Tech 2.0 for Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Contributor: Matt Davenport
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Updated: 2/27/2013 1:31 pm


Will getting hassled by an Internet service provider be enough to stop people from illegally sharing music, movies or TV shows online? Copyright holders are hoping the answer will be yes -- as they roll out that's known as the Copyright Alert System. It calls on the nation's five biggest ISPs -- Verizon, AT&T, Time Warner Cable, Comcast and Cablevision -- to notify users when copyright owners call them out for swapping copyrighted files online. After getting warning notices, violators could see their Internet service slowed for 48 hours. Those who feel they are innocent can fight the piracy claim -- for a fee. A civil liberties group says the new plan might cause problems for those falsely accused -- but may be a better way to fight piracy than the lawsuits that were filed over the years to fight those accused of illegally sharing copyright material. Also involved in the alert system with the ISPs are the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America.

It's been up for three years. Now the paywall separating people from Hollywood news reported by Variety is coming down. And with its collapse comes the fall of another effort to get Internet users to pay for information many have become used to getting for free. The chairman and CEO of Variety's parent firm calls the paywall "an interesting experiment that didn't work" -- and that dropping it Friday represents what company insiders call "the end of an error." Once the paywall comes down, Variety will put out a new one-day-a-week-only print edition, while making its available online without a subscriber fee.

Nokia is launching a cheaper model in its Lumia smartphone range, powered by Microsoft's Windows phone software, as it tries to regain dominance in emerging markets like China. The Finnish cellphone maker, which until recently was the world's largest maker of phones, says the new Lumia 520 will start at €139, or about $183, before phone-company subsidies. By contrast, Apple's two-year-old iPhone 4 costs $450 before subsidies. Nokia says it will start selling the phone soon in Asia, Europe, Latin America and Africa. It also says T-Mobile USA will sell it, but did not say when. At an event in Barcelona on Monday, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop says the company believes the phone "delivers the best performance of any smartphone at this price point."

Top Paid iPhone Apps:
1. WhatsApp Messenger (WhatsApp Inc.)
2. Minecraft - Pocket Edition (Mojang)
3. Clear Vision 2 (DPFLASHES STUDIO)
4. Angry Birds Star Wars (Rovio Entertainment Ltd)
5. Clear Vision (17+) (FDG Entertainment)
6. Fruit Ninja (Halfbrick Studios)
7. Fionna Nights - Adventure Time (Cartoon Network)
8. Temple Run: Brave (Disney)
9. Sleep Cycle alarm clock (Maciek Drejak Labs)
10. Arms Cartel Global (Pixel Addicts)

Top Free iPhone Apps:
1. 4 Pics 1 Word (LOTUM GmbH)
2. Plants vs. Zombies (PopCap)
3. Lazors (Pyrosphere)
4. Temple Run 2 (Imangi Studios, LLC)
5. YouTube (Google, Inc.)
6. Candy Crush Saga (King.com Limited)
7. Monsters, Inc. Run (Disney)
8. What's the Word? (RedSpell)
9. Google Maps (Google, Inc.)
10. Facebook (Facebook, Inc.)

Top Paid iPad Apps:
1. Minecraft - Pocket Edition (Mojang)
2. Wheel of Fortune (Sony Pictures Television)
3. Fionna Fights - Adventure Time (Cartoon Network)
4. Temple Run: Brave (Disney)
5. Angry Birds Star Wars HD (Rovio Entertainment Ltd)
6. Pages (Apple)
7. The Amazing Spider-Man (Gameloft)
8. Toca Hair Salon 2 (Toca Boca AB)
9. Bad Piggies HD (Rovio Entertainment Ltd)
10. iMovie (Apple)

Top Free iPad Apps:
1. Plants vs. Zombies HD (PopCap)
2. 4 Pics 1 Word (LOTUM GmbH)
3. Nick (Nickelodeon)
4. YouTube (Google, Inc.)
5. Temple Run 2 (Imangi Studios, LLC)
6. Monsters, Inc. Run (Disney)
7. Infinity Blade (Chair Entertainment Group, LLC)
8. Candy Crush Saga (King.com Limited
9. Calculator for iPad Free (International Travel Weather Calculator)
10. Skype for iPad (Skype Communications S.a.r.l)


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

Downloaders beware, a new "Copyright Alert System" hits the web this week. Might be time to BUY albums again. http://t.co/F774G2Digv

The Copyright Alert System: How the new six strikes anti-piracy program works, and if it's going to affect you: http://t.co/JZuIscBekS


Variety drops daily print edition and abandons its paywall next week. "The end of an error" - Jay Penske http://t.co/f0bGGmycWC

Good morning! Hollywood tabloid Variety shutters daily print edition and removes paywall, aims to be more "nimble." http://t.co/f0pZY9S6EA

.@Nokia's HERE mapping and navigation apps are…um…HERE for all brands of @WindowsPhone! http://t.co/IjchwBHEDH

Four-inch display, five-megapixel camera, and five colors, check out the new Nokia #Lumia520: http://t.co/HG5bvCBano

Nokia Music for Windows 8 could set the stage for a Lumia tablet (hands-on) http://t.co/jtn7V7BTy6
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