Daily Cuppa: Assange's oration and German file-sharers' rights

Daily Cuppa: Assange's oration and German file-sharers' rights

Summary: New malware, WikiLeaks pleas and file-sharing rulings all happened over the weekend. Find out more in today's Daily Cuppa.


Welcome to the new week. Sit back and let us talk to you about what happened over the weekend.

WikiLeaks' Julian Assange gave a speech from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, asking the US to stop its WikiLeaks witch-hunt. He has to be careful, however, as one of the conditions of his newly won asylum with Ecuador is that he refrain from political statements.

A German court, meanwhile, has ruled that file-sharers have no right to remain anonymous, whether or not they are serious offenders or not.

Symantec and other security research firms are looking at a piece of malware called Shamoon, which has the ability to steal information and overwrite the master boot record of a computer. Symantec said that it thought the malware was being used to target specific companies.

Microsoft is again publishing apps on the Windows Phone Marketplace. It had halted publishing early last week due to a glitch with digital certificates that stopped some apps from installing on phones.

It has also reorganised its Server and Tools unit.

Despite its earlier decision to discontinue work on its TouchPad, Hewlett-Packard (HP) has decided to plunge into the consumer tablet market again, according to reports. The question is whether it can do better this time.

Speaking of tablets, Lenovo thinks that ARM-based Windows 8 tablets are going to be a lot cheaper than their Intel counterparts. Only time will tell.

Nokia and Zynga have become cosy with a partnership to bring the latter's games to Nokia's phones.

Intel, HP, Motorola Solutions and Apple have all established policies that focus on removing so-called conflict minerals, sourced from "conflict" zones in the Congo.

A lifetime subscription amounts to six years, according to Joyent, a definition that has users hopping mad.

Apple and Samsung's trial in the US is drawing to a close, with our colleagues at CNET recounting the exhausting stream of witnesses that were rushed in and out of the court to testify for the case. The companies couldn't agree on a reduction in the number of claims they've brought against each other, so it's likely the decision on the entirety of the case will come down to the jury.

Facebook is building a mini-datacentre dedicated to backup, but has had a judge reject its settlement of a class action around its sponsored stories feature, which publicises users' "Likes" of products and services to their Facebook friends and doesn't allow users to opt out. The deal would have given users more control and seen Facebook pay US$10 million each to attorneys and non-profit groups, such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The judge's worry was that Facebook believed the new user control over the sponsored stories feature would cost it US$125 million, much more than $20 million, so the settlement gave up too much.

Topics: Piracy, Government, Government AU, Hardware, Microsoft, Nokia, Tablets

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  • Civil Disobedience

    It's funny how people forget that civil disobedience doesn't preclude punishment; in fact, in the Gandhi/Thoreau model, it is necessary to go to jail and be the prisoner of conscience in the jail of a coercive government.

    Besides, as I recall, the United Kingdom was about to extradite Assange to Sweden to face sexual assault charges. I think he's still in trouble, even were the US to give him a pass on the, um, disclosure voodoo he practiced? Which brings me to my next point.

    Now we suspect that English isn't his first language, so perhaps this is a minor point, but a witch-hunt is a zealous search for people who behave differently so as to try them (and find them guilty and burn them) and assuage an angry god currently punishing a community. The metaphor is a tad stretched for his situation. Assange released embarrassing documents and the powerful don't like to be embarrassed. He did it - it's no frame or implication by out of the norm behavior or by being a non-submissive female - and except for some metaphorical "God of National Security" there is no supernatural entity to be appeased by his sacrifice. No, it's just a garden variety instance of attempting to [profane four-letter word]-up the guy who put "Soothe Foreign Dignitaries But Don't Give Them Too Much on Treaties, Aid, Etc." on the State Department's full To-Do List."
    • Danny

      What makes you think his first language isn't English?
      A Grain of Salt