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Date: Monday, 14 Dec 2009 18:26

p2pnet news view | Crime:- A Canadian identified by the FBI during an investigation of file sharing has now been sentenced to 20 years in jail for producing and receiving child pornography.

Michael J. Gilbert, 56, from Vancouver, “admitted to producing sexually explicit videos of two girls when they were as young as 5 and 6, according to a bulletin from the U.S. Attorney’s Office,” says  Columbian News.

“When FBI agents searched his home, they seized three pornographic videotapes Gilbert made, and found more than 6,000 images of child pornography in his computer, the bulletin said,” says the story, adding:

“On Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Leighton sentenced Gilbert to a lifetime of supervised release once he’s released from prison.”

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Columbian News – Vancouver man gets 20 years for production of child porn, December 11, 2009


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Date: Monday, 14 Dec 2009 17:37

p2pnet news view Politics:- A “new initiative where non-Chinese technology companies have ganged up to fight China’s Indigenous Innovation Product Accreditation Program shows that foreign companies appear to actually want to keep China away from ever innovating,” says China Tech News.

Companies were last month asked to submit products for accreditation before being included in a catalogue listing items with “Chinese characteristics, including domestic innovation,” says the story.

But, “But fearing that their hopes of hegemonic sales of technology to China could be greatly curtailed, foreign businesses and trade organizations have clamored to lobby the Chinese government to halt these actions that could see more Chinese government agencies and companies buying domestic Chinese products, rather than goods made by foreign firms,” it says, going on:

“A letter outlining the concerns of foreign businesses was signed and delivered to the Chinese government yesterday by over a dozen business leaders, including Michael Barbalas, president of the American Chamber of Commerce in China; Perrin Beatty, president of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce; and Tsutomu Handa, president of the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association.

There’s been no official reply to the letter, the story adds.

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China Tech News – Foreign Tech Companies Upset That Chinese Don’t Want To Buy Their Products, December 11, 2009


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Date: Monday, 14 Dec 2009 17:13

p2pnet news view | Music:- Lady Gaga and Lily Allen are smokin’ !

But authorities in Canada and Britain don’t like it.

In fact, if anyone saw Allen with  a cigarette, Liverpool City Council wants to know about it.

Lady Gaga (left) flouted Canadian no-smoking laws and when she lit up on stage during a concert, says Canoe.

She was in Vancouver as part of The Monster Ball Tour on Friday night, “puffing deeply” at the end of her set, says the story, noting she could now face a fine under British Columbia’s anti-smoking regulations which ban people from lsmoking in indoor public areas.

The story also observes Lily ‘3 Strikes’ Allen recently risked a fine in France “after smoking repeatedly through a concert in Paris”.

But she doesn’t seem to have learned a thing.

An investigation has been started by Liverpool City Council into whether she was seen smoking “while performing at a concert,” says the BBC, going on:

“The council said it became aware of the alleged incident after a newspaper review mentioned the singer smoking at her concert in Merseyside on Wednesday. The council said it was liaising with the Echo Arena venue over the inquiry. If Allen had been smoking she would have been in contravention of workplace legislation, a council spokesman said.

“The council has appealed for anyone who witnessed the singer smoking on stage to contact them.”

If Allen is found to have been smoking during the event, “both she and the concert venue could be fined,” says the story.

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Canoe – Gaga lights up during B.C. concert, December 13, 2009
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– Lily Allen faces smoke ban probe, December 14, 2009


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Date: Monday, 14 Dec 2009 16:38

p2pnet news view P2P:- People 65 and up make up less than 10% of the online universe, but “their numbers are on the rise”.

In the last five years, “the number of seniors actively using the Internet has increased by more than 55 percent, from 11.3 million active users in November 2004 to 17.5 million in November 2009,” says Nielsen.

“Among people 65+, the growth of women in the last five years has outpaced the growth of men by 6 percentage points.”

Not only are more people 65 and older logging on, they’re are also spending more time on the net, says the company, continuing:

“Online visitors 65 and older partake in a variety of activities, from e-mail to bill paying. With 88.6 percent of seniors, checking personal e-mail was the No. 1 online activity performed in the last 30 days. Viewing or printing online maps and checking the weather online were the second and third most popular online activities, with 68.6 and 60.1 percent, respectively.”

The No. 1 online destination for people over 65 in November 2009 was Google Search, with 10.3 million unique visitors. Windows Media Player and Facebook were No. 2 and No. 3, with 8.2 million and 7.9 million visitors, respectively.

“Overall, the number of unique visitors who are 65 or older on social networking and blog sites has increased 53 percent in the last two years alone,” states Nielsen, adding “8.2% of all social network and blog visitors are over 65, just 0.1 percentage points less than the number of teenagers who frequent these sites.”

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Nielsen – Six Million More Seniors Using the Web than Five Years Ago, December 10, 2009


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Date: Monday, 14 Dec 2009 16:06

p2pnet news view | Games:- Today is the day we may find out if it’s OK for a US company to sue a Brit in an Australian court.

Because that’s what’s happening as American online games company Evony goes after Coventry-based blogger Bruce Everiss (right) for libel on the other side of the world in Australia.

“A hearing in Sydney on Monday will determine whether or not the supreme court of New South Wales has jurisdiction – with the potential to set a precedent for the way defamation laws are applied to the online world,” says the Guardian.

“Evony’s owners, who boast that the game has more than 11 million players worldwide, have accused Everiss — a 30-year veteran of the computer games industry — of damaging their reputation with a series of claims made on his blog. Among the allegations that Evony is objecting to are claims that the game is exploitative and has links to another company that is already being sued for fraud by Microsoft.”

Says Everiss in Bruce On Games >>>

So the first hearing in this case is at The Supreme Court of New South Wales in Sydney on 14 December. I will not be there! The main issue for this hearing is to establish if Australia is the right jurisdiction to hear this case. Or whether it would be best held in another country. I am British and live in Coventry, England. Evony LLC, is a Delaware company from the USA. My blog is also published in the USA, on Dreamhost. So you would wonder what we are doing hearing this case in Australia. Suing for defamation in a country that suits the prosecution like this is called libel tourism.

