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The Courts

+ - Mom Sues Music Company Over Baby Video Removal 8

Submitted by penguin_dance
penguin_dance (536599) writes "A Pennsylvania mom is fighting back, suing Universal Music Publishing Group for having a home movie taken down off of YouTube. The movie, featuring her 18-month old bouncing to Prince's song, "Let's Go Crazy," was cited for removal by the Group for copyright infringement. Mom Stephanie Lenz was first afraid they'd come after her — then she got angry. She got YouTube to put the video back up and now she's enlisted the help of Electronic Frontier Foundation and filed a civil lawsuit.

"I thought even though I didn't do anything wrong that they might want to file some kind of suit against me, take my house, come after me. And I didn't like feeling afraid," she continued. "I didn't like feeling that I could get in trouble for something as simple as posting a home video for my friends and family to see.""
Bug

Apple Safari On Windows Broken On First Day 595

Posted by kdawson
from the bigger-they-come dept.
An anonymous reader writes "David Maynor, infamous for the Apple Wi-Fi hack, has discovered bugs in the Windows version of Safari mere hours after it was released. He notes in the blog that his company does not report vulnerabilities to Apple. His claimed catch for 'an afternoon of idle futzing': 4 DoS bugs and 2 remote execution vulnerabilities." Separately, within 2 hours Thor Larholm found a URL protocol handler command injection vulnerability that allows remote command execution.
Republicans

Journal: Gonzales defends Bush's revised domestic spying

Journal by Anonymous McCartneyf
The Senate interrogated Attorney General Alberto Gonzales over why the warrantless wiretapping program didn't end sooner. Gonzales did his best to avoid giving any answers. He also refused to tell the Senate any details of this just-discontinued (we hope) program because all those details are classified. Ouch! http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070118/pl_nm/surveillance_bush_dc
Data Storage

+ - Credit Card Protection

Submitted by jns137
jns137 (1053134) writes "I am a freelance programmer who has recently found myself in the awkward position of having to tell a client that I will not store credit card information for them because their system is not all that secure and they will basically become hacker bait. However, since that happened I have noticed more and more that lots of places, from e-commerce sites to the local university where my wife goes to school take and keep credit card information.

My question for the (ahem, hacker) community is what is adequate security for storing credit card info, and more importantly, how do I know that the people I give my credit card info to are protecting it?"
Wireless (Apple)

+ - Are Consumers Ready (To Pay) For the iPhone?

Submitted by
AndyComp
AndyComp writes "Are Consumers Ready (To Pay) For the iPhone? "Even among the diehard segment of iPod shoppers who said they are very likely to buy an iPhone, only 6% said they would pay over $400." The iPhone has gotten a lot of hype since it debuted, but what will happen when it hits stores? This post reports who'll be willing to pay the high price, switch to Cingular, and several other interesting stats."
Space

+ - China Tests Anti-Satellite Ballistic Missile

Submitted by Vicissidude
Vicissidude (878310) writes "US intelligence agencies believe China performed a successful anti-satellite weapons test at more than 500 miles altitude January 11th, destroying an aging Chinese weather satellite target with a kinetic kill vehicle launched on board a ballistic missile. The United States, Australia, and Canada have criticised China over the test. Neither the Office of the US Secretary of Defense nor Air Force Space Command would comment on the attack, which followed by several months the alleged illumination of a US military spacecraft by a Chinese ground based laser."
Education

Videogaming Most Popular Activity Among Kids 49

Posted by Zonk
from the and-why-not dept.
njkid1 writes "Research from the NPD Group shows that kids are increasingly playing games earlier in life. Playing games, whether on a PC, console, phone or music player, was the highest ranked activity for kids in a survey conducted by the organization. From the article: 'NPD said it used an online survey sent to a 'nationally representative' sample of mothers with children ages 2 to 14 in their households. The survey revealed that an overwhelming majority (93 percent) of kids play games on a computer, cell phone, video game console or portable or digital music player. This was way ahead of the second highest activity reported, listening to music, which garnered 52 percent.'"
Operating Systems

+ - BSoD on the Las Vegas Strip!

