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Just Because It's Now Cheaper And Easier To Spy On Everyone All The Time, Doesn't Mean Governments Should Do It

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Rick Falkvinge has another of his fascinating posts up on his Web site, but this one's slightly different from his usual insights into the dysfunctional nature of copyright and patents. It concerns some little-known (to me, at least) history of how Sweden went from being a beacon of freedom to...
Just Because It's Now Cheaper And Easier To Spy On Everyone All The Time, Doesn't Mean Governments Should Do It

Google Adword: time to close the 'rogue sites' loophole

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Our story on the wiles of copycat websites overcharging the unwary for government services prompted a flood of mailOur front-page article last week - on the copycat websites that trick the unwary into paying extra charges to access government services - has prompted action from Google and a warning from...
Google Adword: time to close the 'rogue sites' loophole

Office 2013 pricing loophole discounts suite by as much as $40

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Microsoft customers can save between $20 and $40 on a one-PC, perpetual license of Office 2013 by purchasing a "product key card," a retail offer that consists of a 25-character activation key....
Office 2013 pricing loophole discounts suite by as much as $40

Facebook, MySpace Confront Privacy Loophole - WSJ.com

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Facebook, MySpace Confront Privacy Loophole - WSJ.com

Google Facing Tens of Millions of Dollars in Fines over Safari Privacy Circumvention

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Bloomberg briefly reports that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is preparing to fine Google over its efforts to circumvent privacy restrictions in Safari for iOS to track users through ads on numerous sites across the web. According to a source, the fine is likely to amount to tens of...
Google Facing Tens of Millions of Dollars in Fines over Safari Privacy Circumvention

Congress to Apple: One More Thing …

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Looks like Congress isn’t quite through scrutinizing Apple’s consumer privacy protections. The Energy and Commerce Committee today sent a letter to CEO Tim Cook asking that he send a company representative to Washington to formally brief it on just how it is protecting the personal information of mobile device users....
Congress to Apple: One More Thing …
Proposition 30: Yet another way California screws entrepreneurs over

Google and F.T.C. Set to Settle Safari Privacy Charge

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Google and the Federal Trade Commission are near a $22.5 million settlement over charges that Google used a loophole in Apple's Safari browser to show users personalized ads. The settlement would be the largest privacy-related fine in F.T.C. history....
Google and F.T.C. Set to Settle Safari Privacy Charge
Google Crashes Facebook Home's Easy Updating Party, Now Requires All Play Apps To Be Updated Through The Play Store
New York paper pulls map of registered handgun owners in wake of new weapons law

Blogger calls foul on YouTube's copyright claims system after trolls try to collect her name and address

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A loophole in YouTube’s copyright infringement notification system is allowing Internet trolls to file copyright claims against video uploaders, forcing them to either provide their personal information or sit by as their videos are taken down. Blogger “girlwriteswhat” called attention to the tactic after being on the receiving end of multiple...
Blogger calls foul on YouTube's copyright claims system after trolls try to collect her name and address
Google Now Returning Month Of December To Nexus Devices With Android 4.2.1 OTA Update

Facebook Further Reduces Your Control Over Personal Information

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Once upon a time, Facebook could be used simply to share your interests and information with a select small community of your own choosing. As Facebook's privacy policy once promised, "No personal information that you submit to Facebook will be available to any user of the Web Site who does...
Facebook Further Reduces Your Control Over Personal Information

Apple Responds To The Big Security Flaw In Its iPhones

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A few days ago, an iPhone hacker named Pod2g revealed a big security flaw in iPhones. He found a way to hack personal information via SMS/iMessage. The loophole allows hackers to send text messages that look like they're from a person or company you trust -- like your bank. When...
Apple Responds To The Big Security Flaw In Its iPhones

Bits Blog: Apple Loophole Gives Developers Access to Photos

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After a user allows an application on an Apple mobile device to have access to location information, the app can copy the user's entire photo library, without any further notification or warning, according to app developers....
Bits Blog: Apple Loophole Gives Developers Access to Photos

MightyText launches in earnest, enables browser-based texting through your Android phone number

