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Piracy

Submission + - Internet providers set to crack down on illegal file-sharing (thehill.com)

Victor_0x53h writes: "AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and other major Internet service providers are set to implement a copyright alert system aimed at cutting down on illegal peer-to-peer file sharing of copyrighted material "over the next several weeks," according to the head of the organization overseeing the new anti-piracy program. Under the new copyright alert system, these providers will send a series of e-mail alerts to subscribers whose accounts may have been used to illegally distribute music, movies or other entertainment content via file-sharing."
Lord of the Rings

Submission + - Filming for The Hobbit Begins in July (bbc.co.uk) 1

krou writes: Sir Ian McKellen has revealed that filming for The Hobbit and its sequel is scheduled to begin in June, and will take approximately a year to complete. Casting is now "taking place in LA, London and New York", and Del Torro is already "living in Wellington, close to the Jacksons' and the studio in Miramar". Apparently the script is still being worked on, and "the first draft is crammed with old and new friends, again on a quest in Middle-earth". The planned sequel to The Hobbit is to be an original story not written by Tolkien, covering the 60 years between The Hobbit, and the Lord of the Rings.

Submission + - Amazon launches Kindle for Mac (wired.co.uk) 1

Lanxon writes: Mac owners will be able to read content they have bought for their Amazon Kindle on their Apple computers from today. Amazon has launched a new application called Kindle for Mac, which does exactly what it says on the tin: it allows Kindle and Kindle DX users to switch between their e-book reader, computer and, thanks to an app launched last March, iPhone. It also means Mac users can enjoy the Kindle service without actually owning a Kindle. It's available from Amazon's website now.
Security

Largest Hacking Scam in Canadian History 211

vieux schnock writes "Police raided several homes across Quebec on Wednesday and arrested 16 people in their investigation, which they say uncovered the largest hacking scam in Canadian history. (...) The hackers collaborated online to attack and take control of as many as one million computers around the world that were not equipped with anti-virus software or firewalls."

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