The company that is suing me, Evony LLC, was not formed till 22 July this year, which is after the main articles that they complain about were published. I must say that to me this comes across as very strange indeed.

Now we come to something very, very interesting. The Defamation Act 2005 in New South Wales says, in section 9, that a company can only sue for libel if : ” (b) it employs fewer than 10 persons and is not related to another corporation.”

They are saying that a game with 11 million players is run by less than 10 people.

Legally this jurisdiction question is interesting and it was examined in full on the ABC radio programme The Law Report with Damien Carrick, you can hear this or read the transcript here.

Stay tuned.

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Guardian – US games company sues British blogger, December 14, 2009
Bruce On Games – I am in court with Evony on 14 December, December 3, 2009


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Date: Monday, 14 Dec 2009 15:02

p2pnet news view P2P | Advertising:- Canadian cities snooped by Google StreetView now include St John’s, Sherbrooke, London, Sudbury, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Nanaimo, Victoria, Toronto, Calgary, Montreal, Quebec City, Halifax, Vancouver, Squamish, Whistler, Ottawa Kitchener and Waterloo.

On one side of its corporate face, Google says it’s a ’service’. But on the other, admits it’s a product.

You know whenever you see Google claiming one of its ’services’ is there to help people or “enhance their internet experience,” the ultimate beneficiary is Google. Only Google.

And what ’service’?

In March p2pnet revealed how Google got Beatle Paul McCartney’s street address wrong.

And, “When villagers in the quiet, ‘affluent’ village of Broughton in Cambridgeshire spotted a Google Street View car creeping into sight, they leaped into action and formed a human chain until the Google car slunk away with tailpipe between its tyres,” said the Daily Mail.

“The villagers complained Google had no right to take pictures of their homes, calling it an ‘invasion of privacy’ and an ‘invitation for burglars to strike’. But not only has the village brought national attention to itself, it has raised the ire of Internet users, who are now campaigning for Street View enthusiasts from across the UK to descend on the village to snap their own perfectly legal photographs.”

Not only burglars. Abortion clinics are targets. And as Google StreetView explorer Marc asked in p2pnet yesterday, “Is Google is the Facebook of pix that can come back to haunt you?”

Because although Google promises to remove images on request, “Sneak View victims can ask to have their pix removed only if they know they’ve been photographed,” we said.

Jonathan Lister, Google Canada’s managing director, told a House of Commons committee its auto-blur technology “automatically blurs faces and license plates that appear in its photos and if it ‘misses a face’ people could ‘file a complaint’.”

However, “so far, it appears to be extremely hit and miss, with an awful of of misses,” we pointed out, emphasising, “Certainly, the pix we have in our growing collection of non-blurs are a tiny tip of a huge iceberg.”

Removing compromising images ‘within 24 hours’

Multi-billion-dollar online advertising and file indexing company Google is a cult.

Founded by Larry Page (right) and Sergey Brin with Eric Schmidt (centre) as the pope, it has millions of followers and adherents worldwide, and almost 20,000 acolytes.

When Google speaks, governments listen and popliticians pay attention to its holy writs.

“Google used to be a ‘good beats evil’ business,” says Umair Haque, director of the Havas Media Lab, in Harvard Business, going on:

“It profited by doing good, and creating better sets of economics.”

But that was yesterday.

Today, “increasingly, Google is an ‘evil subsidizes good’ business,” says  Haque. “It’s not so different from Coke. The historic, globe-spanning bad stuff Coke does — selling toxic sugar-water to kids and the poor — subsidizes a threadbare patch of good stuff: a handful of spare change for charitable giving and public partnerships.

“Increasingly, the evil stuff Google does — supporting censorship, selling more and more toxic ads, squeezing suppliers and turning a blind eye — subsidizes a shrinking green patch of good stuff, like investing in the Mozilla Foundation.”

Supporting censorship?

p2pnet was the first to draw attention to Google’s decision to cherry pick news sources inside China.

“Dynamic Internet Technology (DIT) ceo Bill Xia told us a volunteer working with DIT’s DynaWeb noticed Google’s Chinese news returned different results depending whether the search was conducted in China or in the US,” we wrote, going on >>>

He also said, “We were able to confirm this report through proxies in China. Search results inside China do not contain news from blocked sites such as www.epochtimes.com.au.”

We spoke with Google spokeswoman Debbie Frost, who denied claims that its Chinese service was censoring news, saying, “to create the best possible news search experience for our users, we sometimes decide not to include some sites, for a variety of reasons”.

Its help page once declared, “Google does not censor results for any search term” and, “We believe strongly in allowing the democracy of the web to determine the inclusion and ranking of sites in our search results.”

But it was changed to read, “It is Google’s policy not to censor search results. However, in response to local laws, regulations, or policies, we may do so. When we remove search results for these reasons, we display a notice on our search results pages. Please note: For some older removals (before March 2005), we may not show a notice at this time.”

Organising the world’s information

Google’s list of ‘products’ is truly staggering.

And nothing — nothing – Google does is removed from its primary purpose in life: “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful”.

To Google.

Its Street Views is no exception.

Windows Mobile, iPhone, Android

Launched on May 25, 2007, Goggle StreetView, “has gradually expanded to include more cities, and in these cities more streets, and also some rural areas,” says Wikipedia.

Then, “On November 21, 2008, Street View was added to the Maps application installed on all of Apple iPhones. On December 10, 2008, Street View was added to the Maps application for S60 3rd Edition. Street view has now also been added to the Windows Mobile version of Google Maps. All versions of Google Maps for Android feature street view, and the digital compass can be used to look around the locations.”

