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    by Published on 08-07-2014 01:35 PM   
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    The term "moon shot" ("Moon shot") originated in the USA during the space race to the moon and today is used to describe projects of great technical difficulty completed shortly. Lately the term has been on everyone's lips, especially by Google X, the advertising arm of the search company.

    Well, actually his secret Google X lab.

    The last time the term was used was last Friday, when the Wall Street Journal broke the news that Google was planning a study X biomedical research. The headline was "Google's New Moonshot" (or "The new release of Google to the Moon") and describes the "most ambitious and difficult science project" in the history of the company. ...
    by Published on 08-06-2014 03:48 AM
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    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday proposed changing how it measures high-speed Internet to potentially require download speeds of 10 megabits per second (Mbps) or higher for a service to qualify as broadband.

    The FCC currently defines broadband, or high-speed Internet, as 4 Mbps download speed and 1 Mbps upload speed. The agency will seek public comment on whether those bandwidth thresholds should be increased and whether different ones should be set for wired and wireless connections.

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    by Published on 08-01-2014 02:41 AM
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    Today, Sprint dispensed with all subtlety. Without any pretense of net neutrality whatsoever, the carrier unveiled a plan with options to pay more for unfettered access to social media and streaming music, depending on the tier.

    The Virgin Mobile Custom plan, sold under Sprint’s Virgin Mobile brand, provides unlimited access to one of four social media services – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest – on top of your data plan for $12 a month. An additional $10 will net unlimited use of all four, while $5 more grants unlimited streaming from any one music app. The base plan also includes 20 minutes of talk time and 20 texts, both of which can be upgraded. Lines start at $6.98 a month, $5 extra for “unlimited” access. Plans can be adjusted on the fly, even daily if so desired.
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    by Published on 07-28-2014 05:28 PM
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    When the National Security Agency would like to take a look at all of the metadata of phone calls made by people using Verizon, a program revealed last summer by Edward Snowden, they must obtain approval from the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (better known as the FISA Court), which typically grants such requests. VICE has obtained disclosures that reveal for the first time since this program was made public that FISA Court judges have not only owned Verizon stock in the last year, but that at least one of the judges to sign off on the NSA orders for bulk metadata collection is a proud shareholder of the company complying with these requests.

    On May 28 last year, Judge James Zagel, a FISA Court member since 2008, purchased stock in Verizon. In June of this year, Zagel signed off on a government request to the FISA Court to renew the ongoing metadata collection program.

    He's not the only one. We filed a request to the courts for the personal finance statements for all of the FISA Court judges. About a month ago, federal judges began turning in their disclosures, which cover the calendar year of 2013. The disclosures show that FISA Court Judge Susan Wright purchased Verizon stock valued at $15,000 or less on October 22. FISA Court Judge Dennis Saylor has owned Verizon stock, and last year collected a dividend of less than $1,000. The precise amount and value of each investment is unclear—like many government ethics disclosures, including those for federal lawmakers, investments amounts are revealed within certain ranges of value.

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    by Published on 06-18-2014 10:34 AM
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    Today, the large online payment processor Payza is expected to release the name of it’s new American based partner. ...
    by Published on 06-06-2014 03:29 PM
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    Netflix wants you to know whose fault it is that your movie isn't loading — and, big surprise, it's pinning the issue on internet service providers. As spotted by Vox Media designer Yuri Victor last night, Netflix is testing a notification that would inform subscribers when their internet provider's network has become congested and started to hurt their video. "The Verizon network is crowded right now," Netflix's message to Victor, a FiOS subscriber, read, after playback was paused to adjust the stream. As Recode points out, Netflix's communication chief, Jonathan Friedland, replied on Twitter to say that it was testing the message as a way to "keep members informed." ...
    by Published on 05-30-2014 11:15 PM   
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    This article is based entirely off of public data which has been provided directly from the GFY.com community. There is a real digital underground war taking place between the Adult Entertainment Industry and American & Foreign Corporations.

    The central gathering place for adult internet entrepreneurs is on a website called GFY.com. The community first opened it’s doors on January 17th, 1999 and has been a driving force behind the online adult entertainment industry ever since. It’s a gathering for the rich, famous, disgruntled & up and comers of the adult industry. Site owners from the one time infamous Adult Friend Finder to the relatively new and booming InstaBang.com can be found conversing on the forum at one time or another. Members communicate with each other, discussing trends, the future of Adult Entertainment and exchanging services.

