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4K catches fire with OTT streamers, while broadcasters burn

Breaking Fad Like dentophobes with toothache, the broadcast elite seem grimly determined not to face up to the inevitable. A post International Broadcasting Convention conference about Ultra HD, organised by satellite operator SES, offered scant evidence that any of the big European broadcasters are in a mood to commit to 4K services. …
Steve May, 8 Oct 2015
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Verizon now owns AOL, so AOL now owns your web browsing habits, other personal info

US telco giant Verizon has given notice it will be providing information on its subscribers to AOL for targeted advertising. A notice in Verizon's privacy policy warns users that beginning next month, information such as device information, addresses and whereabouts, and browsing habits, will be given to AOL so it can sling …
Shaun Nichols, 7 Oct 2015
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US Treasury: How did ISIS get your trucks? Toyota: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The US Treasury's terrorism financing department has launched an enquiry into the fleet of Toyota trucks which feature prominently in ISIS propaganda videos. Counter-terrorism investigators are collaborating with the Japanese automotive manufacturer to figure out how Toyota's Hilux trucks and Land Cruisers have been obtained …
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Swedish govt appeals court decision guarding thepiratebay.se domain

The Swedish government has decided to appeal a court decision that protected the domain names used by torrent-search site The Pirate Bay from being suspended. In a complex legal decision back in May, the court decided that the company that operates Sweden's .se registry, IIS, was contributing to copyright infringement by …
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AD-NNIHILATION: Apple-approved iOS tool blocks ALL ads in apps, Safari, Apple News

A new tool approved by Apple and added to the iOS App Store blocks ads in Safari – and, if you trust the tool's makers, even in-app ads and banners in Apple's own software. Dubbed Been, the software relies on the content-blocking features of iOS 9 to kill off adverts and trackers in Safari – the web browser on iPhones, iPads …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Oct 2015

Miss Brittany dethroned for posting 'nude' Facebook pics

The reign of this year's Miss Brittany, Eugénie Journée, was only marginally longer than that of Prince Louis-Antoine, Duke of Angoulême, after the 23-year-old was stripped of her title as a result of posting rule-busting "nude" photos of herself on Facebook. Ms Journée, a law student at the University of Rennes, was crowned …
Lester Haines, 6 Oct 2015
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Rights groups: Darn you Facebook with your 'government names'

The ZuckerBorg's continued refusal to assimilate anyone who won't provide their "real" name to the site has provoked an angry letter from 75 human rights, digital rights, LGBTQ and women's rights advocates. Facebook has always claimed its "real name" policy protects users from harassment, as without the right to anonymity …

French hacks go after new surveillance law … with the help of the ECHR

A collection of French journos have teamed up to take a new surveillance law to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), claiming it infringes "the rights and freedoms of journalists". France’s so-called Patriot Act came into force on Saturday, but the French legal press association, APJ, said it would attempt to have the …
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GENUINE STARSHIP as used by PRINCESS LEIA sold for just $450k

Princess Leia's CR90 Corvette, also known as the Rebel blockade runner, has been sold at a Los Angeles auction for $450,000. The miniature film prop was the first ship to appear in the Star Wars franchise, appearing straight after the famous opening text crawl from the first film Episode IV: A New Hope. Leia's ship is …
Team Register, 6 Oct 2015

Russia vows to shame big biz that advertises on pirate sites, and save the internet

Russia has vowed to do what Obama and the EU dare not – and we don't mean bomb ISIS. The President Putin-led nation has promised to go after big business and the pirate websites they support. The Russian government has vowed to crack down on the top 100 copyright-infringing sites, in order to shame the Top 100 brands into …
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AdBlock blocker biz bought

Ad blocker AdBlock has been bought by an unknown purchaser – but the signs say that the blocker has probably been gobbled by rival Adblock Plus. AdBlock said yesterday that it has been acquired by an unnamed purchaser, and that it is now participating in Germany's Adblock Plus Acceptable Ads system, which sets the criteria for …
Kat Hall, 2 Oct 2015