Firms engaged in this kind of activity have to let citizens know that they’re going to be photographing the streets of their city, when this will happen, why and how they can have their image removed if they don’t want it in a database, said Privacy Commissioner of Canada Jennifer Stoddardt.

Her office released Captured on Camera to help Canadians understand privacy issues surrounding street-level imaging applications such as Google StreetView, and a similar product offered by Canpages. (html, pdf).

It states >>>

A number of companies have begun collecting images of public places in Canada, which may then be made available over the Internet or through other means. Individuals may be captured in these images, perhaps incidentally.  One of the most widely known is Google’s Street View application, which allows computer users to make “virtual visits” to cities such as Paris, London, New York and, eventually, major Canadian centres. Canpages is another company that provides street images on the Internet.  Other applications have also been developed for fields such as geomatics, surveying, mapping and urban planning.

In Canada, there is private-sector privacy legislation that applies to these street-level imaging applications if they are collecting images of identifiable people. And, while the Privacy Commissioners of Canada, British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec recognize the popularity of these applications, they have also expressed reservations because the technology captures images not just of places, but of people as well.

The Commissioners believe Canadians should be aware of the privacy issues that can arise.

People in Public Places

A common misconception is that a company doesn’t need your permission to take your photograph in a public place.

In fact, one of your key protections under Canadian privacy law is that you should know when your picture is being taken for commercial reasons, and what your image will be used for.  Your consent is also needed1. There are exceptions to this rule but they are very limited and specific2.

However, with some of the new street-level imaging applications, you don’t always know if your image is being captured.  This is why we think companies that engage in this activity have to let citizens know that they are going to be photographing the streets of their city, when this will happen, why, and how they can have their image removed if they don’t want it in a database.  For example, this could include visible marking on the vehicles that are used to capture the information, and notification using a variety of media (press release, local media outlets, service web site) outlining dates and locations for filming, the purpose for filming and how people can contact them with questions.  Most people probably don’t expect their images to be captured by a company as they go about their business, but they may mind less if they have a choice to plan their day accordingly.

The Privacy Dimension and Your Image Online

Street-level imaging applications use various means of photographing the streetscape. Typically, a camera is mounted on a vehicle that is driven up and down the streets of selected cities. The images can then be viewed on the Internet.

Privacy Commissioners have had discussions with several companies to strengthen privacy protections for people whose images are captured. Our position is that all companies that offer such applications must take steps to better safeguard your privacy.

In addition to companies being proactive and creative in their public communications to ensure that Canadians know when their cities — and, therefore, they themselves — may be photographed, we think these companies need to be more privacy sensitive in the areas they choose.  They need to be mindful that people entering or leaving sensitive locations, such as shelters or abortion clinics, likely want to remain anonymous for privacy and safety reasons.

They should also use proven and effective blurring technologies for faces and vehicle licence plates, so that people cannot be identified when their images are posted. Where individuals may be identifiable, companies must offer fast and responsive mechanisms to allow the images to be blocked or taken down.

Companies offering these imaging applications must also have a good reason to keep the original, unblurred images in their databanks. If they do retain unblurred images, they must limit how long they keep them and protect them with appropriate security measures.

The Bottom Line

Street-level imaging technology may offer benefits, but these should not come at the cost of your privacy.

That is why we encourage technology companies to ensure that you continue to enjoy your right to privacy, even when you’re simply out in the park, walking your dog, or sunning yourself in your backyard.

Federal

Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
www.priv.gc.ca

Provincial

Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta
www.oipc.ab.ca

Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia
www.oipc.bc.ca

Commission d’accès à l’information du Québec
www.cai.gouv.qc.ca

1 Consent may be express or implied.

2 In general, under Canadian private-sector privacy legislation, knowledge and consent are not required for journalistic, artistic or literary purposes.  There are other exceptions and these can be found in the four applicable private-sector privacy laws: Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents ActPersonal Information Protection Act (British Columbia); Personal Information Protection Act (Alberta); La Loi sur la protection des renseignements personnels dans le secteur privé.

Stay tuned.

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street address wrong – Google misnumbers Paul McCartney`s house, March 28, 2009
Daily Mail
– Watch out Broughton! Street View fans plan to descend on ‘privacy’ village for photo fest, April 3, 2009
p2pnet
– Google Sneak Views: Part I, December 13, 2009
Harvard Business – How Vevo Makes Google More Like Coca-Cola, December 11, 2009
cherry pick news sources – Google on China censorship, October 1, 2004

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Date: Monday, 14 Dec 2009 13:27

p2pnet news view | DRM:- “I’m not even going to try to sell my short story collection audiobook downloads,” says Cory Doctorow on craphound.

How come?

Stupid DRM.

DRM (Digital Restrictions Management) consumer control is dumb and anyone using it is beating a very dead horse.

It’s simple. Anything which can be seen or heard  can be copied. Period. Full stop.

Now, “In my latest Publishers Weekly column, I explain why I’m not even going to try to sell downloads of the audiobook of the my forthcoming experimental short story collection, With a Little Help,” says Doctorow.

“Apple won’t carry it without DRM; Audible won’t carry it without an abusive EULA; and all the major digital delivery systems are crufty and needlessly complicated.”

It’s no surprise that Apple wants DRM. After all, it practically invented it.

Doctorow goes on >>>

For my next book, Makers, we tried again. This time Audible agreed to carry the title without DRM. Hooray! Except now there was a new problem: Apple refused to allow DRM-free audiobooks in the Apple Store — yes, the same Apple that claims to hate DRM. Okay, we thought, we’ll just sell direct through Audible, at least it’s a relatively painless download process, right? Not quite. It turns out that buying an audiobook from Audible requires a long end-user license agreement (EULA) that bars users from moving their Audible books to any unauthorized device or converting them to other formats.

