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July 10 2015

Pirate Bay founders acquitted in criminal copyright case

Four key Pirate Bay figures have a little something to celebrate this morning. After standing accused of committing criminal copyright infringement and abusing electronic communications, yesterday a Belgian court acquitted Gottfrid Svartholm, Fredrik Neij, Peter Sunde and Carl Lundström.


There can be little doubt that The Pirate Bay is the most infamous torrent site of all time. Its attitude towards copyright and related laws has landed the site and its operators in endless legal trouble for more than a decade, conflict that continues today.


Following the convictions of The Pirate Bay Four – co-founders Gottfrid Svartholm and Fredrik Neij, former site spokesman Peter Sunde, and site financier Carl Lundström – most legal matters involving the site have been connected to local ISP blocking injunctions. Nevertheless, a separate legal process against the men themselves has persisted in Belgium.


Unusually, the case was based in criminal law, with Svartholm, Neij, Sunde and Lundström all standing accused of a range of crimes including criminal copyright infringement and abuse of electronic communications. However, the case itself has always experienced problems.


All four defendants deny having had anything to do with the site since its reported sale to a Seychelles-based company called Reservella in 2006. That has proven problematic, since the period in which the four allegedly committed the crimes detailed in the Belgian case spans September 2011 and November 2013.


Having failed to connect the quartet with the site’s operations during that period, the case has now fallen apart. Yesterday a judge at the Mechelse Court ruled that it could not be proven that the four were involved in the site during the period in question.


Indeed, for at least a year of that period, Svartholm was in jail in Sweden while connecting Lundström to the site a decade after his last involvement (which was purely financial) has always been somewhat ridiculous.

In the end, even the site’s anti-piracy adversaries in the case agreed with the decision.


“Technically speaking, we agree with the court,” said Olivier Maeterlinck, director of the Belgian Entertainment Association (BEA).

Firefox Windows 10 mockups spotted

You probably know that Mozilla announced that they'll be making a Windows 10 version of Firefox. However, no one knew what this would look like. After looking through the Mozilla website I found some Windows 10 concepts:

What do you guys think about how it looks?

Ellen Pao Is Stepping Down as Reddit’s Chief

Ellen Pao, the interim chief executive of Reddit, resigned from the online message board on Friday after a week of ceaseless criticism from scores of angry users over the handling of an employee departure.
Ms. Pao will be replaced by Steve Huffman, who, along with Alexis Ohanian, started Reddit from a two-bedroom apartment in a suburb of Boston a decade ago. Ms. Pao said she would remain as an adviser to Reddit’s board for the remainder of the year.
Her exit, which the company described as a mutual agreement between her and Reddit’s board, follows a week of unrest in the Reddit community, which is made up of more than 160 million regular users who use the site to talk about anything from current events to viral cat photos.
Ms. Pao characterized her departure as a result of a disagreement with Reddit’s board on the future of the company.
“It became clear that the board and I had a different view on the ability of Reddit to grow this year,” Ms. Pao said in an interview. “Because of that, it made sense to bring someone in that shared the same view.”
Victoria Taylor, far left, moderated an in-person “Ask Me Anything” session at South by Southwest in March.
Sam Altman, a member of Reddit’s board, said he personally appreciated Ms. Pao’s efforts during her two years working at the start-up. “Ellen has done a phenomenal job, especially in the last few months,” he said.
Reddit, now based in San Francisco, is composed of topic-based forums, known as subreddits, where discussions take place on subjects like news and technology. The company has 70 to 80 employees and relies largely upon its thousands of dedicated power users to govern the site.
That tight-knit community erupted into upheaval when the news broke that Victoria Taylor, a prominent and well-liked Reddit employee, had been abruptly dismissed from the company with no public explanation. Many Reddit users blamed Ms. Pao directly in the hours after Ms. Taylor’s firing, flooding Reddit’s forums with vitriolic messages — often racist and misogynistic — calling for Ms. Pao’s ouster.
Reddit users circulated an online petition calling for her removal that garnered more than 200,000 signatures.
Ms. Pao apologized to the site’s members for the episode earlier this week. Reddit’s management made errors, “not just on July 2, but also over the past several years,” Ms. Pao said in a post on one of the site’s forums on Monday. “The mods” — moderators — “and the community have lost trust in me and in us, the administrators of Reddit.”
Ms. Pao has long been a figure of controversy in Silicon Valley. In March, she lost a gender discrimination lawsuit against the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, where she had previously worked. The trial, which involved big-name Silicon Valley investors such as John Doerr, mesmerized Silicon Valley with its salacious details while also amplifying concerns about a lack of diversity in the technology industry.


