Todays Tech 6/15/2007

Here are some of the more recent interesting tech stories.

eBay Experiment Demonstrates Frailty Of Google’s Monopoly For the past several days, Larry Dignan has been seeing what it’s like to live without Google. Each day, he’s been trying different, lesser-known search engines to see how they stack up. As he points out, this is essentially what eBay decided to do when it announced that it would cease Adwords spending on Google in the US market, at least for the time being.

Windows Ultimate Extras is a sham – where?s the responsibility? In a post titled ?Is Windows Vista Ultimate Extras a sham??, I voiced some of my concerns about Ultimate Extras and why I thought it was going to disappoint. A lot of people didn?t agree with me, suggesting we needed more time to allow ?progress? to happen. Well, I think now is a better time than any.

Dear AT&T: Please go to hell LA Times: AT&T to target pirated content: It joins Hollywood in trying to keep bootleg material off its network. Its network, the headline says. Not “the Internet”, but its network. If you had any illusions that what you get from the likes of AT&T is “the Internet”, you’ve just been corrected. Remember Ma Bell? Sheee’s back! And now she’s got the TV and “the Internet” as well as the phone.

Over 1 Million Potential Victims of Botnet Cyber Crime Today the Department of Justice and FBI announced the results of an ongoing cyber crime initiative to disrupt and dismantle ?botherders? and elevate the public?s cyber security awareness of botnets. OPERATION BOT ROAST is a national initiative and ongoing investigations have identified over 1 million victim computer IP addresses.

Google Video Flaw Raises Privacy Concerns by Exposing Usernames and Passwords It appears from Insomniac’s find that if you choose to share a video from Google Video to another social network (like MySpace, for example), your username and password get sent in plaintext on the http protocol (rather than the more secure https protocol).

Act now to stop Congress from legalizing spyware! The SPY Act, a new anti-spyware law, makes it impossible for consumer rights groups to sue DRM companies for putting spyware in their DRM (like Sony did last year, with its rootkit DRM). The irony is that spyware is already illegal, so all that this act does is immunize big media companies that sneak spyware onto your computer.

Report: MS Using New Heat Sinks to Alleviate 360 Failures New photos have surfaced that seem to reveal an improved cooling system within the 360, and the reports suggest that owners who have had their systems repaired are getting them back with the new heat sinks installed. Microsoft would not comment directly on this, but said “updating console components is commonplace.”

Yahoo defect endangers users — do web sites care? Every day, hundreds of defects known as “cross-site scripting,” or XSS for short, are discovered on web sites every day. (This is not even counting all those that don?t get disclosed.) And the peanut butter eating yahoos in Yahoo?s development organization are not immune to coding up such so-called XSS bugs.

iPods to blame for total eclipse of the art, says Hockney What?