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Net Neutrality Battle Gets Silly... Astroturfers, Sock Puppets, Student Projects, Overwritten Word Docs... Oh My

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This was pretty predictable, but it's still unfortunate that it's happening. We've complained in the past that both sides on the net neutrality debate are exaggerating and making absolutely ridiculous arguments, and even though I agree that putting net neutrality in the law in some manner is a bad, bad...
Net Neutrality Battle Gets Silly... Astroturfers, Sock Puppets, Student Projects, Overwritten Word Docs... Oh My
Does big data mean big risks for businesses?

California Court Rules It Illegal To Check Maps On Your Phone While Driving

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For years, we've discussed the problematic nature of "distracted driving" laws that seek to outlaw things like talking on your phone or texting while driving. It is not that we don't think these behaviors are dangerous. It seems clear that those activities can take one's attention away from driving and...
California Court Rules It Illegal To Check Maps On Your Phone While Driving

Should Mark Zuckerberg Think Twice About Establishing A Dynasty?

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Editor’s note: Charley Moore is a lawyer and the founder of online legal service Rocket Lawyer. Congratulations Facebook! You have made history and changed the world. So, here are some thoughts from one of your biggest fans. Like the rest of the planet, I love Facebook and use it every...
Should Mark Zuckerberg Think Twice About Establishing A Dynasty?

Photos left behind in Apple stores make up a new art exhibit

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Test out a phone or computer in any store, and you'll find a handful of detritus left by other customers: gaming scores, crude sketches, and the inevitable photo snapped and then abandoned. In 2010, artist Irby Pace went through Apple stores in Texas and New York City gathering over...
Photos left behind in Apple stores make up a new art exhibit
Why Bono is almost right about the healing powers of capitalism

One Year Later, SOPA/PIPA Supporters Still Completely Ignore The Public

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On this Internet Freedom Day, Declan McCullagh has a great post in which he reached out to the key politicians and lobbyists who supported SOPA and PIPA last year to see what they had to say one year later. The quotes are really incredible in their tone deafness to what...
One Year Later, SOPA/PIPA Supporters Still Completely Ignore The Public

Arizona Politicians Scramble To Adjust Internet Censorship Bill After The Internet Mocks Them For Being Clueless

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You know what's a bad sign? When you're a state legislature, and you pass what's clearly an unconstitutional law that criminalizes using technology to "annoy or offend" others -- and then you have to scramble after-the-fact to amend the bill you already passed. Yes, thanks to a rather loud public...
Arizona Politicians Scramble To Adjust Internet Censorship Bill After The Internet Mocks Them For Being Clueless

Rep. Issa Crowdsourcing Discussion Of Two Year Embargo On Internet Regulations

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We've been hearing rumors of this for a few weeks, but Rep. Darrell Issa has released a draft version of his Internet American Moratorium Act (there's a joke in that name for you Reddit folks...) and appropriately (see previous parenthetical) he's doing an IAMA session on Reddit to crowdsource ideas...
Rep. Issa Crowdsourcing Discussion Of Two Year Embargo On Internet Regulations

Chelleliberty's Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week

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Unintended Consequences My favorite posts from this week are definitely the ones highlighting 'things unseen'. Many people have been raised on the idea that, for any problem that exists, there must exist some perfect law that the government can create to solve it; and, further, that our governments exist solely...
Chelleliberty's Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week

DailyDirt: Making Memories

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Sometimes remembering things isn't as easy as we'd like, and sometimes it'd be nice to be able to conveniently forget some memories. Plenty of folks are researching how memory works, but it's still a pretty big mystery exactly how our brains store so much information -- and which information to...
DailyDirt: Making Memories

Why Legislating App Rights Is Harder Than It Seems

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Major regulation is pending that could change the future of the mobile ecosystem and the way mobile apps are made, played and paid for. And it's not all good. The Problem With App Rights Two weeks ago, Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) released the APPS Rights Act, a bill pushing developers...
Why Legislating App Rights Is Harder Than It Seems

Spanish Government Bows Down To US Pressures Again, Pushes SOPA-Like Law To Appease Hollywood

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While Spain actually has a fairly vibrant culture and entertainment industry, Hollywood has really had it in for the country for some time, in part because Spanish courts had a more evolved recognition of secondary liability protections, such that they ruled that linking is not infringement, and that neither was...
Spanish Government Bows Down To US Pressures Again, Pushes SOPA-Like Law To Appease Hollywood
The politics of Black Ops 2's rogue drones

