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Popcorn Time Offers Smooth-as-Butter Streaming

Popcorn Time, known as the "Netflix for Pirates," has introduced a browser-based service that lets users play streaming videos without having to download anything. The videos play on the company's servers. However, the browser-based service does not include a built-in virtual private network, a feat...

EFF Lambasts ESA for Hindering Video Game Preservation Efforts

The Electronic Frontier Foundation last week called out the Entertainment Software Association for opposing its video game preservation efforts. The EFF and law student Kendra Albert earlier this year petitioned the U.S. Copyright Office for an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's ant...

Glass Is Still a Twinkle in Google’s Eye

Google hasn't killed Glass, its controversial Internet-connected eyewear, CEO Eric Schmidt said in an interview published Monday. In fact, Google plans to bring out a new version of Glass later this year, he said. Rumors of its demise seemed to be confirmed in January, when Google abruptly stopped s...

Google Calls In Legal Eagles in MPAA Piracy Skirmish

Google has filed a lawsuit against Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, the latest salvo in its piracy battle with the Motion Picture Association of America. Hood targeted Google with an "unreasonable, retaliatory and burdensome" subpoena, the complaint says. The referenced subpoena likely is part...

The Sky Is Droning

The Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday gave the green light for six aerial photo and video production companies to begin using unmanned aircraft systems, also known as "drones." To incorporate the devices in film and TV production, the companies will be required to hold private pilot certif...

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French Cabbies Attack Uber Vehicles

French taxi drivers reportedly attacked vehicles linked to the smartphone app Uber, which helps people find shared rides and drivers-for-hire -- or, from cabbies' perspective, helps erode a time-honored business model. Protestors blocked traffic and went after the service's vehicles, reported one Ub...

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Internet Crimes Led to Long Jail Sentences in 2013

With all the headlines about Internet cybersecurity breaches, there seem to be few headlines about the consequences for cybercriminals. That is because not all cybercriminals are caught, and when they are it often takes months, if not years, before trials. Even when the cybercriminals plead guilty,...

TV Networks vs. Technology: The Battle Rages On

Earlier this month, News Corp. Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey threatened to pull the Fox network off the airwaves and convert it to a pay-TV channel. This came following a court ruling that allowed New York City-based Aereo to allow its subscribers to view over-the-air TV broadcasts. Aereo was ...

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Icelandic Antipiracy Group Shouted Off Facebook

An attempted antipiracy campaign came screeching to a halt when, after just four days, the Icelandic Film and Movie organization, SMAIS, took down its Facebook page. SMAIS apparently wanted to spur dialogue with Icelanders, but that backfired when Facebook users -- who were "fans" of the SMAIS page ...

Pirate Bay Assumes Ethereal Form to Dodge Raids

The Pirate Bay is ditching its servers and heading to the cloud in a move the popular file-sharing website says can help prevent raids by authorities. The site will no longer reside at a single physical location, the company said. It called the move to the cloud "getting rid of our earthly form" and...

6-Strike Copyright Warning System: Can You Hear Us Now?

A new chapter is beginning in the antipiracy wars: A so-called six-strike warning scheme will be put into action by the end of this year, said Jill Lesser of the Center for Copyright Information. The CCI was born as a result of widespread revulsion over the ham-handed tactics deployed in the 2000s b...

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Samsung Slammed Over Alleged Child Labor in China

HEG Electronics, a Chinese company that assembles devices for Samsung Electronics, has been accused of hiring children and forcing employees to work excessive hours, according to China Labor Watch. The China Labor Watch report alleges that seven children under the age of 16 were found to be working ...

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