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America's "second best" law school sues online critic and loses on appeal

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The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled (PDF) unanimously in favor of a former law student who used his blog to anonymously complain about his former law school, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, based in Lansing. Doe 1’s counsel, the famed freedom of speech lawyer Paul Levy, of Public...
America's "second best" law school sues online critic and loses on appeal

Privacy in an Age of Public Living: Google and Tor

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In times of Internet censorship and governmental interference with citizen Web use, the need for private browsing has never been more apparent or more crucial to political processes. Perhaps in response to its woes in China, Google has reaffirmed its support of online anonymity for political purposes in a recent...
Privacy in an Age of Public Living: Google and Tor

Creators Must Move Beyond Suing the Audience

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The file-sharing public faces yet another wave of predatory litigation, this time from the so-called US Copyright Group ("USCG"), which is suing BitTorrent users on behalf of various independent filmmakers. The Hollywood Reporter reports that more than 20,000 individuals have been sued, with more suits to come, and the producers...
Creators Must Move Beyond Suing the Audience

TNW’s Daily Dose – 24 hours of tech news in 5 minutes [Audio]

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The head of the UFC says that Anonymous’ actions might very well cause SOPA to resurface. The FBI is looking for someone to build it a monitoring tool for Twitter. Twitter says that it is giving itself the ability to censor some tweets under special circumstances. You can catch The...
TNW’s Daily Dose – 24 hours of tech news in 5 minutes [Audio]
SWAT team throws flashbangs, raids wrong home due to open WiFi network

Chinese Web giant Sina’s new citizen reporting platform pulled amid rumor of government interference

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We’ve seen plenty of efforts aimed at creating citizen news channels — the last few days alone saw Dabble and Signal launch — but Chinese Web giant Sina‘s effort to join the grouping cluster of news-gathering services has been the most curious yet. Earlier today Sina, which runs popular Twitter-like Sina...
Chinese Web giant Sina’s new citizen reporting platform pulled amid rumor of government interference

Hard Hitting Video Slams "Political Prostitution" In Movie Piracy Cases

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For the past few months the headlines have been dominated by two huge movie piracy related cases. Barely a week goes by without updates on the Megaupload case, which is almost certainly the biggest copyright infringement lawsuit the world has ever seen. Then, with less fanfare but with some seriously...
Hard Hitting Video Slams "Political Prostitution" In Movie Piracy Cases

Hangin' With Mr. Cooper: Prenda's Fight Against Alan Cooper Flailing Badly

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Prenda: the gift that keeps on giving. Late last week there was some movement in the ongoing fight directly involving Alan Cooper and Prenda. If you don't recall, Alan Cooper -- who was a caretaker for one of John Steele's homes -- claimed that Steele put Alan Cooper's name and...
Hangin' With Mr. Cooper: Prenda's Fight Against Alan Cooper Flailing Badly

Who's The Coward? Thin-Skinned NY Politicians Try To Ban Anonymous Comments

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Last fall, we were absolutely amazed at a paper written by some NY state politicians arguing that we have too much free speech, and that we need a "more refined" interpretation of the First Amendment, that outlaws things like "leaving improper messages on online message boards." Well... as covered by...
Who's The Coward? Thin-Skinned NY Politicians Try To Ban Anonymous Comments

Google ordered to reveal identity of anonymous bloggers in Australian defamation suit

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Google is facing a difficult situation in Australia where a court has demanded that it reveal the identity of anonymous bloggers that are said to have defamed a sports player-turned-businessman. Former Australian rules footballer Shane Radbone sued Google last month after claiming that a number of blogs on the company’s Blogger...
Google ordered to reveal identity of anonymous bloggers in Australian defamation suit

Paul Hansmeier Pops Up In Prenda Law Defamation Case, As Prenda Tries To Force It Back To State Court

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Ah, the twists and turns of Prenda Law cases. While much of the focus has been on the big showdown in California, there are also the infamous defamation cases. As you may recall, three separate lawsuits were filed in state courts against Alan Cooper (John Steele's caretaker, who has accused...
Paul Hansmeier Pops Up In Prenda Law Defamation Case, As Prenda Tries To Force It Back To State Court

The Real Problem With Internet Comments Isn't Anonymity

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Venom-filled anonymous internet comments are often a favorite target for politicians, writers and plenty of other folks who use them to represent everything that's wrong with the internet. Many sites have a love-hate relationship with comments, including news sites, which often want to encourage "participation" but don't get much out...
The Real Problem With Internet Comments Isn't Anonymity
Porn troll facing ID theft charges wants judge off case

Unknown Tolkien Letter Falls Out of Book

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A detail from the mysterious Tolkien letter. As reported on TheOneRing.net and elsewhere, a handwritten note written by J.R.R. Tolkien that he’d addressed to a couple he and his wife Edith had met on an unfortunate holiday just sold to an anonymous internet bidder for £1,700, or about $2,700. “It’s a complete...
Unknown Tolkien Letter Falls Out of Book

Tom Daley's Twitter ordeal part of trend faced by other Olympic athletes

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Several Team GB athletes at London 2012 games, including weightlifter Zoe Smith, have been targeted on social networkIt started as a place on the internet where celebrities and sports stars could share amiable updates with their fans across the globe.Now some well-known personalities are quitting Twitter after becoming the target...
Tom Daley's Twitter ordeal part of trend faced by other Olympic athletes

