PrairieDog2k writes: It seems like I can't access my newsgroup aggregator service using by AT&T Broadband connection. However, the site is up and I can get to it using an internet proxy. Furthermore, the site announcement indicates no issues of connectivity issues. I am wondering if this is one of the ways that AT&T and other ISP's are going to block newsgroup access. I was wondering if other newsgroup aggregator sites are being blocked, as well.
Lunatrik writes: In a not entirely unexpected turn of events, Flagship Studios, the producers of the bug-ridden (at release!) game Hellgate: London is going under, multiplesources are reporting. In addition, many current subscribers to the game are finding themselves unable to cancel their subscriptions due to "technical errors".
Erik J writes: "Ubisoft recently revealed that its Games for Everyone division will be developing games for mobile equipment including the iPhone and iPod touch. In an interview with CG, executive producer Pauline Jacquey explained that Ubisoft wished to target a wider range of platforms, specifically mobile devices. She elaborated:
"We don't want to keep it too narrow. We'll be making games not only on PC, PS3 and 360, but on iPhone and iPod touch as well. When it comes to the mobile industry, Ubisoft sister company Gameloft looks after that and I'm not in charge of it. They will be borrowing more from the Games For Everyone range.""
Cartack writes: Domain names are valuable property. The recent sale of pizza.com for 2+ million is evidence of that. Short domains expecially 2 character domains, are also extremely valuable, and command prices of several hundred thousand to several million dollars.
Lufthansa tried to buy LH.com for $1,000,000 and was unsuccessful. Now they have acquired the domain in an underhanded manner by arguing that they own the rights to "LH", and that lh.com is infringing on thier trademark.
If thats the case, then several thousand other businesses and individuals have the same rights to "Lh". This decision is precedent setting, and i suspect we will see many big pocketed businesses going after individuals who own valuable generic domains.
"A scandalous decision has once again been reached by the so called wipo arbitration panel.
The disputed name is LH.com
The name is currently still owned by 'elequa'. Well known in the domain industry and owns a vast portfolio of short acronym domains. Including 'i.net' !
A gem dating back to 1995. It is Lufthansa who have effectively hijacked this name now. Reverse hijacking (or daylight robbery) is on the increase as firms desperate to own a unique short web address try and take via court action from legitimate owners.
Let's make no mistake, cyber-squatting is when people register something like BurgerKing.com and feed off someone's trademark. Or register typos.
A pure generic acronym like LH is common to many firms across the world. There have been rumours circulating that wipo are not entirely 'clean' themselves and we have read many rumours recently of shenanigans going on with biased panels.
I think we can clearly see this again with this ruling . Simply beyond belief and i for one believe the panelists have been influenced.
Thank God these idiots, named and shamed below, are only taking decisions based on property, imagine if there were fools like this deciding on peoples freedom? Unfortunately there are."
Lunatrik writes: "The New York Times is reporting on the Monitoring the US Government is performing on lawyers dealing with "terrorist" clients. Citing two officials from the Justice Department:
"If a terrorist suspect living in a foreign country is calling into the United States and all of his calls are being monitored, the calls to his lawyers here might be intercepted, as well," one of the officials said. "It's not as if we're targeting the lawyer for surveillance. It's not like we're eager to violate lawyer-client privilege. The lawyer is just one of the people whose calls from the suspect are being swept up.""
Lunatrik writes: "Data Transfer costs are apparently worth more than gold in Canada, or at least that is what cellphone providers would have you believe. Having not read the fine print of his contract, a Canadian father provided his cellphone to his son to use in the field to browse the internet. Little did he (or his son) know, the "unlimited" $10 a month plan he had signed up for would end up costing him $83,000 in fee's at the end of the month. Kudos to the phone company, though, for reducing the charge to a mere C$3,400 out of "goodwill"..."
from the google-where-you-are dept.
garbletext writes "A new version of Google Maps introduced this week includes a beta feature dubbed My Location that was designed to simulate the GPS experience on mobile phones and handheld devices that do not include GPS hardware, like Apple's iPhone. Essentially, the My Location feature takes information broadcast from mobile towers near non-GPS equipped mobile phones to approximate the device's current location on the map down to about 10 city blocks. "It's not GPS, but it comes pretty close (approximately 1000m close, on average)," the Mountain View, Calif.-based search giant explained on its website. "We're still in beta, but we're excited to launch this feature and are constantly working to improve our coverage and accuracy." The My Location feature is currently available for most web-enabled mobile phones, including Java, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, and Nokia/Symbian devices."