We are sorry to see you leave - Beta is different and we value the time you took to try it out. Before you decide to go, please take a look at some value-adds for Beta and learn more about it. Thank you for reading Slashdot, and for making the site better!
PenquinCoder (1431871) writes "John L. Beiswenger a science-fiction author, among other professions; is suing Ubisoft for allegedly ripping off his novel 'Link. He claims that Ubisoft's new Assassins Creed III game has 'numerous similarities' to his book.
The writer claims: "Ubisoft have directly copied [...] and contributorily infringed on the whole of Plaintiff's copyrighted work" with the release of games, guides, comic book series and trailers.
PenquinCoder (1431871) writes ""Microsoft has agreed to buy Skype for $8.5 billion in cash. Skype will become a new business division within Microsoft, and Skype Chief Executive Tony Bates will assume the title of president of the Microsoft Skype Division, reporting directly to Mr. Ballmer. The companies said Skype would support Microsoft devices like Xbox and Kinect, Windows Phone and Windows devices, and Microsoft will connect Skype users with Lync, Outlook, Xbox Live and other communities. Microsoft plans to continue to invest in and support Skype clients on non-Microsoft platforms. "
PenquinCoder (1431871) writes "The encryption that protects most high-definition video content has officially been cracked says an Intel spokesman. The HDCP (High-Definition Digital Content Protection) technology is found in most Blu-ray players, set-up boxes and HD displays. This type of technology protects audio and video content as it flows through cables that connect HD devices. The hack unlocks protected content by providing a "master key," which could be used to strip that encryption, such as during transfer on a cable between your cable box and your DVR. Without those restrictions, a nefarious user could make unlimited copies — rendering the copy-protection software useless." Link to Original Source top
PenquinCoder (1431871) writes "According to a new study by McAfee, who are one of the top security software vendors, shortened URLs will be the heavy target for Cyber criminals on sites like Twitter and Facebook in 2010. In addition to that McAfee also has raised equal threat levels for Adobe Reader and Flash, which are one of the most exploited end-user software. One interesting point in the study is the prediction that HTML5 will induce more attacks, and entice more rogue sites, due to the fact that it is cross-platform and will help them attack more users. McAfee also says that web based OS such as Google Chrome OS would make malware creators shift towards attacking the web more than desktop users." Link to Original Source top
PenquinCoder (1431871) writes "YouTube videos are one of the most shared stuff on Facebook and Twitter. So now, Youtube allows you to use their shortener service instead of an intermediary site.
To use this service, you will have to activate the 'AutoShare' feature on the Youtube account you wish to use with the shortener. Then, when you favorite a video on Youtube, it will be automatically shared on Twitter or other social networking site. The link will be the shortened version of the video’s Youtube URL." Link to Original Source