The legislative body of the European Union is launching an antitrust investigation into regional pricing and geo-blocking practices on Valve’s Steam store. In a statement, the European Commission says it’s investigating “bilateral agreements” between Valve and five publishers: Bandai Namco, Capcom, Focus Home, Koch Media and ZeniMax.
The investigation is focused on activation keys, whose primary function is as an anti-piracy tool. After buying a physical copy of a game, users need to submit an activation key to prove they own it and add it to their Steam library. Once done, the game is then available on any device that the user is logged into.
Although that’s an accurate description of what activation keys are supposed to be for, in reality, they serve another, arguably damaging purpose: enabling a giant third-party market. Companies like G2A and Kinguin resell activation keys at discounted rates, which is great for getting games on the cheap but not so great for keeping smaller developers in business.
Apple has added another high-profile hire to its roster of top tech talent by bringing on the co-founder and former CEO of Dropcam, Greg Duffy.Dropcam grew in popularity thanks to its cheap home cameras that connected to Wi-Fi, allowing owners to check in on their houses remotely. The company was purchased by Google in 2014, with former Apple employee and Nest co-founder Tony Fadell put in charge of the team.After Dropcam got scooped up by Google, Duffy said he was convinced to sell because he admired Fadell as a product pioneer. The relationship didnt last, though: Duffy departed Google in 2015 and once famously called Fadell a tyrant bureaucrat after he left the company.Now Duffy will be working for Apple, where Fadell made a name for himself as the godfather of the iPod before assisting in the creation of the iPhone. Fadell recently announced that hes leaving Googles parent company, Alphabet.
A U.S. judge has ordered Google to comply with search warrants seeking customer emails stored outside the United States, diverging from a federal appeals court that reached the opposite conclusion in a similar case involving Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O).U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Rueter in Philadelphia ruled on Friday that transferring emails from a foreign server so FBI agents could review them locally as part of a domestic fraud probe did not qualify as a seizure.The judge said this was because there was “no meaningful interference” with the account holder’s “possessory interest” in the data sought.”Though the retrieval of the electronic data by Google from its multiple data centers abroad has the potential for an invasion of privacy, the actual infringement of privacy occurs at the time of disclosure in the United States,” Rueter wrote.
Remember the Hacker who hacked Hacking Team?In 2015, a hacker named Phineas Fisher hacked Hacking Team the Italy-based spyware company that sells spying software to law enforcement agencies worldwide and exposed some 500 gigabytes of internal data for anyone to download.Now, the Spanish authorities believe that they have arrested Phineas Fisher, who was not just behind the embarrassing hack of Hacking Team, but also hacked the UK-based Gamma International, another highly secretive company which sells the popular spyware called “FinFisher.”During an investigation of a cyber attack against Sindicat De Mossos d’Esquadra (SME), Spain’s Catalan police union, police in Spain have arrested three people, one of which detained in the city of Salamanca is suspected of being Fisher, according to local newspaper ARA.The cyber attack was carried out in May last year when Fisher announced via his own Twitter account that he had hacked the SME and also published the personal information of over 5,500 police officers online.The incident attracted worldwide attention after Fisher posted a detailed tutorial video on how he hacked SME and how he stole the data.
With its imposing mountains, endless plateaus and echoing valleys, Norway is a country where nature takes the lead. Using time-lapse, this film attempts to capture the ebb and flow of the seasons and is a result of one year of planning, a second year of shooting and four months of editing.
20,000 kilometers have been travelled, 200,000 photos taken and 20 terabytes worth of hard drives filled. Months have been spent hiking through the mountains, sleeping in tents and travelling through the entire country hunting for the best locations.
SEASONS of NORWAY is shot and edited by Morten Rustad. The video is available in up to 8K resolution (7680*4320 letterboxed).
INFORMATION ABOUT THE FILM CAN BE FOUND AT: mortenrustad.com
MUSIC: The soundtrack is made by Jogeir, specially composed for this film (see soundcloud.com/jogeirmusicd/seasons). Check out more of Jogeirs work at Soundcloud (soundcloud.com/jogeirmusic) and Facebook (facebook.com/jogeirmusic/). Vocals on the track are done by Katrine Stenbekk, mix by Sivert Hagtvet and sound design by Viljar Losnegård. See the behind the scenes video of how the track was made here: (youtube.com/watch?v=hMdZOk5if-A)
BEHIND THE SCENES VIDEO: (youtube.com/watch?v=S5sejWa0C3U)
EQUIPMENT: Please see rustadmedia.com/equipment for a list of the equipment used in this video.
LOCATIONS: Please see rustadmedia.com/seasons-locations for all the locations used in this video. See the video for my TOP 10 places in Norway: youtube.com/watch?v=EmCzANPiCSc
Special thanks to Syrp for providing great motion control systems for this film. Check them out at syrp.co.nz ;
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This video is produced by Anders Graham / Turbin Film (turbinfilm.no). Contact Anders (firstname.lastname@example.org) for licensing request.