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October 31, 2011

Wikileaks Stopped Publishing Leaks

 
Internet whistleblowing website Wikileaks has recently stopped publishing, apparently because the service has run out of money. The BBC confirmed that Wikileaks has suspended its publication of leaked documents and would turn to some profitable activities. Wikileaks admitted that it would focus on trying to raise some money for now.

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The problem of Wikileaks is known to everyone – the fund raising of the online service is grinding to a halt after the American government leant on different financial institutions to prohibit them sending donations abroad. Wikileaks announced that it was suffering from a blockade by American-based financial institutions and its founder can’t do much because of being under home arrest for a while.

The owner of the service, Julian Assange, claimed that an arbitrary and illegal financial blockade had been imposed since last year by such financial institutions as Western Union, Bank of America, Visa, PayPal, and MasterCard. This turn of events quickly wiped out over 95% of the service’s revenue. Julian Assange explained that just as the Wikileaks’ operating costs had increased, the service had lost tens of millions of dollars. Meanwhile, it wasn’t Wikileaks' fault, but rather a global conspiracy of American finance corporations that had decided how the world votes with its pocket.

The company is now planning to aggressively fund-raise to be able to fight back against the financial blockade, according to Julian Assange. However, he didn’t specify what exactly Wikileaks is going to do to earn money and to what extent it is going to change its activities. Hopefully, they won’t start selling the US secrets to other governments!

Only 5% Interested In In-Air Internet

 
The latest research revealed that less that 5 per cent of the passengers are looking forward to the Internet availability becoming common in-flight. Although a lot of airlines have already realized there is really a pot of gold available for getting Internet connectivity in-air, it seems that the overwhelming part of passengers are not interested about chatting with friends online a mile in the sky.

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It seems that only five percent of the surveyed UK frequent flyers expressed the will to go online. Actually, 1/3 of the respondents admitted they would avoid entering the plane with Wi-Fi or other Internet connections.

As always, the main objection is a loud chatting on mobile phones during the flight – people are concerned about losing one of the last havens from being permanently reachable. Others respondents believe that something has to be said about safety, or lack of it, for using electronic devices during the flight. They could be understood, since air-hostesses have spent the last decade barking orders at passengers to turn off all of their devices during take-off and landing.

It came as no surprise that the price became another factor. As much as 85% of people participating in the poll claimed they wouldn’t be happy to pay even $8 on Internet access, while less than 1% would consider anything close to $15. If you remember the sky-high prices for a drink, it’s easy to imagine money-grabbing airlines that would charge extortionate amounts for providing access to the web in the air.

Nevertheless, the result of the survey was quite surprising – the industry didn’t expect that so many people wouldn’t like to have access to web services at all. Finally, it seems that despite the results of this survey, most airlines believe that online connectivity could become a good earner. Therefore, the companies have been investing in the relevant technology. Still, not all of the countries are that keen. The research revealed that the Germans have the same aversion to the Internet in the air, while Spanish travelers appeared to be much more receptive – almost 80% of them want to have this kind of access on their flights.

In the United States, in-flight Wi-Fi has been quite popular, so the beliefs are that the European airlines will follow its example.

Internet Giants Start Yahoo Bidding War

 
Search giant Google apparently became the last to consider buying out a part of Yahoo, although this may seem a bit strange for the service. The company’s share price is so low at the moment that it seems that almost everyone in the world is thinking of buying it out.

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The Wall Street Journal confirmed that search engine Google has held negotiations to at least a couple of private-equity companies about potentially helping them finance a deal to buy out the core business of Yahoo. The interest of the search engine would be to sell advertising on Yahoo’s online services and to push its brand-new social network Google+ to Yahoo’s audience, which accounts for almost 700 million unique visitors per month.

Since the negotiations are in the process, today the deal appears to be in its early stages, so it is still quite hard to tell how serious Goggle really is. The industry observers crack jokes that if Google does buy the company, the world would find itself full of the sound of regulators that sharpen their knives before pouncing.

