Wikileaks donations still flowing, but not to Assange legal fund The Local (Germany)
Have moves by PayPal and major credit cards choked off Wikileaks’ donations? Not according to the chairman of a German foundation that channels donations to the whistleblower website. The Wau Holland Foundation, a group associated with the hacker group the Computer Chaos Club, remains one of the main conduits for Wikileaks donations. Chairman Winfried Motzkus explains that donations are still flowing, though they are not being used for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s personal legal battle against allegations of sexual assault in Sweden.
Bank of America Wants You to Know Its Executives Don’t Suck DomainNameWire
As Bank of American awaits a possible release of information from WikiLeaks, it wants to ensure that you don’t think its executives suck. Or blow for that matter. The company has been aggressively registering domain names including its Board of Directors’ and senior executives’ names followed by ‘sucks’ and ‘blows’. For example, the company registered a number of domains for CEO Brian Moynihan: BrianMoynihanBlows.com, BrianMoynihanSucks.com, BrianTMoynihanBlows.com, and BrianTMoynihanSucks.com. Just to be sure, it also picked up the .net version of these names and some .orgs as well.
Theater operators fight studios’ plan to release movies in homes earlier Los Angeles Times
Theater operators are mounting a challenge to plans by Hollywood studios to release movies in the home when they are still in theaters. The nation’s largest theater chains have been reaching out to investors and analysts on Wall Street, as well as directors, producers and agents, in an effort to build support for preserving so-called theatrical windows — the period of time between when a movie opens in cinemas and when it comes out on DVD or other media. The outreach is in response to statements by media executives touting plans to offer movies in the home via video on demand at a price of $30 to $60, one to two months after they are released in theaters.
Anti-Semitic website back online Canadian Press
An anti-Semitic Islamic website police say is operated by a Toronto student who is on the run is back on the Internet after being shut down earlier this year by a Canadian web-hosting provider. Salman An-Noor Hossain, 25, of Mississauga, operated a website called Filthy Jewish Terrorists and he and the site were the subject of a five-month investigation by the Ontario Provincial Police. The site was shut down in March and Hossain was suspended from York University as the OPP investigated him. But the anti-Semitic site has relaunched, using a host in Switzerland.
Activision wants to add Electronic Arts to lawsuit Reuters
Activision Blizzard Inc wants to add archrival Electronic Arts Inc to a $400 million lawsuit related to its “Call of Duty” video game franchise. In April, Activision countersued former executives Jason West and Vincent Zampella, saying that they tried to hijack the company’s assets, threatening the future of “Call of Duty,” a multi-billion dollar brand. In a motion filed with California Superior Court for Los Angeles County on Tuesday, Activision sought to add EA as a defendant in the case against the two former executives, who developed the original “Call of Duty” game and several others in the series. Activision’s lawsuit was in response to the duo’s lawsuit against the company, which challenged their dismissal and sought $36 million in royalty payments and damages. The lawsuit seeks $400 million in actual and punitive damages from EA and the former executives. The latest “Call of Duty” game, released in November, has already made more than $1 billion in sales.
Supreme Court reinstates veterans’ class-action suit Postmedia News
Thousands of injured veterans of the Canadian military secured a legal victory Thursday when the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that their class-action lawsuit against the federal government for clawing back their disability payments can go ahead. The unanimous ruling was a win for Dennis Manuge, a former soldier who served in Bosnia before he was medically released from the military. The former corporal received the court’s approval for up to 6,500 veterans — more than half of them with mental-health problems — to sue the federal government to recoup millions of dollars in deductions from their long-term disability cheques. The court, in a 7-0 decision, reinstated a class-action lawsuit that had been overturned in the Federal Court of Appeal. Manuge of Musquodoboit Harbour, N.S., a recipient of a Canadian Forces Peacekeeping Medal and NATO Services Medal, is the lead plaintiff in the suit.
Skype crippled by ‘software issue’ CBC
Skype is operating at about 30 per cent of its normal capacity as a “software issue” continues to cripple its service, the company said Thursday. The free internet phone service said millions have been affected by the problem that hit the service Wednesday evening. “The ability of one Skype user to find another relies on what we call ‘supernodes,’ and yesterday, a number of these failed due to a software issue, which we’ve now identified,” Skype said on its website. “Our engineers are working to resolve the problem.”
Intel Wins Approval for McAfee Acquisition From FTC Bloomberg News
Intel Corp., the world’s largest chipmaker, won clearance from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to acquire McAfee Inc., bringing the company a step closer to expanding into the security-software market. Intel, based in Santa Clara, California, announced the decision in a statement on its website. The company is still working with the European Commission as that organization reviews the purchase, Intel said. In August, Intel agreed to buy the company for $7.68 billion, saying it will use the deal to create chips with built- in security. The acquisition of McAfee, also based in Santa Clara, would be the biggest purchase in Intel’s history. Integrating McAfee defenses into its products will make devices more efficient and secure, Intel has said.
Glögg shortage threatens Swedish Christmas The Local (Sweden)
Swedes who have left their Christmas booze shopping until the last minute could be in for a nasty surprise – stocks of Glögg, the traditional Swedish mulled wine, are running out in stores up and down the country. Systembolaget, the monopoly alcohol retailer, reported that the cold weather had increased pre-Christmas demand for the beverage, leading to a run on supplies. In a statement on its website, the chain said it was sorry for what had happened. It added that it had bought all the glögg available from its suppliers, but it had not been enough to satisfy demand.
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