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Comcast Helps Fix Pirate Bay Connection Problems 237

MagusSlurpy writes "Far from blocking The Pirate Bay, Comcast was just one of several ISPs on which TPB was unreachable today. Comcast reached out to the torrent site, and its engineers provided technical support, eventually determining that the connectivity issues stemmed from a reverse path filtering issue at an intermediate ISP, Serious Tubes Networks."
Social Networks

News Corp. Looking To Sell MySpace 146

rudy_wayne writes "News Corp. is reportedly trying to sell MySpace for $100 million, a fraction of the $580 million it originally paid for the social network in 2005. Parties interested in acquiring MySpace include private equity firm THL Partners, Redscout Ventures and Criterion Capital, owner of social network Bebo (the company AOL bought for $850 million and then sold for $10 million). Chinese Internet holding company Tencent is also reportedly interested, and so is MySpace co-founder Chris De Wolfe. What's not yet clear is what any of these companies plan to do with MySpace if a sale goes through." This follows news of massive layoffs and a rapidly shrinking userbase in recent months.
Open Source

Freedom Box Foundation Wants Plug Servers For All 225

An anonymous reader writes "From the NYTimes.com article: 'A Columbia law professor in Manhattan, Eben Moglen, [is] putting together a shopping list to rebuild the Internet — this time, without governments and big companies able to watch every twitch of our fingers. ... Put free software into the little plug server in the wall, and you would have a Freedom Box that would decentralize information and power, Mr. Moglen said. This month, he created the Freedom Box Foundation to organize the software.'"

Comment Re:Market Share? (Score 1) 765

It absolutely works. The PayPal shipping stuff is all written in Java - it's browser independent. The problem is it also uses popups which Chrome and FF block. Once you set an exception for PayPal and the other external domains it uses (pitneybowes or something), you'll get the shipping windows and everything will popup and load the Java applets like it is supposed to.

Comment Re:Wikileaks (Score 1) 255

Shown how? In the US, that generally requires a court of law proceeding and decision. I don't get my license taken away unless I'm convicted of DUI - not right after the breathalizer. The scary part of all this is MC is acting a judge and jury arbitrarily. Imagine if the local power utilities started cutting power to groups they felt were 'questionable'. This is a watershed event, and opens up the very real possibility of using private companies and the withdrawl of their critical services to punish groups that, while distasteful or even possibly illegal, have not been deemed such in a court of law. Chilling does not even begin to describe this.
Cellphones

John Carmack Not Enthused About Android Marketplace 163

An anonymous reader writes "During an in-depth and informative interview, Doom creator and id Software co-founder John Carmack opines on iOS game development, the economics of mobile development vs. console development, why mobile games lend themselves to more risk-taking and greater creativity, and finally, why he's not too keen on the Android Marketplace as a money-making machine. '...I'm honestly still a little scared of the support burden and the effort that it's going to take for our products, which are very graphics-intensive.'"

Comment Re:Ask a friend (Score 1) 318

If your computer had McAfee or Norton installed at one point (like when it was new), they leave parts of themselves behind which can sometimes fight with MSE. Download and run the removal tools for each and then reinstall MSE. See if that helps. I've installed MSE for hundreds of clients and have only seen this behavior with a couple and was always an interaction with another AV program or remnant.
Businesses

Paying With the Wave of a Cellphone 137

holy_calamity writes "Tech Review discusses how it will soon be possible to pay in stores by waving your cellphone over a contactless reader, thanks to new handsets due next year, and RFID stickers and cases offered today by firms including Visa. It's convenient for shoppers, but a major driver of the technology is the opportunity for retailers to gain access to their customers' cellphones and social networks for marketing purposes."

Comment Re:No need to fuss (Score 1) 324

Agree 100%. I deal mainly with residential clients and almost every infected box I deal with has a current Norton or McAffee subscription. We remove them, run their removal tools since, like a virus, they leave crud behind, and install MSE and ensure the firewall is properly configured. The speed up can often be significant, especially on older boxes, and it's free. I have no problem with MS offering as an OPTION the installation of MSE. I am NOT an MS fanboi by any stretch, but MSE has been great. But it's an AV program and virus writers work to get ahead of them. I've certainly had a few MSE boxes return infected again with scareware. Only so much you can do. One part of MSE I really like is the ultra simple process for submitting things it did not detect (right in the Help menu) and how they provide you with ongoing status updates as they analyze your submission. Only thing about MSE is it uses a decent amount of memory (90-150MB) So any box with 512MB is going to struggle and we often encourage clients with 1GB to upgrade to 1GB anyway, even with XP, given the expanded memory footprint of browsers, AV, office, etc. The only clients we don't encourage to switch are those that actively use Norton's backup service if they have a stout enough computer to handle running N360, etc. Sure they could use MSE, MS Firewall, and an online backup service like Backblaze, but that's just more stuff to deal with and we'll encourage them to go ahead and stick with N360 until such a time that they decide to backup some other way or hit 2GB and don't want to pay Norton for more space. This is VERY rare. So hats off to MS. Don't care if you bought the technology. MSE is a great tool and I hope they continue to keep it lightweight and easy to use.
Media (Apple)

China's Official Newspaper Pans iPad — Too Locked Down 319

An anonymous reader writes "The People's Daily newspaper, which is the official news organ of the ruling Communist party in China, apparently recently posted a review of the iPad, where it complained about the locked down nature of the device, noting that 'There are many disadvantages. For example you cannot install pirate software on them, you cannot download [free] music, and you need to pay for movies you watch on them.' You would think a country that is in favor of locking down the internet so much would like a locked up device ..."
Google

Google Patent Proposes $2 Fee To Skip Commercials 434

theodp writes "A day after Google debuted its new Google TV website, the USPTO issued U.S. Patent No. 7,806,329 to the search giant for its Targeted Video Advertising invention. Among other things, the patent proposes having viewers take 5-10 minutes to 'fill out a consumer survey and perhaps to provide additional information such as a mailing address survey before starting the program' to avoid having to watch 10 minutes of commercials. 'As another alternative,' the patent continues, 'the broadcaster may offer the users an option to pay $2 (such as through a micro-payment system, such as GBuy) to exchange for skipping all commercials.' More from the patent: 'The system may allow a user to skip all of the promotions that they want to skip, but may also require the user to fully watch at least four promotions before the program will continue. Likewise, the system may require the user to follow activities that generate a certain amount of advertising revenue or advertising points (e.g., that may correspond directly or indirectly to advertising revenues) before the program will continue.'"
Social Networks

Target To Sell Facebook "Credits" As Gift Cards 96

Julie188 writes "Target will begin selling Facebook's virtual currency as gift cards on September 5, becoming the first brick-and-mortar retailer to do so. Facebook Credit gift cards will be available in $15, $25 and $50 denominations at the retailer's 1,750 stores. That's right, you can now spend real dollars to get fake ones so you can buy imaginary items for games like FarmVille, Bejeweled and 150 other FB games or apps. If that interests you, please contact me. I have some swamp land in Florida I'd like to show you."

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