Meanwhile, the Google is not the first outfit to plan a buyout deal with Yahoo. In fact, it is just one of many the industry saw since the company’s board of directors had fired Carol Bartz in this past September. The applicants can even be found in China: according to the local media reports, Jack Ma, Chief Executive Officer of Alibaba, the online company located in China, in which Yahoo owns around 40% stake, has also expressed the thoughts that he might be interested in buying out Yahoo.

At the same time, Microsoft is also considering a joint bid, because in this case it could find some really good employees and someone to partner up with. The current Vole’s plan is to loan cash to its deal partners in order to buy preferred stock in the company, so that Microsoft doesn’t have so much risk.

October 24, 2011

Non Stop Mind Bending Photos

 

This is collection on non stop mind bending photos. Its sure thing that these images are created from any manipulation software but its really hard to do. otherwise you can also do this in reality in front of mirror. After searching long and hard, we present to you the most amazing mind-bending photos of the web. Be forewarned, if you stare at these images for too long, you may feel yourself getting pulled into the frame, resulting in dizziness, and the explosion of your brain. The technical term for this illusion is the “Droste effect,” named after a 1904 package of Droste brand cocoa. A picture exhibiting the Droste effect depicts a smaller version of itself in a place where a similar picture would realistically be expected to appear. This smaller version then depicts an even smaller version of itself in the same place, and then goes on and on.
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October 22, 2011

Facebook Patented Tracking Method

 
Although the social networking service Facebook has previously denied that it was interested in what its members do on other online locations, the news is that some evidence has been found that Facebook had developed its own technology to do just that.

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One of the Australian bloggers has found a patent that was dated October 2011. According to the information the patent contained, Facebook has described there a method to monitor information about the activities of the social network’s members while on another domain.
The blogger explained that tracking cookies are able to monitor Facebook users whenever they surf any online services having an integrated Facebook “like” button.

One of the Illinois residents has already filed a lawsuit over such tracking on behalf of Facebook users in the United States, so he is currently seeking class action status. As for the most popular social network in the world, it previously claimed that cookies were tracking users by mistake. However, the latest post of the plaintiffs proved that Facebook hasn’t turned the tracking off. Instead, it patented it!

The representatives of Facebook maintain the official line that tracking cookies have only been installed when the registered members accessed Facebook.com. However, the opponents revealed that the cookies were set by all websites containing Facebook widgets. Moreover, it was found out that one of the tracking cookies monitors the users’ activity even if they had never been to the Facebook website at all, and even if they have never clicked a “like” or “share” button.

This is not the first time the cookie was found out: it was disabled after an outcry in The Wall Street Journal earlier in 2011, but later it has quietly returned. The patent, bearing the catchy title “Communicating Information in a Social Network System about Activities from Another Domain”, is all about tracking Facebook members outside of Facebook.com domain. The patent describes maintaining a “profile” of the users while they are moving around the Internet, as well as logging the actions taken on the 3rd-party domains.

In response, a spokesman for Facebook claimed that the patent wasn’t intended to track those users who had logged out from the social networking site. Facebook has also pointed out that the idea in question has only been patented, but hasn’t been used yet.

Online Credit Card Scams Increased

 
It seems that retail customers will now be in for a harder ride in case of security isn’t tightened up at every step. The matter is that the recent research revealed increase of as much as 43% in retail-focused attacks within the last year.

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According to Dell, SecureWorks managed to prevent 91,500 online attacks per retail customer during 2011. Meanwhile, it was only 63,581 from the same time last year, and you can calculate the difference yourself. CTO Jon Ramsey claimed in his statement that the Internet has long ago become an ideal attack vector for both clients and servers. According to the same report, one of the largest threats remains the SQL injection. The researchers pointed out that it was no surprise SQL injection proves a popular way of hacking. Actually, for criminals, it is simply a no-brainer which works really great. The report mentions one Georgia hacker that recently confessed to pinching around 675,000 credit card details. The case in question proves again that exploit kits and Trojans are still very popular among scammers.

