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Grammar Police, Arrest This Man

Grammar Police, Arrest This Man

There is an alternate universe somewhere in which I am a lexicographer. I write dictionaries for a living. This is not the pipe dream of a grammar-obsessed former English teacher. Right out of grad school (Master’s in English), I turned down an opportunity to work for the Oxford English Dictionary. The job was for a specialist in Caribbean dialects of English. It sounded fantastic. The OED recruiters made clear this was not a stepping stone job for editors and writers. Being a lexicographer leads only to being a better, more experienced lexicographer. Instead, I took a job that involved writing and technology and pop culture, and my life was set on its course. But in an alternate world, I made a different choice and took the dictionary job, and now I sit in a dark apartment in Manhattan mumbling to myself about the horror of language on the Internet.

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Microsoft unlocked Skype chat backdoor tip insiders

Microsoft unlocked Skype chat backdoor tip insiders

Skype used a huge behind-the-scenes change in VoIP service architecture to add messaging monitoring systems, insiders claim, following Microsoft's acquisition of the company in 2011. According to the industry officials speaking to the Washington Post, the installation of server-based supernodes - hubs through which Skype traffic is routed to improve uptime and reliability as the service gains traction - has had the side-effect of making instant messaging conversations more easily tracked, much to the delight of the FBI and other law-enforcement organizations.

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Steve Wozniak speaks: Megaupload frustrations, Microsoft praise and Google Glass lust

Steve Wozniak speaks: Megaupload frustrations, Microsoft praise and Google Glass lust

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has spoken out on his frustrations around the Megaupload case, as well as praising Microsoft's visual design as something Steve Jobs would be proud of. The outspoken exec voiced his dissatisfaction with the Kim Dotcom case while at the Entel Summit in Chile, FayerWayer reports, refusing to comment on whether he believes high-ranking politicians had a hand in the investigation, but expressing dismay at some of the techniques used to bring Dotcom to trial.

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Megaupload case stalls as evidence seize & share judged illegal

Megaupload case stalls as evidence seize & share judged illegal

The massive US copyright infringement case against Megaupload founder Kim DotCom has found itself in choppy waters, after courts found search warrants used to seize data were invalid. In addition to New Zealand police acting without due process in their evidence collection, the New Zealand Herald reports, Justice Helen Winkelmann also decided that the FBI's cloning of the confiscated hard-drives was invalid, as DotCom had not given his own consent to the process.

New Zealand Court asks US for all Megaupload evidence

New Zealand Court asks US for all Megaupload evidence

It has been a while since we've heard anything in the case against Megaupload and its managers brought by the United States. The US has been trying to extradite Megaupload owner Kim Dotcom and other managers to stand trial over alleged copyright infringement among other things. Dotcom and the other Megaupload principles are still in New Zealand and have yet to be extradited.

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Facebook’s $16bn IPO means nothing today

Facebook’s $16bn IPO means nothing today

The biggest tech event of the year - if you believe the financial pundits - has been and gone, leaving analysts, shareholders and Mark Zuckerberg to pick through the remains of the Facebook IPO. Seldom have so many gathered to stretch credibility and understanding to talk about so little. In the end, despite stock flat-lining in a way that sent delicious shivers of schadenfreude down the spines of those who still can't quite see the worth in shared contemplation of navels, Facebook has more than $16bn of extra cash in its account. For actual Facebook users though - in fact, for just about everyone, even if they're now a shareholder in the company - the IPO is, so far, gloriously irrelevant.

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Adobe Photoshop CS6 and Creative Cloud official

Adobe Photoshop CS6 and Creative Cloud official

Adobe has officially launched Photoshop CS6, the latest version of its famed image processing software, along with Adobe Creative Cloud, a subscription-based hub offering desktop and mobile tools as well as cloud-sync. Fourteen new apps, either new or updated, have been revealed as part of Photoshop CS6, with Photoshop itself getting new tools and a new Mercury Graphics Engine to use GPU acceleration to boost editing and processing speed. Meanwhile, if the high upfront cost of previous Creative Suite iterations has dissuaded you (or even sent you scurrying to pirated copies) then Adobe hopes its new subscription packages will lure you in.

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MPAA doesn’t want Megaupload data transferred

MPAA doesn’t want Megaupload data transferred

Not long ago the hosting company based in Virginia where Megaupload stored the 25 PB of data customers have uploaded sought relief from the courts. While Megaupload and its founder Kim Dotcom had been battling in court, the hosting company claims it is spending $9000 a day to retain the massive amount of data. The hosting company, Carpathia, had previously sought to get the courts to offer it some relief from the massive costs until the court case was decided.

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Photoshop CS6 sees half-million Beta downloads

Photoshop CS6 sees half-million Beta downloads

Eager Photoshop users keen to play with Adobe's recently released CS6 Beta downloaded the pre-release version over 500,000 times in the app's first week of availability. Released last Thursday, the Photoshop CS6 Beta debuts straightforward tilt-shift creation tools, as well as new text editing abilities; it also includes the CS6 Extended 3D editing features and quantitative imaging analysis tools that, once the final version of the software drops, will be a paid extra.

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