Barbarians at the Digital Gate

NY Times: Barbarians at the Digital Gate

The rapid proliferation of [spyware and adware] has brought Internet use to a stark crossroads, as many consumers now see the Web as a battlefield strewn with land mines.
At the same time, major advertisers and big Internet sites are increasingly tempted by adware’s singular ability to display pop-up ads exactly when a user has shown interest in a particular service or product.

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