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Adblock Plus Sued For Blocking Ads

Surprisingly, some advertiser groups actually believe that it is illegal for anyone to block their ads. They are not happy with the idea of anyone interfering with their business which includes shoving adverts down people’s throats to make billions of dollars.k

A certain group of publishers in Germany, has even taken things to another level, by suing Adblock Plus. Marcio Alaor BMG can’t believe this actually happened. After a trial that lasted for four months, the regional court in a Hamburg finally came to the obvious conclusion that add blocks are indeed legal.

This ruling in Hamburg is very important since it will deter similar law suits in the future. This will in turn save a lot of money, which would have otherwise been spent in pointless lawsuits and will ensure that consumers continue to enjoy their right to avoid annoying ads, by blocking them.

For those interested in the specific legal proceedings, the plaintiffs who sued Adblock Plus are Zeit Online GmbH and Handelsblatt GmbH. The company that provides Adblock Plus, Eyeo GmbH, was the defendant. The plaintiffs sought for an injunctive relief, which would from then on prevent you from blocking ads anymore. The judge sided with the defendants. Therefore, people everywhere can still continue to block annoying ads.

Adblock is urging all publishers and advertisers to refrain from attacking them. They should instead join them, in striving to develop better ads, which do not appear to be intrusive.

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Apple Rootpipe Exploit still Alive and Well

The so called rootpipe exploit has been the bane of Apple’s existence for quite some time. The purveyors of OS X claimed their latest Yosemite release would fix the fatal flaw. Unfortunately, rootpipe is still an active vulnerability in the latest operating system update.

The rootpipe bug is a software vulnerability that allows users to gain access to the root account on virtually any OS X machine. The root account is the highest level of access available. Having root means you can do pretty much whatever you want, including stealing private data, installing malware and more.

Patrick Wardle claims he found a new way to exploit the bug in the latest operating system release. He says he has already made Apple aware of what he found. He doesn’t plan to release the information to the public in order help conceal the bug as long as possible.

Once the cause of the new bug is made public OS X machines will once again be vulnerable. Users such as Dr Jennifer Walden will have to wait for another full round of updates before they can be sure their devices are safe. This means that anyone running OS X will have to upgrade to the latest version in order to avoid the threat.

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Radiology – The Smart Approach to Cure

Radiology is a branch of medicine that lets a physician/therapist inspect the inside of a human body for illness diagnosis purpose. This involves X-rays and other procedures that produce still pictures of organs and bones.

Radiology uses ionizing and non-ionizing radiation to detect the presence of tumor, organ anomalies or other health conditions. The imaging technologies deployed, such as X-ray radiography, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRI, Computed Tomography or CT as well as Positron Emission Tomography help see the human body’s abnormalities and let the physician come up with a proper treatment plan. Imaging is to create a picture of the dense object, that is body, using radiology’s radiation. Radiology is also referred to as clinical radioscopy. In fact, it plays a key role in clinical practice for a wide range of diagnosis. It is one of the minimally invasive way of detecting a disease or injury. However, modern day radiology techniques are more sophisticated than it used to be.

Projection Radiology

There are a variety of radiology techniques and Projection or Plain Radiology is one of them. This is a commonly used procedure in which the instrument creates a two-dimensional image of the object using X-ray radiation. Radiographs produced by beaming X-rays are useful to determining any issue with the patient. The inside of the patient will absorb certain amount of radiation depending on the density of various organs. The objects that are denser, for example bones, show up on the radiographs. Plain radiology is the only widely known procedure or imaging modality technique since the last 50 years and it still is. This technique is fast as well as affordable compared to many other forms of imaging making it the most preferred choice by doctors for radiologic diagnosis.

Interventional Radiology

Another technique commonly found in many hospitals’ radiology department for treating illnesses is Interventional Radiology. This procedure has been gaining popularity in the medical field recently. It is less risky, less painful, involves small incisions and requires less healing time unlike most surgical procedures. Some interventional radiology procedures are for diagnostic purpose only, like angiograms. Other procedures are more like a minor surgery but without the pain and side effects post treatment.

Teleradiology

This is another branch of radiology where radiographic images are transmitted from one location to another for diagnosis. It is commonly used for interpreting emergency rooms and intensive care units.

