Online shoppers who signed up for the "Sears Holdings Community" ("My SHC Community" or "SHC") this holiday season got a gift that keeps on giving: spyware.
Sears defends its actions by saying it clearly notified customers before they accepted the software installation. However, several antispyware researchers found the Sears notification process fails to call out that users' online activities (including logging in to bank accounts) will be recorded and that it generally falls below industry standards.
Although rumors have been swirling lately that Kmart has agreed to exclusively support the HD DVD format, they appear to be false.
When reached for comment, K-mart sent a rather defensive-sounding statement attributed to Jonathan Magasanik, vice president of home electronics for Sears Holdings, Kmart's parent company: "There have been numerous statements in the media (Wednesday), attributed to Toshiba, indicating exclusive support for the HD-DVD format in Kmart stores. These statements are false. Kmart intends to support both the HD-DVD and Blu-ray platforms, and has no plans to support either platform exclusively."
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