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by mike masnick

TorrentFreak has the exceptionally troubling story of a federal district court in Oregon issuing an incredibly broad and questionable order, effectively wiping a bunch of websites out, without ever letting the websites in question know that they were...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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Back in April, we wrote about a really enraged John Steele (famous for his likely leading role in the Prenda scam) angrily hitting back against a sealed motion for contempt against him, arguing that he was lying and hiding assets in his attempt to plead...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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A few weeks ago, we noted that Personal Audio, the patent troll that ridiculously pretended to own a patent on "podcasting" had put out a press release saying that it had tried to settle with Adam Carolla, the podcasting giant that the Personal Audio...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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We've written a few times about Vringo, a patent troll (which got its name, and public stock status, from a reverse merger with a basically defunct public "video ringtone" company and a pure patent troll called I/P Engine). The company was using some...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Monday, August 18, 2014
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For years, we've written about the third party doctrine and its troubling implications for the 4th Amendment and your privacy -- especially in the digital era. If you're unfamiliar with it, the third party doctrine is the concept used by law enforcement...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Monday, August 18, 2014
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The situation in Ferguson seemed briefly like it was getting better last Thursday, but that didn't last long. Over the weekend, the militarized and threatening police fired tear gas at protestors and continued to escalate the situation, rather than de-escalate...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Monday, August 18, 2014
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Times are tough for a patent troll, apparently. A year ago, we noted that Intellectual Ventures -- the world's largest patent troll, who brought in billions of dollars by getting companies to pay up a shakedown fee to avoid lawsuits over its giant portfolio...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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By now you've probably heard of the barbaric and tragic beheading of journalist James Foley by the extremist group ISIS. There's an ongoing debate happening as many people sought to have the video (and screenshots) removed from the internet. Twitter...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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Last month we wrote about a new copyright reform proposal in Australia, which is basically Hollywood's wishlist. It was put together by George Brandis, who completely flat out ignored the proposals of the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC), despite...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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Earlier this year, we shared our own comments to the FCC on the issue of net neutrality and keeping the internet open. The key, as we noted, is that if this issue is left to the FCC (as appears to be the case), it should use Title II reclassification...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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More than four years ago, we wrote about all the buzz that you were hearing about "cyberwar" was little more than an attempt to drum up FUD to get the government to throw billions of dollars at private contractors. We noted that Booz Allen Hamilton (yes,...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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In yet another case in which police illegal arrested someone for filming the police, the police have been forced to pay up. Unlike the big Simon Glik case, it appears that the NYPD (under new management!) decided to do its best to settle the case and...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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Hot off of doing its best to kill off any commercial use of drones, the FAA is now looking to ground some attempts at building ride sharing for amateur pilots. While plenty of people are referring to AirPooler as an "Uber for airplanes," it's not really...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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If you've been watching what's going on in Ferguson, Missouri, lately, you're quite well aware that the police have been basically spraying tear gas almost everywhere they can. Suddenly, articles are springing up all over the internet about the use of...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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Last year, there were a few stories concerning a really despicable (more than usual) patent troll called MPHJ Holdings. Joe Mullin, over at Ars Technica, had dug deep into the details, finding a bunch of shell companies all sending demand letters to...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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We've been writing about the efforts by the police in Ferguson, Missouri to intimidate and arrest reporters trying to cover the protests and the police (over)reaction there. What's now come out is that, last Friday, the police actually signed a court...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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For years we've pointed out how GDP (Gross Domestic Product) isn't a great way to measure the economy, especially in the digital age. Even if we assume that GDP can be calculated accurately (and, really, it can't), it's an aggregate piece of information,...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Monday, August 18, 2014
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It's been kind of crazy to watch movie studio Lionsgate go absolutely crazy over the fact that The Expendables 3 leaked online a few weeks ago. Within a few days, Lionsgate had filed a massive lawsuit, been granted a restraining order and followed it...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Monday, August 18, 2014
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We've been writing about the militarization of police, and why it's problematic, for years -- but the events of the last week in Ferguson, Missouri, have really shone a (rather bright) light on what happens when you militarize the police. Annie Lowrey,...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Monday, August 18, 2014
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When we recently wrote about Google starting to make use of SSL for search rankings, one of our commenters noted that not every site really "needs" HTTPS. While I used to agree, I've been increasingly leaning in the other direction, and I may have been...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Monday, August 18, 2014
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