FEATURED: ‘ City of London police departments online piracy crack-down over copy infringement becomes a main target ‘


cityoflondonpolice#AceNewsDesk – Featured Report:Aug.23: For most police departments online piracy has no priority, but in recent years City of London Police have made copyright infringement one of their main targets.

In September 2013 the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit was founded, marking the start of a broad enforcement campaign to decease online piracy rates.

PIPCU initially began by sending out warning letters to pirate site owners, asking them to go legit or shut down. Soon, this was followed by a campaign targeted at domain registrars, asking them to suspend the domain names of several “illegal” sites.

To find out the scope of both campaigns, TorrentFreak filed a Freedom of Information request asking for further details. While the police didn’t want to mention any names, fearing that this would promote piracy, we did receive some interesting statistics.

Since the launch of the unit two years ago PIPCU says it has sent warning letters to the operators of 377 ‘pirate’ sites. All of these sites were referred by entertainment industry groups and include most of the popular file-sharing domains.

The number of warning letters increased from 107 last year, suggesting that PIPCU intensified its efforts. While these warnings may have yielded results at smaller sites, we are not aware of any larger ones that shut down in response.

In addition to contacting site owners directly, PIPCU also approached domain name registrars with requests to suspend these pirate sites. In total, police sent out suspension requests for 317 domain names, up from 75 around the same time last year.

Interestingly, PIPCU notes that it has no information on the effectiveness of these requests. In other words, police don’t know how many sites were subsequently suspended by domain name registrars.

This is quite surprising as one would expect that the efficiency of their campaigns is being measured somehow. Also, the records we requested were available last year. At the time, police told us that only 5 of the 75 requests to domain registrars had been successful.

EasyDNS CEO Mark Jeftovic is one of the people who denied the PIPCU requests. While he is not against domain name suspensions, he stressed that his company wouldn’t take action just because the request is sent on police letterhead.

“Correct me if I’m wrong, but I always thought it was something that gets decided in a court of law, as opposed to ‘some guy on the internet’ sending emails. While that’s plenty reason enough for some registrars to take down domain names, it doesn’t fly here,” he said.

Although the hundreds of voluntary warnings and suspension requests have not resulted in the downfall of any large pirate sites, the UK Government is happy with the progress made thus far.

Last fall Minister for Intellectual Property Baroness Neville-Rolfe secured PIPCU’s future until at least 2017. With a fresh £3 million cash boost the unit will continue its anti-piracy efforts during the years to come.

First published on August 21.2015 by Torrent Freak

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PRESS RELEASE: Frank Ocean cancels headline set at this weekend’s FYF Fest in Los Angeles


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#AceMediaNews – Aug.21: Frank Ocean has cancelled his performance at Los Angeles’ FYF Fest this weekend, with Kanye West announced to replace him as headliner.

A press release delivered by the festival on Thursday afternoon confirmed that “Frank Ocean has decided on his own terms to cancel his appearance”. It was hoped that Ocean would debut material from his forthcoming new album during the headline performance on Saturday (August 8). The announcement continued: “With a line-up that already includes Morrissey, D’Angelo and the Vanguard, FKA Twigs, Chet Faker, Flume, Belle & Sebastian and more, FYF Fest is excited to have Kanye West play this weekend in his newly adopted home of Los Angeles.” Getty Ocean was expected to release a new album called ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ in July, the follow-up to his 2012 major label debut ‘Channel Orange’ and 2011 mixtape ‘Nostalgia, Ultra’. However, the LP has yet to surface. In November 2014, he released new song ‘Memrise’. It’s not yet known whether the track will feature on the upcoming album. The R&B musician angered fans in April when it was announced that he would be “joining” the line-up of James Blake’s 1-800 Dinosaur tour. Ocean was instead simply covering the gigs for his new magazine and failed to grace the stage.

Original Article: http://www.nme.com/news/frank-ocean/87741

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Make your ultimate chiptune jam with this neat Web app


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#AceSoftwareNews – Aug.21: The twinkly notes of 8-bit music, also known as ‘chiptune,’ are a definite nostalgia-stirrer. Whether you remember the cheery tunes of the first ‘Super Mario Bros.’ or the looping melody of the Namco arcade classic “Rally-X,” chiptune brings all of the feelings of old-school gaming in a way other electronic music can’t match.

Now, you can make your own chiptune beat simply and easily with PulseBoy, a Web-based application (also available for PC download) under the Creative Commons License that is geared towards 8-bit music newbies.

