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Thursday June 13th, 2013
Supreme Court Says DNA Can't Be Patented posted 06/13/2013, 12:16 PM (Business Insider)
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The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that our natural DNA can't be patented, in what the influential SCOTUSblog called "a significant patent ruling for the biotechnology industry."... (more)

Wednesday May 29th, 2013

Pirate Bay Founder Denies Hacking Charges in Court posted 05/29/2013, 10:32 AM (TorrentFreak)
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Appearing in court for a second week, Gottfrid Svartholm says he had no part in hacking Swedish IT company Logica. The Pirate Bay founder denies being the person behind chat logs presented as evidence by the prosecution and maintains that other individuals who he doesn’t want to name had access to his computers either physically or via remote access. Prosecutor Henrik Olin described the Swede’s statements as “not credible.”... (more)

Friday May 24th, 2013

Ron Paul Loses Appeal For, Found Guilty of 'Reverse Domain Name Hijacking' Over posted 05/24/2013, 4:43 AM (InformationLiberation)
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Ron Paul has lost his appeal to expropriate the domain name, and he was found guilty of "Reverse Domain Name Hijacking" for trying to have seized, as the domain was offered to him for free before he filed a complaint.

Ron Paul committed “reverse domain name hijacking” when he sought control of the RonPaul.o... (more)

Bill Nye the clueless weather guy -- flattened by tornado data posted 05/24/2013, 4:40 AM (Watts Up With That?)
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The tornado data following eviscerates Nye’s claims, who seems unable (or maybe unwilling) to Google his own claims for accuracy before bloviating them on CNN.... (more)

Monday May 6th, 2013

Meet "The Liberator," The World's First 3D Printed Pistol posted 05/06/2013, 7:16 PM (YouTube)
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3D Printing's First Killer App. Download at

Sunday May 5th, 2013

This Is The World's First Entirely 3D-Printed Gun posted 05/05/2013, 3:01 PM (Forbes)
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Eight months ago, Cody Wilson set out to create the world's first entirely 3D-printable handgun.

Now he has.
... (more)

Thursday March 28th, 2013

Google announces open source patent pledge, won't sue 'unless first attacked' posted 03/28/2013, 10:45 PM (The Verge)
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Google just announced the Open Patent Non-Assertion (OPN) Pledge, a new initiative whereby the company has promised not to sue developers, distributors, and users of open source software utilizing Mountain View's patents "unless first attacked." In introducing the good faith effort, Google is reiterating its passion and support for all things open. "Open-source software has been at the root of many innovations in cloud computing, the mobile web, and the Internet generally," writes Duane Valz, Go... (more)

Wednesday March 27th, 2013

"Piracy Is Progress" Billboard on Times Square Divides Artists posted 03/27/2013, 10:57 PM (TorrentFreak)
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The band Ghost Beach is running a controversial billboard campaign in New York’s Times Square. With slogans such as “Piracy is Progress” and “Piracy is Robbery” they are encouraging other artists to speak their mind about copyright infringement. The band itself told TorrentFreak that it is ultimately against piracy, but that the problem can only be tackled when consumers have affordable and convenient alternatives. For now, they want the public to choose whether they want to pay for their latest... (more)

Sunday March 24th, 2013

Free Access To Dozens of Anonymous VPNs Via New University Project posted 03/24/2013, 9:29 PM (TorrentFreak)
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As citizens around the world endure Internet censorship of all types, a Japanese university has stepped in to level the playing field. Whether you’re in Iran or China and blocked from YouTube, Twitter or Facebook, or in the UK desperate to get back on The Pirate Bay, KAT or H33T, a new tool from researchers gives instant access to dozens of VPN services. Not only is the system simple to use, but it’s also completely free.... (more)
This is pretty epic. I got a VPN service just the other day, been using it all week, it's superb. It was only $40 for an entire year and I get speeds of 36mbps down as opposed to 46mbps down without it, I barely even notice it's running. You can torrent freely, also you can connect to euro servers to get around YouTube copyright blockades. Also your ISP doesn't see anything you're doing, just a stream of encrypted bits. It's quite nice. - Chris

