Judge Slaps Facebook Spammer with $873 Million Judgment

Facebook today won an $873 million judgment against a Canadian spammer who spammed the online site with sexually explicit messages. Court records indicate the spammer, Adam Gurebuez of Montreal, has been on the run since Facebook sued him several months ago.

A Facebook spokesman said they hope the large judgment will help scare off other spammers who might also be tempted to spam the large site with over 120 million registered users. “Everyone who participates constructively in Facebook should feel confident that we are fighting hard to protect you against spam and other online nuisances,” Max Kelly, Facebook’s director of security, wrote Monday on the company’s blog.

Microsoft Kumo – New Cloud Computing Site?

Kumo which means “cloud” may soon become the new branding of Microsoft’s Live Search in 2009 and beyond. Microsoft has been snapping up all known variants of Kumo such as .com, .net, .jp, and so on. Right now, its pure speculation on what the Redmond, Washington based giant wants to do with the new name and site.

Kumo which means “cloud” also means spider in Japanese. Both of these two keywords point to “search”. However, what if they aren’t looking at rebranding Live? What else could it be? Perhaps something we’ve never seen before.

Stop Annoying Windows Sounds from Interrupting Your Music

SoundOff, a windows only application that allows you to you quickly and easily turn off Windows sounds with the right-click of a mouse button. This is especially handy when you want to listen to music without hearing all the clinks and clunks of Windows actions. To currently do this, you have to go to the control panel, select the Sounds and Multimedia applet, select the Sounds tab, then change to No Sounds.

In addition, this program lets you rename and delete your added sounds schemes. It also has an option to make sure your current sound scheme stays that way, as some other programs will change your sound scheme without you knowing.

The program is freeware and is available for download from SDSoftware.

DNA Tests Confirm Remains of 16th Century Astronomer

Poland scientists have completed DNA tests on human remains found in a Roman Catholic Cathedrals in Frombork Poland. They have identified the skeleton remains as a 16th century astronomer named Nicolaus Copernicus. Copernicus was the first astronomer to discover that the Sun was the center of our universe and not the Earth, as most astronomers theorized.

The scientists completed a forensic facial reconstruction of the skills and found that it bears similar facial features found in existing portraits of Copernicus. Furthermore, there was a cut above the left eye which corresponds with the scar in paintings of him. He died in 1543 at the age of 70.

Verizon Employees Accesses Obama’s Cellphone Records

According to a Verizon Wireless press release, an employee of theirs accessed President-elect Obama’s personal phone account. Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam made the following statement last week:

This week we learned that a number of Verizon Wireless employees have, without authorization, accessed and viewed President-Elect Barack Obamas personal cell phone account. The account has been inactive for several months. The device on the account was a simple voice flip-phone, not a BlackBerry or other smartphone designed for e-mail or other data services.

Google Launches SearchWiki Providing Customizable Search Results

Google today launched a search feature that allows signed-in users to rank, delete, and comment on search results and all of this is visible only to you. The new feature called, SearchWiki, is how Google plans to transform the search engine world from static content to more dynamic content that makes searches more useful according to Google.

Let’s say you are searching for Tech Fragments and on the same results page is a site about fragments of metal. This wasn’t what you intended of looking for so you could easily click on an X and prevent that result from displaying again when searching for the same keywords.