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Comment: Brilliant Investigation Tactics (Score 1, Interesting) 543

by mlow82 (#29008293) Attached to: The Outing of Pranknet
Kudos to the journalists at TSG who not only learned Malik's identity but also those of his associates. I found this gem in the article:

Marquis's claim that he is not in contact with Malik is belied by TSG's own computer server logs. Records indicate that Malik immediately shared with Marquis the addresses of stories about Pranknet that appeared on TSG. The stories, which each carried a distinctive url that was created solely for Malik's viewing, were first provided to the Pranknet founder in e-mails sent to his Gmail account (axis.r9@gmail.com). On three occasions over the last six weeks, within minutes of Malik clicking a link (which recorded his IP address in Windsor), Marquis also looked at the story, resulting in his Scarborough IP being memorialized on TSG's servers.

When confronted with this strange coincidence, Marquis could offer little beyond, "Hmmmm."


Google Kills Yahoo Ad Deal 79

Posted by samzenpus
from the sleep-with-the-fishes dept.
mytrip writes "Google has pulled the plug on on a search-ad partnership with Yahoo that would have given Yahoo major new revenue but that raised antitrust concerns. 'After four months of review, including discussions of various possible changes to the agreement, it's clear that government regulators and some advertisers continue to have concerns about the agreement,' said David Drummond, Google's chief legal officer in a blog post Wednesday."

If you didn't have to work so hard, you'd have more time to be depressed.