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NSA Whistleblower Ed Snowden: From My Desk I Could Wiretap Anyone: You, A Federal Judge Or The President Of The US

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Yesterday, it was revealed that Ed Snowden was the whistleblower, who exposed some details of NSA surveillance capabilities, often going far beyond what people expected. If you haven't yet, you should watch his video interview with Glenn Greenwald where he goes into more detail: Here's a bit that caught my...
NSA Whistleblower Ed Snowden: From My Desk I Could Wiretap Anyone: You, A Federal Judge Or The President Of The US

Bitcoin eyed as feds crack down on online money laundering

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The takedown of Liberty Reserve, which authorities described as a multibillion-dollar online money-laundering operation, raises the question whether Bitcoin could evolve into an alternative for cybercriminals. The U.S. attorney's office in New York last week unsealed an indictment against the operators of Liberty Reserve, which provided the financial infrastructure...
Bitcoin eyed as feds crack down on online money laundering

Streaming Site Admin Detained 7 Months Without Bail, Faces Deportation

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During the early days of February, authorities in the United States embarked on a new round of domain seizures. A total of 307 domains were targeted in Operation Fake Sweep, 291 of which sold counterfeit merchandise such as NFL clothing. This round of seizures, the tenth carried out by the...
Streaming Site Admin Detained 7 Months Without Bail, Faces Deportation

Piracy accused 'happy case over'

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A British student accused by the US authorities of running a website which broke copyright laws welcomes a deal which drops the case....
Piracy accused 'happy case over'

Amazon is discounting us to death | Tim Waterstone

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The online retailer is smart, single-minded and ruthless – and it is destroying Britain's book industryThe furore over Amazon's highly creative world-wide tax planning – we have learned, for instance, that it has paid no corporation tax in the UK whatsoever on the substantial profit generated by last year's sales of £3.3bn, and...
Amazon is discounting us to death | Tim Waterstone
Facebook now gives all new users a privacy tutorial, thanks to Irish authorities

Megaupload Server Purge Delayed

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A scheduled purging of Megaupload’s data was tentatively shelved Tuesday to give its millions of account holders an opportunity to attempt to retrieve their content from the file-sharing service, whose top officials were indicted on criminal copyright charges. The authorities shuttered the Hong Kong-based site Jan. 19, and indicted...
Megaupload Server Purge Delayed

White House: No Comment on Call to Investigate MPAA for SOPA Bribery

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The U.S. White House has declined to respond to a petition calling for authorities to investigate the head of the Motion Picture Association of America for......
White House: No Comment on Call to Investigate MPAA for SOPA Bribery

Australia arrests and charges self-proclaimed LulzSec leader "Aush0k"

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On Wednesday, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) arrested and charged a 24-year-old man from New South Wales who claims to be the leader of LulzSec. The man, who has not yet been named publicly by the authorities, is believed to be the person behind the online moniker “Aush0k.” Other Australian media have...
Australia arrests and charges self-proclaimed LulzSec leader "Aush0k"

WaPost and Guardian PRISM reports contain 'numerous inaccuracies': Intelligence Director

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James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, has responded to reports from the Washington Post and the Guardian which broke news that authorities were monitoring data from US citizens via a number of major tech firms. A statement from Clapper claims that the reports on the PRISM program — Section 702...
WaPost and Guardian PRISM reports contain 'numerous inaccuracies': Intelligence Director

Chinese arrests in net crackdown

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Authorities say more than 10,000 suspects have been arrested in China in the latest effort to enforce internet laws....
Chinese arrests in net crackdown

North Korea’s reported mobile phone ban is false, says the country’s only operator

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Last month, the world was shocked as reports claimed that authorities in communist North Korea had banned the use of mobile telephones during the mourning period following the death of Kim Jong-il. However, it has emerged that the story is untrue and no ban is in place there. According to...
North Korea’s reported mobile phone ban is false, says the country’s only operator

Megaupload lawyer: User data is safe for “at least two weeks”

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Reports that the FBI would move in to seize the entire collection of Megaupload user data by Thursday have been nullified after the file-sharing site’s third party hosts, Carpathia Hosting and Cogent Communications, agreed a deal that will see the files saved for at least two weeks. Megaupload lawyer Ira Rothken...
Megaupload lawyer: User data is safe for “at least two weeks”

Police: Why we reacted to Facebook pic of boy with rifle

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Authorities in New Jersey say a heightened sensitivity to guns necessitated they go with child protection workers to the home of a man who posted a Facebook photo of his gun-toting 11-year-old. [Read more]...
Police: Why we reacted to Facebook pic of boy with rifle

Apple’s iPad trademark issues in China may extend to a complete trade ban

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Apple could face a complete ban on the import and export of its iPad tablet in China after a Chinese technology firm which claims to own the ‘iPad’ trademark said it will seek a ban on shipments of the device. A laywer representing Proview Technology, the firm at the center...
Apple’s iPad trademark issues in China may extend to a complete trade ban

