ABS-CBN SUES 18 ONLINE PIRATES FOR $12 M 

The ABS-CBN entertainment group sued 18 pirate sites for damages of over $12 million resulting from the infringement of the copyrights and trademarks of its popular TV shows and movies. ABS-CBN Corporation, ABS-CBN Film Productions, Inc (Star Cinema) and ABS-CBN International filed suit in US Federal District Court in Florida last November 21, 2014. Named as defendants in the lawsuit are partnerships or unincorporated business associations that operate through the following domain names registered in the US and elsewhere: CONTINUE READING...

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Sometimes, your online presence may not make you new friends. It might, instead, expose you to danger by drawing the interest of kidnappers. The Philippine National Police has warned the public to be careful of what they post on social media so as not to unwittingly entice criminals into abducting them for ransom. Senior Supt. Rene Aspera, chief of staff of the Anti-Kidnapping Group, said some kidnapping syndicates have turned to Facebook and other social networks in scouting for would-be victims. “We have received some kidnapping cases in which we learned that the suspects learned about their victim through Facebook,” the official said. This year, the AKG reported receiving 43 kidnap-for-ransom cases in Luzon and Mindanao, of which 24 were considered solved. READ FULL REPORT...

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Thanks to the recent increase in smartphone, computer, and tablet use in the Philippines, and the rise of EdTech companies such as Edmodo and Jac en Poy; it’s hardly surprising that classrooms throughout the country are becoming increasingly ‘digitized.’ What may surprise you, however, is that it’s teachers, not corporations, that are the driving force behind this educational revolution. Quipper School is an online education platform that’s being adopted by over 20,000 schools in the country. New Era High School, based in Quezon City, is a champion of the online homework service, which is now used by all of its 3,400 students. CONTINUE READING.....

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ABS-CBN sues 18 online pirates for $12M

REDWOOD SHORES, CALIFORNIA, USA, DECEMBER 1, 2014 (INQUIRER) INQUIRER.net US Bureau - The ABS-CBN entertainment group sued 18 pirate sites for damages of over $12 million resulting from the infringement of the copyrights and trademarks of its popular TV shows and movies.

ABS-CBN Corporation, ABS-CBN Film Productions, Inc (Star Cinema) and ABS-CBN International filed suit in US Federal District Court in Florida last November 21, 2014.

Named as defendants in the lawsuit are partnerships or unincorporated business associations that operate through the following domain names registered in the US and elsewhere:

1) buhaypinoyofw.net;
2) freepinoytvshows.net, pinoylovetvshowreplay.com;
3) hapeetube.biz, lovelytube.biz, pinoy-telebisyon.biz, pinoy-telebisyon.org;
4) lambingan.tk;
5) movieserye.com;
6) pinaytambayan.org;pinoy-ako.me;
8) pinoymoviegallery.net;
9) pinoytambayan.me;
10)pinoytelesine.com; "
11) pinoytopmovies.com;
12) pinoytv.me;
13) projectcabbage.com;
14) tambayanofwtv.info;
15) telebesyon.com;
16) telebyuwers.ph, telebyuwers.tv;
17)teleseryereplay.com;
18) yzreplay.com.

According to the complaint, the defendants provide on-demand streaming performances of full-length versions of ABS-CBN’s TV shows and movies through their websites. Defendants often display the latest content to their servers within minutes or hours of the original broadcast in the Philippines.

imgresAdditionaly, they control the organization and presentation of the content by providing links to ABS-CBN shows and promote and advertise the content as ABS-CBN’s through search engine optimization and meta tags, including the use of ABS-CBN’s marks, then stream the shows for users’ viewing through their websites.

With the popularity of ABS-CBN films and TV shows, these sites drive significant traffic that enable them to reap profits from advertising and other revenue.

According to ABS-CBN AVP of Global Anti-Piracy Elisha Lawrence, “this is another phase in our relentless enforcement campaign to identify and punish pirates whose sites have been reported to contain malware that can cause substantial financial harm to innocent people who were just trying to view our shows and movies.”

