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You don't know tech: The InfoWorld news quiz

April 8, 2011: Email marketer springs a leak, Google goes for something sweet

It's spring fever time here in Quizland, where the biggest story this week was a data breach that put millions of email addresses in the hands of scammers. What else happened? Moribund video chain Blockbuster finally found a buyer, Anonymous found yet another target for its bottomless pool of anger, AT&T found itself at the bottom of yet another user survey, and we just found out Google has a serious sweet tooth. Can you find the inner strength to ace our quiz? Give yourself 10 points for each correct answer. Now find yourself a comfortable spot and begin. 

1. An major commercial email database was breached, potentially giving millions of user identities to scammers. Which e-marketing company says security is Greek to them?

a. Omicronb. Upsilonc. Epsilond. Omega

2. Bankrupt Blockbuster is finally off the auction block. What lucky company gets to absorb the assets of the one-time video powerhouse?

a. Netflix

b. Amazon

c. Comcast

d. Dish Network

3. Google, Facebook, eBay, and more than a dozen other Web companies are suing the country of France. What are they mad about?

a. Theft of intellectual property

b. Onerous privacy regulations

c. Data retention policies

d. Having their email databases hacked

4. One high-tech firm has been awarded the largest number of U.S. patents every year for the past 18 years. Who's the patent powerhouse?

a. HP

b. IBM

c. AT&T

d. EMC

5. "I think we just don't care that much [about Microsoft] anymore. They used to be our big rival, but now it's kind of like kicking a puppy." Who says he'd rather boot a pooch than trash Microsoft?

a. Apple's Tim Cook

b. Google's Larry Page

c. Linux Foundation's Jim Zemlin

d. Department of Justice's Eric Holder

6. Anonymous has found a new victim to attack. Who's the current recipient of its geeky vigilante justice?

a. Libya

b. Sony

c. U.S. Congress

d. Charlie Sheen

7. Another week, another obscure Google Doodle -- this one featured two scoops of ice cream covered in chocolate sauce, whipped cream, nuts, and cherries in place of the "oo" in Google's name. What the heck was that celebrating?

a. Google's upcoming "ice cream" mobile operating system

b. The invention of the ice cream sundae

c. New CEO Larry Page's fondness for Chunky Monkey

d. National Carb Loading Day

8. The former Soviet Republic of Georgia was cut off from the Internet this week. What was the cause?

a. Government censors

b. Massive power outage

c. Undersea cables accidentally severed

d. A 75-year-old woman with a shovel

9. If analysts are to be believed, the smartphone operating system market will look quite different four years from now. Who will be the market leaders in 2015, in descending order, per Gartner?

a. Apple iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7

b. Android, Apple iOS, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7

c. Android, Windows Phone 7, Apple iOS, BlackBerry

d. Windows Phone 7, Symbian, Linux, Cobol

10. Take the amount Texas Instruments is shelling out for chipmaker National Semiconductor, and add Google's "stalking horse" bid for Nortel's patent portfolio. Multiple by the percentage of AT&T iPhone owners who report dropped calls, per ChangeWave, rounded up to the nearest whole number. Put that on your iPhone and be sure to hold it correctly. What do you get?

a. 3,700,000

b. 37,000,000

c. 370,000,000

d. 3,700,000,000

How did you score? Check out the answers to find out.

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