July 09 2015

US says hackers stole Social Security numbers from 21.5 million people in recent data breach

WASHINGTON — US says hackers stole Social Security numbers from 21.5 million people in recent data breach.


Source: Associated Press

IBM unveils world's first 7nm chip



IBM, working with GlobalFoundries, Samsung, SUNY, and various equipment suppliers, has produced the world's first 7nm chip with functional transistors. While it should be stressed that commercial 7nm chips remain at least two years away, this test chip from IBM and its partners is extremely significant for three reasons: it's a working sub-10nm chip (this is pretty significant in itself); it's the first commercially viable sub-10nm FinFET logic chip that uses silicon-germanium as the channel material; and it appears to be the first commercially viable design produced with extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography.

First, the facts and figures. This is a 7nm test chip, built at the IBM/SUNY (State University of New York) Polytechnic 300mm research facility in Albany, NY. The transistors are of the FinFET variety, with one significant difference over commercialised FinFETs: the channel of the transistor is a silicon-germanium (SiGe) alloy, rather than just silicon. To reach such tiny geometries, self-aligned quadruple patterning (SAQR) and EUV lithography is used.
Somewhat extraordinarily, due to incredibly tight stacking (30nm transistor pitch), IBM claims a surface area reduction of "close to 50 percent" over today's 10nm processes. All told, IBM and its partners are targeting "at least a 50 percent power/performance improvement for the next generation of systems"—that is, moving from 10nm down to 7nm. The difference over 14nm, which is the current state of the art for commercially shipping products, will be even more pronounced.

Full article

July 08 2015

NYSE halts all trading due to "technical issue"


Trading in all symbols was temporarily halted on the New York Stock Exchange floor Wednesday due to an apparent technical issue.

"NYSE/NYSE MKT has temporarily suspended trading in all symbols. Additional information will follow as soon as possible," the NYSE said in a statement on its status page.


Full story:



So far today United Airlines grounds all flights worldwide due to "technical glitch" and now NYSE stops trading due to "technical issue".  Yeah, this doesn't sound fishy at all.

Creepy Website is Stealing Photos and Artwork, Selling Them As Posters

According to Wallpart's Facebook Page it is "the world’s largest online shop of posters and wall decor, with over 10 billion images including posters, prints and wall decals." 10 billion. It must have one hell of an admin team to contact artists to license printing rights for 10 billion images.

Or, it could just steal them.


Original Source article

July 07 2015

GoPro reveals new Hero4 Session mini action cam

GoPro reveals new Hero4 Session mini action cam




GoPro has announced a new camera that is smaller and lighter than its earlier models.

The US firm already dominates the action-cam market, having sold more than $363m (£233m) worth of goods over the first three months of the year.

The Hero4 Session benefits from being waterproof without needing a special case, but cannot go as deep as models fitted with separate housings.

One expert said the firm risked having a "confusing" choice of products.

GoPro is marketing the new camera as being 50% smaller and 40% lighter than other Hero4 models.

It is:

  • limited to a maximum resolution of 1080p high definition, rather than the 4K format supported by some other versions
  • certified to go 33ft (10m) underwater, a quarter of the depth GoPro says its other cameras can go to when placed in its waterhousing accessories
  • does not feature an LCD touchscreen, but is activated by a single button with the option for it to be controlled via a separate add-on remote or smartphone app

Although the new camcorder may appear to have lower specifications than the firm's other options, GoPro suggests that its compact form coupled with a new dual-microphone system - designed to better handle wind noise - should appeal to customers intending to use it on a regular basis.

"We challenged ourselves to produce the smallest, lightest, most convenient GoPro possible," said the firm's founder Nicholas Woodman.

"Sound quality is as important as image quality and we're very excited about the stunning audio advancements we've made."

Costing £330, the Hero4 Session is only outpriced by the company's top-end Hero4 Black.





