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Submission + - NSA is mining people's address books (arstechnica.com)

castrox writes: Apparently the NSA has decided on full blown warfare against people's private life and decided it was a good idea to record and store address books off of people accounts. Many popular service providers are affected such as Yahoo, Hotmail, Facebook and Gmail.

When will NSA's hostility towards private life end?

Music

Submission + - EU: Music piracy should not be a concern for copyright holders (arstechnica.com)

castrox writes: "Ars Technica writes that the European Commission has published research based on samples from 16,000 users. The research suggests there are no correlation between piracy and decreased sales, but very well the opposite. This leads to the conclusion that music piracy should not be a "concern for copyright holders".

A very popular belief among Slashdotters and others just got handed a official research document (from the EC, no less) to strengthen it! Link to the actual research: http://ipts.jrc.ec.europa.eu/publications/pub.cfm?id=6084"

Submission + - Share links, become extradited to the US (arstechnica.com)

castrox writes: "Sharing links online, particularly links to copyrighted material, may render you extradited to the United States of America.

The case is unique because the site, which the accused 23-year-old Englishman ran, was not located in the US in any way. Does this set a new precedent of things to come?

The agency responsible for the extradition request is Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE). After contacting the site operator, shutting down the .com and .cc domain and finally paying the guy a visit in person, extradition is now on the table.

Read more on Ars Technica"

Oracle

Submission + - Oracle cans commercial OpenOffice (arstechnica.com) 2

castrox writes: "Oracle gives up on development of the commercial branch of OpenOffice. The reason appears to be the drain of mindshare from OpenOffice to the newly created, vendor neutral, LibreOffice fork. Control is to be handed over to the community. I guess we'll see the details to this handover in the coming days or weeks."

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