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Bad-ass Boeing missile flies over buildings, fries computers with microwaves

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This is stuff you only see in the movies. “Today, we made science fiction science fact,” says Keith Coleman, CHAMP Program Manager for Boeing Phantom Works, in the video above. And he’s right. In what could potentially change modern day warfare, Boeing and the U.S. Air Force successfully tested...
Bad-ass Boeing missile flies over buildings, fries computers with microwaves

Swedish Prosecutor Claims Registrar Of .se Domains An 'Accomplice' In Infringement Because Of Pirate Bay Domain

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The concepts of secondary liability seem to go right out the window (along with basic rationality) when it comes to certain people freaking out about copyright infringement. The latest is that Swedish prosecutors are apparently threatening the registrar that manages the .se domain with some form of charges because the...
Swedish Prosecutor Claims Registrar Of .se Domains An 'Accomplice' In Infringement Because Of Pirate Bay Domain
Are algorithms auto-completing us into censorship?

Do we need to talk about suicide?

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A very popular founder named Jody Sherman died this week. He was the founder of Ecomom, and had a wonderful reputation for being relentlessly positive, driven and fun. We weren’t close friends, but we were friends. I’ve received dozens of emails from him over the past two years, and...
Do we need to talk about suicide?

Damaged undersea internet cable causes widespread global service disruption

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Monitoring service Renesys detected 'profoundly degraded activity' after cable sustained damage off the coast of EgyptA cut to the largest internet cable that connects Europe and Asia caused severe service disruption that stretched from from Africa to Pakistan. Chief technology officer at internet connectivity measuring company Renesys, Jim Cowie, said...
Damaged undersea internet cable causes widespread global service disruption

Boot up: the truth about Microsoft, political Google?, Glaser's back! and more

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Plus Facebook unfriends Ice Cream Sandwich, CERN's Comic Sansibility and moreA quick burst of 8 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology teamApple's crackdown on app-ranking manipulation: Confused developers caught in the dragnet | VentureBeatFor a small developer who's just released an iOS app, a position...
Boot up: the truth about Microsoft, political Google?, Glaser's back! and more

Fearmongering Around 'Cyber' Threats Puts Internet Openness At Risk

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Susan Crawford has an intriguing column over at Bloomberg where she notes that the ongoing effort by politicians to fearmonger around the idea of "cybersecurity" and "cyberwar," is a lot more problematic than just a sneaky way to do away with basic privacy protections. Instead, she argues, it's going to...
Fearmongering Around 'Cyber' Threats Puts Internet Openness At Risk

Textbook Publisher Pearson Takes Down 1.5 Million Teacher And Student Blogs With A Single DMCA Notice

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If there's one thing we've seen plenty of here at Techdirt, it's the damage a single DMCA takedown notice can do. From shuttering a legitimate ebook lending site to removing negative reviews to destroying a user's Flickr account to knocking a copyright attorney's site offline, the DMCA notice continues to...
Textbook Publisher Pearson Takes Down 1.5 Million Teacher And Student Blogs With A Single DMCA Notice

Google: No, really, Google Apps is the best place to store your data

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Google takes a lot of heat when one of its applications, especially Gmail, goes down — in fact, last September’s Gmail outage caused some collateral damage, as Twitter struggled under the load of the users flooding to the microblogging site to complain. Justifiably or not, those outages probably make some...
Google: No, really, Google Apps is the best place to store your data

Report Suggests Obama May Take Drones Away From The CIA

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While much of the recent conversation here surrounding the United States' use of drones has centered on the fear of how they might be used domestically, there can be little doubt that their use is highly controversial around the world as well. In that arena, the questions that arise...
Report Suggests Obama May Take Drones Away From The CIA

Interview: Now TV boss goes 'lean' to re-package Sky online

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News Corp’s part-owned UK pay-TV leader BSkyB has launched Now TV, its service to grow pay-TV custom over internet devices instead of satellite. The man leading the new effort, which is a kind of lean start-up within BSkyB, is launch director Simon Creasey (previously, a Sky marketing director), with whom...
Interview: Now TV boss goes 'lean' to re-package Sky online

Pirate Bay ISP Block Challenged For Censoring Lawful Content

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During May 2011, the Copyright Information and Anti-Piracy Centre (CIAPC) and the Finnish branch of the music industry group IFPI filed a lawsuit at the District Court of Helsinki. The groups demanded that local ISP Elisa should start blocking The Pirate Bay in order to protect the copyrights of their...
Pirate Bay ISP Block Challenged For Censoring Lawful Content

Public Interest Groups Call On IP Czar To Get The Priorities Straight

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In comments filed today, EFF, Public Knowledge, the American Association of Law Libraries, the Medical Library Association, the Special Libraries Association and U.S. PIRG urged the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC), Victoria Espinel, to pay careful attention to the various costs and benefits of different enforcement mechanisms and objectives, and...
Public Interest Groups Call On IP Czar To Get The Priorities Straight

Hollywood and Google Square Off Over Pirate Search Results

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For years entertainment industry groups have been demanding that Google does something about the “pirate sites” showing up in their search results. Google has responded to these concerns by taking a variety of measures aimed at decreasing copyright infringement. Last year they removed “piracy” related terms from their Instant and...
Hollywood and Google Square Off Over Pirate Search Results

Five rational arguments against Apple's 3.3.1 policy

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Many developers are up in arms about a new policy from Apple that mandates all iOS applications to be written in either a flavor of C or JavaScript. It’s original motivation is apparently to prevent Adobe’s imminent Flash-to-iOS compiler in CS5 from working, but the collateral damage is much greater...
Five rational arguments against Apple's 3.3.1 policy

Born on the 4th of July: Will There Be Collateral Damage in Cyberwar?

