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Forbes's Billionaire List Full of Geek Bigwigs, Pirates Ignoring New French Laws

Highlights form this morning's other big tech headlines....
  • Forbes has released its Croesus rankings of the world's wealthiest billionaires, and the list includes an impressive team of nerd all-stars, including Mark Zuckerberg, Eric Schmidt and Steve Ballmer. He may not own the overall top billionaire spot anymore (that honor going to Carlos Slim), but Bill Gates still leads the tech rankings with a total net worth of $53 billion. [From: Mashable]
  • France recently implemented a three-strikes piracy law, through which serial downloaders could actually be banned from the Internet. But, apparently, the French file-sharers have extended a huge, virtual middle finger (or is it a shaking fist?) to the government, because piracy rates have actually increased since the law was enacted. [From: Torrent Freak]
  • According to the FDIC, cyber attacks on small businesses resulted in losses of $25 million during the third quarter of 2009. Krebs on Security decided to compare that statistic to physical, real-world thefts, and discovered that actual bank heists during the same period only produced $9.4 million in illicit gains. [From: Krebs on Security]
  • Propagandists and close-minded sheeple are receiving a bit of welcome news this week. At some point in late 2011, CERN's beleaguered Large Hadron Collider will be forced to shut down for approximately one year so that engineers can address various construction mistakes. It looks like those doomsayers with no scientific backgrounds will have to find some other target for their ignorance. [From: Slashdot]
  • EMI is certainly experiencing a damaging and tumultuous PR week. Pink Floyd is currently engaged in an online royalty squabble with the record label. Now, the band (and viral phenomenon) OK Go has completely split with the company over various issues, particularly disabled video embedding. [From: Mashable]
  • In an apparent attempt to remain relevant within the social networking scene, Classmates.com recently altered its terms of service in order to make certain profile information public. The move has swiftly resulted in a class-action lawsuit over "unfair and deceptive practices," an accusation which isn't very surprising considering the Web site's shady history. [From: Wired]

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