    “I am prepared to put personal time, resources and money into achieving a successful outcome. However I can’t do it all by myself. I started this thread to have a serious discussion about tactics we can use to make the life of file locker operators miserable.” - GFY.com

    From the outside looking in the website appears to be entirely legit and comes across as a fairly reputable community. That’s until you realize that there is an underground war taking place between two distinctly related business models. And that the central hub for adult entertainment online, GFY.com which was acquired by the AVN Media Network in 2013 is the launching point from where a large portion of these attacks come from. ...
    by Published on 05-28-2014 11:33 PM   
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    One of the world’s most popular Affiliate networks AdCash.com has been exposed for shaving their own publishers earnings. Whose responsible for the exposure? None other than yours truly, ScrollDog.com. We received a tip that the company had been shaving clients for some time and decided that it would only be appropriate to try out the service ourselves. What we discovered was that AdCash uses skimming techniques for all new clients that fall within pre-catonic exposure. We enrolled through the service and established an account for testing purposes to determine if the allegations were true. ...
    by Published on 05-25-2014 06:39 PM   
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    2. FileSharing,
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    The long running and popular file sharing site ExtaBit.com has been knocked offline today, in what has been labeled a mysterious act that has left millions of users without access. ExtaBit.com was at one time one of the largest file sharing sites in the world, boasting millions of visitors to the service per day and over 7.5 petabytes of files. Sources close to ScrollDog say that the site has had ongoing legal issues that may have ultimately forced the hand of operators and ultimately caused the shutdown of the business. ...
    by Published on 05-13-2014 04:43 PM   
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    The former operator of USAWarez.com and USATorrents.com, who has served more than two years in prison for copyright infringement, has outed several prisons for showing pirated movies to their inmates. One of the prisons mentioned says that the matter is still under investigation.

    In 2010 Richard Humphrey was sentenced to 29 months in prison for operating several pirate sites, including the popular USAWarez.com and USATorrents.com.

    Earlier this year Humphrey, who is a well-known figure in the warez community in various roles, went back to jail after he violated his probation. This time he was sent to Lorain Correctional Institution in Ohio, where he was surprised to see that pirated copies of “Ride Along” and “Wolf of Wall Street” were being played for inmates.

    According to Humphrey the movies were shown while they were still playing in theaters and had clear earmarks of being pirated copies. ...
    by Published on 04-29-2014 04:26 AM
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    Netflix just confirmed that it will pay Verizon for direct access through the carrier's network, allowing for improved streaming video for customers. According to a brief statement, "We have reached an interconnect arrangement with Verizon that we hope will improve performance for our joint customers over the coming months." The announcement mirrors a similar peering deal inked earlier this year made by Netflix and Comcast, and likely won't be the last of its kind. ...
    by Published on 04-24-2014 02:51 PM
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    WASHINGTON—Regulators are proposing new rules on Internet traffic that would allow broadband providers to charge companies a premium for access to their fastest lanes.

    The Federal Communications Commission plans to put forth its rules on Thursday. The proposal marks the FCC's third attempt at enforcing "net neutrality"—the concept that all Internet traffic should be treated equally.

    Developed by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, the proposal is an effort to prevent broadband Internet providers such as Comcast Corp. , Verizon Communications Inc., VZ and Time Warner Cable TWC from blocking or slowing down individual websites served up to the consumer. The idea is that consumers should be able to access whatever content they choose, not the content chosen by the broadband provider.

    But it would also allow providers to give preferential treatment to traffic from some content providers, as long as such arrangements are available on "commercially reasonable" terms for all interested content companies. Whether the terms are commercially reasonable would be decided by the FCC on a case-by-case basis.

    This latest plan is likely to be viewed as an effort to find a middle ground, as the FCC has been caught between its promise to keep the Internet open and broadband providers' desire to explore new business models in a fast-changing marketplace. It likely won't satisfy everyone, however. Some advocates of an open Internet argue that preferential treatment for some content companies inevitably will result in discriminatory treatment for others.
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    by Published on 04-12-2014 01:24 PM   
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    For those, who are tired to download fakes, spam, virus infected, password protected or incomplete torrents, I've created a list of free torrent sites that provide download for verified files only. All these sites are open for all, public and do not require registration. ...

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