An anonymous reader writes "Apple has removed encrypted email attachments from iOS 7. Apple said back in June 2010 in regards to iOS 4.0: 'Data protection is available for devices that offer hardware encryption, including iPhone 3GS and later, all iPad models, and iPod touch (3rd generation and later). Data protection enhances the built-in hardware encryption by protecting the hardware encryption keys with your passcode. This provides an additional layer of protection for your email messages attachments, and third-party applications.' Not anymore."...

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So about a week ago, we noted that Quentin Tarantino had lost big in his bizarre lawsuit against Gawker for publishing a link to a script he was working on for The Hateful Eight , which had been rumored to have been leaked all over Hollywood. The judge pointed out that Tarantino's wacky theories on contributory copyright infringement made no sense, because they couldn't even show any direct copyright infringement. Of course, Tarantino's lawyers were given a chance to try again, and try again they have with an even more wacky theory. They're now charging Gawker with direct copyright infringement , not for linking to the script, but because they claim someone at Gawker must have downloaded the script, and they prove that because Gawker writers knew how many pages there were in the script.
On January 23, 2014, after Gawker obtained the Screenplay Download URL in response to its
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Prostitution , they say, is the oldest of professions, which sort of has to be bullshit, because if selling sex was the first job ever, how could anyone ever pay for the sex? But I digress. Even if it isn't the oldest profession, it certainly has a grand tradition of being used to whip up moral panics, such as when Congress freaked the hell out when they discovered, gasp , prostitutes can use Twitter! Who'd have thought? (Doesn't syphilis make your thumbs fall off or something?) In any case, we've also recently seen that some police departments mistakenly believe that they too should be peddling themselves on social media , never mind how little they think through their campaigns.
But where prostitution and police using social media intersect results in the really terrible idea one Maryland department had to live-tweet/blog police prostitution stings . From the department's own blog:

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Late last year, we wrote about how Italy was about to change some of its copyright enforcement setup to give enforcement powers to regulators instead of the courts . That is, regulator AGCOM could now simply declare -- with no judicial review or due process -- that certain sites were infringing and then order ISPs to block access to those sites. While other Italian prosecutors have sought to do the same thing , AGCOM now has the official power to delete websites off the Italian internet if they so much claim they're somehow infringing.
Recently, AGCOM decided to exercise its new power, issuing its first administrative blocking injunction against a site called Cineblog01 -- meaning that ISPs in Italy need to block users from accessing the site. Now, it does appear that the site was linking and/or embedding certain films that may have been infringing. But there are still serious ...

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It's always funny to see the greedy folks reveal themselves after a company sells out for many millions or billions of dollars. The latest is ZeniMax, the owners of Id Software, and the former employer of John Carmack. Carmack, of course, is the famous video gaming guru who left ZeniMax last year to go full time at Oculus. Prior to that, Carmack had tried to work at both companies, but after ZeniMax no longer wanted him working on virtual reality, Carmack reasonably decided to go full time at Oculus. While not exactly common, it's also not unheard of for "rockstar" tech folks to work at and/or run multiple companies at the same time -- think Steve Jobs at Pixar/Apple and Jack Dorsey at Twitter/Square. Usually there aren't any real "ownership" issues to deal with, but it appears that once Facebook ponied up $2 billion for Oculus, ZeniMax suddenly decided that...

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An anonymous reader writes "Net neutrality has been looking pretty shaky in recent months. Netflix has started paying Comcast and Verizon directly and the FCC is saying that's perfectly fine. We may be witnessing a fundamental change in the nature of the internet. Timothy B. Lee at Vox explains how all of this works, and what it means for the future of the web. Quoting: '[S]ome of the largest ISPs now seem to view declining network performance not as a technical problem to be solved so much as a source of leverage in business negotiations. Another reason is that regulating interconnection is much more complex than a "classic" network neutrality rule. When all of an ISP's traffic comes through one cable, it's not too hard to write a rule requiring that the packets in that cable be treated equally. But it's harder to write a rule governing when and how...

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You may have heard the story from earlier this year about how, as lots of people were having fun creating random new cryptocurrencies, some folks decided to make a one which they originally called Coinye West . Kanye West's (very expensive) lawyers didn't like this, and sent a cease and desist letter. The developers then changed the name of the currency to just Coinye, and claimed it no longer had anything to do with Kanye. Not surprisingly, the rapper's lawyers disagreed, and filed a somewhat crazy 124-page lawsuit against a bunch of John Does... and even Amazon.com for hosting the currency's website (apparently, his lawyers don't understand secondary liability very well).
In March, West's lawyers racked up some more billable hours by amending the complaint with some actual names including a Dutch student named Robbie Hontelé -- who had, at times, acted as a sort of spokesperson for COINYE-exchanges. Hontelé...

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