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Submission + - Back to Karkand Launch has failed

kevin_j_morse writes: After much anticipation the Battlefield 3 DLC, Back to Karkand, launched this morning. Unfortunately, despite a 4 GB patch last week and several hours of offline maintenance through the night. Users can't even access the game because EA's online store, Origin, is down. Almost 12 hours after the initial launch the servers are all still empty. If only video game customers had SLAs with the game providers.
Firefox

Submission + - Firefox too bloated to be compiled (google.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Firefox has gotten so large that it cannot be compiled with PGO (Profile-Guided Optimization) on a 32-bit linker anymore, due to the physical memory limitation of 3 GB of RAM.

This problem had happened last year with 2 GB, which was worked around by adding a /3GB switch to the Windows build servers. Now the problem is back, things aren't quite that simple anymore.

Submission + - Yahoo! Inserting News in IMAPed Emails

kevin_j_morse writes: Yahoo! has started inserting news snippets in the middle of emails downloaded from its mobile device IMAP servers. The news snippets are title Today (Beta) and randomly appear in select emails downloaded from the IMAP server. When viewed on the Yahoo! Mail site the news links are not present and there appears to be no mention of this anywhere in the mail settings. The news does not appear when forwarding the messages which makes it quite hard to analyze. Apparently there aren't enough reasons to switch to Gmail...
Social Networks

Submission + - The Twitter fraudsters (pcpro.co.uk)

Barence writes: "PC Pro has a feature examining the psychology and motivation of people who create fake or parody Twitter accounts. The feature reveals how people behind some of the most popular parodies — such as @MrsStephenFry — have gone on to earn commercial success, while others are altogether more sinister. The man behind @Lord_Credo managed to convince many that he was a personal adviser to British Prime Minister, David Cameron, and wormed his way into political circles. He allegedly conned some out of money, took advantage of the hospitality of others, and left the professional reputation of at least one “in tatters”. He even fabricated a malignant brain tumour, leaving one young member of the group “utterly distraught”."
Google

Submission + - Flixya.com banned by Google AdSense (expertscolumn.com)

ramitk writes: Google has finally decided to disable the AdSense API from which Flixya was compensating it's users for "SHARING EVERYTHING". Flixya is a social networking kinda site, that gives 100% of the advertising royalties from Google AdSense to its users. Now that it has been banned from AdSense, it is no longer sharing the advertising revenue with it's users. Let's face it, Flixya had a poor image in the eyes of Google — all due to copy-pasted and plagiarized content. Alexa Internet shows that Flixya received only 15% traffic from search engines.

This is only the ad network that has banned Flixya. If the trend continues, it won't take any more time for the whole site to get sand boxed by the search engine Google itself.

Comment Too much whining! (Score 1) 574

No one is forcing you to use it. Even more ridiculous is the fact that this option has never been there and never will be.

The more I think about this the more I can't believe it.

My best analogy is as follows, Google is a person standing on the street giving out free ham sandwiches to try and draw people into their restaurant. The whining users are people who want the free sandwich but won't eat it unless the ham is replaced with turkey.

If you don't want the ham sandwich then walk down the street and there's several free turkey sandwiches waiting for you. They just might not be as awesome!

Ubuntu

Submission + - Monthly Ubuntu Releases Have Been Proposed (phoronix.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Scott James Remnant, the former Ubuntu Developer Manager at Canonical and current Ubuntu Technical Board leader, has proposed a new monthly release process for Ubuntu Linux. He acknowledges that with the six month releases there's features that end up landing way too soon, leaving them in a sour state for users. With his monthly proposal, Remnant hopes to relieve this by handling alpha, beta, and normal releases concurrently. It's unknown whether Canonical will accept the policy at this time.
Android

Submission + - Android to overtake Apple in app downloads! (blogspot.com)

quantr writes: ""Android is expected to surpass Apple in application downloads for the first time, according to research firm Ovum.
Android could notch 8.1 billion app downloads this year, compared with 6 billion for Apple's iOS devices. That marks an explosion of growth for both platforms; Apple had 2.7 billion downloads and Android recorded 1.4 billion last year. The total number of application downloads is expected to grow by 144 percent this year, Ovum said in a report issued today.""

Privacy

Submission + - Filesharing on a Shared Connection 5

An anonymous reader writes: I have a roommate that insists on using BitTorrent without taking any kind of precautions. He has an affinity for downloading material that is extremely popular and high-risk. He's received a warning from a well-known media giant in the past about his file sharing, but hasn't been sued. We've recently begun living in an apartment together (with one other person) and share our Internet connection and IP address. If his p2p activity leads to someone attempting to take legal action, could I be held liable? How would our accusers differentiate between our computers if we all share the same IP address? Would they just sue the lot of us?

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