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01
Sep
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Wikipedia Unreliable Edits Leads to Color-Coded Text

Wikipedia.com is planning to introduce a feature which will color-code parts of its articles in order to show how reliable the information is likely to be. It's a solution to an ongoing problem that has led to a planned freeze on edits to entries ... about living individuals. The WikiTrust feature analyzes the text on a page and ranks each piece of text based on how recently it was edited. This is based on the idea that the longer a piece remains unchanged, the more likely it is that it is trustworthy -- otherwise (it is reasoned), Wikipedia's users would have overturned the edit. The feature ... (view more)

Wed
26
Aug
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Pirate Bay Survives Swedish Scare, Returns Next Day

A Swedish court has failed to make The Pirate Bay walk the plank. A day after the Torrent site's primary ISP was ordered to stop traffic to the site, The Pirate Bay is once again up and running. Yesterday we reported ISP Black Internet's decision to ... terminate its connection with controversial download site The Pirate Bay. Facing a $70,000 USD fine had it failed to stop traffic, Black Internet pleaded poverty and complied with the order. In the hours that followed, Pirate Bay was inaccessible to global traffic. Pirate Bay Blames "Odious Apparatus of MPAA," IFPI However, by yesterday ... (view more)

Tue
25
Aug
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Pirate Bay Torrent Site: ISP Terminates Connection

Yesterday brought another major setback for The Pirate Bay, the prolific Torrent site that for years has faced accusations that it enables the piracy of movies, TV shows, video games, and other media. The Pirate Bay's Swedish Internet service ... provider (ISP) Black Internet recently severed the site's connection to the world. The Pirate Bay last made news at the end of July, when a Dutch court ordered traffic to the site be blocked. Although Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi referred to the decision as rubbish, it appears Holland was only the beginning of the site's many troubles. $ ... (view more)

Mon
24
Aug
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Don't be Duped: Obama Spam Scam is Nothing But False Promises

Hackers have launched a new wave of malware attacks against critics of Barack Obama, duping users into a supposed cyber "protest" against the policies of the US President. Nothing could be further from the truth, however. The message has been cited ... as a mere ploy to get users to install malware on their machines. (Source: sfgate.com ) So why are so many falling for it? Read on. A Hot Political Issue Few people can argue that Obama's rise to the Presidency was a historic feat. However, it is often forgotten that while the majority of democratic voters chose Obama, hundreds of ... (view more)

Mon
17
Aug
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Facebook Buys $47.5M Friend; Plans to Improve Social Engine

Facebook's purchase of a "social aggregation site" has prompted speculation that it may be planning to challenge Google's domination of the search market. The buyout of FriendFeed has been seen as the first step in an attempt to improve search ... through social networking. FriendFeed is a site which allows users to bring together information from their accounts with around 60 websites. These include social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, plus other services which have user accounts, including YouTube, Flickr and Amazon. As well as bringing together the user's own information from ... (view more)

Fri
31
Jul
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Dutch Court Makes Pirate Bay Walk the Plank

Illicit torrent site The Pirate Bay continues to face a wave of opposition in Europe. Yesterday it was revealed that a Dutch court had ordered the popular site out of the Netherlands, blocking traffic between it and anyone in the country. According ... to the Associated Press (AP), the Dutch court involved in the case told Pirate Bay founders that it must put in place measures to permanently block any traffic from Holland in the next ten days, or face hefty fines of 30,000 Euros each day. The court noted that Pirate Bay must "stop and keep stopped the infringements on copyright and related ... (view more)

Mon
20
Jul
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Facebook Privacy Flaws Dangerous, Says Report

After a thirteen month investigation, Canada's Privacy Commissioner has announced its finding that Facebook's policies and practices violate Canadian privacy laws. According to Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart, there are "serious privacy gaps" in ... Facebook's operations. A complaint from the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic, or CIPPIC, instigated the investigation, which started in May of last year. The initial complaint was comprised of 24 allegations pertaining to 12 different subjects, including Facebook's default privacy settings, what the site does with member personal ... (view more)

Tue
30
Jun
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Controversial Torrent Sold For $7.7 Million

The owners of Pirate Bay, recently fined $3.62 million for copyright offences, have sold the site for $7.7 million. The site's new owners, Global Gaming Factory (GGF) have hinted that the site will go legit. That's got some users worried, despite ... reassurances by Pirate Bay staff that its services won't change. GGF is paying half the purchase price in cash and the rest in the form of three per cent of GGF's company stock. In a separate deal, GGF is buying out Peerialism, a Swedish tech company specializing in the logistics of peer-to-peer-file sharing. The price in that deal is $13 million, ... (view more)

Tue
09
Jun
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Twitter Wages War On Fake Celebs

Micro-blogging site Twitter is working on a scheme to verify that "celebrities" posting on the site are the real deal. But it says it will not be settling out of court in a legal action brought by St Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa. Starting ... this summer, the site will work on a beta (test) program to allow public figures to verify their identity. Once they have done so, their account will be labeled with a special logo to show it is indeed run by the claimed personality. Potential Charges for Account Verification At first the scheme will be open to celebrities, sporting stars, ... (view more)

Tue
26
May
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Circuit City Back (Online), but Buyer Beware

Circuit City has reopened as an online-only business under new management. However, it's brought in a tough, new returns policy which many consumers will consider a gamble. One of the first major victims of the economic downturn , Circuit City went ... into liquidation last November. Its woes were cause by a combination of poor sales and bad timing: the firm's struggling business prompted wary creditors to offer much less generous terms. This stretched its cash flow to the point where it could no longer operate. Circuit City had already received threats that if its stock price continued to hover ... (view more)

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