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Microsoft seized 23 domains this week from No-IP, a provider of dynamic DNS services, after filing a civil suit alleging that the domains in question were..
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Within hours of Wednesday's ruling, Fox had run to the 9th Circuit appeals court with the news. The 9th Circuit had previously rejected Fox's attempt to shut down the Dish technology, but Aereo has renewed its hopes of killing some innovation [...]

#aereo   #fox   #9thcircuit   #techdirt  
We've been saying that the Aereo ruling is going to create a litigation headache for a number of companies... and here we go. You may recall that a bunch of TV broadcasters have sued Dish over its attempts to provide innovative features to...
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Underscoring the irony, as the blog's publisher Tom Goldstein notes, is the fact that the Standing Committee of Correspondents that made this decision sent it around just as the latest Supreme Court rulings were coming out, and about 10,000 readers were all watching the SCOTUSblog's live blog about it. Adding more insult, the Senate Gallery released that decision to others in the press, so that SCOTUSblog found out about it on Twitter from others, rather than directly.

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And the actual SCOTUSblog post:

http://www.scotusblog.com/2014/06/the-walls-erected-by-traditional-media/

#SCOTUSblog   #traditionalmedia   #techdirt  
We've covered the recent troubles the popular SCOTUSblog has had in trying to secure a press pass to the Supreme Court. As we've noted SCOTUSblog is basically the go to source for any reporting on the Supreme Court. On days when the court...
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Congratulations, general public and major media outlets, you've brought the rest of us to a place where a website that tells ghost stories has to put out a disclaimer that their stories of the supernatural are fictional. The very fact that this has to be written is the latest indictment on a scapegoat-seeking public that is far more interested in feeling better by blaming an innocent third-party than actually tackling the problem with which they're presented or the reality in which they must endure.

#creepypasta   #techdirt  
I won't say I told you so, but...you know what, screw it, I told you so. I told you the horror story out of Waukesha, Wisconsin, where two girls attacked a friend, nearly killing her, invoking the name of Slender Man, the creation of one user...
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"To most people war is a supreme evil to be avoided if at all possible. And yet, we go right on having wars. To those who rule nations, war is a tool of power which is used deliberately. War provides the perfect excuse for a government to impose increased controls on its own people. By citing 'national security' the government can persuade the people that even highly dictatorial controls are for their own good."  --  Peter Beter, Counsel to the U.S. Export-Import Bank appointed by John F. Kennedy
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Watt, by contrast, evidently earned no money from the scheme and didn’t participate directly in the breaches or possess stolen card data. His primary overt act was to code the sniffer tool for Gonzalez, for which he received no payment.
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Though U.S. District Judge Nancy Gertner acknowledged that Watt’s role in the “mightily, mightily malicious and irresponsible” scheme was minor, she gave him two years in prison and ordered him to pay restitution in the amount of $171.5 million. [ ... ]

#wired   #stephenwatt   #stephenheymann  
Before the suspects were identified in the Boston Marathon bombings, a U.S. probation officer and his supervisor visited the Manhattan apartment of programmer Stephen Watt with a question: Did Watt happen to know anything about the attack? They told Watt they weren't accusing him of anything, just that he should come forward if he had any information. Watt and his wife were shocked by the random inquiry. But in some ways, it's part and parcel of ...
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Using an example of a current crisis, it said that Russia could use armed drones in Ukraine under the justification that it was killing anti-Russian terrorists and then refuse to disclose the intelligence that served as the basis for the strike.

“In such circumstances,” the report asked, “how could the United States credibly condemn Russian targeted killings?”
The group of military, intelligence and legal experts warned of a “slippery slope” to perpetual war and the dangers of setting bad precedents for foes.
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He led off by agreeing with the several executive speakers that true competition is the way of the future, and the best way to serve consumers. “But we haven’t given competition the chance it needs,” he continued, before referring to how poorly U.S. broadband compares on the global stage. “We have fallen so far short that we should be ashamed of ourselves. We should be leading, and we’re not. We need to get serious about broadband, we need to get serious about competition, we need to get serious about our country.”
In Washington, DC today, a group of internet industry executives and politicians came together to look back on the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and to do a little crystal-ball gazing about the f...
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ISPs like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon can Astroturf all they want, but one thing holds true: they are all out to milk the consumer for all they’re worth by offering high-cost, slow Internet feeds to people who don’t know any better.

#techcrunch   #netneutrality  
Right on cue, the big corporations who stand to lose the most from the treatment of Internet connectivity as a public utility are allegedly creating..
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“Our Government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher,” Brandeis concluded. “For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by its example. Crime is contagious. If the Government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy. To declare that in the administration of the criminal law the end justifies the means — to declare that the Government may commit crimes in order to secure the conviction of a private criminal — would bring terrible retribution.”
So-called liberals attack the whistle-blower duo -- and a brilliant Supreme Court justice saw it all coming
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One of the core pillars of academic research is sharing. By letting other researchers know what you do, ideas are criticized, improved upon and extended.

Unfortunately it’s not always easy for academics to share their work. Most of the top publications are being monetized by major publishers, which means that they are locked behind a paywall that’s not open to the public.
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Sony Blocks Creative Commons Movie With Bogus DMCA Takedown | TorrentFreak
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It's pretty hard to enrage free software advocates, the Creative Commons movement, and anti-overreaching copyright and anti-censorship camps

NSA reportedly collecting data secretly from Google, Yahoo
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The NSA has been secretly collecting internet data as it transits to Google and Yahoo servers abroad according to leaks from Edward Snowden.

Hangouts (replaces Talk)
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Hangouts brings one-on-one and group conversations to life with photos, emoji, and video calls for free. Connect with friends across compute

Why The State Attorneys General's Assault On Internet Immunity Is A Terr...
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A forthcoming proposal from the state attorneys general to modify 47 USC 230 would be devastating.

On whistleblowers and government threats of investigation
www.guardian.co.uk

Glenn Greenwald: No healthy democracy can endure when the most consequential acts of those in power remain secret and unaccountable

All the Infrastructure a Tyrant Would Need, Courtesy of Bush and Obama
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The American people have a duty to dismantle the national security state before it destroys the American project.

Lulz and Leg Irons: In the Courtroom with Weev | VICE United States
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On the morning of the March 18, I was sitting at the Federal Courthouse in Newark, New Jersey, waiting to hear how long Weev would spend in

The new politics of Silicon Valley: Revenge of the nerds
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A new generation of technology freedom fighters is emerging to fight lopsided legislation including SOPA and Protect IP. Whether they win or

Basketball 2012
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See more doodles at google.co.uk/doodles!

Supreme Court OKs Public Domain Works Being Copyrighted | IPWatchdog.com...
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The Constitution does not support this decision. The decision shows a contemptuous understanding of the history and role of intellectual pro