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Chicago-AP -- A major security breach at a major site for people looking for travel bargains. Orbitz has told law enforcement authorities about a situation in which spammers have been able to swipe customers' e-mail addresses. The company says some of its customers have reported getting spam from an unknown party that used e-mail addresses used with Orbitz. The company says there's no evidence that customer password or other account information was compromised in the spam attack. Orbitz has informed the F-B-I about the security breach -- and is launching its own investigation of the incident. Orbitz has 18 (m) million customers. It was started in June, 2001, by the five largest U-S air carriers -- American, United, Delta, Northwest and Continental.

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(Pensacola, Florida-AP) -- You've heard of the "do-not-call" registry. You might call this one the "do-not-shave" registry. A Florida couple says they were so impressed by the hairy faces they saw at a North Carolina folk festival last year. They started taking pictures -- and when someone asked what they planned to do with them, they said they would start a national beard registry. They meant it as a joke -- but an Internet idea was born. The site shows photos of more than 100 bearded men -- and lists their hometowns, ages and comments about their hairy mugs.

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(Cyberspace-AP) -- He wouldn't testify before Congress. But the founder of HealthSouth is taking to the Internet to tell his the story. Ousted C-E-O Richard Scrushy's site features a biography -- and a signed letter denying the accusations of financial funny business at the medical services company.

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(Reston, Virginia-AP) -- Keeping viruses and other computer-borne bugs at bay apparently was a major concern for people buying software during the month of September. "Norton Antivirus 2004" was the top-selling software product for the month of September on the current list from N-P-D Group. Number two on the list is "Microsoft Office XP -- Student and Teacher Edition," followed by "Norton Internet Security 2003." Next up at number four -- "Windows XP Home Edition," followed by "Star Wars: Jedi Knight Jedi Academy," then "Norton Antivirus 2004 Upgrade." The number seven title is "Command and Conquer: Generals Zero Hour Expansion Pack," followed by "Battlefield 1942: Secret Weapons of World War Two Expansion Pack," "Norton System Works 2003" and "Halo: Combat Evolved."

(Next time: Top-selling software for Macintosh -- September, 2003)

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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