Stories by Scarlet Pruitt

Spam fighters to gather at MIT

Spam, long the arch nemesis of e-mail users, has become so pervasive recently that a whole conference is being held to try to find better ways to fight it. Researchers, industry experts and spam filter hackers are descending on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Friday for what is being dubbed as the first-ever Spam Conference.

Google counters suit over lowered search rankings

In a case that underscores the increasing importance search rankings have on business, Google Technologies Inc. is fighting to dismiss a lawsuit claiming that it purposely devalued the search rankings of online advertising network Search King Inc.

Study: Online ad market is warming up

While online advertising is still far from what it was during the devil-may-care dotcom heyday, the battered market is starting to show signs of modest growth, according to a study released by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) this week.

US government denies plans for net monitoring system

A representative for the US Department of Homeland Security is denying a report from last week that the US government is planning to release a proposal requiring internet service providers (ISPs) to help build a centralised system designed to monitor internet use.

Stanford sees slow growth for B2B commerce

While online business-to-business (B2B) transactions have not taken off as rapidly as once anticipated, so called "e-procurement" will eventually catch on given the cost savings and competitive advantage it provides, according to research performed by the Stanford University Business School.

AOL quiet on use of new instant messaging patent

America Online Inc. (AOL) has recently acquired a U.S. patent for instant messaging (IM), potentially placing it in a position to edge out rival players and reap significant rewards from the booming chat market.

Report: Giuliani eyed as WorldCom chairman

Former New York City Mayor and ethical icon Rudolph Giuliani may be tapped to commandeer the board of WorldCom, as the telecommunications giant struggles to rise from the ashes of bankruptcy and scandal, according to a report on Monday (US time).

American colleges warned against P2P monitoring

A Washington DC privacy group is taking aim at the music industry's efforts to enlist schools in monitoring students' peer-to-peer (P2P) file trading activities, sending out a letter to college and university presidents this week calling the surveillance "inappropriate" and "incompatible with intellectual freedom."

Corel, AMD to cut workforce

Canadian software maker Corel has slashed 22% of its workforce, or 220 jobs, in an effort to reduce costs and return to profitability, the company says.

Study: Fortune 100 lacks respect for online consumers

Consumers sending queries to some Fortune 100 companies' sites could probably get a more rapid response by driving to the airport, booking a flight to the company's headquarters and talking to a customer representative there, a new study reveals.

Amazon agrees to change privacy policy Inc. agreed this week to make changes to its privacy policy after coming under scrutiny from consumers and regulators who claimed that the e-commerce giant did not adequately protect customer data.

Lindows upgrades OS, preps for general release

Renegade software startup Inc. released the 2.0 version of its Linux-based operating system (OS) this week, offering users features such as tabbed browsing, pop-up ad blocking capabilities and boosted networking support.

Hotmail aims to cut spam off at the pass

MSN Hotmail users may see a decrease in spam clogging up their inboxes in coming weeks, Microsoft Corp. said Wednesday, as it announced a deal with Brightmail Inc. to incorporate the company's spam-filter technology in its free e-mail service.