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GoDaddy Receives Patent On 'Announcing A Domain Name Registration On A Social Website' posted 09/29/2012, 5:40 PM (Techdirt)
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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, ... (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)
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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)

Tuesday September 25th, 2012

Hitachi unveils glass slivers that store data forever posted 09/25/2012, 5:20 AM (Channel NewsAsia)
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TOKYO: As Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones prove, good music lasts a long time; now Japanese hi-tech giant Hitachi says it can last even longer -- a few hundred million years at least.... (more)

Monday September 24th, 2012

Megaupload Readies for Comeback, Code 90% Done posted 09/24/2012, 6:49 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 to come back with a vengeance. The coding work for the new Megaupload is nearly finished, the servers have been ordered, and investors are lining up. A return of the file-hosting site appears to be looming.... (more)

Tuesday September 18th, 2012

Antarctic Ice Area Sets Another Record -- NSIDC Is Silent posted 09/18/2012, 3:43 AM (Real Science)
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Day 256 Antarctic ice is the highest ever for the date, and the eighth highest daily reading ever recorded. All seven higher readings occurred during the third week of September, 2007 – the week of the previous Arctic record minimum.

NSIDC does not mention the record Antarctic cold or ice on their web site, choosing inside to feature an article about global warming threatening penguins.
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Thursday September 13th, 2012

No Duty to Secure Wi-Fi from BitTorrent Pirates, Judge Rules posted 09/13/2012, 1:17 AM (TorrentFreak)
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A crucial ruling in one of the ongoing BitTorrent lawsuits in the United States has delivered a clear win for open Wi-Fi operators. Among other things, California Judge Phyllis Hamilton ruled that Internet subscribers are not required to secure their wireless networks to prevent outsiders from pirating movies. In other words, people can’t be held liable for the alleged infringements of other people on their network.

BitTorrent lawsuits have been dragging on for more than two yea
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Tuesday August 28th, 2012

New Megaupload Will Be Massive Global Network To Change The World posted 08/28/2012, 4:43 PM (TorrentFreak)
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Several weeks ago Kim Dotcom informed the world that Megaupload would be back, bigger and better than ever. Today, in a series of announcements he’s provided more intriguing details about the new service. “We are building a massive global network,” Dotcom revealed, while adding that hosters will all be able to connect to the network to add servers and bandwidth – providing they’re not in the United States that is. “I am going to turn this world upside down,” Dotcom warned.... (more)

Monday August 13th, 2012

As Another Fisker Karma Spontaneously Combusts, "Green" Dreams Go Up In Smoke posted 08/13/2012, 9:04 AM (ZeroHedge)
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Alas for the vendor of allegedly flaming "supercars" the media attention has returned with a vengeance.... (more)

Saturday August 11th, 2012

No Traffic Lights Vs Traffic Lights posted 08/11/2012, 6:14 AM (YouTube)
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Anarchy vs Statism.

"On Monday 25th January 2010 there was a power cut in Auckland.

During the power cut we filmed this intersection (Union St + Wellington). We filmed again at exactly the same time the next day for a comparison. "

Monday August 6th, 2012

AZ SWAT Team Kills Man in Drug Raid Shoot-Out posted 08/06/2012, 12:36 AM (
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A Phoenix-area SWAT team shot and killed one man during a "dynamic entry" (break the door down) drug raid early Thursday morning after the raiders were met with gunfire. The as yet unidentified man becomes the 39th person to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year, and the third one in the past week.

Police told ABC 15 News the raid in a Phoenix neighborhood was undertaken by
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Monday July 30th, 2012

3D Printing: The End of Gun Control? posted 07/30/2012, 8:55 PM (Forbes)
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Given the recent appalling events in Aurora, Colorado, there’s been a renewed call for greater gun control and a ban on assault weapons.

I’m in favor of tighter gun control and a ban on weapons that are unnecessarily powerful but I’m afraid that technology will soon make any legislation that limits the availability of any kinds of guns ineffective.

