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Marketer Captures Eyeballs with Screensavers

Online marketers are in a quandary. Their customers prefer e-mail as a vehicle of communication, but spammers have poisoned that well, making it very difficult for legitimate advertisers to deliver their messages to their loyal customers. However, Think360, a marketing firm in Austin, Texas, thinks ...

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Crackdown on Illegal Downloading Brings Global Legal Action

Illegal file-sharing through peer-to-peer networks continues to be a problem for copyright owners despite efforts by various industry groups and court rulings. However, recent developments might provide hope for copyright owners as zealous prosecution of users by the entertainment industry across th...

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Price of Free Internet Mail Might Be Too Costly

Using e-mail for personal and business correspondence has become as commonplace today as the VCR and the office water cooler. All three items are often taken for granted. Consumers have come to expect certain constants when it comes to computing: antivirus and firewall software are must-have securit...

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Camera Phones and the Future of Digital Photography

The mall's latest fashion trend is not carried at Liz Claiborne, Tommy Hilfiger or J. Crew. Instead, young adults are flocking into Best Buy and Circuit City for the latest accessory: camera phones. The product's low price and convenience have sparked a sales boom: Market research firm In-Stat/MDR, ...

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Phishing Scams Jump 52 Percent in One Month

The amount of Internet fraud perpetrated using a practice known as "phishing" increased 52 percent from December to January, according to the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG). In January, there were 176 new, unique attack types reported to the group, compared with 116 in December, the organization...

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Replacing Desktops Everywhere: The Laptop Trajectory

Laptops are no longer the slow-but-necessary alternative for mobile professionals. Today's notebooks offer powerful processors, dazzlingly large LCD screens, improved upgradability and features as potent as those you'd find on many desktops -- all at attractive prices. Couple that with the siren son...

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