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Claria/Kazaa part ways

This is big.  A huge percentage of Claria’s distributions revolve around Kazaa. Maybe Claria can now look to BitTorrent as a distribution medium. Alex Eckelberry(Thanks to techdirt)

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Update on Claria/Microsoft

While the news has been that Microsoft downgraded the Claria listing, we have reports now that there are a number of other items that have been downgraded to “Ignore” status, including certain WhenU adware programs, WebHancer and Ezula Toptext.  So the Claria downgrade is quite likely part of a bigger picture regarding Microsoft’s listing criteria […]

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More BitTorrent Hell

Follow-up from our earlier blogs on BitTorrent being used by Direct Revenue (here and here): Top spyware researcher Dave Methvin has discovered another use of BitTorrent to spread adware.  The BT file (generally a pornographic video) includes 180Search Assistant from 180Solutions, Golden Retriever from ShopAtHomeSelect, and Internet Optimizer from Avenue Media.  The adware files themselves […]

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WhenU raises $15 mill

Bill Day at WhenU just plucked $15 mill from Trident Capital, rounding out his total funding to $35 mill.  Alex

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Sunbelt going off to the Worldwide Partner Conference

A bunch of Sunbelters are going to the Microsoft Worldwide Partner conference this week.  If you’re there, feel free to drop on by to hang out and get a t-shirt.  

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Microsoft UK 0wn3d

Hacked.  Register story here.  What the hack looked like here.

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FTC releases SAFE WEB Act recommendation

From beSpacific, the FTC has released the US SAFE WEB Act, a legislative recommendation for Congress. It’s apparently focused on giving the FTC the power to go after cross-border spam, spyware and fraud. A hypothetical case of how the Act might help the FTC in combating spyware here. A summary of the Act here. A […]

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Who is to blame for security?

Everyone, according to this Security Focus article. (Thanks to techdirt).  

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Microsoft sets Claria to "Ignore"

(Thanks Eric Howes at SpywareWarrior for the image) UPDATE: While the news has been that Microsoft downgraded the Claria listing, we have reports now that there are a number of other items that have been downgraded to “Ignore” status, including certain WhenU adware programs, WebHancer and Ezula Toptext. So the Claria downgrade is quite likely […]

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MS warns of IE vulnerabilty

From News.com: “A patch for the flaw is not available. As an interim measure, the software giant advises people to set their Internet and local intranet security zone settings to “high” before running ActiveX controls.  

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