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by mike masnick

You may recall, last month, that a hacker (who many have accused of working for the Russian government) got into the Democratic National Committee's computers and copied a ton of stuff. All of the emails that were obtained (a little over 19,000, from...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Saturday, July 23, 2016
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Bunnie Huang is having quite a day -- and it's a day the US government perhaps isn't too happy about. Huang has worked on a number of interesting projects over the years from hacking the Xbox over a dozen years ago to highlighting innovation happening...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Thursday, July 21, 2016
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Computer security professor Matthew Green and famed hardware hacker Bunnie Huang have teamed up with the EFF to sue the US government, challenging the constitutionality of Section 1201 of the DMCA, also known as the "anti-circumvention" clause. As we've...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Thursday, July 21, 2016
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We're back again with another in our weekly reading list posts of books we think our community will find interesting and thought provoking. Once again, buying the book via the Amazon links in this story also helps support Techdirt. We've long argued...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Thursday, July 21, 2016
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Earlier this week there was a fascinating piece in the New Yorker by Jane Mayer, interviewing Tony Schwartz, who is credited as the co-author to Donald Trump's first and most famous book, The Art of the Deal (Schwartz is interchangeably referred to as...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Thursday, July 21, 2016
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Tesla's Elon Musk is not afraid to think big and then go for it. He famously published the Secret Tesla Motors Master Plan ten years ago, and has pretty much stuck to that plan. The short version was this: Build sports car Use that money to build an...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Thursday, July 21, 2016
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So just as the US government itself is accused of being engaged in massive copyright infringement itself, the Justice Department proudly announces that it has charged the owner of Kickass Torrents with criminal copyright infringement claims. The site...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Thursday, July 21, 2016
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While I think that Senator Patrick Leahy has been ridiculously and dangerously wrong on copyright issues for years, he's actually quite good on a number of other issues that are of interest to us here at Techdirt. In particular, he's been a strong supporter...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Wednesday, July 20, 2016
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Over at the EU Court of Justice, the Advocate General has weighed in on the legal challenge to DRIPA, the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill (DRIPA) that was rushed through the UK Parliament almost exactly two years ago. The law was challenged...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Wednesday, July 20, 2016
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Copyright rulings in France have occasionally been a complete disaster in the past, so it's nice to see the High Court of Paris recognize that Google and Microsoft cannot be forced to block any searches that include the word "torrent." The two separate...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Wednesday, July 20, 2016
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A German software company, Bitmanagement Software, is now suing the US government for copyright infringement and demanding almost $600 million. The lawsuit, which was filed in the US Court of Federal Claims (basically a special court set up just for...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Wednesday, July 20, 2016
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Turkey has a pretty detailed history of banning websites that it doesn't like, so the news that it's now blocking Wikileaks hardly comes as a surprise. After all, following the failed coup attempt, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wasted no time in moving...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Wednesday, July 20, 2016
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