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Disconnect: Ex-Googlers Raise Funding To Stop Google, Twitter & More From Tracking Your Data

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In the age of endless sharing, super cookies, social search results, and that ever-present social graph, it’s comforting to know that there are some who are still prioritizing privacy. (And a few of them are former Googlers no less!) In October 2010, Google engineer Brian Kennish created Facebook Disconnect, a...
Disconnect: Ex-Googlers Raise Funding To Stop Google, Twitter & More From Tracking Your Data

Iran targets BBC Persian service by jamming signals and harassing staff

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Staff at the BBC's Persian service face satellite jamming, smear campaigns and intimidation, says Peter Horrocks, director of the BBC World Service. In an article for Index on Censorship, he reveals that Iran's interference with the BBC's signals started in 2009 at the time of Iran's presidential election.Jamming began on...
Iran targets BBC Persian service by jamming signals and harassing staff
Google praises Twitter for efforts to crack-down on Internet censorship
Nielsen's evolution and the coming of the ad-buy structure shake up

NSA Warns that Anonymous May Soon Be Capable of a Causing a Power Blackout

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At a Senate intelligence hearing earlier this month, the FBI declared that cyber attacks would soon surpass big bad, old-fashioned terrorism as the biggest threat to America. No big shocker there, intelligence officials have been saying as much since last year. But in private meetings at the White House,...
NSA Warns that Anonymous May Soon Be Capable of a Causing a Power Blackout

Trademark Application For Facebook Credits Reveals Globe Coin Logo And Other Details

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Add one more piece of evidence to all of those rumors about an impending launch of a Facebook virtual currency at the upcoming f8 conference in late April.  Facebook recently applied for a trademark for its virtual currency platform, which is aptly named Facebook Credits. Included in the application is a...
Trademark Application For Facebook Credits Reveals Globe Coin Logo And Other Details

New York Times backs AP in lawsuit against news collector Meltwater

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The New York Times is supporting the Associated Press in a controversial copyright case against Meltwater, a service that monitors the news and reproduces headlines and story summaries for its clients. The case pits major media outlets who invest in news against technology advocates who fear the case will suppress...
New York Times backs AP in lawsuit against news collector Meltwater
Keen On... WCIT: Is This The End Of The Internet? [TCTV]

Dear ITU: A Complex Process Where Delegates Who Fly To Dubai Can 'Lobby' Is Not 'Transparency'

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The EU Parliament recently joined the US government in speaking out against the ITU's upcoming WCIT event, which we've been discussing. This is where the ITU -- an ancient organization designed to deal with telegraphs, and whose relevance today has been widely questioned -- is seeking to take over certain...
Dear ITU: A Complex Process Where Delegates Who Fly To Dubai Can 'Lobby' Is Not 'Transparency'
European Parliament opposes expanding UN internet regulations
Nook revenues stay flat as Barnes & Noble fails to scale production

Twitter's new credo: Follow the money

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Twitter's is now fully engaged in becoming a company that Wall Street and its lenders will admire for more than its free flow of tweets and hashtags. [Read more]...
Twitter's new credo: Follow the money

Google Earth is Coming Back to Iran, Cuba and Sudan

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Because of U.S. export restrictions, Internet users from Cuba, Iran and Sudan haven't been able to download Google Earth since 2007. This situation is about to change, however. According to the Ogle Earth blog, which has been monitoring this situation closely since Google first blocked these downloads, Internet users in...
Google Earth is Coming Back to Iran, Cuba and Sudan
White House calls for reintroduction of shield law to protect journalists and sources
GeekWire Radio: Author Ramez Naam on the planet-saving power of ideas

U.S. to Allow Export of Web Services to Iran and Cuba

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According to The New York Times, the United States Treasury Department will tomorrow give Internet services license to export consumer-aimed services like instant messaging and photo sharing to countries with which trade has previously been restricted, including Iran, Cuba and Sudan.The United States defines these nations as “closed societies”...
U.S. to Allow Export of Web Services to Iran and Cuba
Obama administration enters aggressive stance towards Iran on internet policy, provides guidance to subvert its 'electronic curtain'

SecPoint Will Allow You To Access The Secretive Silk Road Black Market From Any Browser

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Needs some pharmacologicals? Dirty deeds done dirt cheap? There’s an app (or website) for that. For years, the Silk Road has been a source for black market dealings. Hidden on the Tor network, Silk Road is technically unreachable from the “normal” Internet without special secure software. Now, however, a few...
SecPoint Will Allow You To Access The Secretive Silk Road Black Market From Any Browser

Steve Jobs Used Patents Like A Mob Boss: Threatened To Sue Palm Over Patents If It Poached Any Apple Employees

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It's long been clear to us that, rather than acting as incentives to innovators, or serving an important function by disclosing details about innovation, patents are little more than weapons to be used against innovators. We've highlighted numerous examples over the years, but recently-revealed emails between Steve Jobs and Ed...
Steve Jobs Used Patents Like A Mob Boss: Threatened To Sue Palm Over Patents If It Poached Any Apple Employees

Google Co-Founder Blasts Entertainment Industry On Piracy

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Instead of the entertainment industry beating up the little guys on the issue of piracy, in 2011 and early 2012 they went for the nuclear legislative option. The ensuing battle for the free flow of information online polarized the Internet. SOPA and PIPA became the acronyms on everyone’s lips and...
Google Co-Founder Blasts Entertainment Industry On Piracy
Google updates its Transparency Report with copyright removal request info

Excerpts: Google’s Testimony to Federal Commission on China

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Google’s director of public policy Alan Davidson is testifying this afternoon to the federal government’s Congressional-Executive Commission on China. Much of what he is saying about Google’s decision on China has been discussed before. But Mr. Davidson also plans to talk about Internet censorship as a trade issue and what...
Excerpts: Google’s Testimony to Federal Commission on China

Global Free Internet Act Introduced In Congress

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Somehow, with little fanfare, last week Rep. Zoe Lofgren (along with Reps. Eshoo, Matsui and Honda) introduced the Global Free Internet Act of 2013, which appears to be a new version of a similar bill from last year. You should read the full bill yourselves, but it points to the...
Global Free Internet Act Introduced In Congress
In 2012 election, the meme factory hones its assembly line
Democratic Party platform supports 'internet freedom,' sidesteps net neutrality

European Commission: Google Rigs Online Ads

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Is Google abusing its dominant position in online advertising and content delivery? On the very day when Google participated in a celebration of the free flow of information, a European Commission vice president warned that his office is within weeks of filing a formal Statement of Objections. European Commission...
European Commission: Google Rigs Online Ads

Blissful Silence: Facebook Enters SEC-Mandated "Quiet Period"

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You hear that? Nothing, right? That is beautiful, delightful silence. And it will continue for the next three to five months. That is because the residents of a certain complex in Menlo Park, California have been forced to stop running their mouths following Facebook's S-1 filing for an initial public...
Blissful Silence: Facebook Enters SEC-Mandated "Quiet Period"

How to Kill the Design Community

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Recently, the notion of killing the design community has come up on a few blogs (sometimes indirectly), creating many intense conversations on the direction the design community has taken over the past couple of years, and what can be done about it. The possibility that such discussions are going to...
How to Kill the Design Community
Facebook will give you $20K for your brilliant human rights idea

China's Sina Weibo creates 'user contract,' increasing censorship

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After government criticism and a temporary shutdown of Web comments, China's biggest microblogging site plans to introduce a "user contract" that could impede the free flow of information. [Read more]...
China's Sina Weibo creates 'user contract,' increasing censorship
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