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The Quartermaster in scrutiny Arrrrrrrgh!

Pirate bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, was apparently trying to hack into a bank, the Swedish government’s federal taxing agency and several other companies as well. According to the prosecutors, Gottfrid tried to transfer 5.7 million Danish Krone, which is  roughly equivalent to £652,000, to various different accounts. Furthermore he is also accused of using someone else’s account details to gain access to Infotorg, a Swedish commercial database of “private individuals, companies, properties and vehicles.” He is also allegedly believed to be involved in the hacking of Logica, a Swedish tax authority contractor, which resulted in a leak of 9,000 Swedes’ personal identity number. For which he was arrested for in September 2012 after being deported from Cambodia due to his residency visa was expired.

According to the prosecutor, Henry Olin, he is also believed to be the mastermind behind all of the aforementioned claims. Olin also stating that Gottfried wasn’t the only person involved in this infringement. Three other people besides Gottfried have been indicted with serious fraud, attempted aggravated fraud, and aiding attempted aggravated fraud.
The claims currently have nothing to do with Gottfrid’s activity with the Pirate Bay, but in 2009 he was found guilty, along with 2 other co-founders of the Pirate Bay and a business man on the claims of, “assisting in making copyrighted content available” via the Pirate Bay. For which they were all sentenced to 1 year prison and to jointly pay $3.6 million in damages.
The trial for the new claims will be held in May, by which time Gottfrid’s sentence would finish but it is believed that he won’t be released from jail in case he tries to flee from the authorities, and evade persecution.
Here’s a link to the full article if you are interested: http://tinyurl.com/cof7z6t
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#Music

Twitter has released a new music discovery and sharing app called “Twitter #Music”, which works on a recommendation engine which pulls the trending data for music and you’re followers and suggests music for you to listen from ginormous libraries of iTunes, Spotify and Rdio. Currently the app is only available on IOS app market and no andriod app yet, however you can use this service from you’re home computer by signing into twitter. Currently when you first sign in you only get a preview of the music that is trending currently, however to get the full track you can either buy the track on iTunes or sign in with you’re Spotify or Rdio account and gain access the music that way.

The app will also recommend more music as you follow various different artists, increasing the potential song library of your’s. Also another feature of this app is that it will show you the artists twitter profiles and other artists and bands they follow as well, so there is this potential growth in the social interaction between the artists and you. Also by showing other artists and bands that the artist you are listening to is following allows you to get to know new musicians and artists alike. Here’s a link to the verge’s cover on the app: http://www.theverge.com/2013/4/18/4238138/twitter-unveils-new-music-service

Pay to Play

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YouTube is trying to launch a pilot program where the viewer has to pay to subscribe to a channel to get it’s content. Now apparently they have been doing this since, a quote from adage.com states: “YouTube is treating paid subscription as an experiment, much like video rentals when it began in 2010”,full link to the article: http://adage.com/article/digital/youtube-set-introduce-paid-subscriptions-spring/239437/. The video rentals the quote talks about is the online film rental service which YouTube launched in January, 2010, which has over 6,000 films and is available to the UK, U.S, and Canada.

Now, moving back to the point about P2P(pay to play) subscription… Is this a good move from YouTube? We don’t know yet, time will tell. However I cant imagine it being hugely popular for YouTube. This is because the way youtube is used normally, is that people just to go on it to view content that is FREE! and entertaining and something of their choice and as the content the public are viewing are made by the public as well, so YouTube in a sense is a “for the people by the people” type of content storing warehouse the user generated content is stored and viewed by the masses. YouTube also already pays the content creators money for generating good content, the views counter being used as currency. Now so here both the content creators and the viewers are getting benefit from this because the money aspect encourages the content creators to create good content, and good content means getting more satisfied viewers which in turn increasing the number of SUBSCRIBERS.

However this might not be the case if it was P2P subscription, because at the moment, in my opinion, there is no content on YouTube where it is so great and amazing that I am willing to pay to subscribe to the channel. This is because of the sheer fact that, I go on YouTube for enjoying free content which doesn’t need to have a high production value like on TV and doesn’t need be a half hour to an hour show. I believe if this P2P model is thrown out there and becomes in use of popular channels like Machinima for example it might be great for them because they are company which provides gaming video for the public to enjoy. They also take in content from different content providers such as RoosterTeeth for example and showcase that in their channel so it because kind of a hub for where all the separate content of YouTube of the similar genre, in most case anyways, are stored and can be viewed from that one place. However, it is also possible to seek out the individual contributers to the Machinima channels and watch their content as well.

Now if the P2P model is something that the content creators can choose to accepts or stay in the current model of operation then this might be OK, in the sense that the content creators have a choice in the matter. This is simply because if the P2P is like to affect their user base which comes down to how many views they get in their videos, which governs their income from their content, then content creators are likely to say no to the matter. This is because, like i explained earlier, People dont come to YouTube for content with high value production, and there channels there in YouTube which generates content with a relatively high production value but that are operating fine under the current model.

Instagram’s Deciet

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“Instagram does not claim ownership of any Content that you post on or through the Service. Instead, you hereby grant to Instagram a non-exclusive, fully paid and royalty-free, transferable, sub-licensable, worldwide license to use the Content that you post on or through the Service, subject to the Service’s Privacy Policy, available here http://instagram.com/legal/privacy/, including but not limited to sections 3 (“Sharing of Your Information”), 4 (“How We Store Your Information”), and 5 (“Your Choices About Your Information”). You can choose who can view your Content and activities, including your photos, as described in the Privacy Policy.”
 
This is what it says in the new terms and condition for Instagram, which states that Instagram has the right to use the content uploaded by it’s users any way they see fit. However it doesn’t say that it is enforcing this by Instagram by itself approaching you and taking you’re content without any permission, but when you use Instagrams services, you handover the rights to them in regards to the contents uploaded on Instagram, this new policy is coming to effect on January 19, 2013.
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Now, as this policy has been publicized, the number of people using instagram has dropped by 10 million in February 2013, in contrast to September 2012 shown in http://www.quora.com/Instagram/How-many-users-does-Instagram-have and http://expandedramblings.com/index.php/resource-how-many-people-use-the-top-social-media/ . Also, another website states that the number of users of Instagram has dropped by 25% but on the same post it also states that facebook has stated that the number of people using instagram has risen and not dropped and this statistics in false.

In you’re face-book!

Early 2012, Mark Zuckerburg shifted the company initiatives to being a “mobile first”, from its instant messaging to the news feeds. So naturally from this shift we were going to see new app’s regarding facebook, and we have one, and it’s called Chat heads. This app lets you chat to you’re friends on facebook, from the phone’s lock screen and at another time you are using you’re phone. The app runs physically on top of you’re apps, so when you get a message from you’re friend from facebook it will pop up to the side of the phone and display the message. More explained on the Verge: http://www.theverge.com/2013/4/16/4205000/talking-heads-how-a-late-night-hack-turned-into-facebooks-next-big-thing

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