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The UK airport ‘bomb joke’ tweeter appeals conviction today. Will common sense prevail?

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Two years ago, we reported on the story about a UK man who was arrested on terrorism charges after posting a joke tweet on Twitter. Travel chaos caused by heavy snow had led Paul Chambers to quip in a tweet: “Robin Hood airport is closed, you’ve got a week and...
The UK airport ‘bomb joke’ tweeter appeals conviction today. Will common sense prevail?

Welcome to 'Common Sense Tech'

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CNET has a new column: "Common Sense Tech." Danny Sullivan offers an introduction on what to expect, from practical tips to asking "why doesn't this work better?" [Read more]...
Welcome to 'Common Sense Tech'

Privacy injunctions should be served on Google, Twitter and others, says UK Attorney General

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Dominic Grieve, the UK Attorney General has said that he agrees with privacy injunctions being served on Internet companies, but has also warned of ‘excessive regulation’. In what is being quoted as his strongest intervention yet on the regulation of the Internet, Mr Grieve has said that Google and Twitter cannot...
Privacy injunctions should be served on Google, Twitter and others, says UK Attorney General

Photographer Appeals Ruling Saying It's Not Infringement To Have Vaguely Similar Photos

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Last summer, we wrote about a simply ridiculous lawsuit from a photographer, Janine Gordon, against another photographer, Ryan McGinley, claiming copyright infringement for taking photos that were at best marginally similar. Seriously, the similarities between these photos is hard to see in most cases, and any claims of actual copying...
Photographer Appeals Ruling Saying It's Not Infringement To Have Vaguely Similar Photos

Canadian Muslim Who Sends Text Urging His Employees To 'Blow Away' The Competition Arrested As A 'Terror' Suspect

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Boing Boing points us to the crazy story of Saad Allami, a sales manager in Quebec -- who is Muslim -- who sent a text message to some colleagues heading to New York for a trade show, in which he encouraged them to "blow away" the competition. He (quite reasonably)...
Canadian Muslim Who Sends Text Urging His Employees To 'Blow Away' The Competition Arrested As A 'Terror' Suspect

US Government 'Suspends' JotForm.com Over User Generated Forms; Censorship Regime Expands

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One of the key principles behind the growth of the internet was belief in protection against secondary liability claims. That is, if you set up a website where users can post stuff, the people who post stuff are liable for the content -- not you as the service provider in...
US Government 'Suspends' JotForm.com Over User Generated Forms; Censorship Regime Expands

Google and Twitter can't police web content, says attorney general

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Dominic Grieve agrees that privacy injunctions should be served on internet companies, but warns of 'excessive regulation'Google and Twitter cannot "act like a policeman" of content on their networks, the attorney general has said in his strongest intervention yet on regulation of the internet.Dominic Grieve described as an "common sense"...
Google and Twitter can't police web content, says attorney general
Unlimited Data Throttled By AT&T, Verizon? Here’s How To Take Them To Court And Hopefully Win

Kaspersky: Apple is 10 years behind Microsoft in terms of security

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This is bound to cause a stir. Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of the influential Kaspersky security firm today made the comment that will rile some: “I think they [Apple] are ten years behind Microsoft in terms of security,” he said. But that is only the beginning. He went on to say that: For many...
Kaspersky: Apple is 10 years behind Microsoft in terms of security

Attractive ladies travel for free with “generous” partners on MissTravel.com

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Are you attractive but you don’t have the money to travel? That’s the exact problem MissTravel.com is looking to solve with its online dating service. The site explains its existence as such: “Traveling to exotic new places and experiencing new cultures can be so much fun especially when you...
Attractive ladies travel for free with “generous” partners on MissTravel.com

The Medium Doesn’t Matter

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Today, word leaked out that the BCC has issued new guidelines on how their writers should be conducting themselves on Twitter. While guidelines like these are nothing new, the restrictions they place on reporters are noteworthy for such a large organization. In fact, the guidelines seem to contradict the very...
The Medium Doesn’t Matter

Nope! Still No Bubble Here, Says Marc Andreessen

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It will be a man bites dog story when a prominent tech investor comes out and declares that we are in fact in a bubble, and that they’ve stopped investing in tech companies. But, for the record: Marc Andreessen, who is now perhaps Silicon Valley’s most prominent investor, does not...
Nope! Still No Bubble Here, Says Marc Andreessen

FTC flexes muscles, warns that sharing can’t be ‘forced’ on social websites

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In an apparent bid to boost its profile, establish a more serious position in the industry, and begin to chart a stronger direction for its activities, the FTC is in the news again, this time with a warning. According to The Hill, this morning the FTC’s commissioner Julie Brill admitted that...
FTC flexes muscles, warns that sharing can’t be ‘forced’ on social websites
Open Sourcers Drop Software Religion for Common Sense

Flurry’s New Ad Analytics Service Will Reveal The Effectiveness Of Mobile Ad Networks

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Mobile app measurement and advertising platform Flurry is expanding its product lineup with a new service that will allow app marketers the ability to track the effectiveness of their mobile ad campaigns. Flurry Ad Analytics, as the service is being called, works with the major ad networks, such as Apple’s iAd, Google...
Flurry’s New Ad Analytics Service Will Reveal The Effectiveness Of Mobile Ad Networks

