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    Friday, June 10, 2011

    Reuter site - Man accused of planting spyware to photograph women

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    Man accused of planting spyware to photograph women

    Thu, Jun 09 11:18 AM EDT

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A 20-year-old California man was arrested on Wednesday, accused of planting spyware on dozens of computers to secretly photograph women in a state of undress, police said.

    Trevor Harwell was taken into custody at his home in Fullerton, where detectives found hundreds of thousands of the pictures on his computer, Fullerton Police Spokesman Sgt. Andrew Goodrich said.

    Harwell is accused of installing the program, which gave him remote access to the user's computer and webcam, while working as a technician for a local computer repair company, Goodrich said.

    "Once he had access, he would take photographs of the users, usually women. Often, the female victims were undressed or changing clothes," Goodrich said.

    Harwell then allegedly stored the photos on a remote server and eventually downloaded them to his own computer.

    Police say they began investigating Harwell after a Fullerton resident contacted authorities over a suspicious message on his daughter's computer.

    The message mimicked a system error advising her of a problem with an "internal sensor" and advised: "If unsure what to do, try putting your laptop near hot steam for several minutes to clean the sensor."

    Goodrich said many users who got a similar message took their laptops into the bathroom while they showered, where Harwell allegedly photographed them undressing or naked.

    (Reporting by Dan Whitcomb. Edited by Peter Bohan)

    Reuter site - Google buys AdMeld in latest Web acquisition: report

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    Google buys AdMeld in latest Web acquisition: report

    Thu, Jun 09 19:44 PM EDT

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Google Inc has bought online advertising technology company AdMeld for $400 million, according to an influential technology blog.

    The deal, which was reported by TechCrunch citing multiple unnamed sources, would mark Google's latest effort to bolster its business in the market for graphical, display ads, where it competes with rivals including Yahoo Inc and Facebook.

    Four-year-old AdMeld counts Discovery Communications, FOX News, Hearst Television, and The Weather Channel among its clients, according to its website.

    It has raised $30 million in funding from investors including the Foundry Group, Spark Capital, Norwest Venture Partners and Time Warner Investments, TechCrunch cited multiple unidentified sources as saying.

    Google, the world's No. 1 Internet search engine, declined to comment.

    Google has been on an acquisition spree, spending $1.8 billion on more than 40 companies in 2010.

    The vast majority of Google's revenue, which totaled roughly $29 billion in 2010, comes from small ads that appear alongside its search results. But the company has stepped up efforts to tap into the display advertising market.

    In October, Google said its display advertising business was generating revenue at an annualized run rate of $2.5 billion.

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