The report showed that there were several things that retailer CIOs are recommended to do in order to keep their customer information secure. First of all, they are advised to develop a centralized plan allowing them to keep patch management and security updated, on both the servers and the workstations. One more good idea for any retailer CIO is to consider the idea of an authenticated proxy server. This would allow the admin to figure out which users work on the infected computer or are visiting Internet pages containing malware.

Although the recommendations like these are a kind of element of the obvious, the security specialists still remind that employees should not download any executable files, particularly through peer-to-peer networks. Checking out warez or porn sites are not recommended as well.

By the way, the things went as far as the following: security outfit Imperva has recently stumbled on a forum where credit card details are sold for a pittance. The data includes numbers of the cards, coupled with full details, including name, full address, email, expiry date and date of birth, according to the advertisement post on the forum. Anyone is therefore able to buy UK MasterCard’s details for as little as $4, and US Visa card is sold for $2.

Want to Fight Piracy? Remove DRM!

 
Ironically enough, one of the biggest factors causing music piracy turned out to be the security software used to prevent piracy. The researchers from Rice and Duke Universities used game theory to find out that DRM technologies that are supposed to restrict music file copying and moving in fact encourage unauthorized file-sharing.
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The researchers revealed that DRM restrictions actually prevent legitimate users from doing such normal things as creating backup copies of their songs. It’s DRM that makes things inconvenient for people and pushes them to switch to piracy.

The report titled “Music Downloads and the Flip Side of Digital Rights Management Protection” explains that eliminating restrictions set by DRM could cause an increase in sales of legitimate downloads, while resulting in a drop in sales of traditional CDs and decrease in piracy. Other researchers noted that this was in stark contrast to the point of view that eliminating DRM will undoubtedly increase the level of piracy.

The researchers proved their point of view by applying an economic game model based on the “Nash equilibrium” developed by Nobel laureate. The model assumes there are a number of marketing strategies for the same product, and no one benefits by changing their plans. The researchers developed a hypothetical environment and placed there an album of music that could be bought either as a traditional CD or as a downloadable file. The economists built a market time line through which the album moved, in one case equipped with DRM and in the other not. Afterward, they made up an equation for the item depending on the joy of listening to the album but incorporating the preferences for the file format, as well as the cost of stealing and the restrictions set by DRM.

When people face the choice of purchasing or pirating, they look at costs from different points of view: while an ethical consumer considered pirating had high cost, people that don’t regard piracy as stealing thought it had a much lower pirating cost. The customers having the option of purchasing a DRM free product did exactly that, which led to a drop in piracy. Meanwhile, people who didn’t have this option chose to pirate.

Since DRM-free music downloads were successfully competing with traditional CDs, it forced the prices of CDs to move down. In its turn, this lowered the legitimate download price. That’s why Hollywood didn’t like the idea to remove DRM restrictions much. At the same time, the strategy encouraging piracy can’t benefit them either. 

BlackBerry Will Wait for Problems

 
After being outrun by the popularity of both Android and the iPhone, Canada-based smartphone maker Research in Motion found itself in trouble even before the most recent disruptions led to a Twitter torrent of outrage among Blackberry users last week.

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Today the company admits it let down over 70 million users within a wave of outages throughout the globe, which destroyed Blackberry’s reputation. What remains unclear is whether the company finds itself able to win back the trust of consumers. The announcement of the company co-founder didn’t really inspire confidence, since he simply seemed contrite and did as much as voiced a humble apology. However, considering that the customers have already been leaving the company in favour of more versatile rivals from Apple and Android, the company faced a lot of work to do.

The reports say that the outage didn’t only anger existing users, but also made it harder for the company to attract new users to its products. One should keep in mind that media coverage included articles like “Did you survive the Black(Berry) plague?”, which were poking fun at all the Blackberry users. The same was done by multiple YouTube videos – for example, one of them offered at least 10 uses for a dead Blackberry, including a butter spreader, door stop or drink coaster.

Of course, for the company it was no joking matter, and millions of people relying on its devices for different activities would agree to the company. People still remember a company which in the pre-iPhone years was encouraging the use of the nickname CrackBerry to show how addictive its original mobile email service became to lots of users.

