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Commission suggests hacking and hijacking the computers of suspected IP pirates

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Should owners of intellectual property be allowed to attack anyone they suspect of pirating their goodies? That's a question that was raised last week by the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property. While the commission's observation's about IP thieving by China grabbed most of the headlines when...
Commission suggests hacking and hijacking the computers of suspected IP pirates
Code for America's Jen Pahlka goes to Washington
Anonymous DDOS participants tricked into installing Zeus trojan, says Symantec

Google sees 'alarming' rise in government censorship

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Web giant says it received more than 1,000 requests from government officials for the removal of content, complying with more than half. [Read more]...
Google sees 'alarming' rise in government censorship

Microsoft and partners under early investigation by the US government over bribery allegations

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Today the Wall Street Journal reported that Microsoft and select partners of the company are under investigation by the US government for possible bribery activities in several countries. The bribes allegedly went to secure contracts relating to software, unsurprisingly. According to the Journal, the investigations are “preliminary,” and Microsoft hasn’t...
Microsoft and partners under early investigation by the US government over bribery allegations
140 characters can get Indonesians 12 years in jail

Piracy Rampant Among Spanish Government Officials

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Spain is considered to be a safe haven for operators of file-sharing oriented websites. Courts have repeatedly ruled that if they don’t profit directly from infringements, such sites fall within the boundaries of the law. In an attempt to change this situation, the Spanish Government has been working on new...
Piracy Rampant Among Spanish Government Officials

Lawmakers look to reduce waste in U.S. gov't IT contracts

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U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday urged government officials to clamp down on bad IT contracts and limit duplication across projects, with an estimated one quarter of federal spending on IT wasted every year....
Lawmakers look to reduce waste in U.S. gov't IT contracts

US State Department makes the switch to Google Chrome. RIP Internet Explorer?

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During a Town Hall meeting for the State Department, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was asked a pretty geeky question about what the offices could do about the slow update process everyone has to endure with Internet Explorer, which is currently the Internet browser of choice in its global offices....
US State Department makes the switch to Google Chrome. RIP Internet Explorer?

Facebook Can Blame Google For Its China Problems

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Google has to bear some responsibility for Facebook’s inability to build a presence in China, according to a leading market analyst. I introduced Shaun Rein here on PandoDaily a couple of days ago. He’s the founder of the China Market Research Group and a veteran watcher of the country’s tech...
Facebook Can Blame Google For Its China Problems
New service lets you track tweets politicians tried to delete

Credit report breach has link to Zeus banking malware

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A website that leaked credit reports of celebrities and government officials last week appears to have a curious link to the malicious banking software known as "Zeus."...
Credit report breach has link to Zeus banking malware
FTC reportedly finds Google did not violate antitrust laws

The US Government Today Has More Data On The Average American Than The Stasi Did On East Germans

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We've written plenty about how the US government has been quite aggressive in spying on Americans. It has been helped along by a court system that doesn't seem particularly concerned about the 4th Amendment and by the growing ability of private companies to have our data and to then share...
The US Government Today Has More Data On The Average American Than The Stasi Did On East Germans

Two thirds of Madi cyber espionage targets based in Israel

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Security experts discover 62% of the approximately 800 victims of malware campaign have been based in IsraelNearly two thirds of the government officials, lobbyists and other victims of the cyber espionage campaign dubbed Madi were based in Israel, security experts have discovered.An investigation by the security firm Symantec, published on...
Two thirds of Madi cyber espionage targets based in Israel

Singapore Creates 'IP Steering Committee' Without A Single Representative For The Public's Interest

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This keeps happening. Governments forget that the purpose of intellectual property law is to provide the best net value to the public, instead of thinking that it's just to help "industry," on the incorrect assumption that this must benefit the public in the long run. Han alerts us to the...
Singapore Creates 'IP Steering Committee' Without A Single Representative For The Public's Interest

Armstrong to face legal challenges

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Disgraced cyclist's Oprah interview fails to impress public and anti-doping officials - and court cases are mountingAfter the confession, the lawsuits. Lance Armstrong's extended appearance on the Oprah Winfrey network, in which the man stripped of seven Tour de France wins finally admitted to doping, has opened him up to...
Armstrong to face legal challenges

Apple's Tim Cook Meets With Chinese Officials

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Apple Inc. Chief Executive Tim Cook met Chinese government officials in Beijing Monday, a company spokeswoman said, as the consumer electronics giant faces a legal challenge in China to the iPad trademark and as it looks to further its surging Chinese growth. A spokeswoman said Mr. Cook— who is on...
Apple's Tim Cook Meets With Chinese Officials

