Google IO happened. The next Nexus will be a decrufted S4. Maybe Google should buy a mobile manufacturer and start producing its own hardware. Meanwhile Microsoft announces 8.1 “the unbreaker” and Google tried to out-Microsoft Microsoft and failed in the general direction of droping interoperability for greater openess.
Yahoo bought tumblr for $1.1B. They promise not to make into another flickr.
Nintendo descend a little bit further into douchebagery. Where is the Nintendo I remember ?
Skype is backdoored by Microsoft. Somewhere, someone who has been living under a rock is shocked, shocked I tell you!
Widespread surveilance of journalists by the USA forced the journalists at The New Yorker to deploy the same technology the US State Department gives dissidents in non democratic countries. To close the loop, the box The New Yorker is going to use was developed by Aaron Swartz.
In recurrent news, anti-piracy organization pirates material for its own website.
Patent lawyers are crying usefull members of society aren’t letting them patent 30 year old technologies. Quoting Obama, “one word, predator drone”.
Irish Judge orders ‘The Internet’ to delete video. That’s it. Nothing else to add.
Microsoft raking in the mobile monies from Android. Good old Microsoft.
It’s not just the IRS, the FBI can read mail they find casually on their jurisdictions like gmail or facebook. I wonder if they believe they can use the astronomic amounts of malware the US govt buys can be used to access said emails and chats. It all makes sense considering the NSA thinks technics that land normal people in jail are totally fair game, legal and on the level.
What Snapchat isn’t really one time eyes only ? Color me shocked!
Those damn nasty pirates spending 3 times as much on media as non pirates! They’re going to run Hollywood to the ground with just $175M boxoffice for the opening weekend of a single movie .
Strains of bird flu keeping being found in China which isn’t all that amazing considering labs in China are developing dangerous bird flu strains which is freaking people out.
An ebooks publisher says removing drm didn’t hurt sales at all which means they be lying cause drm is there to protect the authors which are protected at all costs by distributors except when authors need to sue distributors to recover their moral rights. Meanwhile SABAM want’s a 3.4% cut out of ISP revenue which honestly is right in character as SABAM are well known douchebags and are on trial for embezzlement, money laundering and the falsification of accounts after an investigation prompted by a complaint by a musician who wasn’t receiving the money SABAM owed him.
In the same week a major retail outlet started selling 3d printers in the US and a 3d printed gun was presented.
The dutch police wants to able to use unlawful means to access private citizens computers but antivirus firms aren’t up to it. On the same lack of rule of law vein a corporation that makes software used non democratic regimes to spy on citizens is masquerading as Firefox.
When the UK tax office gets in bed with Goldman Sachs to let them off paying ten million pounds in owed tax after they failed hiding it someone needs to go to jail, namely the person who denounced it all. This story isn’t much of a surprise when you take into account the global scam multi trillion dollars big banks are running on the whole world by fixing tax rates to ruin everybody else.
In USA shooting and killing your brother isn’t a crime as opposed to doing science which is a crime. This is more of the public prosecuting that lead to Aron’s death.
Google got fined $189k for data protection violations. I guess their Xmas party will be missing a couple of bottles of champagne this year. Also, Google is going after self updating Android apps like Facebook :)
EVE fanfest happened. There’s gonna be EVE commics and TV series. Also, awesome stuff Planetary resources asteroid mining plan to launch next year was announced.
UK just passed a copyright reform and now UK corporations can steal whatever images they feel like. Yes, that’s the IngSoc way of copyright reform. On another note, the Icelanding Pirate Party has now parliament seating.
I guess when you’re fraudsters like Prenda Law you defend the EFF are terrorists. Meanwhile, MPAA attacks the blind which is nearly not as criminal as tampering with court evidence. Stay classy guys!
Samsung admitted to astroturfing against HTC. I guess those marketing billion have to be spent somewhere.
Facebook Chat Heads arrive to jailbroken iPhones. If you were considering jailbreaking your iPhone this will probably deter you.
Oracle is fixing Java security bugs like there’s no tomorrow. On the other hand, Oracle needs to fix Java security bugs like there’s not tomorrow. Meanwhile, Java 8 gets delayed due to security problems. Delayed till when ? Forever is my best guess.
GTalk XMPP federation is back. I guess everybody (including me) was too quick to criticize.
The US Senate voted for mass spying of american citizens by private entities and against gun control this week. Both can probably be explained by nearly all Senators against gun control being on the take. On more US news the guy who cracked into Sony PSN got one year in jail while Sony got nothing when they cracked into millions of PCs and teenagers get child porn accusations for sexting while principals spying on student bedrooms using school property get bailed out by the government. This was a weird week for USA justice.
Italy government decided to “block” 27 sites. I guess that’s what happens when a clown wins the elections. On the other news Fox is guilty of the most capital crime, stealing intellectual property.
