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Monday, March 17, 2008

Japanese ISPs to Ban File-Sharers from the Internet

Japanese ISPs to Ban File-Sharers from the Internet


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Continues disturbing trend of ISPs agreeing to terminate the connections of customers who ignore warnings to cease illegal file-sharing activity.


It's quickly and quietly becoming the year that ISPs around the world have decided to become the world's copyright cops. It began in France almost four months ago with an agreement between ISPs, copyright holders, and so-called "protectors" of French culture who hammered out a three-strikes-and-you-out policy for persistent illegal file-sharers.


In return for the govt's crackdown on illegal file-sharing, the French music industry agreed to drop DRM protections for French music, and the French movie industry also agreed to speed up the release of movies on DVD. For these "concessions" to the entertainment industry ISPs get to intrude on everybody's privacy, file-sharers and non file-sharers, and inspect each and every data packet that travels on their network for copyright infringing material.


ISPs in the UK are under similar pressure with the government there threatening legislation to force ISPs to filter their networks of copyrighted material unless they act to do so on their own.


Australia was the most recent country to begin examining the possibility of ISP-level content filtering, but as of yet has made no official plans to do so.


Now comes word that Japan is the latest country to begin formal efforts to terminate the internet connections of anyone "repeatedly accused" of illegal file-sharing. A three-strikes-and-you-out policy seems to be the most likely conclusion here.


Faced with mounting complaints from the music, movie and video-game industries, four associations representing Japan's ISPs have agreed to a plan that will terminate the Internet connections of those illegal file-sharers who ignore e-mail warnings to stop the practice.


According to reports in the Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun, ISPs there will set up a panel next month involving groups representing copyright holders to draft the new guidelines, the report said.


The actions would be among the strictest in fighting online piracy.


The same newspaper also estimated that 1.75 million people in Japan use file-sharing software, mostly the one known as "Winny," to illegally share files online.


One ISP there considered such a plan to disconnect illegal file-sharers two years ago, but decided to drop the plan after the country's Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry said it may violate privacy laws. But now they believe the effort may be possible if they simply disconnect specific users having first been identified as repeat copyright law offenders.


What makes the affair really scary is that it's slowly becoming evident that ISPS will indeed become the gatekeepers of the Internet. As one group of interests is allowed to block or inspect content as it sees fit, so too will others inevitably want a seat at the filtering table.


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CME to buy Nymex for $9.48 billion - Mar. 17, 2008

CME to buy Nymex for $9.48 billion - Mar. 17, 2008


CME to buy Nymex for $9.48 billion

Owner of Chicago Mercantile Exchange to buy New York-based exchange for $3.4 billion in cash and $6.08 billion in stock.


CHICAGO (AP) -- CME Group Inc., which runs the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade, said Monday it will buy New York Mercantile Exchange parent Nymex Holdings for about $9.48 billion, including $3.4 billion in cash and $6.08 billion of stock.

CME, the world's largest financial exchange company, is paying 12.5 million shares, valued at $6.08 billion based on the stock's Friday closing price of $486.05. Nymex (NMX) holders will receive 0.1323 Class A shares of CME Group and $36 in cash for each share outstanding.

Priced at $100.30 per share, the deal is valued at about $9.48 billion, based on roughly 94 million shares outstanding at Feb. 20. Shareholders of Nymex, which hosts trading of energy and metals contracts, will own about 18.6% of the combined company.

CME (CME) hosts trading of "futures" contracts, which allow investors to bet on swings in prices for things like gold, oil or wheat. To top of page


NYSE Arca Pre MArket Morning Update

NYSE Pre Market

NYSE Arca Morning Update for Monday, Mar 17, 2008 :


Stocks trading on NYSE Arca at a price more than 15% away from the previous trade day's consolidated close price. (As of 08:30:00 ET)

Stock
Friday's Close Current Price Pct Chng Current NYSE Arca Vol
BSC

$29.99

$3.28

( 89%)

5,027,849

TMA

$2.28

$1.55

( 32%)

75,861

CRME

$6.30

$8.14

29%

4,399

LEH

$39.75

$28.19

( 29%)

2,103,063

BSC-F

$33.00

$26.30

( 20%)

700

WM

$10.59

$8.78

( 17%)

