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Feds seize 307 sports-related domains in advance of Super Bowl

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Federal authorities said Thursday they had seized and shuttered 307 domains, 16 allegedly engaged in unauthorized live sports streaming and the remainder accused of selling fake professional sports merchandise, including National Football League paraphernalia. The seizure, the biggest to date under the Immigration and Customs Enforcement crackdown known as...
Feds seize 307 sports-related domains in advance of Super Bowl

Megaupload: Hong Kong Mulls Copyright Crackdown

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“Hong Kong, what an awesome place to do business and to host my new phantom persona,” Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom wrote here on TorrentFreak last December. “I should write a book about doing business in Hong Kong, that’s how good it is. People there leave you alone and they are...
Megaupload: Hong Kong Mulls Copyright Crackdown

Google's Copyright Crackdown Punishes Author For Torrenting His Own Book

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Over the years, we've pointed out repeatedly a massive Achilles Heel for Google: it's often dreadful customer service. Trying to communicate with Google can often be like facing a giant white monolith, rather than any sort of human being. More recently, we've been concerned about Google's willingness to be overly...
Google's Copyright Crackdown Punishes Author For Torrenting His Own Book

Tech Weekly podcast: Google's anti-piracy search crackdown

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This week Aleks Krotoski, Guardian technology editor Charles Arthur and the Guardian's Josh Halliday look at Google's concession to the entertainment industry by pushing search results for allegedly illegal download sites further down its rankings. They also discuss the search giant's announcement of a major restructure involving the loss of...
Tech Weekly podcast: Google's anti-piracy search crackdown

China Increases The Fines For Copyright Infringement

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For years, we've discussed how the US has put all sorts of pressure on China to boost its intellectual property enforcement regime -- and each time we warn that this is going to backfire in a big, bad way. To "appease" the US, China keeps ratcheting up its enforcement... but...
China Increases The Fines For Copyright Infringement

GOP Platform May Include Internet Freedom Language... But Also Wants Crackdown On Internet Porn

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We've discussed the push to get both major political parties in the US to adopt language around internet freedom in their official platforms. With the RNC Convention happening, there's been some news that they are, in fact, putting in some internet freedom language, but the specifics do matter. The Daily...
GOP Platform May Include Internet Freedom Language... But Also Wants Crackdown On Internet Porn

Raided PRQ Torrent Site is Back and Hiring Cinemas To Celebrate

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October 1st was a day of some considerable panic in the file-sharing world. Many dozens of file-sharing sites, including The Pirate Bay, went offline at the same time. The problems were caused by a police raid on Swedish webhost PRQ. The authorities, it was later revealed, were targeting two sites....
Raided PRQ Torrent Site is Back and Hiring Cinemas To Celebrate

RapidShare Wants A Crackdown on Linking Sites

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In common with every file-sharing service, RapidShare is used by some of its members to host infringing material. While RapidShare itself has no search engine, there are many third-party websites that facilitate piracy by linking to copyrighted works stored on file-hosting sites. These websites are the real problem, RapidShare believes....
RapidShare Wants A Crackdown on Linking Sites

IRS helps bust 105 people in massive identity theft crackdown

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The Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Justice teamed up for a coast-to-coast crackdown on identity thieves this week....
IRS helps bust 105 people in massive identity theft crackdown

FTC announces new crackdown on robocalls #thecircuit

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Robocalls: The Federal Trade Commission is taking action against five agencies that they say made illegal robocalls claiming to give consumers a way to lower the interest rate on their credit card debt. The five companies may have taken in as much as $30 million from consumers in the...
FTC announces new crackdown on robocalls #thecircuit

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

Syria Shuts Off The Internet, Anonymous Plans to Shut Down All Syrian Government Websites

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Anonymous’s Seal On Thursday the Syrian government shut down nearly all Internet traffic into and out of the country, a sign that the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has grown wary of external scrutiny. Many activists fear it is also a sign that Syria plans a vicious crackdown on...
Syria Shuts Off The Internet, Anonymous Plans to Shut Down All Syrian Government Websites

Google tax avoidance is 'wrong', says Miliband

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Labour leader cites Google founders' 2004 promise in which they said they would forgo short-term gains to do good thingsLabour Leader Ed Miliband has said Google is "wrong" to avoid paying taxes on UK revenues, citing its founders' 2004 promise to to forgo short-term gains in order to do good...
Google tax avoidance is 'wrong', says Miliband

Instagram account crackdown spreads panic, fear of hacking

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Distressed Instagram users locked out of their accounts turn to Yahoo Answers for help. Confusion ensues. [Read more]...
Instagram account crackdown spreads panic, fear of hacking

