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Tired of the ‘War on Piracy’, Adobe Hopes to Turn Pirates into Customers

The Anti-Piracy and Content Protection Summit currently taking place in Los Angeles has revealed some interesting attitude changes among content creators. Yesterday we covered comments from Warner Bros’ Chief of Anti-Piracy Operations David Kaplan, who said that the movie studio is now viewing piracy as a proxy for consumer demand. Based on this belief, the … Continue reading

The Security Risks of HTML5 Development

CowboyRobot writes “Local storage is a big change from HTML of the past, where browsers could only use cookies to store small bits of information, such as session tokens, for managing identity. HTML5 changes this with sessionStorage, localStorage, and client-side databases to allow developers to store vast amounts of data in the browser that is … Continue reading

California Sends a Cease and Desist Order To the Bitcoin Foundation

An anonymous reader writes in with bad news for the Bitcoin Foundation. “California’s Department of Financial Institutions has issued a cease and desist letter to the Bitcoin Foundation for “allegedly engaging in the business of money transmission without a license or proper authorization,” according to Forbes. The news comes after Bitcoin held its “Future of … Continue reading

Wikileaks Aiding Snowden – Chinese Social Media Divided – Relations Strained

cold fjord writes “Despite the US cancelling his passport, Edward Snowden continues his travels aided by Wikileaks, and is leaving a trail of strained diplomatic relations in his wake. It appears China gifted the issue to Russia. From Yahoo: ‘Lawyer Albert Ho, … a Hong Kong legislator … told reporters he was approached by Snowden … Continue reading

Hey Hadopi, You’re Breaking The Law. We Made “Three Strikes” Illegal Across All Europe.

In 2009, the ugly French authority Hadopi – with the mission of cutting people off from the internet for the good deed of sharing culture and knowledge – reared its head. This was in the middle of the copyright industry’s “mass disconnection” strategy, where they saw it fit to legislate mass disconnections to protect their … Continue reading

Vuze Condemns PRISM and Promotes VPNs

This week the PRISM surveillance scandal has consumed the Internet as the implications of massive scale U.S. Government spying begin to sink in. The revelations of former CIA technical assistant Edward Snowden, which come on the back of his four-year stint with contractors working with the National Security Agency, have seen him labeled a hero … Continue reading

How Ubiquitous Autonomous Cars Could Affect Society (Video)

We talked with Peter Wayner about autonomous cars on June 5. He had a lot to say on this topic, to the point where we seem to be doing a whole series of interviews with him because autonomous cars might have a lot of unanticipated effects on our lives and our economy. Heck, Peter has … Continue reading

Jon ‘Maddog’ Hall On Project Cauã: a Server In Every Highrise

Qedward writes with an excerpt at TechWorld about a new project from Jon “Maddog” Hall, which is about to launch in Brazil: “The vision of Project Cauã is to promote more efficient computing following the thin client/server model, while creating up to two million privately-funded high-tech jobs in Brazil, and another three to four million … Continue reading

BitCoin Mining, Other Virtual Activity Taxable Under US Law

chicksdaddy writes “Beware you barons of BitCoin – you World of Warcraft one-percenters: the long arm of the Internal Revenue Service may soon be reaching into your treasure hoard to extract Uncle Sam’s fair share of your virtual wealth. A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on virtual economies finds that many types of transactions … Continue reading

How To Block the NSA From Your Friends List

Atticus Rex writes “The fact that our social networking services are so centralized is a big part of why they fall so easily to government surveillance. It only takes a handful of amoral Zuckerbergs to hand over hundreds of millions of people’s data to PRISM. That’s why this Slate article makes the case for a … Continue reading