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Facebook and Twitter 'don't need piracy filter'

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European court rules social networking sites do not require filtering system in copyright case brought by music royalties firmRead the court's judgment in fullSocial networks such as Facebook and Twitter cannot be required to install an anti-piracy filtering system, the European court of justice has ruled.Europe's top court has made...
Facebook and Twitter 'don't need piracy filter'

Groups lodge FTC complaints over childrens' online privacy

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A coalition of 17 advocacy groups filed complaints on Wednesday with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission against five prominent companies, including McDonald's, claiming that certain of their online marketing practices violate child privacy laws....
Groups lodge FTC complaints over childrens' online privacy
AT&T's FaceTime move could get it slapped with an FCC fine

U.S. urged to let companies 'hack-back' at IP cyber thieves

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U.S. companies should be allowed to take aggressive countermeasures against hackers seeking to steal their intellectual property, contends the private Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property. The 100-page report, released this week, stops just short of recommending that the U.S. allow businesses to actively retrieve stolen information...
U.S. urged to let companies 'hack-back' at IP cyber thieves

White House Makes It Impossible For The Blind To Sign Petition Supporting Copyright Treaty For The Blind

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Last week, we discussed a recent We The People petition at the White House, asking the administration to support the treaty for the blind, which would make it easier to access creative works for the blind by creating a few small "exceptions" to copyright law (i.e., returning rights to the...
White House Makes It Impossible For The Blind To Sign Petition Supporting Copyright Treaty For The Blind
President Obama will address legality of drone program on Thursday
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AT&T May Have To Let All iPhone Users Video Chat (T, AAPL)

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Three groups sent a letter to AT&T today warning that if it doesn't stop blocking Apple's FaceTime video chat, they are going to file a formal complaint with the Federal Communications Commission about it. Originally, FaceTime only worked on iPads and iPhones connected by Wi-Fi networks--a big limitation.  Last month, AT&T...
AT&T May Have To Let All iPhone Users Video Chat (T, AAPL)

White House's Online Privacy Plan Gets Mixed Reaction

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Advocacy groups want stronger rules but the industry prefers to retain its current self-regulation....
White House's Online Privacy Plan Gets Mixed Reaction
FCC chairman declines comment on AT&T's controversial FaceTime policy

AT&T Expands FaceTime Support To Those With Tiered Data Plans & LTE-Capable Devices

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Last month, open Internet advocacy groups threatened to file complaint against AT&T with the Federal Communications Commission due to AT&T’s decision to limit the use of Apple’s FaceTime video calling application. AT&T said that users wouldn’t be able to use FaceTime over its cellular network, unless they were also on the...
AT&T Expands FaceTime Support To Those With Tiered Data Plans & LTE-Capable Devices
Chinese hackers and the Shadow Network

Publishers make bid to close filesharing sites

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Publishing groups take action against two websites accused of sharing copyrighted ebooks, while police seize music sharing siteA coalition of US publishing groups has taken legal action in Ireland in a bid to close websites they accuse of copyright infringement.The crackdown came as the UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency announced...
Publishers make bid to close filesharing sites

Skype Must Be More Transparent, Says Activists And Advocacy Groups

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A roster of privacy advocates, Internet activists, journalists and other organizations have issued an open letter to Microsoft, calling on it to issue regular transparency reports about the release of Skype user information to third parties. The letter was addressed to Skype division president Tony Bates, Microsoft chief privacy officer...
Skype Must Be More Transparent, Says Activists And Advocacy Groups

Nokia submits amicus brief in support of Apple's bid to block sale of Samsung products

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According to a report from Reuters, Nokia has this week become the first company to submit an amicus brief in support of Apple’s attempt to secure injunctions on several Samsung products. While the full contents of the brief have not yet been revealed, Reuters reports Nokia argued its position in...
Nokia submits amicus brief in support of Apple's bid to block sale of Samsung products

Google agrees deal with Korean watchdog to help users better understand its new privacy policy

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After weeks of negotiations over its new privacy policy, Google has agreed a plan with the Korea Communications Commission (KCC) to better inform domestic Internet users on how it will use their data and provide links to its existing services to allow them to control the information they share. The...
Google agrees deal with Korean watchdog to help users better understand its new privacy policy

Confronting The Reality Of US Broadband Performance

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Editor’s note: Richard Bennett is a Senior Fellow with the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and co-author of ITIF’s 2013 report, “The Whole Picture: Where America’s Broadband Networks Really Stand.” Follow him on Twitter @iPolicy. We’ve all heard the story: America’s broadband networks are second-rate. We pay exorbitant prices for...
Confronting The Reality Of US Broadband Performance

Do we really want Facebook to decide what qualifies as hate speech and what doesn't?