French anti-piracy agency Hadopi only sued 14 people in 20 months

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In 2010, French authorities instated a group of bureaucrats whose purpose was to enforce copyright protection on the Internet in France. The group, called Hadopi, was in charge of enforcing the law of the same name, which would take requests from rights holders for take downs when someone with a...
French anti-piracy agency Hadopi only sued 14 people in 20 months

Apsalar Lets You Customize Your Mobile App For Users Based On Their Behavior

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Apsalar, a San Francisco-based mobile analytics startup, is giving developers more precision in how they target their users. The company is launching something called “Advanced User Segments” today. In plain English, that means that developers can change the way their app works or send targeted promotions to consumers based on...
Apsalar Lets You Customize Your Mobile App For Users Based On Their Behavior

Senate's big immigration bill seeks to crackdown on offshore outsourcing

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The U.S. Senate's comprehensive immigration bill would make major changes to the H-1B visa that are certain to upset some and possibly please others....
Senate's big immigration bill seeks to crackdown on offshore outsourcing

Police Ticketing Informal Rideshare Participants Based On No Law, But To Protect Port Authority Revenue

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We've talked many times about how legacy industries and organizations seek to protect against competition they don't like. One example we've mentioned a few times involves taxi companies and bus companies trying to shut down upstarts such as ride-sharing/carpooling services as being "unlicensed" transportation offerings. What they really mean, of...
Police Ticketing Informal Rideshare Participants Based On No Law, But To Protect Port Authority Revenue
Fiksu: user acquisition costs rise dramatically while iOS downloads see minor increase

Promise and Peril of Virtual Currencies

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The crackdown on money-transfer service Liberty Reserve highlights the growing challenges virtual currencies face as they gain wider use among businesses and consumers. Such alternative payment methods have the potential to drive down or eliminate the processing costs businesses pay when they accept credit and debit cards. But, recently, some...
Promise and Peril of Virtual Currencies

EU regulators threaten privacy crackdown against Google

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Web giant may face "repressive action" before summer if it does not respond to a dozen recommendations related to how it manages user data. [Read more]...
EU regulators threaten privacy crackdown against Google

Regulators shut down global PC 'tech support' scam

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The FTC announces a crackdown on a massive international computer tech support scam that allegedly swindled tens of thousands of consumers in six countries. [Read more]...
Regulators shut down global PC 'tech support' scam

Woolwich attack: caution urged over crackdown on extremist websites

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Theresa May's comments prompt internet experts to warn that rush to ban websites would be crude and counterproductiveExperts have urged caution in the face of pressure on internet companies to remove extremist websites and calls by MPs and others for a clampdown on the dissemination of online jihadist rhetoric.The home...
Woolwich attack: caution urged over crackdown on extremist websites

Hedge-Fund Manager Found Guilty in Insider Case

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A Northern California hedge-fund manager who testified in his own defense became the latest person convicted of criminal charges in a broad crackdown on insider trading in corporate America. Federal prosecutors in Manhattan had accused Doug Whitman, of Whitman Capital of Menlo Park, Calif., of making almost $1 million based...
Hedge-Fund Manager Found Guilty in Insider Case

Amazon's Cloud Player Crackdown Punishes Cheapskates

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You knew it had to happen, but it still stings. With Amazon's complicated update of its Cloud Player digital music service, the company has made its cloud-based music-locker service much less friendly to users who don't want to pay for a subscription. Amazon's announcement Tuesday made it sound like the...
Amazon's Cloud Player Crackdown Punishes Cheapskates

Boston Police Are Catfishing Locals To Bust Punk Rock Shows

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The last time I bothered to read about anything involving the internet term "catfishing", it was to discuss how Deadspin broke the story of Manti T'eo and his fake, but still quite beloved, dead girlfriend. I'll admit I was unfamiliar with the term before that, but I have since discovered...
Boston Police Are Catfishing Locals To Bust Punk Rock Shows

Q&A: Who are the internet trolls?

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The facts behind the UK's proposed crackdown on defamatory comments...
Q&A: Who are the internet trolls?

Facing Regulatory Heat, GREE Apologizes, Issues Refunds After Over-Charging Minors

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About a year after it faced regulatory scrutiny for certain kinds of game mechanics, GREE said today that it accidentally overcharged minors in some of its free-to-play games. The Japanese gaming company, which has a market cap of $3.8 billion, said it charged several hundred minors more than the legal...
Facing Regulatory Heat, GREE Apologizes, Issues Refunds After Over-Charging Minors
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