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+ - Flaw In YouTube Takedown Process Exposed->

Submitted by BraveThumb
BraveThumb (2562259) writes "One independent rap group found it impossible to post their song on YouTube. When they tried to put up their video, they were informed that the copyright belonged to Universal Music, even though the rap group wasn't signed to any label. The Hollywood Reporter shares what happens and concludes by saying, "For an industry that's pursuing copyright reform, the portrayal of a copyright regime that works against young artists can't be a good thing.""
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+ - Stratfor Hacked, 200GB Of Emails, Credit Cards Sto->

Submitted by Frankie70
Frankie70 (803801) writes "A few hours ago, hacking collective Anonymous disclosed that not only has it hacked the Stratfor website (since confirmed by Friedman himself), but has also obtained the full client list of over 4000 individuals and corporations, including their credit cards (which supposedly have been used to make $1 million in "donations"), as well as over 200 GB of email correspondence."
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+ - Google Maps to charge for API usage->

Submitted by RdeCourtney
RdeCourtney (2034578) writes "The BBC is reporting that from 1 January 2012, Google will charge for the Google Maps API service when more than the limit of 25,000 map "hits" are made in a day.

Google is rumoured to be charging $4 per 1,000 views in excess of the limit.

Google maintains the high limit of 25,000 free hits before charging "will only affect 0.35% of users"."

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+ - Hackers break SSL encryption used by millions->

Submitted by Oryn
Oryn (136445) writes "Researchers have discovered a serious weakness in virtually all websites protected by the secure sockets layer protocol that allows attackers to silently decrypt data that's passing between a webserver and an end-user browser.

The vulnerability resides in versions 1.0 and earlier of TLS, or transport layer security, the successor to the secure sockets layer technology that serves as the internet's foundation of trust. Although versions 1.1 and 1.2 of TLS aren't susceptible, they remain almost entirely unsupported in browsers and websites alike, making encrypted transactions on PayPal, GMail, and just about every other website vulnerable to eavesdropping by hackers who are able to control the connection between the end user and the website he's visiting."

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+ - Amazon 'One-Click' Too Obvious For EU Patent->

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itwbennett writes "The European Patent Office has again rejected Amazon's patent application for its 'one-click' ordering system, saying the use of cookies in Amazon's system was too obvious. 'In view of the indexing function of cookies, the skilled person would have realized that any sensitive data traditionally requiring a login could be accessed by cookies,' according to the EPO ruling. 'The obvious trade-off between the two processes, namely security vs. simplicity, cannot establish an inventive technical contribution.'"
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+ - KDE Ships July Updates->

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jrepin writes "KDE 4.6.5 updates bring many bugfixes and translation updates on top of the latest edition in the 4.6 series and are recommended updates for everyone running 4.6.4 or earlier versions. As the release only contains bugfixes and translation updates, it will be a safe and pleasant update for everyone. KDE’s software is already translated into more than 55 languages, with more to come."
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+ - AOL buys the Huffington Post->

Submitted by thebian
thebian (1218280) writes "AOL, the aging internet company that survives on selling unneeded dial-up connections, is buying the Huffington Post for $350 million after a whirlwind romance. Arianna Huffington's bubbly account of the merger that was consummated at the Superbowl is here:"
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+ - Wikipedia Global Outage->

Submitted by gnujoshua
gnujoshua (540710) writes "The Wikimedia Tech Blog has a post explaining why many users are unable to reach Wikimedia sites due to DNA resolution failure. The article states,

Due to an overheating problem in our European data center many of our servers turned off to protect themselves. As this impacted all Wikipedia and other projects access from European users, we were forced to move all user traffic to our Florida cluster, for which we have a standard quick failover procedure in place, that changes our DNS entries.

However, shortly after we did this failover switch, it turned out that this failover mechanism was now broken, causing the DNS resolution of Wikimedia sites to stop working globally. This problem was quickly resolved, but unfortunately it may take up to an hour before access is restored for everyone, due to caching effects.

We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused.Wikimedia Tech Blog.


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Comment: Re:Post ideas here. (Score 1) 427

by SilentGhost (#31022312) Attached to: USPTO Won't Accept Upside Down Faxes

Why should our tax dollars pay for some clerk to spend 5 seconds per page of a 100 page document to flip every image, when it's the $500/hour attorney who screwed things up and who should refile, at his or her own expense?

there is a batch processing. and it's not lawyer's fault that USPTO exists in a stone age.

Comment: Re:Andy Oram also edited... (Score 1) 81

by SilentGhost (#28598627) Attached to: Beautiful Security
Neat idea that needs to be advertised! Not every one enjoys being tricked into support of charities. I, for one, think that Beautiful Code was very poorly edited/organised and written. The only real ideas about beautiful code were Matsumoto's. And they certainly don't warrant either spending money on a book, nor supporting AI.

+ - Gmail down worldwide

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Firmafest writes "For the past hour, Gmail has been down as reported by number of users . Google has issued a small statement claiming that it only affects small subset of their users. I've become used to the stability of Gmail, but what happens when you urgently need a piece of your data and the service is down? Is this the price you pay for free, good email?"

Time-sharing is the junk-mail part of the computer business. -- H.R.J. Grosch (attributed)