Anti-Piracy System Could Hurt YouTube

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A technology designed to detect copyright material could give YouTube a needed dose of legal legitimacy and calm any concerns Google Inc. has about spending $1.65 billion on the Internet video site. But that same technology could hurt YouTubes edgy appeal.

While YouTube is known as the place to find almost any kind of video clip, recent agreements with high-profile content creators require YouTube to deploy an audio-signature technology that can spot a low-quality copy of a licensed music video or other content. YouTube would have to substitute an approved version of the clip or take the material down automatically.

Source: AP

Transmeta sues Intel

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A little over a year ago, Transmeta made the transition from being a company that produces low-power chips to a company that licenses patents and does R&D. With such a transition to licensing as a primary source of revenue, lawsuits were pretty much inevitable, especially since the company continues to lose money.

Now Transmeta has launched its first high-profile lawsuit, and it’s a doozy. The company is taking on Intel in US District Court in Delaware with a suit alleging that Intel’s entire x86 microprocessor line, from the Pentium Pro on down to the present day, infringes on one or more of ten patents. Transmeta is asking for treble damages, attorney’s fees, a licensing deal, and the whole nine yards. So they’re swinging for the fences here, and if they score it could be huge. Transmeta alleges that Intel has made over $100 billion on the processors at issue in this case, and if the suit doesn’t go their way it may be cheaper for them to just buy the beleaguered company than to settle.

Source: arstechnica

Online casinos moving to Caribbean after U.S. ban

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A looming U.S. ban on Internet gambling is already scaring off London-listed operators, but the industry will continue to thrive in the hands of private operators in locations like Costa Rica, Antigua and Curacao.

The fear of extradition to the United States has forced UK executives to turn away from their most lucrative market, some selling their U.S. operations to counterparts in and around the Caribbean which have less amenable extradition treaties with the United States.

Source: Reuters

PokerStars says U.S. gaming ban does not cover poker

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PokerStars, the world’s second-biggest Internet poker firm, said on Thursday that a looming U.S. ban on online gaming would not apply to poker, as it is a game of skill, and its business would continue as usual.

The gambling industry was left reeling this month after the U.S. Congress unexpectedly approved a bill that would make it illegal for companies to accept Internet wagers or for banks to process payments to online gaming companies.

The bill defines gambling as the act of staking something of value on “a sporting event or a game subject to chance” and is expected to be signed into law by President George W. Bush on Friday.

“These provisions do not alter the U.S. legal situation with respect to online poker,” privately-owned PokerStars said in a statement.

Source: Yahoo

Infection-by-cache risk unearthed

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Malware housed on storage and caching servers, such as those used by ISPs, enterprises, and leading search engines, continues to pose a risk after websites containing malicious code have been pulled.

So says web security firm Finjan, which warns that instead of pointing users towards sites hosting malware, hackers could try to dupe users into visiting contaminated caches. The trick might be used to foil URL filtering products, it says.

Source: The Register

Ask.com search going mobile

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Ask.com is joining the mobile fray, launching a Web search service designed specifically for cell phones and handheld devices on Thursday.

Ask Mobile Search features navigation shortcuts to minimize keystrokes and provides direct access to key search categories on the home page, like directions, image search, business listings, maps and weather, according to the company, a subsidiary of InterActiveCorp.

The service uses technology called Skweezer that squeezes Web pages so they appear in a format that is easier to view on small displays and increases download speed. Ask Mobile Search also lets people automatically dial numbers from listings, select driving or walking directions, and send maps and directions to mobile phones.

The service will be ad-free.

Sony says developing video Walkman

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Sony Corp. said on Thursday it is developing a video-capable Walkman, playing catch-up with Apple Computer Inc.’s market-leading iPod.

“We are developing a product that handles images, but I cannot make any comment on specific plans,” Sony Senior Vice President Hiroshi Yoshioka told a news conference that unveiled upcoming Walkman models.

Source: Reuters

Google launches classroom project

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Late Wednesday, the search giant launched the site Google for Educators. The site includes how-to video tutorials for products like Blogger; lesson plans for applications like Google Earth; and links to a training academy for those who want to become a “Google certified teacher,” a pilot program for teachers to learn about technology.

Source: News.com

Microsoft rolls out online safety initiative

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Microsoft Corp. is launching a new educational campaign to help parents take control of the games and other content their children consume using its new Xbox 360 video game console, an executive said on Wednesday.

The company is scheduled to lay out the strategy at DigitalLife, a consumer technology, gaming and entertainment show starting on Thursday in New York, Robbie Bach, president of Microsoft.’s Entertainment and Devices division, told Reuters.

Source: Reuters

Google Book Search adds Univ. of Wisconsin library

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The University of Wisconsin has agreed to take part in Google Inc.’s bid to scan book collections of the world’s great libraries, joining a second wave of backers for the controversial project, the two organizations said late on Wednesday.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison and Google plan to provide access to hundreds of thousands of public and historical materials from the UW-Madison libraries and the Wisconsin Historical Society Library, they said.

Those books and documents represent one of the largest U.S. collections of historical and government documents. They will be selected from a combined 7.2 million library holdings.

Source: Reuters

Police search for UK victims of US ID theft

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UK police are attempting to reach thousands of Brits who have become victims of malware-powered ID theft scam.

A computer seized in the US contained personal data - including names, addresses, credit card information and transaction records - from around 2,300 UK punters. The data was swiped using key-logging Trojan software, according to the Metropolitan Police Computer Crime Unit, which is investigating the case. Police are not explaining how the US computer came to be seized in the interests of protecting what’s described as an ongoing investigation.

Source: The Register

Microsoft Experiments With Mobile Social Networking

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Microsoft is testing social networking software that would enable mobile phone subscribers to send instant messages, pinpoint each other’s location and share photos.

In developing SLAM, the Microsoft Research Community Technologies Group hopes to provide an easier way for people to communicate with family and friends. The software is available for download at no charge.

Source: InformationWeek

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