“Screenshots Of Despair” Reveals The New Human Condition

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More and more of us are spending more and more of our time staring at screens; And it’s amazing how emotional we’ve started to get about pixels. I’m pretty sure the last thing I see before I die will be one of those blasted spinning rainbow cursor balls. And I’m...
“Screenshots Of Despair” Reveals The New Human Condition

How to Make it Big in Social Media

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How to Make it Big in Social Media is a post from Chris PirilloEveryone has their own idea as to how to be the next big thing in social media. Almost none of those ideas are right. In some ways, it’s almost luck of the draw as to who becomes...
How to Make it Big in Social Media

Samsung admits to astroturf attacks HTC in Taiwan

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The Taiwan Fair Trade Commission is reportedly investigating astroturfing attacks launched by Samsung denigrating HTC devices. The investigation was launched after a website accused the manufacturing giant of "evil marketing" when it was discovered to have used anonymous internet users to criticize the devices by the rival company....    ...
Samsung admits to astroturf attacks HTC in Taiwan

"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

Meet the man reinventing the news

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Jonah Peretti's BuzzFeed is putting together a new model for Internet journalism. FORTUNE -- Jonah Peretti has made a massive bet that smart people -- specifically writers and editors -- are key to the success of a next generation media company. User-generated content by the likes of unpaid bloggers and...
Meet the man reinventing the news

John Steele Dismisses His Defamation Lawsuit Against Alan Cooper And Anonymous Internet Critics

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Today's quite a Prenda Law day around here. While the focus has reasonably been on the upcoming showdown on Monday, where Judge Otis Wright has ordered all of the Prenda players to be in his courtroom on Monday, John Steele has apparently dismissed his defamation case against Alan Cooper, Cooper's...
John Steele Dismisses His Defamation Lawsuit Against Alan Cooper And Anonymous Internet Critics

Sorry Ron Paul, You Don't Get To Abuse Trademark Law To Unveil Anonymous Internet Users

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Back in January, we wrote about the bizarre decision by Ron Paul to file a lawsuit to unmask some anonymous internet users, who had created a controversial anti-John Huntsman video. At the end of the video, the anonymous videomakers had endorsed Paul, but some conspiracy-minded folks insisted that they were...
Sorry Ron Paul, You Don't Get To Abuse Trademark Law To Unveil Anonymous Internet Users
Doubling down: FunnyJunk lawyer to subpoena Ars, Twitter
Torrent Site Pirate Bay Claims To Have Moved Servers To North Korea

Ban on Anonymous Comments Does Not Violate Free Speech, Says New York Lawmaker

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(Image: flickr.com/jbcurio) New York legislators involved with the proposed Internet Protection Act are getting a lot of calls today, and they’re not quite sure why. The bill was introduced weeks ago to a quiet reception but seems to have become controversial overnight. “Assemblyman Jim Conte is just a co-sponsor on...
Ban on Anonymous Comments Does Not Violate Free Speech, Says New York Lawmaker

Team Prenda Does Not Show Up In Court; Judge Is Not Amused

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We'll have a more complete report soon from Ken "Popehat" White, who was in the courtroom for the Prenda hearing today and will be writing about it for us (and for his own site), but for the quick version of what happened, with a huge assist from both Adam Steinbaugh...
Team Prenda Does Not Show Up In Court; Judge Is Not Amused

Bitcoin vs. Ben Bernanke

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Could a virtual currency created by an anonymous Internet hacker someday replace the U.S. dollar? What seems like a ridiculous question has become more intriguing as trading in the digital money called Bitcoin has surged more than 300 percent in the past year to roughly 60,000 transactions per day. Gavin...
Bitcoin vs. Ben Bernanke

New York’s Anonymous Comment Ban Would Be for ‘Factual Concerns,’ Not Opinions, Says Author

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Assemb. Murray. Cue the walkback. New York Assemblyman Dean Murray just blasted out a statement regarding his proposal to require publishers to remove anonymous comments on the Internet upon request. "Unfortunately, some opponents of this legislation have mischaracterized this bill in an attempt to have it withdrawn," he said. "It...
New York’s Anonymous Comment Ban Would Be for ‘Factual Concerns,’ Not Opinions, Says Author

‘Romney’s Balls’ Get Their Very Own Web Site

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Some anonymous internet artisan wants to make a meme out of Mitt Romney’s testicles. A political operative forwarded us a page on the blog platform Tumblr entitled “Romney’s Balls” based on a quote in a profile of Mr. Romney’s “most trusted advisor”, Eric Fehrnstrom written by Jason Zengerle in this...
‘Romney’s Balls’ Get Their Very Own Web Site

Hackers launch assault on Israeli government websites

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Israeli officials count 44 million attacks on government sites since bombardment of Gaza began - but only one succeedsMore than 44 million hacking attempts have been made on Israeli government websites since Wednesday when Israel began its Gaza offensive, according to Israeli officials.Finance minister Yuval Steinitz said just one hacking...
Hackers launch assault on Israeli government websites
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