Later, after its success three years ago, the company’s stock has dropped over 80%, and the confidence of investors is still troubled by numerous profit warnings, less than expected sales and an obvious failure of management to develop a strategy helping the company successfully compete in a market taken by Apple and Google devices.

For example, in the latest quarter the company shipped only 10.6 million smart phones, which is around 2 million less than was planned. At the same time, the company’s PlayBook tablet is also being sold far less than planned. If you compare these figures to those of Samsung, you will see that the latter shipped 19 million smartphones for the same time period, while Apple sold over 20 million iPhones.

Google Employee Wrote a Rant

 
It seems that a rant that had been penned by one of the Google employees about new social network Google+ became viral. At the same time, it turned out that the author is not in hot water with his boss.

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An individual named Steve Yegge penned the rant with the approval of his boss, promising that he would take it offline if asked. The question is why would Google allow such a thing? The experts see two options: either Google is a very friendly-balanced firm accepting free speech, even the one going against Google’s image, or the whole affair is just a sly marketing trick for the new social network.

Steve Yegge claimed he was ranting only because he wanted the company to succeed. He admitted that Google’s rival, Facebook, offered him a job, but Yegge considered Google home and so he was having a rant. According to it, Google is better than his previous employer Amazon in many ways. Nevertheless, he pointed out that Jeff Bezos, also called Dread Pirate Bezos, can be considered a much better manager than any person at Google.

In result, Amazon had turned into an organization that thinks about everything in a services-first way, making it basic to the way they approach all designs, and even internal designs for things that will never be seen by anyone. They somehow worked out that Amazon needed to become a platform, while Google isn’t very good in platforms – it simply doesn’t understand them, and if someone does they are left in a minority.

Yegge hoped that competitive pressure from such giants as Microsoft, Amazon, and Facebook would have made them cooperate and start creating universal services. However, platforms are the search giant’s 10th or 15th priority, which is undoubtedly pretty low, and there are only a couple of teams treating the idea. The Google+ was cited as an excellent example of the company’s total failure to understand platforms.

Yegge believes that Google+ was a kind of a knee-jerk reaction that depends on the wrong notion that Facebook became successful thanks to building a great product. In reality, Facebook became successful due to building a whole constellation of products by providing other people with the opportunity to do their work. After the team of developers for Google+ investigated the after-market, it agreed the network needed games. Meanwhile, Facebook proved that people cannot predict what people want. 

Samsung Galaxy Legally Banned in Australia

 
An Australian court has temporarily banned the company from selling its new Galaxy tablet in the country. This appeared to be one more setback for the South Korean electronics giant in a worldwide patent battle with Apple Inc., accusing it of copying the electronic devices. 

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Last week Federal Court Justice granted a temporary injunction against the sales of the company’s Galaxy Tab in Australia. The ruling will prevent the company from selling the tablet in the country in its current form unless the court issues a further order, or until resolving an issue over a patent. This appeared to be a blow for Samsung, which really hoped to launch its new device just before Christmas sales. The court decision of the Australian court came after courts in other countries, such as Germany and the Netherlands, that also made judgements upholding Apple’s claims of its IP being appropriated by Samsung.

The battle included ten countries and it has underlined the perception of Samsung as a very good imitator rather than a pace setter. Within the last years, Samsung has become #1 worldwide in TVs and #2 in smartphones in sales. However, in contrast to Apple, this company hasn’t mesmerized the users with its originality and innovation.

This past April, Apple launched a lawsuit against Samsung in the US, accusing it of copying the product design, as well as user interface and packaging. South Korean company fought back, filing lawsuits in respond to accuse Apple of patent violation of its wireless telecommunications technology. Apple filed the Australian lawsuit this summer, where it also accused the company of stealing its touch screen technology. The country’s judge explained that she had been granting the temporary injunction in part since she felt Apple had a likelihood of winning the case against Samsung.

