Weekend tech reading: US anti-piracy bill to cost taxpayers millions

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Anti-piracy bill set to cost taxpayers $47m to 2016 PROTECT IP, the U.S. government’s legislation to target individuals and domains connected with allegations of copyright infringement, is set to cost millions of dollars to enforce. According to a Congressional Budget Office estimate, PROTECT IP -- which is designed to benefit US-based entertainment companies -- will cost the taxpayer a cool $47m between 2012 and 2016. TorrentFreak

HP's $99 TouchPad tablet selling out in retailer fire sale Some retailers sold out remaining Hewlett-Packard TouchPad tablets in just a few hours on Saturday after heavily discounted prices attracted buyers to the last remaining units of the soon-to-be defunct tablet.The TouchPad models cleared out by early morning at the Best Buy and Staples stores in New York City's Union Square, salespeople at the stores said. PCWorld

Battlefield 3 PC version won’t have in-game server browser The tables have turned. A day after we gladly reported that console gamers would be getting this great PC feature called “server browser”, we can now report that PC gamers won’t have an in-game server browser. DICE’s Alan Kertz has confirmed that in order to switch servers, you have to exit Battlefield 3, and use Battlelog to find another server and join. BF3Blog

Windows 8 app store will change Windows software forever Windows 8 is coming, and apparently its bringing a Windows 8 app store with it. Speculation that began with hints of an app store in leaked builds of Windows 8 earlier this year have been all but officially confirmed in a blog post from the President of Microsoft's Windows and Windows Live divisions, Steven Sinofsky. PCWorld

Crazy: 90 percent of people don't know how to use CTRL+F This week, I talked with Dan Russell, a search anthropologist at Google, about the time he spends with random people studying how they search for stuff. One statistic blew my mind. 90 percent of people in their studies don't know how to use CTRL/Command + F to find a word in a document or web page! The Atlantic

PS Vita specs list arrives, makes hardware fanboys happy Sony has announced the hardware specs for the PS Vita, the upcoming successor to the company’s handheld PSP, and the details (see below) have confirmed most fans’ hopes instead of their fears. The heart of the system is an ARM-developed Cortex A9 chip with four cores.. Geek.com

Intel Atom graphics troubles are DirectX related If you remember, yesterday we wrote about Intel delaying its Cedar Trail Atom processors to November, well Intel got in touch with us saying that it had only officially said it would launch Cedar Trail in the second half of this year, so technically it's not late. VR-Zone

Best study ever: Wasting time online boosts worker productivity Spending time online updating your Facebook page, clicking through I Can Has Cheezburger and ogling Robert Pattinson may rot your brain, but new research suggest that it could also make you more productive at work. LA Times

AT&T VP: iPhone 5 coming in early October, prepare to get ‘really, really busy’ One of our high-level AT&T sources just informed us that an AT&T Vice President has confirmed to several employees that the iPhone 5 is slated to launch in early October. Boy Genius Report

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive: Valve’s goal is cross-platform play On the Gamescom 2011 PC Games spoke with Valve head Gabe Newell. PC Games (text is translated, but video is in English)

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