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Megaupload says US government lied so they could get a search warrant

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 4, 2013 2:04 am

The Megaupload saga continues, this time with Megaupload complaining that the US government lied in order to get a search warrant. According to the motion, a recently unsealed search warrant shows that the US Department of Justice asked Megaupload to keep 39 copies of copyrighted movies on its servers for an investigation.

 

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The part they didn't mention? It was an investigation into Megaupload. They then used the fact that the files were still on Megaupload's servers as primary proof that the company knowingling harbored copyrighted content:

 

By all indications, the Government tapped Carpathia to convey the June 24, 2010 warrant to Megaupload, thereby planting what the Government would later claim, for purposes of this case, amounted to criminal knowledge that Megaupload was hosting infringing files, while simultaneously lulling Megaupload into thinking it was not a target of its ongoing investigation (which the Government dubbed its 'Mega Conspiracy' investigation) - and, what is worse, affirmatively leading Megaupload to understand from the warrant's sealing order and Carpathia's representations that Megaupload should take no action with respect to the infringing files lest it tip off the ostensible targets. In sum, the Government came to paint as criminal the very course of conduct by Megaupload that the Government had induced in requesting good-faith cooperation with an investigation that was to remain secret. Most incredibly of all, however, the Gover

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Gorilla Glass 3 announced by Corning ahead of CES 2013

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 4, 2013 1:37 am

Corning Gorilla Glass and Gorilla Glass 2 is used in just about every smartphone made these days, but Corning isn't stopping with its improvements. The company has just announced Gorilla Glass 3, which is said to be 40 percent more resistant to visible scratches as well as a 50 percent boost in retained strength after the glass is damaged.

 

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Gorilla Glass 2 was debuted at last year's CES and Gorilla Glass has been used in the iPhone since the original model. It's likely the next generation iPhone will make use of this latest Gorilla Glass. We'll be sure to check it out at CES.

'jOBS' movie with Ashton Kutcher debuting in April

By: Trace Hagan | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jan 4, 2013 1:02 am

The new 'jOBS' movie, about former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, is set to arrive in theaters in April, according to the movie's distributors. The premier will take place at the closing night of the Sundance Film Festival, which takes place this month. It's important to note that this is not the film that Sony Pictures is creating.

 

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A synopsis:

 

Directed by Joshua Michael Stern, written by Matthew Whitely, shot by Oscar- winning cinematographer Russell Carpenter and produced by Mark Hulme, jOBS details the major moments and defining characters that influenced Steve Jobs on a daily basis from 1971 through 2000. jOBS plunges into the depths of his character, creating an intense dialogue-driven story that is as much a sweeping epic as it is an immensely personal portrait of Steve Jobs' life. The filmmakers were granted unprecedented access during shooting to the historic garage in Palo Alto, that served as the birthplace to Apple Inc.

Samsung Series 7 Chronos update detailed

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 4, 2013 12:39 am

Samsung has gone ahead and detailed the update to the Series 7 Chronos and Ultra Windows 8 notebooks and they feature what you would expect: loads of memory, 1080p screens, and more. The Chronos is a 15.6-inch beast, packing an Intel Core i7 processor, the new AMD Radeon 8870M GPU, up to 16GB of RAM, and a terabyte of storage.

 

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With all of those high specs, the system remains under 6 pounds and claims to feature 11 hours of battery life, an impressive achievement, if true. The Ultra is a 13.3-inch beast that comes with an i5 or i7 processor, up to 16GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of SSD storage. The battery life is quoted at 8 hours and it comes with optional 4G/LTE connectivity.

Teens drug milkshake to get more time on the Internet

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 3, 2013 11:19 pm

Two teenagers in the Sacramento, California area were hauled off to juvenile hall after the parents suspected they were drugged. The two teen girls, aged 15 and 16, reportedly offered to get milkshakes for the parents of one of the girls. They then drugged these milkshakes so that they would be able to go on the Internet past 10p.m.

 

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The parents only drank about a quarter of the milkshakes, before deciding they tasted funny and had a grainy texture. The shakes had been filled with prescription sleep aids that were procured by the friend and the parents fell asleep. The next morning, the parents felt groggy and hungover, so they went to the local police department for a drug test kit.

