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  • Ad Company Using Verizon Tracking Header To Recreate Deleted Cookies
    By on January 16, 2015 | Comments Off  Comments

    itwbennett writes The story began a few months ago when it was reported that both Verizon and AT&T were injecting unique identifiers in the Web requests of their mobile customers. AT&T has since stopped using the system, but Verizon continues. Now, Stanford computer scientist Jonathan Mayer has found that one advertising company called Turn, which tracks users across the Web when they visit major sites including Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, BlueKai, (more…)

  • UK Company Successfully Claims Ownership of “Pinterest” Trademark
    By on January 6, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    judgecorp writes “Pinterest could be in trouble — a British firm has successfully claimed ownership of the European trademark ‘Pinterest’, even though it has not yet used the term in any public products. Pinterest was formed in 2011, and popular by 2011, but did not launch in Europe until 2012 — months after the UK company Premium Interest had registered the trademark. That trademark has now been confirmed by the European Commission’s (more…)

  • Why Letting Your Insurance Company Monitor How You Drive Can Be a Good Thing
    By on November 15, 2013 | 1 Comment1 Comment  Comments

    Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes “Kim Gittleson reports at BBC that car insurance firms like Progressive are trying to convince consumers that letting them monitor their driving behavior is actually a good thing. They say that the future of car insurance is not just being able to monitor individual drivers to give them lower prices, but also to make them better drivers. ‘Now that we can observe directly how people drive, we think this will change the way (more…)

  • FTC Okays Social Media Background Check Company
    By on June 15, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    nonprofiteer writes “The FTC has dropped its investigation of a new company that runs social media background checks and ongoing Internet/social media monitoring of employees, determining its compliant with the Fair Credit Reporting Act. So make sure your gun photos are private and that you’re not part of any ‘Legalize marijuana’ Facebook groups.”

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.


  • Company Wants to Pay Favre $1M to Lose Gray Hair
    By on September 17, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    There’s no pill that magically cures narcissism, but there is an easy fix for gray hair. And the folks at Go Away Gray want to give Favre a lot of money to lose the salt and pepper look.


  • Former Employees of Zynga Reveal Company’s Shady Idealogy
    By on September 12, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    Looks like the world of social gaming is starting to reveal some of its (somewhat) surprising grisly underbelly.


  • Blizzard Sues Private Server Company, Awarded $88M
    By on August 14, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    Cali Thalen writes “A private server company, Scapegaming (aka Alyson Reeves), was ordered to pay Blizzard Entertainment over $88 million in damages after losing a lawsuit that was concluded last week. Scapegaming was operating unauthorized World of Warcraft servers and using a micropayment system to collect money from the servers’ user base, which according to the lawsuit amounted to just over $3 million. $85 million of that settlement was for statutory (more…)

  • Company Claims Patent On Spam Filtering, Sues World
    By on July 24, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    EvilAlphonso notes news of a “Texas” IP holding company suing 36 actual companies for violating its claimed patent on spam filtering. Techdirt deconstructs the patent itself, No. 6,018,761, which seems to amount to little more than a database lookup. It was filed in 1996 and issued in 2000 (despite the lawyers’ press release claiming that it “was awarded… nearly 15 years ago”). Among the companies being sued are 3Com, Apple, Google, AOL, Yahoo, (more…)

  • Interactive Exercise Company Sues Nintendo For Patent Infringement
    By on April 18, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    isometric writes with this excerpt from Gamasutra:
    “IA Labs is accusing Nintendo of infringing on two separate IA Labs patents through technology used in the Nintendo Wii, Wii Fit, Wii Fit Plus, the Wii Balance Board, Wii Remote, Wii Wheel, Wii MotionPlus, Wii Nunchuck and Wii Zapper. … The patents in question are ‘Computer interactive isometric exercise system and method for operatively interconnecting the exercise system to a computer system for (more…)

  • Things To Look For In a Web Hosting Company?
    By on February 22, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    v1x writes “I have had an account with my current web hosting company for a few years, with 3 domains being hosted there (using Linux/PHP/MySQL). Recently, all three of these websites stopped functioning, and upon checking the site, all my directory structures were intact, whereas all of the files were gone. Upon contacting their technical support, I was given the run-around, and later informed by one of their administrators that none of the files (more…)