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The Pirate Bay’s Facebook Page Is Shut Down Too

More than a week has passed since The Pirate Bay’s servers were pulled offline, and now the same is happening to the site’s official Facebook page. With more than 470,000 likes TPB’s Facebook page had quite a reach, although the last status update dates back to last year. Since then the page was mostly used by ‘fans’ to share TPB…

Army To Launch Spy Blimp Over Maryland

FarnsworthG writes: A multi-billion-dollar Army project will soon be able to track nearly everything within 340 miles when an 80-yard-long blimp is hoisted into the air over Maryland. Way to be subtle, guys. From the article: “Technically considered aerostats, since they are tethered to mooring stations, these lighter-than-air vehicles will hover at a height of 10,000 feet just off Interstate…

Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

schwit1 sends this report from The Verge: Most anti-piracy tools take one of two paths: they either target the server that’s sharing the files (pulling videos off YouTube or taking down sites like The Pirate Bay) or they make it harder to find (delisting offshore sites that share infringing content). But leaked documents reveal a frightening line of attack that’s…

Icefilms Downtime Causes Concern, But Site Will Return

Without doubt the past seven days have shaken the file-sharing world to its core. Last Tuesday the Internet’s most famous file-sharing site, invincible according to many accounts, fell following a raid by Swedish police. That kind of surprise can lead people to panic when other similar sites have downtime at the same time. For the past 24 hours concern has…

Swedish ISP Refuses to Block The Pirate Bay

In many countries around the world The Pirate Bay has become a focal point for rightsholders seeking website blocking injunctions. Portrayed as the worst-of-the-worst, the site has been named in many ISP liability lawsuits. But while the site disappeared last week, pending legal action concerning it has not. The most recent lawsuit was filed in November by Universal Music, Sony…

Verizon “End-to-End” Encrypted Calling Includes Law Enforcement Backdoor

An anonymous reader sends this quote from TechDirt: As a string of whistle blowers like former AT&T employee Mark Klein have made clear abundantly clear, the line purportedly separating intelligence operations from the nation’s incumbent phone companies was all-but obliterated long ago. As such, it’s relatively amusing to see Verizon announce this week that the company is offering up a…

Apple Wins iTunes DRM Case

An anonymous reader sends word that Apple’s iTunes DRM case has already been decided. The 8-person jury took only a few hours to decide that the features introduced in iTunes 7.0 were good for consumers and did not violate antitrust laws. Following the decision, the plaintiff’s head attorney Patrick Coughlin said an appeal is already planned. He also expressed frustrations…

Uber Limits ‘God View’ To Improve Rider Privacy

mpicpp sends this report from CNN: Uber has rolled back employee access to its “God view” mode, which allows the company to track riders’ locations and other data. The ride service company was faced with questions about its privacy policies from U.S. Senator Al Franken, following a series of recent privacy debacles. Uber’s updated policy is detailed in its response…