Archive for April, 2007

Google Hacked Again? – This Time It’s Google Checkout

April 30, 2007

“Something look odd in the search results above for google checkout? Yes, that’s the official Google Checkout home page listed first, but it’s most definitely NOT the right title for the Google Checkout page. That’s got folks at Digg wondering if Google Checkout has been hijacked, sparked from Jon West’s original post here. No. It’s just Google being lame. Below, more about how HiBidder.com ended up providing the current title for Google Checkout as listed on Google, as well as a look at the problems of dealing with titles for pages that a spider can’t access.”

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Star Trek’s Scotty Beamed Up In Final Space Voyage

April 30, 2007

“Actor James Doohan, who played the starship Enterprise’s chief engineer Scotty on “Star Trek,” finally made it to space Saturday as a rocket with some of his ashes was launched in New Mexico.”

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Hackers Successfully Hijack Google AdWords

April 30, 2007

Cyber criminals purchased legitimate-looking links which attempted to install malware onto unsuspecting systems

Google recently admitted that hackers successfully hijacked AdWords, which allowed cyber criminals to use affected links to redirect users to web sites that contained malicious software.  Google immediately shut down the offending links once they were discovered early last week.

At least 20 specific search terms that appeared on Google as legitimate ads, redirected users to smartattack.org, which distributed the malicious code.  Users were sent to the legitimate site thereafter the damage was done.”

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Rubik’s ‘Speed Cubers’ Earning Celebrity Status

April 30, 2007

There’s an old game in town that is creating a new class of celebrities: “speed cubers” who can solve the Rubik’s Cube puzzle blindfolded, one-handed or even with their feet.”

“NEW YORK – There’s an old game in town that is creating a new class of celebrities: “speed cubers” who can solve the Rubik’s Cube puzzle blindfolded, one-handed or even with their feet. Tyson Mao, perhaps the biggest name in speed cubing, taught actor Will Smith how to solve the brightly colored cube for the film “The Pursuit of Happyness.” Shotaro Makisumi is a math prodigy so dexterous he can juggle seven balls at once. And Leyan Lo, a senior at California Institute of Technology, was featured on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

“Those three guys are among the biggest names in the business,” said Chris Hardwick, 23, who lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. He holds the record for speed solving the Rubik’s Revenge Cube and the Professor’s Cube, two advanced models, while blindfolded.”

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Google Partners With States To Make Records Available

April 30, 2007

WASHINGTON (Map, News) – By providing free consulting and some software, Google Inc. (GOOG, News) is helping state governments make reams of public records that are now unavailable or hard to find online easily accessible to Web surfers.The Internet search company hopes to eventually persuade federal agencies to employ the same tools – an effort that excites advocates of open government but worries some consumer privacy experts.

Google plans to announce Monday that it has already partnered with four states – Arizona, California, Utah and Virginia – to remove technical barriers that had prevented its search engine, as well as those of Microsoft Corp. (MSFT, News) and Yahoo Inc. (YHOO, News), from accessing tens of thousands of public records dealing with education, real estate, health care and the environment.”

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Could You Live In A 96 Square Foot Home?

April 27, 2007

Look at it this way, a 15″ LCD would seem like a big screen.

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Great, Something To Inflate The Spammers Profits

April 27, 2007

“Instead of embedding images in e-mail, spammers are embedding links to the images that are set up on popular photo-sharing sites.”

“Dmitri Alperovitch, principal research scientist at Secure Computing, said instead of embedding image spam inside of e-mail messages, cyber criminals are starting to embed only a link to a photo or image they’ve put up on a photo-sharing site. Alperovitch said in an interview that this makes it a lot easier and more cost effective for the spammers, who no longer have to embed a bandwidth-sucking image in every message spammed out. “It still looks like the spam messages that have been sent out, but they’ll be coming in much larger volumes,” said Alperovitch.”

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Software Influencing Prices Across The Board

April 27, 2007

Analyzing purchasing decisions and habits based on historical trends, software allows retailers more granular insight into what should be discounted, and what shouldn’t. A pretty interesting 2 minute read.

“A large retail chain had a problem. It sold three similar power drills: one for about $90, a purportedly better one at $120 and a top-tier one at $130. The higher the price, the more the store profited.

But while drill know-it-alls flocked to the $130 model and price-fretters grabbed its $90 cousin, shoppers often ignored the middle one.

So the store sought advice from a new breed of “price-optimization” software from DemandTec Inc. What followed offers us a clue about important shifts that technology is bringing to retail shopping.”

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Google Adds Charts To Their Spreadsheets

April 27, 2007

If you’re comfortable giving Google inside knowledge on your company financials, you can now do so with pretty graphs to boot.

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Router-Free WiFi PC to PC Networking with WiPeer

April 27, 2007

Network World has a story on a new technology called WiPeer (available as a no-cost download here) that allows PCs to be linked – up to 300 feet indoors, 900 feet outdoors – to one an other wirelessly without the need of a router. Sounds interesting, right? But you’re probably asking yourself how could use this. Read on for real-world examples (you might be surprised).”

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