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+ - Microsoft to offer cash back on searches->

Submitted by kernowyon
kernowyon writes: According to this article from the BBC, Microsoft are expected to begin offering a cash back service to people who purchase goods from Microsoft's advertsing partners.
The announcement is expected to be made at the Microsoft Advance '08 conference soon.
In a leaked internal memo, Kevin Johnson states

The fact is that we are not where we want to be in this business yet and we've been in this position longer than we'd all like.

Offering cashback is Microsofts attempt to gain ground on Google's 60% share of the market.
The Cashback page is already live over at

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Journal: Sugar in a VM

Journal by kernowyon
Just a quick update to say that I have got the Sugar desktop running in a VM install of Hardy. It was a bit of a pain to get it going - there were several dependancies not mentioned in the package requirements. Although I am using a virtual install of Kubuntu, which meant I had to install some Gnome components to get the Sugar interface running, the missing dependancies would not have been there in a standard Gnome system. Once I get a few minutes, I will draw up a list of those other odd deps a

Amputee Sprinter Wins Olympic Appeal to Compete 366

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the cyborg-olympics dept.
Dr. Eggman writes "Oscar Pistorius, a 21-year-old South African double-amputee sprinter, has won his appeal filed with the Court of Arbitration for Sport. This overturns a ban imposed by the International Association of Athletics Federations, and allows Mr. Pistorius the chance to compete against other able-bodied athletes for a chance at a place on the South African team for the Beijing Olympics. He currently holds the 400-meter Paralympic world sprinting record, but must improve on his time by 1.01 seconds to meet the Olympic qualification standard. However, even if Pistorius fails to get the qualifying time, South African selectors could add Oscar to the Olympic 1,600-meter relay squad."
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Journal: Phorm cookies

Journal by kernowyon
If you have a minute spare, you may be interested in this little experiment. Open your browser, clear all cookies. Now, hop over to Google (I use, so it may differ on others) and in the search box, put in phorm - as you would presumably do if looking for references to this evil junk.
No need to follow any of the links, just wait til the search page loads and then look in the browsers cookies. You should find a phorm session cookie!
My first question has to be - where did th

+ - Berners-Lee rejects tracking-> 1

Submitted by kernowyon
kernowyon writes: The BBC has an interview with Sir Tim Berners-Lee during his visit to the UK on their website currently. In it, he voices his concern about the practice of tracking activity on the internet — with particular reference to Phorm. Quotes Sir Tim with regard to his data — "It's mine — you can't have it. If you want to use it for something, then you have to negotiate with me."
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