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Albritton v. Patent Troll Tracker

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| The subpoena demands, inter alia, that Google turn over 'all documents
| referring or relating to communications to or from (1) Richard Frenkel
| a/k/a/ "The TrollTraker," (2) Dennis Crouch, individually and
| sub.nom. "Patently O," … (7) the blogs [defined as Patently-O and
| PatentTrollTracker blogs]" regarding Albritton, the filing of the ESN
| lawsuit, or related TrollTracker postings.' The subpoena also requests
| related Google search records ("all documents referring or relating to user
| searches of the internet and/or the blogs regarding (1) Eric M. Albritton…")
| and other records ("all documents referring or relating to the establishment,
| creation, maintenance, and financial support for the blogs").



Microsoft ponders offline profiling of Web users

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| Microsoft Corp. is developing a method of using personal data such as
| credit-card information to target Internet users with advertising once they
| connect to the Web, according to a patent application filed by the company. *
| In an application disclosed earlier this month, a Microsoft team including
| Chairman Bill Gates presents a method of collecting information about
| users' "cell phones, geolocation systems, credit-card information" and other
| data sources to select and display "targeted advertising." * *
| [...]
| Gates is listed as an inventor on the patent application, alongside members
| of various Microsoft research units.



Microsoft patents the mother of all adware systems

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| The adware framework would leave almost no data untouched in its quest to
| sell you stuff. It would inspect "user document files, user e-mail files,
| user music files, downloaded podcasts, computer settings, computer status
| messages (e.g., a low memory status or low printer ink)," and more. How could
| we have been so blind as to not see the marketing value in computer status
| messages? * *




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| Vista—Microsoft’s latest operating system—may prove to be most
| appropriately named, especially for those seeking evidence of how a
| computer was used.

Will Microsoft Put The Colonel in the Kernel?

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| "The kernel meets The Colonel in a just-published Microsoft patent
| application for an Advertising Services Architecture, which delivers targeted
| advertising as 'part of the OS.' *


FBI ducks questions about its remotely installed spyware

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| There are plenty of unanswered questions about the FBI spyware that, as we
| reported earlier this week, can be delivered over the Internet and implanted *
| in a suspect's computer remotely.


Yahoo!, Microsoft ink web pact with Chinese government

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| Microsoft and Yahoo! have signed a pact with the Chinese government
| that "encourages" the big name web players to record the identities of
| bloggers and censor content. So says Reporters Without Borders, an
| organization that fights for journalistic rights across the globe. *


Microsoft, Yahoo Tailor Ads To Users' Behavior

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| Google will remain on the sidelines — at least for now. But its Web portal
| rivals are stepping up their efforts to use behavioral targeting to make
| display, or banner, ads more relevant to Web site visitors. *


New software can identify you from your online habits

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| That is the spectre raised by new research conducted by Microsoft.
| The computing giant is developing software that could accurately
| guess your name, age, gender and potentially even your location,
| by analysing telltale patterns in your web browsing history. But
| experts say the idea is a clear threat to privacy - and may be
| illegal in some places.


Microsoft could be teaching police to hack Vista

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| Microsoft may begin training the police in ways to break the
| encryption built into its forthcoming Vista operating system.


UK holds Microsoft security talks

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| "UK officials are talking to Microsoft over fears the new version of
| Windows could make it harder for police to read suspects' computer files."


Could Hollywood hack your PC?

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| Congress is about to consider an entertainment industry proposal
| that would authorize copyright holders to disable PCs used for
| illicit file trading.

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