Websites Can Legally Pirate Porn Movies, Prosecutors Rule posted 03/24/2013, 9:29 PM (TorrentFreak)
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For years Japan’s leading producers of pornographic movies have been battling to protect their content overseas. In particular they have focused on Taiwan where websites openly sell their videos and TV channels air their content without permission. The studios eventually took legal action, but to no avail. This week prosecutors made the decision not to prosecute any of the alleged pirates, ruling that since pornography is obscene it isn’t worthy of copyright protection.... (more)

Monday March 18th, 2013

Anti-drone devices for sale: military contractor claims to have counter-UAV technology posted 03/18/2013, 2:51 AM (RT USA)
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Domestic drones will soon be soaring through the sky left and right, but a company in Oregon with ties to the US military is marketing a service that they say will make sure private property is safe from surveillance.

The team at one-month-old Domestic Drone Countermeasures doesn’t go into many specifics, but says they can offer services that will make sure Americans aren’t being spied on by hovering eyes in the sky.
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Don't Download That Bro, You're Going to Get Busted! posted 03/18/2013, 2:50 AM (TorrentFreak)
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One of the most enduring questions in the history of online file-sharing asks whether something bad will come from downloading and/or sharing a particular product. Will the the recording and movie industries come knocking? Will the police or even the FBI take an interest? Are the evil bottom-feeding trolls watching my torrents? It’s a complex area, but one that’s fairly easily understood.... (more)

"Pirate Bay" Billboard Hackers Rewarded for Exposing Security Flaw posted 03/18/2013, 2:50 AM (TorrentFreak)
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A few days ago two computer science students hacked a billboard in the center of Belgrade, Serbia, and replaced its standard message with a meters-wide Pirate Bay logo. The ‘hackers’ said they wanted to show that security of IT-systems is often lacking and their message didn’t fall on deaf ears. The manager of the billboard company thanked the pair for their efforts and rewarded them with a 4G iPad Mini each.... (more)

Thursday March 14th, 2013

3D printed plastic implant replaces three-quarters of man's skull posted 03/14/2013, 7:09 AM (Science News)
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Surgeons have replaced 75 percent of a man’s skull with a custom-designed polymer cranium constructed with a 3-D printer. The surgery took place on March 4 and is the first U.S. case following the FDA’s approval of the implants last month. The patient’s reason for needing such extensive replacement surgery has not been revealed.... (more)

Friday March 8th, 2013

DefDist Creates New 3D Printed AK Mag, Names It The "Feinstein" posted 03/08/2013, 2:31 AM (YouTube)
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Long Live the Feinstein AK Mag. Coming soon.

Monday March 4th, 2013

VPN Services That Take Your Anonymity Seriously, 2013 Edition posted 03/04/2013, 5:29 AM (TorrentFreak)
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More than a year ago TorrentFreak took a look at a selection of the web’s VPN providers to see which ones really take privacy seriously. During the months that followed we received dozens of emails begging us to carry out an update and today here it is. The first installment in our list of VPN providers that due to their setup cannot link user activity to external IP addresses and activities.... (more)

Thursday February 28th, 2013

3-D Printed Car Is as Strong as Steel, Half the Weight, and Nearing Production posted 02/28/2013, 12:02 AM (Wired)
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Picture an assembly line not that isn’t made up of robotic arms spewing sparks to weld heavy steel, but a warehouse of plastic-spraying printers producing light, cheap and highly efficient automobiles.

If Jim Kor’s dream is realized, that’s exactly how the next generation of urban runabouts will be produced. His creation is called the Urbee 2 and it could revolutionize parts manufacturing while creating a cottage industry of small-batch automakers intent on challenging the status
... (more)

Thursday February 21st, 2013

Google Refuses to Index Huge Streaming Movie Portal Homepage posted 02/21/2013, 4:12 PM (TorrentFreak)
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One of the Internet’s largest indexes for streaming movie and TV show content is locked in a dispute over the removal of the site’s homepage from Google’s search engine results. Movie2K, the 240th most-popular site in the world according to Alexa, had its main page delisted following a copyright complaint from Paramount Pictures and efforts to have it reinstated have failed. Google says it will not review the situation, even though the infringing material in question is no longer present.... (more)
Looks like a sweet site, bookmarked!

