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The Most Dangerous Appliance In Your Home: The Television – hypnosiscontrol.com
The idol who we sit and worship every day in our living rooms is in fact a dastardly manipulative double agent. TV, the boob tube, television, telly, the babysitter, (or whatever you want to call it) is more than just a portal into daily news and entertainment. TV is Big Brother. The average American watches more than 4 hours of TV per day.
With rampant piracy across much of Russia, one could be forgiven for thinking they don`t care about copyright there. That assertion is now up for debate as the first BitTorrent user in Russia is sentenced for illegally distributing software, with anti-copyright activists calling for people to jump on a torrent in protest. According to a report from rusya.ru, a man has made history by becoming the first person in Russia to be convicted for using BitTorrent to infringe copyright. Sergei Avramov appeared in court in the city of Rostov-on-Don, accused of the illegal distribution of pirated software. Despite his actions being strictly not-for-profit, he was found guilty and received a 12 month suspended sentence.
The Promise of Social Network Advertising – eMarketer
This year, 37% of the US adult Internet population used online social networking at least once a month. That figure will rise to 49% in 2011. “The continued growth of social networking seems assured, says Debra Aho Williamson, eMarketer Senior Analyst and author of the new report, Social Network Marketing: Ad Spending and Usage, “unless teens stop social networking as they become adults.”
DOJ Blasts New ‘Copyright Czar’ Bill – PC Magazine
The Department of Justice on Thursday slammed intellectual property legislation that would re-organize its IP enforcement structure, calling it unnecessary and counterproductive to the work it has already accomplished. “We have a current structure that works quite effectively,” Sigal Mandelker, deputy assistant attorney general, told the House Judiciary subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property. Judiciary Chairman John Conyers last week introduced H.R. 4279, which would further crack down on intellectual property violations, and create several new government positions with the power to enforce the new law. It is intended to preserve American economic prosperity, according to sponsors.
Cracking open the cybercrime economy – ZDNet UK
“Over the years, the criminal elements, the ones who are making money, making millions out of all this online crime, are just getting stronger and stronger. I don’t think we are really winning this war.” As director of antivirus research for F-Secure, you might expect Mikko Hypponen to overplay the seriousness of the situation. But according to the Finnish company, during 2007 the number of samples of malicious code on its database doubled, having taken 20 years to reach the size it was at the beginning of this year.
Videos of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and others designed for recruitment purposes are being posted by the armed forces on YouTube. The Ministry of Defence (MoD), Royal Navy and Royal Air Force have channels on the popular internet site. RAF Lossiemouth-based gunners also regularly updated an online Afghan diary during a six-month tour. The Ministry of Defence said it was one of the first government departments to recognise the potential of YouTube.
American hip hop star arrested in Stockholm – The Local
American hip hop artist Ju-Ju from The Beatnuts was taken into custody in Stockholm on Thursday night following an alleged assault at the city’s Debaser The musician was arrested after a fight broke out when the band had finished playing. Nobody was seriously injured in the fight. “The suspect denies committing an offence,” police spokesman Bo Olsson told The Local.
Comcast Sues The NFL For Breach Of Contract – Consumerist
Comcast has sued the NFL for breach of contract alleging that the league is breaking its contract with Comcast by encouraging the cable giant’s customers to switch to other providers. This suit follows a cease and desist letter sent by Comcast warning the NFL to stop trying to coerce the company into placing the channel on a different package. A previous lawsuit decided that Comcast had the right to offer the channel on whatever package it wanted, including a premium “sports tier.”
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