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|#AceNewsDesk – June.15: Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week – 06/15/15
Posted: 15 Jun 2015 12:04 AM PDT
This week we have three newcomers in our chart. Get Hard is the most downloaded movie.
The data for our weekly download chart is estimated by TorrentFreak, and is for informational and educational reference only. All the movies in the list are BD/DVDrips unless stated otherwise.
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Well it finally happens and ’
Game of Thrones ‘
goes pirate – no l do not mean like
Pirates of the Caribbean ‘ not that their well maybe a number of budding Johnny Depp’s among those that download pirate videos. This is about downloading a pirate video before it goes on general release or has not made it to Amazon or other retail outlets.
Posted: 15 Jun 2015 05:53 AM PDT
The fifth season of Game of Thrones has been the most-viewed so far, both through official channels and among pirates.
With this in mind the season finale was expected to be a record breaker, and it didn’t disappoint.
With the Internet abuzz over the latest plot twist and turns, many people turned to torrent sites to grab a pirated copy of the show, which appeared online shortly after the broadcast ended.
Data gathered by TorrentFreak shows that during the first eight hours, the season finale has been downloaded an estimated 1.5 million times already.
Never before have we seen this many downloads in such a short period of time, and last year it took half a day to reach the same number. Based on this figure, the download count is expected to increase to more than 10 million during the days to come.
A brief inspection of the download locations shows that Game of Thrones pirates come from all over the world, as we’ve seen previously. The show is particularly popular in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and India.
While HBO began warning individual downloaders earlier this year, the piracy demand appears to keep growing. In addition to the 1.5 million downloads the latest episode is also on track to beat the piracy swarm record.
At the time of writing the Demonii tracker reports that 224,449 people are sharing a single torrent at the same time. 144,201 are sharing a complete copy of that particular torrent while 80,248 are still downloading.
The current record stands at a quarter million active sharers, but this is usually reached later in the day. We will update this article in a few hours with an updated count.
Over the past three years Game of Thrones has been the most pirated TV-show. Based on the number of downloads this season, the same result will be achieved in 2015.
#AceSocialNews – TechiesUpdate: Here are the 10 things in tech you need to know to start your week courtesy of Business Insider.
1. Alibaba is getting ready to launch the Netflix of China. The Asian online retail giant is preparing to launch its own video streaming service.
2. Facebook is eating the $140 billion hardware market. Its Open Compute Project started as a controversial idea within the company — but four years later, it has turned the data-centre computer industry on its head.
3. Developers aren’t sure what the "killer feature" of iOS 9 is. We polled developers about Apple’s upcoming update to its mobile OS, and the verdict is that it’s not a radical departure from what we’re already used to.
4. Uber is using GPS tracking to punish drivers in China who get too close to taxi protests in the country. The established industry is protesting Uber and the company wants its drivers to steer clear of them. The company threatens to track its drivers with GPS and cancel contracts with those who refuse to obey, the Wall Street Journal reports.
5. Google has hired superstar architect Thomas Heatherwick to build its new $1 billion London HQ. Heatherwick is already being Google’s new headquarters in California, and Google is now asking him to look at London.
6. France is trying to force Google to implement the "right to be forgotten" worldwide. The contentious right allows European users to appeal to have search results taken down, but only applies to European versions of Google. The French privacy watchdog thinks it should be extended across the globe.
7. UK government sources say that Russia and China have been able to decrypt a trove of documents leaked by whistle-blower Edward Snowden. However, the claims have been disputed, and at least one key detail from the report is demonstrably false.
8. South Korea’s Lee dynasty, the family that controls Samsung, is about to have its biggest test yet. Lee Jae-yong faces the difficult task of reorganising one of the world’s largest and most complex companies.
9. The hacking of the White House Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in the US could provide a treasure trove for foreign spies. The massive hack has likely exposed large amounts of compromising information about government employees. US officials suspect China was behind the attack.
10. Europe has produced 13 unicorns — tech startups worth at least $1 billion — so far this year. The figure is higher than ever before, and comes via a study by investment bank GP Bullhound.
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Employees of the London offices of multinational conferences and events organisation Informa are being given a chance to get away from their office desks and meetings for a day and help volunteer with local charities here in London to help those in greater need.
All Informa employees are offered an extra day off a year to use towards volunteering with a charitable organisation of their choice, and the company has partnered with several charities to offer volunteering experiences on a first-come first-served basis to any employee interested in taking part.
Opportunity Number One is with the charity Providence Row, which provides warm and sustaining meals to homeless and vulnerable Londoners forced to spend their days on the streets. They tackle the root causes of homelessness to help people break the tough cycle of homelessness and access the services…
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However, in recent months there have been calls to end Spotify’s free ad-supported service. Some prominent musicians and labels believe that killing the free tier will increase revenues.
According to Apple’s media it is also pressuring record labels to end the licensing agreements that allow Spotify’s ad-supported deal, presumably to make its own Beats service more competitive.
It was recently revealed that Apple is also pressuring record labels to end the licensing agreements that allow Spotify’s ad-supported deal, presumably to make its own Beats service more competitive.
While Spotify hasn’t signaled that anything will change, killing the free version will be a dangerous move. In fact, it’ll be a step backward that is likely to increase piracy in the long run.
Sure, when free users are forced to pay it will motivate some to sign up for a paid subscription. This will then lead to more revenue in the short term, something labels and artists will appreciate. However, in the long run the effects may not be so positive.
