Week in review: Jailbreaking goes legit
Copyright office says bypass is legal, while Wikileaks publishes classified documents on the war in Afghanistan. Also: New Apple desktops.
Jailbreaking your iPhone or other mobile device no longer violates federal copyright law.
The decision, imparted by the U.S. Copyright Office, said thatto allow "handsets to execute software applications" is permissible.
The Copyright Office also allowed bypassing the anticopying technology used in DVDs, but only for "documentary filmmaking," noncommercial videos, and educational uses--a ruling that stopped short of allowing Americans to legally make a backup copy for their own use, in case the original DVD gets damaged. It also doesn't apply to making backup copies of video game discs or Blu-ray discs.
But in practice,
Document-leaking group releases tens of thousands of classified files to newspapers including the U.K. Guardian, which calls it a "devastating portrait of the failing war in Afghanistan.
Combining legacy SCADA systems that have their own weaknesses with Internet technologies is a dangerous mix for protecting systems that provide energy, water and other basic needs, Black Hat presenter says.
After a sneak peek hit the Web this spring, Facebook has launched the product that may put it even more head-to-head with Twitter and even Google.
Besides bringing Intel's Core i3, i5 and i7 processors to its iMacs, Apple also releases the Magic Trackpad, bringing the power of gestures to the Mac.
In a victory for Google and defeat for Microsoft, Yahoo Japan has opted to use Google's search engine rather than Bing.
The online retailer will ship a smaller, lighter $189 Kindle with new features on August 27. A Wi-Fi-only version will cost only $139.
Study shows Verizon smartphone customers using 25 percent more data per month than AT&T's iPhone customers, which are among the company's biggest data hogs.
What does it mean when big tech companies are going nuts over game manufacturers that let people build virtual farms? Well, things start to get a little bit nutty, that's for sure.
As Nvidia falters, AMD's ATI graphics unit is on the rise, spurred by "radical" shifts in a notoriously fickle market.
Chevy Volt's $41,000 price tag caused some sticker shock, but the first buyers appear willing to pay. Will it lead to the mainstreaming of electric vehicles?
Want to put videos longer than 10 minutes up on YouTube? It's now a reality, with a new 15-minute limit.
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