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Journal Journal: Rumor: 500 Kin Phones 9

When Microsoft's Kin was released a month ago, it came with the usual sequence of tittilating leaks (project Pink), a swell of coverage leading to liveblogging of the release press conference, and an advertising blitz impressive in its scope. Since it's supposed to be a social phone of course it has numerous fansites including Facebook and Twitter. Of course there's a Wikipe


Submission + - Quit Facebook Day

Beatnes writes: Tired of Facebook abusing your privacy? Today is quit Facebook day, join some 26,000 users who have committed to quitting

In response to the recent Facebook privacy issues, a batch of users founded this celebration of-sorts (not on Facebook, obviously) in hopes that thousands more would join their commitment to deactivate their Facebook accounts come May 31

from PCMag


AU R18+ Rating Plans Put On Hold Due To "Interest Groups" 139

Dexter Herbivore writes "Australian gamers are yet again left disappointed by their government's response to a lack of an R18+ rating for games. Gamespot reports that Home Affairs Minister Brendan O'Connor has blamed 'interest groups' for swamping the public consultation with pro-R18+ submissions. From the article: 'A strong response from gamer groups in the Australian Federal Government's R18+ public consultation has led Censorship Ministers to claim that more views from the community are needed before a decision into the introduction of an R18+ classification for video games can be reached.'" Reader UgLyPuNk adds that support for the new rating is coming from unexpected places.

McAfee Kills SVCHost.exe, Sets Off Reboot Loops For Win XP, Win 2000 472

Kohenkatz writes "A McAfee Update today (DAT 5958) incorrectly identifies svchost.exe, a critical Windows executable, as a virus and tries to remove it, causing endless reboot loops." Reader jswackh adds this terse description: "So far the fixes are sneakernet only. An IT person will have to touch all affected PCs. Reports say that it quarantines SVCHOST. [Affected computers] have no network access, and missing are taskbar/icons/etc. Basically non-functioning. Windows 7 seems to be unaffected." Updated 20100421 20:08 GMT by timothy: An anonymous reader points out this easy-to-follow fix for the McAfee flub.

Submission + - Ubisoft’s New DRM Cracked in Under 24-Hours (

guantamanera writes: Ubisoft made serious waves when they announced a new DRM policy for all new PC titles, beginning with Silent Hunter 5 and Assassin’s Creed 2. The new scheme UbiSoft hoped would thwart piracy requires all legitimate users to have a permanent Internet connection that continuously authenticates a copy of the game. Additionally, save game files are now stored on UbiSoft servers.

Submission + - Oz minister wants Google to censor YouTube ( 1

Janacek writes: Australian Communications Minister thinks YouTube should be censored for Australian consumption by Google and admires their abilities in this area demonstrated in places like China and Thailand.

Calling the company “probably the world’s leading deep packet filterer, unbeknownst to most people,” Conroy told a Senate Estimates committee that he was discussing the possibility of getting Google to filter refused-classification materials from its YouTube video sharing site. “They have experience in blocking material in other countries at the behest of governments, including China, Thailand and a number of other countries," he added.

Submission + - IOBit Caught Stealing MalwareBytes database. ( 1

SixXGate writes: According to MalwareBytes, the security company IOBit, based in China has stolen their database of signature and incorporated it into their software’s database of signature. They determined this by using a fake detection that would have only appeared in their database and caught them red-handed.

Submission + - Photoshop Disaster Spawns DMCA Lawsuit

pickens writes: Pickens writes:

Cory Doctorow writes that Ralph Lauren issued a DMCA takedown notice after Boing Boing republished the photoshop disaster contained in a Ralph Lauren advertisement in which a model's proportions appear to have been altered to give her an impossibly skinny body with the model's head larger than her pelvis. Doctorow says that one of the things that makes their ISP Priority Colo so awesome is that they don't automatically act on DMCA takedowns and proceeded to dare Lauren to sue. "This is classic fair use: a reproduction "for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting," etc," writes Doctorow. "Copyright law doesn't give you the right to threaten your critics for pointing out the problems with your offerings." Doctorow adds that every time Lauren threatens to sue he will "reproduce the original criticism, making damned sure that all our readers get a good, long look at it," "publish your spurious legal threat along with copious mockery," and "offer nourishing soup and sandwiches to your models."

Submission + - Mars In Australia

Thadeus writes: "An enormous dust storm created a Mars-Like atmosphere in Sydney Australia today."

Submission + - Postal worker steals 3012 netflix DVD and only fac (

e3m4n writes: "Now how exactly is it that Jamie Thomas gets fined 1.92 Million dollars for 'making available' a mere handful (as in 24) of songs and yet someone abuses such a high position of trust, and tampers with the mail is only assessed with $38,500 in damages??? How is this NOT a violation of Jamie Thomas' 14th amendment rights — equal protection under the law??? I am not a lawyer so if anyone IS a lawyer, please help me understand. From where I sit, this is another shining lesson that if you screw up, make sure you do it on an Exxon Valdez scale, so as to escape a proportionate level of punishment."

Submission + - Is Sony's latest firmware upgrade breaking PS3s? (

MessedRocker writes: "YouTube user "sushigeek" notes that after upgrading his PlayStation 3 to firmware version 3.01, it has suddenly lost the ability to read discs and interface with his wireless controller. Despite a system restore, the problems are still not fixed. This leaves him with two options: to wait for another upgrade to solve the problem, or to send it back to Sony at his expense. Should he have to pay for Sony's mistakes?"

Submission + - Spyware prank exposes hospital medical records ( 1

cheerytt writes: Let this be a very good lesson to all broken-hearted geeks out there! A 38-year-old Ohio man is set to plead guilty to federal charges after spyware he meant to install on the computer of a woman he'd had a relationship with ended up infecting computers at a children's hospital. Spyware was sent to the woman's Yahoo e-mail address in the hope it would be used to monitor what his former girlfriend was doing on her PC. But instead, she opened the spyware on a computer in the hospital's pediatric cardiac surgery department. The spyware sent more than 1,000 screen captures via e-mail, including details of medical procedures, diagnostic notes and other confidential information relating to 62 patients. The man will pay $33,000 to the hospital for damages and faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison. Ouch!

Submission + - Hackers send malware-infected CDs to credit unions ( 2

redsoxh8r writes: Online criminals have taken to a decidedly low-tech method for distributing the latest batch of targeted malware: mailing infected CDs to credit unions . The discs have been showing up at credit unions around the country recently, a throwback to the days when viruses and Trojans were distributed via floppy disk. The scam is elegant in its simplicity. The potential thieves are mailing letters that purport to come from the National Credit Union Administration, the federal agency that charters and insures credit unions, and including two CDs in the package. The letter is a fake fraud alert from the NCUA, instructing recipients to review the training materials contained on the discs. However, the CDs are loaded with malware rather than training programs.

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