angelheaded tips a Wired story about the resignation of Bob Dykes, CEO of net eavesdropping firm NebuAd
. NebuAd has encountered financial troubles
lately as the privacy controversy surrounding the company's tracking methods has driven communications companies away
. Over in the UK, Phorm responded to the NebuAd news by affirming that it is making progress with its advertising methods
. From The Register:
"In response to the outcry over our revealing its two secret trials, BT said in April it would re-engineer the planned deployment so traffic to and from customers who do not want their web use profiled for marketing purposes would not come into contact with the Phorm system. The original blueprint meant that a opt-out cookie would tell the technology to simply ignore refuseniks' browsing as it passed through. It's thought the change has proved tricky. Phorm did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the alleged technical problems, but [BT's chief press officer Adam Liversage] said: 'We have been working on some things with Phorm.'"