To understand why this might happen, you need to understand a technology called 3D printing.
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Tuesday July 3rd, 2012

$7,000 Fine for Sharing “WordPress For Dummies” on BitTorrent posted 07/03/2012, 5:42 AM (TorrentFreak)
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A New York federal court has ordered a rare default judgment in favor of John Wiley & Sons, one of the world’s largest book publishers. Robert Carpenter from Poughkeepsie, New York, has been ordered to pay the publisher $7,000 in damages for sharing a copy of “WordPress All-in-One For Dummies” on BitTorrent. According to Judge William Pauley, the man is guilty of both copyright and trademark infringement.... (more)

Massive Copyright Infringement Suit Could Collapse Cyberlocker, Studio Warns posted 07/03/2012, 5:42 AM (TorrentFreak)
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The plaintiffs in a massive copyright infringement lawsuit against a cyberlocker service are warning users of the site to back up their files. Corbin Fisher, the movie studio currently suing Oron for $34.8m, say that the file-hoster could collapse after a judge denied it access to additional funds to pay for their hosting. Is this another Megaupload-style data loss debacle in the making?... (more)

Friday June 29th, 2012

Man Eats Uranium, Drinks and Swims In Reactor Water, Ignites Plutonium In His Bare Hand posted 06/29/2012, 3:20 AM (Libertarian News)
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Apparently radioactive material isn’t as dangerous as the EPA has made it out to be.

From the video notes:
Galen Winsor is a nuclear physicist of renown who worked at, and helped design, nuclear power plants in Hanford, WA; Oak Ridge, TN; Morris, IL, San Jose, CA; Wimington, NJ. Among his positions of expertise he was in charge of measuring and controlling the nucl... (more)

How Long Does Your ISP Store IP-Address Logs? posted 06/29/2012, 3:19 AM (TorrentFreak)
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The ongoing avalanche of mass-BitTorrent lawsuits reveal that IP-addresses can get people into a heap of trouble and it’s not unusual for Internet subscribers to be wrongfully accused of sharing copyrighted material. This begs the question, for how long are these IP-addresses stored? To find out, TorrentFreak asked some of the largest Internet providers in the US about their logging practices.... (more)

Friday June 22nd, 2012

Kim Dotcom: Artists Rejoice, Megabox is Not Dead posted 06/22/2012, 5:08 AM (TorrentFreak)
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Despite the huge upheavals of the last few months, Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has announced that his answer to the music industry’s outdated business model is coming soon. The Megabox service will shift the balance of power away from multi-billion dollar corporations to the artists who actually make the music. “Artists rejoice. It’s coming and it will unchain you,” Dotcom says.... (more)

Wednesday June 13th, 2012

FOI Documents Show TOR Undernet Beyond the Reach of the Federal Investigators posted 06/13/2012, 11:54 PM (Activist Post)
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Recently released documents detail the federal government's inability to pursue cybercriminals shrouded by the tricky anonymity tools used by the Silk Road marketplace and other darknet sites - tools which are funded in part by the federal government itself. In this particular case, a citizen reported stumbling upon a cache of child pornography while browsing the anonymous Tor network's hidden sites, which are viewable with specialized, but readily available, tools and the special .onion domain.... (more)

Monday June 4th, 2012

Researchers To Release an Anonymous BitTorrent Client posted 06/04/2012, 3:26 PM (TorrentFreak)
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Researchers at Delft University of Technology have taken up the ambitious challenge of creating a BitTorrent client which secures the privacy of its users. Their Tribler client is already completely decentralized, meaning it will still work even in the event that all BitTorrent sites are shut down. Anonymity is the next big step in its evolution. “We’re going to take Internet privacy to the next level,” the lead researcher says about the upcoming release.... (more)

Sunday May 27th, 2012

Keep Out: NASA Asks Future Moon Visitors to Respect Its Stuff posted 05/27/2012, 10:39 PM (Wired)
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The moon is about to become crowded.

