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Digital Rights Corp hit up everyone filesharing unauthorized copies of music… and ask them to pay $10 per infringement
But even as the system exploits this information on the fly, it feeds data to a web-based dashboard used by Yahoo!’s human editors. These editors use this information to tweak the system’s overall “business rules” and choose the pool of stories from which the system chooses. They also have the power to manually override the system at any time.
The system, Yahoo! says, helps editors create over 13 million different combination of stories on the homepage each day – or 45,000 variations every five minutes. In that time, CORE processes 100GB of user feedback, including clicks, comments, Facebookian “likes”, and links from other sites. The result is a system that reaches a middle ground between the human and the inhuman.
The system knows that women generally favor stories about Brad Pitt, but after some real-time analysis, it can quickly realize that men are far more like to click on a Brad Pitt story that involves a sports movie. It can realize that aging Baby Boomers enjoying reading about Justin Beiber as much as the teenage set.
On some level, Ramakrishnan says, people are predictable. But on another, they are not. CORE tries to predict the unpredictable. And if statistics are a reliable judge, it has some success.
The judge found there is ‘loss of exclusivity and less exploitation opportunities’ and therefore compensation of double the “economic value” has been awarded.
The notice states that Zuccotti Park (aka Liberty Park) is a privately-owned space for the enjoyment of the public. It goes on to state that camps and other erections (!) are prohibited, as is lying down on the ground, and that sleeping bags can’t be used. It basically prohibits people from doing anything other than walking around and being mobile.
“This week I received a new SIM card from T-Mobile for use in my smartphone. Right after I activated this card I received an SMS text message from ING Bank that stated that my payment options with this bank had been blocked for the next 48 hours because ‘a SIM exchange in my device had occurred”. But I do not have any app of this bank on my phone so how does ING know this?”
T-Mobile: we don’t hand customer details to third parties
ING Bank: we have an agreement with providers that they will be sharing bits of information with us, to prevent ID-Theft and abuse.
The most important split is between the leadership and the rank and file. Gonlag underwent his own change of heart when he watched an administrator in an Anonymous chat channel encourage a minor to download the same software that had led to his weekend behind bars. The old hand told the teenager that he wasn’t in danger because the attack tool would mask his internet address.
“LOL,” Gonlag typed in the chat channel, for “laughing out loud”. He meant it as a warning born of hard-won experience. But the administrator immediately shot him a private message: “Shut the f*** up.” “That showed to me they are trying to use kids to do their dirty work,” Gonlag recalled. “That’s when the tide turned and I left Anonymous.”
It was the Church of Scientology, which had a history of using copyright laws to go after critics and suppress internal documents, that was the catalyst for transforming Anonymous from online hangout to activist power. The process took less than a fortnight.
With help from the press, Anonymous’s attacks on behalf of WikiLeaks brought it to its widest ever audience, attracting thousands of people like Martijn Gonlag: college students, slackers and office workers who were rooting for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, himself a hacker of some repute 15 years previously.
It was both easier and more effective than traditional forms of protest. Sign into a chat channel, download the software and afflict the comfortably off while spreading the word. “Going on the street with a flag is not going to get you any media attention. It won’t help any more in a digital world,” Gonlag reasoned. “We need to do other things.”
“Anonymous does have a leadership and they don’t give a **** about us,” one member known as SparkyBlaze wrote in a self-published list of parting complaints. “Does Anon have the right to remove the anonymity of innocent people? They are always talking about people’s right to remain anonymous, so why are they removing that right?”
Some followers came to believe that the leaders sought only personal aggrandisement or were effectively in cahoots with the organised criminals who may have raided Sony’s credit-card hoard after Anonymous knocked down the door. Even stalwarts such as Housh are unhappy that much of Anonymous’s infrastructure is now housed on computers used by Russian criminals. “It’s not like the Russians wanted us to get HBGary, but I want to know personally why they are doing this,” he says of the chat hosts. “Where is the money coming from?”
Gonlag began actively working against Anonymous after the HBGary hack, as did other ex-followers. Private security experts, including Aaron Barr, bent on professional redemption, joined PayPal and other victims in gathering documents pointing to real identities. Gonlag has passed on tips to the FBI. “I don’t like being a snitch, but what they are doing is wrong.”
