Pirates in peril (week in review)
Movie studios and record labels increase the pressure on file sharers, while the tech industry ponders the election results. Also: Google sues the U.S.
Hollywood studios and record labels are ratcheting up the pressure on those suspected of illegally sharing movies and music.
In a move sure to outrage both file traders on BitTorrent networks and legal watchdogs, a well-known pornographer has. Axel Braun Productions filed the complaint in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, alleging that the defendants illegally shared the adult film "Batman XXX: A Porn Parody."
In an interview about the suit with Xbiz Newswire, a publication that follows the adult-film industry, Braun made it clear he's prepared to take on the file-sharing crowd. "People don't realize that when you pirate a movie it hurts all of the people who work very hard to get it produced--from the cast to the production assistants to the makeup artists... So we are going after every one of them who pirates our content."
On the music front, Jammie Thomas-Rasset, the Minnesota woman who has been fighting the recording industry over 24 songs she illegally downloaded and shared online four years ago, has lost another round in court. A jury in Minneapolis decided that she was
Washington's approach to technology regulation likely will remain the same, aided in part by every Democrat who signed a Net neutrality pledge losing.
The single sign-on will replace Facebook Connect to log you onto partner sites and services using your Facebook credentials.
Social-networking giant announces it has discovered that a data broker was buying identifying user information from app developers.
Apple initially hoped to announce 90-second samples in September, but licensing issues pushed the announcement back.
Attackers target specific organizations, sending employees e-mails directing them to a Web site where exploit code could take over their computers.
Long accustomed to fending off the government's legal inquiries, Google has filed its own suit claiming the government didn't fairly evaluate Google Apps.
A Los Angeles-based holding company with 44 news-related Web sites has been flooding Google News with spam--with success.
Market researcher says Microsoft's and Sony's motion-gaming peripherals can expect a strong holiday season with up to 5.25 million units selling in the fourth quarter.
IE lost another sliver of its dominance while Chrome grew in usage, according to October usage statistics.
The site is gradually and carefully rolling out a new feature that displays ads, or promoted tweets, into the Twitter streams of individual users.
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