A federal court in Washington has rejected a $30,000 damages award against several Internet subscribers accused of downloading a pirated movie via BitTorrent. Judge Thomas Rice doubted that filmmakers were hurt much by the pirates and said the requested amount would be "excessive punishment."
Over the past several years hundreds of thousands of Internet subscribers have been sued in the United States for allegedly sharing copyrighted material, mostly films, online.
Microsoft today deviated from its regular pattern of releasing security updates on the second Tuesday of each month, pushing out an emergency patch to plug a security hole in all supported versions of Windows. The company urged Windows users to install the update as quickly as possible, noting that miscreants already are exploiting the weaknesses to launch targeted attacks.
Following the Rosetta mission's successful landing of the European probe Philae on a comet last week, a UK-based team is wasting no time attempting to capitalize on the renewed focus on space exploration. Lunar Missions, Ltd. conducted its own launch... of a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to raise funds for its plan to land a robotic probe on the lunar south pole and bury a time capsule there.
Free software that can detect the presence of surveillance spyware has been launched by a global coalition of human rights and tech organizations.
Organizations including Amnesty International, Privacy International, Digitale Gesellschaft and Electronic Frontier Foundation have teamed up to unveil the open source tool Detekt.
Since 2004, Google has been paying Mozilla a ton of money each year—estimated at around $100 million—for the privilege of being the default search engine used in the Firefox browser. This contribution represented the lion's share of Mozilla's income, something in the ballpark of 85 percent.