July 03 2015

Surface 3 LTE launching in Germany and UK on July 3, wider availability in 'coming weeks

Microsoft's LTE-enabled variant of the Surface 3 is set to go on sale this week. Business customers in Germany and the United Kingdom will be able to get their hands on the tablet from July 3, followed by France and Spain. Microsoft has stated that carriers will be handling sales of the Surface 3 LTE to enterprise users, including Deutsche Telekom in Germany, Orange Business Services in France, O2 in the United Kingdom and Movistar in Spain.
Broader availability of the Surface 3 LTE will commence in the coming weeks, with the tablet heading to retail and reseller stores in France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States, along with Microsoft's online store. Microsoft mentioned that the success of the Surface series in the business segment was the main factor in releasing the tablet to business customers ahead of its retail availability.
The hardware giant also revealed that business users will get 64 and 128GB storage variants with 4GB RAM and Windows 8.1 Professional, with the ability to make the switch to Windows 10 once it becomes available later this month.

July 02 2015 forums and Blog hacked

Got this security alert email last night:




Sadly, we became aware this afternoon that the server which hosts our forums and blog was compromised. We are still investigating, but as far as we know, the attacker only gained access to these parts of our systems. Rest assured that credit card and other payment data are not stored on our servers at all. 

If you are receiving this email, you have a forum account which is linked to a account. The attacker was able to gain access to IP addresses, private messages, email addresses and encrypted forum passwords (in technical terms, they are hashed and salted). Despite the password encryption measures, we take your privacy and security very seriously, so as a precaution, we're requiring that you change your password. 

Be sure to choose a strong password, never share it, and never re-use passwords for different accounts! Even better, use a password manager (1Password, for example) to manage a unique password for you. Access to your Plex account will be blocked until you do so. 

Please follow this link to choose a new password. 

We're sorry for the inconvenience, but both your privacy and security are very important to us and we'd rather be safe than sorry! 

We will post more detailed information on our blog shortly. Thanks for using Plex! 

The Plex Team


If you use the plex forums I highly suggest you change your password.  Also, chances are your plex account is tied to the plex forum account.  So, you might want to change your plex account password.

July 01 2015

Surface 3 (4G LTE) is coming!

I’ve been so excited to see the reception so far of Surface 3, and especially the reception from students. Surface 3 was designed to offer what customers loved about Surface Pro 3 in a more affordable, more compact package – the premium design and materials, the ability to use the Surface Pen, and all the capability that comes from running full Windows. Today I want to share some more detail about our mobile broadband offering – Surface 3 (4G LTE). The ability to stay connected wherever you roam (assuming a mobile broadband signal – thank you lawyers) is a powerful addition to a device that is already incredibly versatile.




The first Surface 3 (4G LTE) devices went on sale in Japan two weeks ago through Y!Mobile. We’re happy to announce Surface 3 (4G LTE) will become available to business customers through the first partner operators on July 3rd in Germany and the United Kingdom, and later, in France and Spain. These will include Deutsche Telekom in Germany, Orange Business Services in France, as well as O2 in the United Kingdom and Movistar in Spain – both members of the Telefónica Company.


Following availability to business customers in these markets, we’re also looking forward to offering Surface 3 (4G LTE) at retail and through commercial resellers in France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States in the coming weeks.


We see particular excitement for our LTE-enabled Surface 3 with businesses and their sales forces, which is why this initial announcement is focused on business availability. We’re already hearing from customers that have deployed Surface Pro 3 that sellers are saving hours per week in many cases. Having a more mobile option in Surface 3 (4G LTE) is only going to create more opportunities. Based largely on input from our customers, we’ll offer two configurations specifically to business customers: 64GB and 128GB configurations, both with 4GB of RAM and both running Windows 8.1 Professional, with the ability to upgrade for free to Windows 10 when available.


Surface 3 is the thinnest and lightest Surface we’ve ever built. It goes from being a tablet to a laptop to a docked desktop without missing a beat. The addition of mobile broadband capability will make it uniquely capable among tablets to help you get more done wherever you are. I’ll note as well that this is just the first announcement of availability for the Surface 3 (4G LTE). There will be more to follow as we work to bring Surface 3 (4G LTE) to additional markets.


Brian Hall

General Manager – Microsoft Surface



June 30 2015

Shorter for the Summer! #Selfie
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