Paul Hansmeier, a Minnesota attorney in the United States, pleaded guilty to money laundering and electronic fraud charges, ending a bizarre saga of pornography, piracy, and extortion.

• Reminiscence: In pornographic hacking, lawyers are charged with extorting $ 6 million

As Gizmodo covered when the accusations first surfaced about two years ago, Hansmeier and his wife John L. Steele were accused of coordinating "an elaborate scheme to fraudulently obtain millions of dollars in copyright agreements "Between 2011 and 2014. Disguising its actions with ghost companies, the pair bought the rights to several pornographic videos, in some cases even filming them, made content available on torrent sites such as Pirate Bay and then waited for the downloads to begin. come over.

Hansmeier and Steele, acting as the company Prenda Law, then discovered the identities of those who were downloading the files through copyright infringement actions, using this information as an influence: make a deal for a few thousand dollars or see you in court - with the added proviso that his name and his taste in adult entertainment would go to public record. What was not disclosed to the victims of the scheme is that the threats of legal action came from the owners of copyright, who also uploaded their content originally, in a scheme that raised about $ 6 million.

Steele pleaded guilty in March last year, agreeing to help the prosecution. This Monday (20), Hansmeier joins his conspirator, admitting his role in the long-term coup.

Knock Second lawyer pleads guilty in porn piracy coup that has exacted $ 6 million

Facebook today announced a complete list of the 196 pages and 87 profiles that were excluded from the social network in Brazil at the end of July.
 The company explained that all these accounts were eliminated because they were identified as spreading false news and misinformation in a coordinated way.

This list was originally sent to the Federal Public Ministry (MPF) in Goiás, which had requested this detail along with a justification for the exclusion of each one. The social network, however, gave only one justification for all exclusions. According to the company of Mark Zuckerberg, all these accounts "were part of a coordinated network that was hidden with the use of fake accounts in Facebook." The action to remove the pages and profiles of the social network would have come after a rigorous investigation, something similar to what happened in the United States recently.

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Facebook pointed out that several of its rules have been broken by deleted accounts, among them: subtle accounts with fake names; mislead people about the source of content; mislead people in an attempt to encourage sharing, tannings, or clicks.

That fact became controversial because at least four "free" accounts of MBL (Movimento Brasil Livre) were overturned by Facebook in this move. The pages of some publications that used to disclose MBL-related topics have also been removed.

However, out of almost 300 exclusions, fewer than 10 were directly linked to the MBL, which classified "social censorship" as "censorship". Many excluded profiles and pages implied, judging by their titles, that they did not address any relevant subject matter and could often be misunderstood. Among the excluded, several tried to go through the G1 news portal, Rede Globo, for example.

Profiles known to be politically left-aligned, such as Macho 2.0 Tests, were also excluded. You can check the complete list here.

Facebook releases list of pages deleted in Brazil by Fake News

Nearly to officially present the Galaxy Note 9 to the world at an event in New York next Thursday (09), Samsung began inviting the press for a second major event to be held later this month. The company has scheduled its big pre-IFA 2018 conference in Berlin on the 30th, and has hinted that it will make various announcements.

In the image that the company sent to the press as an invitation, it is possible to check a TV, a refrigerator, a washing machine and even a smartphone with a face of Galaxy Note 9, considering S Pen clearly drawing an apostrophe before the "can" t ".
samsung ifa 2018
Although the invitation suggests ads in a number of segments, there are no objective rumors explaining exactly what Samsung has saved to present at that opportunity. With Note 9 being unveiled later this week in New York, the Berlin event should be primarily devoted to domestic products and, perhaps, the supposed Galaxy Watch, Samsung's new smart watch.

While Note 9 has been extensively leaked in the size of the rumors in recent months, Galaxy Watch is still not as well known, although we already have a supposedly real image of the device. It is not known exactly whether it will replace the Gear line or even how much it will cost.

galaxy watchSupposed visual of the Galaxy Watch in pink gold

In addition to the possibility of being presented at the beginning of IFA 2018, there is a possibility that the watch will be shown along with Note 9 on Thursday. However, in order for the device not to divert focus from the new top-of-the-line smartphone, we believe the safest bet is that Galaxy Watch will appear on day 30 instead of day 9.

In addition to Note 9, Samsung will have another big event for August

The Netherlands inaugurated on Tuesday (17) the first concrete bridge in the world built with a 3D printer, which at first will be reserved for cyclists.
 AFP PHOTO / Bart Maat
There was applause as local authorities, wearing helmets and construction uniforms, crossed the bridge on their bikes in the town of Gemert in the south-east of Holland.

"The bridge is not too big, but it was made with a printer, which makes it unique," Theo Salet of the University of Technology in Eindhoven told NOS.

The print job of the bridge, which has about 800 layers and is made of prestressed and reinforced concrete, took about three months, according to the university.

