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The New Silk Road posted 11/14/2013, 9:03 AM (Ryan Calhoun)
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Today we can celebrate the recent relaunch of the Silk Road drug market, named for a predecessor taken down over a month ago by federal agents for its connection with an alleged assassination conspiracy involving alleged founder Ross Ulbricht. The FBI is attempting to tie Ulbricht to the online identity of the Dread Pirate Roberts (DPR), an entrepreneur in the drug trade radically motivated by the Austrian school of economics and the left-wing ideal of Agorism. ... (more)

Tuesday November 12th, 2013

Media/Climate Activists ‘Hype False Claims’ About Typhoon Haiyan As Scientists Reject Climate Link posted 11/12/2013, 7:02 AM (Climate Depot)
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Claim of ‘strongest storm ever’ refuted.... (more)

Friday November 8th, 2013

See the World's First 3D Printed Metal Gun posted 11/08/2013, 6:53 AM (Activist Post)
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The eyes of the world are on the innovation of 3D printing. Naturally, whenever a new technology is created that offers open-source DIY opportunities to the average individual, it is going to make governments and their protected corporate interests very nervous.

Such is the case with 3D weapons manuf
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Copyright Troll Must Repay Alleged BitTorrent Pirates, Court Rules posted 11/08/2013, 6:51 AM (TorrentFreak)
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In a unique ruling the adult movie company AF Holdings and their infamous law firm Prenda have been ordered to repay the settlements they extracted from four alleged BitTorrent pirates. The court concluded that the movie outfit perpetrated fraud on the court, as it could provide no proof that it holds the copyrights to the titles they sued for.
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Wednesday October 30th, 2013

IsoHunt Resurrected Less Than Two Weeks After $110 Million MPAA Deal posted 10/30/2013, 12:08 AM (TorrentFreak)
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BitTorrent indexing site isoHunt, that was forced to shut down earlier this month after a claimed $110m settlement deal with the MPAA, has this morning been resurrected. Speaking with TorrentFreak, the team behind the recreation of one of the world’s largest torrent sites says the aim was to give isoHunt refugees access to their much-loved database of torrents wrapped up in a familiar interface.
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Tuesday October 29th, 2013

Google Has Gone 'Dark': The Search Giant Just Ended A Bunch Of Free Data And People Are Freaking Out posted 10/29/2013, 12:02 AM (Business Insider)
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Late this month, Google went "dark" in terms of providing publishers with one of its major sources of free information on which words led people searching in Google to click on their sites. The move came as Google seeks to reassure users following the NSA/PRISM domestic surveillance scandal.

Now, all Google search is securely encrypted, and web site owners can no longer look at G
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Thursday October 10th, 2013

Deep Web Users Are Ready To Launch Silk Road 2.0 posted 10/10/2013, 8:15 AM (TechCrunch)
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In an interesting post-mortem release by the creators of the defunct anonymous marketplace Atlantis there is information that the former admins and users of the Silk Road are planning to resurrect the service. User RR writes: “We have SilkRoad v2.0 ready to launch and is now in its final testing stages. Our site has all the features of the original one and we have kept the same style of forum for your ease.”... (more)

Tuesday October 1st, 2013

BitTorrent Launches 'NSA-proof' Serverless Messenger App posted 10/01/2013, 1:46 AM (TorrentFreak)
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BitTorrent Inc., the company behind the popular file-sharing clients uTorrent and BitTorrent, announced a new project to the world today. Branded “BitTorrent Chat,” the new application allows people to chat safely and securely without having to rely on any central servers, making it nearly impossible for these conversions to be tapped. The project is currently in private Alpha stage and BitTorrent is inviting the public to give it a try. ... (more)

Monday September 30th, 2013

PopSci Kills Comments, Blames Global Warming, Evolution posted 09/30/2013, 12:00 AM (DailyTech)
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This remarkable act of reader censorship is backed by a number of questionable assertions -- most notably the notion that reader comments undermine the preaching of a "scientific doctrine" and that "comments are bad for science." ... (more)

