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by mike masnick

Recently, Russ Roberts had YCombinator's Sam Altman on his absolutely wonderful podcast Econtalk, and the discussion is fantastic and worth listening to (which is true of most Econtalk episodes). Among many interesting and thought-provoking points that...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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The City of London police have continued to take their bull-in-a-china-shop approach to "stopping piracy" (generally based on a near total misunderstanding of the internet) to it's next level of ridiculousness. The police (which, yes, no need to remind...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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We continue to wait and wait for the White House to finish pouring black ink all over the Senate's torture report, before releasing the (heavily redacted) 480-page executive summary that the Senate agreed to declassify months ago. However, every few...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Thursday, July 31, 2014
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We've talked about the mocked up versions of what a non-neutral internet service might look like -- whereby the service provider offers different "packages" to include different websites. There have been a few attempts to show what this looks like. Here's...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Business Insider isn't exactly known for its hard hitting journalism, but it takes a fairly special level of ridiculousness to take the Open Technology Institute's report from earlier this week, covering just how much damage the NSA has done to our economy,...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Just a couple hours left to support our net neutrality coverage » Hey everyone, I just wanted to post a massive thank you to each and every one of you who helped us reach our goal in our crowdfunding campaign for our net neutrality reporting. Having...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Here's a surprise. An internal investigation by the CIA has determined -- just as Senator Dianne Feinstein charged -- that the CIA illegally hacked into the network of Senate Intelligence Committee staffers in order to spy on what they were doing with...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Oh Max Mosley. The guy who's basically guaranteed that the press keeps writing about the "sex party" pictures involving him and five sex workers that were leaked to the press years ago. Mosley has basically dedicated his life to reminding the public...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Thursday, July 31, 2014
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What is it with insane NY-related bureaucrats and their attempts to "own" things? In the past, we've covered how New York State is a pretty big trademark bully over the "I ♥ NY" phrase, and did you know that the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA)...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Earlier this week, we wrote about the ridiculousness of Verizon Wireless refering to its new plans to throttle heavy users of its LTE mobile data network as "network optimization" while denying that it was "throttling." However, in a bit of a surprise...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Thursday, July 31, 2014
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One of the most annoying things about the net neutrality fight -- as we've been noting for over a decade -- is how silly the net neutrality debate was once it became "partisan." An issue that, previously, had been a general one about the future of the...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Home stretch: Less than 24 hours left to support our net neutrality coverage » In the last 24 hours or so, you guys came through in an amazing way to shoot us past our target goal in our crowdfunding campaign to support our net neutrality reporting....
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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Remember Personal Audio? That's the ridiculous company claiming to hold a patent (US Patent 8,112,504) which it believes covers podcasting. The company has been involved in a variety of dirty tricks, including trying to intimidate donors to an EFF campaign...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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Every so often, people who don't really understand the importance of anonymity or how it enables free speech (especially among marginalized people), think they have a brilliant idea: "just end real anonymity online." They don't seem to understand just...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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We've written about the problems of so-called super injunctions in the past (though mainly in the UK). This legal process not only keeps certain details under wraps concerning a lawsuit, but actually forbids the media from reporting on anything related...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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The Keith Alexander story just keeps getting more and more bizarre. Almost immediately after retiring from the top position at the NSA, where he oversaw the total failure of the NSA's supposed "100% auditing" system, allowing Ed Snowden (and who knows...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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Apparently Amazon's efforts earlier this month to make it abundantly clear that it's fight with Hachette is about helping, not harming authors still didn't quite make it through to authors who seem to reflexively hate Amazon (often for reasons that don't...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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James Boyle and Jennifer Jenkins of the Center of the Study of the Public Domain at Duke Law School have recognized what many people have: the academic publishing world is insane. Textbook pricing is generally insane, in part because the people who make...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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By now, it should be well known that Senators Ron Wyden and Mark Udall are the two key truth-tellers in Congress when it comes to what kind of surveillance is being done by the intelligence community. If they ask a question, assume the answer is "yes."...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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As was widely expected, Senator Patrick Leahy has introduced the new Senate version of the USA Freedom Act. As you recall, there was a semi-decent bill in the House that had made it pretty far, before being completely gutted by the White House. From...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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As you surely know by now, NBC Universal is owned by Comcast. And Comcast is one of the major players in today's fight over net neutrality. Comcast, of course, likes to pretend it supports net neutrality, even as it actually supports killing it. It seems...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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It's no secret that the legacy recording industry players are constantly searching for new ways to make money. Of course, they don't seem all that keen on actually searching for new business models to make money, but rather they tend to default to new...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Lee Fang, over at Vice, has quite a revelation based on some FOIA requests. It seems that the various judges on the FISA Court who keep approving the NSA's requests for bulk data from the telcos... also seem to keep buying Verizon stock. On May 28 last...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Via Eric Goldman, we learn of a case in Pennsylvania where a group of six Bucknell students were trying to sue some officials at the University for unlawaful search relating to a drug bust and subsequent disciplinary action at their frat house (and some...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Final days to support our crowdfunding campaign » Last week we gave a special thanks to Twitch and Namecheap for providing matching funds for our big crowdfunding campaign, and today we want to welcome (and thank!) the greatest photo site on the internet,...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Monday, July 28, 2014
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