Spotify Sued By PacketVideo

The collaborator of Facebook has been sued by PacketVideo over patent violations and its music streaming technology. Spotify has recently collaborated with Facebook to provide online music to its users. The lawsuit claims that Spotify violates patents owned by PacketVideo which deal with “method of streaming music over data networks”.

Tech experts were waiting for something of this type to happen as the technology used by Spotify is not unique. Users might have noticed that Spotify, apart from providing music online, has no other USP.

The Britain based online music provider company has started its US services just 2 weeks back and in that short period of time, has a lawsuit up its sleeve.

Spotify said that it will strongly present its side as it is sure that no patent has been violates. The lawsuit has been filed in the Netherlands and San Diego which claim that Spotify has “deliberately” used PacketVideo’s technology.

Spotify is strongly contesting PacketVideo’s claims as according to it, its technology is “highly innovative, proprietary hybrid technology that incorporates peer-to-peer technology”.

Though a hearing has been scheduled, still an agreement could be made outside the court.

We’ll keep you updated on this matter.

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Facebook To Reward Security Experts For Reporting Bugs

The social networking giant has begun offering a certain amount of bounty to security experts who will find bugs in the social network and report it to the Facebook administration. The basic bounty for “certain qualifying” bugs has been set to $500.

This is the first time ever that any social networking site is going to pay its active users in return of their services. This feature is also seen by many experts as a way to counter the popularity of Google+.

The Palo Alto based company said that,”Our security team will assess each bug to determine if qualifies”. Furthermore it stated that the bounty of $500 is a base price and it can be increased if the vulnerability reported is big.

It is worth noting that Facebook is desperately trying to improve its security features as its arch nemesis Google+ openly boasts about its tight security.

Facebook recently hired George Hotz, who was sued by Sony Corp. for “degrading its product”. He hacked the PlayStation 3 and is the first person in the history to jailbreak the iPhone.

This is another attempt of the social giant to attract top security experts who give their services to many notable sites.

Will offering bounties help Facebook grow?

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Xbox Addiction Claims A Life

A 20 year old guy Chris Staniforth died because of pulmonary embolism, which occurs if someone sits in the same position for a very long duration of time. According to his family, Chris died after following a marathon session on his Xbox.

Chris’s father said that his son normally spent upto 12 hours playing on his Xbox. He further stated that,”He got sucked in playing Halo online against people from all over the world.”

This is not the first time that a gamer has lost his life due to excessive playing. These type of news are commonly heard throughout Asia. In the past, a South Korean gamer had died after 3 days of non stop online gaming in 2005.

Online computer games have become an addiction now a days. Various games are available on the Internet which can be played with other players from all over the globe.

Though these games are pretty good, but addiction of anything is always bad. Obesity and lack of interest in other pursuits of daily life are the common diseases that are found in gaming addicts.

Our take on this is that games should be considered as games only. They should not become the target of a person’s life. There is a real life beside virtual one which is the most beautiful gift of the god almighty.

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Hackers Steal Data Of 35 Million South Koreans

According to South Korean authorities, hackers have gained access to major South Korean websites by using a Chinese Internet Address and have stolen personal information of nearly 35 million users.

These attacks are being said to be originated from Seoul and have targeted Nate and Cyworld which are managed by SK communications. Nate is a search engine and Cyworld is a social networking website and both of these sites have at least 30 million users.

Hackers have stolen personal information such as names, email IDs, phone numbers and resident registration numbers of the targeted users. This information is very vital as a cyber criminal can use it to impersonate a specific user and can commit crimes for which the target may be held responsible.

SK Communications has asked police to look into the matter and the Korea Communications Commission is currently investigating this security breach.

This year has seen a large number of security breaches all over the globe. The most notable one was the hacking of Sony’s PlayStation Network from which the private information and the credit card details of around 1 million users were stolen.

Till now, no official statement has been issued by SK Communications.

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Google+ After One Month: Will It Grow More Or Not ?

It has been a month since the most awaited social networking website made its debut. As it was predicted by various tech gurus, Google+ saw a huge success in its initial weeks. But at the end of its first month, its traffic has gone down a bit.

Google+ started its journey as the biggest threat to the social networking giant Facebook and made it go in a self defense mode. Facebook launched many new services in response to Google+ as Mark Zuckerberg feared the immense popularity that Google+ enjoyed in its initial days.

If we talk about the journey of Google+, so far it has done pretty well. The biggest achievement of Google+ is that while still being in a field trial stage and an invite only site, it managed to grab 10 million users in its first week and if some reports are to be believed, this figure rose upto 20 million in its second week.

While these facts are amazing, Google+ also saw a loss of around 3.2% of its users at the end of its first month.

The biggest challenge Google+ is facing today is that its user interface is not as simple as that of Facebook’s. Some users find it tough to adjust with the interface as they are used to the simple interface of Facebook. And furthermore, Google+ is not yet open to the organizations, which means no famous brands are there to follow.

Though this is only its first month and in future Google+ may get more traffic but the fact is that users no longer find it interesting as they have no new features to use.

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Apple Inc. Richer Than The United States Government ?

