Tech 2.0 for Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Contributor: Matt Davenport
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Updated: 2/26/2013 1:53 pm


It's sort of the Internet version of those signs that show you the posted speed limit -- then show how fast your car is going in hopes you'll slow down if you're speeding. The nation's five major Internet service providers are launching a system that will tell you if they spot you illegally sharing music, movies or TV shows online. The Copyright Alert System goes active this week -- and features major ISPs like Verizon and AT&T. The ISP will send out notices to tell customers their Internet addresses have been found sharing files illegally. Offenders will get up to six chances to stop. If they don't, the ISP could temporarily slow down their connection or force them to acknowledge they've been accused of being involved in piracy.

The next generation in smartphones is just weeks away, Samsung announced it will unveil the Galaxy S IV on March 14th in New York. The release marks the latest assault in what's rapidly becoming a two-phone race for supremacy on the mobile landscape, Apple is the other big player. Details on the new phone's features are scarce, analysts expect that it will have a higher-resolution screen. Tech pundits don't suspect the new Galaxy will slay the iPhone, but in the third quarter of last year, the Galaxy S III became the first smartphone to outsell the iPhone.

Facebook says it will crack down on some posts and tribute pages related to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The social networking site is picking up on complaints that the pages being used to exploit the tragedy. Some families of the victims and state officials have asked that Facebook take the offending pages down. Lawmakers say some pages set up to honor victims of the December 14 shooting in Newtown, Connecticut have been used to exploit or harass the victims' families.

Apple has settled a lawsuit over iTunes purchases by kids. Parents sued the company in a 2011 class-action lawsuit. They blamed Apple after their children racked up hefty bills buying in-game extras. Under the proposed settlement, Apple will offer a $5 iTunes gift cards to any parents who claim their kid paid for extras without their knowledge. The company will offer larger credits, or cash refunds, for people who can prove their bills were larger than $5. The deal still has to be approved. A judge is expected to sign off on it Friday.


ISPs kick off "Copyright Alert System," aka "six strikes," to curb copyright infringement by going after consumers http://t.co/0LDk8qVALk

The "six strikes" copyright alert system rolls out today. Some warning signs that the campaign will not go well: https://t.co/Hn3x5ifOe2

Samsung to hold Galaxy S IV event March 14 in New York http://t.co/1FPEwpY8fV

Samsung confirms Galaxy S IV launch on March 14th in NYC - http://t.co/BmpWojWLrm

Samsung confirms the Galaxy S4 will launch March 14 http://t.co/Hl0Z7i2xK9

Facebook asked to take down pages abusing Sandy Hook victims http://t.co/yapgBz1P9x

Facebook Now Has an Entire Team Devoted to Sandy Hook Scams http://t.co/PmELrK4qpp

Facebook urged to take down scam Sandy Hook tributes http://t.co/0MAGy63HSA

Lawmakers tell Facebook's Zuckerberg to help protect Sandy Hook victims from fraud http://t.co/pgFV7vOXJo

#venture Apple will give parents iTunes credits, refunds over in-app purchases lawsuit http://t.co/sVwYkZLmCQ

Apple to settle in-app purchase lawsuit with free iTunes credit: http://t.co/ZQcUj04Xmd
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