Developed by musician and developer Roger Hicks, PulseBoy’s simple interface will help lessen the learning…

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Microsoft has no plans to tell us what’s in Windows patches


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#AceSoftwareNews – Aug.21: Microsoft has now released three cumulative updates for Windows 10. These updates combine security fixes with non-security bug fixes, and so far, Microsoft hasn’t done a very good job of describing the contents of these cumulative updates.

While the security content is quite fully described, explanations of the non-security fixes have been lacking.

Many, including your author, feel that this is undesirable, and that a key part of the Windows-as-a-Service concept, in which Microsoft releases a steady stream of fixes and functional improvements, is clear explanation of what those updates are.

This is a new approach for Microsoft, and reassuring users and administrators that issues are getting fixed—and that functional changes are clearly described—seems like it should be important.

This is doubly important in those unfortunate situations that a patch has a problem. Microsoft will tend to update such patches when the problems have been fixed, but does a poor job of clearly communicating this.

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FilePizza Does Peer-to-Peer File Sharing In Your Web Browser


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#AceSoftwareNews – Aug.20: Peer-to-peer file sharing services like BitTorrent Sync are great ways to share large files without paying for third-party cloud storage, but that still requires you download software. FilePizza shares files using peer-to-peer, but does so right in your browser.http://lifehacker.com/should-i-use-b…

When you drag a file into FilePizza, you’re given a link. Send that link to someone and they can start downloading the file right in their browser directly from you.

Basically, your file never touches a third-party server, it’s just a direct connection from your computer to the one receiving it. If you close the File Pizza window, that cuts off the transfer.

The software’s all open source too, so if you’re worried what, if anything, it’s storing, you can dig through their code.

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Original Article: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/lifehacker/vip/~3/eX6vKrsqSu0/filepizza-does-peer-to-peer-file-sharing-in-your-web-br-1725380558

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NOTICE OF CHANGES: ‘ Windows 10/Microsoft Edge: Compatibility Issue for EFS-Web and Private PAIR Authentication ‘


​#AceSocialNews – Aug.19: For users who are updating their operating systems to Windows 10, please be aware that Windows 10 comes installed with a new web browser, Microsoft Edge, that does not support plug-ins and will not run Java. Because Java is required for authentication to EFS-Web and Private PAIR, this impacts your ability to access EFS-Web and Private PAIR via Microsoft Edge.

To access EFS-Web and Private PAIR using Windows 10, Oracle is recommending the use of alternative browsers such as Firefox and Internet Explorer. IE11 will also be available on Windows10. For additional information regarding Java compatibility and instructions on how to access IE11 on Windows 10, please visit: http://www.java.com/en/download/faq/win10_faq.xml

The USPTO is working on a longer term plan to improve the overall authentication process. For USPTO updates regarding this issue please visit either of our Announcements pages:

• EFS – Web Announcements: http://www.uspto.gov/patents-application-process/applying-online/efs-web-announcements

• PAIR Announcements: http://www.uspto.gov/patents-application-process/checking-application-status/pair-announcements

If you need assistance with this matter, or have questions on any eFiling topic, please visit the Patent Electronic Business Center webpage: http://www.uspto.gov/learning-and-resources/support-centers/patent-electronic-business-center for comprehensive contact information, FAQ’s, and other eFiling resources.

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NOTICE OF CHANGES: ‘ Chrome to Discontinue Java Plug-in Support and Impacts to EFS-Web and Private PAIR ‘


#AceSocialNews – Aug.19: In April 2015, Google Chrome removed the default ability to use the Java plug-in for browser version 42. This impacts your ability to access EFS-Web and Private PAIR because Java is required for your authentication into these systems. Currently, Chrome has a temporary workaround that will allow you to use the Java plug-in so that you can continue to log into EFS-Web and Private PAIR: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/6213033

This workaround will only work through September 2015, when Google Chrome plans to end their support for Java plug-ins with their newest browser, Chrome versions 45 and above. Therefore, Chrome users using version 45 and above will no longer be able to use the workaround and thus will not be able to log into EFS-Web or Private PAIR. Oracle is recommending the use of alternative browsers such as Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari. For additional information regarding Java and Chrome please visit: https://java.com/en/download/faq/chrome.xml

Although the above browsers should continue to work with EFS-Web and Private PAIR, there is always a possibility that these providers may decide to discontinue support of Java plug-ins as well. The USPTO is closely monitoring for any changes, and is committed to keep the IP Community informed accordingly.

