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Submission + - Author drops copyright case against Scribd filter. (

natehoy writes: Apparently, monitoring for copyright violations is not in itself a copyright violation, lawyers for Elaine Scott decided. As a result, they have dropped the lawsuit against Scribd, who was being simultaneously sued for allowing copies of Scott's work to be published, and retaining an unlicensed copy of the work in their filtering software to try and prevent future copyright violations.

Submission + - IANA IPv4 Exhaustion Predicted in less than a Year (

dw writes: IANA IPv4 exhaustion, which refers to the day in which ICANN distributes its last 5 large chucks of addresses to the regional registries, is now anticipated to occur within the next 12 months. Year to date, it has already distributed 10 of its 26 /8s, with 16 remaining, and there are signs depletion may be accelerating. Despite IANA exhaustion in about a year, most consumers should not notice immediate impacts, as each regional registry and each ISP will have their own dwindling pools of addresses to utilize. Appropriate or not, the press will likely find IANA exhaustion as a convenient Y2K-like date to doom and gloom about, which should have a much more direct impact on IPv6 (or alternative) implementations, as Executives decide that action is urgent.

Submission + - ACTA talks hit snag in EU (

angry tapir writes: "The European Union "will not swallow" U.S. hypocrisy when negotiating the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, said European Commissioner for Trade, Karel De Gucht, during a presentation to the European Parliament. He was updating members of the parliament on the state of play of negotiations on the ACTA. But despite his tough talking and apparent hardline stance, many MEPs were unconvinced that the revised ACTA agreement will safeguard civil rights."

Submission + - Only the Uneducated Click on Ads (

DanInTokyo writes: Advertising network Chitika brought out some interesting numbers today: according to their findings, the more college educated you are, the less likely you are to click on an online advertisement. The study is based on a state-by-state comparison of clickthrough rate vs. college education, and finds a "significant negative correlation." A Chitika representative calls the findings " an opportunity to push the industry towards the idea of content first, sales pitch second, even among advertisements.”

Submission + - Canada Hate-Speech Law Violates Charter of Rights (

MrKevvy writes: The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has found that federal hate-speech legislation violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the equivalent of the U.S. Constitution's Bill of Rights. This decision exonerates Marc Lemire, webmaster of but may have farther-reaching consequences and serve as precedent for future complaints of hate-speech.

Submission + - What if you forget your decryption password?

xmvince writes: I recently read an article about several people convicted of not releasing decryption keys for federal investigations. But I was thinking.. Couldn't one just say they forgot their password? It wouldn't be THAT hard to pretend you don't know it, sit there for an hour or two pretending like you are trying to guess it, then saying "I really don't know it".

So would they still get convicted even if they claim no memory of their decryption keys?
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Submission + - Online threat garners additional piracy charge

skinfaxi writes: Jeffrey Lynn Weaver, 47, of Roanoke, Virginia, pleaded guilty today to sending a threatening communication, and to copyright infringement. In January of this year, he made a post at about the California police officer that had shot a man to death in an Oakland subway. In California, there were riots over the shooting. In Virginia, Mr. Weaver posted to infowars, threatening to kill the police officer and the officer's family, adding "THIS ISN'T A THREAT IT'S A F--KING PROMISE."

The officer moved himself and his family out of their home within a day of Weaver's posting, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Ashley Neese. Weaver's public defender argued that the post was protected political speech and should be read as "a contribution to the dialogue on police brutality" rather than as an indication that Weaver planned to actually travel to California and kill anyone, she wrote in a court filing.

Weaver was planning a First Amendment defense, but the feds that seized his computer said they were also going to add charges for pirating music and movies. He entered the guilty plea this morning.

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Submission + - SPAM: Humans lose $21 billion to computer traders

destinyland writes: ""We are just mice dancing" between the supercomputers of Wall Street giants, complains one trading executive, and an investment manager notes computers are making 73% of all stock trades on U.S. exchanges. One former NYSE chairman admitted "This is where all the money is getting made." (Between April and June, Goldman Sachs earned $100 million in one day — on 46 different days.) High-speed algorithms use 30-millisecond trades to probe market conditions, and can buy and sell with a nearly omniscient knowledge of every other investor's price point. The New York Times notes that already these algorithms "execute millions of orders a second and scan dozens of public and private marketplaces simultaneously...""
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Submission + - Next-gen Approach To Drug-resistant Infections (

Art Vanderlay writes: "A dynamic presentation made by Nobel Prize winning chemist, Dr. Kary Mullis sums up a breakthrough new treatment for killer infections in less than five minutes.Dr. Mullis' presentation earned him a standing ovation, as much for the treatment method as for the presentation in which he described the process as being similar to a cop throwing a bag of marijuana into a suspect's car to allow them to get them off the street. His presentation describes how you can provide immediate immunity to any desired antigen. To test out his theory, a bunch of mice were given anthrax and were treated with a drug that was made that to attack anthrax in particular, and direct your immune system to it. Those mice had a 100 percent survival rate."

Submission + - How Apple Will Lose App Developers To Google (

Michael_Curator writes: "Apple is about to repeat the same mistake with the iPhone that it committed with the Mac twenty-five years ago, and Google is going to end up with the lion's share of application sales. Even the forthcoming Jesus Tablet will be better served by Web apps than by a proprietary app store. Google is busily developing those apps, and the FCC will under no circumstances allow Apple to dictate what customers can download to their devices. Where does that leave Apple?"

Submission + - US cyber-security tsar steps down (

b1nary atr0phy writes: Melissa Hathaway told the [Wall Street Journal] she was leaving for "personal reasons" and would return to the private sector. The former strategist was appointed as acting national cyber-adviser in February and was expected to be offered the post of full time. Ms Hathaway was widely regarded as the person to fill the post after taking on the role as acting senior director for cyberspace for the National Security and Homeland Security Councils in February. In April she completed a review of cyber-security for the Obama administration. At the time, Ms Hathaway said the job ahead was "a marathon, not a sprint." Her successor has not yet been named by the White House.

Submission + - AT&T: Your World Of Hurt Delivered (

Michael_Curator writes: "AT&T was behind Apple's decision to pull the Google Voice app from the iTune store after all. This isn't conjecture — there is a smoking gun, which is the following response by an Apple customer service rep, posted by Google Voice developer Sean Kovacs. What a stupid move by AT not only will this cause all kinds of regulatory problems for the carrier, but the move effectively throws customers into the arms of its principal rival, Verizon. No wonder Google is upset."

Submission + - P2P network exposes Obama's safehouse location (

Lucas123 writes: "The location of the safe house used in times of emergency for the First Family was leaked on a LimeWire file-sharing network recently, a fact revealed today to members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Along with the safe house location, the LimeWire networks also disclosed presidential motorcade routes, as well as sensitive but unclassified document that listed details on every nuclear facility in the country. Now lawmakers are considering a bill to ban P2P use on government, contractor networks."