In the next few years a slew of countries, including China, India, and Japan, are looking to put unmanned probes on the lunar surface. But more unprecedented are the 26 teams currently racing to win the Google Lunar X Prize -- a contest that will award $20 million to the first private company to land a robot on the lunar surface, travel a third of a mile, a
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First off, the US has no ownership over that unclaimed land, second I say tare it the hell up, let's see what they find. - Chris

Leap Motion: A New Way To interact With Your Computer posted 05/27/2012, 10:38 PM (YouTube)
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Hands-free motion control, a technology pioneered by Nintendo's Wii and later improved upon by Microsoft's Kinect, just took a very big leap forward. Industries from gaming to surgery to architecture, engineering, and design may never be the same.

With the unveiling today of its Leap 3D motion control system, a San Francisco startup called Leap Motion has, well, leapfrogged the state of
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Thursday May 24th, 2012

Boom: Jury Says No Patent Infringement By Google In Oracle Case posted 05/24/2012, 2:20 AM (Techdirt)
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Remember back when Oracle was claiming that Google owed it billions of dollars for infringing on Oracle patents and copyrights? Yeah. Forget that. The jury just said that there's no patent infringement at all and the judge has dismissed the jury. All that's left in this phase of the case is for the judge to make a determination over the copyright issue -- and if he decides APIs cannot be cove... (more)

Thursday May 3rd, 2012

Spectacular video: 'Jetman'; soars over Rio de Janeiro skyline posted 05/03/2012, 8:42 AM (YouTube)
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Yves 'Jetman' Rossy continues to push the boundaries of aviation - this time, by successfully completing a flight under a sunny sky over the city of Rio de Janeiro. Yves Rossy, the only person to fly with a rigid wing equipped with four jet engines, dropped from a helicopter over Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, where he stabilised the wing and headed full throttle north to circumvent Corcovado. He then track
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Thursday April 26th, 2012

Jimmy Wales Says Irrelevance, Not Piracy, Will Doom Hollywood posted 04/26/2012, 7:35 AM (Techdirt)
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Jimmy Wales, who has become a bit of a thorn in the side of Hollywood of late, has given a speech in which he predicts that Hollywood is doomed, but not because of any threat from "piracy," but from the fact that technology and innovation means th... (more)

Tuesday April 24th, 2012

'Gaia' scientist James Lovelock reverses himself: I was 'alarmist' about climate change & so was Gore! 'The problem is we don't know what the climate is doing. We thought we knew 20 years ago' posted 04/24/2012, 11:54 PM (Climate Depot)
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MSNBC, perhaps the most unlikely of news sources, reports on what may be seen as the official end of the man-made global warming fear movement.... (more)

Thursday April 19th, 2012

Rats on cocaine love Miles Davis, and other dumb animal research paid for with tax dollars posted 04/19/2012, 11:50 PM (NY Daily News)
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Taxpayers may feel kind of blue when they discover their dollars went to fund a study to determine rats like to bop to the music of Miles Davis while hopped up on cocaine.... (more)
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say this may be the single most useful study the government has ever done. - Chris

Wednesday April 18th, 2012

Chinese Copyright Proposal Would Allow Compulsory Licensing Of Music After Three Months posted 04/18/2012, 8:54 PM (Techdirt)
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As China continues to climb up the economic rankings (it became number two last year, in case you missed it) its domestic policy begins to have wider implications for the rest of the world.... (more)

Larry Page Tells Java Jury Google 'Did Nothing Wrong' posted 04/18/2012, 8:53 PM (Bloomberg)
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Google Inc. Chief Executive Officer Larry Page, disputing claims that the leading search engine operator stole Java software technology from Oracle Corp. (ORCL), told a jury his company “did nothing wrong.”

Page, the first witness today to be called by Oracle attorney David Boies at a trial in federal court in San Francisco, said Google negotiated hard over a partnership with Sun Microsystems Inc., the creator of the Java programming language acquired by Oracle in 2010.
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Unfortunately, Larry, competition is a crime in the good ol' US of A.

