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Windows 7 Leaked To Pirates By Microsoft? 236

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the viral-marketing-usually-comes-back-to-bite-you dept.
nandemoari writes "The beta version of Windows 7 has been widely distributed through torrents and other file sharing systems. But now some commentators claim Microsoft deliberately allowed the package to get into the hands of pirates. 'I'm not being critical here, as some Microsoft Watch commenters will surely claim. It's rather smart marketing. Microsoft fills a big news void with something bloggers and journalists will write about. The suspense of stealth downloads from torrents and races to post the best screenshots first make the Windows 7 leak buzz all the more exciting. For other people, there is delight in seeing Microsoft squirm because Seven leaked early. Not that I see much squirming going on.'"
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+ - The Day the Internet Broke->

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Smordnys s'regrepsA
Smordnys s'regrepsA writes "The news — coming off Ars Technica — reports that trolls have gained a new source of lulz, thanks largely to the FBI.

In a recent case Roderick Vosburgh, student of Temple University, "was convicted of clicking on an illegal link and possession of child porn due to two tiny thumbnails that the FBI believes depict underage females." The link in question is one of the FBI-created-probable-cause-inducing addresses we have previously covered.

The twist? Roderick had been trolled into clicking a fraudulent link. Many /.ers predicted using the FBI's new methods to troll, but this seems striking not for the FBI raid itself, but the subsequent conviction on such little evidence, and in spite of the council of many expert witnesses."

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+ - New Cuban President by the 24th->

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Smordnys s'regrepsA
Smordnys s'regrepsA writes "Fidel Castro, the much *cough* beloved leader of the island nation of Cuba has declined the possibility of keeping his seat as President, after February 24ths National Assembly election.



"I neither will aspire to nor will I accept — I repeat — I neither will aspire to nor will I accept, the position of president of the council of state and commander in chief," Castro wrote almost 19 months after a severe illness caused him to hand power temporarily to his brother Raul.
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+ - Universal's CEO on Digital Media, and the Shmoo->

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Smordnys s'regrepsA (1160895) writes "Wired has a great little interview with one of the big men of the Entertainment Industry, Doug Morris.

"There was a cartoon character years ago called the Shmoo," he says in a raspy tenor. "It was in Li'l Abner. The Shmoo was a nice animal, a nice fella, but if you were hungry, you cut off a piece of him and put onions on it, and if you wanted to play football you just made him like a football. You could do anything to him. That's what was happening to the music business. Everyone was treating the music business like it was a Shmoo."

"There's no one in the record company that's a technologist...we didn't know who to hire. I wouldn't be able to recognize a good technology person — anyone with a good bullshit story would have gotten past me," Morris explains.
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