Among the revelers: Angel investor Ron Conway; Parker’s fiance, singer-songwriter Alexandra Lenas; Napster co-founder Shawn Fanning; CODE Advisors co-founder Fred Davis; author and music lyricist Danielle Steel; Playfish founder Sebastien de Halleux; Driverside.com co-founder Trevor Traina and his wife, Swanson Vineyards Creative Director Alexis Traina; Eminem manager Paul Rosenberg; Electronic Frontier Foundation co-founder John Perry Barlow and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, making a fly-by following his own F8 post-party.
Yet amid the exhuberant extravagence, a few whispers about a potential bubble burst wafted upward to the warehouse ceiling bumping into towering chandeliers.
“This isn’t old school because the first tech boom was never this good,” observed one partygoer, with a joking aside. “This is about kings and artisans of the court. So it’s more like medieval school.”
Set in a graffiti-clad, Potrero district warehouse, an excloo conclave of 300 music industry insiders, venture capitalists, tech-heads and assorted bold-faced names partied like old-school dot-commers during Sean Parker’s rollicking “A Celebration of Music.”
As the co-mastermind behind Napster, Plaxo and founding Facebook president, the 31-year-old Parker is not only Forbes’ October cover boy. But for the first time, he’s landed at #782 on the money mag’s Billionaires list clocking in with a net worth of $1.6 billion.
“This is the most important one for me. It feels like everything I’ve done has come full circle,” said Parker, Spotify’s first U.S. investor, at a reported $15 million, via the San Francisco-based Founders Fund where he serves as a general partner. “Now what we’ve been working on the last two years is finally real to the world.”
“I actually owe a debt of gratitude to Justin Timberlake,” he admitted, with a laugh. “Because if it wasn’t for the fact of that movie, I suspect a lot of the artists here tonight weren’t entirely clear that they were actually coming to hang out with a bunch of nerds.”
By late morning on Wednesday, Occupy Wall Street, a noble but fractured and airy movement of rightly frustrated young people, had a default ambassador in a half-naked woman who called herself Zuni Tikka. A blonde with a marked likeness to Joni Mitchell and a seemingly even stronger wish to burrow through the space-time continuum and hunker down in 1968, Ms. Tikka had taken off all but her cotton underwear and was dancing on the north side of Zuccotti Park, facing Liberty Street, just west of Broadway. Tourists stopped to take pictures; cops smiled, and the insidiously favorable tax treatment of private equity and hedge-fund managers was looking as though it would endure.
One day, a trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Adam Sarzen, a decade or so older than many of the protesters, came to Zuccotti Park seemingly just to shake his head. “Look at these kids, sitting here with their Apple computers,” he said. “Apple, one of the biggest monopolies in the world. It trades at $400 a share. Do they even know that?”
What could have been a media boom though has roughly gone unreported. The marches are being reported but the general assembly of those who are taking part is lacking coverage for what is a global movement.
The major networks have ignored the protest centered in their own nation. Had the action taken place in an undeveloped area of the world there would be non-stop coverage of it. Instead in America the status quo of the one percent that have the most power when it comes to the economic situation in the States are looking the other way.
Dutch language news article:
Death and Taxes has been down to the Occupy Wall Street protest and assemblies a number of times since its inception on September 17th. In that time, most of the reporting has been done by independent media—they can be seen everywhere at the encampment.
On at least two occasions, Saturday September 17th and again on Thursday night, Twitter blocked #OccupyWallStreet from being featured as a top trending topic on their homepage. On both occasions, #OccupyWallStreet tweets were coming in more frequently than other top trending topics that they were featuring on their homepage.
This is blatant political censorship on the part of a company that has recently received a $400 million investment from JP Morgan Chase.
The invitation that I received on Sunday, the Wall Street protest, no matter how rinky dink, highlighted anew the wisdom and potential value of the idea, in particular its spirit of dialogue, forgiveness, rather than, as Fried noted, “retributive justice and political grandstanding.”
Much as South Africa’s Commission moved the conversation out of the courts, opening it directly between aggressor, aggrieved, a similar process focused on the US financial crisis would take the conversation out of the hands of the media, incendiary pundits and Congress, opening it directly between CEO’s, derivatives traders, mortgage brokers, hedge fund managers, financial regulators, sub-prime borrowers and home owners.