The Chinese government is starting a new campaign to fight the free flow of counterfeit and pirated software and DVDs, according to the country's official news service.
Citing comments made at a State Council meeting at which Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao presided, the Xinhua News Agency reported this week that the goal is to clamp down on both the import and export of phony software, DVDs, publications, and other products that violate trademarks and patents.
Scheduled to start the end of October, the campaign will run for six months and will also target Internet piracy and fake goods sold … Read more
Caffeine behemoth Starbucks on Tuesday finally unveiled its revamped Web hub, a landing page that's only accessible from its in-store Wi-Fi networks in the U.S. Teaming with the likes of Yahoo (the main technology partner), The Wall Street Journal, GOOD, The New York Times, iTunes, LinkedIn, and Foursquare, Starbucks has packed the new site full of news both local and mainstream (including content that would normally be behind paywalls), free music download promos, local information like weather and bike trails, and movie trailers.
It's an interesting concept. Starbucks calls this the Starbucks Digital Network, or as senior … Read more
Google has no plans to resume using its Street View cars to collect information about the location of Wi-Fi networks, a practice that led to a flurry of privacy probes after the company said it unintentionally captured fragments of unencrypted data.
The disclosure appeared in a report on Street View released today by Canadian privacy commissioner Jennifer Stoddart, who said that "collection is discontinued and Google has no plans to resume it." Assembling an extensive list of the location of Wi-Fi access points can aid in geolocation, especially in areas where connections to cell towers are unreliable.
The beleaguered Yahoo was able to squeeze out a profit thanks to the continued cutting of operating expenses under the auspices of CEO Carol Bartz, according to a third-quarter earnings report that the company posted after the market closed on Tuesday. With earnings of 29 cents per share, it was able to beat Wall Street analysts' (admittedly low) expectations once again.
The company posted revenues of $1.12 billion excluding traffic acquisition costs, down slightly from $1.13 billion in the third quarter of last year. Display advertising on Yahoo-owned sites was up 17 percent year-over-year. In this quarter, Yahoo … Read more
California collegians may be getting a lesson on the limits of sharing.
Students at California state universities are expressing frustration following news that the university system sent a cease-and-desist letter to a new Web site that lets pupils sell their class notes--in violation of California law, the chancellor's office says.
On NoteUtopia, students from about 100 colleges and universities around the country can buy, sell, or simply share their original class notes and reports, as well as handouts, exams released by the professor, and completed study guides. Students, who can join the 2-month-old site for free, can also collaborate … Read more
An unmistakable strain of compassion runs through Cindy Cohn's voice when she talks about the plight of Internet users she says are wrongly accused of copyright violations or tech companies she believes are being abused by large entertainment conglomerates.
She sounds like a nurse or an understanding second-grade teacher. But that's just one of her gears. Cohn, legal director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, likely the most recognized technology advocacy group, can throw it into high and become a skilled courtroom brawler.
To protect the privacy of Internet users, she faced off with the Bush administration over the … Read more
For the first time ever, more companies are suffering from electronic theft than from physical theft, according to the results of a poll released yesterday by risk consultancy Kroll.
The firm's fourth "Annual Global Fraud Report" (PDF) found that the amount of money lost by businesses to all kinds of fraud rose over the past 12 months to $1.7 million per billion dollars of sales from $1.4 million, a gain of more than 20 percent.
And with that overall increase came a notable shift, with electronic theft just edging out physical theft. The theft of … Read more
Few film companies are assailing piracy with the vigor of Third World Media.
Third World Media (TMW), a porn studio headquartered north of Los Angeles, filed a lawsuit two weeks ago against 1,568 unnamed individuals, accusing them of using peer-to-peer networks to unlawfully share copies of "Miss Big Ass Brazil #4," records show.
"Each of the defendant's acts of infringement have been willful, intentional, and in disregard of...the rights of plaintiff," TWM's attorneys wrote in their filing of October 4.
If you've ever allowed yourself to be subjected to Kiss songs, you'll know that they are jolly, somewhat empty-headed, and entirely innocent.
If you've ever allowed yourself to be subjected to a reality show called "Gene Simmons' Family Jewels," you'll know that the Kiss frontman is a man with a lovely family, experience of plastic surgery, and opinions that suggest a slight smattering of oldy-worldy self-righteousness.
How entirely stunning, then, that this wealthy aging, platform-booted man seems to have encountered a little difficulty with those who are able to put the digital boot in … Read more
We took the new interface for a spin, and our first impression: It's the fastest and possibly best way to stream Netflix that we've tested so far. Even better, Netflix has new 1080p HD streams and a few movies also include 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtracks. Subtitle options are now available on some videos as well--a long overdue first for Netflix.
Setup is painless. Select the Netflix icon from the video icon of the XMB interface and the PS3 will start a quick download of the new Netflix program. Enter your Netflix subscription and the new interface pops up.
While the PS3's old interface got the job done, the new interface is a joy to use. There's a left-hand menu that includes sorting categories, such as "genre" and "new arrivals." When you jump into each section, you see additional rows of movies, and if you hover the cursor over a movie, you get additional information like run time and Netflix's guess as to how much you'll like the movie.
You can still browse your Instant Queue like before, but now you can even search straight from the interface. The search results update as you type, which mitigates most of the frustration of using an onscreen keyboard, since we generally only had to type a few letters to find what we were looking for. Our only nitpick is there currently isn't a way to filter movies by video quality; a simple "HD" filter would be appreciated.… Read more