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Google, Bing to Demote Pirated Content like illegal Football Live Streams, Music Torrents

Now it becomes harder for the web users to find the pirated content like music, movies and illegal Football Live Streams under new rules. The search giants, Google and Bing from now on wards hide illegally pirated content to crack down the Piracy Websites.

The companies signed up a voluntary code of practice which aimed to prevent users visiting piracy content providers. In this process, the users will be showed the links to the same video or music or any other that they are searching by paying the amount.

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Google and Bing planned to start the process first in the UK to accelerate the demotion of illegal sites following the notices from the right holders. These changes are expected to start from this summer. Organizers mentioned that this agreement would run parallel to the existing anti-piracy measures which aimed at reducing online violation.

Eddy Leviten, Director General of the Alliance for Intellectual Property, said, “Sometimes people will search for something, and they will end up unwittingly taken to a pirated piece of content. “What we want to ensure is that the results at the top of the search engines are the genuine ones. It is about protecting people who use the web, but also safeguard the creators of that material too.”

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The Google and Bing companies said that this new agreement in future internet users would be more likely to be taken to the bona-fide providers than the piracy websites. And the users are instructed and will be taken to the pirated sites where the online security is at risk

India’s First Hotline to Report Child Pornography Launches Next Week

India’s first ever hotline to limit sexual abuse of children through the internet is set to launch early next week. This hotline also removes child abusive, pornographic content on the internet. Aaarambh, a network of individuals and organizations who work on child protection, took the initiative and collaborated with a UK-based Internet Watch Foundation.

IWF, an industry watch dog, is the most successful hotline in the world to remove child pornography.The hotline will be hosted on aarambhindia.org in India and enables users to report abuse about child sexual videos in an anonymous and safe environment.

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Initially, the hotline will be in Hindi and English, and will be available in 22 regional languages in future.The purpose of hotline serves three – to trace the perpetrator and report him to the law enforcement agencies of his country, blocks and eventually removes offensive content, to reach out to the child victim and rehabilitate him/her as and when required.

A user can report the URL to the hotline once if he or she comes across a video or an image showing sexual abuse of children on the internet. A complaint filed on the Hotline remains secret and is accessed by a team of IWF professionals based in the UK.

This team selects the offensive URL and adds it to block-list thus its trouble making in accessing the content further until it has been removed. Once after the content is deleted, a unique identification number is assigned to ensure that the content cannot be uploaded in the future.

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“According to NCRB data, sexual offenses online are second only to illegal gain and fraud in cyber crimes. Last year, around 96 cases were reported under sections concerning pornography and children. The year before, the number was just 40. This shows a 140 percent increase.

This despite the fact that internet penetration is only 20 percent and the quality of the internet connection isn’t optimum either. As internet connectivity improves, the issue is bound to see a staggering rise if preventive measures are not put in place,” says Siddharth Pillai, communications manager and co-director of Aarambh Initiative.

This tool also helps in filling the gap while police teams often face while dealing with cyber crimes. The nature of offenses globally deals where a child from one country could be a victim, where perpetrator would be from another country.

As per law, using a child for sexual gratification in any form of social media can be sent to jail at least for more than 5 years. If in case the videos or images contain sexual assault, there are chances even for a life incarceration.

Pinterest Stepping Ahead to Promote Video Ads

Pinterest footed a step ahead and begun promoting video ads in its search engine. Pinterest, the visual sharing follows Facebook and the Twitter strategy targeting the growing online video market. It is the first time launch, seems to be more widening its business for popularity. Pinterest Video is to promote ads.

Now the advertisers of UK and US can now purchase promoted video pins as premium, reserved ad inventory which the company launched promoted pins earlier this year. Pinterest, now focusing on an animated GIF video format (with an auto play mode) which unveils on Wednesday.

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Last year the visual sharing company introduced Lite video format that plays sound free videos while people scroll down as the user should tap on the video to see it.

Pinterest people added in their blog post that “Promoted Video brings together some of the best elements of Pinterest. According to recent data from Mary Meeker, 55 percent of people on Pinterest want to find or shop for products.”

