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Ozzie married Harriet in 1935.
Happy Birthday! Chevy Chase is 61. Sigourney Weaver is 55.
- More good news from Congress. The House passed anonther anti-spyware bill, its second in three days, adding penalties of up to five years in prison for people convicted of installing the bogies without a computer user’s permission. The “Internet Spyware Prevention Act,” passed 415-0.
- And the FTC is suing its first spyware companies. The FTC requested a temporary restraining order against Seismic Entertainment Productions, Smartbot.Net, and uber-spammer, Sanford Wallace, claiming the companies secretly installed software that pops-up dozens of ads, and then sends a message offering to stop the pop-ups with $30 software. Nice.
- Sun and Kodak have settled out of court. Sun will pay Kodak $92 million to license the patents Kodak says were infringed by Java. Kodak was asking for one billion.
- Dell is recalling some of its laptop power adapters because they can overheat posing a fire hazard. 4.4 million AC adapters sold between September 1998 and February 2002 are affected.
- Secunia is reporting that there is a critical flaw in Microsoft Word for Windows 2000 and possibly 2002 that could allow a malicious Word document to place a trojan horse on your system. No patch from Microsoft as yet.
- Now that the Ansari X-Prize has been won, it’s time for a new X-Prize – this time aimed at stimulating developments in technology. The WTN X-Prize hasn’t yet specified the challenges or prize amounts.
- Google is testing a new SMS search. Send your query as a text message from your cell phone and Google will reply. The number is 46645 (GOOGL on most phones).
- ThinkSecret claims Apple is in production of a new 60GB PhotoPod – an iPod with a color screen and photo synchronization software that works with Apple’s iPhoto. The pod will reputedly have a video out connector for playing slide shows on your TV. Toshiba has confirmed that Apple has ordered its 60GB mini-drive “in quantity.”