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As my colleague Eliza Kern has reported, Facebook has apologized for the way it handled “hate speech” against women on the social network, after repeated complaints from advocacy groups alleging that it was turning a blind eye to what was clearly offensive behavior. This has been hailed by some as...
Do we really want Facebook to decide what qualifies as hate speech and what doesn't?

‘Privacy bill of rights’: Advocacy groups, industry weigh in

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There was a lot of reaction Thursday fromonline privacy advocates and Internet companies to the White House’s “privacy bill of rights” — much of it positive. Read full article >>...
‘Privacy bill of rights’: Advocacy groups, industry weigh in

Elephant ivory ads on eBay and Google Shopping threaten conservation, advocates say

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E-commerce has disrupted a number of industries, but it's only helped expand the global market for items made of illegal African elephant ivory. Online sales listings for items made of the highly-coveted tusks of African elephants have increased in recent years, showing up on eBay, Google Shopping and numerous...
Elephant ivory ads on eBay and Google Shopping threaten conservation, advocates say

Efforts by Apple and Foxconn to Improve Electronics Industry Labor Conditions Starting to Take Hold

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In the latest installment of its "iEconomy" series, The New York Times takes a look at the advances made by Apple and Foxconn to improve working conditions at the Chinese factories churning out Apple products since a major push began earlier this year. The report details many changes such as...
Efforts by Apple and Foxconn to Improve Electronics Industry Labor Conditions Starting to Take Hold

Facebook and Twitter 'don't need piracy filter'

www.guardian.co.uk
European court rules social networking sites do not require filtering system in copyright case brought by music royalties firmRead the court's judgment in fullSocial networks such as Facebook and Twitter cannot be required to install an anti-piracy filtering system, the European court of justice has ruled.Europe's top court has made...
Facebook and Twitter 'don't need piracy filter'
Working conditions begin to improve at Apple partner's factories

Groups ask FTC to investigate McDonald's, General Mills over kids' privacy law

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Several privacy and children's advocacy groups have written to the Federal Trade Commission asking the agency to investigate large companies such as McDonald's and General Mills for using marketing techniques they say violate the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The letter also names Doctor's Associates, Inc. -- the owner...
Groups ask FTC to investigate McDonald's, General Mills over kids' privacy law

McDonald's, General Mills accused of collecting kids' data

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Children's advocacy groups this week reportedly file complaints with the FTC against large corporations over brand-related online games that ask kids for friends' e-mail addresses without parental consent. [Read more]...
McDonald's, General Mills accused of collecting kids' data

A US high speed rail network shouldn't just be a dream | Alfred Twu

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There are social and commercial benefits to high speed rail. My map of what's possible drew supporters from coast to coastI created this US High Speed Rail Map as a composite of several proposed maps from 2009, when government agencies and advocacy groups were talking big about rebuilding America's train...
A US high speed rail network shouldn't just be a dream | Alfred Twu

Open Internet groups to file FCC complaint over AT&T's FaceTime blocking

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A trio of digital rights advocacy groups have indicated to AT&T they will file a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission over the carrier's decision to block FaceTime calls over cellular data networks for some customers....
Open Internet groups to file FCC complaint over AT&T's FaceTime blocking

Groups ask FCC to block Verizon spectrum deals with cable providers

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The U.S. Federal Communications Commission must block Verizon Wireless from buying wireless spectrum from cable providers because two proposed deals would concentrate too much spectrum in the hands of one company, a coalition of advocacy groups said....
Groups ask FCC to block Verizon spectrum deals with cable providers
Why cops, cameras and the cloud aren’t a panacea for anything

House of Lords gives thumbs up to 3 strikes, site takedown

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The UK's House of Lords has passed a version of the Digital Economy Bill that eliminated one controversial anti-piracy measure, but added a new one in its place. The Bill, which includes a three-strikes provision that will suspend the service of repeat copyright infringers, will now be considered by...
House of Lords gives thumbs up to 3 strikes, site takedown
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