Tuesday April 17th, 2012

New ISP will defend users from government spying posted 04/17/2012, 11:49 PM (YouTube)
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As the battle rages on over regulations for the Internet, one man is proposing a solution that could curb the concerns over online privacy. Legislation is being pushed in America right now that could stop online piracy, but would at the same time also infringe on the rights of many. Could all that change, though? One new Internet Service Provider will challenge the government if a user's information is
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Megaupload Worked on a Multi-Billion Dollar IPO posted 04/17/2012, 11:49 PM (TorrentFreak)
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Before Megaupload was shutdown the company was preparing to go public and enter the US stock market with a multi-billion dollar IPO. While the US authorities were conducting their criminal investigation, Megaupload had discussions with some of the ‘Big Four’ auditors and several of the world’s largest investments banks. The top of the financial world was looking at a huge potential tech IPO with a billion dollar valuation, but these plans ended abruptly in January.... (more)

Monday April 16th, 2012

World’s First Quantum Network Built with Two Atoms, One Photon posted 04/16/2012, 11:38 PM (TIME Magazine)
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We’ve just heard about a working quantum computer tucked inside a diamond, and we’re already talking about quantum networks that could herald a quantum Internet? Yep, and in fact more than just talking: Scientists say they’ve managed to create the world’s first working quantum network, a functional analogue of the kind you probably use at home or work, only in the quantum version, individual atoms form the network nodes and information is shuttled back and forth by photons.... (more)

Friday April 13th, 2012

Code Not Physical Property, Court Rules in Goldman Sachs Espionage Case posted 04/13/2012, 3:22 AM (Wired)
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Former Goldman Sachs programmer Sergey Aleynikov, who downloaded source code for the investment firm’s high-speed trading system from the company’s computers, was wrongly charged with theft of property because the code did not qualify as a physical object under a federal theft statute, according to a court opinion published Wednesday.... (more)

Wednesday April 11th, 2012

SpaceX: Entrepreneur's race to space posted 04/11/2012, 10:03 PM (YouTube)
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From PayPal to electric cars to rockets, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk wants his company, SpaceX, to build America's next manned spacecraft. Scott Pelley reports.

NASA Scientists Dispute Climate Change posted 04/11/2012, 10:03 PM (Business Insider)
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Some prominent voices at NASA are fed up with the agency's activist stance toward climate change.

The following letter asking the agency to move away from climate models and to limit its stance to what can be empirically proven, was sent by 49 former NASA scientists and astronauts.

The letter criticizes the Goddard Institute For Space Studies especially, where director Jim Hansen and climatologist Gavin Schmidt have been outspoken advocates for action.
... (more)

Tuesday April 10th, 2012

If Piracy Is So Devastating, Why Are We Seeing An Unprecedented Outpouring Of Creativity posted 04/10/2012, 10:57 PM (Techdirt)
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One of the favorite tropes of the anti-piracy crowd is that all this unauthorized sharing is killing culture, pauperizing artists and generally making the world go to hell in a handbasket. The only pieces of evidence adduced in support of that position are the market reports put together for the copyright industries that (a) say the sky is falling and (b) base that analysis on the industries' own unsubstantiated claims.... (more)

Study: Homophobes May Be Hidden Homosexuals posted 04/10/2012, 10:56 PM (Live Science)
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Homophobes should consider a little self-reflection, suggests a new study finding those individuals who are most hostile toward gays and hold strong anti-gay views may themselves have same-sex desires, albeit undercover ones.... (more)
This Just In: People against taxes may secretly support them!

Monday April 9th, 2012

Demise of Peak Oil Theory posted 04/09/2012, 6:02 PM (David Deming)
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Peak Oil is the theory that the production history of petroleum follows a symmetrical bell-shaped curve. Once the curve peaks, decline is inevitable. The theory is commonly invoked to justify the development of alternative energy sources that are allegedly renewable and sustainable.