Submitted by
Johnathon Howard
Johnathon Howard writes "A Blue Screen of Death on the Las Vegas Strip! From the photographers blog:

For those of you who didn't know, last November I took a Thanksgiving trip to Las Vegas, you know, relatives, good food, the works. As visitors to Vegas learn, no trip is complete without going down Las Vegas Boulevard, AKA the "Strip". Along the strip, there are many hotels, stores, restaurants, etc. There is a CVS pharmacy on the strip also, but, instead of the traditional graphical ads on the display screen, I got a pleasant surprise...
The Full Story and Picture"
Games

'Over 30' Section For Games Stores? 220

Posted by Zonk
from the early-20s-soldiers-not-old-enough-to-play-violent-games dept.
A New York law introduced by Representative Keith Wright seeks just that, a section for gaming stores that keeps 'violent games' under lock and key, and is accessible only to people over 30. The law is one of two poorly-thought pieces of legislation being considered by New York state's legal system. From the 1up article: "The history of the courts striking down such legislation goes just about as far back as politicians who attempt to bolster their own image by capitalizing on the public fear and hysteria over the bogeyman of video gaming. It's interesting to note that recently, courts have begun penalizing entities who purposely waste their time with attempts at passing frivolous and unconstitutional anti-videogame legislation. You'd think might deter motions like [these] somewhat, wouldn't you?" Update: 01/19 04:10 GMT by Z : As ahecht points out in the comments 1up has things wrong here. There is only one bill, and it restricts violent games from being sold to those under 18 only. Line 5 of the bill's text is the section in question.
Businesses

+ - Dell Loses Market Share and Customer Ratings

Submitted by ack154
ack154 (591432) writes "Recent articles are showing that Dell has recently lost not only market share to HP but also has fallen in customer satisfaction. ArsTechnica reports that Dell marketshare is down about 2.5% from a year ago to 13.9%, while HP has increased it's position as the #1 PC maker, up about 2.4% from a year ago to 17.4%. Dell is also not looking too good on the customer front, falling from a score of 79 on the ACSI (American Customer Satisfaction Index) a year ago to a 74 for this last year. Apple on the otherhand leads the ACSI with a score of 81, compared to an industry average of 74."
Internet Explorer

+ - Serious IE7 div layer rendering bug

Submitted by
costmo
costmo writes "We have discovered a very serious and repeatable bug in the way IE7 handles swapping div layer visibility. We haven't seen too much mention of this bug online except for a few people saying "should be fixed in beta 2." We were wondering if anyone else has been struggling with this (we can't be the only ones!), and what they are doing about it. More importantly, what can we do to get Microsoft's attention to fix the problem? The write-up of our results with code and usable examples is here."
Music

RIAA Arrests Pro Artist for Making Mixtapes 426

Posted by Zonk
from the you-are-doing-this-all-wrong dept.
Maximum Prophet writes "The RIAA is now going after mixtapes; specifically, the well-known mixtapes of rap artist DJ Drama. From the article: 'On Tuesday night he was arrested with Don Cannon, a protégé. The police, working with the Recording Industry Association of America, raided his office, at 147 Walker Street in Atlanta. The association makes no distinction between counterfeit CDs and unlicensed compilations like those that DJ Drama is known for.' The story goes on to say that many of the artists featured on the mixtapes would never have had the exposure and thus sales they had if DJ Drama had not featured them on a mix. Nowhere is a specific artist mentioned who claims to have been wronged by him. Additionally, the article states that mixtapes such as those made by DJ Drama are an accepted and integral part of rap music culture. His arrest is confusing on several levels."
Privacy

New Plan In UK For "Big Brother" Database 178

Posted by kdawson
from the for-our-own-good dept.
POPE Mad Mitch writes "The BBC is reporting that Tony Blair is going to unveil plans on Monday to build a single database to pull together and share every piece of personal data from all government departments. The claimed justification is to improve public services. The opposition party and the Information Commission have both condemned the plan as another step towards a 'Big Brother' society. Sharing information in this way is currently prohibited by the 'over-zealous' data protection legislation. An attempt to build a similar database was a key part of the, now severely delayed, ID card scheme."

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