Something To Do With Interwebs”. All said and done, if you’re still interested in playing with the CueCat, download our free QTools for Windows or the free tar. Retrieved from ” https: No lawsuit was ever brought against “hackers,” as this tactic was not employed to go after specific users or the hacker community, but to show “reasonable assertion” that would prevent a corporation from developing integrated software within an operating system or browser which could take over the device and circumvent the CRQ watchdog software and therefore revenue model that Digital Convergence employed. The CueCat was invented by J.

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Views Read Edit View history. Jovan Philyaw, who changed his name to J. Using it is just unnatural.

This was not a breach of the main user database itself, but a flat text file used only for reporting purposes that was generated by ColdFusion code that was saved on a publicly available portion of the Digital Convergence web server.

The Wall Street Journal. November Learn how and when to remove this template message. Azalea Software’s Jerry Whiting went on the record at the time with his perspective in this Seattle Weekly story. Archived from the original on By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


The Dallas Morning News and other Belo-owned newspapers added the barcodes next to major articles and regular features like stocks and weather. Computing input devices Computer-related introductions in Users of this software were required to register with their ZIP codegender, and email address.

This gizmo is on the cutting edge of e-marketing. Ethics and Information Technology. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Something To Do With Interwebs”. Starting in late and continuing for over a year, advertisements, special web editions and editorial content containing CueCat barcodes appeared in many U. A good place to start is Rich Goldstein’s CatNip decoding software.

But with each swipe, it tracks your moves through cyberspace”. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. The CueCat device was controversial, initially because of privacy concerns of its collecting of aggregate sxanner data. Contact Us Email azalea azalea.

Technology journalist Scott Rosenberg called the CueCat a ” Rube Goldberg contraption “, a “massive flop” and a “fiasco”. This section does not cite any sources.

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Cueat surprisingly however, people used them as such. Joe Salkowski of the Chicago Tribune wrote, “You have to wonder about a business plan based on the notion that people want to interact with a soda can,” [11] while Debbie Barham of the Evening Standard quipped that the CueCat “fails to solve a problem which never existed.


Threats of legal action against the hackers swiftly brought on more controversy and criticism. For this reason, and because the demographic market targeted by Digital Convergence was unusually tech-savvy, numerous cuedat arose detailing instructions for “declawing” the CueCat — blocking or encrypting the data it sent to Digital Convergence.

Articles needing additional references from November All articles needing additional references All cjecat with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from February Wikipedia articles needing clarification from April The CueCatstyled: The CueCat bar codes also appeared in select Verizon Yellow Pages, providing advertisers a link to additional information. Digital Convergence registered the domain “digitaldemographics. That’s unnatural and ridiculous.

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Retrieved from ” https: Barcode reader Barcode printer. The company asserted that the ability of the device to direct users to a specific URL, rather than a domain name, was valuable. Some of us looked at the CueCat and knew it could be modded into a general purpose bar code scanner.