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Ask Slashdot: Undoing an Internet Smear Campaign?

January 2nd, 2013 01:50 admin View Comments

The Internet

An anonymous reader writes “My fiancee is a professional writer. She has a great industry reputation and everyone that knows her loves her. But her ex-husband has maintained a number of websites in her name (literally, the URL is her name) that are filled with insane ravings and defamatory content. Have you ever had to deal with an internet smear campaign? The results float to the top of every Google or Bing search of her name. He currently lives abroad and cannot be served with legal papers. His websites are hosted overseas as well, and do not respond to conventional letters or petitions. Because of his freedom of speech rights, few U.S. courts will assert that his websites are truly libelous, either, and it’s still difficult to prove any real ‘damages’ are done by it. Still, we’d like to see them go away. I’m turning to the best community of geeks in the world: how do I deal with this given the limited options at my disposal?”

Source: Ask Slashdot: Undoing an Internet Smear Campaign?

Colleges Help Students Fix Their Online Indiscretions

January 2nd, 2013 01:18 admin View Comments

Businesses

A growing number of colleges are providing graduating students tools to improve their online image. The services arrange for positive results on search engine inquiries by pushing your party pictures, and other snapshots of your lapsed judgement off the first page. Syracuse, Rochester and Johns Hopkins are among the schools that are offering such services free of charge. From the article: “Samantha Grossman wasn’t always thrilled with the impression that emerged when people Googled her name. ‘It wasn’t anything too horrible,’ she said. ‘I just have a common name. There would be pictures, college partying pictures, that weren’t of me, things I wouldn’t want associated with me.’ So before she graduated from Syracuse University last spring, the school provided her with a tool that allowed her to put her best Web foot forward. Now when people Google her, they go straight to a positive image — professional photo, cum laude degree and credentials — that she credits with helping her land a digital advertising job in New York.”

Source: Colleges Help Students Fix Their Online Indiscretions

Foursquare Will Display Users’ Full Names By Default

December 30th, 2012 12:30 admin View Comments

Privacy

Location services can be useful and fun, but, depending on how paranoid (“cautious”) you are, you might already dislike the idea of a social-network dashboard keeping track of where you are at a given moment. After all, bad guys can use computers, too. Now, Foursquare may up your level of caution just a bit: CNET reports that “Beginning January 28, 2013, users’ ‘full names’ will be displayed across the check-in service and venue owners will have increased access to users’ check-in data, the company announced in an e-mail sent to users late last night.” Users, though, “will still have control of the name displayed by altering their ‘full name’ in their settings,” and can opt out of the increased flow of data to business owners. For users’ sake, I hope Foursquare doesn’t go in for the “real names” fetish to the extent that both Google and Facebook have.

Source: Foursquare Will Display Users’ Full Names By Default

You’re Being DDOSed — What Do You Do? Name and Shame?

December 25th, 2012 12:32 admin View Comments

Networking

badger.foo writes “When you’re hit with a DDOS, what do you do? In his most recent column, Peter Hansteen narrates a recent incident that involved a DNS based DDOS against his infrastructure and that of some old friends of his. He ends up asking: should we actively publish or ‘name and shame’ DDOS participants (or at least their IP addresses)? How about scans that may or may not be preparations for DDOSes to come?”

Source: You’re Being DDOSed — What Do You Do? Name and Shame?

Google Skunkworks Working on ‘X Phone,’ Reports WSJ

December 23rd, 2012 12:26 admin View Comments

Google

The Wall Street Journal says that Google’s not quite content to be just a name printed on certain Android phones, and has set some of the cellphone engineers from Google-owned Motorola Mobility to work on high-end project known internally as the ‘X phone.’ The rumored phone, says the article, “is due out sometime next year,” and is meant as a technology flagship for Android phones, incorporating more innovative features than typical phones, such as advanced gesture recognition. Some of those features, like a flexible screen, have reportedly already been dropped from the design, though. If the X Phone materializes, a tablet is expected to follow.

Source: Google Skunkworks Working on ‘X Phone,’ Reports WSJ

Facebook Ordered To End Its Real Name Policy In Germany

December 17th, 2012 12:04 admin View Comments

Facebook

An anonymous reader writes with a blow to Facebook’s policy banning accounts under pseudonyms. From the article: “A German privacy regulator ordered Facebook to stop enforcing its real name policy because it violates a German law that gives users the right to use nicknames online. ‘We believe the orders are without merit, a waste of German taxpayers’ money and we will fight it vigorously,’ a Facebook spokeswoman said in an emailed statement.”

Source: Facebook Ordered To End Its Real Name Policy In Germany

Google Develops Context-Aware Voice Search For TV

November 15th, 2012 11:32 admin View Comments

Google

jfruh writes “Google TV, despite bold predictions from the company’s execs, has singularly failed to take over the TV world. Nevertheless, the company is still plugging away, and one development that might have far-reaching implications is its new context-aware voice search. ‘Context aware’ is the key to revolutionizing the TV-watching experience: you can say the name of a TV show, the name of a channel, the description of a show, or the description of a kind of video you’d like to find on YouTube, and the TV will show it to you.”

Source: Google Develops Context-Aware Voice Search For TV

Mega Finds New Home, Dotcom Says

November 12th, 2012 11:25 admin View Comments

Piracy

hypnosec writes “Kim Dotcom has revealed that Megaupload’s successor Mega, which is reportedly launching on January 20, 2012, will be operating through a new domain name Mega.co.nz. Through a tweet Dotcom announced that Mega has found a new home and that the new domain name is protected by the law. Dotcom also revealed that lobbyists won’t be able to do anything about this as “Judges are not influenced by politics in New Zealand“. Recent announcements about Mega’s domain – Me.ga didn’t go as planned following a decision by the Government of Gabon to suspend the domain name. Dotcom had announced at the time that despite the blockage, Mega would launch as planned.”

Source: Mega Finds New Home, Dotcom Says

Apple Loses Trademark Claim Against iFone in Mexico

November 2nd, 2012 11:27 admin View Comments

Iphone

sfcrazy writes “Apple is having trouble in Mexico right before the holiday season. The company has lost rights to the name iPhone in the country, as it was already owned by a Mexican telecom company called iFone (Google translation of Spanish original). iFone registered its trademark in 2003, four years before Apple iPhone was launched. In 2009, Apple filed a complaint with the Mexican Industrial Property Institute demanding that iFone stop using is name because it could confuse users. That claim was since denied, and iFone is looking to turn the tables.”

Source: Apple Loses Trademark Claim Against iFone in Mexico

Kim Dotcom Outs Mega Teaser Site, Finalizes Domain Name

November 1st, 2012 11:53 admin View Comments

The Internet

hypnosec writes “Kim Dotcom has let out more information about the launch of Megaupload’s successor Mega, which he claims will be ‘bigger, better, faster, stronger, [and] safer.’ Mega is currently looking for partners willing to provide servers, support and connectivity to become ‘Mega Storage Nodes.’ The prime requirement, according to Dotcom, is that the servers should be located outside the U.S. and that the companies should also be based outside of the U.S. For this reason, Dotcom has decided that the new service will be launching with ‘Me.ga’ domain name.”

Source: Kim Dotcom Outs Mega Teaser Site, Finalizes Domain Name