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Unlocking new phones now banned under DMCA, but carriers are in the clear

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It was great while it lasted, but the days of users legally unlocking their own phones is over. Back in October of last year, the Library of Congress added an exemption to the DMCA to allow folks to free their new phones for 90 days. That three month window...
Unlocking new phones now banned under DMCA, but carriers are in the clear

EFF wants to help Megaupload users get files back from Feds

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Worried your legal files stored on Megaupload are about to be deleted? The non-profit Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has offered to help with retrieving legitimate content and returning it to Megaupload users. For those who haven’t been paying attention, here’s a quick recap: Megaupload was a cloud-based storage company that...
EFF wants to help Megaupload users get files back from Feds

Sandy's Aftermath Turns Wifi Into Water in a Digital Desert

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OpenWireless.org The waters from Hurricane Sandy have rendered some telecommunications networks about as useful as the rudder on the Titanic. As city dwellers have begun to seek an Internet connection, finding a wifi hotspot has sometimes become almost as important as securing non-perishables and batteries for flashlights. AllThingsD has collected a...
Sandy's Aftermath Turns Wifi Into Water in a Digital Desert

First they came for WikiLeaks, then the New York Times

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When WikiLeaks made its first big media appearance by publishing tens of thousands of top-secret diplomatic cables in 2010, we argued that the group headed by controversial front-man Julian Assange was a media entity, albeit an unusual one. The broader implications of this status extend far beyond the question...
First they came for WikiLeaks, then the New York Times

EFF Files Brief Supporting Release of Megaupload Data

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a brief on Friday asking a federal court to figure out a way to return data to Megaupload users cut off from their......
EFF Files Brief Supporting Release of Megaupload Data

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

Craigslist backs off on exclusive rights to user posts

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Craigslist may be tiring of its recent role as Villain of the Valley.  This week, it dialed back on a controversial term of service that gave it exclusive rights to the classified ads posted by users. As reported by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Craigslist is no longer requiring users to give...
Craigslist backs off on exclusive rights to user posts

Humble Indie Bundle expands to pay-what-you-want music downloads

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It's kind of hard to believe it's been just over two years since the first Humble Indie Bundle proved that a pay-what-you-want model could bring in over a million dollars for a set of five relatively unknown independent games. Now that follow-up gaming bundles have become an oft-repeated and oft-imitated phenomenon,...
Humble Indie Bundle expands to pay-what-you-want music downloads
Craigslist testing its own version of PadMapper

Domain registrar and Web host Namecheap begins accepting payment via Bitcoin

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Last week virtual currency Bitcoin hit an all-time high after passing the $32 mark for its US dollar exchange rate, and now it has gained a significant new backer after domain host Namecheap began accepting it for payments. As we note last week, the company had been preparing to accept the currency for...
Domain registrar and Web host Namecheap begins accepting payment via Bitcoin

Facial regonition tech is rocketing ahead of laws that can control it

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"Many Americans don't realize they're already in a facial recognition database," Jennifer Lynch, a staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said Wednesday in a hearing on the technology. Addressing Senator Al Franken and the Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law, Lynch pointed out that there is a painful...
Facial regonition tech is rocketing ahead of laws that can control it

EFF Files Brief Supporting Release of MegaUpload Data

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a brief on Friday asking a federal court to figure out a way to return data to MegaUpload users....
EFF Files Brief Supporting Release of MegaUpload Data

Microsoft Kills Independent Website Due to Leaked Documents

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Due to DMCA complaints filed my Microsoft, whistleblower website Cryptome [link to a backup version of the site] has been disabled by its ISP, Network Solutions. The complaints were due to the fact that Cryptome published a 17-page Microsoft Global Criminal Spy Guide. Microsoft claimed copyright infringement; Cryptome's editor refused...
Microsoft Kills Independent Website Due to Leaked Documents

AT&T: You Can Unlock Your Cellphone, Really

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AT&T is telling its customers that the "recent hullaballoo" over unlocking consumer devices is all just a lot of needless hand waving, and that its customers were never affected by recent interpretations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). According to AT&T, the issue of unlocking cell phones was never...
AT&T: You Can Unlock Your Cellphone, Really

Indies Band Together For More Pay-What-You-Want

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For a short time, you can get five computer games for a dollar, or $10, or $100 if you wish. A group of independent game developers are selling the “Humble Indie Bundle” until Tuesday, May 11, allowing buyers to set their own price on the five-game package. The bundle includes...
Indies Band Together For More Pay-What-You-Want

Oracle vs. Google: Android has nothing to worry about

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Fear not Android fans, the popular mobile operating system lives to see another day. Android escaped the first round of an infringement trial involving Google and Oracle with few bruises as jurors seemingly could not agree if Android’s use of Java infringes on Oracle’s rights to the technology.The jury did...
Oracle vs. Google: Android has nothing to worry about