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Nah, it's not exactly iMessage (or BBM) for Android -- in some ways, it's better, but it lags behind in others. MightyText has launched in earnest today, graduating from its Chrome-only beta state and opening up a world of new messaging possibilities for those with Android handsets. In order...
MightyText launches in earnest, enables browser-based texting through your Android phone number
A 30-second Skype call could land you in an Ethiopian prison for 15 years

No, Folks, File Sharing is Not a Religion

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The U.S. Constitution, enacted in 1787, guarantees freedom of religion for its citizens. Sweden's Constitution Act, passed in 1974, grants the same freedom, but having been ratified in the electronic age, explicitly extends the right to express that freedom in "transmissions" and "recordings." Now a Swedish group is trying...
No, Folks, File Sharing is Not a Religion

Can Any Smartphone Survive The Patent Gauntlet?

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With the news coming out that the US International Trade Commission (ITC) has agreed to investigate both RIM and Apple over patent claims brought by Kodak, it makes you wonder if we'll soon be able to have any smartphones at all. As you hopefully know the ITC process is a...
Can Any Smartphone Survive The Patent Gauntlet?

Amazon continues its Indiana expansion with $150 million investment in Jeffersonville fulfilment center

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Amazon is continuing to expand its operations in the US, today announcing that it will invest $150 million to locate and build a new fulfilment center in Jeffersonville, Indiana and creating up to 1,050 new jobs in the area. The new center will be Amazon’s fifth in Indiana, ensuring that...
Amazon continues its Indiana expansion with $150 million investment in Jeffersonville fulfilment center

Microsoft flatly denies astroturfing Reddit to bolster its coming Xbox One console

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Today a Reddit user by the name of MistySilver accused Microsoft of employing a local agency to commit “reputation management” in favor its of forthcoming Xbox One console by influencing voting patterns on the social site. BusinessInsider reported on the accusation, stating that the comment indicated that “[r]epresentatives of Microsoft may be...
Microsoft flatly denies astroturfing Reddit to bolster its coming Xbox One console

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

Amazon Marketplace purchases not covered by Consumer Credit Act

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If you pay Amazon and it passes the money on to the retailer, a loophole could leave you without redressShoppers using Amazon Marketplace to buy high-value items have been warned that their credit card company won't come to their aid if there's a major problem with their purchase and the...
Amazon Marketplace purchases not covered by Consumer Credit Act

Apple Changes App Store Screenshot Rules To Prevent Scam Sales

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In a typically terse and to-the-point announcement on its developer news page, Apple announced Wednesday that developers can no longer change screenshots for their apps in the App Store at will. Instead, they'll only be able to change screenshots when they submit new versions for review. This will put a...
Apple Changes App Store Screenshot Rules To Prevent Scam Sales

BBC iPad App Popular In U.S., But Brits May Be Denied

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The BBC may have postponed its planned mobile phone apps for regulatory scrutiny in its native UK - but, in the U.S., where the BBC operates commercially, its new iPad app is already a big hit. Released in time for the tablet’s U.S. launch last weekend, the personalisable BBC...
BBC iPad App Popular In U.S., But Brits May Be Denied

Apple's iOS in-app purchase checks have been bypassed, but you should stay well clear

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A Russian hacker appears to have defeated Apple’s in-app purchase security and processing checks, allowing iPhone and iPad owners to potentially rack up thousands of purchases within apps for no charge. 9to5mac reports that (via i-ekb.ru) that developer ‘ZonD80′ has developed a technique that uses an in-app proxy method to bypass...
Apple's iOS in-app purchase checks have been bypassed, but you should stay well clear

Google Hasn't Been Violating User Privacy Any More Than Apple Has

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Google may be catching all the flack this morning for tracking iPhones, but Apple doesn't care about users' privacy either. In fact, the company already tracks users' every move. Google found a loophole in Safari, the most widely-used browser on iPhones, which enabled it to run its DoubleClick ad technology,...
Google Hasn't Been Violating User Privacy Any More Than Apple Has
Social network login statuses of site visitors revealed by loophole

Why do Russian companies go public in London?

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Reports from Russia suggest that MegaFon, the country’s second-largest mobile operator, is preparing to go public — on the London exchange. Bloomberg is reporting that the business, which has 62 million subscribers, is planning to bring in banks and will try to raise around $4 billion from the IPO: Meanwhile...
Why do Russian companies go public in London?
Google closes Facebook's loophole, bans non-Play Store app updates in Android
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