UP AND AWAY. The Air Force said last week that it's notifying 33,000 personnel, mostly officers, that a security breach exposed personal data to an intruder. The Air Force said a "malicious user" got into an assignment and career database by using "a legitimate user's login information to access and/or download individuals' personal information." The Air Force said the information contained in the database included birth dates and Social Security numbers but not addresses or phone numbers.
PICTURE THIS. Perfect 10, a "men's entertainment" magazine, has petitioned a judge to grant an injunction against Amazon.com and Google to get them to take down thumbnails of the magazine's girlie pictures generated in their search engines and to stop linking to sites that illegally feature the copyrighted material. Sounds innocuous, but it's not. The use of content on the Internet is a big issue, wrapped up in the wider intellectual-property debate. The use of content in connection with search engines is even thornier. Google has gotten itself into copyright hot water concerning several projects, including the library database of all published books, its database of images, and its database of videos.
ALL IN. The World Trade Organization has given the United States less than a year to clarify its position on online gambling, specifically in relation to the Interstate Horseracing Act, which allows off-site betting. Antigua, home to many gambling sites, filed a complaint with the WTO against the United States over its ban on Internet gambling.
Online gambling is illegal in the United States? Uh-oh. I better close my accounts. And you better watch The News Show, noon ET every weekday, at www.TheNewsShow.tv or on informationweek.com. If you have a gambling tip, or an industry tip, send it (quick) to [email protected] or phone 516-562-5326.