nevillethedevil (1021497) writes "The New York Times is reporting a shift in Google China policy following evidence that the gmail acocunts of certain human rights activists had been hacked from inside the country:
"The company said it had detected a "highly sophisticated and targeted attack on our corporate infrastructure originating from China." Google says further investigation revealed that "a primary goal of the attackers was accessing the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists." Google did not specifically accuse the Chinese government. But the company added that it is "no longer willing to continue censoring our results" on its Chinese search engine, as the government requires. Google says the decision could force it to shut down its Chinese site and its offices in the country."" Link to Original Source top
nevillethedevil (1021497) writes "Here's a story that appeared in the NNSquad mailing lists. From the Article: At least one influential US lawmaker (John Conyers) has proposed adding a traffic shaping ban to current antitrust law, signaling Congress could act in response to the Comcast P2P scandal no matter how the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proceeds.
The House Judiciary Committee chairman, John Conyers, says that reports to the effect that Comcast secretly slowed — and in some cases killed — BitTorrent traffic demonstrate "the open architecture of the Internet is under siege. The problem is that many of the innovations we've enjoyed on the Internet would have never occurred under this proposed regime."
It's nice to see we have at least one legislator who understands the situation." top
419ers busted, $2.1 billion in fraudulent checks s
nevillethedevil (1021497) writes "Ars Technica are reporting on joint operation between the National Consumer League and the US Postal Inspection Serviceleading to the arrest of 77 international spammers. From the Article:
"Authorities in several countries have cracked down on Nigerian e-mail scammers, resulting in the seizure of over $2.1 billion in fraudulent checks. The National Consumers League, in conjunction with the US Postal Inspection Service, announced yesterday that 77 arrests have been made in connection with the scams. Those arrested were from Nigeria, the Netherlands, and Canada, although the organizations are careful to note that swindlers could come from anywhere."" top
nevillethedevil (1021497) writes "The BBC has a story about a man who "found" a missile launcher in a shed in Florida. Having tried to dispose of it he finally handed it to the Kicks for Guns scheme. After inspecting the rocket launcher, police spokeswoman Sgt Barbara Jones said: "I tell you, you never know what you're going to get."" top
nevillethedevil writes "PCWorld is reporting that Google have announced a new antipiracy tool for Youtube to be launched by September. This announcement comes as part of the lawsuit battle with Viacom. From the article. "The technology will be as sophisticated as fingerprint technology used by the FBI and Google plans to roll it out in the fall, "hopefully in September," attorney Philip S. Beck of Barlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP told U.S. District Judge Louis L. Stanton, according to the AP. Fall runs from late September to late December."" top
nevillethedevil writes "With he iPhone being so close that you can smell it, the Houston Chronicle is reporting that T-Mobile is about to launch a new service that uses your home wireless router as a cell tower for your house. From the article:
Wouldn't it be great to have your own cellular tower at home? You'd always have a strong signal on your mobile phone, and you wouldn't be paying to use the carrier's network.
It sounds like a pie-in-the-sky idea, but it's actually the gist of what T-Mobile USA is rolling out Wednesday: the option to use your Wi-Fi router instead of the cellular network on two new T-Mobile phones." top
nevillethedevil (1021497) writes "Looks like more problems for Sony batteries. According to pcmag, Acer are the ones who are doing a recall on their laptops..From the article:
"Just as Sony seemed to be putting its battery recall behind it, Acer announced on Wednesday it would be recalling close to 27,000 of its Sony-made lithium-ion laptop batteries""
nevillethedevil writes | more than 7 years ago
The New York times has an article titled: MP3 Patents in Upheaval After Verdict. From the article:
Microsoft was ordered by a federal jury yesterday to pay $1.52 billion in a patent dispute over the MP3 format, the technology at the heart of the digital music boom. If upheld on appeal, it would be the largest patent judgment on record.
The ruling, in Federal District Court in San Diego, was a victory for Alcatel-Lucent, the big networking equipment company. Its forebears include Bell Laboratories, which was involved in the development of MP3 almost two decades ago.