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If you needed any further evidence about the possibility of an unexpected blowback from the creation of the Stuxnet worm and other cyber weapons like it, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has something for your night table, bound to keep you awake. Earlier this week, it released the 17-page...
Born on the 4th of July: Will There Be Collateral Damage in Cyberwar?

Anonymous to North Koreans: 'Anons Are Here To Set You Free'

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Hackers aligned with Anonymous claim to be carrying out numerous cyberattacks against North Korean websites, urging North Korean citizens to rise up against their "oppressive" government. Hackers also claim to have seized more than 15,000 passwords belonging to accounts on Uriminzokkiri.com, an outward-facing North Korean website hosted on China-based servers....
Anonymous to North Koreans: 'Anons Are Here To Set You Free'

Textbook Publisher Pearson Takes Down 1.5 Million Teacher And Student Blogs With A Single DMCA Notice

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If there's one thing we've seen plenty of here at Techdirt, it's the damage a single DMCA takedown notice can do. From shuttering a legitimate ebook lending site to removing negative reviews to destroying a user's Flickr account to knocking a copyright attorney's site offline, the DMCA notice continues to...
Textbook Publisher Pearson Takes Down 1.5 Million Teacher And Student Blogs With A Single DMCA Notice

Six Strikes Officially Begins On Monday

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Kevin Collier over at the DailyDot claims he's got it on good authority that the "six strikes" system, officially known as the Copyright Alert System, officially kicks off on Monday, many months later than scheduled. For whatever reason, the organization behind the program, the Center for Copyright Information, has been...
Six Strikes Officially Begins On Monday

Kim Dotcom: Many Megaupload Users at the US Government

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In the wake of the MegaUpload shutdown many of the site’s users complained that their personal files had been lost due to collateral damage. From work-related data to personal photos, the raid disabled access to hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of files that were clearly not infringing. With most of...
Kim Dotcom: Many Megaupload Users at the US Government

The allure of sociopaths

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What makes someone worthy of our admiration? A life committed to helping others? Perhaps an act of unexpected selflessness and generosity, or a personal sacrifice that resulted in the betterment of many? I’d like to think that these are the traits we value most, but it’s become increasingly obvious...
The allure of sociopaths

After Suicide of Jody Sherman, A Call to Talk About the Emotional Strain of Life at Startups

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This week, the startup community mourned the death of Jody Sherman, the Ecomom founder and CEO who was found dead on Monday. In the days that followed, Mr. Sherman’s friends and colleagues remembered his drive and generosity and sense of humor in a series of blog posts—posts that largely left...
After Suicide of Jody Sherman, A Call to Talk About the Emotional Strain of Life at Startups

LIVE: Barack Obama Is Doing An ASK ME ANYTHING On Reddit

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The White House just announced that President Obama is doing an Ask Me Anything on Reddit. This means that users can post any question on the board for Obama to possibly answer. Here's the link to the AMA.  Here's Obama's proof: Below, we'll be covering the most interesting questions. Click...
LIVE: Barack Obama Is Doing An ASK ME ANYTHING On Reddit

Don't let software patents stop us standing on the shoulders of giants | Jonathan Zittrain

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Over-reaching intellectual property laws can block whole swaths of creativity and innovation in the digital worldPut aside the old chestnut of people copying the latest Lady Gaga album or The Hunger Games (whether movie or book) without permission. There's plenty of fighting over that, replete with collateral damage from proposals...
Don't let software patents stop us standing on the shoulders of giants | Jonathan Zittrain
William Shatner calls out Reddit for racism and hate mongering

Entrepreneurs & VCs Tell The White House To Focus On Innovation, Rather Than IP Enforcement

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As promised, below is what I filed today with the White House in their request for comment on the upcoming "Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement." After talking it over with a number of top entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, we decided to file the comment jointly, as a group....
Entrepreneurs & VCs Tell The White House To Focus On Innovation, Rather Than IP Enforcement
Physics-based bird-busting in Chicken Raid Begins

Kaspersky Labs preps its own OS to guard vital industry against cyberwarfare

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Kaspersky Labs' namesake Eugene Kaspersky is worried that widely distributed and potentially state-sponsored malware like Flame and Stuxnet pose dire threats to often lightly protected infrastructure like communication and power plants -- whatever your nationality, it's clearly bad for the civilian population of a given country to suffer even...
Kaspersky Labs preps its own OS to guard vital industry against cyberwarfare
In Battle With Oracle, HP Outs Customer Cell Numbers

Police Raid File-Hosting Site, Arrest Operator and ISP

torrentfreak.com
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
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