An anonymous reader writes "On top of the DRM-free downloads from EMI, Apple also announced iTunes U today. This new section on the iTunes Store allows people to download audio and video recordings of lectures from many famous colleges including Stanford, UC Berkeley, Duke University, and MIT free of charge."
chiraz90210 writes "Robert Scoble just reported that Google released Gears, a plugin for the browser that allows your browser to maintain a small cache. It gives websites the ability to store a limited amount of data on your computer. The possibilities are very interesting. Take some emails from your web-based email reader offline for later reference, synchronizing the data of your enterprise information system at certain intervals, downloading items from news feeds asynchronously while you do something else... More information at the project site. It's released under the new BSD license."
Green Monkey writes "More social network "false positives": LiveJournal has been permanently suspending accounts suspected of promoting incest — except that many of them were communities for survivors of abuse and people discussing Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita. Even after being related to the problem, LiveJournal apparently refuses to reinstate the banned accounts. LiveJournal's official news blog has filled up with hundreds of complaints protesting the decision, so we could have another Digg-style user rebellion brewing."
stuckinarut writes "Peer to peer file sharing network popularity is at an all time high, with hundreds of thousands of computers connected to a single P2P network at a given time. These networks are increasingly being used to trick PCs into attacking other machines, experts say. In fact, some reports indicate that peer-to-peer may actually exceed web traffic. Computer scientists have previously shown how P2P networks can be subverted so that several connected PCs gang up to attack a single machine, flooding it with enough traffic to make it crash. This can work even if the target is not part of the P2P network itself. Now, security experts are warning that P2P networks are increasingly being used to do just this. "Until January of this year we had never seen a peer-to-peer network subverted and used for an attack," says Darren Rennick of internet security company Prolexic in an advisory released recently. "We now see them constantly being subverted.""
tirerim writes "A group calling itself the Warriors For Innocence complained to LiveJournal that many journals and communities listed certain illegal interests that might encourage pedophilia. As a result, the company has apparently been deleting such accounts, no questions asked. Victims so far reportedly include several fanfiction communities, a discussion group for the book Lolita, journals of RPG characters, and, most disturbingly, some journals of survivors of child abuse."