229,468

MER

$43.64

$36.54

( 16%)

220,892

BLOG

$23.58

$27.30

16%

50,350

10 Most Active stocks on NYSE Arca as of 08:30:00 ET

Based on Dollar Volume: Based on Share Volume:
Stock
Dollar Volume
SPY
$821,985,863
QQQQ
$73,493,244
LEH
$59,240,349
GS
$37,121,924
JPM
$21,715,687
BSC
$18,719,924
IWM
$18,683,472
GLD
$16,704,148
SDS
$12,075,448
UBS
$9,986,869
Stock
Share Volume
SPY
6,479,638
BSC
5,027,849
LEH
2,103,063
QQQQ
1,776,393
JPM
588,115
C
469,029
UBS
390,362
XLF
370,860
IWM
289,931
GS
259,877


Pre Market Gap Up and Down

Gapping up:

VG +6.6%, TWTI +6.5%, GLD +2.3%, TUP +1.3%...

Gapping down:

BSC -88.7%, LEH -33.7%, WM -14.6%, MER -12.7%, SI -12.3%, C -11.9%, GS -10.7%, WB -9.5%, UBS -7.4%, MS -6.4%, CVTX -6.3%, AMTD -5.5%, ETFC -5.0%, DB -4.7%, BAC -4.7%, CS -4.6%, ASTI -2.4%.

Gapping up in reaction to strong earnings/guidance: HNR +3.8%, RAMR +3.5%, PMI +1.8%... M&A news: DMX +22.1% (receives tender offer to be acquired for $5.40/share by Walgreen's), BLOG +14.4% (BMC Software to Purchase BladeLogic for $28/share in cash), JPM +1.5% (to acquire BSC for $2/share, also ratings affirmed by Moody's and S&P)... Select gold stocks showing strength on higher spot prices: AUY +4.2%, GFI +2.6%, KGC +2.5%, GLD +2.3%, ABX +1.1%... Other news: CRME +29.8% (announces positive interim Ph. 2b results for oral vernakalant and engages Merrill Lynch as strategic advisor), TWTI +6.5% (Third Wave's InPlex CF Molecular Test receives FDA clearance), TUP +1.3% (Cramer makes positive comments on MadMoney)... Analyst upgrades: NAT +1.9% (upgraded to Neutral at JPMorgan).

Pre-Market Most Active Stocks - NASDAQ Premarket

Pre-Market Most Active Stocks - NASDAQ Premarket

NASDAQ - Pre-Market Ten Most Advanced

Active Share Volume Declined

Symbol

Company Name

Market
Close
Last Sale (Pre-Market) % Change
(Pre-Market)
Share
Volume

(Pre-Market)

Cardiome Pharma Corporation
$6.24 $7.75 24.20% 6,200

BladeLogic, Inc.
$23.61 $27.30 15.63% 210,700

Aspect Medical Systems, Inc.
$5.62 $5.67 0.89% 5,000

Perrigo Company
$34.84 $35.11 0.77% 4,200

Shire plc
$58.96 $59.29 0.56% 59,979

Encysive Pharmaceuticals Inc
$2.29 $2.30 0.44% 3,000

As of 3/17/2008 8:19:25 AM

NASDAQ - Pre-Market Ten Most Declined

Active Share Volume Advanced

Symbol

Company Name

Market
Close
Last Sale (Pre-Market) % Change
(Pre-Market)
Share
Volume

(Pre-Market)

E*TRADE Financial Corporation
$3.63 $3.23 11.02% 148,671

Solarfun Power Holdings Co., Ltd.
$10.20 $9.21 9.71% 11,100

TASER International, Inc.
$9.94 $9 9.46% 5,044

JA Solar Holdings, Co., Ltd.
$14.56 $13.33 8.45% 24,001

DryShips Inc.
$60.01 $55.55 7.43% 14,507

Crocs, Inc.
$20.18 $18.85 6.59% 7,242

TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation
$16.50 $15.51 6.00% 13,270

Ryanair Holdings plc
$27.74 $26.11 5.88% 6,500

China Finance Online Co. Limited
$14.60 $13.75 5.82% 3,050

RF Micro Devices, Inc.
$2.65 $2.52 4.91% 5,825

As of 3/17/2008 8:19:38 AM


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