Thus far, the judge’s full orders weren’t published and it wasn’t immediately clear if Samsung could try to sell an edition of the electronic device that removed the features Apple listed in the lawsuit. Of course, Samsung was disappointed with the court decision and promised to seek legal advice. They also promised to go on with their legal proceeding against Apple’s claim to make sure their innovative devices remain available to users.

Police Abused Victim of Unauthorized Search

 
The police that acted as Apple security enforcers rather than upholders of the American constitution found a new way to apologize.

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Within the criminal investigation into the missing prototype of iPhone 4, the outfit called Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team, which represents a partnership of agencies focused on cyber crime, has executed a search warrant to raid the home of Gizmodo editor. The outfit was searching for evidence of Gizmodo’s scoop about the lost phone.

Nevertheless, the prosecutors found out that neither this particular editor nor Gizmodo did anything wrong. Moreover, they even worked out that the raid might have been unconstitutional. District attorney confirmed that there wasn’t sufficient evidence to charge a person with either possession of stolen property or extortion.

While some would expect an apology from the outfit, it instead attacked the quality of the illegally-seized, unpublished correspondence between the Gizmodo editors, calling it “juvenile”. Instead of proving that the justice system can’t be used by Apple, the outfit waded into the editors of the magazine saying that that it had been obvious that they had been miffed with Apple after being snubbed from an Apple event. In the interview, they said that they expected to see professionalism, but saw 15-year-old kids talking with much animosity and being very critical of Apple.

However, to the rest it may seem that the coppers might like to look at their own professionalism instead, as in any civilized country the coppers don’t act as the personal police force for the industry and then as its press office, abusing the victims of the illegal search using the information obtained in dubious circumstances. Of course, the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) was furious over the issue, saying that breaking into the home of a journalist against the law and seizing his property is the first thing looking profoundly troubling. Moreover, law enforcement showed no sign of remorse or of learning from its mistake. Actually, it seems that the cosy relationship between Apple security and the local police is continuing following the questionable search of a house by Apple employees, looking for another lost phone prototype.

Conservative Hacker Helped FBI

 
One of the conservative security experts, being afraid that the Occupy Wall Street movement can appear the part of a conspiracy to overthrow the lizards, decided to help the authorities hunt down movement organizers.
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Actually, few would have thought that it would have been difficult for the police to find Occupy Wall Street organizers. In fact, they are encamped in Wall Street and can be safely caught there. However, Thomas Ryan believes that the police really need more help and decided to lead a team named Black Cell, which goal is to discredit Occupy Wall Street. They do so by tracking the movement organizers’ social media accounts in particular. Thomas Ryan also claimed that he has done contract work for the American Army and is currently defending the globe from an anarchist conspiracy to disrupt world markets.

In his attempts to save the world from the anti-lizards, Ryan is reported to forward data to the police and FBI, as well as special agent Jordan Loyd, who has gone on record claiming that the movement in question represents a huge threat to the world’s financial system.
The only problem for Thomas Ryan appears to be that the Occupy Wall Street movement is benign. In fact, most of its emails turn out to relate to concerns about the need to increase participation in this protest. For example, in one case Ryan forwarded an email thread to special agent, containing plan of a demonstration outside NYPD headquarters. There the participants were discussing whether to crash an upcoming press conference scheduled by marijuana advocates. The issue was supposed to highlight the video of NYPD officer pepper-spraying one of the protesters. So, it seems that Thomas Ryan was telling outfits that they were planned to be targeted by protests. However, he denied being an informant and explained that he had sent the email thread to Loyd only because everyone was curious about the movement.

David Graeber, Occupy Wall Street organizer, in his turn claimed that the forums were just talking shops, because the real practical work was mostly done face to face, and there really wasn’t anything for Thomas Ryan to hack. The latter announced that his respect for the police stems from them risking their lives to save others’ property. He also noticed that the protesters were for some reason targeting only the cops with Black Ribbons, and is determined to find out why.

