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Online drugs market Silk Road could have reduced violent crime

Infamous "dark net" drugs trading website the Silk Road could have actually prevented violence, according to an unpublished study from researchers at the University of Manchester and University of Lausanne.

 

Because the volume of trade on the silk road was actually between drug dealers, there could have been a positive effect in both reducing street violence and raising the quality of products.

 

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As the Verge reports, the Silk Road was bringing in over $89 million in sales yearly before it was shut down, up from an earlier estimate of $14.4 million roughly one year earlier, or a 600 percent annual increase. The researchers got some pretty up to date statistics as they'd gone over all listings just two weeks prior to the site closing - and of that revenue, a hefty 45 percent chunk was between dealers.

 

This potentially had a "paradigm shifting" effect on the drugs trade. Thanks to some baked in features on the site, including a feedback system, traders actually were encouraged to act with civility to one another.

 

"With Silk Road functioning to considerable degree at the wholesale/broker market level, its virtual location should reduce violence, intimidation and territorialism," the paper says.

Google receives 12,000 requests for users to be 'forgotten' by Google

Do you want to be forgotten from Google searches? Well, you can - and now over 12,000 people have opted out of Google's massive reach on the biggest search engine in the world.

 

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A Google spokesperson said that over 12,000 requests had been submitted by European who wanted to remove themselves from Internet searches. The Mountain View-based search giant said that each request would be examined individually, in order to make sure it meets the European Court of Justice's criteria. This criteria allows users to have themselves deleted from search results, such as when the data is outdated or inaccurate.

 

Google hasn't said how long this will take for the links to vanish from the Internet, but it definitely won't be happening overnight, that's for sure.

UK PM's adviser urges Google to do more to curb online piracy

The British Prime Minister's intellectual property adviser has said Google should do more to curb online piracy, and has urged the search giant to lead the charge in curbing the trend.

 

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In a new report, member of parliament Mike Weatherley suggested it is up to search engines to take the fight to copyright theft, putting the indomitable market leader Google in the crosshairs.

 

His recommendations, the Guardian reports, will be presented to British business secretary Vince Cable - and one idea is to stop advertising cashflow for websites that appear to be making a profit on piracy.

 

Weatherley does admit it's unlikely action from the top search engines alone will be enough to quell online piracy - but says in the report Google should, as the main provider of search in the UK, "take the lead in setting responsible industry standards for search."

 

Even with considerable pressure from the content industry and politicians, critics will assert this is simply not the way the web works - and democratizing access to paid content, a la streaming services such as Netflix, is the model to plump for.

 

Weatherley's recommendations also include an education campaign targeted at consumers, and putting pressure on Google to give favorable rankings to legal web services.

Dish Network to accept Bitcoin payments any time now

Popular US satellite TV company Dish Network is planning to accept Bitcoin payments as soon as the third quarter.

 

Dish plans to use Coinbase's Instant Exchange, where users will be able to switch bitcoins for US dollars. This means customers will be able to tap into their Bitcoin wallets to pay online bills.

 

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According to Dish, this would make it the biggest company so far to accept the currency for payments.

 

As we've mentioned before, Bitcoin is slowly but surely entering the mainstream discourse - no longer is the cryptocurrency solely for the use of enthusiasts , but a viable alternative, with TigerDirect just one company that recently began accepting Bitcoin payments.

British authorities shut the web's biggest Torrent search, Torrentz.EU

Copyright holders and the City of London police have been working hand in hand to bring down Torrentz.eu, the largest torrent search platform on the internet.

 

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A special request from Britain's Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit saw the domain name being suspended as part of wider efforts to put the brakes on access to copyrighted material. The move follows warning letters and previous campaigns to suspend domain names of sites allegedly affiliated with torrent hosting.

 

The operator of Torrentz told TorrentFreak that although the domain name has been suspended by the registrar following a British police request, it is still registered to Torrentz and the team hopes to move the site elsewhere.

 

While cooperation between copyright holders and authorities is not particularly unusual, Torrentz is by far one of the largest targets of late - receiving millions of visitors every day.

Comcast to implement data caps all its subscribers within 5 years

Comcast executive Vice President David Cohen said during an investor call that he is expecting a 'usage-based' billing system to reach all of its subscribers within five years.

