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Google forced to pay Australian man $208,000 over claims of defamation

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 13, 2012 12:31 am

A court in Australia has ruled that Google published defamatory content linking Milorad Trkulja with gangsters in Melbourne. The issue in question is whether or not Google publishing links to other sites constitutes publishing defamatory content, if the links point to sites where possibly defamatory content is posted.

 

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In this case, the top links pointed to sites which linked Trkulja with references to Melbourne's gangs. Google of course denied that they published any material--after all, they didn't write these other websites. Google also argued that the material in question did not convey the defamatory implications that Trkulja said they did.

 

"What the court's said here is that this isn't just innocent architecture, what this is is human-designed software to showcase information in a certain way," Bond University media law expert Mark Pearson told AFP. "The judge has said that because you (Google) have designed (the search results) to appear in this way, you are the publisher of the material."

 

"Google's search results are a reflection of the content and information that is available on the web," a Google spokesman told AFP. "The sites in Google's search results are controlled by those sites' webmasters, not by Google."

 

It's really a bit scary that a precedent like this could be set. The rankings of webpages in Google's search results are influenced heavily by how many clicks they get and other user-generated metrics.

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Facebook testing another new commenting feature, more popular comments shown up higher

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 12, 2012 11:31 pm

Facebook, like Google, is in a constant battle to tweak the UI and other underlying systems to make Facebook perform better and allow use to be more seamless. We reported on how Facebook is trialling a new feature to allow comments to be commented upon, but today, Facebook is trying out a new comment feature.

 

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The new feature would promote the more popular comments, such as those with numerous likes or comments, to the top of the comment heap. This would make finding those comments that others feel as thought provoking or good easier to do and should increase engagement on the site and on user's statuses.

 

"This is just a small test at this stage," a Facebook spokesperson told CNET. It's definitely a nice thought, almost like how Google sorts its search results. It brings valuable content to the top making it easier to sort through the trolls, uninformed, and generally uninterested commentors.

 

You can see the new version of the commenting system in the picture above (click to enlarge).

RumorTT: Apple to ship iPad 4 LTE on November 16

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 12, 2012 10:29 pm

Rumor has it that Apple will be shipping the new iPad 4 LTE tablets on Friday, November 16. This date is within the range that was provided by Apple during the launch announcement, and even a bit earlier than some had speculated. The iPad 4 LTE was supposed to ship within two weeks of November 2, though this seemed like it would be a miss when some reported arrival times as November 23.

 

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These dates soon disappeared and were replaced by "mid-November," a highly uninformative answer. However, rumors say that on Friday, Apple told customers that LTE iPad 4s and LTE iPad minis would ship within five days. This is in line with a Friday arrival, as the rumor states.

 

Supply constraints are expected to limit iPad mini sales, though Apple said that 3 million iPads were sold in the first weekend. That number is a bit misleading as it does not specify how many were the iPad 4 and how many were the new iPad mini. Still, 3 million is nothing to scoff at, though investors continue to punish Apple for reasons that aren't exactly clear.

MegaUpload to launch as mega.co.nz after me.ga was seized

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 12, 2012 9:32 pm

Kim Dotcom is quite the public figure after the police raid of his mansion in January, and the subsequent legal battle. He refuses to keep a low profile, and instead has done nearly everything he can to stay in the public's eye. This includes starting up a new MegaUpload successor, originally planned to be at Me.ga.

 

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The Gabonese government, owners of the .ga web extension, seized control of that domain name citing concerns that it might be sponsoring piracy. Never fear, though, as Kim Dotcom has a backup plan, or several. Instead of Me.ga, the new file locker service will have to use Mega.co.nz, a name that isn't quite as catchy.

 

Still, it's not going to stop the new MegaUpload from being a smashing success. And this new version of MegaUpload should be much more impervious to legal attacks--and physical attacks--due to the way Kim Dotcom is designing the system. All files will be encrypted by the user upon upload, so Dotcom can rest safely in the Safe Harbor provision of the DMCA.

