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Submission + - Bitcoin Needs Women (

Daniel_Stuckey writes: When I went to London’s 2013 Bitcoin Expo at the end of last month, the thing that surprised me most of all wasn’t the cryptocurrency’s recent skyward rise to over $1000 a bitcoin, nor was it the unrelenting conviction of most present that Bitcoin would soon take over the world. The thing that most struck me, from the moment I crossed the threshold of the Shoreditch café back room where the gathering took place, was how very few women were present.

As a woman writing on science and technology, I’m used to being in the minority—but this was pretty extreme. Looking around when I first walked in, I was surrounded by men. In the packed room, which must have accommodated hundreds of people, the number of women was in the single figures. One was behind a camera filming the event, and several were quite obviously accompanying male partners. On my own, with blonde hair, red lipstick, and a faux fur coat, I stuck out like a Trekkie at a Star Wars convention.

Submission + - Judge rules that resale of MP3s violates copyright law 1

Pikoro writes: A judge has sided with Capitol Records in the lawsuit between the record company and ReDigi — ruling that MP3s can only be resold if granted permission by copyright owners.
"The Order is surprising in light of last month's United States Supreme Court decision in Kirtsaeng v. Wiley & Sons, which reaffirmed the importance and applicability of the First Sale Doctrine in the United States of America."

Submission + - Most Torrent Downloaders Are Monitored, Study Finds (

derekmead writes: A new study from Birmingham University in the U.K. found that people will likely be monitored within hours of downloading popular torrents by at least one of ten or more major monitoring firms. The team, led by security research Tom Chothia, ran software that acted like a BitTorrent client for three years and recorded all of the connections made to it. At SecureComm conference in Padua, Italy this week, the team announced that they found huge monitoring operations tracking downloaders that have been up and running for at least the entirety of their research. According to the team's presentation (PDF), monitors were only regularly detected in Top 100 torrents, while monitoring of more obscure material was more spotty.

What’s really mysterious is who all of the firms are. Chothia’s crew found around 10 different monitoring entities, of which a few were identifiable as security companies, copyright firms, or other torrent researchers. But six entities could not be identified because they were masked through third party hosting. Now, despite firms focusing mostly on just the top few searches out there at any given time, that’s still a massive amount of user data to collect and store. Why? Well, if a reverse class-action lawsuit were feasible, those treasure troves of stored data would be extremely valuable.


Submission + - Surprising Things Lurk In 'Terms of Service' Agreements

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Time Magazine reports that every web company has a different definition of the words “fair” and “privacy,” so users should pay a little more attention to what they’re signing away when they click “Agree” on the registration page. For example, while most photo-sharing apps and websites, such as Instagram, reserve the right to use, delete, modify or publicly display your photos, the Twitter-based photo-sharing program Twitpic goes a step further by granting these rights to Twitpic’s affiliates. In 2011 the company inked a deal to sell photos to the World Entertainment Celebrity News Network. That means if you go into paparazzi mode, snap an exclusive photo of Justin Bieber, and put it on Twitpic, the company can sell it without crediting or compensating you. A 2008 study by Carnegie Mellon professors found that the average Internet user encounters almost 1,500 privacy policies a year, each about 2,500 words in length but now one website is offering to do the line-by-line reading for you, offer a quick and dirty version of the main points, and grade websites on the fairness of their user agreements. Sites are rated in categories such as content ownership, use of tracking cookies, and terms of service readability and so far the site, Terms of Service; Didn’t Read, has gathered information on more than thirty popular websites. Hugo Roy, the leader of the project, says terms of service agreements are the biggest lie on the web. “Their legal value is based on the fact that they get ‘accepted’ by users, while almost none of them even bother to read them.""

Submission + - 'Pink slime' maker halts operations at 3 plants, takes substantial financial hit (

suraj.sun writes: The maker of "pink slime", Beef Products Inc, suspended operations Monday at all but one plant where the beef ingredient is made(, acknowledging recent public uproar over the product has cost the company business. Craig Letch, director of food quality and assurance, said business has taken a "substantial" hit since social media exploded with worry over the ammonia-treated filler and an online petition seeking its ouster from schools. The company, meanwhile, will develop a strategy for rebuilding business and addressing what Letch called misconceptions about the beef the company makes. "We feel like when people can start to understand the truth and reality then our business will come back," he said. "It’s 100 percent beef."

Submission + - As many as one in four websites may be blocked in Iran (

hugheseyau writes: ""Internet usage in the Islamic Republic of Iran has increased significantly since the country's first Internet link went live in 1993, second only now to Israel when comparing the percentage of the population with Internet access in the Middle East. This presents a problem for a regime with a well documented history of press censorship as many users see the Internet as an opportunity to have their voices heard outside the reach of the Iranian Government. In response, in 2006 the Iranian Government began to dramatically increase its censorship of the Internet In Iran.

This article examines the state of Internet Censorship in Iran in 2012 by conducting a survey to determine whether top sites across all categories of the Internet are censored in Iran. The results of this survey were quite shocking, revealing a large percentage of websites are blocked in Iran""


Submission + - Murdoch faces allegations of sabotage ( 1

Presto Vivace writes: "Neil Chenoweth, of the Australian Financial Review, reports that the BBC program Panorama is making new allegations against News Corp of serious misconduct. This time it involves the NDS division of News Corp, which makes conditional access cards for pay TV. It seems that NDS also ran a sabotage operation, hiring pirates to crack the cards of rival companies and posting the code on The House of Ill Compute (, a web site hosted by NDS.

ITV Digital collapsed in March 2002 with losses of more than £1 billion, overwhelmed by mass piracy, as well as technical restrictions and expensive sports contracts. Its collapse left Murdoch-controlled BSkyB the dominant pay TV provider in the UK.

Chenoweth reports that James Murdoch has been an advocate for tougher penalties for pirates, “These are property rights, these are basic property rights,” he said. “There is no difference from going into a store and stealing a packet of Pringles or a handbag, and stealing something online. Right?""

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