CNET Doesn't Have to Ban BitTorrent Clients, Court Rules posted 02/21/2013, 4:12 PM (TorrentFreak)
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CBS and CNET do not have to stop distributing BitTorrent clients and other file-sharing software. A California court has denied the request for a preliminary injunction from a group of artists, who accused the companies of facilitating piracy. According to the judge there is no indication that CBS and CNET will purposefully encourage copyright infringement in the future, and a ban would needlessly silence “public discussion of P2P technologies.”... (more)

Friday February 8th, 2013

Patent Troll Says It Owns Podcasting; Sues Adam Carolla, HowStuffWorks posted 02/08/2013, 3:49 AM (Techdirt)
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We've written a few times about a patent trolling operation called Personal Audio. Like so many patent trolling companies, whose actually behind it is something of a mystery, but it does have an empty office in East Texas that no one ever goes to. It sued Apple and others claiming that it held patents on the concept of "playlists" and actually scored some victories. Amazingly, it sued Apple multiple times over the same patent, arguing that small changes to its products were new violations.
... (more)

Wednesday February 6th, 2013

Pirate Bay Founder Helped Wikileaks On Several Fronts posted 02/06/2013, 4:08 AM (TorrentFreak)
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The upcoming Pirate Bay documentary TPB AFK will highlight some under-reported details about the connection between the BitTorrent site and Wikileaks. Among other things, Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm was credited for his involvement in getting the “Collateral Murder” video out to the public. Daniel Domscheit-Berg, the former spokesman of WikiLeaks, further recalls travelling to Sweden with Julian Assange to pay server fees . A meeting he will not forget anytime soon.... (more)

Monday February 4th, 2013

Why Do Copyright Monopolists Think They Can Just Take Somebody Else’s Work? posted 02/04/2013, 2:47 AM (Rick Falkvinge)
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Copyright monopolists insist on the idea of controlling the fruits of other people’s labor, such as when other people copy a particular file. This attitude is offensive, insulting, and antithetical to a free market.... (more)

Thursday January 31st, 2013

Feds stumbling after Anonymous launches 'Operation Last Resort' posted 01/31/2013, 4:40 AM (ZDNet)
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The U.S. Department of Justice still has egg on its face after hacktivist group Anonymous launched 'Operation Last Resort' commandeering Federal websites, threatening to release government information, and demanding legal reform.

Late evening Friday, January 25, U.S. Sentencing Commission website was hacked and government files distributed by Anonymous in what the group calls "Operation Last Resort" in response to the recent, tragic suicide of hacktivist Aaron Swartz.

... (more)

Tuesday January 29th, 2013

Latest Uphere magazine: Polar bear invasion; "There aren’t just a few more bears. There are a hell of a lot more bears" posted 01/29/2013, 5:01 AM (Tom Nelson)
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In 2012, the Nunavut government conducted a long-awaited census of western Hudson Bay polar bears and came up with 1,013 animals, or about twice as many as the number projected by environment Canada. Dr. Mitch Taylor, a lifelong polar bear scientist who, at times, has been ostracized by his peers for insisting that polar bear populations are generally stable, took some satisfaction from the results. “The Inuit were right. There aren’t just a few more bears. There are a hell of a lot more bears.”... (more)

Antigua’s Legal “Pirate Site” Authorized by the World Trade Organization posted 01/29/2013, 5:01 AM (TorrentFreak)
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During a meeting in Geneva today the World Trade organization (WTO) authorized Antigua’s request to suspend U.S. copyrights. The decision confirmed the preliminary authorization the Caribbean island received in 2007, and means that the local authorities can move forward with their plan to start a download portal which offers movies, music and software without compensating the American companies that make them.... (more)

Friday January 25th, 2013

Kim Dotcom wants to encrypt half of the Internet to end government surveillance posted 01/25/2013, 5:29 PM (YouTube)
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he United States government says that Kim Dotcom, a German millionaire formerly known as Kim Schmitz, masterminded a vast criminal conspiracy by operating the file-storage site Megaupload. Dotcom, on the other hand, begs to differ. One year after the high-profile raid of his home and the shut-down of one of the most popular sites on the Web, Dotcom hosted a launch party for his latest endeavor, simply
... (more)

