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Mobile: Far From Apple's Servers, an App-Bribe Fight Erupts

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Photo: Doug Haslam/Flickr In April 2011, Apple banned “incentivized installs,” a shady practice that artificially inflates iPhone app rankings. But like so many prohibitions, Apple’s ban just drove the problem underground. A fight over incentivized installs erupted again this week, outside of Apple’s direct control. Tapjoy, which was stung by...
Mobile: Far From Apple's Servers, an App-Bribe Fight Erupts

Feds Wait Until Late Friday To Admit That, Yeah, They Ignored The 4th Amendment

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While Senator Wyden has been banging the drum about privacy violations committed by the federal government under the FISA Amendments Act for quite some time, the rest of Congress seems perfectly content to stay ignorant and pretend that there's no possible way that the feds might be abusing the powers...
Feds Wait Until Late Friday To Admit That, Yeah, They Ignored The 4th Amendment

China social network Weibo implements user code of conduct

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China's biggest microblogging service, the Twitter-like Weibo, has mandated a new "user's code of conduct" for its estimated 300 million members. The new rules on user interactions restrict the type of messages that can be posted compared to previous guidelines. Prohibitions include revealing national secrets, threatening China's honor, promotions of...
China social network Weibo implements user code of conduct

FBI Wants To Make It Easier For You To Tell Your Customers They Might Be Felonious Pirates

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The following may look familiar to you: It's the FBI's special "anti-piracy" warning. For the past few years, under a special "pilot" program, the FBI has allowed the RIAA, MPAA, BSA, ESA and SIIA (basically, the big record labels, movie studios, video game makers and software companies) to make use...
FBI Wants To Make It Easier For You To Tell Your Customers They Might Be Felonious Pirates
Startups: Oops! Venture Capital Rebirth Delayed by Third Blown Deadline

Google is threatening to sue one of the many YouTube MP3 conversion websites

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Google is threatening to sue the YouTube-to-MP3 conversion website YouTube-MP3.org, TorrentFreak reports, quoting a letter that the site owner ‘Philip’ reportedly received from Associate Product Counsel at YouTube, Harris Cohen. In the cease-and-desist letter, Cohen points out that the website contravenes the terms of service Google has set out for anyone willing...
Google is threatening to sue one of the many YouTube MP3 conversion websites

U.S. Senator Promising Legislative Action Allowing In-Air Use of Electronic Devices if FAA Doesn't Act

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U.S. Senator Claire McKaskill (D-MO) has sent a letter to the head of the Federal Aviation Administration saying the flying public is "growing increasingly skeptical" of prohibitions on the use of electronic devices like tablets and computers during the beginning and end of flights. The senator notes the "absurdity of...
U.S. Senator Promising Legislative Action Allowing In-Air Use of Electronic Devices if FAA Doesn't Act

Angry senator dubs electronics ban during takeoff, landing "preposterous"

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Three months ago, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) sent a letter to the nation's top aviation regulator demanding to know why the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was dragging its feet with respect to allowing iPads and other electronic devices during takeoff and landing. (Pilots are already allowed to use iPads...
Angry senator dubs electronics ban during takeoff, landing "preposterous"

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

Librarian Of Congress Shoots Back At White House Over Phone Unlocking: We're Just Doing Our Job

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Following the White House officially coming out and saying that mobile phone unlocking should be legal, the Librarian of Congress has issued what feels like a passive aggressive response, basically saying that their job is not to consider the public policy, but just to follow the specific rules under the...
Librarian Of Congress Shoots Back At White House Over Phone Unlocking: We're Just Doing Our Job
Verisign seizes .com domain registered via foreign Registrar on behalf of US Authorities.

Apple contacted U.S. carriers and retailers to demand removal of banned Samsung products

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During the last 24 hours there have been various filings with the Federal Circuit in the cases relating to Apple's preliminary injunctions against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Galaxy Nexus smartphone. I'm monitoring developments and may report on them again later today. For now I just wanted to highlight the...
Apple contacted U.S. carriers and retailers to demand removal of banned Samsung products

Cloud Computing To Save Europe, Or Just Iceland?

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Cloud computing has been presented as the new economic weapon for bringing economic prosperity to Europe, if you believe the new cloud computing strategy from the European Commission. An additional € 957 billion ($1,236 billion) is expected to be earned in the EU by 2020, along with an additional 3.8...
Cloud Computing To Save Europe, Or Just Iceland?

New Yorker Gets Banned from Facebook, Why? Because Nipples

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The New Yorker, a bastion of longform journalism and literary fiction that also happens to tell jokes and include some smutty cartoons on the side, had its Facebook page dedicated to those sexy smudges temporarily banned. Why? Because nipples. We’ve included the image to the left. For his part,...
New Yorker Gets Banned from Facebook, Why? Because Nipples

Antitrust and ebooks: regulators miss the big DRM lock-in picture

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US antitrust regulators have never really been able to find the right place to stick their lever and pry when it comes to the Internet (witness their failure to understand Microsoft's platform dominance in the 90s). Now they're going after various publishers and Apple over price fixing (my publisher...
Antitrust and ebooks: regulators miss the big DRM lock-in picture

Skype announces ‘Conversation Ads,’ hopes you’ll converse about them

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Skype, a.k.a. Microsoft’s Skype Division, just announced a new form of advertising on its service, called “Conversation Ads.” The ads will appear in the on-screen interface for people making free audio calls with other Skype users in the Windows version of the software. But the company isn’t inserting these ads into...
Skype announces ‘Conversation Ads,’ hopes you’ll converse about them

Antigua's threat to plunder American intellectual property: Video explains it all

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Antigua ruffled feathers this week when it announced plans (PDF) to retaliate against American gambling prohibitions by disregarding U.S. intellectual property rules. In theory, this could mean a free-for-all on music, movies and software. The tiny Caribbean nation says a WTO victory against the United States means it can use...
Antigua's threat to plunder American intellectual property: Video explains it all

Social Networking Online Protection Act Seeks to Ban Asking Job Applicants for Facebook Passwords

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This one's good for a lot of things. So maybe the House passed CISPA (Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act) and all our private online data is imperiled, mewling before the greedy claws of the the government, but hey--some in congress apparently think giving your password to your boss is a step...
Social Networking Online Protection Act Seeks to Ban Asking Job Applicants for Facebook Passwords
Apple is going after retailers for selling banned Samsung products

U.S. labor board: Some limits on employee social media use are illegal

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It is illegal for U.S. employers to issue broadbased prohibitions of employee discussions about their workplaces on social media, according to a new memo from the acting general counsel of the U.S. National Labor Relations Board....
U.S. labor board: Some limits on employee social media use are illegal

Federal Agents Quietly Using Social Media

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SpuriousLogic passes along this excerpt from the ChiTrib: "The Feds are on Facebook. And MySpace, LinkedIn, and Twitter, too. US law enforcement agents are following the rest of the Internet world into popular social-networking services, going undercover with false online profiles to communicate with suspects and gather private information, according...
Federal Agents Quietly Using Social Media
No Wi-Fi, Please, We're British: Olympics Will Ban Personal Hotspots

US Labor Board: Some Limits on Employee Social Media Use Are Illegal

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It is illegal for U.S. employers to issue broad-based prohibitions of employee discussions about their workplaces on social media, according to a new memo from......
US Labor Board: Some Limits on Employee Social Media Use Are Illegal
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