Sofia cub : A lion cub plays at the zoo in the Bulgarian capital Sofia. Twin lion cubs were born in captivity at the zoo a month ago.
This photo provided Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010 by the Bioparco Zoo of Rome shows a baby white-naped mangabey monkey (Cercocebus atys lunulatus), born on Nov. 7 held by its zoo keeper after it was refused by its mother, in Rome. White-naped mangabey monkeys, found in Ghana and Ivory Coast forests, are listed amongst the most endagered primates. The Bioparco Zoo is part of a group of European zoos involved in the breeding programs (European Endagered Species Programmes) of endagered species.
Following on the heels of this week’s domain seizure of a large hiphop file-sharing links forum, it’s clear today that the U.S. Government has been very busy. Without any need for COICA, ICE has just seized the domain of a BitTorrent meta-search engine along with those belonging to other music linking sites and several others which appear to be connected to physical counterfeit goods.
While complex, it’s still possible for U.S. authorities and copyright groups to point at a fully-fledged BitTorrent site with a tracker and say “that’s an infringing site.” When one looks at a site which hosts torrents but operates no tracker, the finger pointing becomes quite a bit more difficult.
When a site has no tracker, carries no torrents, lists no copyright works unless someone searches for them and responds just like Google, accusing it of infringement becomes somewhat of a minefield – unless you’re ICE Homeland Security Investigations that is.
This morning, visitors to the Torrent-Finder.com site are greeted with an ominous graphic which indicates that ICE have seized the site’s domain.
The message below is posted on the seized sites
“My domain has been seized without any previous complaint or notice from any court!” the exasperated owner of Torrent-Finder told TorrentFreak this morning.
“I firstly had DNS downtime. While I was contacting GoDaddy I noticed the DNS had changed. Godaddy had no idea what was going on and until now they do not understand the situation and they say it was totally from ICANN,” he explained.
Aside from the fact that domains are being seized seemingly at will, there is a very serious problem with the action against Torrent-Finder. Not only does the site not host or even link to any torrents whatsoever, it actually only returns searches through embedded iframes which display other sites that are not under the control of the Torrent-Finder owner.
Torrent-Finder remains operational through another URL, Torrent-Finder.info, so feel free to check it out for yourself. The layouts of the sites it searches are clearly visible in the results shown.
Yesterday we reported that the domain of hiphop site RapGodFathers had been seized and today we can reveal that they are not on their own. Two other music sites in the same field – OnSmash.com and DaJaz1.com – have fallen to the same fate. But ICE activities don’t end there.
Several other domains also appear to have been seized including 2009jerseys.com, nfljerseysupply.com, throwbackguy.com, cartoon77.com, lifetimereplicas.com, handbag9.com, handbagcom.com and dvdprostore.com.
All seized sites point to the same message.
Domain seizures coming under the much debated ‘censorship bill’ COICA? Who needs it?
Update: Below is an longer list of domains that were apparently seized. Most of the sites relate to counterfeit goods. We assume that the authorities had a proper warrant for these sites (as they had for RapGodFathers yesterday), but were unable to confirm this.
Update: A spokeswoman for ICE confirmed the seizures in the following statement. “ICE office of Homeland Security Investigations executed court-ordered seizure warrants against a number of domain names. As this is an ongoing investigation, there are no additional details available at this time.”
Web Hosting industry is rapidly expanding but Indian E-Mail giant Rediff. COM is still in slumber. They are providing one of the worst web hosting plans on the Internet. I really feel sad for all those innocent people who falls in their trap of money making. Here is a screen shot of what they are offering or you can visit them here.
Enterprise plan is offering 500 MB space . What more can you expect from a looter company like this.
Through this post i want to inform all Xperia X8 users that much awaited Xperia X8 update has been released. Step by step guide to update:
- First of all connect your phone to your PC with Internet connectivity available.
- You will be prompted to install Sony PC companion software. After installing PC companion, it will ask you to update PC companion to the latest version.
- After updating PC companion will open a new window informing that a new Phone Update is there.
- Just click install and follow the next step as mentioned on the screen.
Installation will definitely take some time even on high speed connections!
After updating you will be able to use the Blue tooth feature of your phone.