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Bad Labor Conditions Aren't Just A Problem For Apple--We All Have A Stake

www.fastcompany.com
A decade ago, Apple made a splash with its “Think Different” advertising campaign. Today, with Apple in the headlines concerning labor conditions in its supply chain, it’s time for all of us to think different about how to improve the lives of the millions of workers making the products that...
Bad Labor Conditions Aren't Just A Problem For Apple--We All Have A Stake

Two Copywrongs Don't Make A Right, But We Still Need A Way To Combat False Takedown Notices

www.techdirt.com
We've noted plenty of examples of completely bogus takedowns due to copyright claims -- including some pretty serious ones. Over at TorrentFreak, they're asking if such bogus takedowns should be punished in some manner, and they suggest a three strikes system, in which after the third strike, parties are not...
Two Copywrongs Don't Make A Right, But We Still Need A Way To Combat False Takedown Notices

Chinese Web giant Sina admits slow application of microblog rules, fears new government crackdown

thenextweb.com
Sina, the Chinese Internet giant behind popular Twitter-like service Sina Weibo, has admitted that it is yet to fully apply China’s ‘real name’ verification rules and fears the impact of a new government crackdown, according to a NASDAQ filing. The Chinese government introduced the rules, which stipulate that all microbloggers must...
Chinese Web giant Sina admits slow application of microblog rules, fears new government crackdown

Chinese online censorship targets "collective action" posts

arstechnica.com
We all know that China and the Internet aren’t exactly BFFs. The Great Firewall of China has been around for over 15 years now, and it shows no sign of crumbling. For years, it’s been conventional wisdom that the Chinese government does not tolerate online speech against the state and...
Chinese online censorship targets "collective action" posts

British booksellers seek Amazon curb

www.guardian.co.uk
Booksellers Association calls for government action after France pledges €9m of funding to help its booksellersBritish bookshops are pleading with the government to stand up for them against Amazon after France pledged €9m (£7.7m) of funding to help its booksellers fight back against the "destroyer of bookshops".Tim Godfray, chief executive...
British booksellers seek Amazon curb

Banks Seek U.S. Help on Iran Cyber Attacks

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Major U.S. banks are pressing for government action to block or squelch what Washington officials say is an intensifying Iranian campaign of cyber attacks against American financial institutions. Financial firms have spent millions of dollars responding to the attacks, according to bank officials, who add that they can’t be expected...
Banks Seek U.S. Help on Iran Cyber Attacks
American companies ask White House for 'light touch' in cybersecurity rulemaking

Syria drops offline, again

arstechnica.com
At about 2:45 Eastern time (18:45 UTC), Internet traffic in and out of Syria came to a sudden stop, as routers stopped propagating routes to the country's block of Internet Protocol addresses. The suddenness and completeness of the disconnection is indicative of another government-directed shutdown—the first since a two-day...
Syria drops offline, again
B&N: DOJ e-book suit endangers consumers, bookstores and copyrighted expression

Cyber security should be promoted with hard-hitting ad campaign, says Labour

www.guardian.co.uk
Shadow defence secretary calls for adverts to encourage people to take care online and "kitemarks" for secure businessesMinisters should treat cyber security in the same way as drink-driving and launch a hard-hitting advertising campaign to encourage people to take more care online, Labour says.Jim Murphy, the shadow defence secretary, said...
Cyber security should be promoted with hard-hitting ad campaign, says Labour

Think tank appoints team of execs to school D.C. on big data

gigaom.com
The U.S. government is investing billions of dollars in big data technologies and research, and now it has a team of industry executives ready and willing to share their views on how it can best transition into a data-driven institution. The TechAmerica Foundation, a thin ktank focused on advising policymakers...
Think tank appoints team of execs to school D.C. on big data

Why the government needs to free up more spectrum for wireless companies

gigaom.com
In my twenty-five years working with leading wireless technology, media and research companies, as well as serving as an official in the Clinton administration, I have seen first-hand the blistering speed with which U.S. consumers are adopting wireless technologies and the tremendous strain those 330 million wireless connections are placing...
Why the government needs to free up more spectrum for wireless companies

A step-by-step guide to making CISPA less vile

gigaom.com
The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act is a lot like your old college buddy who used to get way too drunk and then puke in your lap: it claims to mean well, but its actions suggest otherwise. With its passage by the House of Representatives on Thursday, though, CISPA...
A step-by-step guide to making CISPA less vile
Mega suffering from service outages due to "massive" user demand

Chile, nine days later

www.pheedcontent.com
Nine days after an 8.8-magnitude earthquake killed hundreds of people in south-central Chile, relief efforts were beginning to reach those in need, rescue missions became recovery missions, and rebuilding is already under way. In the days since the February 27th quake, nearly 150 aftershocks have been recorded, including thirteen above...
Chile, nine days later
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