Wednesday August 28th, 2013

New Zealand bans software patents posted 08/28/2013, 4:56 PM (ZDNet)
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New Zealand has finally passed a new Patents Bill that will effectively outlaw software patents after five years of debate, delay and intense lobbying from multinational software vendors.... (more)

Wednesday August 14th, 2013

OFA Gets Zero Attendance for Climate Change Rally posted 08/14/2013, 4:51 AM (Washington Free Beacon)
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Not a single person showed up at the Georgetown waterfront Tuesday for a climate change agenda event put on by Organizing for Action, the shadowy nonprofit advocacy group born out of President Obama’s 2012 campaign, the NRCC wrote in its blog.... (more)

Monday July 29th, 2013

Obama Shares His Understanding Of Climate posted 07/29/2013, 2:36 PM (Real Science)
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Obama wants to lead an effort against a problem which doesn’t exist and which he couldn’t do anything about it if it did exist. He has no understanding of climate history or science, but believes that he is in charge of nature.

This is normally called psychotic behavior.
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Tuesday July 23rd, 2013

Finland Writes History With Crowdsourced Copyright Law posted 07/23/2013, 11:07 AM (TorrentFreak)
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Finland is the first country in the world in which Parliament will vote on a “fairer” copyright law that has been crowdsourced by the public. The proposal, which obtained the required 50,000 Finnish votes just a day before the deadline, seeks to decriminalize file-sharing and legalize the copying of items that people already own.... (more)

3D printing will explode in 2014, thanks to the expiration of key patents posted 07/23/2013, 11:07 AM (Quartz)
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Here’s what’s holding back 3D printing, the technology that’s supposed to revolutionize manufacturing and countless other industries: patents. In February 2014, key patents that currently prevent competition in the market for the most advanced and functional 3D printers will expire, says Duann Scott, design evangelist at 3D printing company Shapeways.

These patents cover a technology known as “laser sintering,” the lowest-cost
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Wednesday July 17th, 2013

Don’t Blame Big Cable. It’s Local Governments That Choke Broadband Competition posted 07/17/2013, 12:11 AM (Wired)
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Despite public, political, and business interest in greater broadband deployment, not every American has high-speed internet access yet (let alone a choice of provider for really fast, high-capacity service). So who’s really to blame for strangling broadband competition?

While popular arguments focus on supposed “monopolists“ such as big cable companies, it’s government that’s really to blame. Companies can make life harder for their competitors, but strangling the competition tak
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Tuesday June 18th, 2013

Is Encryption Effective Against Snooping? German Government Says No, Snowden Says Yes posted 06/18/2013, 5:47 PM (Techdirt)
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The revelations of Edward Snowden about the NSA's snooping of citizens both inside and outside the US are posing more questions than they answer at the moment. One key area is whether the use of encryption -- for example for email -- is effective against the techniques and raw power available to the NSA (and equivalents in other countries). That's something that has come up before in the context of the UK's Snooper's Charter. When a top official there was asked whether the proposed surveillanc... (more)

Monday June 17th, 2013

File-Sharers Are Well Educated and Earn More Money posted 06/17/2013, 5:15 PM (TorrentFreak)
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New research commissioned by the Australasian Performing Right Association reveals that Australian file-sharers are more affluent and better educated than their non-downloading counterparts. One in three Aussie Internet pirates earn more than $100,000 and one in four enjoyed a university education. The results further confirm that pirates tend to be relatively young, with 44% of file-sharers under 30 years of age.... (more)

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.
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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)
[Category: Science/Technology]
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
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Thursday February 21st, 2013

Google Refuses to Index Huge Streaming Movie Portal Homepage posted 02/21/2013, 4:12 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Science/Technology]
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.
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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.

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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)
[Category: Science/Technology]

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
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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
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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)
[Category: Science/Technology]
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)
[Category: Science/Technology]

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.
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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)
[Category: Science/Technology]
“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)
[Category: Science/Technology]
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)
[Category: Science/Technology]
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)
[Category: Science/Technology]
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)
[Category: Science/Technology]
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)
[Category: Science/Technology]
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
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