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Music Industry Threatens to Bankrupt Pirate Party Members

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After an expensive legal battle a group of music labels achieved their aim of having The Pirate Bay website blocked in the UK. With the official site blocked, millions of users switched over to proxy services, and the proxy of the UK Pirate Party soon became one of the most...
Music Industry Threatens to Bankrupt Pirate Party Members

Now BTJunkie shuts down: Who needs SOPA?

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In the weeks after Internet users and some of the web’s biggest companies rallied around to fight SOPA’s approach to curbing online piracy, filesharing services of all stripes have taken a thrashing. First Megaupload was shut down and its flamboyant owner charged, and then the Swedish courts ruled that the...
Now BTJunkie shuts down: Who needs SOPA?

Why can't we just admit that journalists are human?

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Should journalists be allowed to have opinions? If so, when and where — and how — should they be allowed to express them? Such questions have been a thorn in the side of the traditional media industry almost since the web was invented, and they have become even more irksome...
Why can't we just admit that journalists are human?
Ubuntu phones won't ship till 2014, might be locked down by carriers

Beloved Mac and iOS RSS reader NetNewsWire set to return after ditching intractable iCloud data syncing

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iCloud data syncing, especially with Core Data, has become the bane of many an iOS developer’s existence. I can’t tell you how many developers have run into major issues implementing sync with Apple’s iCloud, no, really, I can’t tell you as most of them won’t go on the record. But...
Beloved Mac and iOS RSS reader NetNewsWire set to return after ditching intractable iCloud data syncing

Startup Takes Aim at Credit Card Companies by Eliminating Transaction Fees

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One of the basic tenets of the modern financial system is that it takes money to move money. In its most basic form, that means that when you make a transaction with your debit or credit card, the processing companies, such as MasterCard, Visa or American Express, are taking some...
Startup Takes Aim at Credit Card Companies by Eliminating Transaction Fees

Pirate Bay Ready For Perpetual IP-Address Whac-A-Mole

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The Pirate Bay is arguably the most censored website on the Internet. Courts all around the world have ordered Internet providers to block subscriber access to the torrent site, and the end is still not in sight. Within a few days, a new deadline for five UK and five Dutch...
Pirate Bay Ready For Perpetual IP-Address Whac-A-Mole

Facebook, Google and Twitter Partner With Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher Charity

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Though actors Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher separated well over a year ago, the pair continue to collaborate on the charity work they began as a couple. Kutcher and Moore recently extended the mission of their joint foundation to combat the exploitation of children online, renaming it THORN: Digital Defenders...
Facebook, Google and Twitter Partner With Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher Charity

Some Cheap Russian Music Sites Have Pirate Suppliers

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Although they’ve been around for a decade or more, Russian music download sites still come as a surprise to those encountering them for the first time. Apart from having some of the most extensive music libraries on the planet, they are ridiculously cheap. As the screenshot below of the current...
Some Cheap Russian Music Sites Have Pirate Suppliers

Skype begins direct carrier billing in Russia, US and Canada to follow

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As data bundles become more prevalent, it's natural to see Skype as a thorn in the side of mobile operators' voice offerings. A new direct billing deal with carriers announced today, however, could prove that the two can play nice. While it's not a full embrace, it effectively means...
Skype begins direct carrier billing in Russia, US and Canada to follow

Cooking Up Great SEO: An Analogy in Photos

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Posted by randfishI've long opined to friends and co-workers that two of my personal passions, cooking & SEO, are deeply related in some mystical, cosmic way. Cooking is familiar to everyone. There's a process for each recipe, a uniqueness to each dish and both an art and a science to...
Cooking Up Great SEO: An Analogy in Photos

TorrentFreak pegs top pirating universities in U.S.

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File-sharing remains a thorn in the side of U.S. colleges, with Rutgers and New York University apparently hosting the most pirates. [Read more]...
TorrentFreak pegs top pirating universities in U.S.

Make BitTorrent Transfers Anonymous With BTGuard

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After the UK Government passed its new and improved anti-piracy bill we decided to ask some of the people that run anonymizing BitTorrent services if they’ve seen a rise in users. One of the well established services in this niche is BTGuard, an easy to configure proxy service that...
Make BitTorrent Transfers Anonymous With BTGuard

WinZip iOS App Lets You Crack Open .Zip Files From Anywhere

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Having access to your documents and pictures is really easy these days. About a million services, including Dropbox and iCloud, allow you to sync your stuff between devices, but there’s one little thorn in our collective cloud-syncing side: it’s called a .zip file. Fortunately, WinZip has just launched on the...
WinZip iOS App Lets You Crack Open .Zip Files From Anywhere

Netflix launches new tech support site, uses Microsoft Silverlight as a problem poster child

