GoPro Sends Reviewer A DMCA Takedown Notice, Internet Explodes — But Wait! It Was An “Unfortunate Miscommunication”: Word travels fast on the Internet. Especially when you don’t want it to. Early this morning, DigitalRev (a hybrid blog/photography store/photo sharing social network) replaced a review of GoPro’s Hero 3 with the text of a DMCA takedown they’d received. “@GoPro is bullying us with DMCA. We’ll have to remove this article soon”, they tweeted. According to DigitalRev, GoPro was claiming foul on the site’s use of the “GoPro” and “Hero” trademarks. (That’s ignoring that the Digital Millenium Copyright Act only applies to copyright infringement. Hence, uh, the name.) More here.
Nvidia’s next Tegra chips will get a big boost from new GeForce GPUs: SAN JOSE, CA—Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang took to the stage this morning at the company’s GPU Technology Conference to deliver the keynote, and over the next two-and-a-half hours he proceeded to expound on most of Nvidia’s current product lineup. Among the tech demos and examples of how Nvidia’s technology is being used by various companies, Huang gave us some details on the company’s product roadmaps for both its GPUs and its Tegra mobile processors. More here.
Gridcase’s Reactor Is A $149 iPhone 5 Case With A Battery-Boosting Built In Hand-Crank (Or It Will Be If Gets Crowdfunded): One of the criticisms Android fans like to level at the iPhone is its non-get-at-able battery — meaning you can’t carry a spare (or rip the battery out to hard reset the phone). So here’s a bit of kit that proposes to help iPhone owners who have run out of juice. Gridcase’s Reactor case for the iPhone 5 will include a crank for manually charging the battery to eke a little more juice out of your device when there’s no wall sockets in sight. more here.
Google announces ‘Keep’ note-taking app: Google Keep, the note-taking and list-making app that briefly showed up in Drive earlier this week, is back for good. Google has just announced Keep in a blog post, launching it officially both on the web and on Android. The tool, which can be found at drive.google.com/keep or in the Play Store for Android 4.0 and up, is meant to replace physical notepads by giving users a quick place to jot down reminders or lists. Since it’s on Drive, they’ll sync across devices (unless, at least right now, you’re on iOS or Windows Phone), and notes can be organized in multiple colors, then archived or deleted when they’re no longer needed. There’s also a transcription tool, which will turn your voice memos into text. More here.
After getting booted from the Google Play store, Adblock Plus releases new Android app with automatic updates: Google recently started removing several ad-blocking applications from its mobile app marketplace, Google Play, claiming that they violate part (section 4.4) of its Developer Distribution Agreement. Google essentially alleges that such apps ‘interfere with or access another service or product in an unauthorized manner’. One of the apps that was yanked from the Play store was Adblock Plus, made by the same people behind the immensely popular ad-blocking browser extensions with the same name. More Here.
Facebook for Android gets ability to change cover photos, News Feed and messaging improvements: Last week Facebook began offering automatic/silent updates to selected users on Android devices, now it’s returned to the regular Google Play route to add a series of new features that bring its Android app in line with recent changes to the iOS version.Now Android-toting Facebook users are able to change their cover photo directly from the app, and — in an effort to avoid clutter — they’re also able to hide stories from their News Feed and report spam. That’s very much in tune with Facebook’s latest refresh of News Feed which highlights visuals and brings a unified look to all mobile and Web clients. More here.
Microsoft, Nokia and others voice complaints about Google’s top-level domain requests: The battle against closed-registry generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) is just getting started, and Google and Amazon are right in the middle of it. Amazon is under fire for trying to secure the rights to the .book and .read domains, while Google has received flack for trying to secure the likes of .search, .app, .earth, .car, .fly, .map and .cloud, among others. This is regardless of what Google plans to do with them, or doesn’t plan to do with them.
Enter FairSearch, an anti-Google lobbying group of businesses and organizations, which counts Microsoft, Nokia, Oracle, Expedia, TripAdvisor, Hotwire and Kayak among its members. More here.
Oracle Q3 Misses Wall Street Expectations With $9 Billion Revenue, 65 Cents EPS: Oracle this afternoon announced the financial results for the third quarter of its fiscal 2013, a report that seems to have disappointed stock market investors who were projecting a stronger performance from the company. The enterprise-focused software and hardware technology giant said it earned $9 billion in revenue during the quarter, reflecting a sequential decrease from the second quarter of 2013, when it earned revenues of $9.1 billion, and a year-over-year decrease from Q3 2012 when it made revenues of $9.04 billion. More here.
South Korean banks and TV networks paralyzed by massive malware attack: Three TV broadcasters and two banks in South Korea have reported serious network outages to police following what appears to have been a malware attack. The YTN, MBC, and KBS networks along with the Shinhan, Nonghyup, Jeju, and Woori banks were all affected; the common thread between them may be LG UPlus, which provides internet services to the companies. TV service has apparently avoided disruption, but the AP reports that Shinhan’s ATMs and online banking have been down for at least the past two hours. More here.
More addresses please—US hits a half-billion Internet devices : Market research firm NPD Group has published a report that finds there are now more than 500 million devices in US homes that connect to the Internet. And for the first time, smartphones and tablets outnumber PCs in that tally. NPD’s Connected Intelligence report found that households now have an average of 5.7 devices (up from 5.3 just 3 months ago). That mushrooming cloud of bandwidth-demanding devices has been driven by the red hot tablet market—there are now tablet devices in 53 percent of homes in the US, up from 35 percent in December. Smartphones also have edged into 9 million more pockets over the last three months, according to NPD, and they now account for 57 percent of cell phones in the US market. More here.
To Improve Conversations, Facebook Will Launch A Reply Feature And Most Active Threads On Pages And Popular Profiles: Facebook is preparing to roll out a new feature on Pages and popular Profiles that will help increase interactions with fans and readers: Replies. Up to now, visitors could comment on a post but others, including the Page owners themselves, would not be able to respond directly to them in cases of multiple people commenting on a post. Facebook has been running tests of the new feature since November last year; now a source tells us it will be rolling out the feature more formally as an opt-in on Monday, March 25, before turning it on for everyone in July. More here.