Gmail Scan Leads to Arrest; Free Comcast for Poor; China vs. Symantec, Kaspersky

Topping tech headlines on Monday, a 41-year-old Houston man was arrested after a Google email scan uncovered child pornography.

John Henry Skillern was sending explicit images of a young girl when the search giant intercepted them. Skillern, a registered sex offender, has been charged with one count of possession of child pornogrphy and one count of promotion of child pornography. The news comes about a year after Google announced a shareable database intended to make it easier to report and remove images of child sexual abuse from the Web.

In other news, Comcast announced an offer of up to six months free service for any new eligible family signing up for its basic Internet Essentials package. Available to approved families with at least one child eligible for the National School Lunch Program, the service provides broadband for $9.95 per month, plus the option to purchase an Web-connected computer for less than $150.

Meanwhile, China has reportedly dropped Symantec and Kaspersky from its list of approved government software suppliers. The move leaves five approved anti-virus providers, all of which are locally established companies. In a statement, Kaspersky said the restriction applies only to federal institutions whose funding derives from the central government procurement budget, not regional governments or large enterprises.

Be sure to check out PCMag Live from Monday in the video, as well as a few other stories making headlines in the links below.

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