Man Handed Conditional Prison Sentence for Spreading Information About Popcorn Time Service

A man from Denmark has been handed a six-month conditional prison sentence for spreading information about Popcorn Time, an authorized on-demand movies and TV shows streaming service, news outlet TorrentFreak reports. From the report: In what is being described as a first for Europe, the man was convicted after telling people how to download, install and use the movie streaming service. He was also ordered to forfeit $83,300 in ad…

February 9, 2018
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Sources: Uber CEO suggested $500M settlement to its board, some members pushed for less, to which Waymo agreed after Uber promised not to use infringing tech (Gizmodo)

February 9, 2018

Gizmodo: Sources: Uber CEO suggested $500M settlement to its board, some members pushed for less, to which Waymo agreed after Uber promised not to use infringing tech  —  Waymo attorney Charles Verhoeven on Friday announced the self-driving car company had settled its lawsuit against Uber … Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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51 Percent of Financial Services Companies Believe Existing Tech is Holding Them Back

An anonymous reader shares a report: Legacy technology can be a major obstacle to digital transformation projects and, according to a new survey of financial services technology decision makers carried out for business consultancy Janeiro Digital, almost 51 percent say existing technology is holding back innovation. Three of the biggest roadblocks are seen as lack of support for change (34 percent), legacy technology and infrastructure (31.6 percent) and a lack…

February 9, 2018
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Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Could Come with Snap Apps Preinstalled

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS ‘Bionic Beaver’ could ship with Snap apps installed by default. From a report: A proposal from Ubuntu developer Steve Langasek suggests that Snapcraft now stand as a ‘first-class’ alternative to traditional packages, making them ripe for inclusion. “As more software becomes available as snaps, we want to take advantage of this body of packages as part of the default Ubuntu experience,” he writes. As part of his…

February 9, 2018
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Settlement with Waymo is a big win for Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and opens a way for rapprochement between the two companies (Jonathan Shieber/TechCrunch)

February 9, 2018

Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch: Settlement with Waymo is a big win for Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and opens a way for rapprochement between the two companies  —  The courtroom has been cleared, the lights are off in the spillover room on the 19th floor and the initial takes are in on the Uber vs. Waymo trial. Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Russia arrests scientists who tried to mine Bitcoin on a supercomputer at a top-secret nuclear research facility where USSR’s first atomic bomb was produced (BBC)

February 9, 2018

BBC: Russia arrests scientists who tried to mine Bitcoin on a supercomputer at a top-secret nuclear research facility where USSR’s first atomic bomb was produced  —  Russian security officers have arrested several scientists working at a top-secret Russian nuclear warhead facility for allegedly mining crypto-currencies. Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Viacom To Launch Its Own Streaming Service this Year

Viacom said today it’s planning to launch its own ad-supported streaming service by September 2018, the end of its fiscal year. The service will include “tens of thousands of hours of content” from across Viacom’s library. From a report: Viacom had hinted about its plans in streaming before, but it shared a few more details on the call about what the service will include. The company, which owns cable TV…

February 9, 2018
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