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SpongeBob disappears from app store after privacy criticism

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An advocacy group calls on the FTC to investigate the children's game for violations of online privacy rights and misleading marketing. [Read more]...
SpongeBob disappears from app store after privacy criticism

AMC Defies MPAA Bullies: Will Show Unrated Documentary To Kids With Permission Slips

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There's been a bit of a kerfuffle in Hollywood lately surrounding the documentary Bully, which has drawn attention to the ridiculousness of the MPAA's movie ratings system—and may even indicate the first real erosion of the organization's power in that area. The documentary—which has been well-received as an accurate depiction...
AMC Defies MPAA Bullies: Will Show Unrated Documentary To Kids With Permission Slips
Ron Paul group launches campaign against Internet regulation

Facebook's Zuckerberg forms advocacy group

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The group will focus on immigration reform that includes both border security and a path to citizenship, along with higher school standards and support for teachers....
Facebook's Zuckerberg forms advocacy group

Douglas Durst Floats Plan for Tech Offices and Galleries to Save Pier 40

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Last month, Douglas Durst walked away from the Friends of Hudson River Park advocacy group over a disagreement with the trust that runs the Manhattan watefront park. The key dispute had been over what to do with Pier 40, the libertarian park‘s former cash cow that has become a drain...
Douglas Durst Floats Plan for Tech Offices and Galleries to Save Pier 40
Leaked slides show the RIAA might hit snags identifying copyright infringement, doesn't really care about SOPA

GOOGLE: US Government Requesting Even More Private Data Without A Warrant

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Google has revealed the full scale of the US government's use of controversial legislation that bypasses judicial approval to access the online information of private citizens. According to its latest transparency report, the number of requests for private data Google received from US officials had increased by 136% by the...
GOOGLE: US Government Requesting Even More Private Data Without A Warrant

Estonia Gets Highest Marks for Internet Freedom

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Many countries are increasingly clamping down on what their citizens can say online, but Estonia ranks at the top of countries for freedom on the Internet, according to a survey by an American advocacy group....
Estonia Gets Highest Marks for Internet Freedom
Amicus Wants To Socialize Nonprofit Fundraising And Outreach, Raises $580K Itself
Facebook Appoints Ad Vet Nicola Mendelsohn As Its New VP For EMEA

Group calls for removal of 'gay cure' app from iOS, Android stores

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A gay rights advocacy group known as All Out has called on both Apple and Google to remove a "gay cure" app from their respective app stores. Apple has already removed the app, but as of this writing the program, Setting Captives Free is still available on Google's Play store....
Group calls for removal of 'gay cure' app from iOS, Android stores
How Much Proposition E Will Save SF Startups #FunWithMath

Google report reveals continued rise in US government requests for data

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Transparency report shows officials bypassing judicial approval under controversial Electronic Communications Privacy ActGoogle has revealed the full scale of the US government's use of controversial legislation that bypasses judicial approval to access the online information of private citizens.According to its latest transparency report, the number of requests for private data...
Google report reveals continued rise in US government requests for data

Carriers, policy groups join up to (sort of) stop Verizon-cable deal

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T-Mobile, Sprint, rural carriers and advocacy group Public Knowledge have teamed up to create a mobile version of the Super Friends, their sole mission to battle the Verizon-cable Legion of Doom. Called the Alliance for Broadband Competition, the loose-knit group of companies and organizations is committed to opposing Verizon’s multi-faceted...
Carriers, policy groups join up to (sort of) stop Verizon-cable deal

Advocacy group takes aim at anti-porn bill requiring ISP data retention

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One of the advocacy groups that worked to stall the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act in the U.S. Congress has taken aim at a bill that would require U.S. ISPs to retain the Internet Protocol logs of all their customers for a year, in the name of fighting online child...
Advocacy group takes aim at anti-porn bill requiring ISP data retention

Facebook under fire (again) for all-male board

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The fact that the social-networking site doesn't have any women on its board "is nothing short of shameful," says the newest advocacy group to join the FACE IT campaign. [Read more]...
Facebook under fire (again) for all-male board