And, “Instead of DRM, they accomplish the lock-in with a contract,” her says, stating:

“I came up with what I thought was an elegant solution: a benediction to the audio file: ‘Random House Audio and Cory Doctorow, the copyright holders to this recording, grant you permission to use this book in any way consistent with your nation’s copyright laws.’This is a good EULA, I thought, as it stands up for every word of copyright law. Random House was game, too. Audible wasn’t. So we decided not to sell through Audible, which I was intensely bummed about, because I really like Audible.”

On Publishers Weekly,”I used to be a huge Audible customer,” says Doctorow, but, “When I switched operating systems, however, I discovered that Audible’s DRM wouldn’t work on my Linux computer.”

He continues >>>

I’ve spent thousands of dollars on my Audible collection, so I set out to convert it all to MP3. That required playing each book in real-time through the computer’s sound card, recapturing it with the AudioHijack program, and then saving it as an MP3. It took a solid month of running three old Macs 24/7 to get all of my audiobooks out of Audible’s proprietary wrapper and into the universal MP3 format so that I could take my investment with me to a new digital home.

Of course, I probably could have “pirated” the same audiobooks more quickly — after all, it’s not hard to find cracked Audible titles on the Internet. This is why I can’t understand why publishers or writers opt for DRM. It clearly doesn’t stop real pirates from copying, and it locks good customers into the DRM vendor’s ecosystem. I wouldn’t sell my books through a bookseller who demanded readers only enjoy them on a chair from Wal-Mart; why would I sell my audiobooks on terms that insist my listeners only use devices approved by a DRM vendor?

Doctorow adds, “for the record, I’d put my books in Audible and the iTunes Store in a hot second if only they’d sell them on the same terms that I’d be willing to buy them: no DRM and no license agreement except ‘don’t violate copyright law’.”

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craphound – Stupid DRM, abusive EULAs, hopeless ecommerce, December  10, 2009
Publishers Weekly
– With a Little Help: Can You Hear Me Now?, December  7, 2009


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Date: Monday, 14 Dec 2009 13:01

p2pnet news view P2P | Politics:- “Despite claims that they won’t be censoring political expression during the Olympics, the City of Vancouver has already started doing just that,” says the 2010 Legal Observer Program.

“Click the cops to explore Vancouver’s censored sites, and some places where citizens fought back against the censors and won their right to expression.”

Click one, and you’ll see something like this >>>

  • What it is: Olympia Restaurant
  • Why it was almost gone: VANOC didn’t like that a restaurant was using their rings without ponying up the sponsorship money. They demanded that the restaurant change its name and stop using the symbol.
  • Why that’s ridiculous: Olympia Restaurant had been using the name and the rings for 25 years before they even heard of VANOC. To quote the owner, “How many pizzas do I have to sell to fight this case?”
  • Happy ending: After a massive outpouring of support from the public, VANOC backed down. The Olympia Restaurant is still serving, and still proudly displaying their own Olympic rings

Or this >>>

Full-screen

Robson Square Rink
  • What happened: Kids skating in front of the media scrum for the official re-opening of Robson Square rink were told to tape over the logos on their jackets so they wouldn’t be seen by television cameras.
  • The response: VANOC wrote this one off as an overzealous employee misunderstanding guidelines on brand protection.
  • The reality: It probably was an overzealous employee who didn’t understand official guidelines. However, the fact that even the most zealous employee could think that you should cover children in tape to avoid branding scandals is deeply concerning. If VANOC employees don’t understand the rules, how can the general public expect to know what is okay and what isn’t?

As p2pnet reported on Saturday, “anti-Olympic artwork hung outside the crying room on East Cordova Street in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside,” said The Blackbird on Flickr in September.

But City of Vancouver bylaw inspectors called it ‘graffiti’  and demanded its removal.

The Pivot Legal Society and the BC Civil Liberties Association say they’ve  teamed up to train legal observers for the 2010 Olympic Games.

“Like many of you, Pivot and the BCCLA are concerned that when the more than 7,000 police officers, 5,000 private security guards and 4,500 members of the Canadian armed forces arrive in Vancouver this February, their presence may get in the way of citizens’ constitutional rights to freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures,” the say, going on >>>

Bylaws recently passed by the City of Vancouver suggest that we have good reason to be worried.

We plan to be ready, with dozens of people prepared to act as eyes and ears on the streets. Legal observers will be trained to watch for violations and to document and report them.

As a legal observer, you will help ensure accountability of law enforcement during the Olympic Games.  You don’t need to have any legal background to get involved.  We encourage you to sign up for a training session and find out more about what’s involved in being a legal observer.

Email info @ bccla dot org for more information.

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Date: Monday, 14 Dec 2009 12:32

p2pnet news view P2P:- “Demonoid is back online!” – posted catflap yesterday.

The site went down a little more than a year ago, thanks to RIAA clone the CRIA (Canadian Recording Industry Association of America), “But it came back in April last year under new management,” said p2pnet recently.

But now, “Test run,” it says, going on:

“Hello! We are currently testing the newly written code. More downtime is hopefully not necessary, but might be a possibility.

“Welcome back, we missed you!”

‘Tis the season for giving.

Right?

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Date: Monday, 14 Dec 2009 12:11

p2pnet news view | P2P | Music:- 11/6/03 1:25 – 2:20 / JKP 212 / Alex Rofman / Director of Business Development; Snocap (new venture of Shawn Fanning of Napster fame)

You saw that back in Janury, 2004, if you did a search under Fanning and Snocap. There was a site — http://www.snocap.com/ — with a logo. But that was it, and that was all.

And now the wheel has come full circle because today, when you go to the site, once again you get nothing —-

—- just like thousands of indie artists who sold their music through imeem’s  Snocap music storefronts on MySpace, says Wired.

Snocap, a DRM-based venture, was hyped to the gills, but nothing came of it and it was ultimately sold to Imeem for an undisclosed price.

Then in November, “They say a fool and his money are soon parted and with that in mind comes the news Rupert Murdoch is apparently on the verge of scarfing up iMeem,” said p2pnet.

