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Now it is time for Click. You have loaned me a box to keep my
things in. But what have I put This week, we get inside the new
creation from one of the internet's most colourful and controversial
characters. But will his new file storage site protect the pirates
were just 10? -- or just Tim? Of we will also get our hands on
the new BlackBerry devices hoping to hold off the tides of the iPhone
and Android devices. What happens if you ignore the
million most relevant answers? Welcome to Click. Why pay for
something when you can get it for nothing? That has been the opinion
of quite a few people in the cast of the latest movies and music. The
creative industries have been trying to shut down websites that
promote the illegal sharing of copyrighted films, games and
applications. Last year they had some success. Shutting down one of
the biggest free for all swapping sides. But now the internet beast
is back. It is a service that the onus has cannot be touched. We have
been trying to find out what is in the box.
This is the moment last year when New Zealand police stormed the
mention of Kim Dotcom. Armed with assault rifles and backed by the
FBI, dozens of computers and hard drives were seized. Fighting online
piracy has never been so dramatic. Although the courts have some
steamed it illegal, Kim Dotcom is still fighting extradition to the
US, maintaining he has done nothing wrong. It was this website that
sparked the raid. It works much like a standard opera. It allows
you to store your digital files security online. That could be
anything from your photographs to that novel you have been working on.
But it is when movies or music or anything that you do not own the
copyright to his shared that these websites risk falling foul of the
law. It is like leaving the door to your locker open. Anyone can
download a copy. It is called file sharing. Where movies or music is
concerned, it is called piracy. me in three internet users
accessing a pirate service on a regular basis. We think, why not
come over to the legal services that we have? It is certainly still
an issue. Megaupload was the site of choice. At one point it had more
than 50 million visitors every day. Sharing a staggering 25 million
gigabytes of data. It was not interested in being a cloud locker.
It knew exactly what it wanted. It wanted popular content. It was even
prepared to split money with users who offered particularly popular
files. When it was shut down, the creative industries breathe a sigh
of relief. It has a massive impact. That relief lasted until last month.
In typical extravagance, Kim Dotcom launched his latest file storage
project. It was simply name to make up. This time he is hoping to take
on mainstream cloud locker services with 50 gigabytes of free storage
up front. What is more, Kim Dotcom, insists it is not a way of getting
back at the establishment for the demise of his last business. This
is not some kind of finger to the US government or to Hollywood. This
is innovative people that have been wrong taking the time they have to
create something new. How is the new venture different? Gone are the
financial incentives to upload popular files. There is the ability
to produce a larger locker and download more each month. But the
big difference is when you start uploading a file or stop it is
encrypted on the fly. It has no idea what you are storing inside
your cider locker. How do you show your files? You can click on this
link in the top right-hand corner of the screen. That will generate a
unique link with in your browser that you can share with your
friends. It includes the keys to unlock your files without the
website ever having to know what you have stored there. Legally
there is nothing there that could be used to shut us down. The
website is just as legitimate and has the same right to exist as
Dropbox and other competitors. movie and music industries are not
so sure. Like Megaupload before it, if users want to share their files
widely it, they will probably publish the links on forums and
websites. Much to the frustration of the industry, these can often be
found using standard search engines. A sadly, if you do a search on
Google today for the words Adele and MP3, you'll find results from
illegal sources. Not from legitimate sources. Kim Dotcom says
he has, in the past, and will continue to, respond to specific
requests from copyright owners to take down material if there is
evidence of piracy. But while some other cloud storage or websites
like CAPTCHA automatically cross reference files uploaded, a process
known as fingerprinting, it appears that it will not be able to do this.
This is due to encryption of every file before it reaches them.
decision has been made to be blind to their content for whatever
reason. We have seen that the claim is that this is to protect users
privacy. We will see. inscriptions are entirely to give
Kim Dotcom plausible to my ability. It does not protect movies and
music. Our focus is on the people making large amounts of content
available. That is the best way to hit at piracy. Much will depend on
just how sick sure the encryption service turns out to be. While Kim
Dotcom insists that it is not going to be part of the piracy problem,
the emphasis on secrecy will undoubtably get some to share
copyrighted content. Content and the creative industries say should
be paid for. The ins and outs of a mega, which
can be used to share legitimate files. It can also be used to share
illegal content. We will speak to the news editor of
intellectual property magazine. In your experience, what is a feeling
about mega? Will it succeed where Megaupload has failed? It depends
on how tightly the legal team has been around the loopholes. Sir the
men loophole you are talking about is this idea of encryption. The
owners of the website so they legitimately do not know. The new
website has this different from Megaupload. Is there any legal
precedent to a cider locker been deemed a legal or illegal? They
have been several cases with cider lockers. In Germany in particular.
