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July 2002 Archives

July 30, 2002

CNN: Bugs Bunny tops greatest cartoon characters list

MSNBC: ICANN ordered to open records (also see the court’s ruling, AP, CNET, Bret Fausett’s icann Blog, and ICANN’s surreal spin)

July 26, 2002

Wired News: Deep linking takes another blow

CNET Yale alleges an ivory tower break-in (also see Associated Press, Washington Post, Yale Daily News)

July 22, 2002

New Scientist: Maths improves baseball batting line-up (mathematician says best hitter should bat second, not fourth)

July 21, 2002

The Recorder (via Name dropping: Wide trademark impact could be felt in suit over sale of cheaper brand under Shell canopy (meatspace imitates cyberspace, or something like that, as Shell Oil Co. files initial interest confusion trademark suit against San Francisco Shell franchisee that advertises both Shell brand and cheaper gas under Shell sign)

July 15, 2002

What does “medireview” mean? Apparently Yahoo Mail quietly changes all instances of “eval” in HTML messages and attachments to “review,” and makes similar substitutions for other words that also correspond to Javascript commands. And apparently many people copy text from Yahoo Mail to other places without noticing the substitutions made by Yahoo. As a result there now are thousands of published articles, reports, CVs, web pages, and other documents that use words like “medireview,” “reviewuation”, “Chreviewier,” “prreviewent,” and “retrireview.” (See RISKS Digest (11 April 2001), NTKnow (12 July 2002), New Scientist, and this list of Yahoo’s word substitutions.)

July 12, 2002

CNET Judge: See ya later, Gator (federal court orders parasitic web ad firm to stop displaying popup ads over competitors’ sites) attempts to educate rude mobile phone users. The site includes a form you can use to send an anonymous message to someone telling them about their poor mobile phone etiquette.

CNET Canning spam without eating up real mail

July 10, 2002

Reuters: PBS discusses advertising with FCC (the 15-second “sponsorship messages” are a minor annoyance — what they really ought to crack down on are the interminable pledge drive breaks)

July 08, 2002

Wired News: Deep link foes get another win (also see CNET

CNET eBay picks up PayPal for $1.5 billion (also see AP, CNN Money,, Reuters)

July 03, 2002

CNET Yahoo relaunches with streamlined look (Yahoo’s popular web site directory now appears in smaller type buried in a corner of Yahoo’s home page. For a more usable version, go directly to instead)

July 02, 2002 It’s time for ICANN to go (interview with John Gilmore)

June 2002 Archives

June 28, 2002

Reuters: ICANN squeezes out regular folk

June 24, 2002

San Francisco Chronicle: FBI checking out Americans’ reading habits; bookstores, libraries can’t do much to fend off search warrants

June 20, 2002

A page on NPR’s web site says that “Linking to or framing of any material on this site without the prior written consent of NPR is prohibited.” (NPR is National Public Radio.) Oops, I just linked to NPR’s web site without asking for permission. Please don’t sue me, NPR! (Also see Wired News story about this ridiculous policy, and a follow-up story (also from Wired News).)

June 19, 2002 Cloudmark unveils P2P anti-spam system

June 17, 2002

The Specious Report: Internet to shut down for two weeks in August

June 10, 2002

CNET Old code in Windows is security threat (last week, a Finnish security company warned of a serious vulnerability in the gopher protocol support in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser; several days later, Microsoft responds by simply removing gopher support from the browser entirely, rather than trying to fix the vulnerability)

June 07, 2002

Reuters: China paper bites on Onion gag (Beijing Evening News reports that the U.S. Congress may relocate from Washington to Charlotte or Memphis, based upon a report in The Onion)

May 2002 Archives

May 31, 2002

EFF’s Consensus at Lawyerpoint blog (via LawMeme): A long time ago, in an industry far, far away (testifying before Congress in 1982, MPAA president Jack Valenti attacked the “savagery” and “ravages” of VCRs, saying that “the VCR is to the American film producer and the American public as the Boston strangler is to the woman home alone”) (also see full transcript of Valenti’s testimony on Cryptome)
MSNBC (Brock Meeks editorial): Cannibals in cyberspace: Internet governing body feasts on itself (yay, more ICANN bashing!)

May 30, 2002

ZDNet Australia: Aussie spammer sues anti-spammer

Washington Post: Critics say ICANN should compete for net governance duties (groups challenging ICANN’s control over Internet domain name system include ACLU, CPSR, Consumers Union, EFF, EPIC, and others)

May 26, 2002

The Onion: Factual error found on Internet

May 25, 2002

Politech: Neulevel’s PostMinder tracks email without recipient approval (also see PostMinder) (isn’t this what e-mail marketers and spammers have been doing for a long time?)