Only 12 percent of people say that about social networks. And since 75 percent of the content people enjoy on Pinterest comes from businesses, we’re offering something unique and valuable to individuals and businesses alike.

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With Promoted Video, companies can share their ideas with the people who are looking for them and make it easy for them to give these ideas a try.

While other platforms primarily offer Pinterest Video views, we’ve coupled Promoted Video with promoted pins below the video. Now the 67 percent of people who say videos on Pinterest Video inspire them to take action can experience your brand and then just click below to do more with your products and services.

Plus, with our new native video player, this all happens in one seamless experience.

Meredith Schaffner, the marketing manager, added that we’ve run several campaigns with Pinterest and consider video a natural evolution on how we want to connect with our Pinterest audience. Our customers come to Pinterest with high intent, and the ability to show a recipe and our products through video is a unique opportunity to drive higher performance.

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Now, payment is just at your Fingertip by ‘FingoPay’

Now the traditional way of financial transactions like credit and debit cards are coming closer to expire. UK based start-up company developed a new technology ‘FingoPay.’ This new technology enables users to shop and make payments just by scanning finger veins.

This new automation builds a unique map for each individual by using a biometric reader to scan the veins of a shopper’s finger. By connecting the pattern with a bank account or credit card will allow the users to make payments by simply placing their finger in a pocket-sized scanner. Former music industry executive Nick Dryden founded the company Sthaler, which developed this ‘FingoPay,’ and announced that test for the technology would begin at a London nightclub next month.

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The technology will help to reduce the waiting times at bars in either way, by suggesting the drinks based upon their previous order on their patron, and by cutting down cash and credit cards. “McDonald’s is experimenting with a pilot of the technology, and that Sthaler is also planning a project with Co-op’s food stores.” Said, Mr Dryden. Usage of biometric identifications for payment has been believed as more secure and efficient than PIN’s and passwords. Apple introduced ‘Apple Pay’ early last year in the UK, which makes use of iPhone’s fingerprint technology, Android was also followed by the similar in May.

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Vein scanners built by Hitachi are being already used in cash machines and identifying customers in Japan. Commenting about it, Sthaler says that the probability of two people having same vein structure is rare and highly impossible to crack. “Fingopay technology was less immune to problems such as wet and dusty fingers or fraud. “People are ready to accept biometrics as a secure authentication mechanism,” said Hendrik Kleinsmiede, the director of Visa Europe’s innovation arm Collab, which is backing Sthaler.

Glastonbury Festival, A Colourful  Feast of Music

Glastonbury Festival, one of the famous festivals of the United Kingdom, which mainly features music and other contemporary arts. The annual event is celebrated for five days mostly in the last week of June.

The motive behind this massive event is to raise millions of pounds for good causes. The Pilton farm in the tented city of Somerset serves as the venue for the event. This time, the colorful festival is celebrated in between 22-26 of June at the same venue.

The festival would stage on a huge site of 2,000 acres of land and offers a large scale of unique entertainment differing from other festivals across the world.

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Glastonbury is renowned as the largest Greenfield festival in the world and is attended by about 175,000 people. It requires massive infrastructure concerning transport, security, electricity and water supply. Hundreds of volunteers were employed to help the people attending the mega festival.

A part of the music hugely entertaining event also features other activities like dance, comedy, theatre, circus, cabaret, poetry, children’s entertainment, healing, green crafts, information and much more.

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The Glastonbury festival was first started in September in the year of 1970 which was later shifted to July the very next year and again changed in the following year to the month of June. The Coverage of this year’s festival was taken by BBC in all formats TV, radio and online.

BBC Music director speaking about the event says, “Glastonbury promises to be a magical weekend, especially this year with so many home-grown performers including Jeff Lynne, Adele, Muse, and Coldplay.”

He added, “If you can’t make it to Worthy Farm, BBC Music will bring you the cream of the festival, whether you’re at home or on the move.”

Getting tickets for the Glastonbury Festival is a tough task since many of the UK’s people are competing to be part of the thousands of audience. One has to register in prior for booking the tickets and have to buy them on the allotted day. Anyone under 12 years doesn’t need an entrance ticket for the Event.

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