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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Has Begun Creating a Secret Profile of Your IP Address/Host/Account/ID

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Has Begun Creating a Secret Profile of Your IP Address/Host/Account/ID
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2007 13:14:53 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
This is worse than Google Trends.


They are tracking your every move and make profiles. And they lobby
aggressively to give Google a hard time over privacy...


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.  


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?     



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.'   


Microsoft Responds to Re-discovery of Vista Network Slowdowns


Yahoo in China human rights case

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| A human rights group in the US is suing Yahoo for alleged complicity in 
| rights abuses and acts of torture in China. 


Chinese Internet dissident committed to mental hospital

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| "It is not acceptable that Chinese authorities use such methods to silence 
| citizens who have merely peacefully voiced their opinions", expressed the 
| organisation in an announcement. Apparently authorities have not abandoned 
| the practice of punishing those who have exposed the abuse of power and 
| defied censorship by compulsorily committing them to mental institutions.    


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."


Data Protection Commissioner criticizes search of private PCs online

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| "In the case of a search via the Internet a police officer covertly,
| without the person knowing about it, accesses a person's computer."
| During such an operation he or she might copy data and obtain all
| kinds of personal documents; the police officer was acting as a "state
| hacker," so to speak. Mr. Schaar observed. "Such an approach is in
| conflict with the legal obligation to protect the core of
| individuals' privacy," Mr. Schaar stated emphatically.


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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