Starting next month, the software maker will phase out support for the older discussion hubs, pointing users instead to its various Web-based forums.
Verizon, Sprint, and Time Warner Cable agree to block Internet newsgroups and Web sites nationwide that disseminate child pornography, according to The New York Times.
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"WM/PolyPoster Virus Steals User Documents And Posts Them on Usenet Newsgroup Boards"
N.Y. state attorney general says he found child porn on 88 Usenet newsgroups. As a result, Verizon is deleting tens of thousands of them.
The Recording Industry Association of America chooses a new target: Usenet. RIAA attorneys claim binary newsgroups are rife with copyright infringement--and they may even win.
After New York state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's threat of legal action, Comcast has agreed to curtail Usenet access. It's still not clear what, if any, newsgroups will be removed.
Andrew Cuomo says the Time Warner unit will delete child porn when notified (it already does) and remove sexually explicit Usenet newsgroups (AOL stopped offering Usenet in 2005).
New York state attorney general said he successfully pressured ISPs to limit the Usenet newsgroups they would offer. That doesn't mean they're blocking access to third-party services.