May 22, 2002

AP: AT&T Broadband e-mail filter may work too well (ISP-endorsed spam filter blocks e-mail from the ISP itself — including a notification of a pending rate increase) (also see RISKS)

WeirdBytes: Info-security and privacy: a dog’s view (describing cats as “pathological individualistic privacy freaks”)

May 21, 2002

eWeek: Allchin: Disclosure may endanger U.S. (Microsoft exec tells a federal court that Microsoft code has so many flaws that disclosing it to competitors may threaten national security) (also see Slashdot)

May 20, 2002

CD crack: Magic marker indeed (also available via CNET) (Sony’s new copy-protection scheme for what it still claims are “compact discs” — an irritating scheme that distorts the data, preventing legitimate purchasers from played CDs they’ve bought and paid for on CD/DVD players, car CD players, and computers — apparently can be defeated simply by writing on the disk’s rim with a felt-tip pen. So, is the pen mightier than the RIAA, or will the RIAA seek to ban felt-tip pens next?)

May 18, 2002

Cosmiverse (via Fark): New technology creates realistic videos of false testimony (researchers at MIT can make videos of people appearing to say anything)

Reuters: Senate toughens up on spam (Commerce Committee marks up “CAN SPAM” Act, sends it to Senate floor)  (Memo to Congress: Please don’t pass yet another ill-advised Internet bill. A feeble spam law like this one would legitimize spam, making the problem much worse than it is now. Even those who support antispam legislation should prefer no law at all to this inept approach.)

May 17, 2002

Politech: Ninth Circuit rules 6-5 that Nuremberg files website is unlawful (see also decision [PDF])

May 14, 2002

Wired News: Another run to a deep-link suit

Politech: Criminal defendant insists his own name is copyrighted

May 01, 2002

Politechbot: Exciting new use of DMCA! Banning font-twiddling software! (commercial font vendors claim that a distributor of free fonts violated copyright law by posting a program that enabled him to easily change one character in his own font files … but never fear, ChillingEffects is watching)

April 2002 Archives

April 27, 2002 Online privacy bill raising ‘grave’ e-commerce concerns (of course, the industry would have similar concerns about a law against fraud)

April 16, 2002

Washington Post: High court overturns ‘virtual’ porn ban (also see CNN) — Ashcroft v. Free Speech Coalition (Apr. 16, 2002) [alternate location]

AP (via Wired News): Web group OKs privacy standards (also see W3C’s main P3P site)

April 08, 2002

CNET Web surfers brace for pop-up downloads

April 02, 2002

Wall Street Journal (via Politech): Microsoft’s anti-Unix website runs, well, Unix; CNET Anti-Unix Web site on the fritz? (This week, Microsoft launched a web site intended to persuade people to switch from Unix to Microsoft’s server software … but it was quickly discovered that the site was running on the free Apache web server software, under an open-source version of Unix … so an embarrassed Microsoft moved the site to a server running its own software … which promptly crashed.)

August 2002 Archives

August 24, 2002

The Onion: Wine appreciation tips

New York Daily News: Justice is served — with a ticket

August 22, 2002

Don’t Link to Us! (featured today on CNET, CNET Radio, Slashdot, and perhaps elsewhere)

August 14, 2002

CNET Godzilla vs. the blog thing

Forbes: Top-earning dead celebrities (Elvis lives, but he’s listed here anyway, followed by Charles Schulz, John Lennon, Dale Earnhardt, and Dr. Seuss)

ABC News: Bleacher fan’s right to heckle players upheld (Ohio appeals court reverses conviction of baseball fan who shouted insults at player)

March 2002 Archives

March 21, 2002

Wired News: Anti-copy bill hits D.C. (S. 2048, introduced by Sen. Fritz Hollings, would ban computers and other electronic devices that don’t include crippling technologies that prevent them from performing functions for which they were designed. Sen. Dianne Feinstein is a co-sponsor. This profoundly stupid bill is supported by the motion picture and recording industries, but just about everyone else is against it, including the IT and electronics industries and consumer groups. Let’s hope it dies a quick and permanent death.)

