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Eight men facing charges over illegal streaming sites

Eight men facing charges over illegal streaming sites

Technology
Eight men who allegedly ran pirate streaming services that claimed to offer more content than Netflix have been indicted in the US. Jetflicks and iStreamItAll claimed to be used by thousands of subscribers and allegedly lost copyright owners "millions of dollars". Together they claimed to have more than 300,000 TV episodes and films available to users in the US and Canada.Many of the films had yet to be made available for home viewing. Jetflicks charged users $ 9.99 (£8.20) per month, while iStreamItAll, which has yet to be closed down, currently offers monthly plans for $ 19.99 and charges $ 179.99 for a full year. "The two services allegedly offered more television pro
Leave.EU campaign fined for illegal marketing

Leave.EU campaign fined for illegal marketing

Technology
By Alexander J Martin, technology reporter Pro-Brexit campaign group Leave.EU and the Arron Banks firm Eldon Insurance have been fined £60,000 each for illegal marketing messages.The fines were issued by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) which also announced it will audit both firms' handling of personal data. Leave.EU was the unofficial Leave campaign which lost its bid to Vote Leave for official recognition by the Electoral Commission during the 2016 EU referendum.In June 2018 Mr Banks, a major donor to Leave.EU, told a committee of MPs that nobody worked for both Leave.EU and Eldon Insurance - a statement he later changed to say that staff transferred on short-term contracts.After investigating the relationship between the two organisat...
21 dead, 71 burned in fire at illegal tap on Mexico pipeline

21 dead, 71 burned in fire at illegal tap on Mexico pipeline

World
A huge fire exploded at a pipeline leaking fuel in central Mexico on Friday, killing at least 21 people and badly burning 71 others as locals were collecting the spilling gasoline in buckets and garbage cans, officials said. The leak was caused by an illegal tap that fuel thieves had drilled into the pipeline in a small town in the state of Hidalgo, about 62 miles (100 kilometers) north of Mexico City, according to state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex. Video footage showed dozens of residents near the town of Tlahuelilpan gathered to collect spilled fuel in buckets, garbage cans and other vessels. It appeared an almost festive atmosphere as whole families gathered in a field as a geyser of fuel spouted dozens of feet into the air from the tap. Footage then showed flames shooti...
4 strategies for stopping 'rogue' drones from flying in illegal airspace

4 strategies for stopping 'rogue' drones from flying in illegal airspace

Technology
With Christmas approaching, London’s Gatwick airport, one of the busiest in the U.K., was forced to shut down for a day this week after reports of two “rogue” drones flying above the airfield. Drones have become an increasingly prominent nuisance in the skies as they have grown more accessible to the average consumer. As regulations, technologies and laws about flying drones evolve to governmental demands, new technologies have been developing to deal with drones that fly illegally. Some are already used and have been shown to be effective, while others are still in their experimental stages. Here’s a look at some of the methods used for countering “rogue” drones. It is possible to track down drones and jam the signals the drone uses to communicate ...
Illegal emissions threaten to undermine UN's optimistic ozone report

Illegal emissions threaten to undermine UN's optimistic ozone report

Science
Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Despite news reports of an improving ozone layer, uncertainty over the impacts of illegal chlorofluorocarbon emissions threatens to undermine the longterm success of the Montreal Protocol. Earlier this week, the United Nations issued a press release confirming the Earth's ozone layer continues to heal. The release called the news a "ray of hope" in the wake of urgent warnings about the risks of global warming. But the report itself revealed serious concerns -- concerns parties to the Montreal Protocol are discussing this week at meetings in Quito, Ecuador. Last year, reports revealed a surprising uptick in CFC-11 emissions, an ozone-depleting gas banned under the Montreal Protocol. Followup investigations suggested the Chinese foam industry is responsible for the rise in C...