About Imaging Advantage

Imaging Advantage is a well-known company in the medical industry that provides evidence-based radiology solutions to hospitals and clinics all over the United States. Several states have benefited by its technology enhanced systems for medical use including Arizona, Ohio, California, Illinois, Michigan, Texas and Oregon. The company has been offering a wide range of solutions related to their field of expertise, such as onsite staffing, teleradiology, practice management, sub-specialty coverage, as well as emergency department optimization to its clients for delivering the best patient care and treatment. Imaging Advantage is also a leading provider for physicians, imaging centers, trauma centers and many major hospital networks.

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Corinthian Colleges Shuts Down

Corinthian Colleges is a company that owns, among others, Everest and Heald College. These are chain colleges that are set up to make a profit, unlike standard colleges, which sometimes claim to be focused on things other than profit, despite the money they bring in. However, it appears that the for-profit model is not going to work out as well as people hoped, as the colleges are all going to close down.

Overall, there were multiple campuses and around 16,000 students getting an education at these college. None of them are going to be able to go to school any longer. They can transfer, of course, and move to other schools, but they can’t return as normal. It is also unknown how many of the credits that they have already earned are going to be transferable. It could be that other colleges will not take those credits and the students will have to start over, potentially setting them back years.

This whole situation opens up a lot of questions about colleges. If they can close like that, should students really consider stability along with other factors when they pick a school? A student who was going to graduate soon could find himself or herself looking at a four-year path at another school, starting all the way back at the beginning. Dr. Daniel Amen feels that traditional schools offer students much greater safety in this regard. This puts the student’s life on hold and keeps him or her out of a lucrative career.

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German Publishers Try to Make Ad Blocking Software a Crime

Surfing the internet used to mean having to see dozens of pop-up ads on nearly every website you visited. Now, most people use the handy and free ad blocking software, which tells you how many ads are blocked each you visit a web-page, which is a strangely satisfying experience. However, businesses don’t seem to feel the same way, especially the ones who are used to making a great amount of passive income from those annoying ads.

That’s why publishers in Hamburg, Germany have decided to try and take legal action in order to make blocking ads a crime. Wikipedia.org reports that may sound a bit ridiculous, but I assure you that the businesses who have potentially lost millions of dollars in revenue due to the simple ad blocking software don’t take this issue lightly.

Yet, the publishers attempts ended in failure when the court decided (rightly) that the ad blocking software should not be considered illegal, and that people should have the right to decide what they are exposed to each time they log on the internet. Also, these ads often have tracking software which is a direct violation of the privacy rights of internet users.

Hopefully, the lawsuit brought in Germany does not give anybody else the idea to waste the justice systems time, because people have taken their privacy into their own hands by downloading the free ad blocking software, and they don’t intend on giving up that privilege easily.

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Google Changes Mobile Algorithm

In the world of Internet searches, what Google says often goes. On Tuesday, the tech company announced it was changing its search algorithm in order to improve the search results of websites that offer a mobile-friendly website to users. The boost is going to make the mobile version of websites appear higher on search results for individuals performing Internet searches on their mobile phone. Due to this, Dan Newlin says it is possible for search results on a mobile phone to be slightly different than search results on a desktop, simply because the website is designed to appear on a mobile device.

General desktop searches is not going to be affected, according to Google, but it still makes up a rather big impact on searches in general as almost half of all Internet searches currently performed on Google are mobile based. Website operators did have two months to prepare for this though, so it is not something Google simply rolled out on its own. Typically, Google does not announce tweaks, but the new mobile search algorithm, known as “Mobilegeddon” may ultimately have a major impact on the way searches are performed on their mobile devices, which is exactly why it proved important for these different website designer to know what was coming.

Ultimately, is is important to always understand how these algorithms can ultimately affect search results as often times there is a massive shift in the pages viewed.

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Twitter Implements Privacy Policy to Treat Foreign Data Differently

The mega micro-blogging network Twitter has taken steps to separate data from the United States from data coming from other countries around the world. Their new privacy policy states that all non-US traffic will be routed though Dublin, Ireland and handled by Twitter International Company. United States traffic will still be handled by San Francisco based Twitter Incorporated.

