9/29/2005

eDonkey Getting Out Of The File Sharing Business

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The company behind eDonkey, MetaMachine, is getting out of the file sharing business according to its boss Sam Yagan.

Yagan disclosed the news in testimony to Congress, Extreme Tech reports. Yagan said he is responding to a cease-and-desist notice served by the Recording Industry Ass. of America to several P2P networks.

“I have personally committed to Mr. Sherman – which I reiterate today – that we are in the process of complying with their request,” said Yagan. “Therefore I am not here as an active participant in the future of P2P, but rather as one who has thrown in his towel.”

Yagan blamed the Supreme Court’s June judgement which suggested that a P2P company’s copyright liability rested on its intent to infringe. As a consequence, small companies were being forced out of business because they couldn’t afford to litigate. As a result, he said, innovation was being stifled and the US economy would suffer.

Source: The Register

Chip Helps Electric Outlet Go Broadband

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The common electric socket will serve as your home’s connection to broadband with a new chip developed by Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. - doing away with all the Ethernet cables or the hassle of hooking up to a wireless network device.

Products are still being developed, but gadgets embedded with the chip from the Japanese manufacturer of Panasonic products can hook up to a broadband network by plugging into the common electrical outlet, company officials said Thursday.

That’s because the Osaka-based company has come up with technology to use electric wiring in the home to relay not just electricity but also data.

The technology has been around for some time - including in the United States - but Matsushita’s system is unique in that it delivers fast-speed broadband information at up to 170 megabits per second, which is faster than Ethernet.

Matsushita hopes to eventually sell refrigerators, TVs and other products with the chip already installed.

But for now, an adaptor when plugged into an outlet will allow gadgets with Ethernet connections - even those without the Matsushita chip - to receive broadband.

Source: AP

Google Cracking Classified Market?

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Google reportedly has asked classified advertising sites, including Adicio and CareerBuilder, to give the search engine direct feeds of listings, according to the PaidContent.org Web site, which cited an alert from newsletter Classified Intelligence Report. So far, the report says, the sites have not agreed to cooperate. “Analysts, including us, predict that advertisers will move to free sites if they become convinced that they will reach an audience as large–or larger–on a search engine than on a paid advertising site,” CIR wrote.

The report comes on the heels of an article last week in the London Sunday Times that Google and Yahoo had approached Amsterdam’s Trader Classified Media about a buyout.

Source: News.com

Google Ends Boycott Of News.com

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Google Inc.’s boycott of News.com appears to have ended quietly, less than three months after company executives told the technology news site that they would stop speaking with its reporters for a year.

Google CEO Eric Schmidt granted an interview this week to News.com’s Elinor Mills, the reporter whose article in July about privacy issues raised by Google’s search engine apparently offended the company.

For her July story, Mills went looking for details on Schmidt to illustrate the kind of information available through Google. She noted in the piece that his net worth was $1.5 billion, that he donated $25,000 to the Democratic National Committee and that he had attended the Burning Man counterculture festival.

She also included a link to a site where Schmidt’s home address could be found.

A Google spokesman and Mills declined to comment Wednesday. Jai Singh, editor at News.com, owned by CNET Networks Inc. did not return phone calls.

Source: AP

9/28/2005

Man Jailed For Showing Video Of Beheading

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A man who used his mobile phone to replay footage of a beheading in Iraq to a hotel shop worker has been jailed for 60 days.

Subhaan Younis, 23, played the images to shocked Charlotte McClay last September at a hotel in Glasgow.

Sentencing him at the city’s district court, the stipendiary magistrate said he could not understand why Younis had the images on his phone.

Euan Edment said jail was a fitting penalty for the breach of the peace.

The magistrate told Younis: “I struggle to understand why you had images on your phone entailing the death and degradation of another human being, regardless of their religion or race.

“Miss McClay was shocked, upset and distressed by the images. This is a serious offence and something she will remember for a long time, perhaps for the rest of her life.”

Source: BBC

DivX Giving Away Today Only Free DivX Create

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To celebrate DivX’s 5th Anniversary, DivX is giving away free DivX create bundle for windows 2K/XP. The giveaway is valid only for one day, all you need to do is to register your email address where a serial number is going to be sent to you in order to activate the $19.99 product.

Anti-Spyware Suits: New Era for Security Industry?

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News Analysis: Civil complaints against Direct Revenue and 180Solutions are seeking class action status. A preliminary ruling could open the floodgates and change the face of the adware/spyware industry.

The legal battle against adware and spyware programs has taken a new turn with a pair of putative class action complaints against Direct Revenue and 180Solutions, two companies facing allegations of installing online tracking software through security holes and making it virtually impossible for computer users to remove the unwanted programs.

