Archive for 2011/02/01
Three of the nation’s biggest technology companies — Intel, Hewlett-Packard and IBM — are committing hundreds of millions of dollars to an initiative backed by President Barack Obama to encourage job creation and economic growth by supporting small businessesPosted: 2011/02/01 in Education / Awareness, Public Policy
Google has taken its street view cameras inside some of the world’s most famous museums. The result? A stunningly high-resolution trove of paintings that would otherwise be an ocean away. And here’s how they did it.
Spotify has struck its first licensing agreement with one of the four largest record companies and is closing in on a second deal, but what is it costing the European music service to open up shop in the United States?Posted: 2011/02/01 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models
Metered Bandwidth Isn’t About Stopping The Bandwidth Hogs; It’s About Preserving Old Media Business ModelsPosted: 2011/02/01 in Education / Awareness
There are some crazy people in the entertainment industries who think that some day it will be possible, given enough force, aggression, technical measures and political pressure, to force everyone to pay for every single last piece of media, not just once, but time and againPosted: 2011/02/01 in Education / Awareness
Emule Paradise owner Vincent Valade is accused by entertainment companies of profiting heavily from the unauthorized distribution of more than 7,000 movies. If convicted he faces up to 3 years in jail, 300,000 euros in fines and compensation settlements running to millions of eurosPosted: 2011/02/01 in Education / Awareness, Litigation
US authorities have seized the domain of the hugely popular sports streaming and P2P download site Rojadirecta. The site, which is one of the most visited sites on the Internet, lost its .org domain which now redirects to a notice from DOJ/ICE. Rojadirecta is an unusual target because two courts in Spain have ruled that the site operates legally, and other than the .org domain the site has no links to the US.
Rojadirecta is known as one of the world’s major Internet sports broadcast indexes. The site links to broadcasts of many popular soccer matches plus other sporting events including NBA, MLB, NFL, NPB, IPL.
Amit Singhal, a Google Fellow who oversees Google’s search ranking algorithm: “I’ve got no problem with a competitor developing an innovative algorithm. But copying is not innovation, in my book.”Posted: 2011/02/01 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, Google, New Business Models
China has committed itself to establishing an entirely new nuclear energy programme using thorium as a fuel, within 20 yearsPosted: 2011/02/01 in Education / Awareness, Tech Evolution
Chinese search giant Baidu has almost doubled its income over the last year and made more than half a billion dollars in profitPosted: 2011/02/01 in Education / Awareness, Stats / reports
Eric Schmidt described Google’s departure last year from China as a gift to Robin
Cisco chairman and CEO John Chambers met UK Prime minister David Cameron yesterday, pledging half a billion dollars over five years to help the UK private sector solve the unemployment problem, and avoid the Olympic legacy being more about white elephants than east London renewalPosted: 2011/02/01 in Education / Awareness, Public Policy
Oracle is paying $46m to the Department of Justice to end an investigation into allegations that Sun Microsystems, now owned by Oracle, bribed resellersPosted: 2011/02/01 in Education / Awareness, Litigation
“I have no problem with the principle of blocking access to websites used exclusively for facilitating illegal downloading of content. But it is not clear whether the site-blocking provisions in the Act could work in practice, so I have asked Ofcom to address this question,” said Hunt.
“Before we consider introducing site-blocking, we need to know whether these measures are possible.”
UK.gov said that if such measures were brought in, secondary legislation would need to be introduced, hence the added scrutiny.
See also: http://vrritti.com/category/blocking/
A new family of malware agents is attacking the websites of firms involved in the industrial food processing industryPosted: 2011/02/01 in Education / Awareness, Network Security
Open data advocates are questioning why the Home Office splurged £300,000 on its shiny new police.uk crime-mapping website, which launched this morning.Posted: 2011/02/01 in Education / Awareness, Enforcement
Turning an IP address into a subscriber name is the basis for all file-sharing lawsuits—and the cops need thousands of such lookups each month to help solve crimes. So how exactly are they done?Posted: 2011/02/01 in Education / Awareness, Enforcement
When the EFF and Public Citizen stepped into a court case targeting 670 alleged porn pirates, the lawyer who brought the case dismissed it with some angry words for the “trio of attorneys renowned for defending Internet piracy”Posted: 2011/02/01 in Education / Awareness, Litigation
The conversation began: “OK, here’s PJ Crowley. I just want you to know in this phone call we’ve got Secretary of State Clinton’s private secretary, we have representatives of the DoD [department of defence], the intelligence communities, and the national security council.” All Rusbridger could offer in reply was: “We have our managing editor here”Posted: 2011/02/01 in Education / Awareness, Public Policy
A few days before the cables’ release, two senior figures from the US embassy called in to the Guardian’s offices for a chat
WikiLeaks’ Principles Are Like U.S. Founding Values, Assange Tells 60 Minutes
EFF has uncovered widespread violations stemming from FBI intelligence investigations from 2001 – 2008. In a report released today, EFF documents alarming trends in the Bureau’s intelligence investigation practices, suggesting that FBI intelligence investigations have compromised the civil liberties of American citizens far more frequently, and to a greater extent, than was previously assumed.
It is no longer acceptable to rely solely on preventive measures. Combating targeted threats requires a sustained effort and the capability to perform rapid threat detection and responsePosted: 2011/02/01 in Education / Awareness, Network Security, Privacy / Data Protection, Stats / reports
English language report: http://www.security.nl/files/M-trends2.pdf
The government certainly could force AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile to turn off wireless IP routing and for Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, Charter, Time Warner and the other consumer ISPs to basically shut down their networks or at least their edge routers.
After information on his 30 million members was compromised, Plenty of Fish CEO Markus Frind did what any sensible tech executive who cares about his reputation would do: Complain to the mom of the youngster who hacked himPosted: 2011/02/01 in Cybercrime, Education / Awareness, Enforcement
23.8 percent of all global Internet traffic involves digital theft with BitTorrent accounting for 11.4 percentPosted: 2011/02/01 in Education / Awareness, Illegal File Sharing, Stats / reports
The numbers in the U.S. aren’t much better. More than 17 percent of domestic Internet traffic infringes on copyrights, with BitTorrent responsible for 9 percent of that traffic.
These numbers come from a company called Envisional, which monitors brand infringement and counterfeiting—it was hired by NBC Universal to investigate this very issue. These numbers were released today to coincide with a panel sponsored by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation.
Entanet’s Head of Marketing, Darren Farnden, said (Opinion Blog):
“The government’s requirements penalise us for simply providing a service. As we have said many times before, ISPs are conduits of information, not the owners and certainly not the Internet police. In our opinion, rights holders should concentrate on how they need to adjust their business models to more effectively use the Internet for commercial gain, at the same time considering the steps they need to take to protect their assets.
I am so keen to understand what benefits the ISPs are getting in return for shelling out for 25% of the costs. Perhaps Vaizey thinks it’s the satisfaction of knowing we’ve helped make the world a better place. Wake up! It’s getting tougher to succeed in our economy as it is! The last thing ISPs need to be told is they now have to be penalised for providing access to the Internet, especially at a time when the government wants ‘the market’ to bring faster access to everyone in the next few years.”
The WSJ is reporting that NBC management is upset with the way Hulu is undercutting its current business model, and is now pushing to change Hulu entirely into an “online cable channel”…Posted: 2011/02/01 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models, Tech Evolution
…rather than an aggregator and service for watching television shows. Of course, as many are pointing out, this would almost certainly kill off Hulu