Wired News: Google yanks anti-church sites (also see CNET and update at Politech) (in response to complaints from the Church of Scientology, search engine Google has stopped providing links to anti-Scientology web sites, to comply with Digital Millennium Copyright Act — among the sites that Google no longer links to are and Companies taking desperate steps against spam Blackhole list, facing legal challenge, closes (also see The Register and Wired News)

March 20, 2002

Scientific American: Copy that: Technology is making it harder for word thieves to earn outrageous fortunes

Politech: Karl Auerbach sues ICANN to open books, inspect financial info (also see, ICANNWatch[1], ICANNWatch[2])

Newsbytes: CIA web site cans cookies after report (also see

March 16, 2002

Wired News: The old Mac that went to pot

March 13, 2002

AP: Wyoming cries foul over postal stamp (Wyoming officials complain that bucking bronco pictured on new Montana stamp infringes Wyoming’s trademark)

March 08, 2002

Privacy.Org: Student obtains $5 million In lawsuit against voyeur video company

February 2002 Archives

February 28, 2002

Declan McCullagh’s Politech: Calif. governor candidate, DNC chairman turn to political spam

February 27, 2002

N.Y. Times: The murky debate over an Internet address database (controversy over use of Whois domain data by marketers)

February 21, 2002

Washington Post: Anti-telemarketers send out a very busy signal

Wired News: Ads play to users’ privacy fears

February 19, 2002

Wired News: Not all Asian e-mail is spam (many ISPs block all incoming e-mail from Asian countries, because so much of it is spam)

February 15, 2002 CEO opens ‘Windows’ to trademark case

February 08, 2002

Newsbytes: Court rules ‘thumbnail’ images ok, full-sized copies not (also see Kelly v. Arriba [PDF])

February 03, 2002

Newsbytes: Court orders Kazaa closed, but it stays open

Wired News: Trillian won’t heed AOL’s message (AOL battles to prevent interoperability with small firm’s messaging application, claiming security is at issue)

February 01, 2002 Weight loss company sues search engines

Newsbytes: Napster case: Is judge turning tables on labels?

January 2002 Archives

January 27, 2002

Reuters: SEC uses fake site to warn investors (also see McWhortle Enterprises)

January 25, 2002

Turning Macs on thievery (theft victim hacks into stolen computer, instructing it to call home)

Privacy.Org: FTC proposes changes to Telephone Sales Rule (also see FTC press release)

January 20, 2002

Wired News: Abandonware: Dead games live on

ZDNet UK: .Net vote rigging illustrates importance of Web services (Microsoft attempts to stuff ballot box)

January 17, 2002

Reuters: CD creator burns copy-protection efforts (Philips blocks use of trademarked “compact disc” logo on copy-protected CDs that won’t play on computer CD-ROM drives or DVD players)

Wired News: Europe GPS plan shelved

January 16, 2002

Yahoo! News: Six shot at Virginia law school (also see Appalachian School of Law)

Reuters: Actor’s plaque mistakenly honors King’s assassin

January 13, 2002

Wired News: Cybercourts set for tech trials

January 11, 2002

Ed Anger in Weekly World News: You gotta be an idiot to put pineapple on your pizza

Washington Post: Judge flunks Microsoft school plan (also see CNN/Money, CNET, and coverage)

Wired News: Elmo so tickled he can sing

January 10, 2002

Chicago Tribune: Sick of signing on to unsolicited pornography

January 07, 2002

CNET Appeals court upholds anti-spam law (also see Ferguson v. Friendfinders, Inc.)

November 2001 Archives

November 28, 2001

Wired News: Routes of least surveillance (how to avoid surveillance cameras in NYC) (also see iSee)

N.Y. Times (via Int’l Herald Tribune): Rivals mobilize alternatives to U.S. system (Europe, China, Russia, and Canada are developing navigation systems to serve as alternatives to U.S.-controlled GPS)

November 21, 2001

AP: Health care company unhappy with Philip Morris’ planned
name change to Altria
(Altria Healthcare Corp. says it doesn’t want to be associated with cigarette maker)

Wired News: No thumbprint, no rental car

November 20, 2001

CNET Customers put kibosh on anti-copy CD

SatireWire: Lung cancer to change its name to Philip Morris

November 12, 2001

ABC News: a badly placed American Airlines ad (via and FARK)

October 2001 Archives

October 29, 2001

Wired News: Wayback goes way back on web (also see Wayback Machine)

October 25, 2001

CNET shuts out non-Microsoft browsers (remember “DOS isn’t done until Lotus won’t run”? It’s back!)

October 18, 2001

Wired News: Governor calls for ‘cyber court’

October 15, 2001

Wired News: RIAA wants to hack your PC

October 10, 2001 Britney Spears hacked into (prankster posts fake version of CNN site with false news report, then promotes the hoax by exploiting CNN’s own “e-mail this” service)

Wired News: Osama has a new friend (also see Bert Is Evil!; Fox News: Bin Laden’s felt-skinned henchman?; Bert working with bin Laden?; Fractalcow; the original Bert and bin Laden image; and the poster that used the image: photo #1 [Dutch news agency ANP], photo #2 [Reuters], and photo #3 [Reuters] / larger version of #3)

October 09, 2001

Los Angeles Times: The science behind the song stuck in your head

October 05, 2001

Fox News: Police investigating emergency doughnut run