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+ - NJ Spammer Gets Two Years Jail for AOL Spam Scam->

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Tech.Luver
Tech.Luver writes "Nov 02, '07 — A New Jersey man was sentenced to more than two years in prison on Friday for helping send "spam" e-mails to more than 1.2 million America Online subscribers. Todd Moeller, 28, was sentenced 27 months in prison in a federal court in New York after he was caught making a deal with a government informant to send junk e-mails — known as spam — advertising a computer security program in return for 50 percent of the profits, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan said. ( http://techluver.com/2007/11/03/nj-spammer-gets-two-years-jail-for-aol-spam-scam/ )"
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The Internet

+ - Porn industry bands together against Bittorrent 3

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Acording P2P Blog to AVN: It's been a well-know fact that a lot of the content swapped on P2P networks is porn. Even so, adult entertainment companies have been on the sideline of the fight against P2P piracy, leaving the mass lawsuit campaigns to their colleagues from the music industry and relying on mainstream Hollywood for anti-piracy lobbying. Five companies nevertheless decided to go forward and form a lose alliance with the goal of eventually establishing an industry association to initiate anti-piracy lawsuits. More can be found here : http://www.p2p-blog.com/item-361.html and here : http://www.avn.com/index.cfm?objectid=70F9F731-B1E E-818D-931BEAF17B36C7C6&articleid=DD5F351A-D142-61 98-043BDF47539D8467"
Google

+ - Cox Customers Cannot Connect To Google 7

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Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward writes "Right now Cox Communications Customers cannot connect to google or gmail. They are being blocked by Cox.
The only way to connect is to use a direct IP address. In fact Cox knows it has a problem and if you call their tech support line they specifically acknowledge that customers cannot connect to Google. This seems awfully suspicious... Metered internet access?(!)"
The Courts

+ - Revote likey because Diebold recount impossible

Submitted by Aidtopia
Aidtopia (667351) writes "A judge in Berkeley, California, has ordered a re-vote in a 2004 medical marijuana measure which had lost by fewer than 200 votes. A group supporting the measure requested a recount, which was meaningless since the Diebold electronic voting machines didn't produce physical ballots. The group petitioned for audit logs and other supporting documentation. The Registrar initially gave them the run-around, and, with a lawsuit pending, shipped the machines back to the manufacturer where 96% of the stored votes were erased. The ruling is tentative. The revote, if it happens, will be in the 2008 general election, using different electronic voting machines that produce a paper trail."
Censorship

Student Blogger Loses Defamation Case 289

Posted by kdawson
from the small-claims-is-a-bear dept.
An anonymous reader writes to tell us about Yaman Salahi, a UC Berkeley student and blogger, who lost a lawsuit brought against him by Lee Kaplan, a journalist for FrontPageMag.com. Kaplan had sued Salahi in California small claims court for tortious business interference and libel, in response to a blog Salahi had set up about him called "Lee Kaplan Watch." Salahi lost in small claims court and then lost an "appeal" — which is essentially a retrial by another small-claims judge. No written opinion was offered with either decision, though all other court filings are available. From Salahi's update on his blog: "...because [Kaplan] sued me in small claims court, I did not have the protections of the anti-SLAPP [Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Policy] statute... I will never know why I lost the initial hearing, or why I lost the appeal, because small claims judges are not obligated to release written opinions with their rulings.... I will never have the opportunity to take this to a real appellate court where my first amendment rights might be protected."
Privacy

+ - YouTube to Begin Using Video Fingerprinting->

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Spamicles
Spamicles writes "YouTube will begin testing video recognition technology in conjunction with Time Warner and Disney. Testing will begin next month in hopes that the software, designed to recognize copyright content in videos, will be ready to roll out later this year, the company said. Google, which now owns YouTube, had agreed to implement some kind of technology to identify copyright content on its site so it can remove pirated content or negotiate with owners for a license."
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Google

+ - Wikipedia removes Daniel Brandt->

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An anonymous reader writes "After years of Daniel Brandt lobbying Wikipedia for it's removal, Brandt's biography page has been removed from Wikipedia, leaving behind a redirect to one of his projects, NameBase. The decision came after the 14th discussion of the article and partly in response to stricter policies on dealing with living people.

Brandt lobbies for the accountability of online organizations through his Wikipedia Watch, Google Watch and Yahoo Watch websites."

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Spam

+ - Bail Denied for Spam King->

Submitted by Spamicles
Spamicles (731847) writes "The man accused of defrauding people with millions of spam emails has been denied bail today. Judge James P. Donohue said Robert Soloway, 27, of Seattle, should remain in jail until his trial scheduled for Aug. 6 because he has minimal ties to Washington state and has family in Sweden. Spamhaus has listed Soloway as one of the 135 spammers that were responsible for up to 80 percent of all spam sent."
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Technology (Apple)

+ - ZFS To Become Default File System In Leopard->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Posted on macrumors.com:
Perhaps overcome with excitement (and forgetting that Apple doesn't like such pre-emptive disclosures), Sun's Jonathan Schwartz announced today at Sun event in Washington D.C. that Apple would be making ZFS "the file system" in Mac OS 10.5 Leopard (video link, requires RealPlayer).

Quote: In fact, this week you'll see that Apple is announcing at their Worldwide Developer Conference that ZFS has become the file system in Mac OS 10. Rumors of Apple's interest in ZFS began in April 2006, when an OpenSolaris mailing list revealed that Apple had contacted Sun regarding porting ZFS to OS 10. The file system later began making appearances in Leopard builds."

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Businesses

+ - McDonalds attempts to change dictionary->

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templets
templets writes "It seems the folks at McDonald's believe that forcing dictionary publishers to print their definition of a word is the thing to do, even when it is the opposite of how the word is actually used. I'm taken back to Huxley's 1984, except here the corporations are rewriting history. Would have been nice if Time would have actually spelled the word correctly."
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Data Storage

+ - Hard Disk Drive Myths Debunked

Submitted by babyshiori
babyshiori (1091815) writes "This guide got down to basics and examined some of the common hard disks related fallacies or myths and debunked them. Although many articles have covered these topics, it is apparent that hard disk urban legends are still more popular than the simple truth such as 'formatting a hard drive too many times will cause it to fail' or 'If your hard drive has bad sectors, formatting will cause more bad sectors to appear' and many more. Read on and find out about these myths and most probably you'll get a laugh out of them."
Math

+ - A Mighty Number Falls

Submitted by space_in_your_face
space_in_your_face (836916) writes "Mathematicians and number buffs have their records. And today, an international team has broken a long-standing one in an impressive feat of calculation. On March 6, computer clusters from three institutions — the EPFL, the University of Bonn and NTT in Japan — reached the end of eleven months of strenuous calculation, churning out the prime factors of a well-known, hard-to-factor number that is a whopping 307 digits long."

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