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Teen hacker Mafiaboy writes tell-all memoir

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Michael Calce, a.k.a. “Mafiaboy”, has written a memoir about how he managed to temporarily shut down a major handful of major websites in 2002 when he was 15 and led the FBI and Royal Canadian Mounted Police on a manhunt. Due to hit the bookshelves next week, “Mafiaboy: How I Cracked the Internet and Why It’s Still Broken” is a tell all-book about the story of the now 23-year-old man [...]

Gawker to fire 19 staff at blog network

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19 people will be fired from Gawker Media, publisher of Gizmodo and Kotaku, but he will also bring in 10 new people to work on his stronger titles (like Gizmodo and Kotaku). As well, according to Silicon Alley Insider, Gawker will also suspend its controversial page view bonus plan for the remaining writers at the beginning of 2009. Among those cut include three of Valleywag’s 5 staffers and two from [...]

Apple won’t shut down iTunes, Royalty Board doesn’t change rates

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So iTunes doesn’t have to shut down. The U.S. Copyright Royalty Board has decided to not change the rate on royalties that music stores have to give to the record industry, which was 9.1 cents per download. The Copyright Royalty Board basically determines the rate on how much digital stores like Apple and Amazon have to pay every time you purchase a song on their service. But yesterday, Apple threatened [...]

Nintendo unveils new Nintendo DSi, online store – coming on Nov. 1 in Japan

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Nintendo has officially announced the brand new Nintendo DSi, and according to our sources – it is to be 12 percent thinner. However, unlike the previous DS Lite, it will ditch the GBA slot entirely. As well, it will bring in two built-in cameras, one at the front and one at inside at the centre (with a rumour saying that one will be in VGA resolution). Also, the new DSi [...]

Judge says EMI can sue MP3tunes, just not its owner

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A federal judge has dismissed a copyright-infringement claim filed by EMI against Michael Robertson, the founder of MP3tunes, but the company wasn’t so lucky as the judge allowed it to pursue the claims against the company that was filed in last November in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, from 14 record companies and publishers affiliated with EMI. MP3tunes allows users to store music in [...]

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, [...]