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+ - Microsoft Live and its misbehaving bots

Submitted by FirienFirien
FirienFirien (857374) writes " is reporting that IP addresses belonging to Microsoft are spamming websites with spoofed referer headers suggesting good rankings for porn, pharma, and other random keywords on their search engines. The only official word is confirmation in September saying this is a quality check, but from the referral headers it looks anything but that. Other reports indicate that the Microsoft bot is downloading AdSense javascript, which interferes with impressions and lowers click-through-rates. A lot of webmasters are angry at this apparent Microsoft misbehavior, whether interpreted as anticompetitive fiddling or plain referral spam."
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Microwave Experiments Cause Sponge Disasters 517

Posted by samzenpus
from the can-it-dry-a-wet-cat dept.
gollum123 writes "Reports about a study that found microwave ovens can be used to sterilize kitchen sponges sent people hurrying to test the idea this week — with sometimes disastrous results. A team at the University of Florida found that two minutes in the microwave at full power could kill a range of bacteria, viruses and parasites on kitchen sponges. They described how they soaked the sponges in wastewater and then zapped them. But several experimenters evidently left out the crucial step of wetting the sponge. "Just wanted you to know that your article on microwaving sponges and scrubbers aroused my interest. However, when I put my sponge/scrubber into the microwave, it caught fire, smoked up the house, ruined my microwave, and pissed me off," one correspondent wrote in an e-mail to Reuters."

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