 

"The girls wanted to use the Internet, and they'd go to whatever means they had to," the police department spokesperson said. "If they were adults, they could be facing prison time."

 

This appears to be the first instance of something like this happening.

FTC ends anti-trust investigation, orders Google to stop excluding competitors from Motorola SEPs

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 3, 2013 10:32 pm

The on-going anti-trust investigation into Google has finally been completed with a 4-1 ruling that Google must stop excluding competitors from using standards essential patents owned by subsidiary Motorola. These patents are what the FTC call the "cornerstone of the interoperability standards that we have taken for granted."

 

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Google is also making two voluntary changes to the way some of its products work:

 

  • More choice for websites: Websites can already opt out of Google Search, and they can now remove content (for example reviews) from specialized search results pages, such as local, travel and shopping;
  • More ad campaign control: Advertisers can already export their ad campaignsfrom Google AdWords. They will now be able to mix and copy ad campaign data within third-party services that use our AdWords API.

 

"The changes Google has agreed to make will ensure that consumers continue to reap the benefits of competition in the online marketplace and in the market for innovative wireless devices they enjoy," said FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz. "This was an incredibly thorough and careful investigation by the Commission, and the outcome is a strong and enforceable set of agreements."

 

Google appears to have gotten off with another slap on the wrist, just like it did back in August, 2012, when it paid out $22.5 million to settle charges of knowingly bypassing Safari's privacy settings.

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US State Department not happy with Eric Schmidt's North Korea travel timing

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 3, 2013 10:03 pm

Eric Schmidt is planning a trip to North Korea, a country where the internet basically doesn't exist. Eric Schmidt will be accompanied by former New Mexicon governor Bill Richardson. However, the US State Department isn't happy with the trip's timing, especially considering North Korea's long-range missile launch just a few weeks ago.

 

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"We don't think the timing of this is particularly helpful," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters.

ReportTT: Nokia to produce aluminum-bodied Lumia 920 successor

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 3, 2013 9:33 pm

Nokia has fallen into a habit of placing its high-end devices inside poly-carbonate chassis, but according to a Verge report, that's all about to change. The Verge cites sources familiar with Nokia's plans that claim Nokia will be producing at least one high-end Windows Phone device in an aluminum body this year.

 

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The new device is codenamed Catwalk and is said to be thinner and lighter than the current Lumia 920. Catwalk is set to be the Lumia 920 successor, though it will feature similar hardware specifications to the current flagship. An exact release date or release timeframe has not been provided, though you can expect to see the device later this year.

Starbucks selling Square's card reader in 7000 stores in US

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 3, 2013 9:03 pm

Square is taking its partnership with Starbucks to a new level. After getting Starbucks to use Square payments, Starbucks has announced today that they will be selling the Square card reader in their 7,000 locations across the United States. The card reader will set you back $10, but it comes with a $10 rebate for new users, effectively making the device the cost of tax.

 

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The card reader is already available in Apple Stores, Best Buy, and Walmart. Starbucks has been a major funding partner for Square, something that landed Starbucks' CEO join the board of directors. If you need to get a card reader to accept credit card payments, it's even easier to pick one up now.

Intel to talk low-power Ivy Bridge at CES

By: Trace Hagan | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jan 3, 2013 8:29 pm

A leaked Intel image late last year seemed to detail plans to reduce the power consumption of the existing Ivy Bridge chips down to a 10W TDP. Intel has finally confirmed that these chips are coming and they say they will be talking more about these at CES 2013, where at we will get the full scoop.

 

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"Limited SKUs" of Ivy Bridge will be rated at 10W, which means it will be able to use less than that during most use. This is an important metric as current Ivy Bridge CPUs are rated only as low as 17W, which is 70 percent higher. These new low-power chips will enable Ivy Bridge chips to be used in smaller and lighter devices, such as tablets and super-thin Ultrabooks.

 

The current 17W crop of chips are already used in the MacBook Air and many different Ultrabooks. A lower-powered chip will enable longer battery life in these same machines. Haswell will also be talked about at CES because it is coming later this year and will offer even greater power savings.

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