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2/8/12 LimeWire Can’t Catch a Break, Path and your address book , Chrome for Android, Webcams Made Public, Chrome Android, MeetingBurner

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  • Even After Shutting Down, LimeWire Can’t Catch a Break
    LimeWire has been kaput as a file-sharing service since October but that hasn’t stopped its legal woes. Now, after settling with the RIAA to the tune of $105 million, the MPAA and a host of indie music labels have filed lawsuits against the company as well. Talk about beating a dead horse.Six studios—Twentieth Century Fox, Viacom, Comedy Partners, Disney, Paramount Pictures, and Warner Brothers—have filed suit, citing the court’s summary judgement in the RIAA case as basis for their claims. In that case, the court concluded that LimeWire “intentionally encouraged direct infringement.” Now, the court will have to decide LimeWire’s culpability in the illicit trade of movies and TV shows as well.
  • Path uploads your entire iPhone address book to its servers
    [Update]
    Dave Morin, the CEO of Path has responded in the comments and I’ve pasted it below. As an aside – never in my wildest dreams did I imagine this to blow up like this. I hope we can keep calm and continue to discuss this sensibly.

    Arun, thanks for pointing this out. We actually think this is an important conversation and take this very seriously. We upload the address book to our servers in order to help the user find and connect to their friends and family on Path quickly and effeciently as well as to notify them when friends and family join Path. Nothing more.

    We believe that this type of friend finding & matching is important to the industry and that it is important that users clearly understand it, so we proactively rolled out an opt-in for this on our Android client a few weeks ago and are rolling out the opt-in for this in 2.0.6 of our iOS Client, pending App Store approval.

    Dave Morin

    Co-Founder and CEO of Path

    [Original Post]

    It all started innocently enough. I was thinking of implementing a Path Mac OS X app as part of our regularly scheduled hackathon. Using the awesome mitmproxy tool which was featured on the front page of Hacker News yesterday, I started to observe the various API calls made to Path’s servers from the iPhone app. It all seemed harmless enough until I observed a POSTrequest…

  • Thousands Of Webcams Made Publicly Accessible By Software Bug
    26 models of Trendnet webcams have been identified as vulnerable to a bug that lets anyone tap into the video stream with just an IP address. The flaw was noted a month ago and the company has been working to alert people and patch the devices. Unfortunately, the company has no way of contacting non-registered webcam owners, and so the devices may remain accessible if the users never suspect anything.It’s a bit scary, but certainly not unprecedented. Although it’s not quite the same thing, two years ago a school was accused of spying on its students via the webcams in school-owned laptops (the district later settled). This time, it’s hackers who found their way in, and randoms on the internet who spent long hours watching the feeds.
  • [VID] Chrome Beta for Android So, Google is finally making the move we’ve been expecting for some time now and bringing Chrome to Android. Now, you’ll need a device running Ice Cream Sandwich to get the new mobile browser up and running but, thankfully, we happened to have a Galaxy Nexus on hand. As you might expect, mobile Chrome (much like its desktop sibling) is fast — a little buggy perhaps, but fast. It isn’t, however, the fastest browser for the platform. Chrome Beta holds its own, but the standard Android browser, the stable version of Firefox and Dolphin HD all edged it out in SunSpider.
  • MeetingBurner Is a Fast, Free Video Conferencing Solution, No Downloads Required
    MeetingBurner is a new video conferencing service that offers video, voice, and web conferencing with all of the features you would expect from a more expensive commercial service for free. If you host small meetings or work at an organization where there’s no company-sponsored video conferencing solution and no budget to buy accounts to one, MeetingBurner is worth a look.


TODAYS LINKS

Chrome Beta for Android

Path uploads your entire iPhone address book to its servers

LimeWire Can’t Catch a Break

Thousands Of Webcams Made Publicly Accessible By Software Bug

MeetingBurner Is a Fast, Free Video Conferencing Solution

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