Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Relax, there is no ban on Google Docs in India

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Earlier today, various media reported that internet service providers in the country have started blocking 472 websites, including Google Docs and Google’s URL shortener in response to a Delhi high court order. The court was acting on a petition by Multi Screen Media (MSM), the company that owns the broadcast rights to the ongoing FIFA World Cup.
The story caused outrage on social media, with many wondering how exactly Google Docs, the word processing and sharing service, might have violated MSM’s copyright. Not to mention the court’s apparent lack of tech savvy in accepting a plea to block a url shortener.
All of those concerns are valid. But users of Google Docs don’t have to worry.
Before the department of telecom could direct ISPs to block the listed websites, some new developments diverted the court’s order. Namely, Airtel, a prominent ISP which was made party to the case, approached the court saying the order should specify individual urls hosting such content and should not block entire websites.
MSM did not agree to this, but submitted a revised list comprising 219 websites. “We pruned the list and submitted to court only those websites that were heavily violating our IP,” says Sai Krishna Rajagopal, the counsel for MSM. Senior advocates Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Akhil Sibal also appeared for MSM in the case. None of the Google websites are part of the new list. Justice G.S. Sistani of the Delhi high court passed a judgment on 1 July, making the earlier order applicable to the 219 new websites, according to the judgment, which was reviewed by Hacks.
“The court did not agree to the plea that only individual urls should be blocked. So now DoT will issue instructions to block all the 219 websites,” Rajagopal says.
He said he was unsure how Google Docs got into the list in the first place. MSM worked with MarkScan, which helped in identifying IP violations. Abhishek Dhoreliya, CEO of MarkScan, declined to comment on the case.
MSM, which runs Sony Entertainment TV, had contended that it has made “substantial investments in securing the exclusive mobile transmission and Internet Broadband Transmission Rights ” for the World Cup. Infringement on its rights by “rogue websites,” which were illegally providing access to the matches to Indian public, was resulting in substantial loss of revenue for the company.
“We do not have the details of the order yet, thereby we are unable to comment on the specifics of this case,” said a Google spokesperson in India. “There is no interruption of our services mentioned in the order as of now.”
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Monday, 30 June 2014

The chemistry of website security

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      The chemistry of website security.

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OMG!! Facebook going to buy Ubuntu For $3 Billion

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It seems Mark Zuckerberg (founder and CEO of Facebook) is not done shopping just yet. After buying WhatsApp and Oculus Rift, Mark Zuckerberg’s next target is Canonical, parent company of world’s most popular Linux distribution Ubuntu. This is revealed in an exclusive report by Business Insider.
When asked about Facebook’s intention behind Ubuntu’s acquisition, Zuckerberg said:
“…At Facebook, we always supported Open Source. We saved $1 billion by switching to Open Source servers last year. We used the saved revenue to buy Oculus”
But when he was further probed on why buy Ubuntu in particular when Facebook could have started its own Linux distribution, Mark answered:
“…Look, Facebook tried to pitch its own smartphone and failed miserably. While Mark Shuttleworth tried to raise fund for an Ubuntu smartphone and failed similarly. Ubuntu wants the convergence between desktop and mobile device and this is where our ideology converged to each other.”
But that is just the phony tip of the iceberg. Apparently in a world where hardware giants like Motorola (sold for $3 bn) and Blackberry (sold for $5 bn) fail to match the price of a smartphone app (WhatsApp sold for $19 bn), you realize its not ‘innovation’ but ‘information’ that is the USP of a tech company.
Since Ubuntu 12.10, Canonical is integrating Amazon in its ‘free and open source’ operating system regardless of if Amazon operates in a particular user’s country or not. Several other third parties also feed on the users’ private data. Even after one and half-year, not many people seem to even bothered about turning off Amazon search and this has only strengthen Canonical’s determination. Few privacy critics raised this issue but were intimated in one way or other by ‘less-than-a-month-at-Canonical employees‘.
“You see”, Zuckerberg winked, “Linux is free. $3 billion is for Ubuntu’s USP”.
When asked whether this deal will raise a great deal of hue and cry, Mark Shuttleworth told that they have hired a bunch of “less-than-a-month-at-Canonical” employees.
Read the complete story at Business Insider

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Saturday, 31 May 2014

Android bootkit infects 350,000devices

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Android boot kit infects 350,000devices