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+ - Argentina wants to tax "potential" piracy->

Submitted by joabjon
joabjon (1382465) writes "The Argentinian senate wants to tax (1%-75%!) a broad range of electronic devices, such as external and internal hard drives, usb sticks, mp3 players, cell phones, blank DVDs and CDs, DVD players, BluRay players and others; because they contain "memory" and that "memory" *COULD POTENTIALLY* be used to store illegal content such as MP3s, movies, etc.

The tax would be to "compensate" (?!) artists for the POTENTIAL pirated content that could be stored in those devices."

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Cloud

+ - Compromised PCs Offer 'Botnet As A Service'->

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jfruhlinger
jfruhlinger writes "Worldwide, there are 4.5 million PCs infected with the TDL malware; these computers form a botnet of unprecedented scale. And what is the purpose of this massive botnet? Its masters are apparently renting out its computing power in a 'Botnet As A Service' model, providing anonymous proxies to customers."
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Facebook

+ - Facebook More Hated Than Banks, Utilities->

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jfruhlinger
jfruhlinger writes "According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index, Facebook raises a lot of ire among its customers — more than Bank of America or AT&T Mobility. This bodes ill for the company — as blogger Chris Nerney points out, many of the others on the most-hated list are utilities and other companies with monopolies, which can hold customers despite bad service. At least Facebook edged out MySpace."
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Games

+ - World of Warcraft Goes Free With Starter Edition-> 1

Submitted by Stoobalou
Stoobalou (1774024) writes "Blizzard Entertainment has announced that its enormously popular online role-playing game World of Warcraft will be free to play for characters up to level 20.
WoW has always offered free trials of one of the world's biggest multi-player online games but previous offers have always been limited to a set number of days.
The new policy means that first-time visitors to Azeroth will be able to build an unlimited number of characters and classes up to level 20 at their leisure, although there will be some limitations."

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