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LimeWire and BitTorrent Dominating the P2P Market
Wed, 09 Jan 2008 11:11:46 +0000
Recent statistics released have caused some uproar when talking about music and movie downloading software. A new report issued by Digital Music News and BigChampagne showed us that iTunes is not the most popular such program around. LimeWire stands out as one of the most looked after software with a lot more user support than previously thought of. We thus see that all personal computers that have a peer 2 peer client installed makes out a huge deal – 35 percent. LimeWire holds around 46 percent of them all, which translates in around 18 percent of all computers having the software installed. This means that it is the leading P2P client available. We can easily say that the darknet makes up for the majority of media downloads and piracy is not likely to go down in the future. One of the reasons why this happens is the price of media content. One iTunes song costs 99 cents. If we do the math we can easily see that filling up one iPod does cost a lot of money.
The major labels are constantly trying to increase the price paid for each song download and if we take a look at the data mentioned above, this is not a good idea. Also, another report pointed out the fact that BitTorrent is the leading P2P protocol when talking about nighttime P2P traffic. This can either mean that this client is more popular or that it is used to download more and/or larger sized files. The truth of the mater is that media price is still too high for the regular user and the capacity of storage we see in media players is continuously rising. A current generation iPod would cost an amount of around 5 digits in order to fill and with the possibility of getting it all free through P2P, although illegally, we can only think that a price that becomes higher would mean even more people turning towards LimeWire and BitTorrent.
Google vs Hyperphrase – Still no Winner
Wed, 09 Jan 2008 11:10:25 +0000
The War between Google and Hyperphrase Technologies is still going on although Google did gain one victory. The bad news for them is that the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit only upheld Google’s request of summary judgment in a partial note while remanding a part of the case for reconsideration. For those that are not aware, this is just the latest round of a battle that started in 2006. The two companies are fighting over who owns the intellectual property that stands behind the AutoLink feature you can notice in Google Toolbar. Hyperphrase Technologies sued Google for patent infringement and Google responded with filing for summary judgment in November 2006. After receiving it in December, Hyperphrase did not agree and appealed it. The result is both companies going back into district court to re-examine AutoLink.
In order to understand this patent case you need to hold basic knowledge of how AdSense and AutoLink work. Those that have Google Toolbar know that AutoLink is included and is a tool that scans a loaded web page and identifies certain character strings. If it detects something that seems to bee a valid character string, it will link it to a relevant URL. AdSense also scans the web page and analyzes it. It then cross-references the keywords found with the keywords in the advertising database and then the results are re-analyzed in order to select with advertisement should be displayed. The original district court ruling stated that AdSense does not infringe HyperPhrase’s patents. On the other hand, the topic at hand still remains AutoLink and at the rate the current battle is going, who knows when a positive answer (and final) will be released? With all the appeal and re-appeals possible, we might as well simply use AutoLink and wait till it might disappear from the toolbar.
CyberLover – Scoring Girls for Nerds
Wed, 09 Jan 2008 11:01:01 +0000
CyberLover is soon to be launched by a Russian web site. This is a special program that will simulate chat room flirting. The idea is quite strange and it is said that the aim is to help nerds that have no skill when it comes to getting together with women. CyberLover is said to be able to chat with “up to 10 women at one time” and should score. Also, according to the web site, “not a single girl has yet realized that she was communicating with a program!” Another feature that is possible with the program is performing virtual sex online. If we were to talk about fun and games we could say that it is quite interesting although the possibility of loosing a credit card number is also possible according to PC Tools, an Australian anti-virus software developer.
Although this program promises the world, we need to wonder if it really delivers. It seems that all it takes is around half an hour of use and CyberLover will basically introduce the user to girls, exchange photos and even be able to get a contact phone number. Now the real question is: now that you do not have the program to aid you, what will you do in a real conversation? You will probably not be Don Juan anymore! Also, Sergei Shevchenko, a malware analyst at PC Tools, said that CyberLover comes with a previously unseen level of social engineering for a tool that can be utilized by hackers for identity fraud. CyberLover is scheduled for release on February 15th, right after Valentine’s Day, which is probably a good move for such software. We are very curios as to the success rate of getting to meet girls as the program might be good for cheating a virtual date but a real one will expose you for the inexperienced nerd that would use CyberLover.
Two Nuclear Labs Falling for Phishing Tricks
Wed, 09 Jan 2008 10:48:01 +0000
We are already used with the press making everything bigger than it actually is. For instance, we saw a report by ABC News that stated 2 nuclear labs were hacked. The truth is that there is no real danger but the facts are a lot funnier. It seems that some scientists and workers at these 2 nuclear labs actually fell for the hacker’s oldest trick in the book. We are talking about the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee and the Los Alamos National Lab in New Mexico. These two institutions were collecting the names, birth dates and social security numbers of all the scientists that visited the plans. Everything is put in a database.