Peak Oil theory was originated by American geologist M. King Hubbert. In 1956 Hubbert predicted that US oil production would peak between 1965 and 1970. When production peaked in 1970, it
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Demise of Peak Oil Theory posted 04/09/2012, 6:01 PM (David Deming)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Peak Oil is the theory that the production history of petroleum follows a symmetrical bell-shaped curve. Once the curve peaks, decline is inevitable. The theory is commonly invoked to justify the development of alternative energy sources that are allegedly renewable and sustainable.

Peak Oil theory was originated by American geologist M. King Hubbert. In 1956 Hubbert predicted that US oil production would peak between 1965 and 1970. When production peaked in 1970, it
... (more)

Thursday April 5th, 2012

Healthy polar bear count confounds doomsayers posted 04/05/2012, 10:46 PM (The Globe and Mail)
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The debate about climate change and its impact on polar bears has intensified with the release of a survey that shows the bear population in a key part of northern Canada is far larger than many scientists thought, and might be growing.

The number of bears along the western shore of Hudson Bay, believed to be among the most threatened bear subpopulations, stands at 1,013 and could be even higher, according to the results of an aerial survey released Wednesday by the Government of
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Viacom v. Google: A Decision at Last, and It's Mostly Good (for the Internet and Innovation) posted 04/05/2012, 10:46 PM (
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The Internet can breathe a sigh of relief today.  In the latest twist in the long-running Viacom v. YouTube litigation, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals revived the entertainment giant's suit against Google -- but simultaneously eviscerated most of the legal theories on which the lawsuit was based.  

Here's the quick and dirty: Back in 2010, a district
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5000+ Artists Line Up For a Pirate Bay Promotion posted 04/05/2012, 10:33 PM (TorrentFreak)
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Record labels and Hollywood have described The Pirate Bay as one of the biggest threats to their business, but thousands of artists clearly disagree with this view. In recent weeks more than 5000 independent artists have signed up to be promoted by the world’s largest torrent site. Those who were lucky enough to be featured are overwhelmed by the career boost and the positive responses from the public.... (more)

Wednesday April 4th, 2012

CFL Fluorescent Light Bulbs: More Hype Than Value posted 04/04/2012, 8:09 PM (
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I used to like fluorescent lights and then I changed my mind.

As the years passed, I found more and more folks like me, and more and more reasons to be uncomfortable with fluorescent lights. When some people see that I don't use them, they try to tell me about how great they are. When I try to explain why I prefer incandescent, I nearly always get a dismissive wave - signaling that I am clearly a fool and whatever tripe I am about to utter is clearly not worth their time. This art
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IT'S REAL: Check Out What It's Like Using Google's Crazy Computerized Glasses posted 04/04/2012, 8:09 PM (Business Insider)
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Google just released a design concept for its "Google Glasses" called Project Glass.

It's a frame you wear that has a small screen in the corner of your vision.

Google displays a number of things on that screen that are just inside your peripheral vision.
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Wednesday March 28th, 2012

High court throws out human gene patents posted 03/28/2012, 3:47 PM (Associated Press)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday threw out a lower court ruling allowing human genes to be patented, a topic of enormous interest to cancer researchers, patients and drug makers.... (more)

Patents Threaten To Silence A Little Girl, Literally posted 03/28/2012, 3:46 PM (Techdirt)
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Slashdot points us to a sad story from blogger Dana Nieder, providing yet more evidence of how patent monopolies can hold back innovation and do very real damage to people's lives in the process—and how people are interested in progress, not patents. As Dana says in her post, she understandably doesn't give a damn about legal details when something as impo... (more)

Man hugs doctors after seeing face transplant in mirror posted 03/28/2012, 3:46 PM (Reuters)
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BALTIMORE (Reuters) - Surgeons from the University of Maryland Medical Center on Tuesday detailed what they said was the world's most comprehensive face transplant - allowing a 37-year-old man to emerge from behind a mask 15 years after a gun accident almost killed him.... (more)