Siege of Shoreditch was like Stalingrad, but with Froot Loops Bloopers

¡BONG! FRONTLINE DISPATCH Tsunami survivors say the first sign of impending disaster is that the tide goes out a very long way. One minute you're on the beach with water lapping at your feet. The next, there's nothing as far as you can see. That was how the start of the "Breakfast War” felt, too. One moment I was in the Jedward Twins' Cereal Killer …
Steve Bong, 2 Oct 2015
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I was GOOGLE for a MINUTE, claims quick-witted dude

Google is investigating how an Amazon intern "bought" its Google.com domain. The Mountain View giant said it had not "noticed anything unusual" and that it didn't lose control of the domain. Beyond that, the company is keeping mum. Intern Sanmay Ved says he noticed Google.com was available for sale, and quickly "purchased" it …
Darren Pauli, 2 Oct 2015

Bezos' BAN-HAMMER batters Chromecast, Apple TV

Amazon has decided its own video streaming plans take precedence over customer choice, and has given notice that Chromecast and Apple TV devices will be kicked off its Web store. Scrabbling around for any explanation that doesn't say “we don't like selling competitors' products”, the retailer says instead that products using …

Woman makes app that lets people rate and review you, Yelp-style. Now SHE'S upset people are 'reviewing' her

It was oh so predictable. The founder of new slander-app Peeple has been surprised to discover people slandering her online. Julia Cordray, of Calgary, Canada, landed herself and her company a ton of publicity this week, appearing everywhere from the Washington Post to ABC News, talking about how the app – due to be launched …
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AF-FIR-MAT-IVE: Second suspension for robot-voice helldesker

An IT help desk staffer at New York City's Health Department is facing his second suspension for answering customer calls in a robot voice. Ronald Dillon has worked for the Health Department since 1976, and holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics as well as an MBA. He was once a project manager and supervisor at the Health …

Slander-as-a-service: Peeple app wants people to rate and review you – whether you like it or not

This could be the most odious idea the internet manages in 2015: Peeple is an app that lets people rate other people, whether they like it or not, and plans to launch in November. The Yelp-like defamation-as-a-service – someone can put you in a database that you can't be taken off, rate you 1-to-5, and comment on you as a …

Flaky Flickr's pic upload faulty for weeks, fume fed-up photographers

Some users of Yahoo!'s photo-sharing site Flickr have been struggling or unable to upload photos to the site for several weeks. The Flickr support forums are full of complaints from people – mostly in the UK – who have been unable to upload their snaps to Flickr. Flickr is constantly timing out when uploads are attempted. The …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Sep 2015

Twitter signs Edward Snowden to write for them for free

Former NSA sysadmin Edward Snowden, famed for leaking colossal quantities of secret government information to selected journalists, has decided to supply free content to microblurt advertising platform Twitter. Increasingly comfortable in Russian exile, it seems - while reportedly still seeking asylum elsewhere - the one-time …
Team Register, 30 Sep 2015

BBC joins war against Flash, launches beta HTML5 iPlayer

It may not be the definitive decision which propels humanity towards our inevitable end, but in a post on the Beeb's internet blog, James East, the Media Playout Product Manager, stated that his team is now confident they can "achieve the playback quality you'd expect from the BBC without using a third-party plugin." HTML5 has …
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MACAQUE ATTACK: Monkey plunders Florida resident's box, gobbles contents

"Shortly after 8am," reported Florida's Sanford Police Department (SPD), "we received a call from a Sanford resident who lives in the Hidden Lakes subdivision, reporting that a monkey was eating mail out of a mailbox." The mail-munching macaque caused the neighbourhood to go bananas when someone happened to see her "and …
Team Register, 30 Sep 2015

