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Google removes a massive 250,000 links per week over piracy, copyright concerns

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 24, 2012 8:30 pm

Google has given us a bit more insight into the links that are removed from search results as a result of copyright and piracy complaints. The details include which organizations make the request, who actually owns the content, and the top targeted domains. The numbers are actually pretty shocking, so let's just start with one. 250,000. That's the average number of links taken down per week.

 

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That 250,000 number is more than the total number of links removed for all of 2009. Even more incredible is the fact that Google's senior copyright counsel Fred von Lohmann says that the majority of requests are legitimate. Most of the requests are for sites that are offering unauthorized copies of software, entertainment or pornography.

 

Now, another number: 22,923. That's the number of sites that were targeted last month. Those sites generated over 1.1 million take-down requests. The illicit content was owned by just 1,190 people. This means, on average, each copyright owner had roughly 1,000 links removed over the past month. But, the numbers show that the average is extremely skewed.

 

What I mean by that is just over 520,000 URLs hosted Microsoft-owned content. Just under half of the removed links were due to Microsoft. This data should be extremely useful in the continuing debate regarding online piracy. The numbers should help Google and others fight off another SOPA should one be introduced as legislation.

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Facebook Camera: a new app to make using Facebook photos faster and easier

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: May 24, 2012 7:33 pm

Facebook Camera is a new app which is designed to let users see just pictures from all of your Facebook friends. Designed and released by Facebook, I can't help but feel the Instagram acquisition is partly to blame for this. With the new app comes the ability to share multiple photos at once, instead of having to upload them one at a time.

 

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The new app makes viewing photos easier as you can swipe through the pictures in an album. In Facebook's words: "When you launch the app, you'll see a feed of just great photos from the people you care about. You can swipe to see more of any album or tap to enlarge an individual photo." Cool. But isn't that what you already do on the regular Facebook app?

 

The reason to believe it is due in part to the Instagram acquisition? This feature right here: "It's also easy to edit photos with new tools like the ability to crop, rotate and add filters to any picture in your camera roll." Specifically, the add filters function. The new app will be available on iPhones later today and Facebook is offering the option to have a link texted to your iPhone.

Yahoo debuts Axis, a new way to search

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 24, 2012 6:28 pm

Yahoo is working hard to turn themselves around from the brink of ruin, and this new Axis search that they have released could just manage to do that. Axis is a new way of searching the web and focuses on getting rid of the search results page. Interested yet? I certainly was, so I investigated the story a bit further.

 

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TechCrunch spoke with Yahoo's Director of Product Management Ethan Batraski: "No one's innovated on 'How do I get rid of the search results page altogether'", Batraski said. "That is what we want to do." And so that's what they did. The new way to search is via a plug in to Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Firefox. There is also an iOS app for this new search.

 

Once you type in your Yahoo credentials, a small black bar gets added to the bottom left of your browser window. Click inside the search bar and it expands to about 1/3 of your page. No longer do you have to leave the page you are on to do a search. It will probably take a bit of getting used to as I know I am in the habit of quickly Ctrl + T'ing a new window and punching in my query.

 

The now expanded window fills with thumbnails of the search results as opposed to the traditional links. Users can scroll through the results by dragging the mouse or by clicking on the arrows. The desktop is only half of the new product. The iOS is a browser itself along with being a new search engine.

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RumorTT: 7" Google tablet to begin shipping next month

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 24, 2012 5:31 pm

A rumor has surfaced that Google is producing its own tablet to compete with the Amazon Kindle Fire. The rumor has been started by DigiTimes who has quoted "sources from the upstream supply chain." While sometimes these sources are right, they are also sometimes wrong. I have a feeling that they could be wrong this time.

 

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According to the reports from upstream sources, there will be around 600,000 in initial shipments ahead of a July launch. This rumor goes along with one that was released back in January, also by DigiTimes, which says that Google is prepping a 7" tablet running Android 4.0 ICS. That rumor put the price point at $199.

 

That rumor was originally saying a March or April launch date, but has now been updated to July since "design and costs did not reach its expectations." The tablet is reportedly going to be built by ASUS at Google's request. Curiously enough, ASUS showed off a 7" Tegra 3 tablet in their suite at CES and later showed it off at an NVIDIA presentation. The price then was quoted at $249, so this could possibly be the device in question.

Overclockers UK get an exclusive BitFenix case, called the BitFenix Prodigy

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 24, 2012 4:28 pm

Mini-ITX cases often lack the physical size required to build a gaming rig with any sort of muscle behind it. The new BitFenix Prodigy, exclusively at Overclockers UK, looks to be a game changer in this regard. The press release is claiming room for nine drives, 120/140mm fans, the possibility of a 240mm radiator and "ample room for even the longest graphic cards."

 

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The case uses a beautiful combination of materials and really stands out from the crowd. While the case is a rounded cube shape, it has large round arch protrusions which act as feet and carrying handles. The handles are made from "FyberFlex" material which is designed not to break or bend permanently. The case itself is constructed from solid steel and is painted in either all black or all white.

 

The case even features room for a full ATX power supply which is a great addition. When the top hard drive bay is removed, users can fit graphics cards up to 31cm in length inside. Even with the drive bay installed, users can still manage cards up to 16.5cm in length. The price for the new case? A reasonable £59.99 exclusively offered at http://www.overclockers.co.uk.