It offered a surfers almost identical. It was an internet
storage content website. It allowed people to upload and share content.
In Germany it was found that the basic business model of the website
was legal. The German courts deemed that RapidShare was not responsible
for monitoring the content. But as long as it complies with taking
down content discovered by others, then it is working within the law.
Is there any evidence that different parts of the world will
deal with this in a different way? How does the West differ from
Europe? The US have been proactive in taking down foreign websites.
They based their jurisdiction on those cases. The service could be
stored in the West. Or it could have a US Registry. They use those
kinds of legal rights they have to go after these people. Does that
mean if you just moved Europe storage service to a country where
the war is more relaxed, you're OK? That is what is happening. Kim
Dotcom has new servers on an island. It has a New Zealand registration.
It gets around US laws. Surely the world would be a simpler place if
countries could just tell internet service providers to block that
website. It would be a simple place. But only if the internet was that
simple. That seems to be the crux of the problem. The internet is
incredibly difficult to govern. In Europe, where governments in Sweden
have tried to block websites like Pirate Bay, you can still log on to
Pirate Bay with any ISP on any connection in the UK. You get a
different approach in the US. They have been trying to take down the
websites themselves. They take a much more aggressive, invasive
approach. Thank you for your time. This is obviously a hot topic. We
would love to hear your thoughts on the matters at hand. E-mail Click
on BBC for get in touch do Twitter. Now for a look in get used will
stop two emerging areas of technology have been given 1
billion euros from the European Commission to speed up research.
One will develop the potential of a new material called graphene. It is
thin, flexible and incredibly tough. It might one day replace
semiconductors. The second project aims to create a highly detailed
map of the human brain using supercomputers. It will then be
used to simulate the effects of neurological diseases and develop
artificial intelligence in computers.
Google Maps now has one of the most secretive states in the world,
North Korea, covered. The data was collected with its matchmaker tall.
It allows the public to add to maps using satellite images and local
knowledge. The maps even include data about his notorious prison
labour camps. The changes follow a humanitarian visit to the country
by Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt.
Microsoft has finally got in touch with touch. Office 365, the cloud
version of its Office suite, is now a touch friendly. It was released
with the desktop edition of Office 2013. What it is not shouting about
is this report, that suggests a chunk of that data might not be
usable. Back-up partitions take up nearly two-thirds of the space. At
least some feeling short-changed. It does come with an eskey slot for
additional storage. Typing in difficult to read text to
verify Europe human and not a machine is never find. Now the
world's largest online ticket real- ale is to ditch so-called CAPTCHA
boxes. Users have long hated having to type in the oddly shaped lettuce
into a box. Ticket Master reckons the new system relies on common
Technology companies come and go. Shiny new technologies tent
technology savvy consumers to buy into the latest devices. One such
victim has been the black -- BlackBerry. Black beret's were
developed by Canadian outfit Research In Motion. -- BlackBerry.
They were popular for two reasons - they featured the best handsets on
a keyboard, they also deliver the best and a secure e-mail servers
that anyone trusted. Apple rained on BlackBerry's parade. In a short
space of time the BlackBerry went from being a must-have device to,
must I have one device? Like many companies in the smartphone
industry they were caught off-guard by the iPhone when that came along
with its advanced technology and large touch-screen. BlackBerry was
not able to keep up on the technology front with those changes
in the industry. While some observers think RIM is on the ropes
they are fighting back. They have compared the changed have the
handsets work. RIM becomes BlackBerry. We present Z10 and Q10.
What is new? The company is especially proud of this, a one
stop hub for all of your messages. You can reply without having to
open the individual apps. It wants us to go with its flow system of
switching directly from app to app while they are running at the same
time. It retains a physical keyboard, but the Z 10 is digital.
It learns from your writing style to predict the next word Yuletide.
