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LinkedIn Accused of Hacking Customers' E-Mails To Slurp Up Contacts 210

cold fjord writes with this Business Week report: "LinkedIn Corp. ... was sued by customers who claim the company appropriated their identities for marketing purposes by hacking into their external e-mail accounts and downloading contacts' addresses. The customers, who aim to lead a group suit against LinkedIn, asked a federal judge in San Jose, California, to bar the company from repeating the alleged violations and to force it to return any revenue stemming from its use of their identities to promote the site ... 'LinkedIn's own website contains hundreds of complaints regarding this practice,' they said in the complaint filed Sept. 17. ... LinkedIn required the members to provide an external e-mail address as their username on its site, then used the information to access their external e-mail accounts when they were left open ... 'LinkedIn pretends to be that user and downloads the e-mail addresses contained anywhere in that account to LinkedIn's servers,' they said. 'LinkedIn is able to download these addresses without requesting the password for the external e-mail accounts or obtaining users' consent.'" "This puts an interesting twist on LinkedIn's recent call for transparency," adds cold fjord. (More at Bloomberg.)

Comment Re:"The only problem? It's GMO." (Score 1) 400

It also doesn't stop some rival from producing a crop with equivalent properties expressed through some other means.

...and there's the problem. By enabling Monsanto to patent life, you encourage others to do so. Even if Monsanto only used its patent in some copyleft sort of way, you'd have some even greater asshole or two or 37 who decide that once a nice breeze brings some of their pollen into your crops, you've become a dirty floppy-copying "IP" thief ripe to bend over de jure.

At least your orifices will be Roundup Ready(tm) once they're done.

Comment Re:Real names? (Score 1) 582

One of the draws to these revenue generating sites is being able to comment. I suspect that when push comes to shove, many anonymous commenters won't bother to comment any more, nor visit the site and read the articles. This will affect the HP's bottom line.

...unless, of course, the big guns of the social-marketing complex are making up for that lost revenue.

"Hey, mind if we throw ya a bit o'greens here and there? Oh, you're very welcome, we just need to see those names of yours so our real customers can use them as, y'know...volunteer endorsements for TV commercials. 'Organic' advertising, y'know, totally not fake or unsolicited or tracked down by the government. The *nudge* 'viral' web. *wink*"

Comment Re:okay so how is snowden NOT a whistleblower then (Score 1) 524

Looks like it might be time to donate again. There's something ridiculous about the need to buy decent government by donating to a charitable organization, but hey, they're doing better than most, and most of "us" (Slashdot readers) can probably afford it. Normally I'd suggest the option of doing it by way of the Humble Bundle, but currently they don't include that option...

...probably because it would conflict with the interests of EA (see the Bundle's current front page).

Speaking of EA...WTF, Humble?

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