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OKCupid Experiments on Users Too

With recent news that Facebook altered users’ feeds as part of a psychology experiment, OKCupid has jumped in and noted that they too have altered their algorithms and experimented with their users (some unintentional) and “if you use the Internet, you’re the subject of hundreds of experiments at any given time, on every site. That’s how websites work.”. Findings include…

The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

Jason Koebler (3528235) writes In the months and weeks leading up to a referendum vote that would have established a locally owned fiber network in three small Illinois cities, Comcast and SBC (now AT&T) bombarded residents and city council members with disinformation, exaggerations, and outright lies to ensure the measure failed. The series of two-sided postcards painted municipal broadband as…

Ford and General Motors Sued Over ‘CD Ripping Cars’

A quarter century ago the music industry was confronted with a new threat – cassette tape recorders. These devices were able to make “near perfect” copies of any audio recording and the RIAA and others feared this would be the end of the recorded music industry. The record labels took their fears to Congress, which eventually resulted in the Audio…

US States Edge Toward Cryptocoin Regulation

SonicSpike points out an article from the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Research & Analysis department on the legislation and regulation schemes emerging in at least a few states in reaction to the increasing use of digital currencies like Bitcoin. A working group called the Conference of State Bank Supervisors’ Emerging Payments Task Force has been surveying the current landscape of state…

Attackers Install DDoS Bots On Amazon Cloud

itwbennett (1594911) writes “Attackers are exploiting a vulnerability in distributed search engine software Elasticsearch to install DDoS malware on Amazon and possibly other cloud servers. Last week security researchers from Kaspersky Lab found new variants of Mayday, a Trojan program for Linux that’s used to launch distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. The malware supports several DDoS techniques, including DNS amplification. One…

Google’s Mapping Contest Draws Ire From Indian Government

hypnosec writes with news that India’s Central Bureau of Investigation has ordered a preliminary enquiry (PE) against Google for violating Indian laws by mapping sensitive areas and defence installations in the country. As per the PE, registered on the basis of a complaint made by the Surveyor General of India’s office to the Union Home Ministry, Google has been accused…

“Scared” Pirates Delayed Release of Expendables 3

Last week saw the leak online of the brand new Expendables movie. Earmarked for an August 15 U.S. release, Expendables 3 leaked in near DVD quality a full two weeks ahead. The timing and quality combined to make the leak one of the most prominent in recent years. While the original sources of these leaks are nearly always shrouded in…

Japan to Crack Down on Anime and Manga Piracy

In an effort to crackdown on Internet piracy, during October 2012 the Japanese government introduced new legislation targeted at file-sharers. To support existing punishments of up to 10 years in prison for uploaders, knowingly downloading copyright-infringing material became an offense carrying a potential two years in jail. While it was hoped that these measures would encourage consumers to do the…

Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week – 07/28/14

This week we have three newcomers in our chart. The Expendables 3, which leaked several weeks before the official premiere, is the most downloaded movie this week. The data for our weekly download chart is estimated by TorrentFreak, and is for informational and educational reference only. All the movies in the list are BD/DVDrips unless stated otherwise. RSS feed for…