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+ - UK Performers & YouTube Reach Royalty Deal->

Submitted by
eldavojohn
eldavojohn writes "YouTube has agreed to pay a blanket fee to the MCPS-PRS Alliance to license more than ten million works of music. While there's no mention of what this flat fee is, it will be interesting to see if this is just a deal too good to pass up or an admission of need to license works from YouTube. It also remains to be seen if licensing these songs will cascade to the users and the content they own on YouTube."
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Security

+ - Credit Card numbers vulnerable to POS theft

Submitted by
thepelekan
thepelekan writes "From the "Smash-and-grab" Department:

Due to well-know security flaws in retail credit card security practices, minimally protected credit card numbers are available via easily accessible Point-of-Sale (POS) credit card readers found at many common retailers. These POS card reading devices can store thousands of credit card numbers, which can be coxed into being revealed by entering publicly known default passwords. Remember, it is not too early to start shopping for Christmas with these nifty 'borrowed' credit card numbers...

In the news:
http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,136546-c,onlines ecurity/article.html

Source article:
http://www.hackerfactor.com/"
Privacy

+ - British break global, web-based, pedophile ring

Submitted by
westlake
westlake writes "In a breaking news story, the AP is reporting that the British police with the help of U.S. and Canadian investigators, have broken a web-based global pedophile ring, with 700 arrests world-wide. The ring was traced to an Internet chat room called "Kids the Light of Our Lives" that featured images of children being subjected to horrific sexual abuse including streaming live videos. Police rescued 31 children, some of them only a few months old. More than 15 of the children were in the United Kingdom. Authorities said they used surveillance tactics normally used against terrorism suspects and drug traffickers to infiltrate the ring at its highest level. The host of the chat room, Timothy David Martyn Cox, 27, of Buxhall, who used the online identity "Son of God," admitted to nine counts of possessing and distributing indecent images. Cox was given an indeterminate jail sentence Monday at a court in eastern England. That means he will remain in prison until authorities determine he is no longer a threat to children. 700 held as pedophile ring smashed, Police Smash Global Pedophile Ring"
Microsoft

+ - Microsoft Muscles the NYS Legislature->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft Muscles the NYS Legislature

Software giant moves to weaken NY Election law

The 800 pound gorilla of software development has moved forcefully into New York State, supported by voting machine vendors using Microsoft Windows in their touch screen voting machines and other systems. Over the last two months Microsoft and a cadre of high paid lobbyists have been working a full-court press in Albany in an attempt to bring about a serious weakening of New York State election law. This back door effort by private corporations to weaken public protections is about to bear fruit.

Read the rest of the post"

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The Internet

+ - Are mobile carriers ready for YouTube Mobile?

Submitted by mrspin
mrspin (666) writes "With YouTube's exclusive deals with mobile operators Verizon (in the US) and Vodafone (in the UK) coming to an end, the video sharing site has launched a mobile-friendly version that can be accessed by anyone with a compatible handset (capable of playing back .3gp video) and an appropriate data plan. With regards to the later, the first time you visit the site from your phone you're given the following warning: "YouTube Mobile is a data intensive application. We highly recommend that you upgrade to an unlimited data plan with your mobile service provider to avoid additional charges." What the site doesn't highlight is that many providers impose a 'fair use' policy which means that in reality they're unlimited plans aren't unlimited at all, as well as prohibiting access to non-partnering video sites as part of their terms of service. It will be interesting to see how the mobile industry responds to non-exclusive access to YouTube Mobile."
Censorship

+ - Wikipedia UNbanned in China !

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Dear Slashdot,

Since this morning Wikipedia has been unbanned in Beijing,
Shanghai and many other cities.

So far only the English version is accessible
(en.wikipedia.org).

The other languages, chinese included, aren't
reachable at the moment but there's no more
the notorious "connection reset" error coming
from the Great Firewall of China.

Marco Polo,
Bejing,
China PRC"
Movies

+ - Zeitgeist--The Movie->

Submitted by BobSutan
BobSutan (467781) writes "http://digg.com/2008_us_elections/Zeitgeist_The_Mo vie

A two hour expedition through the history of Christianity, alternative 9/11 viewpoints, and the future of the world's governments. Quite the conspiracy theory at times, but also quite informative.

The biggest benefit this video has to offer is that it challenges others to contemplate their faith in religion and government. As repeated religious and political scandals have shown in the past, questioning both is a good thing from time to time."

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Patents

+ - Patent Lawsuit - Providing Photos via a Network

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "from http://www.setexasrecord.com/news/196764-recent-pa tentcopyright-infringement-cases-filed-in-u.s.-dis trict-court

Plaintiff Peter Wolf claims he owns the rights to U.S. Patent No. 7,047,214 for "Process for Providing Event Photographs for Inspection and Distribution Via a Computer Network." The process allows photo proofs to be viewed and ordered online. He is suing Brightroom, Island Photography, Bird's Eye View, Digilabs, Printroom, SmugMug and Master Photos for infringement on the patented process.
Edward Goldstein of Houston is representing Wolf.
The case has been assigned to U.S. District Judge David Folsom
Case No. 2:07-cv-00238-DF"

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