Paranoia over legal status of WikiLeaks breeds new generation of scams | Media |

The call, when it comes, is both unexpected and worrying to its American recipients. “Your computer and IP address have been noted as visiting the WikiLeaks site,” says the recorded message. The penalty for doing this: a $250,000 or $25,000 fine, and the possibility of imprisonment. But it does leave a number to call where the fine can be paid – with a reduction for prompt settlement and without the unpleasantness of a court case.

And it’s all just a nasty scam…

Google Chrome Drops Support For Dominant Video Format | paidContent

Google (NSDQ: GOOG) has essentially declared war against the web’s dominant video format, announcing in a blog post today that Chrome will phase out support for the H.264 video codec that encodes most video online. Instead, Chrome, which now controls 10 percent of the browser market worlwide, will only support two open video formats—Google’s own WebM format, which launched last year, and Theora, another open-source codec. This seems to confirm that the web’s “codec wars” are in full effect and could indicate that Google has a problem with the royalties being charged by MPEG-LA, the organization that administers the patent pool for H.264 codec.

BBC Mundo – Noticias – Google Translator para… crear música

La tecnología se desarrolla y trae nuevos e inesperados usos. Y son estos usos impensables lo que la convierte en algo tan fascinante… ¿Hubiese usted imaginado alguna vez que el programa de traducción creado por Google, el “Google Translator”, podría utilizarse para crear ritmos en los que basar música?

Esto es lo que ha descubierto un usuario de la web denominado “Redditor harrichr” que ha encontrado la fórmula para convertir a la herramienta de traducción de Google en una máquina de sonidos improvisada.

Si no lo cree no tiene más que seguir las instrucciones:

1) Vaya a Google Translator

2) Seleccione alemán (german) como lengua de origen y de destino

3) Copie y traduzca la siguiente secuencia:

pv zk pv pv zk pv zk kz zk pv pv pv zk pv zk zk pzk pzk pvzkpkzvpvzk kkkkkk bsch

4) Haga click en escuchar (listen)

El alemán parece ser la lengua que mejor funciona para este truco, aunque no se descarta que puedan existir otras, ya que ahora se abre el espacio para la experimentación.

Yo acabo de probar esto usando español:

zh tk cshkp zh tk zh tk zh cshkp zhzhzh zh tk tk tk csh kp


First tube station to get Wi-Fi next week • The Register

Charing Cross will become the first London Underground station to offer wireless internet access from next week.

BT Openzone will run a six-month trial in the ticket hall area and on Northern and Bakerloo line platforms. There won’t be any access on trains.

The service will be offered on the same basis as other BT Openzone hotspots: free to BT broadband subscribers and Fon members, and available for a fee to others.

Google prepara un indicador de la inflación en la red – BBC Mundo

Los caminos de Google hace ya tiempo que son inescrutables. Pocos días después de desvelarse que preparan un auto que se maneja solo, ahora se sabe que también se ha lanzado a construir su índice de precios, su propia vara para medir la inflación en internet.

Basado en la vasta información sobre precios en la red, la compañía californiana trabaja en la construcción del Índice de Precios de Google (Google Price Index, en inglés), que en el futuro podría devenir en referencia alternativa a los balances oficiales.

Depressed Woman Loses Health Benefits for Happy Pics on Facebook

A Canadian woman claims she has lost her health benefits after her insurance company used her Facebook pictures as evidence that she was no longer depressed.

Nathalie Blanchard had been on sick leave for a year from her job at IBM in Bromont, Quebec, after being diagnosed with severe depression. The 29-year old was receiving sick pay from insurer Manulife.

However, when payments stopped coming she contacted Manulife and, she claims, was told that Facebook

) pictures taken on a beach and during a night out were evidence that she was no longer depressed.

According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., which also produced a TV report on the case:

When Blanchard called Manulife, the company said that “I’m available to work, because of Facebook”…She said her insurance agent described several pictures Blanchard posted on the popular social networking site, including ones showing her having a good time at a Chippendales bar show, at her birthday party and on a sun holiday — evidence that she is no longer depressed, Manulife said.

…in a written statement sent to CBC News, the insurer said: “We would not deny or terminate a valid claim solely based on information published on websites such as Facebook.” It confirmed that it uses the popular social networking site to investigate clients.

It’s a case that adds fuel to the privacy debate, especially given that Blanchard claims her Facebook photos were private. Are we entering an unsettling new reality in which insurance companies are able to deny claims based on Tweets and Facebook pictures?


Man Arrested for Not Tweeting?

In a bizarre case involving teen YouTube sensation Justin Bieber and a riotous crowd of his fans, a record exec from Island Def Jam Records was arrested Friday for, among other things, failing to Tweet when told to by authorities.

When the Beiber event at Roosevelt Field mall became unruly (video below), police appealed to the artist’s label to send a Tweet telling the crowd to leave. When that allegedly didn’t happen, police arrested James Roppo, a senior vice president of Island Def Jam Records, for “endangering the welfare of a minor and obstructing government administration”.

An Associated Press feed reads:

Police arrested a vice president from Bieber’s record label, Island Def Jam Records, saying he wasn’t cooperating with attempts to disperse the crowd. James Roppo, 44, of Hoboken, N.J., was charged with a series of misdemeanours, including endangering the welfare of children and obstructing governmental administration.

“We asked for his help in getting the crowd to go away by sending out a Twittermessage,” said Nassau County Police Det. Lt. Kevin Smith. “By not cooperating with us, we feel he put lives in danger and the public at risk.”

The report doesn’t put the police in a good light, especially considering that Bieber’s feed does contain Tweets asking the crowd to leave.

But all may not be as it seems: contrary to the AP reports, the NY Daily News implies that the arrest was for sending out updates that Bieber was signing autographs even after the crowd had dispersed.

Roppo is pleading not guilty to the charges.

[via MediaMemo]