Starting on the date of October 29, workers of the plants started receiving phishing emails, the classical ones, followed by another classical one with attachments that contained Trojans. After this we found reports that said these emails gained access to both the systems of these companies. This basically translates in the fact that at least one worker in each plant made the mistake of opening an attachment and the fun began. The immediate result was a database that was compromised. Basically, the phiser or phishers got access to all the data of the visitors between 1999 and 2004.
Although media coverings were interesting and we basically thought that everything was a lot more serious, it is not only the fault of the agencies for not looking further. Officials from both test labs gave complex details that were probably aimed towards confusing instead of providing proper information. The truth is that it was the fault of at least two people. To make it even worse, they should have known better than to fall victim to a phishing attack or to click on attachments like that.
Marin County Transportation Authority – Malware and Pornography
Wed, 09 Jan 2008 10:46:23 +0000
Yet again we are hit with a confusing situation involving an official website, pornography and malware. During November 29 and November 30, the Marin Country Transportation Authority web site was hit with the two problems mentioned above. It seems that the problem was due to Marin County’s web host, StartLogic. The real problem stands in the fact that county stopped business relationships with StartLogic in the middle of September. The result was taking their business to a different provider, ValueWeb. On the other hand, even if StartLogic was out of the mix, it seems that a blank placeholder page still remained under StartLogic’s control. The Transportation Authority only learned about this page on November 30. Interesting enough, this meant a stream of malware and pornography from the official .gov web site.
According to Dianne Steinhauser, executive director of Marin County Transportation Authority, no files of theirs was on that page. Even if this was the case, malware started to appear. As soon as they learned about the problem, talks were started with StartLogic to eliminate the web service and it seems that Steinhauser believes that StartLogic is directly responsible for malware. Now the good news is that Marin County tries to change everything and they did admit that they were currently rewriting everything because they were limited, mainly because of how the web site was originally created. It seems that they are actually in the process of changing everything so this is good news. On the other hand, this is the second similar attack to hit the servers of Marin County in the past year. Unfortunately, it seems that this was not a good lesson and something similar happened now. The only good news is that Marin County was not forced to knock everything offline in order to solve the problem, as happened on the first attack.
Facebook Hits Google Through Top Employees
Sat, 15 Dec 2007 05:32:06 +0000
We are currently noticing a competition between Google and Facebook and it is not only on the level of social networking. We are seeing a company that will grow from around 300 employees to 700 next year in Facebook and they are currently looking for new engineers at Google.Facebook recently hired YouTube’s CFO, Gideon Yu, eCommerce Product Lead, Ling Benjamin and Justin Rosenstein, GDrive developer. In fact, we could say that a lot of Google employees are currently switching towards Facebook and it does seem like they are drawn to much more than just higher salary according to Rosenstein. Even competition for top college graduates is very high here. Rumors have it that Google even labeled the trend as “the Facebook problem”. The last two months saw more than 10 top performers making the switch and specialists think that around two or more will continue to leave Google for Facebook in every single month that is to come. You might say that this does not seem too much but keep in mind that only the top dogs are targeted by Facebook. Many top Googlers are simply leaving and recruited by the company.
Inside sources have said that Google is trying to fight off the Facebook recruitment by offering stock units to employees. The problem is that the people involved are not just thinking about money. To put it simple, as it was already said, entrepreneurs do want to work at the “hottest” place on earth and in this moment that spot stands in Facebook. We are faced with this trend shift and with the company showing so much promising aspects, we can even compare it with the boom of Google. Everybody wanted to work for Google and now people want to be in Facebook. Unfortunately, nothing can really be done towards this aspect because the best players in the game already have financial security behind them and are not interested in the money gained through Google stocks.
Box.net to Launch OpenBox
Thu, 15 Nov 2007 10:53:06 +0000
recently announced that they will soon launch OpenBox, with the official full release date scheduled on or before December, 5. This means that the online storage provider will have an open source platform available for any web developer that wants to create some sort of “Service action” on , which will make it possible to load files easier into any 3rd party application required. Such “Service actions” might also make it possible for users to put their data back on , after editing somewhere else of course. As far as we see it, OpenBox is meant to help
in their attempt to change the web site into a special online file system meant to aid users in keeping files that they will eventually want to load in various applications on the Internet.
