Jeff took a spill on the ice during a hockey game yesterday, but he manages to limp his way into the studio to help us out with today's rundown. We wouldn't be The 404 if we didn't cover the 2Pac holographic concert at Coachella last weekend, and even though it's technically just a clever optical illusion, we're excited about the upcoming 2.0Pac tour and the potential of resurrecting our own favorite performers from history.
The torrent-downloading site The Pirate Bay announced last week in a blog post that the Swedish authorities had launched a new criminal investigation into its activities.
"The Swedish district attorney Fredrik Ingblad initiated a new investigation into The Pirate Bay back in 2010," the blog said. "Information has been leaked to us every now and then by multiple sources, almost on a regular basis."
Today, the torrent news site TorrentFreak confirmed that the Swedish police were looking into The Pirate Bay. Apparently, authorities requested that the Swedish hosting company Binero, where The Pirate Bay is registered, … Read more
Three of The Pirate Bay's founders won't be able to argue their case before the Sweden Supreme Court.
Earlier today, the court announced that it won't hear an appeal by Fredrik Neij, Peter Sunde, and Carl Lundstrom, meaning the jail sentences and fines imposed by the lower Swedish Court of Appeals will stand.
Torrent Freak was first to report on the news.
The trouble for the men started in earnest in April 2009 when a Swedish court found them guilty on charges of making 33 copyright-protected files available for illegal file sharing on The Pirate Bay. The … Read more
Do you pray to the god of file sharing? If so, you might want to move to Sweden. The Church of Kopimism--a group with roots in file sharing and the notion that everything should be free--is now an official religion there.
Kopimism is the brainchild of philosophy student Isak Gerson, who founded the church in 2010 to protect his beliefs that copying and sharing information is a good thing. (If Kopimism has a Ten Commandments equivalent, I'm guessing "Thou shall not steal" didn't make the cut.)
Before you dispute Kopimism as hogwash, there are some things to consider. According to TorrentFreak, the movement has a couple thousand followers, and the number is expected to rise with its official status. … Read more
Battlefield 3's multiplayer mode is hugely addictive; just ask my girlfriend, who has become a keyboard widow. Now I come to find out EA and DICE will actually financially reward people like me for logging in to the game next weekend.
In what we're guessing is a response to any potential BF3 interest that may wane when those games arrive, EA and DICE are holding a Battlefield 3 "Says Thanks" sweepstakes. Eligibility is simple, and mostly anyone can enter by simply logging in to the multiplayer portion of the game on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 or PC from November 11 to 13. … Read more
Expect Facebook's new server farm to be pretty cool.
The social-networking giant is expected to announce tomorrow that it will build its first non-U.S. server farm in Lulea, a town in northern Sweden about 60 miles from the Arctic Circle, according to a report in the Telegraph.
The new farm will comprise three server halls covering an area about the size of 11 football fields and will take advantage of the region's cool temperatures to keep its equipment cold. The Lulea River, which is said to produce twice as much hydro-electric power as the Hoover Dam, is … Read more
Links from Thursday's episode of Loaded:
Spotify may cut back on its free music model
Google Music may compete with Amazon's Cloud Drive
Capcom will release Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition
AT&T launches the LG Thrive, its first prepaid Android phone
The white iPhone 4 may go on sale by the end of the month
A high school student in England modifies a pair of jeans so that they can double as a drum set
Scandinavian post offices are using mobile phones to lick the problem of buying stamps. Denmark and Sweden are introducing a system of paying the postman via text.
Danish service Post Danmark and Swedish postal service Posten AB are adopting the high-tech system to make it easier to post letters, packages, and cards.
The system will work by sending you a code to write on your letter. Danes simply stick the letter, card, or parcel--up to 4.4 pounds--in an envelope, as normal, then text-message the word "porto" to the number 1900. Then they receive a unique code to write where the stamp previously would have gone and pop their goods in a mailbox as usual.
Read more of "Text messages replacing stamps for Scandinavian posties" at Crave UK.… Read more
Faced with mounting legal bills, Julian Assange has agreed to a $1.5 million deal to write his autobiography.
"I don't want to write this book, but I have to," the controversial WikiLeaks founder told Britain's Sunday Times yesterday. "I have already spent 200,000 pounds ($307,400) for legal costs and I need to defend myself and to keep WikiLeaks afloat."
Assange told the Times that he would receive $796,654 from Alfred A Knopf, his U.S. publisher. A deal with British publisher Canongate would bring in around 325,000 pounds ($501,… Read more
An attorney for the two Swedish women who accuse WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of sexual assault rejected any "conspiracy theories" surrounding the allegations, lodged a month after the embattled Web site began publishing thousands of classified U.S. government documents.
In an interview with CNET, attorney Claes Borgström said, "I'm getting e-mails where people ask me how much the U.S. administration pays me to pursue this case."
He denies any connection, emphasizing that his clients are two ordinary Swedish women who have no motive to interfere with WikiLeaks document-sharing activities, which have … Read more