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Archive for December, 2009

Shoppers spent more in last week of holiday season than last year

Thursday, December 31st, 2009
Shoppers spent heavily during the week ended Saturday, both before and after Christmas, after a snow storm during the last weekend of the holiday shopping season led to pent-up demand.

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Unsolicited PC-repair call – was it phony?

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Q: We recently got a phone call from a person saying he was from an outfit called Click and Fix. He said that our PC was sending out errors and he wanted to repair it. My wife, who was using the computer at the time and answered the phone, said we don’t subscribe to such a service and asked if they were contracted by another company that we do business with.

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Drop the price, kill the pirates

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Illegal downloads, we are all too often told by various media giants, will be the death of decent TV and films. While I can see this is a logical conclusion if people continue to trawl bittorrent sites for their entertainment, I can’t help but think there is a better and easier solution than chasing down and fining an individual hundreds of thousands of pounds for having watched a show without paying for it.

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Hackers exploit Adobe Reader flaw via comic strip syndicate

Monday, December 28th, 2009

Albany, N.Y.-based Hearst publication Timesunion.com now reports that on Thursday readers of its comics section began complaining of being prompted to download malicious software. In an update posted to its site, Timesunion.com said the attack took advantage of the recently disclosed Adobe flaw. The news outlet said it had traced the attack back to a problem at King Features, which serves comics on its Web site, and that King Features had since corrected the problem.

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