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The Pirate Bay switches to cloud-based servers

The Pirate Bay switches to cloud-based servers

It isn't exactly a secret that authorities and entertainment groups don't like The Pirate Bay, but today the infamous site made it a little bit harder for them to bring it down. The Pirate Bay announced today that it has move its servers to the cloud. This works in a couple different ways: it helps the people who run The Pirate Bay save money, while it makes it more difficult for police to carry out a raid on the site.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 15, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 15, 2012

Welcome back to Monday everyone - we've got a heaping helping of news to recap, so let's dive right in. Today we found out that Apple's manufacturing partnership with Samsung may not last much longer, and that the Google Nexus 7 might just be the best-selling Android tablet ever (which, given its immense popularity, doesn't surprise us in the least). One Walmart store has its shelves fully stocked with copies of Windows 8, and this afternoon, we have reason to believe that a new, slimmer iMac may be in the pipeline.

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Halo 4 pirates feel the wrath of Microsoft’s banhammer

Halo 4 pirates feel the wrath of Microsoft’s banhammer

Halo 4 will definitely be one of the biggest games of the year, so it really isn't much of a surprise that some Xbox 360 owners are eager to download a pirated version of the game that popped up on torrent sites over the weekend. Microsoft isn't taking this leak lightly though, as MCV reports that the company is handing out permanent Xbox Live bans to anyone caught playing the game with their console connected to the Internet. In other words, you might want to think twice before taking advantage of those Halo 4 torrents.

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Leaked AT&T training documents reveal anti-piracy plan

Leaked AT&T training documents reveal anti-piracy plan

A leaked batch of AT&T training documents reveal an anti-piracy plan in the books, which includes sending warning notices to flagged accounts. In what seems to be a completely draconian measure, any subscriber who's account is flagged multiple times for copyright infringement will have access to frequently-visited websites (Facebook? YouTube?) blocked until they complete an online course on copyright. The warning notices will begin on November 28th.

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Anonymous attacks Sweden for Pirate Bay Justice

Anonymous attacks Sweden for Pirate Bay Justice

Anonymous is at it once again, this time launching what is being called "the biggest thing to ever happen in Anonymous history." The group posted a video to YouTube yesterday in which is calls for Anonymous supporters to help it attack a number of Swedish government sites for the perceived slights against The Pirate Bay and controversial Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Today, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that, sure enough, a number of Swedish websites have been taken offline after being flooded with traffic.

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Pirate Bay founder deported by Cambodia to Swedish authorities

Pirate Bay founder deported by Cambodia to Swedish authorities

One of the four defendants in a case facing The Pirate Bay off against several major entertainment companies, founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, was deported this week from Cambodia to rest in the hands of Swedish authorities. Warg was arrested on the 2nd of September from his rented apartment in Cambodia by Cambodian police at the request of Sweden and was sent to Sweden, arriving on a Thai Airways Flight on Monday night. Sweden and Cambodia had no extradition treaty in place between one another at the time of the incident, so the push was made as an immigration violation so that it could be handled without a hearing in court.

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Pirate Bay co-founder arrested for jail sentence no-show

Pirate Bay co-founder arrested for jail sentence no-show

The war on filesharing has stepped up a notch, with Cambodian police arresting a co-founder of notorious site The Pirate Bay on the instruction of Swedish investigators. Gottfrid Svartholm Warg was held after failing to report for his year-long jail sentence as ruled in February, with a spokesperson in Cambodia confirming to AFP that while there is no extradition treaty in place with Sweden, "we'll look into our laws and see how we can handle this case."

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Ubisoft claims 93-95% piracy rate on its PC games

Ubisoft claims 93-95% piracy rate on its PC games

Piracy on PC is a big deal for publishers, but Ubisoft always seems to be in the spotlight when there's a new story on piracy or DRM. It's hardly a secret that Ubisoft has major issues with piracy, but before it's never really gotten down to hard numbers. Today, that changed in an interview with GamesIndustry International, in which Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said that Ubisoft experiences a piracy rate of 93-95% on its PC games.

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Department of Justice, FBI seize three Android pirate sites

Department of Justice, FBI seize three Android pirate sites

The federal government has continued its crack down on piracy, with the Department of Justice announcing that three different sites which market pirated Android apps have been shut down. The websites in question - applanet.net, appbucket.net and snappzmarket.com - are now all under the government's control, and all three display the same copyright notice that has graced Megaupload for the better part of the year. The DoJ says that this is the first time any websites relating to pirated mobile apps have been shut down.

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