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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

Slashdot - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 12:57pm
Lucas123 writes: The Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies is suing Ford and General Motors for millions of dollars over alleged copyrights infringement violations because their vehicles' CD players can rip music to infotainment center hard drives. The AARC claims in its filing (PDF) that the CD player's ability to copy music violates the Audio Home Recording Act of 1992. The Act protects against distributing digital audio recording devices whose primary purpose is to rip copyrighted material. For example, Ford's owner's manual explains, "Your mobile media navigation system has a Jukebox which allows you to save desired tracks or CDs to the hard drive for later access. The hard drive can store up to 10GB (164 hours; approximately 2,472 tracks) of music." The AARC wants $2,500 for each digital audio recording device installed in a vehicle, the amount it says should have been paid in royalties.

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Shopping spree helps Arrow counter organic sales slump

El Reg - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 12:55pm
Revenues rally but only if you don't look closely

Healthy organic sales growth has once again proved slippery for enterprise tech bellwether Arrow Inc to grasp, though demand for heavy duty software and hardware started to re-emerge.…

wxPHP: wxWidgets Come To PHP

Phoronix - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 12:35pm
The wxWidgets library for designing cross-platform GUIs now has support by the PHP programming language...

Now TV arrives on the Xbox One as Sky Go becomes pay service

L'Inq - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 12:32pm

Arrives a week after PS4 version

Thirteen Astonishing True Facts You Never Knew About SCREWS

El Reg - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 12:29pm
Threaderick the Great! And YES, we asked the Arapaho

Linaro & Others Join The Linux Foundation

Phoronix - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 12:23pm
The Linux Foundation has picked up a few more member organizations as July quickly comes to an end...

Comcast Confessions

Slashdot - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 12:15pm
An anonymous reader writes: We heard a couple weeks ago about an incredibly pushy Comcast customer service representative who turned a quick cancellation into an ordeal you wouldn't wish on your enemies. To try and find out what could cause such behavior, The Verge reached out to Comcast employees, hoping a few of them would explain training practices and management directives. They got more than they bargained for — over 100 employees responded, and they painted a picture of a corporation overrun by the neverending quest for greater profit. From the article: 'These employees told us the same stories over and over again: customer service has been replaced by an obsession with sales, technicians are understaffed and tech support is poorly trained, and the massive company is hobbled by internal fragmentation. ... Brian Van Horn, a billing specialist who worked at Comcast for 10 years, says the sales pitch gradually got more aggressive. "They were starting off with, 'just ask," he says. "Then instead of 'just ask,' it was 'just ask again,' then 'engage the customer in a conversation,' then 'overcome their objections.'" He was even pressured to pitch new services to a customer who was 55 days late on her bill, he says.'

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House of Lords slams 'right to be forgotten' ruling as 'unworkable and unreasonable'

L'Inq - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 12:10pm

ECJ ruling is 'wrong in principle' and must be rejected

LibreOffice 4.3 Released With Many Exciting Changes

Phoronix - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 12:07pm
LibreOffice 4.3 has been released today as the latest major update to the popular open-source office suite that continues in its battles against Microsoft Office...

A closer look at Facebook’s valuation: Is it really worth more than Coca-Cola?

Thinq - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 12:00pm

We discuss the valuation of users in the light of Facebook's worth, and the true cost of doing business online.

Read more: http://www.itproportal.com/2014/07/30/a-closer-look-at-facebooks-valuation-is-it-really-worth-more-than-coca-cola/

Microsoft's Brit kid Cortana lands on UK WinPhone 8.1, but China's is the real cutie

El Reg - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 11:58am
Siri rival gets accent in OS update

Microsoft will be fine-tuning its virtual assistant Cortana in its first update to Windows Phone 8.1. The Siri rival is predicted to arrive on UK users' smartphones over the next few months.…

Android grows UK market share at expense of iOS and Windows Phone

L'Inq - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 11:49am

But Apple sees boom in iPhone 5C sales

Microsoft's first Windows Phone 8.1 update arrives next week

L'Inq - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 11:43am

With Cortana and Live Folders support

Don't Hammer Bob's backup biz: At least sales are up

El Reg - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 11:41am
Profits are down at CommVault but it's still beating Wall St

CommVault, the all-singing-and-dancing data management, enterprise backup and archive company, saw its revenues rise 14 per cent in its first fiscal 2015 quarter - but its profits fell by five per cent. Despite that, it still beat Wall Street's earnings estimates.…

iWallet: No BONKING PLEASE, we're Apple

El Reg - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 11:17am
BLE-ding iPhones, not NFC bonkers, will drive trend - marketeers

Apple's iWallet mobile money app could be the start of a more general trend that sees web giants such as Facebook pushing into the payment industry, according to online payment experts.…

SOULLESS machine-intelligence ROBOT cars to hit Blighty in 2015

El Reg - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 11:03am
>Beep< This vehicle is ACCELERATING

Robotic cars are set to prowl the streets of Britain by next January without human supervision – as Westminster prepares new rules to allow autonomous vehicles on the public highways of this sceptr'd isle.…

British Lords: Euro 'right to be forgotten' ruling 'unreasonable and unworkable'

El Reg - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 10:34am
Google as arbiter of all online info ... really?

Peers sitting in the upper house of the British parliament have branded Europe’s court decision on killing links on search indexes – controversially dubbed the “right to be forgotten” ruling – “unworkable, unreasonable and wrong in principle”.…

Speak your brains on SIGNAL-FREE mobile comms firm here

El Reg - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 10:02am
Is goTenna tech a goer? Time to grill CEO, CTO

Live Chat  Our previous article about goTenna, a new device which allows mobile phones to communicate without signal, stirred up a lot of interest from readers and fellow journalists. If you'd like to interrogate the technology and the product, here's your chance.…

Sing it, Systemax: 10 straight quarters plunging in a row, 10 straight quar....

El Reg - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 9:29am
Sales FINALLY on rise for reseller... by 1.4%

Shape-shifting mega reseller Systemax has finally broken its run of top line wobbles after 10 consecutive quarters but the US titan still couldn't turn a churn out a profit in its calendar Q2.…

Reglue: Opening Up the World To Deserving Kids With Linux Computers

Slashdot - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 9:17am
jrepin writes: Today, a child without access to a computer (and the Internet) at home is at a disadvantage before he or she ever sets foot in a classroom. The unfortunate reality is that in an age where computer skills are no longer optional, far too many families don't possess the resources to have a computer at home. Linux Journal recently had the opportunity to talk with Ken Starks about his organization, Reglue (Recycled Electronics and Gnu/Linux Used for Education) and its efforts to bridge this digital divide.

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