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by mike masnick

Earlier this month, David Kravets over at Ars Technica, wrote about a questionable order from Judge Marsha Pechman, allowing nutritional supplement firm Ubervita to issue a subpoena to identify a bunch of negative reviewers on Amazon and Craigslist....
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Monday, July 21, 2014
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Ars Technica's Cyrus Farivar filed a FOIA request for the Passenger Name Records (PNRs) that had been stored by the federal government concerning his own travel history. PNRs are created by travel companies (airlines, hotels, cruise lines) whenever you...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Monday, July 21, 2014
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Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Deveraux, over at The Intercept have a giant scoop: the full 166-page guidebook that US law enforcement uses to declare someone a terrorist who deserves to be on one of its various watchlists from the no-fly list to the "terrorist...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Back in March, we wrote a story explaining why the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's (NTIA) decision to "relinquish" what little "power" it had over ICANN was no big deal. It's sort of an accident of history that NTIA (a part...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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We've written plenty of times about the dangers of Executive Order 12333, which is the Presidential order signed by Ronald Reagan that gives the NSA tremendously broad powers of surveillance, so long as the work is done overseas. And as long as information...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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So the war of words over interconnection has continued. Last week, we wrote about the back and forth between Verizon and Level 3 on their corporate blogs concerning who was really to blame for congestion slowing down your Netflix video watching. As we...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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For years, Hollywood's biggest player in Congress when it came to copyright policy was Rep. Howard Berman. He was often referred to as the Representative from Disney for his willingness to always push for more expansive copyright policies. While he was...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Reminder: If you support our crowdfunding campaign today your support will be immediately doubled thanks to matching funds. » As we recently explained, the type of reporting we do isn't always conducive to advertising support -- in fact, our work on...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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A couple days ago, someone sent me the lawsuit that Ultra Records and Ultra International Music Publishing had filed against Michelle Phan, an incredibly successful "YouTube star" who has over six million subscribers to her YouTube channel where she...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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It's one thing to take a stand against questionable copyright trolling, but it's another thing to be a really bad defendant. We had this with both of the RIAA's lawsuits against Jammie Thomas and Joel Tenenbaum. In both cases, they were bad defendants...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Just about two years ago, we wrote about the DOJ seizing three websites that were allegedly set up to let people download cracked versions of fee-based Android apps. As in the past, we were somewhat troubled by the government's willingness to seize websites...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Last week, we wrote about some vague plans announced by Australia's Attorney General George Brandis to require data retention rules for ISPs. "Data retention" is a euphemism for mass surveillance. It requires ISPs to hold onto a ton of data and allow...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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I first became aware of The Pirate Bay in 2006 when the site was raided by Swedish law enforcement and taken offline for a few days. Of course, the site came back online soon after, and all of the attention from taking it down resulted in a massive increase...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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So, last week, that customer service call between Ryan Block and a Comcast "retention specialist" who refused to take "cancel the damn service" for an answer went viral. Comcast has since apologized, said it was investigating, and insisted that the call...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Join the AMA, happening now! » Starting right about... now, I'm doing an AMA over at Reddit. It's mainly supposed to be focused on issues related to net neutrality (and our crowdfunding campaign -- which we've explained in detail here), but it's an...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Over the last few years, there's been a ridiculous rise in a bizarre form of anti-Silicon Valley populism, in which people are encouraged to hate successful internet companies for... being successful. Usually, when you dig into the details, the attacks...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Right now the issue of housing in San Francisco is a big local topic -- and while I tend to agree that the real issue is the regulations limiting the building of new housing in and around the city, the fight has gotten quite nasty at times. It often...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Last week, the House Judiciary Committee held yet another copyright hearing, this one on Moral Rights, Termination Rights, Resale Royalty, and Copyright Term. We've discussed these issues at different times, and the hearing itself didn't break any major...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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ProPublica has a new story about the rise of "canvas fingerprinting," a new method of tracking users without using cookies. It's a method that is apparently quite difficult to block if you're using anything other than Tor Browser. In short, canvas fingerprinting...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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We've joked about how James Clapper and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) like to claim that the various documents they've been declassifying and releasing in the post-Snowden era are decisions they've made out of the goodness...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Monday, July 21, 2014
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There's some buzz in security circles today after it came out that a session at the upcoming Black Hat Conference entitled "You Don't Have to be the NSA to Break Tor: Deanonymizing Users on a Budget" by Michael McCord and Alexander Volynkin (both of...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Monday, July 21, 2014
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We've written a few times about Executive Order 12333, which we've described as "the NSA's biggest loophole." It's the unchecked power, created entirely via executive order, for the NSA to do anything it wants to spy on anyone -- including Americans...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Monday, July 21, 2014
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