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Consoles Sell Like Hotcakes, Yahoo Cuts a Deal, Sysadmin Caves

As much as I love zombie movies, I really don't care to count how many times I've been invited to BECOME a zombie on Facebook. Yeah, you know the one I'm talking about. That's what you get when you open your platform to developers with all sorts of agendas -- you get a handful of good stuff, and you...

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Network Held Hostage, Cyberterror Battle Plan, Evil Genius Wannabe

A City of San Francisco systems administrator is a living testimonial to the importance of preventing any one person in an organization from having too much power. Terry Childs, who is now in jail, holds in his brain the passwords that will let city officials access San Francisco's Fiber Wide Area N...

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Internet Angst, Identity Crisis, Relationship Drama: Recapping a Neurotic Week

A vulnerability in the Internet's domain name system left essentially the entire Web open to widespread attack, but the technology community worked to patch the flaw before it could be exploited. Dan Kaminsky, a security researcher, noticed that the DNS was vulnerable to domain cache poisoning, and...

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Yahoo Makes Its Case – Again, Gamers Make New Life Forms, Android Won’t Make It on Time

Seeking to reassure investors -- many of whom were still stinging from Yahoo's decision to walk away from a multibillion-dollar merger with Microsoft -- CEO Jerry Yang and Chairman Roy Bostock sent a letter making their case for hooking up with Google instead of inking an ad deal with Redmond. The l...

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The Downside of Ambition: Mozilla’s Crash, Teen Hacker’s Arrest

To kick off the final version of its newest Web browser, Firefox 3, Mozilla created a lot of hoopla about its goal to set a new world record for the most copies of an application downloaded in a single 24-hour period. That really wasn't very difficult, because there was no official record for that b...

Microsoft and Yahoo Walk, Cyber-Terror Risk Sticks Around, China Plays Dumb

The battle between Yahoo and investor Carl Icahn heated up a few notches this week. After exchanging a few sharply worded letters with each other, they started writing to investors. The humanity! Though the two parties have been going back and forth for weeks, both have really been trying to make th...

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Yahoo’s Poison Pen Pal; Free Internet but No Porn

Newly revealed court documents have Yahoo squirming. It now appears the company may have spurned an offer from Microsoft worth $40 a share way back in 2007 -- months before all its hand-wringing over a much-publicized, much-lower bid. Yahoo apparently also declined an earlier offer of a search adver...

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The Secret Belgian News, Android Talent Show, Giving Away Money

The Belgian newspaper group Copiepresse, which won a court ruling last year against Google for linking to its stories without permission, is now asking a court to award it up to $77 million in damages. It is also asking the court to force Google to publish the ruling against its linking practice in ...

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Extreme Makeover Napster, AOL and OLPC Edition

Sure, there's "Weeds" and "The Office," but the studios sure didn't throw open the vaults and let Netflix have its way with their film libraries. Still, Netflix has scored a coup with the launch of its $99 Netflix Player by Roku, a set-top box meant to do battle with Apple TV for dominance atop your...

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Cox Throttles, AT&T Flip-Flops, MacBook Finds Itself

If you're tired of picking on Comcast for the way it throttles back peer-to-peer traffic, you can now direct your angry gaze to Cox Communications. Cox does the same thing, according to researchers at the Max Planck institute. In fact, it's one of three ISPs they caught engaging in P2P management. T...

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Cox Throttles, AT&T Flip-Flops, MacBook Finds Itself

If you're tired of picking on Comcast for the way it throttles back peer-to-peer traffic, you can now direct your angry gaze to Cox Communications. Cox does the same thing, according to researchers at the Max Planck institute. In fact, it's one of three ISPs they caught engaging in P2P management. T...

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Cox Throttles, AT&T Flip-Flops, MacBook Finds Itself

If you're tired of picking on Comcast for the way it throttles back peer-to-peer traffic, you can now direct your angry gaze to Cox Communications. Cox does the same thing, according to researchers at the Max Planck institute. In fact, it's one of three ISPs they caught engaging in P2P management. T...

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‘GTA’ Sells, Yahoo Doesn’t

Gas prices are setting record highs, homeowners are facing foreclosure, the dollar's slipping further down a black hole, and the credit industry is collapsing. These are frustrating times -- and perhaps that's partly why "Grand Theft Auto IV" just set some new records for video game sales. The contr...

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eBay, Craigslist Soap Opera Unfolds

eBay's strange legal dispute with Craigslist just got weirder. The auction giant has disclosed the details of its lawsuit against the king of online classifieds, and here's what the dispute boils down to: eBay took a stake in Craigslist, agreeing to certain conditions regarding competitive behavior....

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Finger-Pointing in the Senate, XP’s Stay of Execution, Tech Profit Bonanza

It seems there's no love lost between FCC Chairman Kevin Martin and Comcast. In testimony before a Senate committee about the practice of blocking peer-to-peer traffic on the Internet, Martin said Comcast lied when it described its practices to the FCC. Comcast maintained that it was merely engaging...

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Yahoo Scrambles, Scrabble Scraps, Chertoff Coaxes

Unwilling to believe that resistance to a Microsoft takeover is futile, Yahoo is throwing a lot of strategies at the wall to see what sticks. Its latest effort is a trial advertising partnership with Google -- a two-week test of its AdSense service. Yahoo plans to run Google ads alongside up to 3 pe...

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The World’s Smartest End Table, Smoking Your Phone, Document Standards Gone Wild

Last year, Microsoft successfully mated a touch-screen PC with one of those old Ms. Pacman games you might see at your typical dive bar. Thus the Microsoft Surface -- the world's smartest end table -- was born. At first, it spent most of its time finger painting and identifying objects placed on top...

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Apple’s ‘Malware’ Tactics, Motorola’s Split, BitTorrent’s New Friend

Mozilla's Firefox has a loyal following of people who say it's a lot better than the leading browser, Microsoft's Internet Explorer. But Mozilla CEO John Lilly looks like he also has a close eye on Apple's Safari browser, which commands a mere fraction of Firefox's market share even though it's avai...

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File-Sharers Fight Back, Apple Mulls Subscriptions, China Cracks Down

Since the RIAA and record companies began their campaign of suing college students, grandmothers, children, single moms and anyone else who might have shared a song over peer-to-peer networks, most people on the receiving end of the lawsuits have meekly agreed to pay settlements amounting to far les...

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SXSW Crowd Grows Restless, Developers Flock to iPhone SDK, EA Gets Hostile

Things got a little heated at the South by Southwest conference in Austin. During Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's keynote, in which he was interviewed by Business Week writer Sarah Lacy, the crowd became frustrated with the way the discussion was going -- or not going. Audience members tur...

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