Now MySpace owns imeem and not only artists, but other sites “won’t be paid what’s owed even after MySpace Music’s acquisition of some — but not all — of imeem,” says Wired, going on:

“MySpace Music bought ‘certain assets’ from imeem, and they do not include imeem’s liability to more than 110,000 independent artists with Snocap storefronts, according to a source with inside knowledge of the deal. Those artists’ contracts mandate they be paid each month if they’re owed more than $20. Some artists have been owed money for more than a year, and the chance of them seeing any money now is, for all intents and purposes, zero, the source says.

“Artists attempting to get paid for songs sold through Snocap stores — many or most of which were on MySpace itself — must get in line with imeem’s bank and other creditors. MySpace Music paid less than $1 million for imeem, so it’s doubtful much will remain for the artists.”

Adds the story

“One source with inside knowledge of the deal said MySpace Music’s rushed purchase of imeem’s assets forced it to ‘leave behind anything that either had explicit liability or potential liability,’ including Snocap and its debts to thousands of independent artists and bands.”

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that was all – Snocap and Shawn Fanning, January 25, 2004
Wired
– MySpace/Imeem Deal Leaves Thousands of Artists Unpaid, December 11, 2009
p2pnet
– MySpace, on the prowl for iMeem, November 17, 2009


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Date: Sunday, 13 Dec 2009 18:00

p2pnet news view P2P | Advertising:- Google has added St John’s, Sherbrooke, London, Sudbury, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Nanaimo and Victoria to its list of Canadian cities spammed on its Google Street View, “a feature of Google Maps and Google Earth that shows high-resolution street-level images,” as Digital Homes sums it up.

Other Google-stalked Canadian cities include Toronto, Calgary, Montreal, Quebec City, Halifax, Vancouver, Squamish, Whistler, Ottawa Kitchener and Waterloo.

“The service which provides panoramic views of street from a height of about 2.5 metres was launched in May of 2007 and is now available over ten countries including the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia and Japan,” says the story.

Google says people don’t have to worry about seeing their actual faces, or things like license plates, clearly revealed online because its “advanced technologies” single out and blur the pics it took and displayed without permission.

Swiss authorities wouldn’t agree.

They’re suing Google for failing to adequately obscure imaging.  And the man in the pic on the right wouldn’t agree either.

p2pnet reader Marc, who’s been virtually walking the Google streets, copied it, and a number of others, and the only reason it’s blurred is because p2pnet did Google’s work for it. In the untreated pic, the man is clearly recogniseable.

“If your face was captured by Google’s Street View cameras in recent weeks, your mug is in the company’s image database — but it won’t be for long,” the head of Google Canada says, according to the CBC. And, “Operators will be standing by to handle complaints and remove compromising images within 24 hours,” said the Globe & Mail at the time.

That works. Marc’s property is one of those improperly displayed by Google and the company agreed to remove it.

“Hello,” the Google ‘team’ told Marc when he asked for shots of his house to be taken down >>>

According to our records, you recently submitted a report regarding an inappropriate image in Street View on Google Maps.

We’re currently reviewing the material you reported to determine whether the image should be removed from the product.

We appreciate your assistance.

Googlers would ‘determine’ if the image should be removed? Marc’s wishes weren’t enough? And what about all the other faces and license plates?

Snapped by a SnoopMobile

Jonathan Lister, Google Canada’s managing director, told a House of Commons committee its auto-blur technology “automatically blurs faces and license plates that appear in its photos and if it ‘misses a face’ people could ‘file a complaint’.”

So far, it appears to be extremely hit and miss, with an awful of of misses. Certainly, the pix we have in our growing collection of non-blurs are a tiny tip of a huge iceberg.

A Google SnoopMobile cruised my town on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, and we saw the car purely by accident when we happened to be taking the dog for a walk. Otherwise, we’d never have known.

Sneak View victims can ask to have their pix removed only if they know they’ve been photographed. So, “Is Google is the Facebook of pix that can come back to haunt you?” – wonders Marc.

Google PR lady Tamara complained by email when I wrote, “Huge advertising company Google figures it can go where it wants to go, do what it wants to do, and, that includes taking pictures of peoples’ houses for use in online advertising projects without bothering to ask if it’s OK with the owners”.

She said Google Street View isn’t an online-advertising project. It’s a “free feature of Google Maps and Google Earth which enables users to virtually explore and navigate a neighbourhood through panoramic street-level images” and would I be “able to update the post on that point”?

“Sorry, Tamara, I can’t oblige,” I said, stating, “As far as I’m concerned, your employer is a massive advertising agency and everything it does in some way impacts on that. And that includes Street View.”

Stay tuned for Part II showing not-blurry images in the cities most recently added to Google Sneak View.

(Cheers, Marc)

Jon Newton – p2pnet

Also see – Google Sneak Views: p2pnet, Part II

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Digital Homes – Google adds nine more Canadian Cities to Street View, December 3, 2009
CBC – Google Canada vows to purge faces from its Street View data, June 17, 2009
Globe & Mail
– “The article you are looking for is available to GlobePlus members or can be licensed.”
cruised my town
– Google SnoopMobile invades p2pnet turf, June 16, 2009


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Date: Saturday, 12 Dec 2009 17:07

RCMP slammed over tasering of teenaged girl CNews
The RCMP’s public complaints commission has condemned an officer’s use of a taser on a handcuffed 15-year-old girl who was being restrained by four guards. Commission chairman Paul Kennedy denounced the use of the taser – and the followup investigation by the RCMP – in an incident in Yellowknife in March 2007. The investigation had many parallels to the case against RCMP officers who used a taser on Robert Dziekanski at the Vancouver airport on Oct. 14, 2007. Dziekanski died following the incident. The latest investigation deals with a female young offender at the Arctic Tern Youth Facility who was refusing to cooperate with the facility’s guards. The young woman, whose indentify cannot be released, continued to be uncooperative when RCMP officer Const. Noella Cockney arrived and threatened to use the conductive energy weapon on her.

