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BitDefender takes umbrage. Antivirus vendor BitDefender of Bucharest, Romania, last month complained that rival McAfee Inc. of Santa Clara, Calif., had defamed BitDefender's software as a virus in a Google.com ad. The online plug read: 'Remove BitDefender virus. Clean your PC if already infected' by linking to a McAfee site.

Joe Theismann kicks off micro-UAVs. The legendary Washington Redskins quarterback is fronting Proxity Digital Networks Inc.'s Cyber Scout, a 10-pound robotic vehicle that can carry cameras, explosives or sensors. The New Orleans company says the Cyber Scout 'can be rapidly field-configured with a wide array of stealth technology and hand-carried to perform hunter-killer operations.' No mention of fans who might be tempted to take out the quarterback.

Clean freaks. Omnivorous keyboards do get a bit whiskery, so Fellowes Inc. of Itasca, Ill., has introduced the antibacterial Microban line of keyboards, mice and mouse pads. Microban technology 'penetrates the cell wall of the microorganism and disrupts key cell functions,' Fellowes says. Spreadsheet cells, we trust, are unaffected.

Poker face. MSNBC.com last month warned that your online card-playing opponents might in fact be cardsharp robots, not humans. Such gaming bots have been nicknamed 'tilt monsters.'

Final puff. The State Department last month reminded U.S. government employees stationed in Havana that they are prohibited from bringing any Cuban cigars into the United States. Blow smoke our way at [email protected].


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