Fwd.Us Raises Uproar With Advocacy Tactics

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The advocacy group Fwd.Us, created by Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and others, has shocked some liberals with its tactics in a campaign to support immigration reform.    ...
Fwd.Us Raises Uproar With Advocacy Tactics

Petition protests Megaupload data seizure

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More than 35,000 people have signed a petition protesting the U.S. government’s seizure of data from the file-sharing site Megaupload. Advocacy group Demand Progress organized the petition, which argues that innocent users of the site have suffered because of a few bad actors. Read full article >>...
Petition protests Megaupload data seizure

Facebookers Go Red To Support Marriage Equality

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Notice a little extra red in the blue sea of Facebook the past couple of days? That’s a new picture shared by the Human Rights Campaign, an advocacy group for LGBT individuals and their allies, which is being used to show support for marriage equality. Proposition 8, which outlaws same-sex...
Facebookers Go Red To Support Marriage Equality
Greenpeace says Apple has 'significantly improved' its clean energy policy
Pakistan backs away from proposed censorship system

Senator disputes Aaron Swartz's SOPA, Protect IP role

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Senate Judiciary spokeswoman denies a meeting between a committee aide and the late activist Aaron Swartz led to the creation of the anti-SOPA advocacy group Demand Progress. [Read more]...
Senator disputes Aaron Swartz's SOPA, Protect IP role

Michigan Supreme Court Judge Says Facebook Campaign Won Her Election (FB)

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Democrat Bridget Mary McCormack believes Facebook -- specifically about $51,000 of Facebook ads -- won her a seat on the Michigan State Supreme Court. She got 1.53 million votes, beating Republican incumbent Stephen Markman for the first place finish even though Markman spent $1 million in attack ads on TV,...
Michigan Supreme Court Judge Says Facebook Campaign Won Her Election (FB)

"1984"-Style National Security Letters Ruled Unconstitutional

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The secretive, gag order-attached National Security Letters routinely sent by the FBI to tech firms and telecom providers have been ruled unconstitutional. The mysterious National Security Letters sent by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to Internet hosting companies, telecommunications providers, and data firms are one of the tech...
"1984"-Style National Security Letters Ruled Unconstitutional

Pakistan Torches National Firewall Plans

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The most ambitious net censorship project since China's Great Firewall is no more: Pakistan's Ministry of Information Technology has indicated that they are canceling plans for a 50 million+ URL net filtering regime.Earlier this week, the Pakistani government announced that they were canceling plans to build a national Internet filter...
Pakistan Torches National Firewall Plans

Australian Consumer Advocate CHOICE Encourages IP Spoofing To Get Better Prices

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I'll be honest about my viewpoint to start this piece: I hate geo-restrictions, particularly on digital goods. I simply cannot see how they benefit anyone. Customers are blocked or pay different prices for like goods, often times angering them (not something you typically want to do to customers). Companies feel...
Australian Consumer Advocate CHOICE Encourages IP Spoofing To Get Better Prices
Thousands of angry AT&T customers speak out as Free Press pushes for net neutrality

New cybersecurity proposal addresses privacy concerns

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The US Senate is reportedly set to consider a new cybersecurity bill (PDF) that will replace the Lieberman-Collins Cybersecurity Act, which was blasted by privacy advocates. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a vocal critic of the original act, suggests legislators have responded to many of the "most glaring privacy concerns," though...
New cybersecurity proposal addresses privacy concerns
One's Street Tweeter paints your political statements on the pavement

Internet groups blast AT&T's effort to justify FaceTime blocking

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AT&T posted a pointed justification of its decision to place restrictions on FaceTime over cellular earlier today, with the carrier's VP of regulatory affairs saying that people "rushed to judgement" on their possible violation of the FCC's Open Internet regulations — but internet groups have already responded critically to...
Internet groups blast AT&T's effort to justify FaceTime blocking
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