Eagles (and Tea Sets) Flock at E.D.S. Auction New York Times
In September, Hewlett-Packard scrapped the Electronic Data Systems name. Now, it’s doing away with the E.D.S. eagles. Well, as it turns out, eagles do flock – on auction Web sites. H.P. is in the midst of auctioning off E.D.S. office equipment and the like, as it shrinks the number of E.D.S. offices in Plano, Texas. The auction included a bunch–a whole bunch–of eagles, some china, paintings, tea trays, ice buckets and faux floral arrangements. Basically, a lot of stuff that fails to fit into the Mark Hurd school of lean operating. Also up for sale were some patriotic items like an American flag given to the company for its support of troops that fought in Iraq and a President’s Service Award from Bill Clinton.

Tiger Woods’ hiatus from golf could hurt EA’s golf video games GamesBeat

Tiger Woods announced today he would take a break from professional golf. The announcement could take a toll on Electronic Arts‘ big Tiger Woods video game franchise. Even before Woods’ announcement today, the pressure was building on EA to drop Woods, whose scandalous car crash and news of various affairs could take a big toll on his billion-dollar endorsement business. [Also see  Tiger Woods sex scandal good for Google]

Johnny Hallyday in drug-induced coma after surgery Guardian
One of France’s favourite rock stars, Johnny Hallyday, was tonight in an induced coma after doctors in the US performed an emergency operation to remove lesions on his back. The 66-year-old singer, dubbed the “French Elvis”, whose ailing health in recent months has held a devoted nation in suspense, was rushed to hospital in Los Angeles yesterday, suffering complications from earlier surgery in Paris. After briefly waking up and opening his eyes “to recognise his wife”, he was put back in an artifical coma to aid his recovery, said his producer, Jean-Claude Camus. Hallyday, a superstar in France who has sold more than 100m records, has seen a gruelling valedictory tour disrupted this year by repeated health scares. Ever since the revelation over the summer that he had been suffering from colon cancer, his legions of fans have been obsessively following his condition.

Can You Work On A Virtualized Windows Desktop? Network World
I’m using a Macbook Pro laptop running OS X and I have Windows 7 installed on the Bootcamp partition. Normally this kind of setup only lets you boot up either Mac OS X or Windows, but with VMware Fusion 3 for Mac OS X I can run the bootcamp partition (Windows 7) as a virtualized guest operating system. The Unity feature of VMware Fusion lets Windows apps appear in their own window on the Mac OS X desktop. That always turns heads because people say, “You’re running Outlook on a Mac?”.

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Date: Saturday, 12 Dec 2009 16:50

p2pnet news view P2P | Politics:- On the right is anti-Olympic artwork hung outside the crying room on East Cordova Street in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, said The Blackbird on Flickr in September.

But yesterday, “the Crying Room Gallery got a visit from City of Vancouver bylaw inspectors who demanded that they remove ‘graffiti’ from the front of their gallery,” says Boingboing, going on:

“The graffiti in question was an anti-Olympic mural by a local artist. The City says it had ‘nothing to do with content’ and everything to do with graffiti bylaws, but the Crying Room has had art up in that space for the better part of ten years without complaint.”

Now, “Despite claims that they won’t be censoring political expression during the Olympics, the City of Vancouver has already started doing just that,” says 2010 Legal Observer Program Watching the watchers at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver.

It promises to “keep an up-to-date gallery of the things that VANOC, the IOC, and the City of Vancouver order removed in the leadup to the Games.”

Says the BC Civil Liberties Association >>>

The City of Vancouver has shut down the public art space that has existed, uninterrupted since 2003, in front of the Crying Room gallery at 157 East Cordova Street following the posting of an anti-Olympic mural.

“Given the long and uninterrupted display of public art at this gallery, the tolerance of the City to date, the content of the mural, and the stipulations of the IOC and VANOC in limiting anti-Olympic expression, it certainly appears to be more than simple coincidence that the City has chosen this mural, at this time, to take exception to the Gallery’s actions,” said Robert Holmes, President of the BCCLA.

The City issued a notice to the landlord of the Gallery suggesting that the anti-Olympic mural was graffiti and contravened the City’s restrictions on graffiti, and ordering the mural removed. The BCCLA has written a letter to the City of Vancouver, expressing disappointment that the City has targeted this expression, apparently based on the content of the sign.

Stay tuned.

(Cheers, Marc)

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Boingboing – Anti-Olympic mural censored in Vancouver, December 11, 2009


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Date: Saturday, 12 Dec 2009 16:31

p2pnet news view | P2P | Music:- Amit started downloading music when he was 16. And he’s the kind of fan “the music industry has come to dread,” says the Japan Times.

John Kennedy (right, seen with admirers) is the mouthperson for Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony Music’s IFPI (International Federation of the Phornographic Industry). According to the story, “he said that some people may think file sharing is a problem for massive record corporations, not hardworking musicians”.

However, “The fact is that music companies are the major investors in artists’ careers,” he’s quoted as stressing.

But now, “this virtuous cycle of investment is under threat.”

eDonkey, LimeWire and BitTorrent

“Amit has downloaded hundreds and thousands of files containing movies, Western music, J-pop and Indian tunes,” says the post, continuing:

“All of them were available at the click of a mouse via peer-to-peer file-sharing networks such as eDonkey, LimeWire and BitTorrent.”

But Amit says these days he doesn’t download as much as he used to “because it’s unnecessary”. The “latest music and films are readily available through online-streaming services, so he doesn’t need to store them on a hard drive”.

“There has to be exposure,” he’s quoted as saying.

“Music has to be exposed to the public. I don’t feel guilty about it. After downloading, if I really like the artist and feel like I have to pay him or her something, I do go buy the CDs.”

