Columnist out of a job after review of pirated ‘Wolverine’

by Steven Musil

Rupert Murdoch apparently wants his employees to know that he does not take piracy lightly–especially when it’s one of his movies that is being illegally downloaded.

So when Roger Friedman, an entertainment columnist with FoxNews.com, a division of Murdoch’s News Corp. media giant, posted a short review of the forthcoming “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” he soon found himself out of work.

Friedman, who had had contributed to FoxNews.com for 10 years, wrote Thursday in his Fox 411 column that downloading the unreleased superhero movie from the Internet was “so much easier than going out in the rain” and that it “exceeds expectations at every turn,” according to a report in Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily. 20th Century Fox described the Friedman copy of the movie as a “stolen, incomplete and early version,” and Friedman’s review was removed from the site on Friday.

News Corp. said in a statement Sunday that the review promoted piracy by reviewing a pirated movie:

“Roger Friedman’s views in no way reflect the views of News Corporation. We, along with 20th Century Film Corporation, have been a consistent leader in the fight against piracy and have a zero tolerance for any action that encourages and promotes piracy. When we advised Fox News of the facts, they took immediate action, removed the post, and promptly terminated Mr. Friedman.”

Fox News apparently later decided to soften that message, issuing the following statement Monday regarding Friedman’s position with the company:

Fox News representatives and Roger Friedman met today and mutually agreed to part ways immediately. Fox News appreciates Mr. Friedman’s ten years of contributions to building foxnews.com and wishes him success in his future endeavors. Mr. Friedman is grateful to his colleagues for their friendship and support over the past decade.

The film, which reportedly cost $100 million to make, was not scheduled for theatrical release until May 1 but was leaked to the Web on Tuesday. A spokeswoman for the FBI’s Los Angeles field office told CNET News the bureau has opened an investigation into who released the incomplete movie onto the Web.

Courtesy CNET News.

ISPs and Net firms start storing user data

Details of user e-mails, website visits and net phone calls will be stored by internet service providers (ISPs) from Monday under an EU directive.

The plans were drawn up in the wake of the London bombings in 2005.

ISPs and telecoms firms have resisted the proposals while some countries in the EU are contesting the directive.

Jim Killock, executive director of the Open Rights Group, said it was a “crazy directive” with potentially dangerous repercussions for citizens.

All ISPs in the European Union will have to store the records for a year. An EU directive which requires telecoms firms to hold on to telephone records for 12 months is already in force.

The data stored does not include the content of e-mails and websites, nor a recording of a net phone call, but is used to determine connections between individuals.

Authorities can get access to the stored records with a warrant.

Governments across the EU have now started to implement the directive into their own national legislation.

The UK Home Office, responsible for matters of policing and national security, said the measure had “effective safeguards” in place.

ISPs across Europe have complained about the extra costs involved in maintaining the records. The UK government has agreed to reimburse ISPs for the cost of retaining the data.

Mr Killock said the directive was passed only by “stretching the law”.

The EU passed it by “saying it was a commercial matter and not a police matter”, he explained.

“Because of that they got it through on a simple vote, rather than needing unanimity, which is required for policing matters,” he said.

Sense of shock

He added: “It was introduced in the wake of the London bombings when there was a sense of shock in Europe. It was used to push people in a particular direction.”

Sweden has decided to ignore the directive completely while there is a challenge going through the German courts at present.

“Hopefully, we can see some sort of challenge to this directive,” said Mr Killock.

Isabella Sankey, Policy Director at Liberty, said the directive formalised what had already been taking place under voluntary arrangement for years.

“The problem is that this regime allows not just police to access this information but hundreds of other public bodies.”

In a statement, the Home Office said it was implementing the directive because it was the government’s priority to “protect public safety and national security”.

It added: “Communications data is the where and when of the communication and plays a vital part in a wide range of criminal investigations and prevention of terrorist attacks, as well as contributing to public safety more generally.

“Without communications data resolving crimes such as the Rhys Jones murder would be very difficult if not impossible.

“Access to communications data is governed by the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (Ripa) which ensures that effective safeguards are in place and that the data can only be accessed when it is necessary and proportionate to do so.”

