Link: BBC NEWS | Technology | ‘Legal okay’ for Russian MP3 site.
A Russian website offering MP3 tracks for sale has been cleared of breaching copyright laws, say reports.
Last month the International Federation of the Phonographic Industries (IFPI) urged Russian authorities to take action against AllofMP3.com.
But Moscow prosecutors will not take legal action because Russian copyright laws do not cover digital media, according to news agency Tass.
Oh dear, how sad, never mind.
Link: The Mac Genius Livejournal – The Unofficial Apple Weblog – apple.weblogsinc.com.
Apple’s probably going to be suing LiveJournal next, in order to find out who is behind the brand-spanking new Genius-like LiveJournal, a blog reportedly written by a Mac Genius. The anonymous genius blogger reveals somewhat anti-Apple stances on several issues. For example: ”This sort of thing makes me glad that there are resellers and service providers out there, even though we aren’t doing them any favors. Sure, we won’t give them iPod Shuffles until months after they come out, but hey, we give them OS X themed fridge magnet words!”
Unsurprisingly, the LiveJournal concerned is already gone.
Link: KSU student no pushover for Microsoft. (Registration required)
“Obviously, when I saw they were suing me in federal court, like anyone, I was scared. But that faded pretty quickly when I researched their claims and saw I didn’t do anything wrong,” Zamos said. “Now, I’m not afraid at all.”
Brilliant stuff. A 21 year old student gets taken to court by the world’s largest software corporation, does some research, finds out the charges against him are baseless, and files a countersuit – all on his own. Now Microsoft is offering to drop its suit if he drops his, and he’s refusing until it apologises and pay his photocopying bill for the documents he’s had to file.
Link: F-Secure : News from the Lab.
We’ve found a mobile phone virus that appears to be the first one that replicates via MMS messages.
MMS stands for Multimedia Messaging Service. These are text messages that include an image, audio or video. MMS messages are sent from one phone to another or to email.
Phone viruses so far have been spreading over Bluetooth – so they only affected phones that were nearby. A MMS virus can potentially go global in minutes, just like email worms do.
This is bad, bad news. I’ve found that the level of knowledge of mobile phone viruses is incredibly low, even among techinically-knowledgable users. Ease of spreading, plus low levels of knowledge, equal a bad outbreak.