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Spyware Becoming Rampant

John Borland reviews the situation: Those persistent types of programs, frequently operating on computers without owners’ knowledge, have spread quickly in the last year, evolving as rapidly as anti-spyware software has been able to find them. EarthLink executives estimate that 40 percent to 50 percent of the Internet service provider’s …

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P2P Sematary

Napster has been buried in the “Pet Sematary” and is now coming back to walk the earth once again. Does Stephenen King own stock? Controversial song swapping site Napster, the former nemesis of the music industry, is set to relaunch before the end of the year with whizzkid founder Shawn …

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Trouble for Sonic Foundry

Glenn Reynolds reports that Sonic Foundry, maker Acid music creation software and lots of other cool stuff, is in financial trouble: Well, lots of companies are, these days, but they have terrific products in their Acid music software (I did the music for my wife’s documentary, largely using Acid Pro …

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WiFi Could Kill Cellular

Cellular systems may be outdated in five years: Originally a home-and-office product designed to link up personal computers without wires, Wi-Fi is an inexpensive way to send data over the airwaves at blazing speeds. Asia’s fixed-line carriers are capitalizing on that bang-for-the-buck to offer broadband access to the Internet in …

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FCC Teleco Ruling

We mentioned last week that FCC Chairman Powell’s deregulatory agenda was in jeopardy, largely due to the efforts of fellow-Republican and Bush insider Kevin Martin. This has come to pass: With Republican FCC commissioner Kevin Martin staging a palace coup on Thursday and joining with Democrats on a key vote, …

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Very High Surfing

We live in very strange times: on the one hand the world has become a very small place and there are no longer any true terrestrial frontiers. This is the psychological foundation for the space program: we need frontiers or we begin to feel hemmed in like rats in a …

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Peer-to-Peer Takes on New Meaning

Kazaa hooks up with MatchNet for “Love and Dating” service: Dating services company MatchNet has announced it has entered into an agreement to exclusively provide an online dating channel on Kazaa. Kazaa is the leading peer-to-peer file-sharing software with 186m downloads so far, and an active community of 70m users. …

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United

What can bring AOL and Microsoft together? Spam. Since my email is publicly available via this site, I get more than my fair share of electronic diarrhea – I get a lot of wealthy Nigerians who need help moving funds – but I also keep out a lot by not …

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