 

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He also said,"I would also predict that the vast majority of our customers would never be caught in the buying the additional buckets of usage, that we will always want to say the basic level of usage at a sufficiently high level that the vast majority of our customers are not implicated by the usage-based billing plan."

 

Though for a particular number of customers may not be affected by the data cap, different type of users who consume moderate-to-heavy consumption of bandwidth would be affected. Among them would be those who use the internet for video streaming. One would imagine that this will obviously affect movie streaming services.

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The Wayback Machine now has over 400 billion indexed websites

Just how many webpages does The Internet Archive's Wayback Machine include? Well, from late 1996, right up until just a few hours ago, over 400 billion indexed webpages sit on its servers. The Internet Archive has celebrated this milestone by providing a list of highlights for The Wayback Machine over the years:

 

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  • 2001 - The Wayback Machine launches.
  • 2006 - Archive-It launches, allowing libraries that subscribe to the service to create curated collections of Web content.
  • March 25, 2009 - The Internet Archive and Sun Microsystems launch a new datacenter that stores the whole Web archive and serves the Wayback Machine. This 3 petabyte data center handled 500 requests per second from its home in a shipping container.
  • June 15, 2011 - The HTTP Archive becomes part of the Internet Archive, adding data about the performance of websites to the collection of website content.
  • May 28, 2012 - The Wayback Machine is available in China again, after being blocked for a few years without notice.
  • October 26, 2012 - the Internet Archive makes 80 terabytes of archived Web crawl data from 2011 available for researchers, to explore how others might be able to interact with or learn from this content.
  • October 2013 - New features for the Wayback Machine are launched, including the ability to see newly crawled content an hour after it's archived, a "Save Page" feature so that anyone can archive a page on demand, and an effort to fix broken links on the Web starting with WordPress.com and Wikipedia.org.
  • Also in October 2013 - The Wayback Machine provides access to important Federal Government sites that go dark during the Federal Government Shutdown.

UK based ISPs to send messages to illegal downloaders in 2015

Four major UK based UK internet service providers have signed a deal with entertainment companies who deal with pirated downloads within the country. According to the report, BBC, BT, SKY, Virgin Media and TalkTalk will be sending educational letters to those who illegally download TV shows.

 

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Under the country's voluntary copyright programme, the entertainment industry will monitor torrent and file-sharing websites to check for any copyright infringement. The entertainment industry will also record IP addresses of those who download illegal content. The ISPs will then send messages to its users on a monthly basis. The ISPs assured that it will not reveal its subscriber's information.

 

Vcap was setup as an alternative to 2010 Digital Economy Act which had a proposal to terminate internet connections of those who repeatedly download copyright contents via illegal channels.

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Level 3 accuses six unnamed ISPs for slowing down internet traffic

According to Level 3 Communications which provides internet services for many enterprise and consumer centric ISPs in North America, Latin America and Europe, there are six large broadband consumer with a dominant market who refuse to upgrade its internet server to meet its subscriber's needs.

 

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Level 3's VP of content and media Mark Taylor did not name those ISPs, but said that these companies are determined to break net neutrality for their own profit. He said,"At this time, we have decided not to specifically identify the peers with significant congestion; however, we can say they are large incumbent broadband providers in the US and Europe."

 

Though he didn't name the ISPs, he did point out that the questioned ISPs also happen to be ranked last in customer satisfaction across the US in the American Customer Satisfaction Index 2013 survey. The ones that are listed in ACSI's survey all the way to the bottom are Comcast, Time-Warner, CenturyLink, Charter, AT&T and Cox.

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Google Street View shows us what coastal cities look like under water

Close your eyes for a second and imaging a world where New York City and Colosseum in Rome lie under six feet of water. Its a scene featured in almost every post-apocalyptic movie, but many scientist and climatologist say that this is exactly what will happen if climate change continues to melt the polar ice caps. To help the masses better realize what this new world might look like, a new website called World Under Water, utilizes Google Street View to show you what any place in the world might look like if sea levels rose by six feet.

 

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While the underwater view is set to the map marker location for a given city on Street View, the images are still pretty powerful and really showcase the effects just six feet of water would have on the world. Most of NYC, Miami, Rome, Charleston, Savanna, and the rest of the coastal world would be uninhabitable. Imagine Tokyo or Dubai under water... or just look them up yourself with the source link provided below.

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