CNET Update: How the Copyright Alert System works
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CNET Update: How the Copyright Alert System works

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Internet service providers are cracking down on illegal file sharing, apps connect with Google+, and there's a way to tweet when you're dead.

-Google+ wants to play with the big social media kids. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET Update. Apps and websites are now letting you sign in with a Google+ account or use the services using Facebook and Twitter accounts for sign ins, but Google has opened its social network to do the same. Services will also give you the option to share activity and content on Google+ with your circles. The workout monitor tidbit is one of the first to implement it as well as Flixster, USA Today, and The Fancy. Perhaps making it easier to share will get users more active on Google+. The copyright alert system is now in effect and if you're caught illegally sharing digital movies, TV shows, and music, your internet connection could be slowed down as a punishment. Here's how it works. Media copyright groups like the RIAA have partnered with 5 internet service providers-- AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner, and Verizon. The copyright groups monitor few popular peer to peer networks like BitTorrent and if they catch you illegally sharing copyright material, these groups will toddle on you to your internet provider. You will then get a warning letter how you should not be doing illegal things, but after multiple warnings, the internet provider may do annoying things to get you to stop like force you to watch video before procedure, slow your internet speeds. Every service provider will have their own policies to discourage illegal sharing. In other news, you'll start to see more add internet to main suffixes roll out over the next year. The group in charge of internet domains, ICANN, allowed corporations to create their own extensions. So, instead of dot com or dot org, you might see dot Coke, dot Cadillac and some regional ones like dot Vegas. Later on, there will be generic ones like dot music and dot app expected to be that annoying. An executive Sony's PlayStation told the Guardian that all new games in the PlayStation 4 will be available to download just like how all games for the PS Beta are available to download from the digital store. There will still be physical disc you can buy, but if it's easier or cheaper just to stream or download game, it would cut back on people buying these games. Today's app to watch is one that's all the rage in the afterlife. There is a new app that will let you keep tweeting after you're dead. It's called LivesOn and developers have been working on these artificial intelligence engine that could analyze your Twitter feed, learn how you write, and then post tweets that mimic your style when you're gone. The app launches in March, but you can sign up now on LivesOn.org to be among the first to tweet from beyond the grave. That's your tech news update. You can find details on these stories at theblogcnet.com/updates from our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.
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