Web ad tried to make my iPhone spaff a premium-rate text, says snapper

A bloke in Scotland reckons a dodgy web advert tried to trick him into sending a text message from his iPhone to a premium-rate number. It's feared more unscrupulous ad networks could use the same technique to trip up Apple fans and rack up larger than expected phone bills. Andrew Smith – an ex-Reg writer, news photographer, …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Sep 2015
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Marijuana from heaven: Bundle of blow bombs bow-wow's boudoir

A 26lbs bundle of cannabis appeared from the sky and bombed through the roof of a carport in the Arizona town of Nogales. Maya Donnelly heard what she thought was thunder during the night, but later that morning found wood strewn across the ground around a bulky bundle wrapped in black plastic. Therein was the big old chunk …
Team Register, 29 Sep 2015
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AdSense fraud still too easy, says Spanish boffin

A bit of code-work is all it takes to sidestep one of Google's key AdSense protection mechanisms. That's the conclusion of Spanish researcher Manuel Blázquez, a PhD and professor at the Complutense University of Madrid. In a paper just published at Arxiv, he says a combination of cross-site scripting (XSS) and old-fashioned …

Now you can be tracked online by your email addy. Thanks, Google!

Companies can upload your email address to Google so when the internet goliath detects you surfing across the web, it can throw better-targeted adverts at you. So if you buy a bike and give the store your email address, and the store gives that information to Google, the internet billboard giant can find the Google account …
Jennifer Baker, 29 Sep 2015
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Pirate Bay cofounder and computer hacker Anakata freed

Pirate Bay cofounder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg has been released from prison in Sweden following three years behind bars, we're told. Svartholm Warg, who went by the online handle Anakata, was sent down in Sweden and Denmark for various computer hacking offenses. He is best known, however, for cofounding the famed Pirate Bay …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Sep 2015
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Facebook to users (sorry, PEOPLE): Party like it's 2005 and blog your little hearts out

Facebook has rejigged its Notes feature by turning it into a blog-like function, while skirting any mention of the B-word – perhaps to avoid making the free content ad network appear too retro. Retro as in, say, 2005. The overhaul probably won't appeal to the younger segment of the market, many of whom are fixated with …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Sep 2015

Tits and ads: Malware-riddled banners stiff X-rated websites

An ongoing malvertising campaign that began in August by targeting Yahoo.com, MSN.com and other websites visited by millions of people has expanded to hit smut sites as well. Many porn websites have been fingered with tainted advertisements via an ad network called TrafficHaus, a big player in supplying ads to adult networks …
John Leyden, 25 Sep 2015
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SAUCY INCEST and brutal VIOLENCE boosts UK space sector

Blighty's space industry received a fillip today, with Sky TV reporting bumper results for its full year – Sky accounting for more than half of the UK government's "look, Britain has a thriving space industry" narrative. Group revenue for 2015 increased by five per cent to £11.2bn, with operating profits up 19 per cent year-on …
Kat Hall, 25 Sep 2015
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'RipSec' goes to Hollywood: how the iCloud celeb hack happened

The chief hacker behind the infamous iCloud celebrity hacks has revealed in a documentary how the group dubbed RipSec shook Hollywood by plundering thousands of naked photos and financial data of Tinsel Town icons. The hacker broke silence and spoke to Canadian tech and producer Travis Doering who provides information security …
Darren Pauli, 25 Sep 2015
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The BBC's Space: A short history of 21st Century indoor relief

Special Report It was Open London last weekend, where for two days we got to see inside buildings normally closed to the public. With Doctor Who’s Tardis being unavailable, my kids found themselves on the Dazzle Ship moored in the Thames*. They were at once accosted by someone showing them an app. Take a photo, slap it on your own Dazzle …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Sep 2015

PETA monkey selfie lawsuit threatens wildlife photography, warns snapper at heart of row

