Spam experiment shows the unprotected will get spammed! Surfing the web unprotected will leave the average web user with 70 spam messages each day, according to an experiment by security firm McAfee. It invited 50 people from around the world, including five from the UK, to surf without spam filters. The experiment revealed that UK residents are most likely to be targeted by the infamous Nigerian e-mails and “adult” spam. — BBC News

Couture beats eBay. eBay has been fined an unprecedented £30million after losing a high-profile court battle against LVMH over the selling of counterfeit bags on its site. Bernhard Arnault’s luxury goods powerhouse set the legal process in motion in 2006 after launching an investigation into the pedigree of Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior handbags offered for sale. Investigators found that nine out of ten were fake. — Vogue

God and science can co-exist. No truly. With biologist Richard Dawkins leading the way, many scientists today are locked in an unending match of whack-a-mole with Christian creationists, who insist that God created heaven, earth and humanity in its present form, and with disciples of intelligent design who want to expel evolution from its scientific prominence in public schools. If you’ve been following the battle, you might be inclined to believe that Americans are faced with a choice between believing in God and scientific fact. In his new book, “Saving Darwin: How to Be a Christian and Believe in Evolution,” Karl Giberson calls this a false choice. — Vincent Rossmeier, Salon

Bringing down Bear Stearns. With the blow-by-blow from insiders, Bryan Burrough follows the players — Bear’s stunned executives, trigger-happy reporters at CNBC, a nervous Fed, a shadowy group of short-sellers — in what some believe was the greatest financial scandal in history. — Vanity Fair

Rolling Stone reviews Heath’s last movie. “I don’t want to kill you,” Heath Ledger’s psycho Joker tells Christian Bale’s stalwart Batman. “You complete me.” Don’t buy the tease. He means it. — Rolling Stone

Read any bloody terrible books lately? Which books, hitherto universally acclaimed, were terrible or over-rated or just plain dull? My own choice of book that went straight from my hand to a recycling bin was Michael Chabon’s The Yiddish Policemen’s Union. — The Word

Now you need a licence to interact with children. A new pamhplet called Licensed to Hug, argues that child protection policies in Britain are poisoning the relationship between the generations and damaging the voluntary sector. — Spiked

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