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Prenda fails to pay $455 appeal fee, leading to a $9,425 setback

Copyright troll Prenda Law has become best known for the major setbacks it has faced in a Los Angeles case in the court of US District Judge Otis Wright. But the tough sanction order penned by Wright has been accompanied by setbacks in other jurisdictions as well.

Wright isn’t the only judge who has been skeptical of Prenda’s evidence regarding the illegal BitTorrent porn downloads it wanted to sue over. In a San Francisco case brought by Prenda shell company AF Holdings, US District Judge Charles Breyer ordered AF Holdings to pay $9,425 in attorneys fees to the defendant, David Trinh.

Paul Duffy, Prenda’s counsel of record, filed papers on June 6 indicating he would appeal Breyer’s decision. But Duffy never paid the $455 docket fee required to mount an appeal. The court clerk for the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit sent out a letter on June 7 telling Duffy he had 14 days to pay the fee, but he never did.

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Nokia Lumia 1020′s Pro Camera app to hit 920, 925 and 928 (hands-on video)

A close look at Nokia's Pro Cam app on the Lumia 1020

One of Lumia 1020′s main attractions is its Nokia Pro Camera app, which completes the phone’s 41-megapixel camera with a bunch of handy features. In our video after the break, you can see Niina (not a typo) from Nokia demonstrating the manual focusing and lossless digital zooming. The latter actually works both ways: even if you’ve zoomed in before capture (and still get native 5-megapixel resolution), you can also zoom back out while browsing these photos, as the app captures both the zoomed-in 5-megapixel image as well as the full 38-megapixel image simultaneously. This way you can reframe the image and even focus on a different subject, as CEO Stephen Elop showed us in our earlier interview. But if you don’t need this feature, you can simply set the app to capture just 5-megapixel images by default.

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Jezebel Being a Mom Is Not a ‘Job’ | Deadspin The “My Little Pony Convention 2013 Highlights” Video

Jezebel Being a Mom Is Not a ‘Job’ | Deadspin The “My Little Pony Convention 2013 Highlights” Video Is Amazing | Jalopnik The 2014 Mazda3 Will Make You Wonder Why People Buy Anything Else | Lifehacker How Writing Regularly Changed My Life (and How You Can Get Started)

Jezebel Being a Mom Is Not a ‘Job’ | Deadspin The “My Little Pony Convention 2013 Highlights” Video

Jezebel Being a Mom Is Not a ‘Job’ | Deadspin The “My Little Pony Convention 2013 Highlights” Video Is Amazing | Jalopnik The 2014 Mazda3 Will Make You Wonder Why People Buy Anything Else | Lifehacker How Writing Regularly Changed My Life (and How You Can Get Started)

NSA taps Skype chats, newly published Snowden leaks confirm

Skype audio and video chats, widely regarded as resistant to interception thanks to encryption, can be wiretapped by American intelligence agencies, according to a new report in The Guardian. The report appears to contradict claims by Microsoft that it has not provided the contents of Skype communications to the government.

In a story published Thursday, based on documents leaked by former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden, The Guardian offers some detail about extensive cooperation between the FBI, the National Security Agency, and Microsoft to enable government access to user communications via the intelligence tool known as PRISM. That cooperation included, according to the leaked NSA documents, enabling access to e-mails and chats, the SkyDrive cloud storage service, and Skype audio and video calls.

The Guardian hasn’t published the documents on which this story is based but has instead quoted from them.

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Is Car Culture Dead? Uh, No

Is Car Culture Dead? Uh, No

Welcome to Must Read, where we single out the best stories from around the automotive universe and beyond. Today we’ve got reports from Hemmings, The New York Times, and Vanity Fair.

Is Car Culture Dying, No?Hemmings

We’ve gone a round on the poorly-headlined NYTimes piece about car culture, but here’s Hemmings taking a thoughtful look.

It seems the statistics offer up less a snapshot of youth priorities today than they do a kind of Rorschach test, leading the observers to layer the stats with their own insecurities, biases and opinions. Besides, these are simply statistics, and stats rarely tell the whole story. Perhaps outside pressures not addressed in the survey (college, extracurricular sports, the Great Recession, high youth unemployment) have as much or more influence on whether young people get their licenses than a simple matter of interest. Perhaps that lost 18.1 percent wouldn’t have become car enthusiasts anyway.

What Is It Like to Drive a $500,000 Rolls-Royce Convertible? Just Like You’d Imagine, Only Much, Much BetterVanity Fair

Is Car Culture Dead? Uh, No

Crazy rich car culture isn’t going anywhere, either.

