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Submission + - Flaw In YouTube Takedown Process Exposed (

BraveThumb writes: One independent rap group found it impossible to post their song on YouTube. When they tried to put up their video, they were informed that the copyright belonged to Universal Music, even though the rap group wasn't signed to any label. The Hollywood Reporter shares what happens and concludes by saying, "For an industry that's pursuing copyright reform, the portrayal of a copyright regime that works against young artists can't be a good thing."

Submission + - Stratfor Hacked, 200GB Of Emails, Credit Cards Sto (

Frankie70 writes: A few hours ago, hacking collective Anonymous disclosed that not only has it hacked the Stratfor website (since confirmed by Friedman himself), but has also obtained the full client list of over 4000 individuals and corporations, including their credit cards (which supposedly have been used to make $1 million in "donations"), as well as over 200 GB of email correspondence.

Submission + - Google Maps to charge for API usage (

RdeCourtney writes: The BBC is reporting that from 1 January 2012, Google will charge for the Google Maps API service when more than the limit of 25,000 map "hits" are made in a day.

Google is rumoured to be charging $4 per 1,000 views in excess of the limit.

Google maintains the high limit of 25,000 free hits before charging "will only affect 0.35% of users".


Submission + - Hackers break SSL encryption used by millions (

Oryn writes: Researchers have discovered a serious weakness in virtually all websites protected by the secure sockets layer protocol that allows attackers to silently decrypt data that's passing between a webserver and an end-user browser.

The vulnerability resides in versions 1.0 and earlier of TLS, or transport layer security, the successor to the secure sockets layer technology that serves as the internet's foundation of trust. Although versions 1.1 and 1.2 of TLS aren't susceptible, they remain almost entirely unsupported in browsers and websites alike, making encrypted transactions on PayPal, GMail, and just about every other website vulnerable to eavesdropping by hackers who are able to control the connection between the end user and the website he's visiting.


Submission + - German Government Warns of Critical iOS Flaws (

Stoobalou writes: Germany's IT security agency the Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik (BSI) warns of what it calls 'new vulnerabilities' in Apple's mobile operating system iOS.

German iDevice owners are being warned to steer clear of PDF files and web sites from untrusted sources.

Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Oyster card hack details revealed

InVcto writes: The BBC News ( is reporting that the Underground system's Oyster Card hack details were revealed on Monday at the European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (Esorics) 2008 security conference held in Malaga, Spain. "Details of how to hack one of the world's most popular smartcards have been published online. The research by Professor Bart Jacobs and colleagues at Radboud University in Holland reveals a weakness in the widely used Mifare Classic RFID chip. This is used in building entry systems and is embedded in the Oyster card used on London's transport network. Publication of the research was delayed by legal action taken by the chip's manufacturer... "

Submission + - VIP Stalkers Likely Suffer Serious Mental Illness

Hugh Pickens writes: "A study of 8,000 people stalking members of the royal family from 1988 to 2003 shows that the majority of VIP stalkers suffer from serious psychotic illnesses. "We didn't expect such high rates of psychosis. It was very surprising to us," says Paul Mullen, a forensic psychiatrist at Monash University. Around 3000 of the files covered incidences that were judged to be pranks, or committed by people accidentally or while they were drunk but when Mullen's team examined a sample of the remaining 5000 people judged to be true stalkers about 80% had a serious psychotic illness, including schizophrenia, delusions and hallucinations,. The finding contrasts sharply with people who stalk non-famous people who tend to be rejected lovers, who while they may be depressed and socially inept, don't usually suffer psychosis. Researchers are currently investigating ways to identify which stalkers are likely to pose a threat. "[Stalkers] who are fixated on a cause, and have a highly personalized quest for 'justice', often delusional in nature, are the ones most likely to breach security, and to be carrying weapons," says David James, a forensic psychiatrist at the North London Forensic Service."

Submission + - Major blow for OLPC (

carvell writes: According to reports, it looks like Intel have pulled out of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project, citing "philosophical" differences as the reason. Back in May 2007 the OLPC founder, Nicholas Negroponte said that Intel should be ashamed of themselves, as they had planned a "rival" "classmate" laptop, intended to drive out the OLPC competition. Could this latest development be related to the classmate at all? Although OLPC appear to be using AMD processors, surely the loss of a major company backing the project will have repercussions for the OLPC project as a whole.

Submission + - Intel drops OLPC support (

siddesu writes: Intel has pulled out of the OLPC project, citing "philosophical differences". An Intel representative, Chuck Molly has commented that OLPC project has asked Intel to drop support for "rival" low-cost PC projects, including Classmate PC, and "to focus on the OLPC platform exclusively. At the end of the day, we decided we couldn't accommodate that request."

The OLPC has not yet commented on the story.

More available on the BBC site and here:


Submission + - Intel remove support from OLPC

smithberry writes: The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project has not to look far for its troubles lately, as stories on /. over the last few weeks prove. The BBC are now reporting that Intel are removing their support. The article is very brief, but it says

Citing "philosophical" differences, Intel has withdrawn its funding and technical help from the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project.
Arstechnica say it changes very little because OLPC are committed to AMD, but I wonder what the long term outlook for OLPC is now? Is this the end of the beginning, or the beginning of the end? Have they simply paved the way for some similar project to come along with newer and cheaper hardware and gain from the OLPC concept? So many questions, and only time will tell.

Submission + - Google is down

An anonymous reader writes: I've never known Google to be down, but it is as I type this.

Submission + - Google Down? 3

matt writes: "Hey, I don't know what's going on, but it looks like all of Google went down about 10 minutes ago."

Submission + - Should 'unlimited' mean unlimited? 2

Tom Colimbone writes: Recently, Verizon Wireless agreed to settle a probe into the marketing of its Internet usage plans and reimburse $1 million to customers for wrongful account termination. The issue was centered around the use of the word 'unlimited' in its marketing campaigns for mobile Internet access. Interestingly, O2 in the UK just changed its iPhone tariff, as many potential buyers noticed that the 'unlimited' data package that came with the iPhone was actually capped at 200MB, which wasn't unlimited at all. Outside of wireless providers this might seem like a bizarre question to ask but should the word 'unlimited' truly mean unlimited and if so, should anyone misusing the word have to face similar repercussions to Verizon.

Submission + - Intel To Rebrand Processors In 2008 ( 1

DJ writes: We just heard from an anonymous source that Intel will be rebranding their processors in 2008. From the Centrino mobile platform to the Itanium 2 server processors, Intel will revamp and consolidate their product lines under these new brands. These new brand names will come into effect on the first day of 2008. Intel hopes that these new brands will not only leverage the strong Core 2 brand but also make it less confusing for the consumer.

At the moment, the Intel Centrino mobile platform has five different logos with brands like Centrino, Centrino Duo and Centrino Pro. Starting from January 1, 2008, Intel will consolidate the Centrino Duo and Centrino brands under the Intel Centrino brand, and rename the Centrino Pro as Intel Centrino with vPro Technology.

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Submission + - Font Freedom Day (

TrumpetPower! writes: "On September 29, 1988, the Library of Congress Copyright Office issued a notice of policy decision (4 Mbyte coralized PDF) in the Federal Register “to inform the public that the Copyright Office has decided that digitized representations of typeface designs are not registrable under the Copyright Act because they do not constitute original works of authorship.” In observance of Font Freedom day, go ahead and share some of your favorite fonts with your friends — and do so entirely guilt-free!"

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