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Submission + - Flaw In YouTube Takedown Process Exposed->

BraveThumb 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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Submission + - Stratfor Hacked, 200GB Of Emails, Credit Cards Sto->

Frankie70 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

Submission + - Google Maps to charge for API usage->

RdeCourtney writes: The BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-15523050 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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Security

Submission + - Hackers break SSL encryption used by millions->

Oryn 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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Ubuntu

Submission + - Linux Kernel 3.0-rc5 In Ubuntu 11.10 Alpha 2->

sfcrazy writes: Ubuntu team has today announced the release and availability of Oneiric Ocelot Alpha 2, which will in time become Ubuntu 11.10.

The alpha comes with Firefox 5 and Linux kernel 3.0-rc5. Thundirbird, the Mozilla's mail client, has replaced Evolution as the default mail client.

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IOS

Submission + - German Government Warns of Critical iOS Flaws->

Stoobalou writes: Germany's IT security agency the Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik (BSI) warns of what it calls 'new vulnerabilities' in Apple's mobile operating system iOS.

German iDevice owners are being warned to steer clear of PDF files and web sites from untrusted sources.

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Patents

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

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

Submission + - KDE Ships July Updates->

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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America Online

Submission + - AOL buys the Huffington Post->

thebian 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: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/arianna-huffington/huffington-post-aol_b_819373.html.
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Submission + - Wikipedia Global Outage->

gnujoshua 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) 427 427

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.

Censorship

French Branch of Scientology Is Convicted of Fraud 622 622

The trial we discussed this spring has come to a verdict, and reader lugannerd was one of several to note a milestone in the fight against the Church of Scientology. "The French branch of the Church of Scientology was convicted of fraud and fined nearly $900,000 on Tuesday by a Paris court. But the judges did not ban the church entirely, as the prosecution had demanded, saying that a change in the law prevented such an action for fraud. The church said it would appeal. The verdict was among the most important in several years to involve the controversial group, which is registered as a religion in the United States but has no similar legal protection in France. It is considered a sect here, and says it has some 45,000 adherents, out of some 12 million worldwide. It was the first time here that the church itself had been tried and convicted, as opposed to individual members."

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

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.

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