But in the Drophead Coupé, nothing is impossible. You do not drive this car; you are granted the privilege of riding in—or, considering the fact that the seating position and outward demeanor are on par with that of a Caterpillar earthmover, on—it. As such, its progress on roadways is nothing short of hegemonic. It is Solomon’s Carpet as warp-drive steamroller, glissading you from location to location on a buoyant zephyr of Siberian goose down and the pulverized bones of its adversaries. “Is the car even on?” passengers kept asking, often while we were under way at extralegal speeds.

Philip Caldwell Is Dead at 93; First Nonfamily Member to Head Ford NYTimes

Is Car Culture Dead? Uh, No

Phillip Caldwell, however, is dead.

About as wild and crazy as Mr. Caldwell was ever said to get was an occasional recreational spin around the Ford test track at the wheel of a tractor-trailer. He filled his home and his office at Ford with 18th-century American antiques, and his civic and cultural activities included serving as a trustee of his alma mater and of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

‘The Subaru 22B Will Leave BMW M3 Owners Cowering In Their Garages’

Somehow — and don’t ask me how — John Davis and the crew from MotorWeek once managed to get their hands on what is arguably the baddest production Subaru of all time, the Impreza 22Bi STi. Get ready to be blown away.

That’s an impressive get, considering that the right-hand-drive, 350 horsepower 22B was never sold on our shores. I won’t even ask about the bribes and blackmail that must have gone into making this test happen, but I’m damn sure it worked out the way it did.

While it may have looked like an Impreza coupe with a bodykit and gold wheels, the 22B was a nearly $50,000 street legal race monster with a flat-4 "that will flatten the average V8," Davis says.

Even with a failing clutch (Gee, I wonder how that happened, guys) the mean little Subie still managed a sub-14 second quarter mile time and had a very impressive showing at the track. Davis calls it "a real supercar" and compares it to both Porsche and Ferrari.

Sadly, North American Subaru fans had to make do with the lesser 2.5 RS. But MotorWeek meets a cadre of owners who knew how to turn their cars into hot rods. If you’re down with the WRX and STI scene today, meet your ancestors.

MotorWeek Theater is our showcase of some of our favorite classic reviews from public television’s finest motoring program. How does this video only have 32,444 views? It’s the car you’ll want to twenty-two-be!

Teen jailed for alleged “terroristic threats” on Facebook now free on bail

An anonymous benefactor has posted $500,000 bail for the 19-year-old Texan who had been imprisoned for months after a violent comment that he left on his own Facebook page.

According to MSNBC, Justin Carter was freed on Thursday after an “anonymous good Samaritan” donated the money to the family to get him out of jail. Carter’s attorneys did not immediately respond to Ars’ request for comment. However, Officer McKay—who declined to give her first name—of the Comal County Jail did confirm to Ars that Carter had posted bail and was released.

As we reported previously, earlier this year Carter posted messages to his own Facebook page in response to a dispute on the game League of Legends, saying, “I’m fucked in the head alright, I think I’ma SHOOT UP A KINDERGARTEN.”

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How Writing Regularly Changed My Life (and How You Can Get Started)

How Writing Regularly Changed My Life (and How You Can Get Started)

I’m not going to tell you that you should write every single day, nor am I going to list out reasons that would make my arguments general enough for everyone. This is merely a story of how I believe my passive writing has helped me in the last year.

It’s not uncommon for people to have daily writing recommended to them. History has been written in journals and there are probably hundreds of more reasons why it’s good for all of us. But in my time writing and even “thinking of writing,” I didn’t think there was any really compelling argument about why we should or shouldn’t. In fact, I searched it up, and this is what I got:

How Writing Regularly Changed My Life (and How You Can Get Started)

Google showed me results with varying arguments. Some people would argue that unconstructed writing produces too many incomplete thoughts and works, while others would argue the opposite, that getting into the practice of writing would help spark ideas and provide structure for habitual writing and thinking. What all these arguments had in common was that they were targeted at writers, novelists, people that wrote for a living or wrote to achieve a final product. There are mentions of Hemingway and Stephen King, etc.

But , I’m arguing something a little bit different.

I’m not a writer and I don’t think I’ll ever profess to be. The longest thing I’ve written is in academia, and that was never too exciting. Up until about November of last year, I still didn’t write regularly. I’d try to force myself to write in my blog, or I’d try to physically write in a journal. But as many habits do, it trailed off. So like many others, there was just no way of getting me to sit down and write what was on my mind (even at a minimum). What I did instead was had lunches, dinners, or casual conversations with people, which was where I would do my “documenting” or unload of what was floating around in my head.