UK Government Loves Facebook

 
It appeared that Facebook has a seemingly impervious position from the country’s government censorship. Recently vice president of Facebook Europe Joanna Shields was speaking at a conference in the United Kingdom, dismissive of being taken offline by the authorities in the event of other civil unrest.

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The local media reported that Shields has responded to a question about whether David Cameron could take Facebook offline with a firm rebuttal, saying that she didn’t think that was ever going to happen. Moreover, she stressed that the relationship with the British government was extremely strong. However, many remember that during this summer the UK government seemed to be in opposition to this definite stance. Actually, it was only after some consideration that the authorities decided against a move to take offline or censor such social networks as Twitter and Facebook. Critics claimed they actually couldn’t, anyway, so it was unclear why Shields was so confident.

On the other hand, as far as the UK government is concerned, it had more to lose by banning Facebook. Apart from clear concerns about freedom of speech, when the authorities announced they wanted to sling a few people in prison for making bad jokes online, the government has a very useful instrument. Indeed, by keeping Facebook operational, the UK government was able to monitor the behaviour of the population, either looking forward to acquiring a new plasma TV, or even organize a kind of civil disobedience.

Facebook explained that if people were up to something bad and were letting everyone else know about this on social networks, then they perhaps were going to get caught anyway. And many would agree with this point of view, including a couple of Facebook users that published data about a fictional riot, landing them jail sentences.

Such network as Facebook is really a very powerful instrument for the government to track its serfs. However, the jailed “rioters” case indicated that it also sent out a very strong message, showing who is in control. So, the UK government is keen that Facebook remains open. Meanwhile, the Home Office is currently developing methods for infiltrating such social networks as Facebook on a mass scale.

The only suspicion is that the UK government can use the riots as an excuse to extend programs infringing the right to privacy far beyond the level necessary for law enforcement purposes.

iPhone 4S Officially Went on Sale

 
The latest gadget introduced by Apple, the iPhone 4S, has officially gone on sale in the United States and 6 other countries a week ago. However, the demand turned out to be stronger than expected, which means that those customers who didn’t care to pre-order one of the gadgets may find it difficult to find any device available for purchase.
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The company announced that it has already sold over 1 million units of the iPhone 4S within the first week, the next day Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died, which stoked massive attention on Apple. Meanwhile, the original reactions to the device, which was introduced a couple days before, had been tinged with some disappointment, because it appeared to be only an upgrade to the previous version of the device – iPhone 4. At the same time, the public was waiting for a completely newly designed iPhone 5.

Despite the fact that iPhone 4S looks the same as the previous model of the phone, it still features a sharper screen, faster processor and better camera. These features are all among the list of the basic upgrades of the device. In addition, the newly introduced device also runs the company’s latest operating system known as iOS5.

This operating system was also introduced last week, along with the Apple’s online file system called iCloud. It turned out that the demand for all those services was so high that it overwhelmed the company’s servers. As a result, many customers got error messages.

At the moment, there are several models on sale. For example, in the United States, the 16GB model is currently sold for as much as $199, while the 32GB model is $299, and the 64GB one – $399. Apart from the United States, the devices are currently sold in Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

Meanwhile, China is also ready to offer the customers iPhone 4S – unofficially, of course. Moreover, you can also buy devices named iPhone 5 and even iPhone 6 on that market. As you can understand, the grey and fake market in China is really amazing, and new model of iPhone appeared there even before the official release of the device, which appeared to be NOT iPhone 5 that China has been successfully selling for a while now. As for the original but grey models, they are also sold in the country, brought from Australia and the United States, without a contract and unlocked.

Australia Published Official Document on Piracy

 
Last week Australia has made a suggestion to “streamline” the process for rights owners to obtain access to private data of suspected pirates from their Internet service providers.

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In a while, the department’s website released a revised version of the document referring to extending the Safe Harbour provisions in the Telecommunication Act. This version provides legitimate incentives to intermediaries to help rights owners with addressing digital piracy.