It also learns what you wrote before you first met. It will be
familiar with words and phraseology from the last ten days. Phrases you
used on Twitter and e-mail. The device is adapting to the types of
words you use without having to teach the device that. It is
learning. There is a new toy for taking photos as well, the time
shift feature that catches features before and after you touch the
button. Everyone looks like they are paying attention. Both handsets
have near field communication chips making them ready for a expanding
contactless market. BlackBerry built his name with the corporate
world, he forgot that executives want to have fun as well. The new
handset acknowledges this, in a very Blackberry Way, keeping your
corporate and personal data separate. Europe Clare can take
control over one side, but you are the boss of the personal side. --
your employer. BlackBerry Messenger, single-handedly responsible for its
popularity with teenagers, now supports the video calling. Are
these changes enough to win back what was once the most loyal band
of uses in the market? It is that simplicity of the user experience
that will set BlackBerry 10 apart and bring a current customers and
future customers to anew Haiphong. The million-dollar question is, has
BlackBerry managed to turn it around? Euro opinions would be very
welcome. -- your. We now have Webscape, we begin on the subject
of search engines. With clever optimisation tricks and a bit of
money to spend on advertising, it is pretty easy to get a website on
to the first page of search results, it does not mean the content will
be what you are looking for. Instead of digging deeper and
deeper, million short is a search tool that removes the first one
million results for you. You could discover something completely
unexpected. People search for around 1 billion names on Google
every day, that is a huge number. Would you believe that 94% of them
never look beyond the first page of first results? This trend is in
serious danger. I think million short could be the tonic we need.
Try out the challenge at Millionshortiton.com, you can run a
blind test on one of the key words take your fancy. The website will
display their top results from their eyes and a traditional search
engine so you can compare and make your choice. -- theirs. Music-
lovers listen up, watch out. The pharaoh holds an official catalogue
of over 50,000 music videos that you can enjoy a completely free.
Viva has signed deals with pretty much all of the major music labels,
basting the catalogue to include 11,000 artists from Adele to ZZ Top.
The only big name missing is Warner Brothers, if you are a massive
Nickelback supporter you are out of luck. To some that might be quite a
bonus. The licence for the mobile apps and websites covers a lot of
territory. They have also linked up with YouTube. Twitter is huge. A
few months ago it past half a billion users and trying to find
someone interesting to follow can feel a little bit like swimming
through treacle. Twitterland has a suggestion or two allowing you to
search the interesting Twitter users by name, location. People
often ask me how to get the most out of Twitter. If you do not have
anything interesting to shout about, I would say the experience is
defined by the people you follow, he would be best for you to follow
is as personal a decision as picking out a pair of shoes. When
you see someone interesting click to open a profile that is broken
down into behaviour patterns and the kind of content that they Tweed.
So you can make an informed decision about following them. It
is free to use and really simple. It has more new -- nuanced searches
as it evolves. Safer Internet Day is on 5th February. Full of tips
for teachers, Jerez, parents and children so they know how to stay
safe online. It has details about the 12-hour broadcast where special
guests and experts will be talking about everything you need to know
to always have fun online. Kate Russell's Webscape. Those websites
are available at ours. Get in touch about any of the issues that have
got your imagination this week. That's it for now. Thank you for
Quite a mixed picture of weather this weekend. We begin on a chilly
note, a widespread frost this morning. Temperatures below
freezing. At least there is some sunshine around. Let's get into the
details. Temperatures dipping below freezing. A bright start to the day.
Temperatures in London around three degrees. Two degrees for Ipswich.
Along the coastline there are some showers. Rain along the coast.
Further inland we could see a bit of sleet or snow. Maybe a few
centimetres, not causing us concern. For inland areas of Scotland it is
dry and bright at 9am in the morning. It is a chilly start to
the day across Northern Ireland. A few showers, but they are mostly
rain showers. Temperatures in Plymouth on Saturday morning four
degrees with the sunshine around. A brisk wind takes us through
Saturday. We might see a little bit of higher cloud around with some
hazy sunshine. There is that breeze taking the edge off things. It is
noticeable for the Six Nations matches. Wales against Ireland,
England against Scotland. Temperatures around five degrees.
Coverage right across the BBC. Temperatures generally 3-4 degrees.
We are hoping for seven degrees in Cardiff and Plymouth through the
afternoon. An early frost on Saturday night. Temperatures will
climb later in the night as the cloud will thicken and we begin to
see rain moving into the north-west. Temperatures by the end of the
night 6-7 degrees. We have the frost to begin with in East Anglia.
Some early brightness, but it will cloud over in the south-east with
some patchy rain late in the day. Behind that system it will be a
little bit drier and brighter, still quite a brisk wind coming in
from the west. The winds strengthen even further on Monday. Quite a
chilly wind at that. Further south and east it looks like it should be
mainly dry and bright. We have got temperatures from 5-9 degrees. The
isobars stay tightly packed on Monday night into Tuesday. The
Click investigates whether a new private file-storing site could encourage piracy and takes a first look at the new Blackberry handsets. Includes tech news and Webscape.