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RapidShare must remove copyright infringing content, court says.

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RapidShare may face itself without a viable business model if a German court ruling stands. The file sharing service was sued by a German copyright holder, and after telling the court that it was doing all that it could to screen out copyrighted material; the court found that its efforts were insufficient, raising questions about whether the company could do anything sufficient without incurring enough costs to sink the company. [...]

Skype joint venture in China snags and stores users’ messages

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According to a report released on Wednesday (PDF) by Canadian researchers; the Skype joint-venture in China, TOM-Skype, is recording customer text chats and then censoring them if it contains certain keywords related to topics that the Chinese government deemed objectionable. Sensitive words include the Falun Gong, Taiwan independence and earthquake. The group also found that there logs of intercepted messages, where if one person types the word “fuck” into the [...]

Scam site gone after owner’s names and addresses published on web

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A pair of alleged scammers who made millions from the infamous fullreleases.com, a “service” that sold monthly subscriptions to unsuspecting web users for standard search results from popular torrent sites like Mininova and The Pirate Bay, have now gotten their identity exposed across the web. As well, users’ credit cards were also being used for subscription payments that were used for other, mysterious charges; and don’t try cancelling since it [...]

Rumour Mill : New PSP firmware to add Wi-Fi store, screen captures?

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According to this French source (translation) after being told by an unnamed French developer, the latest firmware of Sony’s PlayStation Portable (Version 5.00) will include direct access to the PlayStation Store, which was promised last month for Japanese gamers, an improved RSS reader with text file support and a screen capture mode that allows you to take screenshots during a game. While the date has not been confirmed, the source [...]

MI6 agent sells camera on eBay, forgets to delete work records

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So, apparently if you work in a intelligence agency – don’t forget to delete the data on the cameras before selling them. A 28-year-old UK man bought a Nikon Coolpix camera for £17 (US$30) on eBay and decided to use it to get some snaps from his US vacation. However, he also found a number of “top secret” images, diagrams and sketches that have been confirmed as MI6 material. And [...]

Flash may come to the iPhone soon…

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Adobe has reportedly confirmed to Flash Magazine that Flash is coming to the iPhone. Senior Director of Engineering Perter Betlem has said that it would be coming to the phone, but he said that it would be Apple that would “calls the shots as to when it’ll be available”. "My team is working on Flash on the iPhone, but it’s a closed platform,” he said. In mid-June, Adobe’s CEO has [...]

RealNetworks files suit against movie studios over RealDVD

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RealDVD, though it has only been available for an hour or so, has already gotten the Hollywood movie studios upset about the “ramifications” it could have on the movie industry, according to TechCrunch. According to a statement released by RealNetworks, the developers of the software, it has filed a lawsuit against the studios asking that the court rule that RealDVD “fully complies with the DVD Copy Control Association’s license agreement.” [...]

iPod touch gets run over by a pickup truck, survives

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Oh the humanity! This poor iPod touch got run over by a pickup truck, and yet – it is still alive, though the glass front is cracked and the dented and dirtied back of the iPod. And if you think the crack screen is going to cut your precious fingertips, well – the poster, spongyiq, said: Most of you think that sliding will be hazardous to my finger. But in [...]

Japan telco to roll out 1Gbps fibre optic service

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KDDI Corp in Japan will launch a fibre-optic communications service, allowing users to download and upload with speeds up to one gigabit per second (1Gbps) starting October 1. The new service is expected to target people living in single-family homes and low-rise apartment buildings, and be one of the fastest speeds in eastern Japan, up from the current 100 megabits per second (100Mbps). This comes as KDDI is aiming to [...]

Norway gives Apple deadline to open up iTunes DRM

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Norway’s Consumer Council has given Apple until November to open up iTunes to allow its music to be playable in other MP3 players or it will face official sanctions, after giving then two years to meet the demand set by the council after Apple broke Norwegian law. Under Norway’s Marketing Control Act, users who buy digital media are allowed to use the media in any device they choose. Apple, currently, [...]

Technology stocks take huge beating after Congress rejects bailout package

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Shares of technology companies have taken a huge beating on Monday (US time) as the House of Representatives failed to pass a bailout plan for the financial sector, with the vote for the rejection was 228 to 205, with two-thirds of the Republicans rejecting the bill with a significant number of Democrats. More information can be found at The Journal. When the announcement happened, the shares on the Dow Jones [...]

Microsoft supports jQuery, adds to Visual Studio

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Microsoft has said that it will now ship the popular jQuery JavaScript library with its Visual Studio suite, allowing developers to use the library to implement higher-level controls in the ASP.net Ajax Control Toolkit, along with other helpful methods. The good thing is that Microsoft will not make any changes to the code, and the files will still adhere to the MIT license that jQuery is licensed under. As well, [...]

Meizu iPhone clone hits China, India in December

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Well, it looks like this is not going to die anytime soon. Meizu’s iPhone copycat, also known as the Meizu M8 cell phone is set to be released in China and India thanks to GeekITstores from December. The 8GB model is set to cost somewhere between US$380 and US$470, and will launch with “complete fanfare” – according to the press release. It even says that it was a “better, cheaper [...]

Facebook to set up office in Australia

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Australian IT is reporting that social networking site Facebook is looking for at least four people, including a head of sales, to be based in Sydney to form an Australian-based advertising team for the site, joining Canada and Sweden as places that the social network wants to expand into. Currently, advertising has been handled by ninemsn since last December as part of a global deal done by Microsoft, which saw [...]

Net radio bill passes in House, stations get to live for another day

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The House of Representatives in the U.S. Congress have unanimously passed a bill that has been seen by the web radio stations as life or death. The new bill, The Webcaster Settlement Act, would now allow internet radio stations to negotiate with the music industry for a lower royalty rate than what was mandated by Congress last year. It was passed by the house by a voice vote on Saturday. [...]