minilinks for 2008-08-14
MiniLinks by Hugh D'Andrade
August 14, 2008
- Oops! FBI Sorry For Spying on Journalists
FBI Director Robert Mueller called the NY Times and the Washington Post to express regret for a breach of reporters' phone records.
- Google Comes Clean On Targeted Advertising
The Internet giant confessed to using DoubleClick cookies to deliver targeted advertising to users.
- Coordinated Cyberattack in Georgia War
The embattled state of Georgia accused Russia of launching denial of service attacks against Georgian websites.
- Jobs Confirms iPhone Kill Switch
Steve Jobs admitted that Apple implemented a tool to pull the plug on any iPhone software that appears malicious -- or otherwise disrupts the business model.
- Fliers Without ID Placed on List
The TSA is adding names of passengers who entered checkpoints without
IDs to a database of suspicious persons.
- Cops Using GPS to Track Suspects
Police around the country are using GPS devices attached to cars to
track people -- without using a warrant.
- Yahoo to Make Targeted Ads Optional
As Congress investigates targeted advertising, Yahoo announces it will adjust its policy.
- The Permission Problem
James Surowiecki reviews Michael Heller's book, "The Gridlock
Economy," discussing the ways too much private ownership can be bad for economies.
- Warner Investing in Online Music
An SEC filing shows that Warner invested $15 million in the same service it previously sued for infringement.
- Dell Unlikely to Get Trademark on "Cloud Computing"
The US Patent and Trademark Office has rescinded its earlier decision to grant Dell the right to trademark the term "cloud computing."
- Selectable Output Control and DRM
Techdirt argues that the MPAA does not need DRM to release movies.
- AT&T "Sin Tax"
BoingBoing's Joel Johnson recommends that iPod users pay a "sin tax" each time they pay their AT&T bill -- with a donation to EFF!