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The Pirate Bay Introduces Music Discovery Feature – Torrentfreak
The Pirate Bay just rolled out a new feature to their music section that makes it easy for users to find similar artists, more albums from the same artist and upcoming concerts. The data they are using comes from the popular music community website last.fm and is fully integrated into the website. If you click on show detailed artist info on a torrent page it will show a list of similar artists, other albums from the same artist, upcoming concerts and even an embedded Last.fm player. The new features are inspired by the OiNKplus extension for firefox, but it loads a lot faster (instantly) because all the data is cached.
A federal judge has ordered the Bush administration to divulge documents related to immunizing telecommunications companies from lawsuits, saying they illegally opened their networks to the National Security Agency. U.S. District Judge Susan Illston in San Francisco gave the Office of the Director of National Intelligence until November 30 (Friday) to turn over documents relating to conversations it had with Congress and telecommunications carriers about how to rewrite wiretapping laws. The Electronic Frontier Foundation had filed this case to seek faster processing of a Freedom of Information Act request it filed, which could help buttress its ongoing lawsuit against AT&T. There are approximately 250 pages of unclassified material and 65 pages of classified material, which would be redacted, that the administration has identified but said could not be turned over until December 31.
The Conservative government on Wednesday paved the way for new cellphone companies by announcing new rules for an auction of radio airwaves designed to spur competition in the wireless industry. About 40 per cent of the spectrum will be reserved for new entrants, with the remainder open to all bidders, including Canada’s big three providers â Rogers, Bell and Telus.
Dell Takes Cybersquatters to Court – Washington Post
Personal computer giant Dell Inc. is pursuing a major “cybersquatting” lawsuit against several companies that buy and sell Web site addresses, alleging that the entities earned millions of dollars from Internet traffic intended for Dell and dozens of other Fortune 500 companies. In a case quietly filed with the U.S. District Court for Southern Florida in October and unsealed last Wednesday, Dell took aim at a stable of registrars — companies that are licensed to register and sell new domain names to the public — alleging that they are responsible for registering and profiting off of nearly 1,100 domains that were “confusingly similar” to Dell’s various trademarks.
Justices to decide on Maine’s rules for Internet tobacco sales – Associated Press
When Maine officials tried to crack down on Internet tobacco sales to children, the outcry from shipping companies that bring cigarettes to consumers’ homes was deafening. The companies must comply with onerous delivery and labeling instructions to ensure that buyers are at least 18 years old, the companies complained. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will consider whether federal law bars Maine from imposing handling requirements on the delivery companies, a case that could undercut similar laws in other states.
Lawyers: Vista branding confused even Microsoft – CNET News
Lawyers for plaintiffs in a case brought against Microsoft over Vista’s marketing have claimed that even the software giant’s marketing director was confused by the prelaunch campaign in the U.S. The case involves the way Microsoft marketed PCs as “Windows Vista capable” prior to the consumer launch of the operating system in January. Plaintiffs Dianne Kelley and Kenneth Hansen claim Microsoft was not telling the truth when it put the “Vista capable” logo on PCs that would be capable of running only Vista Home Basic. They contend that “Vista capable” implies that the machine is able to run all versions of Vista, rather than just the pared-down Home Basic version.
The province of Manitoba will today bring forward the first legislation of its kind in Canada to compel all citizens, including computer technicians and Internet service providers, to report any images or examples of child pornography. The initiative is being introduced as an amendment to the province’s Child and Family Services legislation by minister Gord MacIntosh and will expand the definition of child abuse, which already has a mandatory reporting law, to include child pornography.
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