A Second Lessig Fair-Use Video Is Suppressed By WMG

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Bios_Hakr points out an ironic use of the DMCA: for the second time, a video tutorial on fair use that Larry Lessig uploaded to YouTube has been muzzled. This time the sound has been pulled from the video; last time the video was taken off of YouTube. (Video and sound...
A Second Lessig Fair-Use Video Is Suppressed By WMG

Unintended Consequences, Lead And Crime

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If you haven't yet, you owe it to yourself to read Kevin Drum's recent article for Mother Jones about the possible link between crime rates and leaded gasoline. The article makes a rather convincing case that the massive growth, and then subsequent decline, in crime over the last six decades...
Unintended Consequences, Lead And Crime

Publishers Starting to Reject e-Book DRM

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One publisher does not a trend make, but Macmillan imprint and science-fiction house Tor/Forge's decision to abandon DRM this July may be a sign of things to come. Tor/Forge is dropping DRM because its customers, and authors, have been asking for DRM-free titles. The game isn't won yet, but...
Publishers Starting to Reject e-Book DRM

PPI: The unintended consequences of a scandal

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The dangers of replying to payment protection insurance messages...
PPI: The unintended consequences of a scandal
How A Massive US Treasury Tax Loophole Saves Companies Billions Each Year

Crashing a book on the financial crash: E-book bestsellers breakdown

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This weekly feature tells the backstory of how one e-book became a bestseller, and highlights bestselling titles that are selling more copies in digital than in print. This week’s featured title The book: “Unintended Consequences: Why Everything You’ve Been Told About the Economy Is Wrong” by Edward Conard (Penguin/Portfolio, list price...
Crashing a book on the financial crash: E-book bestsellers breakdown

FTC Still Seems More Interested In Making Headlines Than Really Protecting Privacy

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So, the FTC got some press today for announcing a high profile "settlement" with social networking startup Path. You might think that this is entirely about the news that came out a year ago, about Path uploading entire user address books to its server. If you don't recall, that story...
FTC Still Seems More Interested In Making Headlines Than Really Protecting Privacy

Hacktivism: Anonymous Breaches Australian ISP To Protests Data Retention

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Glyn Moody recently wrote about Australia reviving some troubling internet snooping policy, part of which includes an aggressive data retention policy for ISPs, in which they need to collect and maintain connection data from their users for up to two years. As Glyn notes, this policy mirrors what other nations...
Hacktivism: Anonymous Breaches Australian ISP To Protests Data Retention

AT&T, Verizon, others, think about dropping health plans- [unintended consequences]

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AT&T, Verizon, others, think about dropping health plans- [unintended consequences]

RIM's Osbourne effect course set in March 2011

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The “Osborne Effect” refers to the unintended consequences of announcing a future product ahead of its availability. RIM’s BlackBerry 10 chatter has killed BlackBerry 7 sales....
RIM's Osbourne effect course set in March 2011

The Unintended Consequences of Using Airtime

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Even Zuck uses Airtime. Forbes freaked out your Betabeat writers recently with an alarmist post about the way Sean & Shawn’s new videochatting service, Airtime, monitors the tool for inappropriate content. Apparently Airtime takes pictures of you sporadically throughout your videochat sessions to make sure there’s no sexy cam action...
The Unintended Consequences of Using Airtime

App.net adds private messaging API with support for chatrooms, group texting and more

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The realtime web communication platform App.net has launched its latest addition to the developer API: a private messaging API. The new API has a host of features including both chatroom and IM-style messaging, group texting and more. The API is available to all developers now, and ADN has ginned up...
App.net adds private messaging API with support for chatrooms, group texting and more

Vodafone raises 'porn spam' fears over Ofcom contract consultation

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Ofcom remedy to halt mid-contract price rises will apparently see hundreds of inappropriate 'spam' texts sent every year to customers of all ages, says VodafoneProposals to protect mobile phone users from unfair mid-contract price rises could see children being sent text messages telling them the cost of phoning sex lines...
Vodafone raises 'porn spam' fears over Ofcom contract consultation

CISPA Is A Really Bad Bill, And Here's Why

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The forces behind HR 3523, the dangerous Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act which is going to move forward in Congress at the end of the month, are beginning to get cagey about the growing backlash from the internet community. In an attempt to address some of the key concerns,...
CISPA Is A Really Bad Bill, And Here's Why

Momentary Financial Crisis... And A Lesson In Unintended Consequences

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As you may have heard, yesterday was a fun day when it came to the stock market, with something causing the Dow to go into freefall for a bit, before it then bounced back up. Initially, some thought that it was a full-on financial crisis, and then there were rumors...
Momentary Financial Crisis... And A Lesson In Unintended Consequences
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