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+ - Dealers Install GPS To Repo Cars

Submitted by jasomill
jasomill (186436) writes "Dealer Marketing Magazine highlights the benefits of using GPS to track cars sold to sub-prime customers at so-called "Buy Here, Pay Here" lots. From the article: "The devices or receivers are becoming sleeker and smaller in size, making them more difficult for the delinquent customer to find and remove. The receivers are programmed to report details specific to the industry. Mainly location, as the whereabouts of a delinquent customer's vehicle is valuable information for a dealer that wants to recover the asset." I suppose it comes in handy in a market where "collections can become more important than sales," but how else could this be used, other than for repossessing a car? What laws, if any, are in place that require the dealer to inform the customer of the GPS unit, and to place limits on the device's use?"
Announcements

+ - Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.4.9

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Today Apple released the finel major update to Mac OS X 10.4. According to Apple, the 10.4.9 Update is recommended for PowerPC and Intel-based Mac computers currently running Mac OS X Tiger version 10.4.8 and includes general operating system fixes, as well as specific fixes or compatibility updates for the following applications and technologies:

RAW camera support
Handling of large or malformed images that could cause crashes
Image capture performance
Mouse scrolling and keyboard shortcuts
Font handling
Playback quality, and bookmarks in DVD Player
USB video conferencing cameras for use with iChat
Bluetooth devices
Browsing AFP servers
Apple USB Modem
Windows-created digital certificates
Open and Print dialogs in applications that use Rosetta on Intel-based Macs
Time zone and daylight saving for 2006 and 2007

Security updates
Mac OS X 10.4.9 Update (PPC) SHA1 Digest: MacOSXUpd10.4.9PPC.dmg= 380b0db5c8978a025cfc9b19e46845a51608d5be

For explanation of what a SHA1 digest is, please visit this website: http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n75510

For detailed information on this Update, please visit this website: http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n304821

For detailed information on Security Updates, please visit this website: http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n61798"
Wii

+ - Wii online with Gamespy

Submitted by
wonderg
wonderg writes "Wii online gathers pace. More information about the Wii's online setup has been made available, with the announcement that multiplayer service provider Gamespy, who have already added features to the DS' Wi-Fi, will be partnering with Nintendo to develop the Wii's Wi-Fi multiplayer. The company will help create a community environment online, with handy things like friend rosters, matchmaking options and rankings data. "Our goal is to extend our ground-breaking work on the Nintendo DS to provide Wii users with the social, community and multiplayer tools that we believe will expand the online gaming experience to the mass market." says IGN Entertainment's Jamie Berger, of which Gamespy is a division. Hardly unexpected news, but it's comforting to know Wii online is getting some legs. The service debuts, of course, with Pokemon Battle Revolution on June 25. Source: http://www.n-europe.com/"
Media

+ - Murdoch 2.0: MySpace News

Submitted by media-mogul
media-mogul (666) writes "ZNet reports that MySpace is getting into the online news aggregation game. MySpace is of course owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, and Murdoch is a media mogul of the old school. This is a guy who understands the value of 'news'. But does he understand the value of the Internet? Last year Murdoch said that the MySpace generation "don't want to rely on a god-like figure from above to tell them what's important... they certainly don't want news presented as gospel. Instead, they want their news on demand, when it works for them. They want control over their media, instead of being controlled by it." Is 'MySpace News' Murdoch's answer?"
Announcements

+ - Buy CO2 quotas here - and buy back the climate

Submitted by eddd
eddd (545465) writes "Everybody seem to be trying to save the world in different ways these days, and now private persons have the chance to buy CO2 quotas online. The web site co2quota.org is a kind of novel idea. For 14 euro (app. $18) you buy a ton of CO2 which is taken off the market, thus ensuring less emission to the athmosphere. Sure, it's all about transferring money from your pocket to "the cause", but this should appeal to the geek in you. If nothing else, you get a nice diploma as proof of ownership."
Wireless Networking

+ - La Fonera hacked again

Submitted by
wertarbyte
wertarbyte writes "Although FON tried hard to prevent further software hacking attempts on their (nearly) free wireless routers, the same two students that discovered the first flaw in the web interface in november 2006 discovered a new flaw that allows code injection through a spoofed RADIUS server. This hack is even more severe than the first one, since it does not require the owner's password to execute code. It however enables user to start an SSH daemon on all firmware versions, even the most recent 0.7.1-2, which closed all known web interface vulnerabilities. For those willing to gain SSH access to their own routers, a test system has been set up that enabled the dropbear SSH daemon once a specific DNS server is specified on the router."
Networking

+ - Bob Metcalfe, John Sculley Debate Home Automation

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "At a small gathering during CES, 3Com founder and Ethernet inventor Bob Metcalfe joined former Apple and Pepsi CEO John Sculley in a casual chat about home automation and other newsworthy topics. Sculley mocked Microsoft's first efforts at "owning" the living room, but said Xbox "could well be the place that home automation could be managed." Metcalfe, meanwhile, suggested that "energy management could be the anchor" of an automation ecosystem."
The Almighty Buck

Journal: YouTube sued for $1 Billion

Journal by charnov
Viacom has filed suit against Google subsidiary YouTube for $1 billion for "massive intentional copyright infringement". Better copy off all your favorite Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, VH1, and MTV videos before they go poof!"
It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - "Talking Muffin" May Yield Secret to Laugh

Submitted by
sg3000
sg3000 writes "The NYT reports that scientists are close to cracking the science of laughter. According to one hypothesis, laughter is a natural response from people low on the social hierarchy:

Occasionally we're surprised into laughing at something funny, but most laughter has little to do with humor. It's an instinctual survival tool for social animals, not an intellectual response to wit. It's not about getting the joke. It's about getting along. ...When you're low in the status hierarchy, you need all the allies you can find, so apparently you're primed to chuckle at anything even if it doesn't do you any immediate good.
So maybe Dwight Shrute was right — smiling is a sign of submission."
Patents

+ - American Express attempts to track people w/ RFID

Submitted by
JeremyDuffy
JeremyDuffy writes "(originally posted here) Thanks to the good work of the people over at Spychips.com, a plot by American Express to patent technology that would "identify people, track their movements, and observe their behavior" has been exposed. According to their article:

That patent application, titled "Method and System for Facilitating a Shopping Experience," describes a Minority Report style blueprint for monitoring consumers through RFID-enabled objects, like the American Express Blue Card
The funny part is that when American Express top brass learned that they'd been discovered, they scrambled into damage control mode and met with the leaders of Caspian promising to "ensure that any people-tracking plans be accompanied by language requiring consumer notice and consent". They also promised to make a spychip-free version of the card if a customer, but only if the customer asks for it. Sounds to me like they're making token gestures to appease the privacy experts while merrily continue to do everything they planned to in the first place."
Technology (Apple)

+ - Apple slip exposes eight-core Mac Pro

Submitted by
An anonymous reader writes "Apple may be about to equip its Mac Pro desktop with Intel four-core Xeon processors, if an inadvertent posting on the company's UK online store is to be believed. The Mac maker's taken the offending entry down now, but not before a number of websites spotted it overnight. A search for 'Mac' yielded a number of entries, one of which mentioned the Mac Pro now with "quad-core or eight-core processing power". http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2007/03/13/apple_expo ses_eight-core_mac/"

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