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Facebook is suing a domain registrar for selling deceptive web addresses

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Facebook is suing Arizona domain name registrar Namecheap and its proxy service Whoisguard for allowing people to register domain names that “deceive people by pretending to be affiliated with Facebook apps,” the company said in a blog post on Thursday.

Whoisguard registered 45 domain names — including instagrambusinesshelp.com, facebo0k-login.com, and whatsappdownload.site — that infringe on Facebook’s trademarks, according to the post by Christen Dubois, Facebook’s director and associate general counsel of IP litigation.

“We regularly scan for domain names and apps that infringe our trademarks to protect people from abuse,” Dubois writes. “We sent notices to Whoisguard between October 2018 and February 2020, and despite their obligation to provide information about these infringing domain names, they declined to cooperate.”

Faked domain names are frequently used in phishing attacks to trick users into thinking a site is connected to a legitimate company. Facebook filed a similar lawsuit in October against domain registrar OnlineNIC and its proxy service ID Shield for registering nearly two dozen domain names, including www-facebook-login.com and hackingfacebook.net, some of which were being used for malicious activity.

It was not the first time San Francisco-based OnlineNIC was accused of registering fake domain names. In 2008, Verizon won a $33.2 million lawsuit against OnlineNIC, claiming it had registered 663 domains that infringed on Verizon’s copyright.

Facebook’s suit against OnlineNIC is still ongoing, the company says. “Our goal is to create consequences for those who seek to do harm and we will continue to take legal action to protect people from domain name fraud and abuse,” Dubois wrote in Facebook’s post.

Namecheap was not immediately available for comment.

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34 days ago
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godaddy: "it's nice not to be in the news"
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Gamer Bed sleeps one

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The Bauhutte gamer bed, as pictured, includes mattress, headboard with storage, desk, keyboard stand, snack cart (or "energy wagon") and black bedsheets with red piping. [via Rock Paper Shotgun]

Conceived in Japan by gaming desk maker Bauhutte, this cursed concoction is actually a Power Rangers-style amalgamation of all their gaming furniture combined. Only instead of transforming into a mighty-morphin’ humanity-saving mech suit, it’s a mighty-morphin’ gaming prison designed to bombard us with more #content than we could ever possibly consume. The only thing it’s missing is a built-in bog hole. Dystopian dread aside, thanks to the ever reliable services of Google Translate, Bauhutte’s description of their gaming bed does, at least, make for some entertaining reading.

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36 days ago
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don't all gamer beds only have one person? HEYO!
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The Raspberry Pi 4 gets a RAM upgrade: The 2GB version is now $35

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The Raspberry Pi 4 is approaching its first birthday in a few months, but it's already getting an upgrade: more memory. The Raspberry Pi launched in June 2019 with 1GB of RAM for $35, 2GB of RAM for $45, and 4GB of RAM for $55, but today the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced that the 2GB model is getting a permanent price drop to $35.

The rest of the specs are the same as always: a Broadcom BCM2711 SoC with four 1.5GHz Cortex A72 CPU cores, Gigabit Ethernet, two USB 3 ports, two USB 2 ports, a headphone/composite video jack, and two micro-HDMI ports capable of powering two 4K monitors.

Interestingly, the foundation says the 1GB version of Pi 4 is sticking around and "will remain available to industrial and commercial customers, at a list price of $35." If you were using fleets of these things for some industry project before, you can still get the old version and not change anything. For everyone else, you probably want the version with more memory. The new pricing seems to already be active at most of the recommended Pi resellers.

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tedder
40 days ago
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shipping still sucks :/
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96 days ago
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atheist kitten
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The Far Side relaunches official site

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with classic comics posted daily, sketchbooks, and a letter from Gary Larson about why now
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tedder
97 days ago
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Fwiw I created a newsfeed for this.
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hooges
95 days ago
care to share the URL?
tedder
95 days ago
gladly hooges! http://www.newsblur.com/site/7690225/far-side-scraped-daily-feed or https://dyn.tedder.me/rss/farside/daily.json
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95 days ago
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Thanks!
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Could this be Samsung’s bezel-less 8K TV?

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Image: Samsung / 4KFilme

Samsung may have a new, groundbreaking type of television to show off at CES in Las Vegas next week: a completely bezel-less, 8K QLED model. Dubbed by some reports as the Samsung “Zero Bezel” TV and reportedly carrying model numbers of Q900T and Q950T, this TV is believed to have bezels so tiny that the screen edge effectively disappears when viewed from a distance. On Tuesday, German website 4KFilme says it has its hands on a pair of leaked renders showing the screen in all its bezel-less glory.

We don’t have very much else to go on, and of course this being an unannounced product, there’s no word yet on pricing, release date, or what size options a set like this would come in. But that said, it does sound perfectly in Samsung’s wheelhouse given the display innovations its pioneered on its Galaxy smartphone line. We’ll likely know more next week when CES is in full swing and Samsung announces its annual TV lineup refresh.

 Image: Samsung / 4KFilme

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tedder
99 days ago
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Betteridge's Law answers this.
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