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Gay porn production company Titan Media has announced that they have sued the author of a couple of popular porn blogs as well as 21 John Does who apparently uploaded Titan films to various one click hosters or streaming video websites. The lawsuit singles out a Californian who called himself MikeyG on the net and operated at least two separate gay porn blogs that featured content from Titan media. AVN quotes Titan president Keith Webb saying: “People need to realize that nothing they do online is anonymous. Every single posting, upload, download, or page view is tracked and recorded, and can eventually be traced back to the individual. (…) If you steal Titan Media property, we will identify you and we will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.”
China’s Great Firewall turns its attention to RSS feeds – Ars Technica
As many readers who follow the antics of the Chinese government know, when it comes to enforcing the “Great Firewall of China,” consistency isn’t exactly its strong point. While certain phrases, concepts, and entire web sites are regularly blocked from reaching the eyeballs of many Chinese Internet surfers, things like high traffic are enough to let a number of forbidden concepts slip through. And then there’s the indecision of China’s Public Security Bureau (PSB), which has blocked certain sites (such as Blogspot and WordPress blogs) on and off for some time now, and enforces the blocks inconsistently between provinces. For a One True China, there are certainly many interpretations of what is and isn’t allowed through the country’s cyber connection.
Bungie and Microsoft split – canada.com
Halo 3 creator Bungie has officially split from Microsoft and will become an independent game company. “Our collaboration with Bungie has resulted in ‘Halo’ becoming an enduring mainstream hit,” said Microsoft Games VP Shane Kim. “While we are supporting Bungie’s desire to return to its independent roots, we will continue to invest in our ‘Halo’ entertainment property with Bungie and other partners, such as Peter Jackson, on a new interactive series set in the ‘Halo’ universe. We look forward to great success with Bungie as our long-term relationship continues to evolve through ‘Halo’-related titles and new IP created by Bungie.”
Networking for Zune 2.0 – PC World
Microsoft Corp. will take another crack at blending social networking with digital music next month with the release of new Zune music players and a renewed campaign to promote song sharing. The move, analysts agreed, is smart. But the chance it can help Microsoft make headway against Apple Inc.’s iPod players and iTunes music store is slim.
Japan officials edited Wikipedia at work – Associated Press
Japan’s Agriculture Ministry reprimanded six bureaucrats after an internal probe found they spent work hours contributing to Wikipedia on topics unrelated to farm issues â including 260 entries about cartoon robots. The six civil servants together made 408 entries on the popular Web site encyclopedia from ministry computers since 2003, an official said Friday.
Net’s big guns sued over competitive pricing patent – Out-Law.com
The internet’s most famous companies are the subject of a patent suit claiming rights to a method for conducting business over the internet. The suit has been filed in a court renowned for patent violation cases. Google, Microsoft, Yahoo! and AOL are all named in the suit. Performance Pricing is seeking an injunction against the companies to stop them using the technology it claims to own and is also seeking damages. The patent at issue in the case is called ‘systems and methods for transacting business over a global communications network such as the internet’ and is US patent number 6,978,253.
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