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Submission + - Verizon Injects Unique IDs into HTTP Traffic

An anonymous reader writes: Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless carrier, is now also a real-time data broker. According to a security researcher at Stanford, Big Red has been adding a unique identifier to web traffic. The purpose of the identifier is advertisement targeting, which is bad enough. But the design of the system also functions as a 'supercookie' for any website that a subscriber visits.

Submission + - Tech Support Scammers Shutdown Thanks to FTC (

An anonymous reader writes: From the FTC press release:
At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a federal court has shut down a company that scammed computer users by tricking them into paying hundreds of dollars for technical support services they did not need, as well as software that was otherwise available for free.
According to the FTC’s complaint and other court documents filed by the agency, Pairsys, Inc., cold-called consumers masquerading as representatives of Microsoft or Facebook, and also purchased deceptive ads online that led consumers to believe they were calling the technical support line for legitimate companies.

Submission + - PC Gaming Alive and Dominant (

An anonymous reader writes: Ars reports on a panel at PAX East which delved into the strength of the PC as a platform for games, and what its future looks like. The outlook is positive: 'Even as major computer OEMs produce numbers showing falling sales, the PC as a platform (and especially a gaming platform) actually shows strong aggregate growth.' The panelists said that while consoles get a lot of the headlines, the PC platform remains the only and/or best option for a lot of developers and gamers. They briefly addressed piracy, as well: 'Piracy, [Matt Higby] said, is an availability and distribution problem. The more games are crowdfunded and digitally delivered and the less a "store" figures into buying games, the less of a problem piracy becomes. [Chris Roberts] was quick to agree, and he noted that the shift to digital distribution also helps the developers make more money—they ostensibly don't have everyone along the way from retailers to publishers to distributors taking their cut from the sale.'

Comment Filter them to trash (Score 1) 210

After a few months of receiving automated emals from Linked-in of behalf of people I had worked with, I finally created a filer to send them to trash. Most of the people I talked to could not remember giving consent to Linked-in to use their contact lists. Hopefully major email providers will just start sending the emails to spam by default

"Spock, did you see the looks on their faces?" "Yes, Captain, a sort of vacant contentment."