Stories by Jeremy Kirk

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Online ad targeting progresses in UK, lags in US

UK Internet surfers will likely soon see the deployment of a controversial behavioral ad targeting system, while the concept appears to be faltering due to privacy concerns in the US.

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Spammers use free Web services to shield links

Spammers are abusing free Web services to make their spam links look more legitimate, according to e-mail security vendor MessageLabs.

Prominent Web journalist shot dead in Russian custody

A well-known Web site owner in one of Russia's most restive regions was shot to death after he was arrested by authorities on Sunday, according to Russian news reports.

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Microsoft looks to build one-stop mobile apps market

Microsoft is preparing to launch in the next few months a Web site called Skymarket to sell Windows Mobile OS applications, a job advertisement suggests.

'Warez' software pirate sentenced to probation

US federal authorities sentenced a prolific illegal trader of software to three years of probation last week, according to the US Department of Justice.

Brazilian charged in botnet scheme, will be extradited to US

A Brazilian man has been charged for trying to rent out a botnet that would be used to send spam, US authorities said Thursday.

Nokia admits security flaws in Series 40 OS

Nokia confirmed Thursday its widely used Series 40 operating system has security vulnerabilities that could allow stealth installation and activation of applications.

China Netcom falls prey to DNS cache poisoning

One of China's largest ISPs (Internet service providers) has fallen victim to a dangerous vulnerability in the Internet's addressing system, according to security vendor Websense.

Did Nokia pay for vulnerability information?

Nokia confirmed Thursday its widely used Series 40 operating system has security vulnerabilities that could allow stealth installation and activation of applications.

Android puts out call to mobile security gurus

Developers of Android, the Linux mobile platform spearheaded by Google, are asking security experts for input.

Two years on, Microsoft and Novell extend partnership

Microsoft said Wednesday it would purchase up to $100 million in coupons for Suse Linux support from Novell, furthering a controversial 2006 partnership aimed at customers who run both Windows and Linux in their server environments.

Yahoo opens Digg rival to all publishers

Yahoo has expanded its "Buzz Up" content recommendation service to include many more publishers, stepping up its challenge against Digg.

Dell loses bid for 'cloud computing' trademark

Dell cannot register "cloud computing" as a trademark because the term is a generic one describing services offered by many companies, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has said in an initial ruling.

Scammers replace credit card readers in Irish stores

Fraudsters in northeast Ireland posing as authorized bank service personnel replaced credit card readers in retailers' stores with their own, capturing data that can be used to empty bank accounts and make purchases.

Citrix to raise prices by 10 percent from Sept 1

Citrix Systems will raise prices across all of its product lines by 10 percent worldwide except for the U.S., a promised move that reflects increasing business costs caused by the lower U.S. dollar, the vendor said Monday.