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Verizon gets sued over claims they defend BitTorrent pirates

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 26, 2012 11:30 pm

A collection of adult movie companies aren't happy with Verizon. They say that the ISP defends BitTorrent pirates by systematically rejecting court-ordered subpoenas for information and they claim that these objections are in bad faith due to Verizon supposedly getting profit from users who are BitTorrenting.




A court has previously ruled that an IP address is not enough to hold someone responsible for pirating, but that hasn't stopped companies from trying. Adult movie companies are still filing the mass lawsuits using IPs as the identification of the users. They then ask the court to subpoena the ISP for subscriber information.


Verizon currently rejects these requests systematically as the subscriber isn't necessarily the one who did the illegal sharing. Verizon argues that "[The subpoena] seeks information that is protected from disclosure by third parties' rights of privacy and protections guaranteed by the first amendment."


"Verizon's current Objections can only be seen as being asserted in bad faith, and with the expectation to continue to profit from BitTorrent infringement at the expense of other, lower-tier ISPs and the consuming public at large. There is seemingly no incentive for ISPs such as Verizon to aggressively identify infringers on their network," the plaintiffs argue.

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Facebook Gifts can now send iTunes digital gifts and recommend albums, movies, and more

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 26, 2012 10:28 pm

Facebook has added some new gift items to their Gifts feature. Facebook users can now send iTunes gift cards to friends via the social network. Users who utilize the Gifts feature will be able to recommend albums, movies, games, apps, and more in addition to sending digital iTunes credits.




iTunes digital gift cards can be sent in denominations of $10, $15, $25, or $50. This would be a great way to say happy birthday, and is definitely better than a simple Wall post on the person's Timeline. Besides, this should help Facebook make money, an important thing for Facebook's stock value.

Check out these James Bond-like assassin tools that really exist

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Nov 26, 2012 9:32 pm

We all know that the governments of the countries around the world have some pretty deadly weapons and really cool spy gear, but the only stuff that we have seen is older devices, usually from the cold war. Today, CNN has gotten an exclusive look at three deadly weapons that were carried by a North Korean assassin.




As you can see above, the weapons don't have anything that really makes them out to be weapons. Two of the devices were disguised as Parker ball-point pens, and the third weapon was disguised as a flashlight. The first pen device contained a poison needle that would have caused muscle paralysis and then death.


The second pen would fire a bullet that penetrated the skin. Once it had entered the body, it would release a powdered poison, which would kill the target. The final weapon, the one disguised as a flashlight, held three bullets that were shot out of the front of the device. During testing, South Korean officials found it to be accurate and deadly.


These cool assassin devices are made by North Korea, a country that isn't quite as high-tech as the United States. If things like these exist there, imagine what the United States government has.

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Google updates pricing for cloud storage, drops it 20%

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Cloud Computing | Posted: Nov 26, 2012 8:20 pm

Google's cloud computing services have seen a price drop ahead of Amazon's first big event that takes place this week in Las Vegas. The new prices are roughly 20 percent lower and Google has gone ahead and offered a new service to compliment the price drop. The new feature is like Amazon's Glacier service in that it provides large amounts of storage for cheaper prices. These cheaper prices come at the cost of slower access.




Google's new Durable Reduced Availability Storage is an ideal option for data archiving and backup. If you have data that you're required to keep and don't need to access it very often, if at all, this new cloud storage option by Google could be just the thing for you. The archiving pricing, as seen in the chart above, is $.015 to $0.02 cheaper than the new pricing for the standard cloud storage offering by Google.


Google has also introduced a new feature called Object Versioning, which does exactly what it sounds like it does. It allows users of Google's cloud storage to keep a list of updates so that files can be reverted to earlier states or be resurrected after an accidental deletion. This is an experimental feature, which means that updates to it make not be backwards-compatible and that the feature may be removed in its entirety.

Samsung releases video highlighting stress test procedures for Galaxy S III

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 26, 2012 6:00 pm

When it comes to my phone, one of the first things I think about when I pick it up is "I HAVE TO CHECK MY EMAIL!" After that, my thoughts become a frenzy of impulses that have me checking Facebook, Twitter, instant messages and other things. One thing I rarely, maybe even never think about is how much thought and testing has gone through making sure my phone will work each and every time I use it.




