

Tomorrow's Net speeds could be up to 1,600 percent faster

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If you think today's high-speed Internet connections are fast, wait until you see what cable operators plan.

The industry's standard-settings unit, CableLabs, plans this month to endorse technology that will let operators boost speeds 400 percent to 1,600 percent above current levels.

Area 51 Secrets Revealed

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TheInquirer is linking to a blog describing how to use Google Maps to peek into the uber-secret Area 51, complete with screenshots. They are quoted as saying, "Homeland security? We've heard of it." Big Grin

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