Court Refuses To Allow Copyright Troll To “Ensnare” Innocent Subscribers posted 01/25/2013, 5:28 PM (TorrentFreak)
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In another victory against copyright trolls in the United States, a court has effectively ruined an adult movie company’s chances of screwing any money out of potentially innocent Internet subscribers. The case, involving the identities of 110 alleged BitTorrent pirates, was kicked out by a judge after the plaintiff failed to explain how it would safeguard its IP address-based evidence from “ensnaring” innocent Internet subscribers.... (more)

Monday January 21st, 2013

Indicted Megaupload founder opens new sharing site posted 01/21/2013, 2:57 PM (Associated Press)
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Mega, like Megaupload, allows users to store and share large files. It offers 50 gigabytes of free storage, much more than similar sites such as Dropbox and Google Drive, and features a drag-and-drop upload tool.

The key difference is an encryption and decryption feature for data transfers that Dotcom says will protect him from the legal drama that has entangled Megaupload and threatened to put him behind bars.

The decryption keys for uploaded files are held by the
... (more)

Dotcom's Mega Launches To Unprecedented Demand posted 01/21/2013, 2:57 PM (TorrentFreak)
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The much anticipated rebirth of Megaupload took place in the last few hours with interest living up to expectations. In less than one hour the site picked up 100,000 new registrations, going on to 500,000 and beyond just a few hours later. As the site struggled to cope with demand it became unresponsive in the face of an unprecedented flood of users eager to test out the new file-hosting site. Just a few minutes ago the launch party at Kim Dotcom’s mansion began, with some interesting reveals.... (more)
Video: Kim Dotcom Mega Launch Press Conference (FULL)

Saturday January 12th, 2013

U.S. Judge Dismisses “Copyright Shakedown” of Foreign Video Sites posted 01/12/2013, 12:56 PM (TorrentFreak)
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Tube sites EmpFlix and TNAflix, which grew out of the famous BitTorrent trackers Empornium and PureTNA, were targeted in 2011 by an adult rightsholder company in a copyright case. If successful it could have seen the sites losing their domains and being shut down. However, in a case described by their lawyers as “higher-end versions” of the current wave of BitTorrent troll suits, the non-US based sites have just come out the winners after a U.S. judge dismissed the case.... (more)

Wednesday January 9th, 2013

Move Over 'TacoCopter': Here Comes The 'Internet Of Drones' posted 01/09/2013, 6:12 AM (Techdirt)
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As we know, the Internet works by breaking digital information up into IP packets which are then routed independently over the network, and then re-assembled at their destination. Anything made up of 0s and 1s can be sent anywhere with an Internet connection in this way, but that isn't much good for physical objects.

It's true that we are fast approaching the day when we will be able to use a 3D scanner to send a digital file representing an object across the Internet so that i
... (more)

Monday January 7th, 2013

AlGorjeera -- It's Official: Al Gore is by far the most lavishly funded fossil fuel player in the global warming debate today posted 01/07/2013, 12:36 AM (Climate Depot)
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'Gore's massive personal cash influx from oil-backed Al Jazeera makes him by far the most lavishly funded fossil fuel player in the global warming debate today. Will the media now accurately label Gore an industry funded activist every time they report on him?'... (more)

Tuesday January 1st, 2013

Unmanned drone buzzes French police car posted 01/01/2013, 2:37 AM (YouTube)
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PARIS - Video posted online shows an unmanned drone buzzing a French police car in the streets of Paris.

