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+ - Game Dev says 10.1m illegal downloads = 176k actual lost sales->

Submitted by clickclickdrone
clickclickdrone (964164) writes "Football Manager boss Miles Jacobson has revealed the true extent of video game piracy on PC.

10.1m people have illegally downloaded Football Manager 2013, he said on stage at London Games Conference 2013.

Jacobson said that he does not believe that one pirated game equals one lost sale "That would be ridiculous to think," he said. But based on the drop in activations, he estimated piracy cost them 176,000 lost sales. He added that 1.74 per cent of illegal downloaders would potentially purchase the game had no crack been available"

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+ - 'Master key' to Android phones uncovered->

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clickclickdrone (964164) writes "A "master key" that could give cyber-thieves unfettered access to almost any Android phone has been discovered by security research firm BlueBox. The bug could be exploited to let an attacker do what they want to a phone including stealing data, eavesdropping or using it to send junk messages. The loophole has been present in every version of the Android operating system released since 2009.

Google said it currently had no comment to make on BlueBox's discovery."

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Google

+ - Ebay say Google ads not worth it->

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clickclickdrone (964164) writes "A report by auction website eBay has found that paying for advertising in the form of keywords on search engines has little effect on sales.

Platforms such as Google and Bing offer companies the option to "buy" words. This means their websites appear more prominently if a person searches for a particular term.

The eBay study found that most people who clicked through as a result of this service were loyal customers who would have come to the site anyway.

As the article goes on to suggest though, these results will be heavily skewed by the fact Ebay is such a well known brand to begin with, it would already show high in the listings. Smaller advertisers would probably see more benefit."

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Facebook

+ - SPAM: Facebook sued over use of Like button

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clickclickdrone (964164) writes "Facebook is facing legal action over its use of the "like" button and other features of the social network.

It is being sued by a patent-holding company acting on behalf of a dead Dutch programmer called Joannes Jozef Everardus van Der Meer.

Rembrandt Social Media said Facebook's success was based, in part, on using two of Mr Van Der Meer's patents without permission."

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United Kingdom

+ - No Charges in UK for Gary McKinnon-> 1

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clickclickdrone (964164) writes "Computer hacker Gary McKinnon, who is wanted in the US, will not face charges in the UK, the Crown Prosecution Service has said.

Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer QC said the chances of a successful conviction were "not high".

He announced the decision some three months after Home Secretary Theresa May stopped the extradition.

Mr McKinnon, 46, admits accessing US government computers but says he was looking for evidence of UFOs.

The US authorities tried to extradite him to face charges of causing $800,000 (£487,000) to military computer systems and he would have faced up to 60 years in prison if convicted."

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+ - Kickstarted video game project Haunts gets mothballed->

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clickclickdrone (964164) writes "Development on a video game funded by the crowdsourced funding site Kickstarter has stopped as all its programmers have quit.

More than 1,200 people backed Haunts: The Manse Macabre when it ran a funding campaign via Kickstarter in June 2012.

It pledged to produce a horror game but that has been mothballed after running out of cash and staff."

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+ - UK Hacker McKinnon Extradition has been blocked-> 1

Submitted by clickclickdrone
clickclickdrone (964164) writes "The UK Home Secretary has just announced that Gary McKinnon will not be extradited to the US for hacking charges. She has cited grave concerns in recent years about the handling of UK->US extraditions. This was the last chance to extradite him so now it will be down to UK justice system."
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+ - Rasberry Pi competitors appearing.->

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clickclickdrone (964164) writes "A couple of competitors to the Rasberry Pi have been in the news this week. The Chinese MK802 has a higher spec but an equally high price but now VIA have announced their own bare board system, the APC which should ship at $49. Both systems run Android in contrast to the Rasberry Pi's Linux."
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+ - Domesday Project reborn online after 25 years->

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clickclickdrone (964164) writes "A good idea, combined with the right technology, can change the world. 25 years ago, the BBC dreamt up an inspired scheme. However, in the case of the Domesday Project, it was the tech that doomed it.

The premise was straightforward enough — create a 20th century version of William the Conqueror's 900-year-old page-turner, the Domesday Book.

Instead of land rights and livestock, it would chronicle life in 1980s Britain, based on photographs and written accounts submitted by ordinary people.

It was an incredibly ambitious undertaking and, in many ways, the Domesday Project was a success.

The BBC received more than a million contributions and the electronic version was released commercially.

However, the system was based on laserdiscs, a BBC Master computer and a trackball and over the years, the ability to access the data has been all but lost. Until now..."

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Apple

+ - First Apple Computer sells for £130,000-> 1

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clickclickdrone (964164) writes "One of the first batch of Apple personal computers has sold at auction in London for £133,250 ($210,000).

The Apple I came with its original packaging and a signed sales letter from Apple co-founder and current chief executive Steve Jobs.

The computer, one of only 200 of the model ever made, originally sold for $666.66 when it was introduced in 1976."

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+ - Torchwood to return->

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clickclickdrone (964164) writes "Despite killing off the bulk of the cast in season 3, the BBC have announced season 4 of Torchwood and with a nod to overseas sales, they are going international location wise. A ten part series is promised with locations in the US and elsewhere in the world unlike the previous seasons which stayed resolutely in Wales."
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+ - How a single theft caused numerous fires in the UK->

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clickclickdrone (964164) writes "Thieves in the UK stole a GBP20 limiter from an electrical substation. The result? Power fluctuations as high as 400 volts caused numerous appliance failures and a number of thankfully small fires in Bolton. A child's baby alarm even caught fire damaging blankets and putting the baby at risk. The incident has triggered a lot of discussion about the merits of switching off and unplugging everything overnight — possibly an overreaction but we do tend to assume our mains delivers what we expect."
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News

+ - UK News website chain to start charging for conten->

Submitted by clickclickdrone
clickclickdrone (964164) writes "A chain of websites belonging to Johnston Press, the largest owner of regional newspapers in the UK is starting a trial to see if people are willing to pay £5 per quarter for access to all their content. Non paying users can still access a subset of the articles though. This follows on the heels of Murdoch's expressed wish to start making people pay for online news. Johnston Press have over 300 newspapers in their fold so this will be one to watch."
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Linux

+ - Linux laptops for Senior Citizens launched-> 1

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clickclickdrone (964164) writes "The BBC and others are reporting the launch of a new range of computers aimed at older (60+) first time computer users with no experience of the Internet. Using a build of Linux with a simplified interface called SimplicITy, the new machines provide basic email, web browsing and chat. To help users get going, it even includes 17 tutorial videos by Valerie Singleton, a well known face in the UK to people of that generation."
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