The problem with these talks is that, while they’re inherently fulfilling, they’re fleeting. They’re temporal, in a sense. It’s the same problem I dealt with when traveling. I’d refuse or forget to write in a travel journal and as a result, I’d lose context of small details of the trip – all the nuances that make my trips so much more meaningful. And just like my quick chats, much of the detail is lost soon after the trips were over.

So I write. I write because it’s hard to remember everything. I write because it’s become a relaxing habit. I write because it’s private. Yeah, all my writing today starts as a private note. Too many people are afraid to write because of the time commitment or the resulting discussion. It’s an increasingly large problem due to the growth of the Internet and privacy. We no longer really ever find ourselves alone. And it’s because of this I choose to write privately first—with the option to share if it’s what I would deem a shareable thought.

Why Write?

Writing Helps with My Recall

A short note or even a few paragraphs will help me collect my thoughts and important moments throughout the week so I can revisit and recall important details much more quickly. When I used to work at an agency, the “Sunday evening prep” was what I’d do to jog my memory for the following Monday. But writing, in this context, helps separate your personal life as well—avoiding clumping both work and personal thoughts together in normal conventions like to-do lists or task manager bullets. It always felt a bit more casual.

Writing Keeps Me in Check

Everybody falls into a rut, where certain feelings of dissatisfaction, unhappiness, or a lack of fulfillment may surface. I use writing to help manage these feelings. When I’m done writing a piece, I’ll tag it with the mood or the feeling. If I continue to consistently feel a certain way or a mood, I can reference back to the elements of the week or the month that have lead me to the rut and I can fix it. As a practice, if there is ever anything that I’m unhappy about for 7 consecutive days. I’ll confront it.

Writing Helps Me Share My Thoughts

Sometimes nothing feels better than belting out a series of run-on sentences. Do it. Nobody’s judging. It’s been an experience of mine that when my thoughts are written out, they’re likely thoughts that I’d like to share. Perhaps not with the entire world, but a select group of friends or family. And with writing, it’s so much easier to share these thoughts.

Writing Helps Me Communicate in Real Life

It’s true. Over time, my writing has developed characteristics and a tone. It also doesn’t hurt that when I write, it always sounds more elegant and put together. I choose words that I wouldn’t use daily, which slowly sneak their way into my conversations.

It’s also a source of content from which I can quickly pull references from, which make me quicker both on a personal and a professional level.

Writing is Rewarding

Just like going to the gym, I feel like writing is rewarding. When I finish a post or an short entry, I feel accomplished. It’s simple. No one likes going the gym, but it’s the feeling after that we all strive for. Writing is the same way. It leaves me accomplished.

How Did I Start?

I swear, it was just one trip to Peru and Day One that got me hooked.

Take Baby Steps. You Don’t Have to Write a Short Story.

Writing in physical journals got tedious. It became a chore—much like writing long posts feel like today. But because Day One was an iPhone app, it almost felt like I was texting a friend or writing a short email. I never constrained myself or pushed myself to writing a certain amount. It was a stream of consciousness.

Pick Your Tools Wisely. Day One Was My Buddy.

How Writing Regularly Changed My Life (and How You Can Get Started)

I learned my lesson once in the past while traveling in China and I lost a journal. It was devastating and I vowed to make better decisions—so I looked to the cloud. With syncing and Wi-Fi/Network everywhere, using a service like Day One that both stores content locally and in the cloud put me at ease. Even in the mountains of Peru, when I thought I lost my phone, I could rest knowing that I had weeks of travel safely waiting for me when I reconnected to the network. (But the lost iPhone was still a problem.) Losing all my writing would have been reason enough to quit writing for a while, but having a good backup system helped keep me on track.

Couple it With Another Habit.

Maybe after you check email in the morning or at night. Or maybe couple it with something as habitual as brushing your teeth. It was always easier to remember to do something when it came after a well-engrained habit. I profess to not having this problem, but Day One’s desktop application and push notifications on iPhone and iPad helped to keep me on track on days where I may have wanted to write a quick sentence.

In Closing

Props to Day One, and props to making it easier and more comfortable to write. The most important distinction is that my kind of writing is casual and should not be construed as formal in any way. It’s a habit and a tool to improve my productivity and something that I think many people could benefit from. Writing has helped my memory, it’s made me happier, and given me a sense of pride in a habit that I believe is hard to crack. If you don’t already, I think you should give it a try.

You Should Write Regularly | Medium

George Dy is co-founder and chief product officer at Linea, a startup that solves the problem of clutter in our growing digital photo collections. Follow him on Twitter @georgedyjr.

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Nokia’s Zoom Reinvented Event – Live Blog

We're here in New York City for Nokia's Zoom Reinvented event, where the handset maker will undoubtedly be announcing the next flagship Lumia with PureView imaging. We'll be covering the event live, read on for our live blog.