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MegaUpload lawyer asserts feds are impeding defense

MegaUpload would like to gain access to its seized servers in order to collect evidence to prove the innocence of the accused MegaUpload employees. However, officials will not release the $1 million dollars required to do so, hence the claim that the feds are impeding the defense of MegaUpload. "It's hard to reconcile the chain of events in this matter with any other conclusion," Rothken said. "MegaUpload is frustrated and wants to preserve the data for litigation and to defend itself and ultimately -- with the approval of the court -- to provide consumers access to their data."

 

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According to MegaUpload's lawyers, there is no criminal copyright infringement statute in the United States, so if the US get the extradition they are requesting, MegaUpload will be successful in its defense. MegaUpload's lawyers are trying to prepare for the extradition defense, but are unable to because they don't have access to the e-mails, documents, and files on the servers which they claim will refute the charges.

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Facebook asserts trademark on word "book" in new user agreement

The word on the street is that Facebook, in all of its glory, doesn't want me to use its name... That's right, in Facebook's updated version of its "Statement of Rights and Responsibilities," its trying to assert a trademark on the word "book." This is pretty ridiculous. It's like someone trying to trademark the work "car."

 

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An excerpt from the revision details the change:

 

You will not use our copyrights or trademarks (including Facebook, the Facebook and F Logos, FB, Face, Poke, Book and Wall)

 

By this, I can no longer "poke" someone, have a "wall," or read a "book" because I have agreed to these terms when I logged into Facebook. I see the need for someone to protect their brand, but at a point, it becomes pretty ridiculous. And in this case, I believe we have hit that point of ridiculousness.

 

It's about time for me to gather up what little privacy I have left and deactivate my Facebook account, and protect myself from being sued for using common words the next time I make a post somewhere. Just remember, don't sign our guestbook, because it contains the word "book," it's now trademark infringement.

Apple get sued by Australian consumer watchdog, ACCC, says 4G iPad is misleading in Australia

In the words of Nelson from The Simpsons - "HA HA". What a great start to this news, as much as I love Apple (I'm rocking along with the new iPad and I've been loving it so far, there are issues, but it's overall a nice product) the 4G iPad is a huge misleading mess in Australia. When I went down to grab mine, you could see 4G signs and talk of it around the store, and it's just simply pathetic.

 

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Apple are now finding themselves in a pickle in Australia, where Australian consumer watchdog, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has accused Apple of misleadingly calling its new iPad as 4G-capable. The ACCC have said they will be applying to the Federal Court of Melbourne for an order against the company and is moving for the court to impose fines and injunctions against sales.

 

The ACCC is saying that labelling the new iPad as 4G-capable is misleading to customers in Australia. Yes, 4G LTE networks are available here in Australia, but they run on an entirely different band to what the iPad is compatible with. 4G services in Australia provided by Telstra run on the 1800MHz frequency band, which makes them completely unusable on the new iPad. The new iPad only works on the 700MHz or 2100MHz frequency bands for its 4G LTE connectivity.

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Samsung has shipped over 5 million GALAXY Note smartphones

Samsung's 5.3-inch GALAXY Note smartphone has been doing surprisingly well for the South Korean-based company, having shipped over 5 million units in just five months. This is quite the achievement considering its one of the larger screened smartphones on the market today.

 

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5 million units shipped, and the 5.3-incher doesn't even include Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, this is quite the achievement for Samsung. We should expect Samsung to released their Premium Suite of apps, as well as Android 4.0 in the near future.

 

Until then, the GALAXY Note is still an amazing looking phone. I personally wouldn't mind checking it out, but I'm waiting for some Ice Cream Sandwich lovin' before I get into that gorgeous 5.3-inch display. I really should stop dilly dallying and just get one, shouldn't I?

Apple's Newsstand makes $70k per day

People are spending up big on Apple's Newsstand app, where a study of Apple's App Store for iPad during just the month of February from market research firm Distimo shows that the top 100 publications raked in more than $70,000 a day. This is just absolutely huge, considering that the revenue is from the United States alone, and is led by News Corp.'s The Daily, followed by The New York Times, and The New Yorker magazine.