Says Japan Times >>>

Starting in Jan. 2010, copyright and downloading in Japan will enter a new stage, because the revised Copyright Law will go into effect. The law prohibits people from downloading illegally uploaded files if they know that those files are ‘illegal’.

Until Dec. 31, people are allowed to download illegally uploaded files as long as they are for private use. For instance, you are allowed to download music and transfer the data to a CD to listen to or share with family members or friends.

Files that will be prohibited for downloading are defined as “recorded” materials, which include music and movie files that have been uploaded without the permission of copyright holders.

Comics and computer software will not be included, but some video games with clearly copyrighted content will be prohibited too.

But the Copyright Law revision does not enforce any punishment for violators, “since it can be hard for rookie Web surfers to know whether or not the files they are about to download are legal or illegal,” says the story, adding:

“Because of this, some Internet-related groups and journalists are wary of the revision’s effects.”

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Japan Times – (Near) death of a salesman, December 11, 2009


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Date: Saturday, 12 Dec 2009 16:02

p2pnet news view P2P | Advertising:- “Not the Mark Zuckerberg you were looking for?” asks the caption to the pic on the right. “Search more …”

But no need. Because thanks to Fa$ebook’s new (not) privacy updates, he’s that Zuckerberg.

The social advertising site’s Main Man.

“It has been a great year for making the world more open and connected,” said Mark baby in an open letter.

But, “Seeing ‘open and connected’ in the same sentence as Zuckerberg was something of an oxymoron,” p2pnet observed.

And, “The social networking site has rightly been criticized for its confusing privacy settings, most notably in a must-read report by the Canadian Privacy Commissioner issued in July and most recently by a Norwegian consumer protection agency,” said the EFF’s Kevin Bankston in  Deep Links, recently, going on >>>

Unfortunately, several of the claimed privacy “improvements” have created new and serious privacy problems for users of the popular social network service.

The new changes are intended to simplify Facebook’s notoriously complex privacy settings and, in the words of today’s privacy announcement to all Facebook users, “give you more control of your information.” But do all of the changes really give Facebook users more control over their information? EFF took a close look at the changes to figure out which ones are for the better — and which ones are for the worse.

Our conclusion? These new “privacy” changes are clearly intended to push Facebook users to publicly share even more information than before. Even worse, the changes will actually reduce the amount of control that users have over some of their personal data.

Under the new (not) privacy settings, we learn Zuckerberg likes Lady GaGa, Firefox and sushi.

He’s also a fan of Mark Zuckerberg and when he lists Fa$ebook as his employer, under ‘descriptions’ he says, “we make revolutionary things”.

Not only but also, he and I have four friends in common! Yay!

But, “The implications of Facebook’s recent privacy rollback will likely take months to reveal themselves,” says notes Valleywag, and,  “it’s already clear they go beyond Mark Zuckerberg’s stash of intimate pics; we’re already starting to learn new things about Hollywood celebrities.”

Like?

Well, Angelina Jolie has just 27 Facebook friends, and Will Smith is a member of Fa$ebook’s Jesus Daily which apparently posts bible quotes every morning, even though he’s also “made repeated donations to groups affiliated with the Church of Scientology; echoes the cult’s ’spiritual physics’ rhetoric; has set up a middle school staffed with Scientologists; and has said Scientology is filled ‘brilliant and revolutionary‘ ideas.”

PS – And for the first time, you can nowe send a message to Zuckerberg. As Well as Will, Angelina, Brad, etc and so on.

Now you know. ;)

JN

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an oxymoron – Making the world ‘more open and connected’, December 2, 2009
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Facebookarazzi: Stalking Celebrities Just Got a Whole Lot Easier, December 12, 2009


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Date: Saturday, 12 Dec 2009 14:32

p2pnet news view P2P | Politics:- ACTA is a hard-core effort on the part of deeply corrupt corporations, with vested interest entertainment industry companies well to the front, aided by equally corrupt politicians, to gain control of the Internet.

ACTA is a “global threat to freedoms,” say Consumers International (world federation of 220 consumer groups in 115 countries), EDRi (27 European civil rights and privacy NGOs), the Free Software Foundation (FSF), the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), ASIC (French trade association for web2.0 companies), and civil liberties organizations from all around Europe (9 Member States so far…) with more to follow.

“A worldwide coalition of Non-Governmental Organizations, consumers unions and online service providers associations publish an open letter to the European institutions regarding the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) currently under negotiation,” they say,  calling on the European Parliament and the EU negotiators “to oppose any provision into the multilateral agreement that would undermine the fundamental rights and freedoms of citizens in Europe and across the world”.

By December 17th, 2009, “European negotiators will submit their position regarding the proposal put forward by the U.S Trade Representative for the Internet chapter of the ACTA,” says the coalition, adding:

“It is now time for the European Union to firmly oppose the dangerous measures secretly being negotiated. They cover not only “three strikes” schemes, but also include Internet service providers liability that would result in Internet filtering, and dispositions undermining interoperability and usability of digitial music and films.”

Their open letter, published on La Quadrature,  states >>>

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is a broad intergovernmental agreement under negotiation ranging from the key social issue of access to medicine[1] to criminal Internet regulation. We fear it could seriously hinder European innovation in the digital single market while undermining fundamental rights and democracy at large.

The negotiation process itself raises important questions of transparency and due democratic process, given that the content of the draft agreement has been kept secret for more than 18 months, although some details about the proposals recently leaked to the public. More worrying still, while the European Parliament has been denied access to the documents, US industry has been granted access to them, albeit only after signing non-disclosure agreements.

A recent analysis by the European Commission of the ACTA Internet chapter[2] proves that the topics under discussion go far beyond the current body of EU law. Most importantly, the Commission’s analysis confirms that the current draft of ACTA would profoundly restrict the fundamental rights and freedoms of European citizens, most notably the freedom of expression and communication privacy. These are very much at risk, since the current draft pushes for the implementation of three-strikes schemes and content filtering policies by seeking to impose civil and criminal liability on technical intermediaries such as internet service providers. The text would also radically erode the exercise of interoperability that is essential for both consumer rights and competitiveness.

