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Security

+ - Facebook wants to collect users' email passwords

Submitted by ScottSCY
ScottSCY (798415) writes "It seems that Facebook has added a new feature that allows users to find friends in their email address books who have accounts on Facebook. The only thing you have to do is provide them your email address (they take gmail, yahoo, msn, aol, and more) and your email account password. They will then retrieve your address book. Clearly this is a huge security issue, but don't worry, Facebook says "Facebook won't email anyone without your permission, and we won't store your email or password." Well that's a relief."
Movies

+ - Movie piracy no big deal to most Americans

Submitted by ScottSCY
ScottSCY (798415) writes "MSNBC.com is reporting that Solutions Research Group recently conducted a phone survey in which only 40% of Americans believe illegally downloading movies to be a 'very serious offense', compared to 59% who think parking in a fire lane is a worse offense. Contrast this with 78% who said shoplifting a DVD from a store is a serious offense."
Music

+ - Feds 'educating' children on piracy

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ScottSCY
ScottSCY writes "The Minneapolis Star Tribune has a story about the top US patent and trademark official speaking at a local elementary school on the dangers of piracy. The captive audience consisted of students from grades 2 through 5. The speaker, Mr. Dudas (Director of the US Patent and Trademark Office), told the students that piracy 'costs U.S. businesses as much as $250 billion a year' and that 'You wouldn't take a CD off the shelf without paying for it.' Apparently the students were convinced. From the article:
"The message is getting through, said Westwood second-graders Griffin Lindahl and Mikayla Snyder. 'No taking other people's stuff!' Griffin said. Added Mikayla: 'Don't copy other people's ideas or you'll get in trouble.'""

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