March 27, 2001

CNET EU asked to tone down privacy standards (also see Reuters) (let's see here ... several years ago the European Union enacted a directive to protect the privacy of Europeans, and now American companies are suddenly upset that they may not be able to invade the privacy of European citizens as they do with Americans ... what's wrong with this picture?)

March 18, 2001

March 16, 2001

BBC News: Larry Potter returns to print (author of '80s Larry Potter books sues author of Harry Potter series, citing numerous instances of alleged plagiarism)
SecurityFocus: Verio gags EFF founder over spam

March 15, 2001

Washington Post: The address you leave behind (startup change-of-email-address company says it will forward e-mail for $10 per person per month)
... gee, $10 a month seems a bit steep to me, especially since they're going to send spam to each sender whose message they forward. (Worse yet, unless your old ISP has accepted a payoff from to keep forwarding your mail, you'll still have to keep paying that ISP's monthly fees.) How about $0.01 per person per month, and no spam? Uh, wait, I can do this myself for free, and not risk having someone at read my e-mail, spam my correspondents, market my new e-mail address or other personal info, or lose my e-mail while they're bouncing it across the country and back.
The Onion: Starbucks to begin sinister 'Phase Two' of operation
SecurityPortal: URL, URL, little do we know thee (an interesting article about URL spoofing)
Ananova: Everest climber breaks toe in home fall

March 07, 2001

Reuters: Aimster says Pig Latin code can circumvent Napster injunction (federal copyright law makes it illegal to reverse-engineer the simple encryption performed by its Aimster Pig Encoder, according to Aimster's CEO)
LawBlog is gay (thanks to FARK for the reference)
ISP-Planet: Three ISPs team up with controversial registrar (following launch of idealab!'s registry for non-ICANN-approved top-level domains, Earthlink and other ISPs agree to configure their name servers to recognize domains)

March 02, 2001

Wired News: Napster clone's curious terms (Aimster's new terms of service prevent copyright holders from searching for infringements)
Washington Post: Breaking it open, making it better (hackers upgrade their ReplayTV and TiVo digital video recorders)
Wired News: Do marketers know you're sick? (proposed health privacy regulations include loophole for marketers)
Ananova: Re-trial 'possible' after bored juror e-mails hundreds

March 01, 2001

The Recorder: Ground zero: Prosecutors in Silicon Valley are awash in requests for warrants to search e-mail servers (officials are flooded with complaints about anonymous Yahoo and Hotmail users)
Reuters: Eggs scrambled in truck crash (a truck carrying 10 tons of eggs crashed into another truck, scrambling breakfast-time traffic)
Reuters: Travel sites in free fall (stock prices plunge after Northwest Airlines says it will no longer pay commissions to travel web sites)