Pirate Bay Founder Launches Anonymous Domain Registration Service

Pirate Bay Founder Launches Anonymous Domain Registration Service

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TorrentFreak: Former Pirate Bay spokesperson and co-founder Peter Sunde has just announced his latest venture. Keeping up his fight for privacy on the Internet, he’s launching a new company called Njalla, that helps site operators to shield their identities from prying eyes. The name Njalla refers to the traditional hut that Sami people use to keep predators at bay. It’s built on a tall stump of a tree or pole and is used to store food or other goods. On the Internet, Njalla helps to keep people’s domain names private. While anonymizer services aren’t anything new, Sunde’s company takes a different approach compared to most of the competition. With Njalla, customers don’t buy the domain names themselves, they let the company do it for them. This adds an extra layer of protection but also requires some trust. A separate agreement grants the customer full usage rights to the domain. This also means that people are free to transfer it elsewhere if they want to.

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An email fail made Google suspect Uber was copying its self-driving car technology (GOOG, GOOGL)

An email fail made Google suspect Uber was copying its self-driving car technology (GOOG, GOOGL)

A Google employee wasn’t supposed to receive an email titled “OTTO FILES.”

Yet, the accidental cc-ing of a competitor’s technology designs revealed something potentially much worse: the plans looked eerily familiar. 

On Thursday, Google’s self-driving car spin-out, Waymo, sued Otto and its parent company Uber over alleged theft of intellectual property and patent violations.

Waymo claims that a former employee downloaded more than 14,000 files and took them to start his own company. That startup, Otto, was acquired by Uber only a few months after its official launch for $680 million. 

In its lawsuit, Waymo claims that it had already started looking into whether its intellectual property was stolen in the summer of 2016. “The sudden resignations from Waymo, Otto’s quick public launch with Mr. Lewandowski at the helm, and Uber’s near-immediate acquisition of Otto for more than half a billion dollars all caused Waymo grave concern regarding the possible misuse of its intellectual property,” the company wrote in the suit.

Six months later, by chance, the “evidence” landed in a Waymo employee’s inbox. 

One of Waymo’s suppliers had accidentally included the employee on an email chain meant for members of the vendor’s Uber team, the complaint states. Attached in the “OTTO FILES” email was the drawing for a circuit board used in self-driving car “Lidar” sensors that “bore a striking resemblance to” the one Waymo had been confidentially building. 

That accidental email fail nearly confirmed Waymo’s suspicions. After the company filed a public records request to see what Uber had told Nevada about its self-driving systems, Waymo was convinced. Uber had told Nevada regulators that its cars relied on custom-built Lidar sensors, the suit says. 

“Misappropriating this technology is akin to stealing a secret recipe from a beverage company,” Waymo wrote in a blog post announcing the lawsuit.

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