In the inverted morality of the obsessive copyright hater, criminals are folk heroes, and the innocent must be punished. The latest internet victim-shaming is directed against British wildlife photographer David Slater, who snapped a grinning macaque in the Indonesian jungle. US animal rights group PETA (People for the Ethical …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Sep 2015
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Google makes admen pay for fake YouTube views, claims research

Google has been accused of charging advertisers for YouTube clicks against adverts even when some of those ads have not actually been viewed by a human, according to a study. The paper – Understanding the detection of fake view fraud in Video Content Portals (PDF) – by a group of European researchers evaluated the performance …
Kat Hall, 24 Sep 2015
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Happy birthday to you, the ruling was true, no charge for this headline, 'coz the copyright's screwed

Good news: you can now sing Happy Birthday without fear of someone demanding you get your checkbook out. A US judge has overturned a copyright claim to Happy Birthday, declaring the seminal number is not owned by a group that includes Warner/Chappell Music, which has been collecting royalties for the song's performances. The …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Sep 2015
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Our cookies save you from TERRORISTS, Facebook thunders to Belgian judge

Facebook's long-anticipated privacy case in Belgium has begun, with lawyers for the country's privacy regulator asking the judge not to be “intimidated” by The Social NetworkTM. The regulator's set the rhetoric-rheostat to “high”, accusing the advertising network of acting like America's NSA in the extent of its spying on …
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Megaupload extradition: Rotund web baron Kim Dotcom appears in court

After three years of legal delays, Kim Dotcom finally appeared in court in Auckland, New Zealand, on Monday to start his extradition hearing to the United States. Dotcom faces criminal charges for what the US government has said was an organized plan to make money from selling access to copyrighted music and video. He is …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Sep 2015

Cesspool 4chan sold … to former owner of Japanese cesspool 2ch

The owner of notorious message board 4chan has sold the forum to the former owner of its Japanese "inspiration," 2channel. After more than a decade running the "free speech" site, Christopher Poole announced on Monday that he had sold the cyber-cesspool, which boasts 20 million monthly visitors, to Hiroyuki Nishimura. He did …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Sep 2015

OFFICIAL: Facebook growth BIGGER THAN ... JESUS, the INTERNET!

Mark Zuckerberg has finally ticked off a mammoth item on his bucket list: Facebook usage – his company reckons – has eclipsed internet growth, and the UN Broadband Commission parroted those claims on Monday. The free content ad network, along with mobile broadband access, apparently outstripped global internet usage in what …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Sep 2015
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My parents don't know I'm in SEO. They think I play piano in a brothel

Comment Search Engine Optimisation is desperately seeking respectability, with “creativity” being the main buzzword at the industry’s big get-together – with the dark arts of “black hat” SEO scarcely being mentioned. More than 1,700 search engine optimisers and digital marketers gathered last Friday (18 September) in the UK seaside …
Ollie Wilson, 21 Sep 2015
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Hello? HELLO? Major Skype outage hits folk WORLDWIDE

Microsoft-owned video chat service Skype has 'fessed up to a major outage affecting its customers, promising it is "working on a quick fix" to the problem. The problem appeared to start just after 9am BST. In a statement the company said: We have detected an issue with the status settings of Skype. Affected users will not be …
Kat Hall, 21 Sep 2015

Ad-blocking super-weapon axed by maker for being TOO effective

The developer behind the wildly popular Peace ad blocker for Apple's iOS has pulled it from the App Store after claiming it was too effective. Indie dev Marco Arment said in a blog post that his creation had been blocking more ads than he had anticipated, to the point where he worried he was harming publishers. "Achieving …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Sep 2015
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Why the 'Dancing Baby' copyright case is just hi-tech victim shaming

Analysis Silicon Valley's great triumph has been persuading people to give up their rights, and be happy to do so. And tech oligarchs aren't worried about fighting dirty to make it happen: victim shaming is now part of the arsenal. Modern technology – and in particular the miracle of the internet – has allowed billions of people to …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Sep 2015