Web news roundup: John McCain, Flip, Gmail, Amazon and TiVo, Ransomeware, Vodafone and MySpace

News from around the Web today.

>> Senator to propose surveillance of illegal images. John McCain wants to give surveillance duty to your Internet service provider and to Web sites to crack down on child pornography. All questionable images would be flagged and sent to the authorities with your IP address. (CNET News.com)

>> Flip launches. Conde Nast's answer to MySpace and other social networks. The service, aimed at teenage girls, lets you create a scrapbook of sorts in the form of a flip book. Your flip book can then be shared on other services. (Mashable)

>> Gmail leaves beta. Lately Google products leaving beta have gotten some bad press, but Gmail seems to have weathered the storm nicely. Gmail launched in April, 2004 with a groundbreaking 1GB of storage, and now offers nearly three times that much. The service has also lifted its "by invitation only" means of joining, a policy that spurned Web sites where people could trade invites for all sorts of things with eager Gmail hopefuls. (CNET News.com)

>> Amazon Unbox video downloads coming to TiVo . First you got podcasts; now, you can watch movies on your TiVo using Amazon's Unbox movie download service. Like purchasing TV shows on Microsoft's movie service for the Xbox 360, media can be re-downloaded an unlimited number of times if you wish to clear some of that valuable hard-drive space. (Crave)

>> Real-world success with virtual goods. Sony says that selling virtual goods for actual currency is a good thing--as long as it's done through an official, regulated store. Sony set-up its own store on several Everquest II game servers to allow transactions for virtual goods. The store earned Sony over $250,000 dollars. (CNET News.com)

>> Antivirus expert: 'Ransomware' on the rise. Gone are the days of simple Trojans and viruses. The next generation of malware is called "Ransomware," and it works when crafty hackers hijack your data, encrypt it, and hold it hostage for a fee. Once aimed at large companies, normal folks like you and me will be the new targets for this attack. (CNET News.com)

>> Vodafone in deal to access MySpace via mobiles. It's been done through Cingular, Helio and probably any other phone with a mobile browser, but Vodafone is joining the fray by shipping phones with the MySpace mobile application pre-installed. (CNET News.com)

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Josh Lowensohn joined CNET in 2006 and now covers Apple. Before that, Josh wrote about everything from new Web start-ups, to remote-controlled robots that watch your house. Prior to joining CNET, Josh covered breaking video game news, as well as reviewing game software. His current console favorite is the Xbox 360.

 

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