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A Monster from Rome: The BitTorrent and Cyberlocker Domain Crackdown

A Monster from Rome: The BitTorrent and Cyberlocker Domain Crackdown

The Public Prosecutor of Rome, Italy has ordered the blocking of 27 BitTorrent, cyberlocker and other file-sharing sites such as Rapidgator, Uploaded, BitShare, NowVideo, VideoPremium, as it aims to battle piracy. “The domains of sites linking to torrent files, in order to download illegal copies of music and movies, have been seized [blocked] this week as ordered by Preliminary investigation of the Judge of Rome, at the request of the public prosecutor, following an investigation of the Italian Cybercrime Police,” reads a statement obtained by TorrentFreak. All of the domains are now inaccessible in Italy as they have beend blocked at the... more »
EU Ready To Accept Google Anti-Trust Proposal, But It Doesn't Amount To Much

EU Ready To Accept Google Anti-Trust Proposal, But It Doesn't Amount To Much

European regulators are apparently ready to accept a solution proposed by Google following long-running investigation into its alleged search engine bias and anti-competitive advertising practices. The details of Google’s offer haven’t yet been made public, but sources told the New York Times that the search engine giant will make changes to the way its results are displayed. So-called “vertical results”, such as those to do with hotel prices or flight tickets, will be clearly labelled as Google services, however Google will not actually be forced to change how its search algorithm actually works. One of the most crucial things to come... more »
Microsoft Unsure of SmartWatch Market, New Rivalry with Apple + Google

Microsoft Unsure of SmartWatch Market, New Rivalry with Apple + Google

In today’s mobile news roundup: Microsoft in on the smartwatch game; Apple duped by scammers; Foxconn resumes hiring for next iPhone; and Dish to block Softbank’s Sprint acquisition. Microsoft in on the smartwatch game The software giant is said to be working on a “touch-enabled” watch device that could potentially go head-to-head with Apple’s iWatch, Samsung’s Galaxy Altius, and Google’s Android smartwatch. Microsoft executives stated that the company asked Asian suppliers to “ship components for a potential watch-style device,” but it is still not sure if the plan would come to fruition though there is huge interest in a wearable smart device. "We see... more »
The Netbook Is Dying, Killed By The iPad

The Netbook Is Dying, Killed By The iPad

Remember the trusty old netbook? Those snappy little machines that were supposed to be the “bridge” between smartphones and the traditional PC? Well, if you don’t that’s not really a surprise, given how these devices are likely to be all washed up within the next couple of years. According to the research firm HIS iSuppli, the outlook for the poor old netbook is becoming increasingly bleak, with the machines set to slide into irrelevance by 2015 – just two years from now. That’s a far cry from the heady days of 2010, when the category reached a peak of some 32.14... more »
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Bitcoin Bubble or Bright Spot: What is the Longevity of Crypto-Currencies?

Could you imagine spending $150,000 a day to mine for gold? Bitcoin miners are racking up that cost in power consumption a day alone. The 'Gold Rush' err... 'Bitcoin Rush' is definitely upon us. Bitcoins are “mined” by unlocking blocks of data that “produce a particular pattern when the Bitcoin ‘hash’ algorithm is applied to the data.” Is there a Bitcoin bubble? Is there any longterm use for a crypto-currency? Will the market be flooded with other virtual pseudo-currencies? This morning we'll be hearing from one of the best Bitcoin experts and long time users,  our own Mark "Rizzn" Hopkins will... more »
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SmartWatch Wars : Microsoft Re-Joins the Fray

Ever feel like enough is not 'enough'? If the current market trend for smart devices is any indicator, we as consumers may never be satisfied. Research firm Gartner expects the market for wearable smart electronics to be a $10 billion industry by 2016. Smartwatches fit right into the wearable smart electronics market, and Microsoft is throwing its hat into the ring. The market is starting to get crowded with Apple's iWatch and Samsung's S-Watch, both set to release soon. This morning we hear from SiliconANGLE's Contributing Editor John Casaretto about Microsoft's Smartwatch and what other wearable computing devices that are currently... more »
Your Mobile + Social Guide to OpenStack Summit : 2013

Your Mobile + Social Guide to OpenStack Summit : 2013

Open source holds a special place in the tech industry, boosting standards for developers and CIOs alike.  This week we're particularly interested in the OpenStack Summit, as the open sourced IaaS community continues to gain support from the industry's top players.  We'll be broadcasting live from the OpenStack Summit, kicking off today and running through April 18 in Portland.  Tune into theCube, streaming live from SiliconANGLE.TV for exclusive interviews and on-site analysis, as we look at OpenStack's ability to make datacenter infrastructure, especially hyperscale technology, a more competitive space. Watch exclusive OpenStack live broadcasts here, on SiliconANGLE  The four-day summit is being... more »
How To Sidestep The  WordPress Botnet Hack

How To Sidestep The WordPress Botnet Hack

If you happen to use WordPress to host your company website or blog, then you’ll probably be worried by news that the ecosystem is currently facing its worst ever coordinated brute force attack, as hackers attempt to gain control of WordPress blogs using a 90,000 strong botnet. The attack has been ongoing since last Thursday and was reported by various tech sites including Ars Tecnica and Krebs on Security, which claim that HostGator and other web host servers first spotted the attack on April 11. The attack has apparently slowed down dozens of servers and led to some users being locked... more »
"Batsh*t Crazy" Rackspace Takes on AWS with Cloned OpenStack

"Batsh*t Crazy" Rackspace Takes on AWS with Cloned OpenStack

In a move deemed by some as “batshit crazy,” Rackspace is said to be cloning its cloud services and making it available to the public.  This move to counter the success that Amazon is having with its Amazon Web Services platform (AWS). Rackspace stated that it will provide telecommunications companies, IT vendors, and hosting companies with OpenStack technology to be able to jump start their efforts and better compete with AWS. Rackspace CTO John Engates stated that telcos and service providers have “approached us for years about helping them to get into the cloud business — they want the same category of... more »
Bitcoin Myth Busted: Mining is Not an Environmental Disaster, Here's Why

Bitcoin Myth Busted: Mining is Not an Environmental Disaster, Here's Why

Bitcoin has had more than its fair share of headlines over the past couple of weeks, with stories of bubbles about to burst, exchanges shutting down  and new ones opening up for business. To be sure, there’s an awful lot of sensationalism right now as the cryptocurrency draws more attention and tech geeks like myself get caught up in the excitement of it all. But in no way does the current buzz condone one of the most ridiculous stories to emerge over the last few days - that Bitcoin mining, the process of creating Bitcoins, could somehow be damaging to... more »

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