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We're not referring to just any keyword ad. But 1-800-Contacts is suing Lensworld for buying search link advertising using the keyword: 1-800-Contacts. The downstream effect of a win for 1-800-Contacts would essentially make buying keyword ads that feature things like your competitor's name or trademarks illegal. Google, call your lawyers. In one of best-publicized cases dealing with trademarks in online ads, Google prevailed over insurance giant Geico after trial in 2004. A federal district court judge in that case ruled that Geico hadn't proven that consumers were confused when they were shown links to Geico rivals after typing "Geico" into the query box.Google in 2006 also won a major case... Read more...
Gamers that we are, we suppose we should feel good that "w00t" pwned all other nominees for 2007 Word of the Year.  Or maybe we should be thinking ... eh?Merriam-Webster's president, John Morse, said "w00t" was an ideal choice because it blends whimsy and new technology."It shows a really interesting thing that's going on in language. It's a term that's arrived only because we're now communicating electronically with each other," Morse said.Gamers commonly substitute numbers and symbols for the letters they resemble, Morse says, creating what they call "l33t speak" that's "leet" when spoken, short for "elite" to the rest of the world.At least last year's word, "truthiness" was a word, rather... Read more...
You break into the blog of a security team -  worthy of crowing to your friends.  But they break your password back - using Google.You shouldn't, in theory, be able to extract the original text from an MD5 hash. That would take millions, or at least thousands, of computers running all the time.But Steven Murdoch began thinking. Who is there out there who has thousands of computers running all the time? Um, everyone. And some might be generating MD5 hashes and putting them on the web...He took the hash - 20f1aeb7819d7858684c898d1e98c1bb - from the database and stuck it into Google. Lo and behold, it turned out to be "Anthony".Worrisome though, if it worked there, what about your own... Read more...
Some have suggested that the terms and conditions in the EULA for Google Docs & Spreadsheets imply that Google actually "owns" the words "held" within those documents.  Looking at the clause in question carefully, it looks like the sentence simply needs rewording for clarity.The controversy centers on Google's use of the word "public" in its terms and conditions for Google Docs. One clause states, "By submitting, posting or displaying Content on or through Google services which are intended to be available to the members of the public, you grant Google a worldwide, nonexclusive, royalty-free license to reproduce, adapt, modify, publish and distribute such content on Google services... Read more...
The world of doing your word processing on the 'net is officially here, no doubt about it. But how do developers make the programs that people are using these days? While the traditional CD or DVD based (or even large download) software is often written with some variant of the tried and true C programming language, this approach may not be the most suitable to bringing web-based applications to life. So what did Buzzword developer, Virtual Ubiquity, chose? Flash of course. Adobe themselves have been expanding into web-based apps, and it so it would seem very likely that future versions of Flash will probably offer expanded programmability to suit the needs of this growing group of developers.... Read more...
You knew it wouldn't be long before someone pulled this off.  Wonder if there's a blood-thirsty lawyer or three at Nintendo that might have issues with this small "mod"? "The idea was to take one industrial robot, add a laptop talking to a WiiMote, strap on a tennis racket, have it follow the swings that the user makes, and do it all in a few hours on a Saturday so we could get back to our busy schedules. Of course we had to put on a sword too, and if there was time, maybe an Airsoft gun. Also, we wanted it to fight people, but you can't have everything." Check the vid - pretty cool.  Gotta get me one of those industrial robots for when the dog gets out of line.... Read more...
Bruce Schneier got his hands on a listing of MySpace user passwords that were the result of a phishing attack. He analyzed them for difficulty in cracking them. Guess what? Kids really are dumb. Just not as dumb as you, me, or the average corporate user when it comes to choosing a password: I'm impressed that less than 4 percent were dictionary words and that the great majority were at least alphanumeric. Writing in 1989, Daniel Klein was able to crack 24 percent of his sample passwords with a small dictionary of just 63,000 words, and found that the average password was 6.4 characters long. And in 1992 Gene Spafford cracked 20 percent of passwords with his dictionary, and found an average password... Read more...
A very serious security flaw in Firefox Password Manager has been discovered. It may also be a problem, though less severe, in Internet Explorer. Dubbed a reverse cross-site request, or RCSR, vulnerability by its discoverer, Robert Chapin, the flaw lets hackers compromise users' passwords and usernames by presenting them with a fake login form. Firefox Password Manager will automatically enter any saved passwords and usernames into the form. The data is then automatically sent to an attacker's computer without the user's knowledge, according to the Chapin Information Services site. Your friends... Read more...
Tonight, X-Bit labs takes a sober look at the recent Nvidia/AEG scandal. With rumors flying around everywhere, it's time to take a look at some of the facts(or lack thereof) surrounding the issue. "In the beginning of week - on the best day for starting a scandal - Nvidia Corp. was accused in seeding shills into forums and communities to promote its products. The fans reportedly received free hardware and officially acted to "educate" users in the forums. We try to attempt to summarize all the information to find out whether advertising methods of hardware companies have reached the point of pretty unfaithful practices"... Read more...
Hey folks! Well, we certainly have some interesting news for you today, by way of AMD.  It seems they've just filed suit against Intel in the U.S. District Court (details and link below). We've also got some news regading an impressive 3DMark05 score of over 11k with only a single video card used in the system. Enjoy! AMD Files Antitrust Complaint Against Intel In U.S. Federal District Court – Complaint Details Worldwide Coercion of Computer-Makers, System-Builders, Distributors and Retailers from Dealing with AMD – Intel's Illegal Acts Inflate Computer Prices and Limit Choices for Businesses and Consumers SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- June 28, 2005 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced today that... Read more...
Good morning all!  Man, last night was a tense evening around the HH labs.  With the Yankees "blowing it" and the Red Sox making history, emotions were high.  Needless to say, Yankees fans are pretty cranky and Davo, our lone Sox fan, (correction Jeff, Tom is one too!) is laughing all the way home.  It was fun to watch, even for a non-fan like myself, but after the Sox put up 8 runs, I knew it was time to call it a night.  Oh well, at least NY still has two football teams doing really good right now. Heck, the Jets are undefeated! Who would've guessed that one?!?!  (want to put some money on the Pats/Jets game this weekend? ;) ) Anyhow, here is your news... Read more...
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