Facebook Suing Power.com for Auto-Logging

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Facebook is suing Power Ventures in Northern California District Court for its social network aggregator, Power.com. Power.com is used to pull together information from a variety of social network sources. Facebook maintains that PV is violating a number of its terms of service, including one that insists you cannot "collect...
Facebook Suing Power.com for Auto-Logging

Microsoft to Withdraw Copyright Complaint, Cryptome Coming Back Online

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Great news from web hosting company Network Solutions this morning. A company representative tells us that Microsoft will withdraw the copyright complaint against long-time watchdog website Cryptome.org and the site will be back online later today. Yesterday Cryptome published a 22-page PDF called the Microsoft Global Criminal Compliance Handbook. Cryptome...
Microsoft to Withdraw Copyright Complaint, Cryptome Coming Back Online
MPAA: you can infringe copyright just by embedding a video

Oppose CISPA If you value any privacy in our digital world | Dan Gillmor

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Cyber-security is a real problem, but Congress' latest CISPA bill tries to solve it by attacking the freedom of the internetIf you are eligible to vote in the United States, please take a break from whatever you're doing today and call your member of the US House of Representatives. Tell...
Oppose CISPA If you value any privacy in our digital world | Dan Gillmor

EFF ready to sue if "innocent customers" can't get Megaupload data back

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today officially asked all parties involved in the Megaupload criminal case to refrain from deleting any data stored on servers once leased by the file-hosting service—and it suggested it was willing to sue over the matter. Read the comments on this post...
EFF ready to sue if "innocent customers" can't get Megaupload data back
"Look, you may hate me": 90 minutes with John Steele, porn troll

EFF blasts 'Cyber Intelligence' bill over privacy concerns

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation has launched a campaign to fight the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), a cybersecurity bill designed to allow companies and the federal government to share information to prevent or defend from cyberattacks. The EFF, along with other civil liberties organizations, dispute the bill on...
EFF blasts 'Cyber Intelligence' bill over privacy concerns

Operating a public WiFi network seems riskier than ever

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An Internet connection is a terrible thing to waste. (That’s how that saying goes, right?) Months after the Electronic Frontier Foundation pushed for people to open their connections up to strangers via the Open Wireless Movement, a new “six strikes” anti-piracy policy threatens to convince residential and business customers...
Operating a public WiFi network seems riskier than ever
Megaupload user asks for his perfectly legal videos back

Feds say users will likely never get Megaupload files back

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Notorious file-sharing service Megaupload was shuttered last year as part of a multinational sting that did nothing to curtail illegal file-sharing and everything to place Megaupload creator Kim Dotcom in the limelight. While the flamboyant founder has vowed that the service will return in one form or another, federal prosecutors say...
Feds say users will likely never get Megaupload files back

Appeals court dismisses warrantless wiretapping suit

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On Tuesday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco, tossed one of the few remaining lawsuits fighting the Bush Administration's warrantless wiretapping program. The court unanimously ruled (PDF) in Al Haramain Islamic Foundation v. Obama that the (now-defunct) Muslim charity could not bring a lawsuit against the government itself,...
Appeals court dismisses warrantless wiretapping suit

Is PayPal Preparing To Reverse Its Erotica E-book Stance? The EFF Has A ‘Good Feeling’

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A development on the ongoing story about PayPal and requirements it made on e-book distributors to remove certain kinds of erotica from their catalogs: there are signs the eBay-owned company could be preparing to reverse its position as early as this week, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The digital...
Is PayPal Preparing To Reverse Its Erotica E-book Stance? The EFF Has A ‘Good Feeling’

SOPA and PIPA prompt Reddit, Mozilla, and 73 others to ask Congress to halt work on intellectual property laws

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A coalition of 75 groups including Reddit, Mozilla, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public Knowledge, Open Congress, and Human Rights Watch, have sent an open letter to Congress asking it to put the brakes on intellectual property lawmaking in the wake of the massive backlash against the Stop Online Piracy...
SOPA and PIPA prompt Reddit, Mozilla, and 73 others to ask Congress to halt work on intellectual property laws

Today’s Top Stories: Facebook IPO, Kazuo Hirai New Sony CEO, MegaRetrieval

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Welcome to this morning’s edition of “First To Know,” a series in which we keep you in the know on what’s happening in the digital world. Today, we’re looking at three particularly interesting stories. Facebook’s IPO Likely in the $5 Billion Range Facebook is expected to file for a...
Today’s Top Stories: Facebook IPO, Kazuo Hirai New Sony CEO, MegaRetrieval
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