Wednesday March 21st, 2012

World's First Flying File-Sharing Drones in Action posted 03/21/2012, 10:20 AM (TorrentFreak)
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A few days ago The Pirate Bay announced that in future parts of its site could be hosted on GPS controlled drones. To many this may have sounded like a joke, but in fact these pirate drones already exist. Project “Electronic Countermeasures” has built a swarm of five fully operational drones which prove that an “aerial Napster” or an “airborne Pirate Bay” is not as futuristic as it sounds.... (more)

Tuesday March 20th, 2012

Google Defends Hotfile (and Megaupload) in Court posted 03/20/2012, 9:08 AM (TorrentFreak)
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Google has filed a brief at a federal court in Florida defending the file-hosting site Hotfile in its case against the MPAA. The search giant accuses the movie companies of misleading the court and argues that Hotfile is protected under the DMCA’s safe harbor. Indirectly, Google is also refuting claims being made by the US government in the criminal case against Megaupload.... (more)

Monday March 19th, 2012

The Pirate Bay Attacks Censorship With Low Orbit Server Drones posted 03/19/2012, 8:06 AM (TorrentFreak)
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In recent months The Pirate Bay has drastically changed its site to make it less vulnerable to ever increasing censorship attempts across the globe. But that was just the start, as the torrent site now says it’s getting ready to put some of its hardware in GPS controlled drones. “Everyone knows WHAT TPB is. Now they’re going to have to think about WHERE TPB is,” The Pirate Bay team told TorrentFreak.... (more)

Monday March 12th, 2012

Kim Dotcom: Many Megaupload Users at the US Government posted 03/12/2012, 6:15 PM (TorrentFreak)
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Aside from preparing the cases of the Megaupload defendants, a team of lawyers is working hard to grant the site’s users access to their personal data. The cyberlocker is working out a deal with the Department of Justice to allow users to download their personal files. Interestingly enough, Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom reveals that these users include many high-ranking US Government officials.... (more)

Tuesday March 6th, 2012

History Shows That Copyright Monopolies Prevent Creativity And Innovation posted 03/06/2012, 8:26 PM (TorrentFreak)
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We all too frequently hear that the copyright monopoly is supposed to encourage creativity and that the patent monopoly is supposed to encourage innovation. Most lawyers whose jobs depend on the belief in these myths even claim that the monopolies fulfill these functions to the letter. But when we look at history, a different pattern emerges.

Let’s start around the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. In that day and age, copyright monopoly laws were in force in the United Kin
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Sunday March 4th, 2012

Anonymous, Decentralized and Uncensored File-Sharing is Booming posted 03/04/2012, 9:59 PM (TorrentFreak)
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The file-sharing landscape is slowly adjusting in response to the continued push for more anti-piracy tools, the final Pirate Bay verdict, and the raids and arrests in the Megaupload case. Faced with uncertainty and drastic changes at file-sharing sites, many users are searching for secure, private and uncensored file-sharing clients. Despite the image its name suggests, RetroShare is one such future-proof client.

The avalanche of negative file-sharing news over the past weeks ha
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Thursday March 1st, 2012

Kim Dotcom: US Govt Is Protecting An Outdated Monopolistic Business Model posted 03/01/2012, 1:11 PM (TorrentFreak)
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The dramatic shutdown of Megaupload and the US government’s case against the operators of the service has the potential to alter the entire service provider landscape, not just in the United States but all around the world. Indeed, some observers believe that has already happened. After defeating attempts to put him back behind bars yesterday, Mega founder Kim Dotcom is back with more insights into the reasons behind the site’s closure.... (more)
This is the real issue. The closure of Megaupload is the equivalent of the government shutting down Henry Ford for producing cars because it's forcing the horse and buggy industry to adapt. - Chris

