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FIFA tries to take down six Twitter users on copyright grounds

FIFA has set its sights on six Twitter users, issuing official DMCA copyright complaints for using the official emblem of the 2014 World Cup.

 

Complaints were posted against @nfoWorldcup_ID, @futbrasil2014, @FootieFashions, @FIFAWCBRA14, @Brazil14WC and @FIFA2014Copa. Only the first no longer exists - but in every case of the DMCA, the issue was to do with the pictures and the pictures alone.

 

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The sender name has been redacted in the document, posted on Chilling Effects, but appears to have been sent from Net Result in London on behalf of FIFA, a company that describes itself as "intelligent protection for intellectual property" suggesting it may be a routine but overzealous search for infringements.

 

The take down requests are reminiscent of the copyright cases for the London Olympics - it tends to look a bit like overkill, but big sporting events are typically incredibly controlling about protecting their brands, and sometimes take more aggressive measures.

Yahoo moves forward with YouTube video service rival

Yahoo wants to go head to head with Google in the streaming video market with a YouTube rival. Yahoo's YouTube rival is expected to launch this summer according to people familiar with the search firms plans. Yahoo had previously planned to unveil the service in April at an event for advertisers, but the project was delayed.

 

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The delay comes from some sort of contract issues that held the project up. Yahoo wants to lure content makers away from YouTube with a larger cut of profits for creators or fixed ad rates that are higher than YouTube is giving content creators now.

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Spotify says no evidence of Android app breach has been discovered

We mentioned yesterday that at least one Spotify user had been hacked and that an internal security breach at the company had occurred. Spotify said yesterday that only one user's data had been accessed and that no password, financial, or payment information had been breached. That customer has been notified of the breach according to the company.

 

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After more investigation, Spotify has come back and said that it is now aware of any increased risk to users as a result of the incident. Spotify says that it was only taking precautionary steps when it notified users of the breach.

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Microsoft CEO kills any thoughts of Xbox spinoff

There has been some talk over the last several months that Microsoft needs to spin off its Xbox business. Microsoft's new CEO Satya Nadella told the attendees at the very first code conference that he has no intention of spinning off the Xbox business. He also said that he was very pleased at how the Microsoft game console business was going.

 

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Nadella said that all of Microsoft's hardware know-how comes from the Xbox division. "It is the thing that is really going to power all the experiences on all the devices today and tomorrow," Nadella said. "In order to be in the hunt for those experiences, and get it right, you do need to from time to time build devices, so you don't leave anything to chance."

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Canada rules electronic device use A-OK for all air flight phases

Canadian tech enthusiasts or simply those passing through the country can now breathe a collective sigh of relief. In a boost to, ahem, cloud computing, the country has now officially given the all-clear to use of electronic devices during all phases of airplane flights.

 

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This covers e-readers, smartphones, tablets, computers and cameras as long as said devices are not transmitting and in flight mode. The changes were made possible thanks to an amendment to the Canadian Aviation Regulations.

 

"By collaborating with our aviation partners, we are able to offer airlines the tools they need to safely enable passengers to use portable electronic devices on airplanes," said Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, adding that this change maintains "the highest standards of aviation safety." In an official boast-sheet, Transport Canada said the country's record in aviation is one of the best in the world.

Tesla trounces Toyota to become California's biggest auto employer

Electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors appears to be going from strength to strength - from outselling Porsche and Volvo in California in mid-2013 to now becoming the biggest auto employer in the state.

 

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Tesla now employs over 6,000 people in California alone and is expected to hire 500 more workers before this year is through. The upstart has happily taken on established heavy-hitters like Toyota - which employed roughly 5,000 but is seeking to redirect its operations towards Texas, reports CleanTechnica.

 

The rise and rise of Tesla is showing no signs of slowing down: rumored "gigafactories" for battery production could produce thousands more jobs globally, in addition to the company's already impressive 2013 workforce roster of 5,800 people around the world.

Email attachment founder turned down "domineering" Steve Jobs for work

"Nobody wanted to work" for the "domineering" ex-Apple CEO Steve Jobs - that's according to the inventor of the email image attachment, Nathaniel Borenstein, who turned down a job from the man himself.

 

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In 1980, he and his team were attempting to reform the chaotic and primitive email system as part of a post PHD project at Carnegie Mellon university. When Jobs came by and saw his work, he immediately attempted to hire the whole team - but Borenstein turned the offer down.

 

"He was a totally domineering personality," Borenstein says, in a Telegraph interview. "If you were at Apple and you disagreed with Steve Jobs, you lost; whether you were right or wrong. And nobody can always be right."

 

Admitting his own tendencies to be a little on the domineering side, Borenstein decided the two would clash and passed up the opportunity. Rather than a reflection on Jobs' notorious personality traits alone, it does suggest some early prescient thinking on recognizing essential and marketable technology.

Google eyes Dropcam purchase to beef up home security portfolio

Google has been looking into another acquisition in the home security sector according to reports. Google has been looking at possibly buying Dropcam. Dropcam is a company that sells a $150 camera unit capable of streaming video to smartphones and computers. Dropcam launched in 2009.

 

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Google's last major purchase was of Nest Labs, the makers of smart thermometers and smoke alarms. It's unclear at this time how far the talks progressed or if they are still underway. Google is no stranger to buying firms with tech it wants and certainly has the cash lying around to make a purchase of Dropcam.

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YouTube to release new channel management app for content creators

Video sharing site YouTube announced late last week that it was working on some new applications that will make managing channels easier for content creators. YouTube will be adding new features for content creators "in the coming months" and has given no firm timeframe on the roll out of the new features. One of the new features will be a separate app for managing channels.

 

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Another of the new features will include a way for fans of a channel to pay the content creator directly. YouTube will also be launching a crowd sourced captioning feature. All of the features that YouTube is rolling out were the result of feedback that the video site received via a survey of users that it conducts twice per year.

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Amazon offers Fire TV fans a 30-day free hardware trial

Amazon launched its Fire TV set top box a while back and the $99 device got a lot of streaming TV fans excited. The big catch was that the device proved so popular that Amazon sold out of Fire TV boxes only a few days after it was announced. That supply issue has now been sorted and the Fire TV is in stock again.

 

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To get people who are interested in the Fire TV to try it out, Amazon has announced a free trial. Buyers can apply an offer that will let them get the Fire TV shipped to their door at no cost and you don't have to pay for the box for a full month.

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