Furthermore, the USPTO is investigating if there are possible strategies to mitigate the impact. The Agency is working on a longer term plan to improve the overall authentication process. For USPTO updates regarding this issue please visit either of our Announcements pages:

• EFS – Web Announcements: http://www.uspto.gov/patents-application-process/applying-online/efs-web-announcements
• PAIR Announcements: http://www.uspto.gov/patents-application-process/checking-application-status/pair-announcements

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Peter Capaldi hints he will soon be leaving Doctor Who


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#AceMediaNews – Aug.19: The BBC may need to search for a new Doctor already as Peter Capaldi has hinted that his tenure as the Time Lord will be short as opposed to long.

With the ninth series of the popular sci-fi hit due to start next month, Capaldi has addressed the annual rumours of cast leaving.

Speaking to The Daily Mirror newspaper, he said: ‘I sort of enjoy this position I am in with a kind of deep Scottish melancholy because I know it has to end one day. I will cross that bridge when we come to it, which may be sooner rather than later.’

Seemingly confirming that his role is not for the long term, he has still beaten the record of Christopher Eccleston, who starred in… Read the full story

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The 20 most popular emoji in America


#AceSocialNews – Aug.18: Harvard linguist Steven Pinker recently told us about how emoji are a new form of punctuation.

But as a new report from SwiftKey says, some punctuation marks are more popular than others.

The keyboard app makers analyzed over a billion emoji used from June 2014 to June 2015.

In addition to figuring out which states love certain emoji more than others — Connecticut and koalas, Oklahoma and volcanoes — SwiftKey put together the data on the most-used emoji nationwide.

They are:

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That’s basically the sum of human experience: joy, love, sadness, and a thumbs up.

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Original Article: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/businessinsider/~3/zUVu_Oo-WpQ/the-20-most-popular-emoji-in-america-2015-8

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Microsoft just reminded us how Windows 10 is a huge change from all previous versions (MSFT)


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#AceSoftwareNews – Aug.18: With Windows 10, Microsoft is doing something it’s never done before, and it goes to the heart of the fundamental shift the company is making.

The company just announced that members of the Windows Insider Program could download a new build of Windows 10 with some minor feature improvements like better memory management and new color schemes.

The features themselves are no big deal. But the fact that Microsoft is still running the Insider Program, even though Windows 10 shipped last month, is a big deal.

Here’s the key sentence:

With the general availability of Windows 10, the Windows Insider Program will focus on building and delivering Windows as a service by updating Windows 10 with new features and functionality on an ongoing basis.

No more boulder

In the past, Microsoft built new versions of Windows like it was pushing a giant boulder up a hill.

The whole team would work heads down for two or three years aiming for the big launch date.

At some point before the actual release, Microsoft would allow interested parties — developers, IT professionals, Windows enthusiasts — to download a test (“beta,” usually) version of the new release. Those beta releases would get updated periodically with newer builds that were closer and closer to the final product.

But once the final product shipped, the beta program ended. Until the next release was almost ready to roll.

The release of a new version of Windows was usually the cue for most Windows employees to take a week-long vacation, then split into several groups. Some would go heads-down planning the next version, which would ship in another two to three years.

Others, known as sustained engineering, would get to work fixing the biggest problems with the newly released version, and release those updates as piecemeal patches (particularly for urgent security holes). Eventually, Microsoft would roll up all those patches, plus some feature updates, into annual (or so) releases known as Service Packs.

But this time around, Microsoft will trickle out a steady stream of small updates to Windows on a regular basis. Today was the first example, and Microsoft is keeping its beta testers around to help make sure these releases are stable before putting them out to all Windows 10 customers.

The inspiration for this is “cloud” services such as Salesforce or Google Apps, or Facebook on the consumer side. Microsoft’s 2012 acquisition of Yammer, a cloud collaboration service that did small piecemeal updates this way, has also had a big influence on the company, according to people there during the transition.

Microsoft hasn’t said whether Windows 10 will be the last huge new version of Windows ever released. But as the company moves more to cloud services like Office 365 and Azure, it makes less sense to have a whole huge team devoted to cranking out massive releases of Windows every two or three years.

Instead of a boulder, think a steady stream of pebbles.

And instead of a huge bump in Windows revenue — and a huge bump in corresponding marketing expenses — think of a more steady stream of revenue that tracks almost exactly to the PC upgrade cycle, plus a growing subscription business on the enterprise.

NOW WATCH: The 7 best new features coming to Windows 10


Original Article: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/businessinsider/~3/cZpMfNMj7Ig/windows-as-a-service-first-release-2015-8

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