Samsung, who has absolutely dominated the smartphone market with its Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note 2, decided to publish a video showcasing just how much work goes into stress testing its devices. After watching the video, you may have a newfound respect for your mobile devices, that is, until you forget about what you just saw and text your ex-girlfriend in the middle of the night hoping she'll love you again.

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Wii U hits 400k units sold in the U.S. since launch; 'sold out at retail'

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 26, 2012 5:07 pm

The Wii U has yet to be sold around the world, but Nintendo is already gloating about its sales numbers of units sold in North America since its launch on November 18th.




According to internal data at Nintendo, 400,000 units of the Wii U have been sold in the U.S. and, according to Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime, is "essentially sold out of retail."


Not only did Fils-Aime disclose how many Wii U units have been sold in the U.S., but he also said 300,000 Wii units, 275,000 Nintendo DS units and 250,000 3DS units were sold in the U.S. just within a week. Altogether, Nintendo has sold over 1.2 million units of all of its hardware combined.

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BioShock Infinite won't have a multiplayer mode

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 26, 2012 4:00 pm

BioShock Infinite fans who were hoping the upcoming game would have a multiplayer mode may want to sit down when reading this bit of news as Irrational Games' co-founder Ken Levine took to Twitter to respond to a fan's question if multiplayer would be included in BioShock Infinite, or if it was being axed as the majority of fans assumed it would be.




In rather short responses on his Twitter, Levine revealed BioShock Infinite would not be releasing with a multiplayer mode thrown in.

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Gangnam Style becomes most-viewed video on YouTube over Justin Bieber's Baby

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Online Video | Posted: Nov 26, 2012 2:30 pm

PSY's Gangnam Style has been nearly everywhere as the song just can't seem to stop its momentum to completely taking over the entire world. Gangnam Style's dominance in the music scene has just taken another victim as it has now become the most-viewed video on YouTube ever.




Before Gangnam Style became the most-viewed video on YouTube, that "honor" went to Justin Bieber's "Baby," which on Nov. 24th, reached a whopping 803 million views and countless hearts of tween girls. But on Nov. 24th, Gangnam Style overtook that video as it reached 805 million views with approximately seven to ten million views taking place in a single day.

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Grand Theft Auto Radio app brings nearly every station to your Android device

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 26, 2012 1:02 pm

Before Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, one of my favorite aspects of the Grand Theft Auto series was its radio stations, primarily all of the fake music stations, their jocks and their hilarious commercials. After Vice City, Rockstar Games decided to supply real music along with their witty humor, which added a layer of realism to the series' radio stations.




Up until now, it was only possible to listen to the radio stations by popping in whatever GTA game into the console it was made for, and pretty much play through the game. But now, you can listen to every radio station from every Grand Theft Auto game right on your phone.


The Grand Theft Auto Radio application is currently available on the Google Play Store and contains radio stations from Grand Theft Auto III all the way up to Grand Theft Auto 4, although some radio stations are currently missing from GTA 4. The app developer promises to have all of the GTA 4 radio stations available in a future update.

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University of Cambridge will look into AI, hopefully won't birth Skynet or Agent Smith

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Super Computing | Posted: Nov 26, 2012 10:35 am

The UK's University of Cambridge is looking to host a new center where they'll see experts look into the possible dangers associated with advanced artificial intelligence (AI). Founded by philosophy professor Huw Price, cosmology professor Martin Rees, and Skype co-founder Jann Tallinn.




The University says that its Center for the Study of Existential Risk is set to open on campus sometime next year, and while acknowledging the far-fetched nature of movie-based AI like HAL 9000's rebellion, Price has told the AP that "it seems a reasonable prediction that some time in this or the next century intelligence will escape from the constraints of biology". Adding:


It tends to be regarded as a flakey concern, but given that we don't know how serious the risks are, that we don't know the time scale, dismissing the concerns is dangerous. What we're trying to do is to push it forward in the respectable scientific community.

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