A life online: 'I flew to San Francisco to spend the weekend with someone I'd only met on the net'

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Poppy Dinsey, 25, is the creator of What I Wore Today – a blog showing her wearing a different outfit every dayPoppy Dinsey set up her What I Wore Today blog on 1 January 2010, uploading and sharing one photo of herself in a different outfit every day. But having...
A life online: 'I flew to San Francisco to spend the weekend with someone I'd only met on the net'

UK planning second snooping bill, proxy servers to sell out shortly

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The UK Government revealed on April Fools' Day that it's planning to offer law enforcement agencies unprecedented access to private communications. British Cellphone operators and ISPs will be required to harvest packet data -- containing the parties to all calls, emails and social media communication, as well as the...
UK planning second snooping bill, proxy servers to sell out shortly
Startup Cloudwords attacks $30B translation market

Facebook is a phenomenon, but is it a good investment?

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How hard can users be milked for advertising revenues before they decide corporate messages are a turnoff?The biggest question mark over Facebook as an investment – at least at a price valuing the company at $77bn to $96bn – was raised by Sir Martin Sorrell, chief executive of the advertising...
Facebook is a phenomenon, but is it a good investment?

Brand-Yourself And The Billion-Dollar SEO And Reputation Management Industry

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You may be too proud to admit it, but you've probably Googled yourself at one point or another. And why not? Prospective employers certainly are hunting you down online. And who knows? Those would-be bosses might inadvertently make their first impressions of you based on a convicted felon who shares your...
Brand-Yourself And The Billion-Dollar SEO And Reputation Management Industry

Twitter ships a slick 20-page primer for small businesses, pushing good practices and promoting ads

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Twitter has added to the resources that it offers small businesses looking to use the service today with a 20-page guide. The guide offers a variety of Twitter techniques and instructions that are geared towards helping businesses harness the basics and then turn their account into something that they can use to...
Twitter ships a slick 20-page primer for small businesses, pushing good practices and promoting ads

Common Sense Wins: Finnish Court Says Open WiFi Owner Not Liable For Infringement By User

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For many, many years, we've had a number of debates on the site about whether or not an open WiFi network connection should make the owner liable for what users do on that network. The perfectly common sense response is that, no, they should not be responsible under basic principles...
Common Sense Wins: Finnish Court Says Open WiFi Owner Not Liable For Infringement By User

If Phishing Email Can Kill NY Power Grid, Lack Of Cybersecurity Legislation Is Not The Problem

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We've been talking about the faux urgency to pass some cybersecurity legislation coming from the federal government, with plenty of fear mongering from politicians who never seem to want to point out any factual basis for why we need such new laws. Instead, it's all been about Hollywood movie script-style...
If Phishing Email Can Kill NY Power Grid, Lack Of Cybersecurity Legislation Is Not The Problem

Twitter takes a preemptive, common-sense stance on patents

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Ah, we love the smell of a patent lawsuit in the morning around here. It’s something between week-old garbage and the unmistakable stench of attorney ego. But patent lawsuits are often based on nothing more than greed and can end up hurting consumers in the long run. That’s why...
Twitter takes a preemptive, common-sense stance on patents
Zappos Hands Over Warehousing to Amazon; Focusing All Attention on the Great Downtown Vegas Experiment

Asking Fans For Support Isn't Begging, It's Solidifying Our Relationship

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Yesterday, we wrote about El-P (emcee/producer and co-founder of Definitive Jux records) and his positive reaction to the early leak of his upcoming album, Cancer4Cure. El-P showed up in the comments that evening, and after an email exchange this morning he posted this excellent longer reply and invited us to...
Asking Fans For Support Isn't Begging, It's Solidifying Our Relationship

Guerrilla trend: Make an ad so terrible that it will stand out, and drive clicks

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The higher-quality the ad, the better its impact? Maybe not, in today’s saturated market. In April, the Plenty of Fish Ad Blog put out a post that quickly made waves among the technorati and advertising-focused, as its conclusions were antithetical to the common sense surrounding how to garner the attention of...
Guerrilla trend: Make an ad so terrible that it will stand out, and drive clicks

How over-reliance on social signals could ruin online recommendations

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It was 2007 when Netflix opened up a contest to programmers around the world. The challenge, and it was a lofty one at the time, was to improve the quality of the Netflix recommendation algorithm by 10%. Teams were provided with anonymized data with which to create their new and...
How over-reliance on social signals could ruin online recommendations

UK Politician Speaks Out Against The Travesty Of Trying To Deport Richard O'Dwyer To Feed Hollywood's Anger

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Given the renewed attention in the Richard O'Dwyer case, it's good to see UK MP Tom Watson speak out eloquently against the extradition. Watson hits on a bunch of good points, starting with the fact that O'Dwyer was "hung out to dry" by UK politicians who don't seem to even...
UK Politician Speaks Out Against The Travesty Of Trying To Deport Richard O'Dwyer To Feed Hollywood's Anger

Collaboration will join Payday: The Heist with Left 4 Dead

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When we reviewed Overkill Studios' Payday: The Heist last October, the very first words in our headline compared the game to Valve's co-operative zombie killfest Left 4 Dead. So it seems more than appropriate that Overkill has officially announced that an "in-depth collaboration" between the two studios, and the two...
Collaboration will join Payday: The Heist with Left 4 Dead
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