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Submission + - Forbes forces readers to turn off ad blockers, promptly serves malware

akahige writes: From Extremetech comes this: "For the past few weeks, Forbes.com has been forcing visitors to disable ad blockers if they want to read its content. Visitors to the site with Adblock or uBlock enabled are told they must disable it if they wish to see any Forbes content. Thanks to Forbes’ interstitial ad and quote of the day, Google caching doesn’t capture data properly, either.

What sets Forbes apart, in this case, is that it didn’t just force visitors to disable ad blocking — it actively served them malware as soon as they did. Details were captured by security researcher Brian Baskin, who screenshotted the process."

Comment with any luck (Score 1) 125

Maybe they'll use the name change as an opportunity to generate some further goodwill and kill off the browser plugin.

Flash does have uses outside the browser, and the new name reflects that. It's a completely dippy name for a browser plugin, though.

Adobe has ever been accused of forward thinking, but we can always hope.

Comment O, the irony (Score 1) 288

Monster complaining that they're being bullied is rich.

Now they know how the legions of companies they've gone after for completely unrelated reasons feel.

They've deserved this for a very long time. It's nice to know that the boot they're feeling is being administered by a company big enough to not even remotely care how they feel about it.

Comment passwords are only half of a login (Score 1) 336

There's one important element of these leaks that I've never seen anyone comment on: it's all well and good to hack a weak password, but how do these people wind up getting their hands on lists of celebrities' private email addresses? It's not like you can just throw some terms at Google and come up with anything useful.
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Submission + - Steve Jobs (1955-2011) (apple.com) 1

akahige writes: Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has lost his battle with cancer. The news has only just broken on Apple's home page, along with this brief announcement: "Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple."

Submission + - Patent Troll Says Anyone Using WiFi Infringes (patentexaminer.org) 1

akahige writes: The Patent Examiner blog has the incredible story of Innovatio IP, a patent troll that recently acquired a portfolio of patents that its lawyers (what, you think there are any employees?) appear to believe cover pretty much any WiFi implementation. They've been suing coffee shops, grocery stores, restaurants and hotels first — including Caribou Coffee, Cosi, Panera Bread Co, certain Marriotts, Best Westerns, Comfort Inns and more. The lawyer representing the company, Matthew McAndrews, seems to imply that the company believes the patents cover everyone who has a home WiFi setup, but they don't plan to go after such folks right now, for "strategic" reasons. More info at Tech Dirt.

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