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U.K. ISPs forced to block The Pirate Bay access; blocks bypassed in minutes
After a lengthy legal battle, the largest Internet providers in the U.K. blocked The Pirate Bay after the Magnet-link and torrent sharing Web site was found to have facilitated copyright infringement. The ISPs reluctantly imposed server-side blocks to prevent users from accessing the site. All in all, more than 95 percent of U.K. broadband subscribers were blocked from accessing the site.
But, there was a problem. Proxy sites and bypass sites were set up almost immediately and users could, within minutes of the final block by British Telecom (BT) -- which has more than six million customers -- bypass the blocks and access their torrent-sharing site once again. Was this illegal? No, because the Internet providers did what the court said, but the court did not say Internet users were barred from bypassing the blocks.
The PC is dead. Long live the PC
PC sales have declined rapidly in the past year, in spite of the release of Windows 8 in October. Typically during a year where a new version of Windows -- the most prominent desktop operating system for PCs on the market -- is released, PC shipments fall, but this year is like no other.
The post-PC market, such as tablet, smartphone, and 'phablets' (such as part-phone, part-tablet) has thrived like never before. The iPad still reigns over the tablet space, but the device's market share is dwindling. According to recent figures by Apple, the Cupertino, Calif.-based technology giant sold more iPads during the first half than PCs sold by any other PC manufacturer. The PC market has crumbled and it may not recover.
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Apple wins $1bn in damages from Samsung in patent litigation
The Apple v. Samsung dingdong finally concluded on the side of the Cupertino, Calif.-based technology giant, leading to a catastrophic $1 billion in damages heading Apple's way out of Samsung's coffers. It was an embarrassing loss for Samsung after a U.S. court determined that the Korean technology giant had copied the iPad's design.
Despite Apple losing in some jurisdictions around the world, ultimately the only one that really mattered was the U.S. case. Apple could still seek even more damages from Samsung. But $1 billion may dent the company's finances mildly -- Samsung's operating profit for Q3 was $7.3 billion alone -- the embarrassment of losing such a high profile case will live on for some years to come.