News@5: FCC Net Neutrality Guidelines Face Opposition, Xbox 360 Modder Faces Jail & Virgin TiVo

The net neutrality guidelines proposed by the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are being met with serious opposition from leading US broadband and telephone operators. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski planned to ensure net neutrality in the US by forbidding ISPs from favoring some Internet services over others.

A man accused of running an illegal Xbox 360 modding business, could face up to ten years in jail as his case goes to trial. Matthew Crippen ran a booming Xbox modding enterprise in which he hacked the measures preventing users from running pirated software on the console for fee of $60 to $80.

The new TiVo box launched yesterday by Virgin Media will change the way video contents are consumed from now, not least because it will be rolled out on a wide scale with potentially hundreds of thousands of customers. What makes the box so special is the fact that it offers the prospects of the same level of functionality as any decent entry level media server on the market and indeed even smartphones.

Google has released an official Google Reader app for its Android mobile operating system. The company explained in a blog post, that the Google Reader for Android application will come with all the usual features expected in an RSS reader, such as unread counts, friends, sharing, liking and starring.

The Supreme Court has stated that people will be able to rely on the "fair comment" clause if they are being sued for libel, even if they don't have any facts to justify an offending comment. The court ruled that the current defacement law was not up to date with the 21st century and could rob people of their right to express free speech.