iritant writes: "As we were discussing, Gran Paradiso or the latest version of Firefox, is nearing release. Gran Paradiso includes a form of malware protection that checks every URL against a known list of sites. It does so by sending each URL to Google. In other words, if people enable this feature, they get some malware protection, and Google gets a wealth of information about which sites are popular (or, for that matter, which sites should be checked for malware). Fair deal? Not to worry — the feature is disabled by default."
iritant writes: "After previously telling customers that their billing records aren't their property, irony has had its day, and AT&T has been
hacked, exposing 19,000 customers' credit cards and other personal information. Of course they'll pay for credit card monitoring and so that makes it all better, right? Not."