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Canadian Government Spies on Millions of File-Sharers

Being monitored online is a reality largely acknowledged by millions of file-sharers worldwide. Countless rightsholders, anti-piracy outfits, analytics companies and other interested parties crawl BitTorrent and other P2P networks every day, spying on downloads and gathering data. While the public nature of these networks is perfect for those looking to eavesdrop, individuals who use file-hosting sites are often under the…

Amazon Bans BitTorrent App FrostWire Over Piracy Concerns

Taking “infringing” apps out of popular app stores is one of Hollywood’s key anti-piracy priorities for the years to come. Various copyright holder groups frequently report “piracy-enabling” apps to Apple, Google, Microsoft and Amazon, alongside requests for the stores to take them offline. The stores themselves also screen for potentially problematic software. Apple, for example, has notoriously banned all BitTorrent…

FCC Prohibits Blocking of Personal Wi-Fi Hotspots

alphadogg writes: The FCC on Tuesday warned that it will no longer tolerate hotels, convention centers or others intentionally interfering with personal Wi-Fi hotspots. This issue grabbed headlines last fall when Marriott International was fined $600,000 for blocking customer Wi-Fi hotspots, presumably to encourage the guests to pay for pricey Internet access from the hotel. of this story at Slashdot.…

Pirate Bay Won’t Make A Full Comeback, Staff Revolt

Judging from all the teasers on the Pirate Bay homepage the notorious torrent site is preparing to relaunch this weekend. Those in control of the domain have yet to make an official announcement but several sources inform TF that the site won’t make a full comeback. Instead, The Pirate Bay is expected to launch a trimmed down version without room…

Valve’s Economist Yanis Varoufakis Appointed Greece’s Finance Minister

eldavojohn writes A turnover in the Greek government resulted from recent snap elections placing SYRIZA (Coalition of the Radical Left) in power — just shy of an outright majority by two seats. Atheist, and youngest Prime Minister in Greek history since 1865, Alexis Tsipras has been appointed the new prime minister and begun taking immediate drastic steps against the recent…

“Mammoth Snow Storm” Underwhelms

mi (197448) writes You heard the scare-mongering, you heard the governors and mayors closing public transit and declaring driving on public roads a crime. But it turned out to have been a mistake. Boston may have been hit somewhat, but further South — NYC and Philadelphia — the snowfall was rather underwhelming. Promised “2-3 feet” of snow, NYC got only…

White House Drone Incident Exposes Key Security Gap

HughPickens.com writes The Washington Post reports that the intrusion by a recreational drone onto the White House lawn has exposed a security gap at the compound that the Secret Service has spent years studying but has so far been unable to fix. Commercial technology is available that can use a combination of sensitive radar and acoustic trackers to detect small…