Preventative litigation to keep Facebook happy and dramatically boost the budgets of at least 14 consumer activist groups, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Center for Democracy & Technology and the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society?
Archive for 2012/08/18
Are Facebook users getting shafted by the lawyers suppposedly representing them in a fight against Facebook’s use of their profile photos in advertisements?Posted: 2012/08/18 in Education / Awareness, Jurisprudence, Litigation, New Business Models, Privacy / Data Protection, Stats / reports
Across the US and 64 countries in Africa and Asia you watched 231 million total streams of the Olympics on YouTubePosted: 2012/08/18 in Education / Awareness, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
- Of those, 72 million total streams came from IOC YouTube Channel.
- At peak, YouTube delivered video for more than half a million livestreams at the same time. That’s 5X the capacity of Wembley Stadium.
- Live video looked better than ever before, with a 7X improvement in quality based on low buffering and high frame rates.
- We powered online coverage for NBCOlympics.com, delivering more than 159 million total streams.
- Through NBC’s native apps, 37 percent of views came from mobile devices, and more than half were in HD.
- The U.S. Olympic Committee YouTube Channel shared behind the scenes video with more than 6.75 million views, and 50 YouTube Creators “Invaded” London to show the full experience through their eyes.
Investigators were shocked by the simplicity and ingenuity of the countrywide rash of ATM heists: The gang managed to make the thefts by jamming a fork into the machines’ cash dispensers, exploiting a previously unknown security flaw.
The mass robberies were discovered when dozens of fake ATM withdrawals, mainly from Caisse d’Epargne machines, were caught on camera.
“After making one transaction with their bank cards they insert a small fork with the teeth bent back into the cash distributor,” police said to Le Parisien. “Then the thieves attempt a much bigger second withdrawal, which they cancel before the transaction is finish. By then the cash is prepared in the distributor, which they pull out with the help of the fork.”
If You Blinked, You Probably Missed the Instagram Bug That Let Android Users See Anyone’s Private PhotosPosted: 2012/08/18 in Education / Awareness, Privacy / Data Protection, Stats / reports
Police in Sweden are warning Internet users not to send money to criminals trying to extort money from alleged file-sharersPosted: 2012/08/18 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Illegal File Sharing, New Business Models, Organized Crime, Public Policy, Stats / reports
After several turbulent weeks with DDoS attacks, the shutdown of its servers and a criminal investigation into the site’s owners, trouble continues for the Demonoid BitTorrent tracker. After the site’s domain names were put up for sale last week, domain market place Sedo has now delisted them citing “legal issues.” As time progresses the hope of a comeback for what was once one of the largest BitTorrent communities continues to fade.
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- dudes, it works, it has sound and its DVDrip!
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- This DVD was interceptted in Portugal this morning is a Portuguese rip, from NYDIC team
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- Portugal is a main route to cargoships into europe
If not, you could be using virtualization software such as VMware. And that could make you a researcher or analyst.
Ofcom has decided ATVOD can keep monitoring video-on-demand services, and with less oversight from the parent regulator, following five months of consultation.
ATVOD is a commercial operation which has been looking after video services for the last two years, following up complaints and ensuring suitable levels of decency, but its most-troublesome cases have been disputes about what constitutes Video on Demand so that is where Ofcom is loosening the reigns.
Any video service with a schedule, even if supplied over the internet, falls to Ofcom, but regulation of services which allow the viewer to pick what they watch have been outsourced to ATVOD since 2010, and Ofcom reckons ATVOD’s made a pretty good run of it.
Google said that it would be “perhaps impossible” to identify everyone affiliated with organizations that receive money from Google. The search giant gives money to universities, contractors, non-profits, public policy groups, and it pays many bloggers via its AdSense programPosted: 2012/08/18 in Education / Awareness, Google, Litigation, Stats / reports
Oracle named two such Google-funded influencers in its court filings: Ed Black, the head of the Computer and Communications Industry Association, and Jonathan Band, a lobbyist who includes CCIA amongst his clients. Black couldn’t be reached immediately for comment, but in an email, Brand said, “Oracle until recently also was a member of CCIA. I do not represent Google.”
It’s not clear why Judge Alsup would think that the question of paid bloggers is material to this case. In his August 7 order, the judge hinted at an answer, saying, “the disclosure required by this order would be of use on appeal,” but he has yet to clearly spell out his concerns. Oracle says it plans to appeal the case.
So if Judge Alsup was looking for a particular disclosure from either Google or Oracle, he’s likely to be disappointed, according to Eric Goldman a law professor at Santa Clara University. “Oracle told us about people we already knew and Google didn’t tell us about anybody,” he said. “Both parties have effectively put the issue back into the judge’s hand.”
Google’s filings essentially force the judge to either more clearly define what he is looking for, or to walk away from the issue altogether, Goldman says.
Having Scrutinized The Performance Of Three Dutch Judges, All Eyes Are Now On A Dutch Public ProsecutorPosted: 2012/08/18 in Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Public Policy, Stats / reports
Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf is suggesting that the fact that a Dutch Public Prosecutor stationed on the island of Bonaire had an affair with a family member of the main suspect in a murder case, may have landed two innocent people in jail.
Lawyers for the jailed individuals argue that evidence has been withheld and that the Dutch forensic lab NFI has underperformed.
The Dutch Public Prosecutor’s Office argues that they have checked whether the Prosecutor could have been blackmailed or not and according to them that was not the case. They also added that to them ‘it wasn’t relevant whether the prosecutor has had an affair with the family member of the main suspect or not.’
By naming the two potentially innocent individuals, the main suspect escaped a lifetime imprisonment.
Dutch language news article:
Third Judge In The Netherlands To Be Criminally Prosecuted, But Only After Prosecutor’s Office Has Been Forced To Do So