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Submission + - Miami Heat owner sues Google, blogger over 'unflattering' photo (paidcontent.org)

Ian Lamont writes: "Ranaan Katz, a minority owner of the Miami Heat, has filed a copyright suit against Google and a blogger using Google's Blogspot service after the blogger posted an unflattering picture of Katz. The photo was taken at a basketball game, but the blog post that contains the picture alleges a "fraudulent scheme" involving Katz's commercial real estate operations. According to PaidContent, "This is the second time that Katz has sued the blogger. Last summer, Miami news outlets reported that Katz filed a defamation lawsuit against “John Doe” over critical blog posts. That lawsuit appears to have failed, likely on the grounds that Katz is a public figure and that US law is reluctant to chill free speech. The copyright lawsuit, therefore, appears to be a backdoor for Katz to go after the blogger all the same.""

Submission + - Typosquatter Slapped With $1 Million Lawsuit For Harvesting Emails (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: "New York-based law firm Gioconda Law Group has filed a lawsuit against self-proclaimed cyber security developer Arthur Kenzie for allegedly using typosquatting tactics to set up a bogus Web domain for intercepting email messages intended for the firm. Kenzie has similarly set up so-called doppelganger domains to harvest emails intended for companies such as McDonalds, MasterCard, NewsCorp, and McAfee, the law firm alleges. According to Gioconda, which specializes in IP protection law, Kenzie registered the domain name GiocondoLaw.com, which is strikingly similar to the firm's actual domain, GiocondaLaw.com. Kenzie has allegedly used the doppelganger domain to create fake email accounts with which to intentionally intercept private emails addressed to the firm's lawyers and staff."

Submission + - China DDOS an online petition to free Ai Weiwei (change.org) 3

decora writes: "If you are reading this on April 21, 2011, then you probably won't be able to connect to the linked story. That is because: "For the past three days, the Change.org website has been repeatedly targeted by cyber attacks coming from China that aim to bring our site down, which would keep people from signing the petition.", which demands the release of artist Ai Weiwei."

Submission + - Woman Busted Selling $2M of Counterfeit Software (securityweek.com)

wiredmikey writes: A Michigan woman pleaded guilty yesterday to selling counterfeit computer software which reportedly earned her over $400,000. According to court documents, between July 2008 and January 2010, Jones sold more than 7,000 copies of pirated business software at discounted prices through the website cheapdl.com. The software, published by several companies including Microsoft, Adobe, Intuit and Symantec had a retail value of more than $2 million.

Submission + - Microsoft, Nokia Finally Sign Definitive Agreement (techspot.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft and Nokia today announced the signing of a definitive agreement regarding their global mobile ecosystem partnership. Two months ago, Nokia announced that it was choosing Microsoft's Windows Phone as its primary smartphone platform but that the two companies still need to work out the details of the deal. A lot has happened since then, but apparently the agreement was completed ahead of schedule, according to the duo.

There are three points that we think are worth pointing out separately. We already know that Microsoft and Nokia will work together to reach out to developers, but the two have agreed to make Windows Phone developer registration free for all Nokia developers. There are also plans to open a new Nokia-branded global application store that leverages the Windows Phone Marketplace infrastructure so that developers can publish and distribute applications through a single developer portal to consumers that use Windows Phone, Symbian, and Series 40 devices. Lastly, Nokia will contribute its expertise in operator billing to ensure participants in the Windows Phone ecosystem can take advantage of Nokia's billing agreements with 112 operators in 36 markets.

The Almighty Buck

Submission + - NYTimes.com Reports 100k Subscribers (google.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Despite Slashdot (and much of the internet) ridiculing the New York Times for its archaic and overpriced paywall, the newspaper has reported an excess of one hundred thousand subscribers so far. Even as loopholes are offered, the New York Times has some support which they will need as print revenues dwindle (falling a staggering 57.6 percent during the year's first quarter).
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Submission + - SPAM: FTC whacks four more big telemarketing scammers

coondoggie writes: "The Federal Trade Commission today settled charges with four telemarketing scammers who were charging for products that were never ordered, making bogus claims about their products, and harassing consumers with unwanted phone calls, the commission stated. With the settlements, defendants in nine of the 13 scammers charged in last year's wide-ranging FTC crackdown known as "Tele-PHONEY" have settled FTC's charges, and courts have permanently prohibited the telemarketers' illegal activity, garnered profits and suspended operations of unscrupulous telemarketers who allegedly defrauded more than 500,000 consumers, resulting in losses of more than $100 million. The settlements contain judgments totaling more than $27.6 million, although as is unfortunately the case with many of these judgments, large portions have been suspended by the courts. [spam URL stripped]"
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Feed Science Daily: Zinc Linked To Macular Degeneration, Study Suggests (sciencedaily.com)

The mineral zinc could play a role in the development of macular degeneration. In studying eye tissue samples, the researchers found that deposits, that are hallmarks of age-related macular degeneration, contain large amounts of zinc. This finding might be particularly important because zinc supplements are widely given to patients to help boost weak immune systems.

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