Twitter Blocked By Pakistan's Censors On Blasphemy Grounds

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News updates all day from your Fast Company editors.Yesterday the telecoms authorities in Pakistan ordered a nationwide blocking of the entirety of Twitter, at the instruction of the country's Ministry of Information. Twitter was accused of linking to a competition on Facebook that involved posting images of the prophet Muhammed--an act...
Twitter Blocked By Pakistan's Censors On Blasphemy Grounds

Authorities bust global credit card fraud network

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A global credit card fraud network was shut down on Thursday as the result of an international police operation called "Pandora-Storm" that saw the participation of 20 law enforcement agencies from Europe, America and Australia, Europol announced,...
Authorities bust global credit card fraud network

Foxconn Worker in China Found Dead, Authorities Investigating

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A Foxconn worker was found dead on Wednesday morning, with Chinese press calling it a suicide, but authorities are still investigating....
Foxconn Worker in China Found Dead, Authorities Investigating

Huawei offers access to equipment

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The Chinese telecom equipment maker, Huawei, offers the authorities in Australia "complete and unrestricted access" to its software source code and equipment....
Huawei offers access to equipment

After blocking the social network for a week, Tajikistan restores access to Facebook

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After blocking the social network for about a week, Tajik authorities have gone back on the decision and opened up access to Facebook once again, AFP reports. Last week, Facebook, along with three other websites, were blocked in Tajikistan, after authorities ordered ISPs to block access to them. Facebook, along...
After blocking the social network for a week, Tajikistan restores access to Facebook

French Jewish Students Union demands Twitter hand over identities of those behind anti-Semitic tweets

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French Jewish Students Union UEJF has filed summons against Twitter, asking the startup to hand over identities of users who posted anti-Semitic and racist tweets last October, France Info reports. As you may remember, user-generated hashtag #unbonjuif (#agoodJew in French) had generated a flurry of tweets that could be qualified as...
French Jewish Students Union demands Twitter hand over identities of those behind anti-Semitic tweets
Hackers steal, sell data on 8.7 million Korea Telecom subscribers

Lance Armstrong's Key Teammate George Hincapie Admits To Doping

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Over the last several years, many members of Lance Armstrong's cycling teams have come forward and admitted that they doped. One of the riders who had not, yet, come clean was George Hincapie, a rider many people say was particularly close to Armstrong. Today, hours before a full report of...
Lance Armstrong's Key Teammate George Hincapie Admits To Doping

Mike Lynch: HP Is Already Backtracking On Accusations of Fraud At Autonomy (HPQ)

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Shortly after HP revealed that the Department of Justice is investigating accusations of fraudulent accounting at Autonomy, the British software company it bought last year for $11.1 billion, Autonomy's founder and former CEO, Mike Lynch, came out swinging. HP filed its annual 10-K report with the SEC yesterday, which disclosed the...
Mike Lynch: HP Is Already Backtracking On Accusations of Fraud At Autonomy (HPQ)

Germany re-opens Facebook probe

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Data protection authorities in Germany re-open investigations into Facebook's use of facial recognition software....
Germany re-opens Facebook probe

Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox requires account verification after Liberty Reserve shutdown

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Mt. Gox is requiring all users to verify their accounts in order to make non-bitcoin currency deposits and withdrawals, less than a week after U.S. authorities said they shut down online payment processor Liberty Reserve for alleged money laundering.The world's largest bitcoin exchange instituted the new requirement on Thursday....
Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox requires account verification after Liberty Reserve shutdown

Perhaps We Should Hold Apple And Other U.S. Companies Responsible For Foxconn’s Crimes

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Buried in a Reuters report on Foxconn, a division of Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry, is a description of an attack on a journalist visiting a Foxconn factory in China while chasing down a lead on an Apple product. The journalist was taking pictures of the factory from a public...
Perhaps We Should Hold Apple And Other U.S. Companies Responsible For Foxconn’s Crimes

Philly authorities target Facebook, Twitter after snowball fight turns ugly

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Two members of the city's council have petitioned to the mayor to sue social-media sites like Facebook because they allegedly don't do enough to monitor the organization of criminal activity....
Philly authorities target Facebook, Twitter after snowball fight turns ugly

Police Raid File-Hosting Site, Arrest Operator and ISP

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On June 11th last year Europe witnessed one of the largest piracy-related busts in history. An international operation shut down the movie streaming portal Kino.to and police made more than a dozen arrests. As collateral damage, several file-hosting services connected to Kino.to also went down. A few days ago Skyload.net,...
Police Raid File-Hosting Site, Arrest Operator and ISP

Google wades into political minefield with "Google Palestine"

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Google.ps, the website formerly known as "Google Palestinian Territories," was re-christened "Google Palestine" on Wednesday. Israel has opposed international recognition of an independent Palestinian state. "This change raises questions about the reasons behind this surprising involvement of what is basically a private internet company in international politics—and on the...
Google wades into political minefield with "Google Palestine"
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