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The Courts

+ - isoHunt Forced to Shut Down

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werewolf1031
werewolf1031 writes "One of the world's most well-known torrent indexing sites has been shut down under orders from its ISP's lawyers, according to the temporary page currently being served at isoHunt.com. From the site:
"Lawyers from our primary ISP decided to pull our plug without any advance notice, as of 14:45 PST. No doubt related to our lawsuit brought by the MPAA, but we don't have more information at this time until people responsible comes to work tomorrow. We will be back in operation once we sort out this mess with our current ISP, or we get new hardware ready at our new ISP."
Although isoHunt.com operated outside the United States, the servers hosting the site were physically within the US, apparently providing adequate legal grounds for the shutdown. The site administrators had been trading legal barbs with the MPAA for two years before the ISP's lawyers took matters into their own hands. Presently, the site's temporary front page is being hosted by a Canadian ISP, pending recovery of their servers in the U.S.

At a time when the movie industry is attempting to harness the distribution powers of the BitTorrent protocol, are they in the end biting the hand that feeds by preemptively alienating many of their potential future customers?"
Programming

+ - Flash Player 9 for Linux Released

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Ryan
Ryan writes "Flash Player 9 for Linux has left beta and is now available on Adobe's site. Tinic Uro, a member of the team behind the Flash player made the announcement and also added some inside information about the player development:
Alright, so far so good... That does not mean that this is a release which I consider feature complete. We do however consider this version to be vastly better than any previous Flash Player for Linux. Since customers were starting to ask for a final version we decided to feature freeze what we have. So two months ago we moved the Flash Player 9 for Linux code into a separate code branch for stabilization.
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Businesses

+ - Guitar Hero 3 Development goes to Neversoft

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hammersuit
hammersuit writes "GameDaily Biz is reporting Harmonix is no longer developing Guitar Hero 3, and instead developer Neversoft now has that honor. "Neversoft is undoubetdly filled with much talent, but we're not quite sure why RedOctane would give the development duties to them after Harmonix created two hugely successful games." GameDaily Biz reminds us "Guitar Hero II really cranked it up to 11 with sales of more than 805 K units in December alone in the U.S. In fact, according to recent NPD data, the game was the fifth best selling game for all of 2006 with 1.3 million units sold in the U.S.""

Some programming languages manage to absorb change, but withstand progress. -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982

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