Read the original story at BBC News

Facebook and Twitter Users Really More Productive

This story appeared everywhere last week (and it was not an April Fool!) A study carried out at the University of Melbourne discovered that people using the web for personal surfing get more work done than those who do not. The study was carried out by Dr Brent Coker:

People who do surf the internet for fun at work – within a reasonable limit of less than 20% of their total time in the office – are more productive by about 9% than those who don’t.

Dr Coker states that most projects, such as writing a report, consist of mini-tasks e.g. gathering information, entering data, creating a graph, etc. Workers were shown to take small web-surfing “treats” between these mini-tasks. That enabled the mind to rest itself, leading to a higher total net concentration and increased productivity.

I’m sure this news was printed and put under the nose of bosses all round the world!

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Although I do not have any such kind of restriction at work but I am definitely going to pass it on to my officials 🙂

Waqar Zaka from ‘Living on the EDGE’ is SICK

I never knew about Waqar Zaka until I saw a few videos from a friend’s wall on Facebook. I didn’t knew he was the singer in the song “Nahi parha main ne poora saal“.

The thing is, he SUCK very bad, he has attitude problem and I personally think he is retarded. Must be some bad accident in the past when he fell off his bike or when he was visiting Afghanistan after the video in 1995.

It is very shameful to see these kind of persons as VJs on a Pakistani based TV channel (THE MUSIK) and the people who are FANS of him? and the people who want to go to his show and get Humiliated and FUC*ED on-air with his sick attitude? I will classify these people/fans as the sickest of ’em all. Its like people going crazy over some Bull Dog Pakistani leader who lives abroad and is scared to come down to Pakistan and claims to be very loyal, pu**ies.

I am shocked to see the girls who come to his shows/auditions and depict totally different attitude as if they are not Pakistani or does not have any moral values left in them. But the biggest shock is that a Pakistani channel from Karachi (The Musik) still has this sick personality (Im talking about Waqar Zaka) on their channel? Shame on “The Musik” and shame on everyone that is part of This program/channel.

It was also amusing when he was trying to make a stupid girl understand to speak in English, but why does the program has an English Music? Get some Urdu/local music in it and show your patriotic spirit?!?!? Sick state of mindless d**k head.

I do not have anything personal with Waqar Zaka or whatever the fuckin name he has but I know this …. Dare is something different, its a different state of mind and body when you have the energy, will and urge but what Waqar Zaka is doing is not dare, its mindless state of someone who has no brains, is really screwed, wants to drive people mad, wanna-be cool/macho personality and the kind of guys who totally SUCK BIG TIME!!

German woman divorces husband for cleaning too much

BERLIN (Reuters) – A German woman has divorced her husband because she was fed up with him cleaning all the time.

German media reported the wife got through 15 years of marriage putting up with the man’s penchant for doing household chores, tidying up and rearranging the furniture.

But she ran out of patience when he knocked down and rebuilt a wall at their home when it got dirty, Christian Kropp, court judge in the central town of Sondershausen, said Thursday.

“I’d never had anyone seek a divorce for this,” he said.

(Reporting by Franziska Scheven; editing by Myra MacDonald)

Courtesy: Yahoo News
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SWAT – Taliban publicly lashing a girl

This video surfaced before the Sharia Law was imposed in SWAT. The crimes of this girl are unknown. Forget what the comments/description says in Youtube.

Updates
Chief Justice took Suo motu notice of the flogging of a girl in SWAT and seeks report from Interior Secretary and NWFP Govt. on 6th April, 2009. Yeah!!

Domino’s sent 11,000 free pizzas

CINCINNATI – The Domino’s pizza chain has given away nearly 11,000 free pizzas because of a never-used promotion that a Web customer stumbled upon. Tim McIntyre, spokesman for Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Domino’s, said Wednesday that the company had prepared an Internet coupon for an ad campaign that was considered in December but never activated.

McIntyre said somebody discovered that the code word “bailout” was good for a free medium pizza ordered online. The information quickly spread Monday night on the Web, until the code was deactivated Tuesday morning.

The owner of 14 Domino’s locations in the Cincinnati area says his stores gave away more than 600 pies. Owner John Glass told The Cincinnati Enquirer that Domino’s promised to reimburse him for the pizzas.

Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com

Courtesy: Yahoo News