The video posted by Team Black Sheep, a group that specializes in recording unmanned aerial flights, shows the unmanned craft landing on top of a box truck and stopping near a crowd gathered on a street corner.
... (more)
Imagine the possibilities for copblocking from the comfort of your own home! - Chris

Monday December 31st, 2012

Study Says Carbon Nanotubes as Dangerous as Asbestos posted 12/31/2012, 12:02 AM (Scientific American)
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Inhaling carbon nanotubes could be as harmful as breathing in asbestos, and its use should be regulated lest it lead to the same cancer and breathing problems that prompted a ban on the use of asbestos as insulation in buildings, according a new study posted online today by Nature Nanotechnology.... (more)

Wednesday December 26th, 2012

Death threats anyone? Austrian Prof: global warming deniers should be sentenced to death posted 12/26/2012, 12:50 PM (Joanne Nova)
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“I have always been opposed to the death penalty in all cases…”

“Even mass murderers [like Breivik] should not be executed, in my opinion.”

“GW deniers fall into a completely different category from Behring Breivik. They are already causing the deaths of hundreds of millions of future people. We could be speaking of billions, but I am making a conservative estimate.”
... (more)

Thursday December 20th, 2012

Yet More Evidence Shows No Link Between Video Games And Actual Violence posted 12/20/2012, 10:13 AM (Techdirt)
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Well, well, well. With the NRA planning to blame violent video games and movies, and eager grandstanding politicians, pundits and some members of an... (more)

Wednesday December 12th, 2012

Verizon Determined to Expose BitTorrent Copyright Trolls posted 12/12/2012, 4:46 AM (TorrentFreak)
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It’s now apparent that Verizon is fed up with the avalanche of mass-BitTorrent lawsuits and is determined to put an end to copyright trolls’ extortion-like practices. The Internet provider is asking a Texas court to grant discovery so it can expose how these companies operate. According to Verizon, copyright trolling practices don’t belong in court and the ISP equates the companies involved with “schoolyard bullies who push and shove until firm opposition is met when they shrink away.”... (more)

UK Streaming Link Site Operators Handed Suspended Jail Sentences posted 12/12/2012, 4:46 AM (TorrentFreak)
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Two brothers from the UK in their mid-twenties have been convicted for operating websites that indexed links to unauthorized streams of copyrighted movies. The pair were charged in 2010 and this week were handed nine month suspended jail sentences and ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work. The convictions follow an investigation by West Yorkshire Police in collaboration with the movie industry group FACT, who feel that in the UK the tide is turning in favor of copyright holders.... (more)

Monday December 10th, 2012

Kim Dotcom: Mega Will Turn Encryption into a Mass Product posted 12/10/2012, 5:05 AM (TorrentFreak)
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Next month Kim Dotcom will release a new and improved version of the now defunct Megaupload. Today, he unveiled the new look of the site by sharing several teaser screenshots, including one of the encryption interface. Mega, as the new service is called, will turn encryption into a mass product and Dotcom believes that with Mega’s help half of all Internet traffic will be encrypted in 5 years.... (more)

Thursday December 6th, 2012

House approves resolution to keep Internet control out of UN hands posted 12/06/2012, 1:48 AM (The Hill)
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The House on Wednesday unanimously passed a Senate resolution introduced by Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) that calls on the U.S. government to oppose United Nations control of the Internet.

The 397-0 vote is meant to send a signal to countries meeting at a U.N. conference on telecommunications this week. Participants are meeting to update an international telecom treaty, but critics warn that many countries’ proposals could allow U.N. regulation of the In
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This is meaningless. - Chris

Wednesday December 5th, 2012

OMG! Txts make u gd at writing? Srsly? posted 12/05/2012, 1:20 AM (The Daily Mail)
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How 'text speak' can help pupils write essays.... (more)
Technophobes disproved once again.

Thursday November 29th, 2012

Six Strikes Anti-Piracy Plan Delayed Till 2013 posted 11/29/2012, 12:41 AM (TorrentFreak)
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The much debated “six strikes” anti-piracy scheme was supposed to kick off in the United States today, but this is not going to happen. The Center for Copyright Information has announced that the ISPs are not ready to send warnings just yet, citing Hurricane Sandy as one of the reasons for the delay. The scheme is now expected to take off early next year if everything goes according to the updated schedule.... (more)

Wednesday November 28th, 2012

U.S. start-up plans to share 3D printable firearms for FREE over the Internet posted 11/28/2012, 2:04 AM (The Daily Mail)
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Anyone in the world could soon have access to a 3D printable gun through the internet thanks to a U.S. start-up which plans to distribute schematics for the weapons free of charge.