"One of the advantages of printing a bridge is that it takes much less concrete than the conventional technique in which a mold is filled," the institution said on its website, adding that "a printer deposits the concrete only where it is needed."

The eight-meter bridge connects two roads over a water-filled trench. With the collaboration of construction company BAM Infra, it has been tested to ensure that it is safe and capable of withstanding loads up to two tonnes.

The Netherlands, as well as the United States and China, are leading the way in using 3D printing technology, using computers and robotics to build objects and structures from scratch without using traditional manpower.

The Dutch start-up MX3D has completed one third of the impression of a stainless steel bridge, and plans to complete the construction in March to install it on an Amsterdam canal in June 2018.

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Holland inaugurates first bridge built with 3D printer

China is at the forefront of the use of facial recognition technology, present in both fast food restaurants and universities, in the fight against crime and even in the dispensing of toilet paper in public toilets.

Its proponents claim that this technology makes life easier and safer, but its detractors see it as yet another way for the government to closely monitor the 1.4 billion Chinese.

In Shanghai and other major cities, facial recognition is seen even on the streets, with the aim of stopping those who break the rules of circulation. Thus, pedestrians who cross the street through places where it is not allowed are systematically photographed and their photo appears on a screen installed at the nearest intersection. If they do not want to be seen on this "shame screen", they have to pay a fine of 20 yuan (3 euros).

The Chinese population, ruled by the Communist Party, is one of the most watched in the world, in a country with about 176 million operational security cameras. People asked about this on a street in Shanghai do not seem particularly bothered by the novelty.

"I can accept. (...) It's a way to make the law respected, "says a 42-year-old hospital employee, who presents only with her last name, Wu. "But I think some people might say that they are violating their privacy, and they worry about how this information could be stored," he adds.

Police use this technology to find suspects. She was recently employed in the small town of Qingdao, which produces Tsingtao beer, where cameras at the entrance to a beer festival allowed 25 suspects to be arrested. All Chinese over the age of 16 must have a photo ID and address card, which means the authorities have a huge database.

A Chinese traffic cop explains to a girl about the facial recognition screen installed at a road junction in Shanghai. AFP PHOTO / CHANDAN KHANNA
China, experts say, is far ahead of the West on this issue, mainly because its laws on privacy are much less strict and because its citizens are accustomed to being photographed, taking their fingerprints and giving all kinds of information to the authorities.
- Smile to pay -
But this technology is also involved in all kinds of transactions. That goes from the "smile to pay" system employed in the KFC restaurant chain to other less traditional uses. In the bathrooms of the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, toilet paper dispensers are equipped to prevent theft. If someone tries to use them several times, the machine recognizes him and stops giving him paper, politely remembering that he has already served.

One of Beijing's universities has installed this technology at the entrance of the dorms to ensure that only its students enter, "which allows us to better verify where the students meet," a senior official at the center told Xinhua.

Chinese traffic police stop a group of people cycling and offending traffic rules alongside the face recognition screen installed at a Shanghai intersection. AFP PHOTO / CHANDAN KHANNA
Banks have also begun equipping their ATMs with this technique to replace credit cards, and professionals in the tourism industry also see advantages in face recognition: China Southern Airlines has begun eliminating boarding passes.
In Shanghai, an official system makes it possible to detect people lost on the streets, mainly elderly people or people with cognitive disabilities, and take them to their families.

- 'Number one in artificial intelligence' -
This new breakthrough fits into a broader high technology development strategy. The Chinese government announced in July that it intends to make its country the number one in artificial intelligence by 2030, with a local market of 150 billion dollars.

This trend, according to Yue Lin, a law professor at the University of Shanghai, is driven mainly by Chinese technology companies such as Alibaba or Baidu. But it is still too early to assess the consequences this technique can have on privacy, Yue says. "The police authority has not changed, but it has undoubtedly gained more power," he says.

"This is not the case in China alone, the same thing happens all over the world. But perhaps the Chinese are good and Americans are terrible. "

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In China, facial recognition is no longer science fiction

A Gigabyte anunciou recentemente o mouse Aorus M5 Gaming, produto que apareceu na Computex 2018 e é voltado para jogos. O principal diferencial do periférico é um sistema de customização que permite personalizar o peso do mouse.
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Isso é possível graças a pequenos pesos que podem ser equipados no corpo do mouse para alterar o centro de gravidade. Além disso, na parte estética, o mouse também conta com LEDs RGB que podem ser personalizados por meio do software Aorus Engine.
O Aorus M5 Gaming vem equipado com um sensor Pixart 3389 de 16.000DPI que garante aceleração de 50G e rastreamento de 400 IPS. Os switches são feitos pela fabricante japonesa Omron e prometem vida útil de mais de 50 milhões de cliques.
A Gigabyte ainda não revelou quando o mouse Aorus M5 Gaming será lançado no mercado e qual será o seu preço.

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