One of the main appeals Spotify has for the public, specifically ‘pirates,’ is that there’s a free version available. Pirates like to try before they buy and Spotify free removes the giant hurdle to make the switch to a legal streaming service.
Those who then like the service and want the ad-free experience will eventually convert to a paid subscription. After all, paying is not a problem for most ‘pirates’ who tend to spend more money on entertainment than the average consumer.
Ultimately, the goal of the free version is to start changing the habits of pirates, and it’s been pretty successful at doing so.
Besides killing the free version of Spotify there’s also a possibility that it may become more limited. Just before the weekend news broke that Apple’s Beats may also offer some content for free, and perhaps they would like Spotify and others to do the same.
Again, this isn’t a particularly good idea. The magic of Spotify is that users can access a virtually unlimited library of music. A library that’s greater than what people can find on most pirate sites, and more convenient too.
Limiting the library for free users will make it look less attractive compared to the pirate alternatives. As a result, people will be less likely to get hooked and less likely to make the switch to becoming a paid user.
This brings us to the exclusivity issue. In recent years the music industry has excelled in making its music available to as many people as possible, often without restrictions. But now that some big artists are removing (or threatening to remove) their music from Spotify, or offer some content exclusively to other services, the overall appeal is waning.
Music fans don’t want to pay for 3, 5 or 10 services to get all the music they love. They want it all in one place. While this may not bring in as much as everyone would like, it’s a crucial part of stamping out music piracy.
A few months ago a movie industry report found that consumers in the UK need to use dozens of movie services if they want access to the most popular films. If the same happens to music, piracy will surely soar.
All in all it’s safe to conclude that exclusivity breeds pirates. So if artists and labels are in it for the long run they should keep everything together, and make it easy for pirates to go legal.
#AceNewsDesk – Featured Post:June.15: Success in business can be toxic, the people and what you do. To be able to avoid the toxic environment you have to call people to:
Business Action – by accenting the Positive + and Eliminating the Negative – the business is fun and not toxic anymore.
So here is the post sent to me to provide to you the readers for comments and views. Thank you Ian (Editor)
You’ve probably read about the best places to work and wish you worked there.
You’ve also read some of those people really aren’t happy to go to work this morning.
They can’t both be right.
Maybe it’s not the place where you work but the people you work with … O.K., not all of them, just a few or maybe just one.
You know the one who is toxic as in poisonous, dangerous, contaminating, lethal.
Like a virus, he/she spreads counterproductive attitudes and actions that impact work-groups and the organization. Their contrary, antagonistic approach spreads insidiously throughout the organization or people take extra steps to avoid becoming infected by ignoring, staying as far away as possible or limiting contact with the individual.
Toxic employees work very hard – and loud – to get their own way and will go to any length to protect their decisions, actions and territory, regardless of corporate goals or consensus. They’re oblivious to other people’s inputs/recommendations and dismiss others’ ideas/thoughts/reasoning.
They go to extraordinary lengths to belittle, denigrate, dismiss the suggestions or achievements of others, thus protecting their personal gains/territory. They can bully, throw a tantrum and hold their breath with the best four year-olds.
Left unchecked, the toxicity can impair productivity and morale; increase arguments/confrontations and vocalized or unsaid frustrations that “things just aren’t going right” (their way). In the broader view, the toxicity discourages others to do whatever it takes to make a project, program succeed.
When you know you have a toxic employee, you can do nothing but hope the situation corrects itself and it just might happen. But most of the time, it doesn’t get better. In fact, the illness gets worse and may even spread.
For most executives, the issue is difficult to address because there are other, more pressing product, program, business relationship issues to handle. In addition, it’s difficult and often uncomfortable to confront a person’s behavioural issues than let’s say his/her substance abuse problems.
It Could Spread
But it has to be addressed for the well-being of other employees and the entire organization.
Before confronting the infected individual, validate the hearsay and assumptions just as a physician would … get all of the facts and get a second/third opinion.
Meet with the employee in a neutral office or offsite and focus on having a positive discussion, not an argument or confrontation.
It’s important to get his/her version of the situation.
Discuss the situation in generally positive and productive terms regarding potential problems that have been brought to your attention so it won’t result in a negative or unproductive outcome.
Give the employee all of the time necessary to explain his/her views of the situations, relationships and other areas in question.
Try to reconcile and reach a common understanding regarding how you and others view the toxic actions.
Keep in mind, your goal is to help the individual be an even more productive part of the team. The company has spent a lot of time and money in developing the employee and the best scenario is to get him/her to once again become a healthy member of the team.
You have to believe it.
He/she has to believe it.
Patient zero may refuse to believe your interpretation but decide it is in the organization’s and his/her best interest to make a behavior/attitude change to meet your expectations.
If the individual doesn’t change, then you will have to begin official warning procedures or terminate the individual for the good of the organization.
The time-worn adage is true, "People are hired for their talents and fired for their behavior"
Remember, team members who were subjected to the abuse will probably require support so they can help you reestablish a healthy work environment.
Why is it important to address the issue head-on?
Also remember that toxic employees who seem to thrive on a negative perspective not only mistreat fellow employees but also business partners and customers.
What you really want is a closely knit team of highly motivated, experienced men and women who work together to have a motivated, high-performance organization that delivers the best possible products backed by superior customer service/support.
Or, maybe the toxic virus won’t spread … maybe.
Disclaimer: This article is provided by Ace Worldwide News Group. The original source of this article was anonymous