It is a well known fact that Apple Inc. has cash reserves more than any other company but the fact that it is even richer than the United States Government is absolutely fantastic.

Recently Apple announced that its earnings have reached $76 billion due to large sale of its iDevices. The iPhone and the iPad are the most popular products of the Cupertino, California based company.

On the other side, as the deadline to the US debt approaches close, the Treasury Department of United States Government has reported that its bank account has even less than $74 billion and could become zero by early August.

This only shows that the American government and the Corporate America are two worlds apart. While the corporations continue to grow and their combined profits accumulate around $1.2 trillion, the government consistently has lost its cash reserves and its debts are increasing day by day.

According to Apple, these cash reserves will help the company to secure its future as it will ensure that they do not run into any financial trouble like the company had to face during the launch phase of the iPhone 4.

So, should American government start selling the iPhone and the iPad or should Apple take over the running of Washington DC?

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Internet Explorer Users Have Low IQ ?

Are you an Internet Explorer user? A recent study claims that IE users have lower IQ than the users who use Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari or Opera. If the claims are true, it is bad news for Microsoft as it has recently launched its Internet Explorer 9.

This study was done by an online psychometric testing company AptiQuant Psychometric Consulting which states that a user’s IQ and intelligence is directly related to the choice of web browser he/she uses.

The company also states that the users who use Internet Explorer or Opera with a Chrome frame have a slightly better IQ than those who only use Microsoft’s web browser.

Findings rave about that qualities of other browsers and claims that Firefox and Chrome users are best as compared to others. This study was done on more than 100,000 people of USA, Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand by taking an online test and their scores were based on Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale.

While Chrome and Firefox users can boast about their browsers, IE users can’t even think to do so after this study. One thing that must be noted here is that these claims are only published by this company and are not yet approved by any other organization.

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Anonymous Hacked FBI Defence Contractor’s Website

FBI’s biggest cyber enemy has struck again. The hacker group Anonymous has allegedly hacked FBI’s security contractor ManTech International and has found some valuable information according to the group’s latest tweet.

The hacker group Anonymous has a custom to attack FBI related websites on Friday every week. This attack is also seen as a retaliation after FBI helped to arrest some hackers related to the group in Netherlands and Britain.

In the support of its claim, Anonymous offered to show the correspondence between ManTeCH and NATO(North Atlantic Treaty Organization) which includes talks with “NATO Theatre Of Operations”, the tech department of NATO.

No comment was made by ManTech International who provides its services to U.S. Defense, State and Justice Departments after the attack. Ironically, the firm also boasts of its cyber security services.

The involvement of LulzSec cannot be denied in this matter as both these hacker groups have collaborated almost in all attacks.

Recently, these groups gave a call to boycott eBay and PayPal for their refusal to handle financial transactions of whistleblower site Wikileaks. It doesn’t seem that they are going to stop and quit their alleged mission “to ensure freedom in the cyber world”.

If the world’s best security agency cannot secure its website, can we?

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Twitter To Introduce Paid Tweets ?

The micro blogging site Twitter has introduced a new feature which will allow users to promote their tweets by paying a certain amount of fees to the social networking giant.

These type of ads will be visible to users who follow the advertiser’s brand and will be similar to a normal tweet. As far as we know, companies have started using this feature and currently their followers have started receiving their “paid tweets”.

According to TechCrunch, Adam Bian, the global revenue chief of Twitter, said that,“We’ve found that 20 to 40 percent of users follow one or more brands on Twitter. The one problem we’ve heard from users is that when there is exclusive content or deals, there’s a chance they might miss them.”

Though this service is not a surprise as its beta version has been there since March, it is still worth noting that this is the first time that Twitter has deployed its business strategy.

Till date, users are getting tweets only from the brand they follow, but this policy may get updated in future. One thing good about this feature is that companies will have a large social platform to advertise their products.

Now it is time to talk about some issues with this feature. Technogazette has seen these type of ads and we feel that they can be easily ignored as no new feature in these ads has been used. Some users may find them similar to Facebook ads thus there is no original thought.

We’ll keep you updated on this news.

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Investors Doubt HTC’s Growth Due To Apple Lawsuit

Investors have started doubting HTC’s future growth as the Taiwanese firm is amidst a lawsuit with Apple Inc. Investors have talked to HTC’s CEO, Peter Chou, over this issue and he has guaranteed them that this lawsuit will not have any effect on the company’s growth.

Chou addressed the company’s investors at an investor conference and seemed confident that this “distraction” with International Trade Commission and Apple Inc. will not affect HTC in any aspect.

Apple recently sued HTC over patent infringements and ITC slammed HTC by issuing a ruling in Apple’s favor. The patents which, according to Apple, were violated by HTC deal with how the phone handles data sent to it from other devices over a network and how a device opens an e-mail.

HTC has recently purchased S3 Graphics with an intent to increase its $300 million net price tag. Chou also stated that HTC was closely following the tablet market and plans to be more competitive by launching new products in near future.

Whatever Chou claims, HTC is currently under a fierce battle with Apple. Some days prior, HTC indicated that it wants to settle its differences with Apple with a series of talks.

Will this lawsuit affect HTC or will this matter be solved out of the court?

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