beltsbear writes "“The MPAA is so worried about piracy they are not going to claim that on the Internet you can do anything that you want,” he said in an interview with Pando. “When push comes to shove, they are probably more concerned about preserving the ability of the government to crackdown on piracy than on preserving their subsidies.” — David Yocis, a lawyer who has consulted with visual effects workers, says that the MPAA is caught between its two competing priorities, and that its legal filings prove it may finally be forced to choose between the two." Link to Original Source top
beltsbear writes "Your formerly working clone Lightning cable could stop working with the latest IOS update. Previously the beta version allowed these cables to charge with a warning message but the final release actually stops many cables from working. Apples Lightning connector system is locked with authentication chips that can verify if a cable is authorized by Apple. Many users with clone cables are now without the ability to charge their iPhones." Link to Original Source top
Novartis denied cancer drug patent in landmark Indian case
beltsbear writes "Following a reasonable view of drug patents, the Indian courts have decided that making small changes to an existing patented drug are not worthy of a new patent. This ruling makes way for low cost Indian cancer drugs that will save lives. From the Article: "Novartis lost a six-year legal battle after the court ruled that small changes and improvements to the drug Glivec did not amount to innovation deserving of a patent. The ruling opens the way for generic companies in India to manufacture and sell cheap copies of the drug in the developing world and has implications for HIV and other modern drugs too."" Link to Original Source top
Internet providers to begin warning customers who pirate content
beltsbear writes "Welcome to the future that you warned us about.
Starting soon Verizon, Comcast and others will work with the Center for Copyright Information to reduce piracy. Customers thought to be pirating will receive alerts.
"The progressive series of alerts is designed to make consumers aware of activity that has occurred using their Internet accounts, educate them on how they can prevent such activity from happening again," If a customer feels they are being wrongly accused, they can ask for a review, which will cost them $35 according to the Verge." Link to Original Source top
After 10 months, Largest Bitcoin Ponzi collapses with a loss of 5.6 Million USD
beltsbear writes "Despite the many people calling it out as a Ponzi scam from the beginning, Pirateat40 was able to collect millions of dollars worth of Bitcoin from thousands of Bitcoin users. At almost every stage Pirateat40 copied the path of the EVE online Ponzi except on a much larger scale with a far more liquid take." Link to Original Source top
Police use of GPS is ruled unconstitutional withou
beltsbear writes "The Supreme Court on Monday unanimously ruled that the police violated the Constitution when they placed a Global Positioning System tracking device on a suspect’s car and tracked its movements for 28 days. — NYTIMES" Link to Original Source