Apple either catching up on demand, or demand dropping as shipping estimates for iPhone 5 drop to 2-3 weeks

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 12, 2012 8:39 pm

People interested in purchasing the iPhone 5 will be happy to hear that the shipping estimates for the online Apple Store have dropped to 2-3 weeks across the board. This new estimate is down from 3-4 weeks, and covers all models including the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB versions of black and white.

 

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There's really only two explanations for the decrease in shipping lead times. Either not as many people are wanting to buy the device, which is allowing Apple to catch up, or Apple is now able to produce more of the device in the same time frame due to increases in the supply chain, with bugs in manufacturing finally being worked out.

 

If you don't like Apple, you're going to be hoping for the first, though some recent reports suggest that it's the latter. Either way, for those looking to pick up a new device, you'll now have one week less to wait from ordering to receiving.

Google shows off new $199 Acer C7 Chromebook that goes on sale Tuesday

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: Nov 12, 2012 7:35 pm

Google and Samsung's $249 Chromebook did well. It sold out of the Play Store quite quickly, so what better way to follow it up than by releasing a cheaper version? Well, that's just what Google has done with the Acer C7 Chromebook that was announced today. Google has said it will go on sale Tuesday for a mere $199.

 

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For that $199, you'll get the option to buy it on either Google Play or Best Buy's website, an 11.6-inch screen capable of 1366 x 768, 100GB of free Google Drive storage, a 320GB internal drive, and 3.5 hours of battery life. The specifications certainly aren't amazing, but the price doesn't allow for them to be.

 

Now the question remains: will this even cheaper Chromebook see as good as or better success than the Samsung Chromebook that Google released last month? I guess we'll have to wait until later this week to find out.

Stealth Cosplay's War Machine costume has functioning face mask, shoulder-mounted mini-gun

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Online Video | Posted: Nov 12, 2012 4:57 pm

If you ever attend a convention like a Comic-Con, one thing that will definitely get you the ladies is cosplaying as different characters. After watching Stealth Cosplay's video of his War Machine costume, I can tell you if he didn't already have a girlfriend, women at Comic-Con would be throwing phone numbers at him as if he was the guest of honor at a ticket-tape parade.

 

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The suit took approximately one month to complete from start to finish that features the ability to open & close its face mask, blinking lights on the inside of his arms to simulate War Machine's machine guns and his shoulder-mounted mini-gun that spins when in use.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 stats won't reset at launch

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 12, 2012 4:37 pm

If you are lucky enough to have snagged an early copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and have been playing the crap out of its multiplayer, then you'll be happy to know that your head start against your friends will stay intact after the game officially releases tomorrow.

 

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Treyarch's Game Design Director, David Vonderhaar, took to his Twitter to answer a question I'm sure many Black Ops 2 players who have an early copy have been asking: will a player's stats be reset when the game launches. He answered the questions with a simple "No," unless you're a "bad person doing bad things."

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'Overly Attached Computer' wants a Samsung SSD 840 or else

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Online Video | Posted: Nov 12, 2012 4:16 pm

Laina's "Overly Attached Girlfriend" character made its debut this summer, and it seems like she's already started to sell out the character to companies who are willing to pay her to look all crazy while adding her own lyrics to karaoke tunes. One of the first "commercials" I've seen for the character just hit YouTube today promoting Samsung's SSD 840.

 

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The video starring Laina's "Overly Attached Girlfriend" character has her speaking on behalf of your computer. It's been a long time since you've layer your Doritos-covered mitts on your computer and it wants you back. Bad. And it's willing to do anything to get you back, like threatening to release all of those quarantined viruses onto your system or deleting all of your pirated music downloads.

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Apple's gift cards now supported by iOS 6 Passbook

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 12, 2012 3:51 pm

One of the biggest disappointments for me in iOS 6 hasn't been Apple's Maps application, although it comes to a very close second. It's definitely Apple's Passbook application as, for the life of me, I have yet to figure out what exactly I should be doing with it. I mean, do I have to download the Fandango application in order to have my ticket show up in my Passbook. Why don't I just use the Fandango app in order to show my ticket instead of Passbook?

 

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Aside from my own personal frustrations with Passbook, Apple has announced today that it will be making their Apple gift cards compatible with its Passbook application.

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