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Viacom vs. YouTube; Flashback Trojan vs. Macs; Mass Effect Gets New Ending
Topping tech headlines on Thursday: A court revived Viacom’s $1 billion copyright suitaAgainst YouTube; the Flashback trojan hit 550,000 Macs, and Mass Effect DLC adds clarity to the game’s ending.
Didn’t have a chance to check out tech headlines on Thursday? Here’s what you missed:
The five-year battle between YouTube and Viacom began anew when the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected part of a lower court’s decision on the issue. The case dates back to 2007, when Viacom sued YouTube for $1 billion, arguing YouTube facilitated the posting of copyrighted material.
Meanwhile, computer security researchers revealed that more than 550,000 Macs were affected by the Flashback Trojan. Mac users did not have to download or even interact with the malware to become infected.
And attention gamers — in response to your complaints about the ending of Bioware’s Mass Effect 3, Electronic Arts announced a new free downloadable content pack that will “expand upon events at the end” of the game.
Also making headlines on Thursday:
- Q&A With Dr. Michio Kaku: Where Are Our Flying Cars?: We talked to the esteemed futurist, theoretical physicist, and best-selling author to find out just what the holdup is with flying automobiles.
- Scientists Crank Large Hadron Collider Up to Record Levels: No, it didn’t create a mini-black hole that swallowed the Earth.
- Twitter Squawks at, Sues Alleged Spammers: Twitter filed suit against several firms the service accused of developing tools that enabled spam on the social media site.
- Report: Facebook to List Shares on Tech-Friendly Nasdaq Exchange: The company will reportedly list as FB.
- One Year Later, Google’s Page Defends Changes, Looks Ahead: Page defended the decisions he’s made over the past year as CEO and pushed for a future that embraces simple but far-reaching search capabilities, particularly on mobile.
- Report: Apple Probing New iPad Wi-Fi Connectivity Problems: According to an internal document posted by 9to5Mac, Apple is aware of an issue, and instructs those affected to contact the company.
- Sky News Admits, Defends Email Hacking: In defending the move today, the head of Sky News said the emails greatly helped authorities solve the case.
- NY Sex Offenders Purged from Xbox Live, Other Game Networks: Thousands of convicted sex offenders in the state of New York have been banned from online gaming networks run by Microsoft, Sony, Apple, and other companies.
By Angela Moscaritolo, PCMag