Eduardo “Trololo” Khil dies at 77 years of age

Khil’s newly famous I Am So Happy To Finally Be Back Home was originally recorded more than 40 years ago. But its nonsensical lyrics — put in to replace western-themed ones that displeased Soviet censors — made it perfect material for the 21st-century web. Khil was born Sept. 4, 1934, in Smolensk and suffered a stroke earlier this year.

You mad bro?

this is what happens when my grandmother gets on the internet. At what point did “bro” become “racially charged”? Someone better tell Jersey Shore about that…

Google, needing patents, buys Motorola wireless for $12.5 billion

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Google announced plans to acquire Motorola Mobility this morning for $12.5 billion in cash. One of Google’s biggest motivations for the purchase is to bolster its patent profile, which has been under relentless attack by companies including Microsoft and Apple. With the purchase, Google will gain control of more than 17,000 mobile-related patents worldwide, with 7,000 more Motorola patent applications in the pipeline.

They’ve been complaining for a while about the attacks on Android due to their relatively weak patent warchest.  Hopefully this will answer a few questions that the other mobile companies have as to the validity of Android as a big time OS for mobile devices.

via Google, needing patents, buys Motorola wireless for $12.5 billion.

4chan Hits MPAA Web Site, Others with DDoS Attacks

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The Motion Picture Association of America’s (MPAA) Web site was hit with a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack Friday that was reportedly orchestrated by hacker Web site 4chan.

“The MPAA learned of the illegal threat on Friday and has taken measures to mitigate the effects of any denial of service attack,” an MPAA spokesman said in an e-mail.

The Recording Industry Association of America’s (RIAA) site was also reportedly attacked, but a spokeswoman declined comment.

The attacks were part of a larger effort, dubbed Operation Payback, which – according to TorrentFreak – is essentially retribution for the RIAA and MPAA going after Web sites that distribute copyrighted content and users who download illegal copies of movies or songs. The 4chan attacks also reportedly included the Web site for Indian company Aiplex Software, which was hired by the film industry to launch its own attacks on Web sites that did not respond to the MPAA’s takedown notices.

“Aiplex, the bastard hired gun that DDoS’d [The Pirate Bay] is already down!” according to a 4chan screen shot captured by Torrent Freak. “Now we have our lasers primed, but what do we target now? We target the bastard group that has thus far led this charge against our Web sites, like The Pirate Bay. We target!”

“We have the manpower, we have the botnets, it’s time we do to them what they keep doing to us,” the site continued.

The MPAA attack went off at 9pm Eastern on Friday, and a similar attack reportedly hit the RIAA over the weekend. 4chan was rumored to be setting its sights on the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) next; a BPI spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.

The MPAA had it coming.

Craigslist Pulls the Adult Services Section… And Stays Mum

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Late this Friday, Craigslist removed its Adult Services section for American Craigslist users, leaving only a CENSORED bar where the link would normally be. This comes after months of attention and pressure from news outlets and local governments to close the section, which is widely known as a haven those interested in working or hiring in the oldest profession.

It is likely that Craigslist took action this weekend due to last week’s letter from seventeen state attorney generals demanding that the section be taken down.

However, it is unclear exactly what this CENSORED bar means for the future of the section, because Craigslist has not, as yet, released a statement. But that doesn’t mean no one has speculated.

From Wired:

If Craigslist has bowed to public pressure, that would signal a major shift in the company’s strategy.

According to the Advanced Interactive Media Group, Craigslist’s adult services section accounts for 30 percent of its overall revenue — a projected $36.6 million in 2010 out of $122 million…

Craigslist has made numerous changes to its sex listings over the years to accommodate critics, changing its sex listings label from “erotic services” to “adult services,” imposing rules about the types of ads that can appear, and manually filtering ads using attorneys. But it has also fiercely defended its overall practices as ethical, and criticized censorship as a useless and hypocritical dodge.

From TechCrunch:

I’ve reached out to Craigslist for comment and await their reply. But the choice of words is significant – the section wasn’t simply removed, the censored word was used.

The site has been embattled as old press and state attorneys general use any excuse to blame sex crimes on the site. From South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster’s failed crusade against them to a variety of press stories about sex and other crimes. If it’s just a sex crime it isn’t a story. But if a listing on Craigslist was involved, it’s a big story.

From Ars Technica:

If this does indeed mark the end of the line for the adult services section on Craigslist, it doesn’t mean that all adult services ads will magically vanish; they’re likely to migrate to other parts of the site. That said, the attorneys general will no doubt view the apparent shutdown of the adult services section as a victory in their war against the online sex trade.

And how will all this effect the future of certain PAX meetups? We’ll have to wait and see.

SocialSafe offers Facebook ‘backup’ solution

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Many of us rely on Facebook to keep in touch with friends. After all, many people still shy away from newer services like Twitter or FriendFeed. The problem is, having all that data out in the cloud is risky.

What if Facebook removed your account? What if you wanted to take the data elsewhere? Despite their recent moves to open up, Facebook still make it difficult to remove your data.

Stepping in to solve this problem is SocialSafe. This Adobe Air app from a British team has the sole purpose of backing up your Facebook photos, address book and profile information. Accessing your account via Facebook Connect, it’s fast and effective at copying all the data to your local storage.

via SocialSafe offers Facebook ‘backup’ solution.

With some of the recent problems that facebook has been having, I’m finding that the service is leaving a bad taste in my mouth.  I need options for when I want to bail on them, and something like this may do the trick.