With the announcement of the new platform, we can think about possibility of service actions for different possible Internet applications. This includes but is not limited to Zazzle, Twitter, Myxer, eFax, Zoho, Autodesk or Echosign. All these are actually options you will notice in a dropdown menu on
by right clicking on content that is hosted on the web site. For instance, we have “Edit Document” when we want to enter a file in Zoho or “Edit with Picnik” if we might need to edit an image in some graphic programs supporting this. With the launch of OpenBox, users will find it a lot easier to set up their own needed service actions in ‘s point and click web interface. If you do not want that, you should still consider taking a look at the options that have already been included as a launch list of available features. A lot of web developers have announced their enthusiasm to the news of OpenBox launching but it does seem like they need to wait until the 5th of December to see it in action, possibly with even new features.
Thu, 15 Nov 2007 10:51:42 +0000
We have a new open source video player on the market in Miro. The non profit company that is currently backing it has announced it as a competitor for Joost and actually a better one. There are a lot of advantages for choosing Miro. First we have the fact that it is open source and then we are not faced with DRM. It is of course connected with all the video sharing sites that count including
and YouTube and comes with high definition and a lot of content. To make it even better, it is also BitTorrent compatible.
Joost is owned and appears as exclusive when it comes to content creators, also coming with DRM enabled and no video sharing sites connection. There is a visible lack of content, we do not have high definition and only streaming is available. On the other hand, both Miro and Joost are good at some points. Miro is quite similar in functionality with iTunes and we can download different videos we might want. Miro will also help in transforming streaming video into downloads from YouTube, a fact that will be loved by a lot of users. You can choose what to download but you will not view it instantly as we are not dealing with streaming but downloading.
Joost on the other hand appears better when talking about professional content. In using Miro you might end up having to browse through a lot of material if you are looking for content produced by professionals (ie. TV shows). And then, when you find it you will need to wait for different videos to load through BitTorrend so this means that you will depend on other users and how much they seed that particular video. Mirco will be put up for co-branding soon and this means that we might see new versions of the player on the market soon.
Will Demonoid.Com Get Back Online?
Thu, 15 Nov 2007 10:49:52 +0000
We are currently witnessing a full blown attack designed to take down the biggest (or maybe all) major torrent hubs available for users.
is the latest victim as it was forced to close to Canadian users in September. This was because of huge pressure from the CRIA (Canadian Recording Industry Association). It only took the company around one month of survival until nothing was to be done anymore.
Instead of simply disappearing, on
users could have read a message that did not shed light on whether or not they will be coming back, although many individuals think that this fact is hidden behind the lines. The official message was:
“The CRIA threatened the company renting the servers to us, and because of this it is not possible to keep the site online. Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for your understanding”
In September the site was also down but this was explained by a server rebuild operation. We are noticing the CRIA going after possible hosts so it is not likely that
will be able to re-appear with a host in Canada. On the other hand, we do not see the same action as when OiNK was brought down in UK. Then, the Interpol declared that criminal investigation is going to continue, reaching the users as well. Demonoid did not appear to store information so maybe this is why the CRIA chose to simply bring down the site instead of attacking the users. It might also be something of a waiting game to see if
will be back online. The fate of the popular torrent tracker is still not known but it is clear that users want it back and the authorities want it gone. No details of possible legal charges against the owners were issued.
OpenSocial not a Real Threat for Facebook
Tue, 06 Nov 2007 07:47:43 +0000
The whole bogosphere is taking about Google’s OpenSocial API. Many are saying that it is a very good move by the company and that its benefits are numerous, mainly concerning the creation of a web platform that is going to be attractive to everybody, even more than the social network could be if not utilizing it. These bloggers are probably big fans of Google as they are not discussing the actual reason why individuals are using social networks. OpenSocial lacks the one ingredient that is needed when dealing with any social networking site. We are talking about the actual network. It is clear to see that Google’s OpenSocial is aimed towards competing with Facebook one way or the other but people are not joining the web site to utilize any widget available. They do it in order to exchange messages, photos and to keep in touch with different friends in one way or the other. The utilization of different widgets is just an added plus that is kind of popular for some users.
The biggest problem with any social networking site that is starting out like Friendster or LinkedIn is that people do not want to join many such web sites.
I keep getting invitations from different new social networks and I do not sign up because all my friends are on . There are a lot more users like myself that have all their friends on Facebook, just as I have on hi5. OpenSocial does not come with such function ability and all it provides is an environment that will make it possible to create different widgets with a higher degree of simplicity. Google offers features that will not have a direct impact on Facebook and probably the biggest win the company could have is get the popular web site to get on the list of OpenSocial supporters. In such a case Google would have the victory but it would be a victory that is highly different that what they really wanted in the past.