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Submission Is Google Eating Up Pirate Bay's Role? 1

An anonymous reader writes: Will Pirate Bay have any business left once Google finishes absorbing the job of finding torrents everywhere? This amusing, non-scientific study of Google's search engine responses types in some movie names and finds the results are dominated by torrent links. Just typing in the movie's name brought up three offers to download the film for free but only one pointer to a legitimate merchant. Putting "Beaches torrent" produces lots of pointers to copies of the old movie. Will Google continue to ignore the revenue available from pointing to the merchants who can afford to buy real ads? Or will it embrace the dark side of the Net and continue to keep it at the top of the indexes? How will Pirate Bay make any money if Google starts giving away the searches for free?

Comment Re:Mmhmm (Score 1) 537

I work in the public television world, and this is a big deal to us because we get a large percentage of viewers over the air (old, low income, etc). I can assure you, digital signals are harder to get a picture with than analog. With analog, a little interference means some fuzz. With digital, it means you don't get a picture period. Indoor antennas are especially affected by the switch which has a lot of stations worried. I can assure you most of our stations are operating at full r near full power and our research is showing it's hard for a lot of viewers to tune in.

Akamai Wins Lawsuit to Protect Obvious Patent 173

brandaman writes "Akamai, the largest content delivery network (CDN) with about 70% market share, recently won its lawsuit against the against second largest CDN - Limelight Networks. The suit asserted that Limelight was infringing on Akamai's patent which, upon examination, seems to be somewhat on the obvious side. 'In accordance with the invention, however, a base HTML document portion of a Web page is served from the Content Provider's site while one or more embedded objects for the page are served from the hosting servers, preferably, those hosting servers near the client machine. By serving the base HTML document from the Content Provider's site, the Content Provider maintains control over the content.' Limelight is obviously not pleased, and this is not the first lawsuit Akamai has won regarding its patents."

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