Obama ordered cyber attack target list to be created, according to leaked document

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President Obama hasn't been shy about engaging the public and other nations on digital issues, and that includes the idea of cyber warfare. While his administration has been pretty aggressive in building up our cyber defenses, our offensive capabilities have remained somewhat more mysterious. According to a leaked document...
Obama ordered cyber attack target list to be created, according to leaked document

Japan confirms it will extend digital goods tax to Amazon.com and other overseas firms

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The Japanese government is ready to finally apply local consumption tax to Amazon.com and other overseas companies that sell ebooks and other digital content in the country, according to local media. The Japan Times reports that government officials have confirmed that the tax — which is to be doubled to 10...
Japan confirms it will extend digital goods tax to Amazon.com and other overseas firms

Trojan Targets Industry, Government with Fake Conference Invitations

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Attackers targeted executives in the defense industry and government officials with fake invitations to conferences to install the MSUpdater Trojan to steal sensitive data. - Researchers discovered malware that has been used in targeted attacks against defense contractors, government agencies and other organizations since early 2009, according to IT security...
Trojan Targets Industry, Government with Fake Conference Invitations

Google transparency report 2012: find out what the world's governments want to know about you

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Which governments wanted Google to remove content - and asked for information on web users this year so far? Why are UK requests for content to be removed up by 98%? And how does the US compare?• Interactive guide• Download the data• More data journalism and data visualisations from the...
Google transparency report 2012: find out what the world's governments want to know about you

Apple announces 'Activation Lock' theft deterrent feature for iOS 7 ahead of gov't meeting on rising smartphone crime

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Ahead of a meeting with government officials later this month to discuss how Apple could prevent increasing smartphone crimes, Apple today introduced a new feature for called ‘Activation Lock’ that it says will be a “a really powerful theft deterrent” when released later this fall in iOS 7. We...
Apple announces 'Activation Lock' theft deterrent feature for iOS 7 ahead of gov't meeting on rising smartphone crime

Apple looks to expand China presence with new Apple Stores in Chengdu and Shenzhen

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Chinese government officials have revealed that Apple is making plans to increase its presence in China by opening two new Apple Stores in Chengdu and Shenzhen. The move would represent the first retail outlets that the Cupertino-based firm has opened outside of Beijing and Shanghai, and would take the total number...
Apple looks to expand China presence with new Apple Stores in Chengdu and Shenzhen

Startup Weekend comes to City Hall to inspire government apps

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More than 100 app developers, designers, entrepreneurs, marketing experts, private citizens and government officials will descend on Seattle City Hall for 54 hours this weekend to share ideas and create public-inspired mobile apps using government data. The gathering, hosted by Startup Weekend, is the first event ever dedicated to developing...
Startup Weekend comes to City Hall to inspire government apps

Russia Plans Internet Censorship Bill (For The Children!); Russian Wikipedia Blacks Out In Protest

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Over in Russia, they're preparing some new internet legislation that would censor the internet using the typical bogeymen. The claim from supporters is that the law is to block access to information on drugs, suicide and child porn -- all to protect the children. The way it works is with...
Russia Plans Internet Censorship Bill (For The Children!); Russian Wikipedia Blacks Out In Protest

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

Will China end 13-year ban on video game consoles?

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The China Daily reports that government officials are reviewing the longstanding prohibition. But there's still a lot of bureaucracy to be navigated before any change can take place. [Read more]...
Will China end 13-year ban on video game consoles?

Study Finds That We Still Believe Untruths Even After Instant Online Corrections

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If you’ve ever wondered why birthers, inside jobbers, and other conspiracy theorists won’t simply take the truth at face value, two researchers at OSU have found that we tend to ignore – and reject – instant corrections to data. The study, performed by R. Kelly Garrett and Brian Weeks, examined...
Study Finds That We Still Believe Untruths Even After Instant Online Corrections

With Wikileaks Releasing Syrian Emails, Will People Realize It's Not Just Targeting The US?

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One of the bizarre issues that came out after Wikileaks began releasing its treasure trove of US State Department cables, was this suggestion from the US government that Wikileaks was clearly an anti-US organization. However, as has been pointed out time and time again, it's not: it's an anti-secrecy organization....
With Wikileaks Releasing Syrian Emails, Will People Realize It's Not Just Targeting The US?
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