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Submission + - Google restricts MGMaps from using their map tiles (

vigmeister writes: "MGMaps is a precariously named (from a trademark perspective) software for handhelds which serves up maps from the internet and allowing you to convert your phone into a crude GPS navigation device without the need for buying maps. As the name suggests, the primary source of their maps was Google Maps until yesterday, when the Google Enforcement Team sent them this email . The software intends to continue providing the software without using Google Maps, but says support will continue for maps from Microsoft, Yahoo, and

Given that Google Maps Mobile itself is available as a download for cell phones, MGMaps is a competing product and it seems to be a fair request on Google's part even though one feels for MGMaps which came out with a (free) product first. However, this would suggest that Google is taking mobile map software seriously enough to send in the 'Google Enforcement Team'. While not really an evil move by them, it will inconvenience the large userbase that had grown to adopt the software and substitute their GPS modules with software on their cell-phone as they will have to embark on a new learning curve."


Submission + - Mozilla Patches Major Firefox Security Flaw

An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla Corp. today released updated versions of the Firefox browser, v1.5.0.10 and v2.0.0.2, for Windows, Mac, and Linux, that close a major security flaw called the location.hostname vulnerability. The fix stops hackers from being able to tamper with how websites are displayed. The location.hostname issue allowed malicious website operators to manipulate authentication cookies for third-party sites, changing how sites looked or worked. The updates are available on Mozilla's Firefox download site.
Red Hat Software

Submission + - Does ZDnet just make up sensational headlines?

An anonymous reader writes: The headline in this story: 39286050%2C00.htm


"Anger as key Red Hat developer quits"

Reading the body reveals it's about Eric S. Raymond, a user of Fedora
Linux, throwing in the towel and switching to Ubuntu.

There are two problems with the headline:

1. Eric S. Raymond is not "key."
2. Eric S. Raymond is not a "Red Hat developer."

So where did this come from?

Is ZDnet the Fox News of the computer world?
The Internet

Consumer Revolt Spurred Via the Internet 309

sas-dot writes "UK's newspaper Independent outlines the brewing consumer revolt being fomented on the web. 'Consumer militancy' is becoming ever more common, as individuals join forces on the internet to fight back against the state and big business. Businesses from banks to soccer clubs have been the target of these groups, in each case facing the fury of consumers who feel they have been wronged. For example, 'A mass revolt has left the high street banks facing thousands of claims from customers seeking to claw back some of the £4.75bn levied annually on charges for overdrafts and bounced cheques. More than one million forms demanding refunds have been downloaded from a number of consumer websites. The banks are settling out of court, often paying £1,000 a time.' Are these kinds of organized 'advocate mobs' going to be the future of internet activism?"

Submission + - "Police blow up foul-mouthed CDs"

FirmWarez writes: CNN is reporting that a bomb squad in Santa Fe, New Mexico, blew up three CD players containing home burned CDs spewing forth "foul language and pornographic messages" in a Catholic church. The CD players had been taped under pews and were louding relaying their audio messages during Ash Wednesday services.

I'm beginning to wonder if somehow the war on terror has been combined with some evangelical Republic an agenda to rid the world of obscene gestures and comments. First "lite brites" and now CD players. With all the "WTF" comments on-line, is your server next?

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