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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Russian president Vladimir Putin is cracking down on Internet bloggers in his country, forcing them to register with a national media office. The new "bloggers law" forces bloggers to follow the same laws as larger media publications - and any blog with more than 3,000 readers must register, including traditional blogs and microblogs.
Bloggers in Russia also are no longer allowed to remain anonymous, and all published blogs must include contact information. This new law is designed to help clamp down on criticism against the government. The new law goes into effect on August 1.
"Like previous reforms, this bill's sole aim is to increase control over online content," according a statement from Reporters Without Borders. "At a time when independent media are facing an unprecedented offensive, this is likely to reduce the space for free debate even further. The long list of new prohibitions offers many new possibilities for censoring bloggers when most problems could be solved under existing legislation."
The Prince George Police Department in Maryland plans to live tweet a prostitution sting later this week, providing street-level insight into a problem that many people believe is a victimless crime. However, the police department wants to enforce the idea that prostitution - and the folks that arrive to enjoy these types of services - aren't welcome in Prince George's County.
"The intent all along has been to put on notice and/or arrest the very people who exploit women and even young girls in our community," according to a press release from the police department.
However, the idea of live tweeting results from the prostitution sting hasn't gone over well, with some advocates saying it won't help, and could increase public safety risk.
This morning, Amazon.com announced a new feature that will allow its customers to add products posted on Twitter straight to their Amazon.com shopping card from their personal Twitter accounts. The new feature is called #AmazonCart (#AmazonBasket in the UK) and requires that Amazon.com customers connect their Amazon account with their Twitter account.
Once connected, users can reply to any Tweet that contains an Amazon product link and include the hashtag #AmazonCart or #AmazonBasket for our UK readers, and the product will be added to your Amazon.com shopping cart. Before you get too worried about accidental purchases, this new feature will not allow you to actually complete the purchase, it will simply just add that item to your shopping card. Users will still have to visit Amazon.com to complete the checkout process.
PayPal management fired its strategy director, Rakesh Agrawal, for making series of inappropriate tweets about his fellow co-workers. It all started when 'Rocky' Agrawal started making such tweets at around 1 am during a Jazz fest in New Orleans.
The news source points out that he referred PayPal's vice president of global communications, Christina Smedley as a 'useless middle manager' and a 'piece of shit'. The following tweets by him indicates that he may have been drunk. He then says via Twitter that 'People who should be fired from PayPal Don Christmas a pool a kick'.
Though Rakesh did delete those tweets, those messages were still up long enough for a lot of people to notice. On Saturday, PayPal tweets that it fired Rakesh Agrawal as they have zero tolerance for such behaviour.
AT&T revealed its plans to offer in-flight internet service in collaboration with few companies using a new air-to-ground 4G LTE technology. The company stated that it will be using its existing spectrum and plans to work with Honeywell for hardware and software solution to provide in-flight connections.
"Everyone wants access to high-speed, reliable mobile Internet wherever they are, including at 35,000 feet," said John Stankey, Chief Strategy Officer at AT&T. "We are building on AT&T's significant strengths to develop in-flight connectivity technology unlike any other that exists today, based on 4G LTE standards. We believe this will enable airlines and passengers to benefit from reliable high speeds and a better experience. We expect this service to transform connectivity in the aviation industry - we are truly mobilizing the sky."
AT&T also will be building an air-to-ground network in United States which will be based on 4G LTE standards.
Since its launch, Skype has been an important communication tool for both the private and corporate sectors, and when Group Video Calling was launched, it changed the way many of us conference. Unfortunately, Microsoft slapped a $8.99 price tag on this feature by bundling it into the Skype Premium package, and many of us simply moved on to the free group video conferencing platform Google Calls Hangouts. Today Microsoft has seen the errors of its ways and has opened up group video calling for free to everyone.
"For the last few years, we've offered group video calling to Premium users on Windows desktop and Mac and more recently Xbox One," Skype said in a blog post. "Today, we're excited to announce that we're making group video calling free - for all users on these platforms. And, in the future, we'll be enabling group video calling for all our users across more platforms - at no cost."
The change is mostly because Microsoft wanted to bring Skype group video calling to Xbox One and to do that, it needed to make the service free of charge. As of this morning Skype group video calling is available free on Windows desktop, Mac and Xbox One clients. With this new change, Microsoft has also ended the Skype Premium subscription all together, but it will still charge for making domestic and international phone calls.
For a few hours now I've been unable to properly load my Facebook News Feed, but it looks like I'm not the only one. My Facebook News Feed - when it loads - has a few people complaining about it.
The problem - for me at least - is a two-parter. First, if my News Feed loads, I can pull down around 4-5 status updates from friends or pages I've 'liked'. If not, my News Feed doesn't appear at all, with blank placeholders in the News Feeds place. There are also users reporting an error that says "No content in this feed" on mobile.
The problem appears to be fixed for some, for myself, and many others, the problem seems to still persist - hopefully for now.