Meanwhile, the Department of the Attorney-General claimed that the initial paper was only a draft unintentionally published on the Internet. It was deleted as soon as the error was found, and they promised to post an explanation on the site. They also pointed out that the ongoing discussions between broadband providers and copyright holders can be the most appropriate way to address these problems. The initial document stated that prior to addressing to a judge, right holders are supposed to present with personal data on the suspected copyright violator, like IP address, the infringed content and the exact date when the material was downloaded or shared. A right holder has to pay a fee for this information in order to cover the costs of the Internet service provider.

The country’s government was taking these solutions into consideration, particularly after the case of Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft against ISP iiNet over suspected authorization of its clients to download copyrighted content. The official paper was published last Friday and has already been harshly criticized by the country’s Pirate Party, along with the Electronic Frontiers Australia. They even commented on the methodology used claim that digital piracy cost the government $1.37 billion between 2009 and 2010.

The Pirate Party representatives admitted that it was disappointing that the Australian government kept basing its opinions on such flawed information, and will most likely go on doing so behind closed doors.

Meanwhile, the latest update published by local media showed that the Department of the Attorney-General has deleted a section from their recent copyright discussion document that had referred to a suggested “streamlined” process for rights owners to access personal data on suspected pirates.

Internet Users Will Have to Pay for Piracy Countermeasures

 
Last week the UK’s High Court of Justice held the meeting between the country’s Internet service provider BT and pro-copyright outfit Motion Picture Association. The purpose of the meeting was to talk about the countermeasures supposed to be applied against the illegal Newzbin2 site. If you are still not aware, BT was demanded to block access to this online service.

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Nevertheless, the opinion of the critics is that such move will only worsen Internet service and lead to higher broadband bills for the ISP’s customers. For example, the Consumer Focus was first to warn that the measures in question are a kind of “blunt tool”, because they simply failed to address the root causes of piracy. They pointed out that website filtering technology is rather crude, which means that in some cases absolutely legitimate websites can be inadvertently blocked as well. In other words, ISP customers would be denied access to legitimate content and services. In addition, Internet blocking is a very expensive option for the Internet service providers, and the critics are afraid that the expense incurred will finally end up on subscriber bills. In the meantime, online blocking could also result in degraded online services, which means that British consumers would see reduction in Internet speed, as well as network reliability.

Actually, one can agree that BT’s actions would hardly eliminate the root source of the issue, because the service provider has no physical ability to remove the pirated material or to block it entirely. There’s one issue that makes things even more complicated – Newzbin2 has also been developing its own strategy and set up its own countermeasures against the ISP’s Cleanfeed filtering system.

The industry should draw its attention to the situation on the market to understand the root cause of why people prefer pirated content. For instance, the Competition Commission has just found that the Hollywood films are licensed to Sky in a way that limits users’ choice in the pay-TV market. Meanwhile, the American “all-you-can-eat” online film subscription service known worldwide as Netflix expresses the wish to launch in the United Kingdom, but finds it difficult to obtain a license to start operation.

Google Suspended FrostWire for No Reason

 
Right after FrostWire settled with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the search engine Google took a decision to cut the cord on one of the most popular file-sharing Android clients worldwide. The industry observers are still not sure if this was a coincidence or not.
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The developer of FrostWire application, Angel Leon, admitted that the move of the search giant was quite a surprise, because the company hadn’t sent him any prior notice about its intentions to suspend the application. However, FrostWire thinks this turn of events is something connected with the recent settlement between the file-sharing project and Federal Trade Commission over privacy matters.

The Federal Trade Commission accused the application of disregarding the Internet users’ privacy by sharing files. As a result, the changes were made for both versions of the application, desktop and Android ones. Moreover, those updates were applied several months ago. Angel Leon confirmed that the company fixed the application ages ago, which means that the overwhelming majority (around 99.9%, as they have estimated) of the client users are actually running a fresh edition of the program, 0.6.3, which is a whole generation over. So, there shouldn’t be even a hint of worry in regards to the FTC complaints right now.

On the other hand, a number of media reports emphasized that even after the updates the application was still infringing users’ privacy. That’s what may have led to such a drastic measure taken by Google.