Now that a judge has issued a preliminary order to allow one of the cases to proceed to trial, anti-spyware advocates say they believe the tide has shifted dramatically in favor of exasperated computer users.

Source: eWeek

Toshiba Delays US Launch of HD DVD Player

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Japan’s Toshiba Corp. said on Wednesday it is delaying its launch of next-generation HD DVD players in the U.S. market to around February or March, revising its plan for a year-end start date.

“We have been discussing with content holders the most effective way to launch in the U.S. market, and it will probably be in February or March,” Toshiba Corporate Senior Vice President Yoshihide Fujii told a news conference.

Japan’s second-largest electronics conglomerate said it and content holders such as film studios believe it would be best to start sales of HD DVD players in the United States on a wide scale rather than gradually.

It said it would take several months to build up inventories after starting mass-production in mid-December.

Toshiba had originally said it planned to launch HD DVD players in the fourth quarter of 2005 in both Japan and the United States, while Sony plans to put a Blu-ray disc drive in its new PlayStation game console to go on sale next year.

Toshiba said it still plans to introduce HD DVD players in the Japanese market by the year-end.

Related article: Intel, Microsoft To Back HD-DVD

Source: eWeek

Apple Responds To iPod Nano Screen Concerns

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Some customers have complained about scratched and/or broken screens on their iPod nano, leading one user to even set up a Web site to outline his problems.

Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing Phil Schiller said there are two completely separate issues going on here. One is the broken screen and the other is the complaint about the iPod screen scratches.

In addressing the broken screens, the first of the two issues, Apple said that they have tracked down the problem.

“This is a real but minor issue involving a vendor quality problem in a small number of units,? said Schiller. “In fact, this issue has affected less than 1/10 of 1 percent of the total iPod nano units that we’ve shipped. It is not a design issue.?

Schiller said that if customers find they have this problem, all they have to do is contact AppleCare and their iPod will be replaced.

The second issue deals with complaints posted on Web sites that say the iPod nano screen scratches too easy, perhaps even being more susceptible to scratching than previous iPod models.

Apple said that the screens on the iPod nano are made with the same material that is found in the company’s fourth-generation iPod, which, to date, is complaint free.

“We have received very few calls from customers reporting this problem – we do not think this is a widespread issue,? said Schiller. “If customers are concerned about scratching we suggest they use one of the many iPod nano cases to protect their iPod.?

Related article: iPod Nano Owners In Screen Scratch Trauma

Source: macworld

Microsoft Explains The Reason To Back HD-DVD

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In an exclusive interview with Tom’s Hardware Guide, one of Microsoft’s lead representatives on the DVD Forum Steering Committee said that decisions regarding whether his company and Intel would back and promote HD DVD as a high-definition video disc standard, were determined only within the last few days. Prior to some critical recent developments and announcements, both companies - which had proclaimed neutrality - may have been ready to back Blu-ray.

Our decision is based mainly on where the formats are today,” Ribas said, referring to Microsoft. “A year and a half ago, both format organizations had very similar goals, and to some extent, the story of Blu-ray was actually very powerful. It had higher capacity, it had what we would consider benefits at the time. But then as time went on, and we’d seen what’s the reality of both formats today, and what were promises versus what’s proven and what’s real, that’s when we decided to make the decision.”

Blu-ray failed the Intel/Microsoft test in six critical areas, Ribas told us, referring to a document listing those areas that a Microsoft spokesperson provided to Tom’s Hardware Guide:

Source: tomshardware.com

19, Pleaded Guilty Of Using A Camcorder To Record Movies

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A new federal law aimed at discouraging camcorder-equipped movie pirates has snared its first catch.

Federal prosecutors said Curtis Salisbury, 19, pleaded guilty on Monday to using a camcorder to record movies in a St. Louis, Mo., theater and distributing his recording on the Internet.

When Salisbury worked in the box office of a theater, he and others entered the projection booth after-hours and used a camcorder and audio recorder to tape “The Perfect Man” and “Bewitched” in June, according to the plea agreement. Sentencing is scheduled to take place in a San Jose, Calif., federal court Feb. 27.

Source: ZDNet

PSP Crackers Break Console ‘Wide Open’

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Crackers this week claimed to have successfully ripped out the latest Sony PlayStation Portable firmware and replaced it with an earlier version of the code containing fewer anti-piracy features.

The procedure exploits a recently discovered buffer overflow exploit which allows code to be incorporated into image data. When the PSP attempts to display the picture, it writes data beyond the space reserved for the image and into memory used by executable code. The code inserted into the picture file is then run.

The software, posted on the internet yesterday, forces the PSP to run Sony’s firmware 1.5 updater, replacing firmware 2.0 with the older code.

One poster joyfully claimed the console is now “wide open”. The new crack allows PSP to run home brew applications and pirated games.

Source: The Register

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