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Submission + - The end of Public Domain 1 1

eporue writes: Since I uploaded the public domain movie The night of the living dead to YouTube I got 18 different complaints of copyright infrigment on it.
Actually, I have a channel of Public Domain movies in which monetization has been disabled "due to repeated community guidelines and/or copyright issues".
The problem is that 99% of the complaints are false, they are from companies that have no rights over the movies but by issuing millions of take downs, manage to control a good number of videos in YouTube.
Is there any way to fight back ? Is there a way to "probe" public domain ?

Submission + - Public domain and Youtube

eporue writes: I get "Disputed third party matched content" in more than half the public domain videos that I upload to my Youtube public domain movies and public domain cartoons channels. I get the content from Wikipedia and and I make sure that it is public domain. The funny thing is that many companies have nothing to do with the creators of the original videos. In the case of the Night of the living dead I got 11 different claims from 8 different companies. After "disputing" them, 8 have been released so far. How do you manage these disputes?

Submission + - Microsoft's Surface RT Was Doomed From Day One->

Nerval's Lobster writes: Last fall, Microsoft launched its Surface RT tablet with high hopes. The sleek touch-screen ran Windows RT, a version of Windows 8 designed for hardware powered by the ARM architecture, which dominates the mobile-device market; it also included a flexible keyboard that doubled as a screen cover. Microsoft executives told any journalist who would listen that Surface RT would position their company as a major player in the tablet arena, ready to battle toe-to-toe with Apple and various Android device manufacturers. Fast-forward to this week, and Microsoft announcing its financial results for the quarter ended June 30. Amidst metrics such as operating income and diluted earnings per share, one number stood out: a $900 million charge (the equivalent of $0.07 per share) related to what Microsoft called “Surface RT inventory adjustments.” Microsoft had already slashed Surface RT prices by $150, so that nearly-billion-dollar charge wasn't a total surprise — but it did underscore that Surface RT is a bomb. From the outset, Surface RT had an issue with the potential to mightily trip up Microsoft: While Windows RT looks exactly like Windows 8, it can’t run legacy Windows programs built for x86 processors, limiting users to what they can download from the built-in Windows Store app hub. While the Windows Store launched with 10,000 apps, that seemed paltry in comparison to the well-developed Android and iOS ecosystems. There’s likely nothing that Microsoft could have done about this—every platform has to start somewhere, after all—but the relative lack of apps put Surface RT between the proverbial rock and the hard place: it couldn’t rely on Windows’ extensive legacy, and it didn’t have enough content to make it a true contender from the outset against the iPad and Android tablets. Then there was the matter of price. Microsoft could have taken the Amazon route and sold Surface RT at a relative pittance in order to drive adoption—something that made the Kindle Fire a sizable hit. However, that sort of pricing scheme isn’t in Microsoft’s corporate DNA: it only cut Surface RT’s price several months after release, as a defensive maneuver, when it’s likely to do much less good.
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Submission + - Huawei Spies for China, Former CIA Chief Says->

wiredmikey writes: Former CIA head Michael Hayden said it "goes without saying" that Chinese telecoms giant Huawei spies for China. Speaking to the Australian Financial Review, he claimed China was engaged in unrestricted espionage against the West and believes Western intelligence networks have hard evidence that Huawei had spied on behalf of the Chinese state.

"And, at a minimum, Huawei would have shared with the Chinese state intimate and extensive knowledge of the foreign telecommunications systems it is involved with. I think that goes without saying." When asked whether Huawei represented an unambiguous national security threat to the US and Australia, Hayden replied: "Yes, I believe it does".

Huawei denies it has any direct links to the Chinese state, but the US Congress last year called for its exclusion from US government contracts and it was also barred from bidding for contracts to build Australia's national broadband network.

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Submission + - I'd pay 50 € for a Gmail-like encrypted webmail with serves in Europe, who

eporue writes: I am tired of reading about PRIMS and how everybody is reading my emails. And I am prepared to pay 50€ a year for a webmail system that allows me to us GPG, that uses SSL and with all the servers in Europe and with the data on those servers encripted using with my own private local key.

Anybody else ?

Submission + - Google starts sending adverts as emails to Gmail users-> 1 1

An anonymous reader writes: Back in May, Google rolled out an update to Gmail that it marketed as “a new inbox.” What it did was to split the email you receive into categories and then display them in different tabs. The Gmail redesign wasn’t just to help users, though. It turns out Google has decided to introduce a new form of advertising because of it, one that you could view as being much more intrusive than before.

Some users have started noticing that in the Promotions tab new emails are appearing that they haven’t singed up to receive. These emails as marked as “Ad” under the sender name. A little further investigation reveals they are actually Google adverts packaged as emails.

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Submission + - How Microsoft's Lack of Innovation is Killing Nokia-> 1 1

DavidGilbert99 writes: Nokia is struggling, and not because it is making bad smartphones, but because it made a bad choice two-and-a-half years ago. It is stuck with Windows Phone and according to Ian Fogg from IHS Screen Digest Microsoft is to blame for the failure of the platform: "[Windows Phone] has changed fairly little since Windows Phone 7 launched back in August 2010, and the difference between Windows Phone and Android, or Windows Phone and the iPhone in [terms of] software has widened in that period, not narrowed. One of Nokia's biggest challenges is that Microsoft is not innovating quickly enough." Worrying times for the Finnish company...
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Submission + - Is Google killing the internet with his "nofollow" policies?->

eporue writes: "Google has been getting more and more agresive against people selling links and passing "pagerank" to others for money. The problem is that people are so paranoid now that blogrolls are dying and nobody links to our blogs anymore for fear of upsetting Mr. Big G. How to avoid this ? How can I get people to start linking back to my blog?"
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Submission + - U.S. plans to let spy agencies scour Americans' finances->

concealment writes: "The Obama administration is drawing up plans to give all U.S. spy agencies full access to a massive database that contains financial data on American citizens and others who bank in the country, according to a Treasury Department document seen by Reuters.

The proposed plan represents a major step by U.S. intelligence agencies to spot and track down terrorist networks and crime syndicates by bringing together financial databanks, criminal records and military intelligence. The plan, which legal experts say is permissible under U.S. law, is nonetheless likely to trigger intense criticism from privacy advocates."

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Submission + - Share the love, YouTube, share the love->

eporue writes: "I have 1300 videos in my youtube channel. About 2,000,000 video views. And what do I get in return ? Thousands of "nofollow" links to my webpage and ONE "dofollow" link from my channel page.
Why Google? Don't you tell me everywhere to create good content and to get good quality links? Can you be fair and allow me to link to my blog with "dofollows" ?
Share the love, Youtube, share the love ..."

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Submission + - Megaupload users have to pay for their data->

angry tapir writes: "U.S. federal prosecutors are fine with Megaupload users recovering their data — as long as they pay for it. The government's position was explained in a court filing on Friday concerning one of the many interesting side issues that has emerged from the shutdown of Megaupload, formerly one of the most highly trafficked file-sharing sites. Prosecutors were responding to a motion filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation in late March on behalf of Kyle Goodwin, an Ohio-based sports reporter who used Megaupload legitimately for storing videos. the government argues that it only copied part of the Megaupload data and the physical servers were never seized. Megaupload's 1,103 servers — which hold upwards of 28 petabytes of data — are still held by Carpathia Hosting. Goodwin's options, prosecutors said, are either pay — or sue — Carpathia, or sue Megaupload."
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