This latest lawsuit comes on the heels of the police search and seizure by police in Victoria, Australia, at the home of Mary Smith in the suburb of Barooga, New South Wales in Australia, where numerous pirate ABS-CBN DVDs, DVD burners and hundreds of pirated ABS-CBN movies on computer hard drives were found.

ABS-CBN also recently, received a US$10 million judgment from the U.S. Federal District Court in Oregon against Jeffrey Ashby for damages from his infringing the copyrights and well-known trademarks of ABS-CBN by rebroadcasting ABS-CBN’s popular TV shows and movies on his pirate websites.

Among the many pirate sites that Ashby owned were watchfilipinotv.com, watchfilipinomovies.com and pinoytalaga.com.

“We at ABS-CBN are committed to giving our viewers the best viewing experience for our content and protecting the rights of the talented creative and production teams that work hard to deliver these shows and films,” said ABS-CBN Global COO Raffy Lopez. “Online pirates undermine that, hence, we are determined to discourage and stop them.”


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Kidnappers scanning social networks for potential victims – PNP Julie M. Aurelio
@inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 5:23 PM | Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — Sometimes, your online presence may not make you new friends. It might, instead, expose you to danger by drawing the interest of kidnappers.

The Philippine National Police has warned the public to be careful of what they post on social media so as not to unwittingly entice criminals into abducting them for ransom.

Senior Supt. Rene Aspera, chief of staff of the Anti-Kidnapping Group, said some kidnapping syndicates have turned to Facebook and other social networks in scouting for would-be victims.

“We have received some kidnapping cases in which we learned that the suspects learned about their victim through Facebook,” the official said.

This year, the AKG reported receiving 43 kidnap-for-ransom cases in Luzon and Mindanao, of which 24 were considered solved.

Of the 43 cases, 21 were reported in Luzon while 22 were in Mindanao, mostly linked to the Abu Sayyaf group.

Aspera said the Facebook-related kidnap cases were less than five incidents, but the PNP is taking note of the new tactic.

The PNP advised the public to limit or control the content they post on Facebook, Twitter and other social networking websites, particularly on their wealth or material possessions.

Aspera conceded that social media has become a communication tool in today’s Internet age, but warned that criminals have been using the Internet in their illegal activities.

“You should not expose what you have so they won’t be interested in you and monitor you,” the official said.

This means refraining from posting unnecessary displays of wealth, material possessions or lifestyle, which might entice kidnappers, according to the AKG.

Aspera also advised the public to secure their social media accounts to a private security setting so as to limit the people who view their posts.

The AKG has at least eight kidnapping groups on its target list, and has arrested three leaders of three groups in recent months: Reccinte Padillo, Tyrone dela Cruz, and Martin Lico.

Padillo was tagged as the mastermind in the 2013 kidnapping of businesswoman Sally Chua, who was rescued in Davao City; while Lico leads a kidnap-for-ransom group also involved in robberies. Dela Cruz was charged for the 2013 kidnapping of a Chinese-Filipino couple in Laguna.

In its report, the AKG said it has arrested 65 suspects involved in kidnap-for-ransom cases since January this year, while one suspect was slain in an encounter with authorities.


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Teachers are at the heart of the Philippines’ e-learning revolution November 24, 2014 Share this:

Thanks to the recent increase in smartphone, computer, and tablet use in the Philippines, and the rise of EdTech companies such as Edmodo and Jac en Poy; it’s hardly surprising that classrooms throughout the country are becoming increasingly ‘digitized.’ What may surprise you, however, is that it’s teachers, not corporations, that are the driving force behind this educational revolution.

Quipper School is an online education platform that’s being adopted by over 20,000 schools in the country. New Era High School, based in Quezon City, is a champion of the online homework service, which is now used by all of its 3,400 students.

Quipper gets the attention of young minds for higher learning Quipper gets the attention of young minds for higher learning Heidee Ferrer, the school’s head of English, was the first to implement Quipper School, having heard about it from friends. With support from the company itself, she was able to get started without a hitch. ‘Initially, I was hesitant about using a digital tool in the classroom. But it’s very easy to use. Since my students are true digital natives, I knew they would enjoy its game-like form of learning.’ As soon as Ferrer saw results in her own students, she introduced it to the rest of the English department, and it was contagious.