The developer of the application claimed that the lack of communication from the search engine wasn’t something that he expected. He complained that it was just wrong to get suspended without even an explanation or any notice, particularly an application for which people have said they purchased an Android for. Angel Leon pointed out that his software has been installed on more than a million of different electronic devices over the last year. In the meantime, his efforts to get some answers from Google brought no results thus far.

Up to date, the FrostWire application can still be downloaded from the company’s official site on the Internet, and the users are expecting future updates of the client in the nearest future – may be in the following weeks or even days.

October 21, 2011

10 Facebook posts that got people arrested

 

Do you think about the consequences before posting anything on facebook ? If not then start thinking before posting because facebook post could also get you arrested . Here are some facebook post that got people arrested .
1. A group of four teens, aged between 13-14 from Florida, were arrested at their school for allegedly directing threats towards another classmate via Facebook. Mistakenly believing that a middle school classmate had caused the arrest of a friend, a quartet of Florida teenagers exchanged Facebook messages discussing the killing of the suspected ‘snitch’.
2. In Carson City, Nevada a group of six girls (ages 12 to 13) were arrested in January 2011 for allegedly posting threatening comments on the wall of a Facebook event titled “Attack A Teacher Day.”
3.In April 2011, two preteen girls from a Seattle suburb were charged with cyberstalking and first-degree computer trespassing , girls “allegedly posted explicit photos and comments on the Facebook page of a 12-year-old classmate”
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4. London Eley of Philadelphia allegedly used Facebook to find and hire someone to kill Corey White, the father of her child. “I will pay somebody a stack to kill my baby father,” Eley wrote . A man named Timothy Bynum allegedly accepted Eley’s offer, writing, “say no more,” “what he look like?” and “need dat stack 1st,” , both of whom were taken into custody in June 2011
5. In April 2011, Houston police apprehended four suspects in a bank robbery case. Police said that suspicious Facebook posts led them to connect the group, including two bank tellers, to the heist. They had posted  ”"Get $$$” and “‘WIPE MY TEETH WITH HUNDEREDS .”
6. In September 2010, Robert Nickson Jr, a 27 year-old Pennsylvania man was arrested for an alleged relationship with a 14-year-old girl on facebook.
7. Former U.S. Congress candidate Cheryl Allen was arrested and charged in January 2011 for reportedly threatening several civil servants . She posted ”One day I will have my revenge on your seeking so much revenge on me,”
8. A 19-year-old Florida mother faced legal trouble after she posted a Facebook photo of her infant appearing to smoke .
9.  21-year-old Eric James Wilson, of Florida has been charged with battery domestic violence and a misdemeanor after an argument that began when he changed relationship status on Facebook. He went from ‘married’ to ‘single’ on Facebook.
10. A teenager was arrested in May 2011 for allegedly distributing a provocative list via Facebook that ranked the physical appearance of 50 girls from his high school. The list described the girls by explicit, derogatory nicknames and assessed their physical appearance,  desirability,  activities and other characteristics.’

Aerial Photography.. Some Amazing Pics..

 
A collection of aerial photography by Yann Arthus-Bertrand



Yann Arthus-Bertrand was airbourne five years across six continents for this spectacular presentation of large scale photographs of astonishing natural landscapes. Every stunning aerial photograph tells a story about our changing plane


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Walled City of Dubrovnik, Croatia






Varanasi, India






The Changping District, Beijing






Tasmania, Australia






Switzerland






Suburbs of Copenhagen, Denmark






Suburbs of Cape Town, South Africa






Solar plant in Andalusia, Spain






ShaKibbutz, Israel






Pigeon Houses MitGahmr Delta, Egypt






Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, United Arab Emirates






Military cemetery in Verdun, France






Freeways in Los Angeles, USA






Denver, USA






Coal Mines, South Africa






Cattle near the Masai Mara National Park, Kenya






Boats stranded on the dry Aral Sea, Kazakhstan






Boat Houses in Lagos, Nigeria






Amazon River, Brazil






Easter Island, Chile






Fraser Island dune, Australia