Friday, September 30, 2016

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    • 'The Revenant' Uploader Ordered To Pay $1.1 MillionTorrentFreak

      A former studio employee who uploaded The Revenant six days before its release was ordered to pay $1.1 million for criminal copyright infringement. The defendant, William Kyle Morarity, uploaded both The Revenant and The Peanuts Movie to the private torrent tracker Pass The Popcorn. U.S. District Court Judge Stephen Wilson ordered Morarity to pay restitution of $1.12 million to Twentieth Century Fox, and sentenced him to 8 months of house arrest and 24 months of probation. ...Read the whole story

    • The Influence Of Social Media On Election 2016Network World

      Social media has the tendency to amplify opinions, no matter how outlandish or abhorrent they are. This election cycle, with both candidates at record low likeability ratings, has accentuated much of the negative atmosphere surrounding the candidates. However, social media is also an useful platform to reach voters where they are, and cast a wide net to convince voters. The double-edged sword of social media will have an impact on the 2016 election. ...Read the whole story

    • Botnet Attack Uses Connected Home WebcamsBBC

      One of the biggest ever web attacks - in which more than one terabit of data was fired at a website to knock it offline - has been reported. Web hosting company OVH said it had been attacked by a botnet (zombie army) of hacked devices such as webcams. The previous largest attack was thought to be one on security expert Brian Krebs' website which hit 620Gbps (gigabits per second). That was also thought to be mounted via a botnet of compromised smart devices. ...Read the whole story

    • New Facebook Ad Campaign Will Urge Consumer To Stream Live Video Wall Street Journal

      Facebook's planning an ad campaign, including TV ads and billboards, to encourage more of its 1.7 billion users to stream live video on the social network, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Facebook Live, which debuted in April, is being used by publishers and public figures, "some of whom are paid millions of dollars by Facebook to produce a specified number of live videos every month. With this ad campaign, Facebook hopes to win over ordinary users, who don’t live-stream as often," people familiar with the effort told the Journal. ...Read the whole story

    • Half Of Copyright Investigations Involve Kodi Boxes And Illegal StreamingBBC

      Tackling the use of Kodi and other set-top box software to stream pirated videos is now the top priority for rights holders, a report says. Some boxes or "TV sticks" support software that can stream subscription movies, sport and TV channels over the internet for free. The Federation Against Copyright Theft (Fact) said about half of its current investigations concerned the devices. ...Read the whole story

    • Open Rights Group Says Marketers' Misuse Of Data Is 'Worrying'Campaign

      The ORG's comments came after a Chartered Institute of Marketing report found that 92% of consumers do not understand how their data is used. Some 81% of marketers surveyed also said their companies share data across departments without permission from consumers. Both the CIM and the ORG suggested this was illegal. ...Read the whole story

    Two-Thirds Of Employees Use Social Media At Work

    67% of American workers said they regularly use social media on the job, according to a new survey conducted by Bambu. ...More