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+ - MegaUpload's closure boosts movie rentals and sales ->

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quantr
quantr writes "A new study shows that in the months following the takedown of Kim DotCom's cyberlocker, online movie revenue increased by 6 percent to 10 percent.

Here's something that will make the Motion Picture Association of America happy: movie sales and rentals increased after the feds shuttered cyberlocker MegaUpload last year.

A new study by Carnegie Mellon's Initiative for Digital Entertainment Analytics shows that after MegaUpload's closure online movie revenue increased by between 6 percent and 10 percent, according to the Wall Street Journal. The study researched two major movie studios and the results were measured in 12 different countries, including the U.S.
"We conclude that shutting down MegaUpload and Megavideo caused some customers to shift from cyberlocker-based piracy to purchasing or renting through legal digital channels," the study's researchers told the Wall Street Journal.
The U.S. government conducted a major takedown of the cloud-storage service in January 2012, charging its founder Kim DotCom with racketeering, copyright infringement, money laundering, and more. Federal authorities claim that DotCom pocketed millions of dollars in illegal profits from illegal file sharing and downloading, which has reportedly cost the film industry more than $600 million in damages.
MegaUpload was one of the most popular video destinations on the Web, with reportedly 50 million users per day that shared and streamed files."

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+ - Massachusetts bans Google Apps-> 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes ""Any person who provides a cloud computing service to an educational institution operating within the State shall process data of a student enrolled in kindergarten through twelfth grade for the sole purpose of providing the cloud computing service to the educational institution and shall not process such data for any commercial purpose, including but not limited to advertising purposes that benefit the cloud computing service provider,

"Schools must ensure that they place appropriate limits on data collection and use best practices for cloud service providers,"

"Protecting the privacy of our students is common sense and shouldn't be sold to the highest bidder. Student privacy should not be for sale. Period." Cameron Evans, Microsoft"

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Google

+ - Developers Begin Hunt for A Killer App for Google Glass->

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holy_calamity
holy_calamity writes "Companies large and small are working to create the first "killer app" for Google Glass, the wearable display to go on sale later this year, reports MIT Technology Review. Evernote is among large companies that got early access to prototypes and has been testing ideas for some time, but is staying quiet about its plans. Meanwhile new startups with apps for Glass are being created and funded, although uncertainty about whether consumers will embrace the technology has steered them towards commercial and industrial ideas, such as apps for for doctors and maintenance technicians."
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Comment: Re:Wireless wire? (Score 1) 392

It really doesn't matter hugely if you can put the connector in first time without looking. It saves the user only a few seconds at most.

You can do that with every USB cable too, the USB logo is required to be embossed on the cable and always on the side facing the user. Ports are required to be aligned to accommodate that. Even a blind person can put a USB cable in the right way round every time, sadly most people don't know this.

+ - Bradley Manning Pleads Guilty-> 1

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Entropy98
Entropy98 writes "Army Pfc. Bradley Edward Manning pleaded guilty Thursday to 10 charges that he illegally acquired and transferred highly classified U.S. government secrets, agreeing to serve 20 years in prison for causing a worldwide uproar when WikiLeaks published documents describing the inner workings of U.S. military and diplomatic efforts in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the globe.

The 25-year-old soldier, however, pleaded not guilty to 12 more serious charges, including espionage for aiding the enemy, meaning that his criminal case will go forward at a general court-martial in June. If convicted at trial, he risks a sentence of life in prison at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan."

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Science

+ - Intercontinental mind-meld unites two rats->

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ananyo
ananyo writes "The brains of two rats on different continents have been made to act in tandem. When the first, in Brazil, uses its whiskers to choose between two stimuli, an implant records its brain activity and signals to a similar device in the brain of a rat in the United States. The US rat then usually makes the same choice on the same task.
Miguel Nicolelis, a neuroscientist at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, says that this system allows one rat to use the senses of another, incorporating information from its far-away partner into its own representation of the world. “It’s not telepathy. It’s not the Borg,” he says. “But we created a new central nervous system made of two brains.
Nicolelis says that the work, published today, is the first step towards constructing an organic computer that uses networks of linked animal brains to solve tasks. But other scientists who work on neural implants are sceptical."

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Games

+ - Blizzard set to debut "Something New" at PAX East->

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skade88 (1750548) writes "Ars is reporting that Blizzard will announce a new game on March 22, 2013 at PAX East. They say the new game is not a sequel or expansion. Blizzard is also saying the new game is not the long rumored MMO named Titan. Considering that every game Blizzard released since 1998 has had the name Starcraft, Warcraft or Diablo in it, this is big news. Ars speculates in the article that the new game could be Blizzard's version of a DOTA game. They showed off Blizzard All-Stars at BlizCon 2010 as a SC2 custom map. It could be ready for launch as its own stand alone game. I guess we will have to wait and see!"
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Comment: Re:Ironic (Score 3, Informative) 270

by Some Bitch (#42970233) Attached to: US Stealth Jet Has To Talk To Allied Planes Over Unsecured Radio

public key cryptography (invented in the 1970s, mostly down to the RSA authors) was not among this work.
--Freddie Widgeon

It was actually invented over a hundred years earlier than that, and GCHQ developed an RSA equivalent with Diffie-Hellman key exchange several years before RSA was created or before Diffie and Hellman published their work. Occasionally the UK does manage to keep something secret :)

Comment: Re:Good News / Bad News (Score 1) 841

by Some Bitch (#42900443) Attached to: Elon Musk Lays Out His Evidence That NYT Tesla Test Drive Was Staged

it's because he's entertaining as hell to watch

Exactly, and in his own words to Alistair Campbell, "I don't believe what I write, any more than you believe what you say". Clarkson plays a character, and it's a lot of fun to watch, but I don't for a second believe he's like that in real life. At worst he plays a caricature of himself.

The 11 is for people with the pride of a 10 and the pocketbook of an 8. -- R.B. Greenberg [referring to PDPs?]

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