Defense Distributed, a company which wants to extend the U.S. Second Amendment rights to the entire world, hopes to test prototypes of the printable weapons by the end of the year.

'This project could very well change the way we think about gun control and consumption,' the organisation
... (more)

Tuesday November 27th, 2012

Verizon Sued For Defending Alleged BitTorrent Pirates posted 11/27/2012, 1:58 AM (TorrentFreak)
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A group of adult movie companies is suing Verizon for failing to hand over the personal details of alleged BitTorrent pirates. The provider systematically refuses to comply with court-ordered subpoenas and the copyright holders see these actions as more than just an attempt to protect its customers. According to the them, Verizon’s objections are in bad faith as the Internet provider is profiting from BitTorrent infringements at the expense of lower-tier ISPs.

The ongoing avalanc
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Monday November 19th, 2012

Phone patents: An absurd battle posted 11/19/2012, 8:49 PM (BBC News)
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"To get an idea of the size of the problem facing the likes of Apple and Samsung, consider this: O'Connor believes - based on estimates from patent firm RPX - that there are about 250,000 active patents in the United States that may have some relevance to the activities of mobile device manufacturers out of a total of about 1.5 million active patents. That means that about 17% of all active patents in the United States are potentially patents on smartphone technology.

But that
... (more)

"Higgs" boson may not open door to exotic realms posted 11/19/2012, 8:49 PM (Reuters)
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GENEVA, Nov. 15, 2012 (Reuters) — A new elementary particle whose discovery was announced with fanfare to a waiting world in July may be just a little less exciting than scientists had hoped.... (more)

Monday November 5th, 2012

Oakland Police Chief Only Wants to Read Complimentary Email posted 11/05/2012, 5:37 AM (
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From the San Francisco Chronicle:
People who’ve e-mailed Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan over the past year about Occupy Oakland probably didn’t get much of a response.

That’s because he used a spam fi
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Monday October 29th, 2012

New Megaupload To Launch On Police Raid Anniversary posted 10/29/2012, 1:18 AM (TorrentFreak)
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January this year the U.S. Government destroyed Megaupload, but founder Kim Dotcom is a not done with the file-hosting business yet and is preparing a comeback with something bigger and better. Over the past months a group of coders have been working hard on the new “Mega” venture and Dotcom announced today that the raid-proof service will launch exactly one year after Megaupload was shut down.

With 50 million visitors per day at its peak, Megaupload was one of the largest websit
... (more)

Cisco's CEO Rips Into The Patent System & All Who Abuse It, Big Or Small posted 10/29/2012, 1:18 AM (Techdirt)
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There are plenty of discussions about the problem of patent trolls, but if you think that's the only problem with the patent system, you haven't been paying attention. There have been a ton of major clashes going on between big companies, spending billions buying up patents, suing each other... and not putting that money into innovation or lower prices. So it's nice to see Cisco CEO John Chambers speak out against the patent system by calling out both the trolls and the big tech compani... (more)

Monday October 22nd, 2012

New MegaUpload Will Deflect Copyright Liability and Become Raid-Proof posted 10/22/2012, 4:29 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
While Megaupload’s demise has been well publicized, the burning question remains. How will its imminent replacement fend off attacks from aggressive copyright holders and authorities? Today we have the answer. Kim Dotcom and business partner Mathias Ortmann say they have a plan that will not only make “Mega” raid proof, but will also give it an iron-clad defense against copyright infringement claims.... (more)

Thursday October 18th, 2012

Pirate Bay Moves to The Cloud, Becomes Raid-Proof posted 10/18/2012, 8:59 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
The Pirate Bay has made an important change to its infrastructure. The world’s most famous BitTorrent site has switched its entire operation to the cloud. From now on The Pirate Bay will serve its users from several cloud hosting providers scattered around the world. The move will cut costs, ensure better uptime, and make the site virtually invulnerable to police raids — all while keeping user data secure.... (more)