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Corsair announces SSD upgrade kit for notebooks

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Storage | Posted: May 24, 2012 3:31 pm

Corsair has announced the availability of its new SSD notebook upgrade kits which aid a user in transitioning to a solid state drive. The purpose of changing over to a solid state drive is the better performance and battery life offered by one. They are quite a bit better than their mechanical alternatives, so having an easy upgrade path should help more users transition.

 

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The kits are available in both a 120GB version and a 240GB version and have an MSRP of $139.99 and $259.99 respectively. The kit includes an easy-to-use USB-to-SATA cable and software which help with the data migration. The software is capable of transferring the operating system, program files, and data files to the new drive.

 

"Laptop owners have become more aware of the performance, power efficiency, and reliability of SSDs but many have been put off by the complexity of moving their existing data," said Thi La, Vice President of Memory Products at Corsair. "The new Force Series 3 SSD Notebook Upgrade Kits simplify the data migration process, making upgrading to an SSD easier than ever."

Obama orders government agencies to create websites optimized for smartphones and tablets

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 24, 2012 2:02 pm

President Obama is embracing technology. On Wednesday, he ordered major governmental agencies to create mobile-optimized websites. The agencies have to provide two key services to mobile users within a year. The directive also ordered agencies to create websites to report on their mobile websites progress. These sites have to be completed in just 90 days.

 

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I've had to go onto government sites from my phone before and it's near impossible to gather anything as the site is designed for desktops, and not even designed that well for those. Obama has recognized this fact and realized the importance of mobile phones and data access. By 2015, it's likely more web traffic will come from mobile devices than desktops.

 

"Americans deserve a government that works for them anytime, anywhere, and on any device," Obama said in a statement. "By making important services accessible from your phone and sharing government data with entrepreneurs, we are giving hard-working families and businesses tools that will help them succeed."

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Deal of the Day: Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2012 for 3 PCs for FREE after Rebate!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: May 24, 2012 11:20 am

Our Deal of the Day is Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2012 for 3 PCs for FREE after Rebate!

 

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Protect your PC for free! Get the Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2012 (3-user license) for FREE after rebate with free shipping! NewEgg is even bundling it with a 4GB Kingston DataTraveler G3 USB 2.0 Flash Drive! Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security provides maximum protection for everything you do online. It's your all-in-one security solution for protecting you, your devices and your data. Titanium uses cloud technology to proactively stop viruses and spyware before they reach your computer, so it won't slow you down.

 

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Download of the Day: Wireshark 1.6.8

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: May 24, 2012 10:26 am

Our Download of the Day is Wireshark 1.6.8.

 

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Wireshark is the world's foremost network protocol analyzer, and is the de facto standard across many industries and educational institutions.

 

The full change log for version 1.6.8:

 

# The following bugs have been fixed:

 

* User-Password - PAP decoding passwords longer than 16 bytes.

* The MSISDN is not seen correctly in GTP packet.

* Wireshark doesn't calculate the right IPv4 destination using source routing options when bad options precede them.

* BOOTP dissector issue with DHCP option 82 - suboption 9.

* MPLS dissector in 1.6.7 and 1.7.1 misdecodes some MPLS CW packets.

* ANSI MAP infinite loop.

* HCIEVT infinite loop.

* Wireshark doesn't decode NFSv4.1 operations.

* LTP infinite loop.

* Wrong values in DNS CERT RR.

* Megaco parser problem with LF in header.

* OPC UA bytestring node id decoding is wrong.

 

# Updated Protocol Support

 

* ANSI MAP, ASF, BACapp, Bluetooth HCI, DHCP, DIAMETER, DNS, GTP, IEEE 802.11, IEEE 802.3, IPv4, LTP, Megaco, MPLS, NFS, OPC UA, RADIUS

 

# New and Updated Capture File Support

 

* 5View, CSIDS, pcap, pcap-ng

 

You can download Wireshark 1.6.8 here.

Deal of the Day: HP Pavilion HPE H8-1240t High-Performance Desktop PC - $749.99 Shipped Free!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: May 24, 2012 9:57 am

Our Deal of the Day is HP Pavilion HPE H8-1240t High-Performance Desktop PC - $749.99 Shipped Free!

 

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HP has a 25% off coupon on customized HP Desktop or All-in-One Desktop PCs priced at $999+! This coupon gets you the high performance HP Pavilion HPE H8-1240t Desktop PC with the latest Ivy Bridge 3rd Gen Intel Core i7-3770 Quad Core Processor for just $749.99 shipped free! Check out the specs: 3rd Gen Intel Core i7-3770 Quad-Core processor (3.4GHz w/ Turbo to 3.9GHz), 8GB DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM [2 DIMMs], 1TB 7200 rpm SATA hard drive, 1GB DDR3 AMD Radeon HD 7570 [HDMI, DVI, VGA via adapter], 460W Power supply, SuperMulti DVD Burner, Premium Wireless-N LAN card, 15-in-1 memory card reader, 2 USB 2.0 (front), 2 USB 3.0 (top), Beats Audio, Premium HP keyboard and optical mouse, Windows 7 Home Premium [64-bit].

 

Use coupon code: DTU7745 for the 25% discount. Expires after 500 uses or on 05/23/2012.

 

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