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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Today's Top Privacy Stories:

Newspapers Find National Ads a Tough Sell New York Times - April 26, 2005

Many newspapers have been ailing as readers defect to other sources of news and as advertisers seek new ways to attract potential customers. The biggest challenge, by most accounts, comes from Web sites and search engines like Google and Yahoo.

Israeli Spam Defense: Filtering Email Illegal Globes Online - April 26, 2005

An Israeli man facing a Microsoft spam lawsuit is arguing that under the Computers Law, filtering and blocking junk e-mail is a criminal offense of bugging inter-computer communications. The claims that Hotmail, which filters his e-mail, is the criminal.

Patent Office Chief Endorses Legal Reform CNET - April 25, 2005

Patent Office chief Jon Dudas said Monday that federal law should be changed to award a patent to the first person to file a claim and to permit review of a patent after it is granted. Currently patents are awarded to the first person who concocted the invention, a timeframe that can be difficult to prove.

Lawmakers Want Background Checks at Net Dating Services LA Times - April 25, 2005

some lawmakers want to regulate online dating by requiring online dating services to conduct background checks on their clients. The push runs counter to the prevailing sentiment about privacy. In the wake of high-profile breaches at information brokers ChoicePoint Inc. and Reed Elsevier's LexisNexis, state and federal legislators called for tighter control of personal information, with less, rather than more, disclosure.

Authorities Note Surge in Online Fraud Involving Money Orders New York Times - April 26, 2005

Fake checks have been the stock in trade of online fraud artists for years. Now authorities are noting a surge in schemes involving sophisticated counterfeiting of a different form of payment: United States postal money orders.

Netscape Pioneers Launch Free Content Network CNET - April 25, 2005

Netscape pioneers Mike Homer and Marc Andreessen are back on the start-up scene, launching a TiVo-like online network for distributing and viewing public TV, radio and grassroots media. The free service, called the Open Media Network, is aimed initially at letting traditional public broadcasters and independent filmmakers distribute their work on the Net. But it will also allow ordinary computer users to publish their files.

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