Tuesday October 16th, 2012

File-Sharers Buy 30% More Music Than Non-P2P Peers posted 10/16/2012, 5:46 AM (TorrentFreak)
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One of the most comprehensive studies into media sharing and consumption habits in the United States and Germany reveals that file-sharers buy 30% more music than their non-sharing counterparts. The result confirms that file-sharers are actually the music industry’s best customers. In addition, the research reveals that contrary to popular belief, offline “copying” is far more prevalent than online music piracy.... (more)

Monday October 15th, 2012

3D Printer DRM Patent To Stop People Downloading a Car posted 10/15/2012, 1:57 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
DRM systems in the digital media world are nothing new and are utilized extensively in the music, movie and video games industries. Now, after applying four years ago, a company has this week obtained a patent for a DRM system that aims to stop future owners of 3D printers from printing whatever they like. The dream of downloading a new pair of sneakers or even a car might already be in jeopardy, before it’s even begun.... (more)

Global warming stopped 16 years ago, reveals Met Office report quietly released... and here is the chart to prove it posted 10/15/2012, 1:57 AM (The Daily Mail)
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The world stopped getting warmer almost 16 years ago, according to new data released last week.

The figures, which have triggered debate among climate scientists, reveal that from the beginning of 1997 until August 2012, there was no discernible rise in aggregate global temperatures.

This means that the ‘plateau’ or ‘pause’ in global warming has now lasted for about the same time as the previous period when temperatures rose, 1980 to 1996. Before that, temperatures
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Tuesday October 9th, 2012

Finally: BitTorrent Piracy Evidence to be Tested in Court posted 10/09/2012, 5:05 AM (TorrentFreak)
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A landmark order by a Pennsylvania District Court judge may become the turning point for the many mass-BitTorrent lawsuits that are sweeping through the United States. For the first time in these cases a copyright holder has been ordered to go to trial, instead of settling with the alleged file-sharers for a few thousand dollars. This will be the first time that BitTorrent-related evidence will be tested in a U.S. court.

Over the past two years a small group of copyright holders h
... (more)

Tuesday October 2nd, 2012

Can We Kill The Myth That The Constitution Guarantees Copyrights And Patents? posted 10/02/2012, 10:48 AM (Techdirt)
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We've seen it all too frequently: copyright and patent system supporters insisting that these forms of government-granted monopoly privileges are guaranteed by the Constitution, due to Article I, Section 8, Clause 8. People like to claim that, for example, the First Amendment can't conflict with copyright law since "both are rights provided by t... (more)

Understanding Libertarian Morality: The Psychological Dispositions of Self-Identified Libertarians posted 10/02/2012, 10:44 AM (
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Libertarians are an increasingly prominent ideological group in U.S. politics, yet they have been largely unstudied. Across 16 measures in a large web-based sample that included 11,994 self-identified libertarians, we sought to understand the moral and psychological characteristics of self-described libertarians. Based on an intuitionist view of moral judgment, we focused on the underlying affective and cognitive dispositions that accompany this unique worldview. Compared to self-identified libe... (more)

3-D printed gun project derailed by legal woes posted 10/02/2012, 10:41 AM (
[Category: Science/Technology]
After raising thousands of dollars to develop a free, 3-D-printable handgun, a group calling itself Defense Distributed has had to put its plans on hold, after the company providing their printing hardware refused to do business with them. It's an early episode in what is likely to be a long controversy.... (more)

Saturday September 29th, 2012

GoDaddy Receives Patent On 'Announcing A Domain Name Registration On A Social Website' posted 09/29/2012, 5:40 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Another day, another crazy patent. DomainNameWire has the story that GoDaddy has successfully received a patent on "Announcing a domain name registration on a social website." The patent, 8,276,057, was filed back in September of 2009. Take a look at the claims for yourself to understand exactly what's being claimed, but reading through them, I'm a... (more)

Friday September 28th, 2012

Portugal: File Sharing For Personal Use Is Legal And IP Addresses Are Not People posted 09/28/2012, 8:49 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Science/Technology]
In a move that should remind you of Spain's ruling that personal file-sharing was legal, before America's entertainment industry helpfully wrote the Spanish people a new law (wait...what!!?!?), file-sharing for personal use has been declared legal in Portugal. Ho... (more)

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