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by mike masnick

It's well known that CIA's been stalling over the release of the officially declassified 480 page "executive summary" of the 6,300 page CIA torture report, put together by staffers of the Senate Intelligence Committee over many years at a cost of $40...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Friday, October 31, 2014
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In the past, we've written about lawsuits involving dating site Match.com and "dating site for married people" Ashley Madison over concerns about fake profiles being set up on the site to lure in paying users. Now it appears the FTC is stepping in on...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Just a couple months ago, we wrote about how the folks behind Tor were looking for ways to deal with the fact that much of the web treats Tor visitors differently. It's a tough problem to solve, as we noted, because for all the benefits that Tor provides...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Saturday, November 1, 2014
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Earlier this week, we wrote about widespread demonstrations against a monumentally stupid plan by the Hungarian government to tax internet usage on a per-gigabyte-downloaded plan. The protests caused the government to "modify" the plan and put a cap...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Friday, October 31, 2014
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As we've pointed out in the past, the wireless providers, led by lobbying group CTIA, are desperate not to have the FCC include wireless broadband in whatever new net neutrality/open internet rules it releases. However, Tom Wheeler has been hinting that...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Friday, October 31, 2014
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We've heard some mumbling about one of the main reasons that the CIA has been dragging its feet on declassifying the executive summary of the CIA torture report that the Senate Intelligence Committee put together: it knows there's a decent chance that...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Friday, October 31, 2014
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We've been meaning to weigh in some more on the whole Amazon/Hachette battle, because lot of misinformation has been spewed around (including by Paul Krugman). Unfortunately there have just been too many other things to cover and we haven't had the time...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Friday, October 31, 2014
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Gautham Nagesh at the Wall Street Journal (who was also the first to reveal many of the details of Tom Wheeler's original net neutrality proposal) had a story last night confirming the buzz over the last few weeks that Wheeler is now exploring a new...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Friday, October 31, 2014
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In September, both Apple and Google announced plans to encrypt information on iOS and Android devices by default. Almost immediately, there was a collective freakout by law enforcement types. But, try as they might, these law enforcement folks couldn't...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Friday, October 31, 2014
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A couple years ago, then US Trade Representative Ron Kirk explained why the negotiating text of trade agreements like the TPP needed to be kept secret: because if the public debated it, the agreement probably wouldn't be approved. He used, as an example,...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Friday, October 31, 2014
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Apparently ignoring just how badly this worked out for publishers in Germany, the Spanish Parliament has passed a law to fine aggregators and search engines for using snippets or linking to infringing content. As plenty of folks have described, the bill...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Friday, October 31, 2014
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Oh, Verizon. When all the big broadband providers filed their original comments with the FCC concerning its net neutrality/open internet proposal, Verizon's comments were a little different than the others. Comcast and AT&T were pretty effusive in...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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The big broadband players keep trying to tell us (and politicians and regulators) how good they are and how much we can trust them. Part of their whole pitch on killing net neutrality is that they'd never do anything to harm consumers. And yet... Just...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Giving a talk at the Washington Ideas Forum, outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder spoke about two different (though, similarly named) journalists that the DOJ has been absolutely egregious in trying to abuse for the sake of questionable leak investigations....
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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There are days when you wonder what life must be like as a PR person for the MPAA. I mean, it must take an extraordinary amount of either cognitive dissonance or will power to avoid bursting out laughing at writing the opening sentence like the following...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Aereo's most recent effort to stay alive was to take the Supreme Court's "looks like a duck" test and to say, since the Supreme Court said it looked like cable TV (for the sake of declaring its service a "public performance"), "fine, then let us quack...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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A few weeks ago, we wrote about how VPN company Golden Frog had quietly revealed in an FCC filing that an unnamed mobile broadband provider had been (even more) quietly blocking people from sending encrypted emails -- basically blocking users from making...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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So, there's a story in the Washington Post that's getting a bit of attention about how Russian hackers apparently breached a White House computer network (an unclassified network, so not as troubling as it could have been). And that story is kind of...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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It's not just the City of London Police demanding that websites be taken offline without any due process. It appears that the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is getting in on the game as well. The Wall Street Journal recently published a detailed...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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A couple of years ago, we wrote about an effort by the big broadband players to push the FCC away from using M-Lab to measure basic network diagnostics on the internet. M-Lab is a very interesting project, focused on collecting a huge amount of data...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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