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French police close down popular piracy website Liberty Land

RENNES, France — Police have closed down one of France’s most popular websites for downloading pirated content and arrested three men who ran it, an officer said Saturday. Liberty Land, set up in September 2009, was one of the most frequented sites in France, claiming 800,000 users accessing and sharing…

Sony Ericsson’s Canada site hacked: company

TOKYO (AFP) – Hackers have attacked Sony Ericsson’s Canadian eShop website, affecting 2,000 users, the latest online strike against the Japanese electronics and entertainment giant, a Sony spokesman said Wednesday. The new security breach follows a massive theft of personal data from Sony’s PlayStation Network and Sony Online Entertainment services,…

Israeli couple, inspired by Facebook, name their baby ‘Like’

JERUSALEM — Stumped for an original name for their newborn daughter, an Israeli couple took inspiration from social networking site Facebook and named her “Like,” Israeli daily Maariv reported on Monday. The parents lifted the name from the popular feature on the site, which allows Facebook users to click on…

Members of Congress question seizures of alleged pirate domain names

For the last several months, two Democratic members of Congress have been asking the Department of Homeland Security/ICE to clarify the policy behind its seizures of the domain names of websites that are alleged to be involved in copyright violations. According to TorrentFreak.com, they’ve finally gotten a response, but it’s…

Survivors re-traumatized by Peace Corps after reporting rapes

A group of former volunteers who were raped while working with the Peace Corps told Congress Wednesday that serious changes need to be made to the organization. The victims explained that in many cases, the way they were treated by the Peace Corps after reporting the assault was more traumatic…

7.5 million Facebook users are under 13: study

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Some 7.5 million of the 20 million minors who used Facebook in the past year were younger than 13, and a million of them were bullied, harassed or threatened on the site, a study released Tuesday said. More than five million Facebook users were 10 years old…

GrouponLive: Live Nation and Groupon team up on new ticket site

(Reuters) – Top online group buying site Groupon tied up with Live Nation Inc to launch a new online ticketing deals web site that will allow customers buy tickets to concerts, theatres and other live events at discounted prices. Live Nation Entertainment, which was created by the combination of concert…

Security experts slam Wall Street Journal’s attempt to rival WikiLeaks

The Wall Street Journal’s much ballyhooed attempt to launch a rival to WikiLeaks is already coming under attack. The Journal claims that its SafeHouse site is located on secure servers, and it promises potential whistleblowers anonymity and the use of file encryption. However, internet security and privacy experts have already…

Wall Street Journal launches WikiLeaks imitation

WASHINGTON — The Wall Street Journal launched a WikiLeaks rival called “SafeHouse” on Thursday, calling for online submissions to help uncover fraud and abuse in business and politics. “If you have newsworthy contracts, correspondence, emails, financial records or databases from companies, government agencies or non-profits, you can send them to…

NFL player comes under fire for 9/11 tweets

PITTSBURGH (Reuters) – Pittsburgh Steelers halfback Rashard Mendenhall remained a target of sharp criticism by Twitter users on Tuesday after he posted a message questioning whether news that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed should be cheered. As spontaneous celebrations broke out in the hours after the nation…

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