Wednesday February 29th, 2012

The Pirate Bay, Now Without Torrents posted 02/29/2012, 3:25 PM (TorrentFreak)
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Today marks the end of an era for The Pirate Bay. The largest torrent site on the Internet has just removed all popular torrent files and made the switch to magnet links. The Pirate Bay team believes the move is needed to make the site future proof, and is confident that it won’t cause much trouble among users. “Just click the red button instead of the green one and all will be fine,” they say.... (more)

Tuesday February 28th, 2012

Yahoo turns patent troll, aims to shake down Facebook for fees in run up to IPO posted 02/28/2012, 12:54 PM (VentureBeat)
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The legal team at Yahoo reached out to Facebook yesterday, at the same time as they were briefing the New York Times, to give the social networking giant the heads up that it would be seeking licensing fees on ten to twenty patents, and suing if that didn’t work.... (more)

Monday February 27th, 2012

Cyberlocker To Shut Down After PayPal Ban posted 02/27/2012, 1:32 PM (TorrentFreak)
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RapidGator, one of the file-hosting sites that grew exponentially following the Megaupload shutdown last month, has been banned by PayPal. As a result, the Russian-based site says it will close the service in a month. According to PayPal, the RapidGator account was closed due to the “high risks” associated with processing payments to file-sharing services.... (more)
Wow, this could kill the industry.

Megaupload Founder Kim Dotcom: “We’re Going To Win” posted 02/27/2012, 1:31 PM (TorrentFreak)
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After several failed attempts, last week Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom was finally granted bail and freed from prison. After initially spending time with his wife and children, Kim agreed to share his thoughts with TorrentFreak. For a man whose just had everything he owns taken away from him, he is effortlessly composed and quietly confident.... (more)

Thursday February 23rd, 2012

Scroogle, Privacy-First Search Engine, Shuts Down for Good posted 02/23/2012, 6:17 AM (Betabeat)
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Scroogle, the search engine operated by privacy militant and self-appointed Wikipedia watchdog Daniel Brandt, has folded for real. After enduring DDOS attacks “around the clock” that sent a flood of unsustainable traffic to his servers, Mr. Brandt took down the search engine along with his other four domains,,,, and His theory is that he was being attacked by hackers with a personal vendetta.... (more)
This really sucks. Startpage is just not as good. - Chris

Tuesday February 21st, 2012

RIAA Insists That, Really, The Music Industry Is Collapsing; Reality Shows It's Just The RIAA That's Collapsing posted 02/21/2012, 12:51 AM (Techdirt)
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I'm honored to see that the folks at the RIAA have taken the time to read our Sky is Rising report. Unfortunately, they don't seem to like hearing the news that the wider music industry is actually thriving -- because it doesn't work well with their legislative strategy (and, remember, the... (more)

Wednesday February 15th, 2012

How Much Is Enough? We've Passed 15 'Anti-Piracy' Laws In The Last 30 Years posted 02/15/2012, 7:53 PM (Techdirt)
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Last week, I spoke on a panel at Stanford Law School concerning SOPA. There were two lawyers representing the MPAA's views, and at one point one of them said that he hoped that Hollywood just wanted to "meet in the middle" with those opposed to SOPA and find "a solution" that worked. Lawyer Andrew Bridges got up and asked a rather reasonable question: when, in the past, has the entertainment industry ever been willing to "meet in the middle" on copyright issues? He began listing out ev... (more)

Monday February 13th, 2012

The Pirate Bay's Peter Sunde: It's evolution, stupid posted 02/13/2012, 5:18 PM (Wired UK)
[Category: Science/Technology]
When I was 9 years old I got my first computer, an Amiga 500. It was the best computer ever built, with great graphics, amazing sound and seven times faster than the Commodore 64. One of my friends said that the Amiga was useless since you needed to boot it from floppies. On the C64 you could program without even a cassette.

Of course the C64 died while the Amiga flourished. The Amiga later died when even better technology came along. We all know how evolution works, except one in
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