Consequently, we urge the Parliament to call on European negotiators to establish transparency in the negotiation process and publish the draft agreement, and not to accept any proposal which would undermine citizens’ rights and freedoms. Furthermore, we urge the Parliament to make an unequivocal statement to the Commission and Council that any agreement which does not respect these core principles would force the Parliament to reject the entire text.

[1] See: http://www.oxfam.org/en/pressroom/pressrelease/2009-07-15/criminalize-generic-medicines-hurt-poor-countries

[2] See: http://sharemydoc.org/files/philip/ec_analysis_of_acta_internet_chapter.pdf

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corrupt corporations – US shares ACTA secrets with RIAA, Sony Pictures, October 16, 2009
well to the front – Hollywood touts ACTA, November 22, 2009

December, 2009


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Date: Saturday, 12 Dec 2009 13:52

p2pnet news view P2P | Advertising:- “Google used to be a ‘good beats evil’ business. It profited by doing good, and creating better sets of economics. That was yesterday. Today, increasingly, Google is an ‘evil subsidizes good’ business. It’s not so different from Coke. The historic, globe-spanning bad stuff Coke does — selling toxic sugar-water to kids and the poor — subsidizes a threadbare patch of good stuff: a handful of spare change for charitable giving and public partnerships. Increasingly, the evil stuff Google does — supporting censorship, selling more and more toxic ads, squeezing suppliers and turning a blind eye — subsidizes a shrinking green patch of good stuff, like investing in the Mozilla Foundation.”

And that, says Umair Haque, director of the Havas Media Lab, in Harvard Business, can’t be good.

Enter Vevo, not a business-to-consumer play, but more of a “business-to-business arrangement” and “Google’s biggest mistake to date”.

“Vevo violates Google’s most basic principles,” he says, going on >>>

The fundamental problem with Vevo is simple: it’s just a new “distribution channel” for the same old toxic junk. There’s no innovation of any kind at its heart. It sets no incentives for better stuff to be made. Here’s a simple example: We all know copyright’s deeply broken, but instead of innovating new kinds of property rights, Vevo’s built on copyright. You can’t even access it from outside the US. Just like McDonald’s selling fake “cappuccinos” isn’t exactly innovative, neither is a new channel to distribute the latest Kanye West video.

Because it’s unnovative, Vevo fails to address the music industry’s big problem: investing in Kanye Wests is a poor proposition. It requires huge marketing expenditure, only to deliver ever more meager, fleeting returns — usually propped up by gaming the charts. That’s the essence of thin value, and the 21st century demands thicker value. But Vevo actually enhances the incentives to create thin value, by providing yet another marketing “channel.” Vevo props up a dead, decaying business model — instead of seeking paths to one built on radically more awesome music in the first place.

In the final analysis, “Vevo’s ‘evil’ for a simple reason,” says Haque, adding:

“The music industry has long hit a trifecta of thin value — crappy music, ripped-off artists, and ethically dubious tactics. Vevo provides new a playing field for this game of value destruction to go on (and on). And in that failure to better yesterday lies the beginning of the end of Google’s greatness.

“So the question is this: Can you surpass the lame, obsolete industrial economics of the old Coke?”

No need to stay tuned.

(Cheers, JP)

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Harvard Business – How Vevo Makes Google More Like Coca-Cola, December 11, 2009
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– Vevo wasn’t created for consumers!, December 11, 2009


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Date: Saturday, 12 Dec 2009 13:17

p2pnet news view | Games:- Golfing is THE corporate sport and some parents encourage their kids to take it up not because of all the fresh air, but because they’ll make good connections for the future.

Sort of like going to the ‘right’ school.

Tiger Woods’ main claim to fame is: he can hit a little white ball around better than just about anyone else.

But he’s also pretty good at horizontal golf, from all accounts, and that’s now overshadowed his professional prowess to the extent he’s taking an indefinite break to sort things out — a “savage blow to the sport”. That’s what the BBC’s golfing correspondent says anyway.

Online, the Woodsian sex scandal isn’t boding ill for certain sites, observes the Associated Press, continuing Google and Yahoo say they’ve seen significant spikes in traffic from people looking for information on him.

“Time Inc. says its Golf.com Web site, which averages 2.4 million unique viewers a month, has seen traffic spike 600 percent since the story about Tiger broke after the Thanksgiving holiday,” says the story.

“The traffic is similar to levels the publications sees only during major golf championships, said Scott Novak, spokesman for Sports Illustrated Group, which publishes Golf.com.

“Yahoo says searches for Woods’ name are up more than 3,900 percent over the last 30 days. Neither Google nor Yahoo would provide specifics about how many more people were searching.”

Meanwhile, “I am deeply aware of the disappointment and hurt that my infidelity has caused to so many people, most of all my wife and children,” says wap.tigerwoods.com, going on >>>

I want to say again to everyone that I am profoundly sorry and that I ask forgiveness. It may not be possible to repair the damage I’ve done, but I want to do my best to try.

I would like to ask everyone, including my fans, the good people at my foundation, business partners, the PGA Tour, and my fellow competitors, for their understanding. What’s most important now is that my family has the time, privacy, and safe haven we will need for personal healing.

“After much soul searching, I have decided to take an indefinite break from professional golf. I need to focus my attention on being a better husband, father, and person,” he adds.

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BBC – Reaction to Tiger Woods’s break from golf, December 12, 2009
horizontal golf
– Tiger Woods and Holly Sampson: the video, December 11, 2009
Associated Press
– Tiger Woods scandal a boon to Yahoo, Google, online publications, December 10, 2009


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Craigslist founder tells court eBay reneged on promises Associated Press
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Obama defends wars as he accepts prize China Daily
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