mrogers writes: The FBI requires a warrant to install spyware on a suspect's computer, according to a new appeals court ruling. An earlier ruling had appeared to grant the FBI permission to install spyware under the weaker provisions applied to pen registers, which record the telephone numbers or IP addresses contacted by a suspect. However, yesterday's amendment made it clear that the pen register provisions only apply to equipment installed at the suspect's ISP.
The FBI recently used spyware to determine the source of a hoax bomb threat, as reported here and here.
Lisandro writes: "German researchers are developing a robotic fire-fighting "beetle". The robot, called OLE, will monitor large areas of forrest, discover fire sources and immediately report and fight them. Built after the pattern of the pill millipede, OLE can roll up into a ball when danger threatens, retracting its six legs."
* * Beatles-Beatles writes: "Business.com was founded by entrepreneurs Jake Winebaum and Sky Dayton in 1999. The two were widely mocked for lavishing $7.5 million on a single Internet domain name — business.com — at the time. It was then the highest price paid for a domain name.