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Hotbar redux

Update on Hotbar. The company now has a law firm — Proskauer Rose, one of the top firms in the country.  Hotbar used to send their Cease and Desist letters all by themselves (our response to them here).   So we just got a letter saying “stand by for more”.  I guess we’re waiting for the other […]

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Sunbelt Research Center Has a New Look

Check out Sunbelt’s new spyware research center. See the Top 10 spyware threats or learn more about specific types of adware and spyware.

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Microsoft official statement on Claria

Microsoft has officially announced why Claria was downgraded. “…In January, Claria filed a request for Microsoft to reevaluate some of its products. Upon review of their software against our criteria, we determined that continued detection of Claria’s products was indeed appropriate. We also decided that adjustments should be made to the classification of Claria software […]

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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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