also widely blogged and also in salon is this great article on the extra goodies that you may be getting when your kids install games from mattel:

“”If [DSSAgent] is enabled, it communicates with our servers to let them know that a particular product has been installed and retrieves JPEG images for that product if any exist,” explains Galdin. “This allows us to provide our customers with additional content for the products they have purchased, communicate product fixes, etc. To this end, it connects to the server and sends the product SKU number, last time a connection was made and if any downloads are in progress. Based on that information the server decides whether to send a JPEG image or not.””

although it appears that mattel has removed DSSAgent from future products, i guess this is one more kick in the pants for me to download optout to spy on any spyware that i may be unaware of.

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