Microsoft Excel is the new bad guy in the global economy meltdown. The portuguese finance minister seems to be an excel junky and has been 100% wrong all the time for the last 2 years so there might be something to it.
A chilling report about how multi resistant bacteria is getting a foot hold and how the pharm industry isn’t doing anything about cause antibiotics are more expensive to develop than chronic condition management drugs. The report calls for “incentives” for the pharma industry. I call for research to be taken over by non profits and government bodies with compulsory takeover of all necessary knowledge and patents.
Facebook updated the Android app to claim all permissions ever including painting over other apps. Don’t worry, nothing to fear.
Oh Canada, why are you becoming Bushada ? Want to comment construction of an oil pipeline ? Well just fill in a 10 page questionnaire and submit a CV to be able to write your government a letter. That on the same week the RCMP give up on a gang rape case and Anonymous solved it in 2 hours using public information like the rapists bragging about it. Not as bad the US IRS claiming they can read your email whenever they feel like it.
According to the MPAA/RIAA rationale the Pope is into german BSDM.
You know what causes measles ? stupidity.
I sure would like to be Samsung’s ad agency. They outspend Apple, Microsoft and HP combined.
Want to stop most of world’s tax evasion ? Stop fast and loose UK related banking. Wikileaks grade disclosure of millions of British offshore banking revealed the top 1% all hide money in British offshore territories.
No global warming no. Don’t look at that sea temperature.
In USA private corporations define criminal law which causes teenagers to go to jail for reading the newspaper, like Aaron Swartz. Speaking of which, the prosecuters on Aaron’s case claim to being harassed online. I bet it makes them want to kill themselves. And meanwhile apparently all crime in Sweden seems to have been resolved as Swedish police focus on file sharing, the DEA spreads rumors about not being able to crack iMessage, the French secret service threaten a french Wikipedia editor to remove public information from the Wikipedia and Exxon is now in charge of law enforcement.
If you had any doubt Disney is evil, Disney killed LucasArts. And speaking of crapy companies, what’s EA top priority ? Fixing SimCity DRM stupidity ? Fix the multitude of bugs ? Unlock the hidden content ? No, put a Nissan ad in the game.
Remember Aaron ? The US Congress doesn’t and wants to make the computer fraud act even worse. You may ask yourself how in the USA someone who copies documents, most of which in the public domain, can get an harsher punishment than murders and child molesters. Seems to me the answer is having their home burglarized, being mugged or being stabbed doesn’t register on the minds of the people who write laws, vote on laws and pay for laws. That’s things that happen to people who don’t have personal security and armored cars. Having their emails and private dealings or bank accounts exposed however, while not on the forethought of regular people, are very much in their spotlight. As a result Aaron was slated for 35 years in prison while a murderer serves 20 and a child molester 5 years.
What do when placebos work too well ? Redefine trial protocols to make expensive drugs work better!
Maybe you shouldn’t be using GMail for serious business. Just sayin …
Google keeps trying to become a mainstream thing. They probably don’t realize they’re huge and awesome cause the smart 20% of people tell the other 80% to use chrome and google. But seems like there’s a dead pool on Keep already
Apple did try to secure their login stuff but turns out they had a huge recovery security bug. And cause that’s not enough newly released iOS 6.1.3 has a lock screen fail too. Of course, not to be outdone, Samsung managed to get a lock screen bug into Note2
Nokia, in seemingly move puppeteered by Microsoft, came forward with patents they claim cover VP8 and declared they will sue and not license. If I was a Nokia shareholder I’d question why their sinking huge amounts of money to attack something undefined instead of making money off their assets. Speaking of puppeteering, Microsoft aparently has a say in Lumia design. And in other Microsoft news, nobody is shocked there’s allegations of bribery to get business.
China is building an OS based on ubuntu. Actually, Canonical is making it for them. Lets see how that goes.
In copyright db news, the US Supreme Court tells Wiley they keep using the word copyright but it doesn’t mean what they think it means. And cause it’s all about protecting the authors WHSmith is violating their moral rights. But apparently piracy is the american way!.
USA is at the top of trawling for common people data but for some reason I don’t understand or feel comfortable with Portugal comes in second. And, of all people, Canada is trying to censor librarians. On brighter news Cubans get around their big firewall using flash drive sneakernets.
A Court of Appeal decided policeman can be filmed performing public duty in duty. And all it costed the taxpayers was 600 thousand USD. Not the politicians who passed the law, or who signed it or the public prosecutors who defended it and used it gung-oh. It cost the general tax paying public a bunch of unlawful convictions and $600k. This goes on everywhere, politicians pass illegal laws and the public gets to pay for it. Gotta wonder what will happen now that FBI gag letters were found inconstitutional.
People, that’s not a iPhone prototype, it’s just a dev board. Stop being idiots.
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