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+ - Could RIAA Website Be a Trick?

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NewYorkCountryLawyer
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "The RIAA announced that it's going to set up a website for people interested in entering into "Pre-Doe" settlements.

Not being a technical person myself, I was wondering if such a website would be safe, or if it could be used as a surreptitious investigative technique, as, for example, by
-planting "cookies"
-tracking people who go to the site
-planting spyware
-etc.

Would appreciate input from tech people out there on (a) whether it would be unsafe and (b) if it would be unsafe whether there is any way for someone approaching the site to take adequate precautions to make it safe."
Google

+ - Turns Out Google Really Does Listen

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SamThomp
SamThomp writes "There's a perfect Google underdog story going on right now. It goes like this: A college student named Aaron Stanton has an idea he thinks Google will love. He tries to get in touch via phone, e-mail, and their web forms with no luck. Then, spurred by his father nearly dying of an embolism near Christmas, he takes a chance and flies to Mountain View, CA without an appointment, intending to sit in their lobby "like a spoiled child" until he gets a chance to meet with someone. He's been there about three days, now.

Here's where it gets interesting. He creates a website called CanGoogleHearMe.com, and uses Google Video to document his journey in hopes that it might be seen by someone at Google and they'll show pity. At first he's turned away (links to Google Video) at the door and doesn't get a chance to talk to anyone. Then, apparently someone in Google does notice the website and it spreads — word of mouth — inside of Google like wildfire; 600 people visit the site in two hours from inside of Google's headquarters at Mountain View.

Then, late last night — three days into his trip — the guy gets an e-mail with the subject line, "We can hear you :)" that says they're willing to listen to him. No meeting for sure yet, but a step in the right direction.

It's like "actual" reality TV. :) If you're looking for an interesting story to pay attention to for the week, it'll be interesting to see how this turns out. So far, Google seems to be living up to their image of being a large company that's open to ideas. As far as I'm concerned, best of luck to them both."
Businesses

+ - Have You Sold Your Brain?

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Mateo_LeFou
Mateo_LeFou writes "I've been a freelance web developer for a couple years, but got placed in a "regular" job recently by an IT staffing company. I was very disturbed by their employment agreement, as it seems to assert ownership over anything I think during the contract, and for six months afterward. Additionally, the recruiter kept saying it was all "just a bunch of legal jargon" that neither she nor I should try to understand. But I tried to understand anyway, and was shocked at what it seemed to say. Unless I'm missing something, I find it very difficult to accept these terms. What do you think?"
Software

+ - HitGrab Inc. releases CoolMacApps.com

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anonymous
anonymous writes ""CoolMacApps.com is what I've always missed. It's like a music chart or popularity contest for macintosh applications" says Joel Auge, HitGrab's Marketing Chief and CoolMacApps.com's designer. "We think CoolMacApps.com is a boon to the growing numbers of mac users who are looking for the latest and greatest software for their macs." CoolMacApps.com"

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