Driven teachers at New Era High School, like many throughout the Philippines, took the initiative to help spread the word among students and fellow teachers; using their own time and resources to help others benefit from the platform. Once the principal saw how the students were taking pride in their education, and spending more and more of their online time learning, the decision to implement Quipper School at a school-wide level was simple.

EdTech companies are fast learning to celebrate this teacher enthusiasm; Quipper School, for example, is running an exam competition, in which teachers can win cash prizes whilst helping their students to improve academic performance.

Ferrer comments, ‘The campaign is a fantastic idea; we Filipinos love competitions, and it’s great motivation for both teachers and students. I’m already certain that Quipper School will improve students’ exam performance, and we will use it for NAT prep. Everyone in the school is buzzing with excitement.

Whilst the pairing of technology and education is hardly new, what differentiates this time from previous efforts is the drive and determination of the teachers. EdTech companies are no longer ‘selling’ to schools in the traditional sense, but instead harnessing the drive of individual educators to improve learning worldwide.

By forming online communities, making video tutorials, and hosting webinars, it’s teachers this time around who are revolutionizing e-learning: surely the strongest form of endorsement.


FROM MSN NEWS -The Weather Network

Global warming may make flying even harder

Studies have already shown that global warming may make flying rougher, due to encountering stronger turbulence while in flight, but new research is pointing out that the changes we're likely to see in the future may make it hard for flights to even get off of the ground.

When a jet airliner is being loaded up, for a trip between cities or between continents, there are a number of things that need to be taken into account before the crew can even think about pulling away from the gate. The type of plane, the airport's altitude above sea level and the length of the runway available for takeoff, are all well-known constants that will determine how much weight the aircraft can carry and still be able to take off safely. The one variable - or at least the collection of variables - that comes into play for considerations, thought, is the weather.

Since high temperatures decrease the density of the air, the warmer it gets, the harder it is for a plane's wings to get the lift needed for takeoff. The only solutions are to extend the runway, so that the jet has longer to build up enough speed, or - in the case of an airport that's hemmed in by development - reduce the amount of weight the aircraft is carrying. That means passing on excess baggage to larger planes that can carry the load better, making it more likely that luggage will be lost, or increased costs to the passengers as the airliners are forced to use up more fuel to power themselves into the sky.

That's the state of things today, but a new study is showing that, with global warming, these restrictions are going to grow even more tight.


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As temperatures increase with global warming, this will make these weight restriction days more likely. The restrictions themselves may become more severe, as well, forcing passengers to carry only the bare minimum for luggage, or even for flights to drop passengers as well as luggage from their flight manifest just to ensure that the flight will be able to leave.

In their research, Columbia University climate scientists Ethan Coffel and Dr. Radley Horton looked at four different major airports in the United States - Denver International for its high elevation, Phoenix Sky Harbor International for its high daytime summer temperatures, and New York City's LaGuardia Airport and Washington, D.C.'s Dulles International for their comparatively short runways. Looking at the temperature rises expected for these four locations, based on the worst-case scenario climate projections - where global temperatures rise by 4-5 degrees by the year 2100 - they determined the number of days when these airports would have to apply 1,000 lb, 10,000 lb and 15,000 lb weight restrictions, based on the air temperature.

Overall, according to their results, the number of weight restriction days for a Boeing 737-800 aircraft increased by between 50 to 200 per cent over what they are today. In Phoenix, where weight restriction days are fairly rare now, the number of 10k lb restriction days increased to about 20 a year by 2070, while it's possible that it would still be rare for them to experience a 15k lb restriction day. Meanwhile, the numbers of both 10k lb and 15k lbrestriction days increased substantially for Denver, LaGuardia and Dulles airports by 2070 - with Denver seeing the most 10k lb restriction days (around 115, up from about 75 in 2010), and Dulles likely to have the most 15k lb restriction days (about 75, up from around 30 in 2010).

According to the study, dropping 10,000 lbs from a flight due to weight restrictions equates to about 52 passengers, while 15,000 lbs is 79 passengers. While it's more likely that cargo and baggage will be left behind before passengers, this all equates to higher costs for anyone who does fly.


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