Hector Xavier Monsegur a.k.a. Sabu, the ex-head of infamous Lulzsec, has been awarded a six month delay for his court case as thanks for his cooperation with the US Federal authorities in getting other Lulzsec members behind bars. The request was filed by the US Government and accepted by the district Attorney. The document which confirmed the news read that the adjournment has been requested “in light of the defendant’s ongoing cooperation with the Government.” The request has been accepted and now the case has been adjourned till 22 February, 2013.
BitInstant, the virtual currency company, is maintaining its stand that a Bitcoin-funded card is in the making and that it will launch in roughly eight weeks. As per previous reports company’s co-founder, Charlie Shrem, confirmed over IRC chat that such a card is on its way but, MasterCard had denied working with BitInstant in this matter. An official message has now been posted on BitInstant’s site which reads, “BitInstant plans to release the Paycard in roughly eight weeks and is working with its partners to make this card program happen.”
A Massachusetts court has ruled that the $675k fine on Joel Tenenbaum, a former Boston University student, for illegally downloading 30 songs and then sharing them will stand. Tenenbaum was charged with the illegal download and was asked to pay $22,500 per song. Joel requested a new jury trial but, Judge Rya W. Zobel overturned the request and said that the fine was appropriate as previously determined by the jury and that it will not be lowered.
Twitter is going to join the ranks of IBM, Google, HP, Oracle by joining the Linux Foundation – the nonprofit consortium working towards growth of Linux, next week it has announced. With thousands of Linux servers in its network the micro-blogging site will be joining the foundation in a bid to promote, protect and advance Linux.