A research organization that tries to warn computer users about programs that do sneaky things on their computers has spun off from Harvard University, reports the Associated Press. StopBadware says it will operate as a standalone nonprofit organization with funding from Google Inc., eBay Inc.'s PayPal, and Mozilla, which makes the Firefox web browser. It was initially set up as part of Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society. StopBadware issues what it calls "badware alerts" about corporations whose applications do what the organization deems unwanted and harmful things to users' computers. The organization also targets purveyors of spyware and...

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