 

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Apple don't disclose what individual app makers and content providers earn on ints store, but Apple provide 70-percent of each sale to the content creators, holding back 30-percent for themselves. Publishers can also let existing subscribers view digital editions of content, to which they've already subscribed to. But, they're not allowed to link to outside Web sites where subscriptions can be struck outside of Apple's App Store, that's a naughty no-no.

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Hasbro's attempt to block the sale of the Transformer Prime tablet fails

Transformers, robots in disguise. Well, in the case of Hasbro, it's "tablets in disguise." Remember how Hasbro sued Asus over its Transformer Prime tablet because of the name "Transformer?" Well, the judgement came in today in that case. The court decided that Asus can continue selling its Transformer Prime series because it does not infringe on Hasbro's trademark.

 

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The court found that Hasbro's trademark did not cover the Transformer Prime. One reason is because the tablet is not similar in use to any of the products manufactured by Hasbro and the likelihood of them getting confused is slim. Additionally, because the tablet does indeed transform (by way of its detachable keyboard), it was a suitable name for the device to have.

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Man wins injunction against Google after claiming auto-complete web search ruined his life

I'm sure everyone reading this has used Google at some point and seen that nifty feature which auto-completes your search query for you based on previous queries other people have placed. It's pretty cool, and sometimes outright outrageously funny with some of the suggestions it provides. But how would you like it to auto-complete your name with suggestions that suggest you committed crimes?

 

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Well, that's just the situation that one Japanese man has found himself in. He says that when he searches his name, it does just that: return suggestions and results that suggest he has committed crimes that he claims he hasn't. He claims he lost his job because of it, and wasn't hired for new ones. After all, almost all jobs do a Google search on a prospective employee.

 

He requested that Google take it down, but they refused. He then turned to the courts to seek an injunction. On March 19th, the Tokyo court approved the injunction requiring Google to suspend its auto-complete results. Google has refused to comply with the order, and refuses to be regulated by Japanese law.

 

This isn't the first time Google Instant has brought controversy. Yahoo complained about it taking away its market share. More recently, a man in France had his name tied with the words "satanist" and "rapist" and managed to get Google to remove it. Funny part is he was actually convicted of corrupting a minor. How would you feel if Google Instant tied you to crimes you didn't commit?

Rovio buys game studio

Rovio has another studio in its lineup now. Rovio announced today that it has bought Futuremark Games Studio, which is the gaming unit of Futuremark, the benchmark software company. They develop for multiple different platforms and are Rovio's second purchase in less than a year. The main focus of Rovio has been Angry Birds, which continues to be successful, but they are trying to expand beyond.

 

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They are an incredibly talented and experienced team, and we are thrilled to have them on board," Mikael Hed, Rovio Entertainment's CEO, said in a statement. "Rovio's success is founded on the excellence of our team, and Futuremark Games Studio is going to be a superb addition." Hopefully, with some fresh developers, we can expect some new game lines.

Mobile App of the Day: PayPal for iOS

Our Mobile App of the Day is PayPal for iOS.

 

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Enjoy PayPal on-the-go with the PayPal iPhone app.

 

SEND & REQUEST MONEY

Whether you want to send a money gift or pay off a loan from a friend-sending money is easy and FREE (when using Bank or Balance as a funding source).

 

MANAGE YOUR ACCOUNT

Check your balance, withdraw funds, or view past transactions-anytime, anywhere.

 

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

• We've re-launched the 'Local' feature, where you can find local merchants who are using our new PayPal Here™ service and pay them with PayPal.

• Online or on-the-go, your financial information is always safe and secure with PayPal.

 

PAYPAL HERE™

If you are a merchant who would like to get paid directly with your smart phone, download the new PayPal Here™ application from the app store to get started, and we'll send you a free card reader.

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Kim Dotcom has said that the US Military had 15,634 Megaupload accounts

Well, well, isn't this quite the golden nugget of news today, folks! Megaupload co-founder, Kim Dotcom, has admitted that high-profile U.S. government officials held accounts with Megaupload. Not only did people at the Senate, Department of Homeland Security, FBI, and NASA hold Megaupload accounts, but some 15,600 members of the U.S. Military did, too.

 

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The MPAA and RIAA may think that Megaupload is predominantly used for piracy, but there are plenty of government officials and installations using it for legitimate transferring of files, that are simply too big to throw over e-mail. Megaupload's team is working with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) with their MegaRetrieval campaign, where they hope to reunite site users with their data.

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