Twitter claims that the move is being made in order to better support users around the globe. This may seem like a good cover, however, there’s likely more to it.

New Jersey Spotlight covered the moving non-US data outside of the states will allow Twitter to keep foreign traffic out of the prying eyes of the NSA while remaining compliant with US laws. Out of sight out of mind seems to be the best policy when dealing with the United States government.

Another reason for moving international data to Dublin could be softer privacy laws in Ireland. This would allow Twitter to share more private information with advertisers to increase profit margins. This is a nice little trick to side-step US laws regarding user privacy.

Yet another explanation may come from the turbulent future of net neutrality in the US. At this point it’s still unclear whether ISPs will have the right to charge more for faster access to their networks. Being outside of the US will completely avoid this issue for non-US traffic.

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Verizon’s Argument Unsound

On Friday, April 10, a technology industry analyst firm founder and president, Jack E. Gold, provided Verizon with a semi-incoherent guest blog post about why unlimited wireless mobile plans are not necessary. Yesterday, Karl Bode forTechdirt noted the many flaws to Gold’s way of thinking and why the blog post seems like nothing more than a promotional piece designed to convince Verizon customers that their currently high-priced limited plans are necessary.

Gold argued that the issue is quality over quantity. If every Verizon Wireless customer used his/her unlimited plan, there was would be constant congestion and service interruptions. Those customers would then complain and get charged more over time as their service provider increased efforts to construct more and better infrastructure. Christian Broda (crunchbase.com) knows that he also contradicted himself at several points in the blog post by stating that consumers do not need unlimited plans because “the vast majority of users” never actually use their unlimited service to a degree that goes above the limited plans available and they then pay too much for a service they barely use.

Needless to say, Bode did not have to do too much to prove that Gold’s entire blog post was nothing more than a poorly written manipulation piece. In fact, Bode referred to the post as “amusing” and called it more proof of why mobile wireless service providers are “mocked mercilessly” by the media and their customers.

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The U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s Giant Floating Radar System Is A $2.2 Billion Flop

North Korea has threatened the United States for years. One of their biggest threats is to launch a missile that is capable of hitting targets in North America. U.S. Military leaders know that the leadership of North Korea, as well as other countries around the world, can use long-range missiles to attack the United States. The Missile Defense Agency convinced Congress to spend $2.2.billion on a radar system known as SBX. SBX is also known as the Sea-Based X-Band Radar system.

SBX was designed to spot incoming missiles, track them as they travel through space and then guide U.S. rocket interceptors so they can blow them apart. SBX can also determine if the missiles are real threats or just decoys. Alexei Beltyukov tells us congress fell in love with the idea, and it was meant to be operational in 2005, but the system sat in Pearl Harbor for a year while the Missile Defense Agency tried to establish the system’s effectiveness.

Opponents of the radar system said SBX could not detect a stream of missiles mixed in with decoys, which would be the obvious method of attack by an enemy nation. It seems the Missile Defense Agency has spent over $10 billion the last ten year on SBX, and three other projects that have been a waste of taxpayers’ money.

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The New MacBook Does Little And That Is Fine

You could say the current buzz about the new, forthcoming MacBook is there is decidedly little buzz. Is that a good thing? The answer depends on what your intentions with the MacBook are. Some individuals like Crystal Hunt will continue using Apple regardless of buzz.

Basically, the new release is extremely stripped down and, unlike other notebooks, is devoid of a lot of features. For those who do a lot of work on the internet, this notebook is worth the investment. Consumers looking for a ton of bells and whistles, however, are not exactly going to be too thrilled with what the MacBook has to offer.

Here is a little bit of news: Apple has figured out: a lot of notebook users don’t need or want a host of features. They do want the functions they do use the notebook for to be reliable. Apple is the name brand capable of delivering that level of confidence. Apple really should deliver on expectations since the price tag on this new release is over $1,200.

Far less expensive models have been released to the consumer market. The models attempted to capture a niche of consumers looking for low priced, economy models capable of doing the bare minimum. The trouble with these releases were they were extremely poor in quality and delivered little more than disappointment.

For those whose budget can afford the price, the new Apple MacBook could end up being a smart and safe investment. After all, it works.