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    Downfall: Photos Of MegaUpload Founder’s Valuable Cars Getting Seized

    Downfall: Photos Of MegaUpload Founder’s Valuable Cars Getting Seized

    The shit really hit the fan over at massively popular file hosting site MegaUpload. Yesterday, the United States Department of Justice seized and shut down the site and commenced criminal cases against its owners and others, sparking retaliatory actions from hacker collective Anonymous. Yesterday, following the DoJ indictment, the Organised and Financial Crime Agency of New Zealand… Read More

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    Megaupload Taken Down On Piracy Allegations

    Megaupload Taken Down On Piracy Allegations

    Popular file-hosting site Megaupload, probably known to our readers for a variety of reasons, has been taken down after the FBI charged some of its staff with copyright infringement and “conspiracy to commit racketeering.” Seven people have been charged, and four arrested (in New Zealand), and the site itself appears to be down as authorities around the world closed in on the… Read More

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    The Day The LOLcats Died, A Song Against SOPA

    The Day The LOLcats Died, A Song Against SOPA

    Today people take to the streets and black out the web to protest unfair piracy legislation. To the tune of Don McLean’s ‘American Pie’ they’ll be singing:
     “Why, why are laws a thing you can buy? / They got paid off, should be laid off, re-election denied / Our web means more than lawyers, lobbies and lies / So speak up before the internet dies / Speak up before… Read More

  • MPAA CEO Chris Dodd: Blackouts Turn Users Into “Corporate Pawns”

    MPAA CEO Chris Dodd: Blackouts Turn Users Into “Corporate Pawns”

    President and CEO of the Motion Pictures Association of America Chris Dodd has issued a strongly-worded statement regarding tomorrow’s planned outages and protests relating to the SOPA and PIPA legislation. If you didn’t already think the MPAA was a ship of fools, this will convince you once and for all. Read More

  • Cálmate: Put Down Your Smartphone To Feel Better

    Cálmate: Put Down Your Smartphone To Feel Better

    A study by the British Psychological Society found a link between stress levels and the number of times a person picks up their smartphone to check messages and mails. As an addict, I can completely agree with this finding. In short, the more you do it, the worse you feel. Oddly, the study found that less stress was induced when checking work e-mail rather than other online interactions. The… Read More

  • Cupidtino, The Dating Site For Apple Fans, Releases iPhone App

    Cupidtino, The Dating Site For Apple Fans, Releases iPhone App

    It was with a strange mix of amusement and horror that I learned about the existence of an online dating service specifically for Apple fanboys and girls almost two years ago. But, Cupidtino is still around, and last night they quietly debuted an iPhone application to complement their dating website. You have to wonder what took them so long, but at least they’re in time for next… Read More

  • Patent Troll Buys ADAPTIX (And Its 4G Technology Patents) For $160M

    Patent Troll Buys ADAPTIX (And Its 4G Technology Patents) For $160M

    The 4G wireless technology space is heating up, so expect vultures. Acacia Research Corporation, a massive patent holding group with dozens of subsidiaries in the business of exploiting intellectual property by means of lawsuits and aggressive patent licensing schemes, this morning announced that it has acquired ADAPTIX, a 4G wireless technology company that originally started out in 2000… Read More

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    [Updated] Facing Another PR Disaster: Google Accused Of Fraudulently Undermining A Kenyan Startup

    [Updated] Facing Another PR Disaster: Google Accused Of Fraudulently Undermining A Kenyan Startup

    Google, what were you thinking?, asks Kenyan startup Mocality, which operates the country’s largest online business directory. Mocality is accusing Google of knowingly engaging in fraudulent behavior to undermine their business and grow theirs, after careful monitoring of Internet traffic and a successful sting operation turned up some very interesting results. Read More

  • Following LG Patent Deal, Microsoft Execs Taunt Google On Twitter

    Following LG Patent Deal, Microsoft Execs Taunt Google On Twitter

    Microsoft this morning announced that it has signed a patent licensing agreement with Android device manufacturer LG, its eleventh deal of the kind. Microsoft says effectively 70 percent of all Android smartphones sold in the United States today are covered under its patent portfolio, not mentioning the fact that they’re also suing Motorola Mobility and NOOK maker Barnes & Noble… Read More

  • Microsoft Strikes Another Patent Deal With An Android, Chrome OS Device Maker: LG

    Microsoft Strikes Another Patent Deal With An Android, Chrome OS Device Maker: LG

    Microsoft has signed a patent licensing agreement with LG, maker of tablets, phones and other consumer electronics devices running Android or Chrome OS. This marks the 11th deal with a device manufacturer leveraging Google’s operating system software; other major agreements were struck with the likes of HTC, Samsung and Acer, among others. Read More

  • With The Clicky Value-Wheel, Groupon Puts The “No” In Innovation

    With The Clicky Value-Wheel, Groupon Puts The “No” In Innovation

    You can say a lot of things about Groupon, but not that they lack a great sense of humor over there. This morning, the company distributed a press release touting a new invention called Clicky, the Clickable Value-Wheel (make sure you watch the behind-the-scenes video below too). The company invites players to sign in with their Facebook account and then spin the wheel to potentially score… Read More