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Submission + - Peeking Into Users' Web History (technologyreview.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers hijack Google's personalized search suggestions to reconstruct users' search histories.
Personalization is a key part of Internet search, providing more relevant results and gaining loyal customers in the process.
But new research highlights the privacy risks that this kind of personalization can bring. A team of European researchers,
working with a researcher from the University of California, Irvine, found that they were able to hijack Google's personalized search
suggestions to reconstruct users' Web search histories.

Google has plugged most of the holes identified in the research, but the researchers say that other personalized services are
likely to have similar vulnerabilities. "The goal of this project was to show that personalized services are very dangerous in terms
of privacy because they can leak information," says Claude Castelluccia, a senior research scientist at the French National Institute
for Research in Computer Science and Control, who was involved with the work. The work will be presented this summer at the
Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium in Berlin, Germany.


Submission + - UK Jails US Programmer for Refusal to Decrypt File (geek.com) 2

An anonymous reader writes: Geek.com article on lengthy TheRegister.co.uk story. JFL was sentenced to 13months in jail. A US computer scientist whilst travelling to the UK has been the first person to be jailed under the country’s relatively new laws that require suspects to surrender passwords for encrypted files. The 33 year old man, identified only as ‘JFL’, is currently being detained indefinitely under mental health legislation, but was originally charged with and jailed for refusing to divulge passwords that would allow investigating officers to examine the contents of encrypted drives and file containers on his computers. The man, who has no prior convictions, was originally arrested on arrival into the UK from France, where sniffer dogs detected what turned out to be an unpacked model rocket from hobbyist company estes in his luggage. He was allowed to continue to the UK before being arrested by counter terrorism police.
Social Networks

Submission + - SPAM: Critics Step Up War On Yelp

journalistguy writes: A group of small businessmen who say Yelp manipulates reviews on their site in order to extort ad revenue has launched a campaign to fire Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman. Are there reasonable ways to police crowdsourcing (and the crowdsource platform owners) ? Is it even possible for a business like Yelp to stay neutral and still make money? And as social media commentary continues to replace 'unbiased' media reviews, how do we know the tools we use are truly clean?
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Wireless Networking

Submission + - Transfer files through human touch (lemereis.com) 2

An anonymous reader writes: Bright blogger David Lemereis writes on his personal blog: "Click, BBC’s flagship technology program recently traveled to Japan showing a phone that transfers data through your body to a computer. This technology is called RedTacton and has been developed by Japanese scientists of Nippon Telegraph & Telecom.

Nearly two years ago I was fortunate enough to visit the RedTacton lab in Japan for the Dutch Television show ‘In de Ban van het Ding’...

In a nutshell: RedTacton technology turns your body, your clothes, your shoes and even the floor your standing on into an ‘adsl cable’ that transfers data wirelessly to other RedTacton enabled devices."


Documents Reveal US Incompetence with Word, Iraq 419

notNeilCasey writes "The U.S. Coalition Provisional Authority, which formerly governed Iraq, accidentally published Microsoft Word documents containing information never meant for the public, according to an article in Salon. By viewing the documents using the Track Changes feature in Word (.doc), the author has been able to reconstruct internal discussions from 2004 which reflect the optimism, isolation and incompetence of the American occupation. Download the author's source document or look for more yourself. 'Presumably, staffers at the CPA's Information Management Unit, which produced the weekly reports, were cutting and pasting large sections of text into the reports and then eliminating all but the few short passages they needed. Much of the material they were cribbing seems to have come from the kind of sensitive, security-related documents that were never meant to be available to the public. In fact, about half of the 20 improperly redacted documents I downloaded, including the March 28 report, contain deleted portions that all seem to come from one single, 1,000-word security memo. The editors kept pulling text from a document titled "Why Are the Attacks Down in Al-Anbar Province -- Several Theories." (The security memo and the last page of the March 28 report can be seen here, along with several other CPA documents that can be downloaded.)'"

Google Wins Nude Thumbnail Legal Battle 204

eldavojohn writes "Google is currently fighting many fronts in its ability to show small images returned in a search from websites. Most recently, Google won the case against them in which they were displaying nude thumbnails of a photographer's work from his site. Prior to this, Google was barred from displaying copyrighted content, even when linking it to the site (owner) from its search results. The verdict: "Saying the District Court erred, the San Francisco-based appeals court ruled that Google could legally display those images under the fair use doctrine of copyright law." This sets a rather hefty precedence in a search engine's ability to blindly serve content safely under fair use."

Submission + - WSJ: Gaming, or Democratizing 'Most Viewed' Lists?

journalistguy writes: "The Wall Street Journal has an has an article on on how the content on news and other sites is manipulated by users. The article talks about a start-up called Collactive, which has been discussed here before . What's newsworthy, IMHO, is the fact that Collactive has opened their Web 2.0 site hammering service for use by anyone . They even put up an example on how a bunch of guys pwned the top photo slot on Yahoo News, albeit for a good cause. What I wonder is whether Collactive's APB system for taking collective action is truly a democratization of the Web, the world's first Web 3.0 service, or just another way to manipulate the news cycle?"

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