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Streaming video and DVD rental site Netflix has launched a new support site for its service, providing an official place for users to find information about technical problems. Funny enough, the official blog post uses glitches with Microsoft’s Silverlight app framework as a poster child for issues that its users...
Netflix launches new tech support site, uses Microsoft Silverlight as a problem poster child

Online, some are more equal than others

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Much is made of the internet being a level playing field. Tell that to the kids in Ghana...A few years ago, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman published a bestselling book with the title The World is Flat. In it he used the concept of "flatness" to describe "how more...
Online, some are more equal than others
HTC's 8X gets 'keep Wi-Fi on' fix in first Windows Phone 8 update
New York Times aims to sell About.com for $270M (rumor)

Here’s Johnny! SkySQL Raises Another $2.5m To Give Oracle Nightmares

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SkySQL plans to be something of a thorn in Oracle’s side. As you’ll recall MySQL, which as a free database platform annoyed Oracle, was sold to Sun and then Oracle bought Sun. That was supposed to keep a lid on things. Now with MySQL under its wing Oracle plans to...
Here’s Johnny! SkySQL Raises Another $2.5m To Give Oracle Nightmares

Hamburg's Data Commissioner Doesn't Want To Let Facebook Off The Hook On Facial Recognition

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Earlier today European regulators collectively scored a victory for privacy when the Irish Data Protection Commissioner revealed it had managed to get Facebook to drop all facial recognition activity on its platform, as part of a wider investigation and process to get Facebook more in line with EU regulations —...
Hamburg's Data Commissioner Doesn't Want To Let Facebook Off The Hook On Facial Recognition

Richard O'Dwyer: Lib Dems fight to halt extradition to US on piracy charges

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Sheffield student – who founded tvshack.net website – faces 10 years in high-security prisonThe government is coming under cross-party pressure from within the coalition to stay the extradition of a Sheffield student who founded a website sharing links to TV shows, and to review the US extradition treaty in the...
Richard O'Dwyer: Lib Dems fight to halt extradition to US on piracy charges

Google Debuts Nexus Q, A Media Streaming Device, But Will It Convince Anyone to Use Google Play?

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(Photo: Google) At it’s I/O developer conference today, Google introduced a new hardware device fit for the living room that streams music and video to a variety of Wifi-connected devices. A black orb with a glowing blue stripe, the Nexus Q is not just pretty, it’s Apple-quality pretty. In fact,...
Google Debuts Nexus Q, A Media Streaming Device, But Will It Convince Anyone to Use Google Play?
How TV networks are battling the ever-growing wave of content piracy

Syria's internet cutoff easy to spot

www.guardian.co.uk
Arbor Networks and Renesys pinpoint the moment when the Syrian government cut its internet connection to the outside world that rebels were using to tell their storyArbor Networks has been able to pinpoint - rather easily - the point at which Syria's government cut off its internet connection with the...
Syria's internet cutoff easy to spot
How Linus Torvalds Helped Bust a Microsoft Patent

Strangers Making Apps Can See The Photos You Have On Your iPhone (AAPL)

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Apple was in some hot water earlier when it came to light that certain apps could access users' address books without their knowledge. Now there's a new thorn in the company's side. A weird loophole in iOS could be exploited by malicious developers in such a way that they...
Strangers Making Apps Can See The Photos You Have On Your iPhone (AAPL)

Pirate Bay Moves to The Cloud, Becomes Raid-Proof

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The Pirate Bay is loved by millions of file-sharers but is also a thorn in the side of the entertainment industries. The latter group continues to push authorities to take action against the site. The Pirate Bay was raided back in 2006 and there are rumors that the police might...
Pirate Bay Moves to The Cloud, Becomes Raid-Proof

Samsung Exec Says Galaxy S III Could Launch In April After All

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This Galaxy S III release date business is getting to be pretty ridiculous — first, all signs pointed to Samsung’s newest flagship launching this April, but then company representatives killed that notion just a few days later. Now, according to a handful of new reports, it looks like an April...
Samsung Exec Says Galaxy S III Could Launch In April After All

Facebook Addresses Its Own 'Common Myths,' Does Not Answer Why You Were So Embarrassing on Facebook in 2007

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I don’t even know. (Photo: Macleans.ca) Reuters social media editor Anthony De Rosa pointed us to what appears to be a new section in Facebook’s help center that addresses the many commonly held myths about the platform. You know your brand is seriously distrusted when you have to devise an...
Facebook Addresses Its Own 'Common Myths,' Does Not Answer Why You Were So Embarrassing on Facebook in 2007

SurfTheChannel Owner Sentenced to Four Years in Jail

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In 2010, SurfTheChannel.com was among the most-visited streaming link websites on the Internet. The site had more than 400,000 visitors a day who were mostly looking for popular TV-shows. The website was a thorn in the side of the UK and US entertainment industries who went to extremes to bring...
SurfTheChannel Owner Sentenced to Four Years in Jail
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