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4222 No. 4222
>The US Justice Department has sued Apple Inc and five publishing houses alleging a "conspiracy" to raise prices and limit competition for e-books, and immediately reached a partial settlement in the case.

>As the antitrust suit was announced, officials said three of the publishers agreed to end the scheme to force retailers such as Amazon to accept a new pricing plan that limited their ability to offer discounts for electronic books.

>Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster reached the settlement but the case will proceed against Apple and the other two, Macmillan and Penguin Group, "for conspiring to end e-book retailers' freedom to compete on price," the Justice Department said.

>"As a result of this alleged conspiracy, we believe that consumers paid millions of dollars more for some of the most popular titles," Attorney General Eric Holder said in announcing the lawsuit and partial settlement.

>"We allege that executives at the highest levels of these companies, concerned that e-book sellers had reduced prices, worked together to eliminate competition among stores selling e-books, ultimately increasing prices for consumers."


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>> No. 4223
>Apple will settle out of court with minor fees and suppress the story in the news
>then their stock will continue to skyrocket because children

>> No. 4227
In other news...

>Microsoft is counting down the days until it is through with the Windows XP operating system for personal computers.

>The US software titan used a blog post to remind the world that in two years it will no longer support the generations-old operating system that people have clung to despite the releases of successors Vista and Windows 7.

>"We want to acknowledge the two-year countdown to the end of Windows XP and Office 2003 support," said Microsoft marketing director Stella Chernyak.

>> No. 4231
Need to have a countdown clock and an event marking the sunset of a damn fine OS.
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>A complex targeted cyber-attack that collected private data from countries such as Israel and Iran has been uncovered, researchers have said.

>Russian security firm Kaspersky Labs told the BBC they believed the malware, known as Flame, had been operating since August 2010.

>The company said it believed the attack was state-sponsored, but could not be sure of its exact origins.

>They described Flame as "one of the most complex threats ever discovered".

>Research into the attack was carried out in conjunction with the UN's International Telecommunication Union.

>> No. 4307
If its the US I would not be surprised.
>> No. 4308

>Lawmakers in the United States have been concerned about the security of hardware manufactured in China for years now, especially since many chips and other pieces of computer equipment manufactured in China are used for sensitive military and civil applications that would make them quite dangerous in the wrong hands if they were compromised. Among other things, this has manifested in a lot of suspicion stateside about Huawei and other Chinese companies in the telecomunnications industry expanding their businesses into China. Today, news spread on Twitter that Sergei Skorobogatov, a security researcher, has found a backdoor in a Chinese-manufactured "American military chip that is highly secure with sophisticated encryption standard.
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>> No. 4313
This guy sounds sharp.
>> No. 4321


>A prominent U.S. newspaper is reporting that U.S. President Barack Obama - in his first months in office - secretly ordered sophisticated attacks on the computer systems that run Iran's main nuclear enrichment facilities.

>The New York Times cited anonymous sources close to the program who called the order a major expansion of America's first sustained use of cyberweapons. The program reportedly started during the George W. Bush administration.
>> No. 4322

>The initial program was started under the Bush Jr. Administration, dubbed "Olympic Games". Obama merely gave the go-ahead to continue with the program once the initial feelers reported back positive. The target, the Natanz refining facility, has no direct link to the internet at large, and required the use of double agents and thumb drives to successfully infect the system. The goal of the program was to sabotage the industrial centrifuges used to refine Uranium. However, at least one infected machine managed to connect to the internet at large, and the resulting pandemic infection came to be dubbed Stuxnet by security researchers. This confirms the initial reaction among researchers, that Stuxnet was created by the U.S. or a similar nation.

>Though considered one of the first successful cyber warfare attacks ever carried out by a nation, the attacks have not actually stopped Uranium production or curbed output, merely delayed it, an effect was reportedly already being achieved by the CIA, who passed faulty and sabotaged parts into the hands of the Iranians. Though Stuxnet is several orders of magnitude more complex than standard computer viruses, the recently uncovered "Flame" virus likely predates both Olympic Games and Stuxnet, and is a similar, seemingly politically motivated and professionally developed virus. As the Flame virus can infect fully patched and up-to-date windows systems, it is likely we have entered the next age of malware.
>> No. 4331
I was watching C-span the other day. Some republican congressman was listing the ways in which Obama was not a friend to Israel.

Too bad the troglodyte probably doesn't know what a computer virus is.
>> No. 4332
None of those pinheads in the Capital should be anywhere near cyber security legislation of any kind. Frightening that none of this really understand technology since they all come from an era where computers were virtually nonexistent
>> No. 4333
They're fine with weapons and toys they can play with but not something that can be used by anyone else.
>> No. 4334
that anyone else includes the citizens of the US which makes them dangerous to the world as a whole. Specially since the majority of the time those thick wits don't come up with the legislation on their own but some outside firm draws it up and they just bob their head and take the bribe to pass the vile things.

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