Microsoft is suing Secure Computer's Spyware Cleaner software because their software allegedly does more harm than good. Not only does it not clean up the spyware on a user's machine but it also makes the machine less secure because of their software. The lawsuit was filed in the state of Washington under their 2005 Computer Spyware Act. Read more about it here.
Google Earth seems to have captured an image of a car that seems to be flying. Kind of reminds me of Harry Potters' ride. The Register has the scoop as they sent someone to go take real pictures of the area. Pretty interesting read.
If you use Google, and you probably do, you might be surprised at the amount of information they record about you. Worst of all, you probably don't even know about it. According to a phone survey done by the Ponemon Institute, a mere 23% of the people surveyed were aware that Google collects personal data. Not only does Google connect your search results with your IP address, but it also can connect your search results with other Google services such as Gmail. Makes you wonder just how much Google knows about you, doesn't it? Read all about it at The Register.
Internet | German Court Demands Wikipedia to be Shutdown
As if Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, were not in already troublesome light, the German high court is demanding that the Wikipedia local site be shut down due to a hacker's real name being published online. Who will Wikipedia vex next? Only time will tell, it seems. Get more information here.
So the WMF Vulnerability was not actually a Microsoft-created Windows back-door (as reported on The Register) but it's still something that they should patch up, right? Anyway, the rumor (that it as a back-door) started when a developer could not easily explain the workings of a patch that was released and simply attributed it to an MS conspiracy. If only all things Microsoft were a conspiracy...
A 22-year-old industrial design student at the University of NSW in Australia has put together his idea of a digital postcard. A user will be able to snap a few shots with a digital camera equipped with a LCD. Once done, drop it off in the mail and the receiver will be able to view a slideshow. Ingenious! Read more about it here.
In an article posted on The Register today, some lobby groups in France proposed an amendment so that remuneration in the form of a flat fee (perhaps, something monthly) would be given for a certain amount of online downloads. Hurray for France?
Yet another "religious" perishable was posted for auction on eBay. This time, it's a spud with a cross inside! It's a semi-heartwarming story about a mother; supper; thoughts about Advent and Christmas; and the spud! The article (and this News Agent) wonders if Golden Palace Casino will purchase this potato...)