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Sony

Submission + - Sony’s hunting down more hackers (jailbreakscene.com)

xstahsie writes: Thought Sony’s done looking for hackers? Nope! The company is now looking for other hackers involved, which includes Cantero, Peter, Bushing, Segher, hermesEOL, kmeaw, Waninkoko, grafchokolo and Kakaroto. They will subpoena various websites including YouTube, Twitter, PayPal, and Slashdot to find these hackers. New court documents are made available below.
Privacy

Submission + - A dark day for internet trolls 1

Anonymous Coward writes: "In August 2008, a user of Blogger.com, Google's blogging service, created "Skanks in NYC," a site that assailed Liskula Cohen, 37, a Canadian-born onetime cover girl who has appeared in Vogue and other fashion magazines. The blog featured photos of Cohen captioned with terms including "psychotic," "ho," and "skank." On Monday, New York Supreme Court Judge Joan Madden ruled that Google must hand over to Cohen any identifying information it possesses about the blog's creator. http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/08/18/new.york.model.blog.lawsuit/index.html"
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Gambling on Console Video Games (google.com)

eldavojohn writes: Via GamePolitics, news of a new service called bringit.com is allowing players to put their money where their mouth is for console games. How it works: 'BringIt supports the PlayStation 2, the PS3, the Xbox 360 and the Wii. Players challenge each other on the site, but play on their consoles. BringIt holds players' entry fees until the game is finished. After the game is done, it verifies the results and credits the winner, minus the service fee.' And it's legal in 39 states (sorry Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Montana, Tennessee and Vermont). ESPN has more details in an interview with the site's founder, Woody Levin, who reveals that they will record chat and verify special rules. They even have feedback like eBay if you play with someone who cheats. Your maximum bets slowly scale up with the number of games you've played so you don't go losing a lot money right off the bat or hustling people.
Windows

Black Screens For Unauthorized Copies of Windows 762

arcticstoat writes "In a bid to deter people from using pirate versions of Windows XP, Microsoft is now updating its Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) tool to introduce a few uncomfortable niggles for users of pirated versions of Windows. These include replacing the desktop wallpaper with a black screen every 60 minutes, although you can still replace it with your wallpaper of choice in the intervening period. As well as this, copies of Windows deemed to not be genuine will also have a translucent watermark above the system tray, which Microsoft calls a 'persistent desktop notification.'"

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