Author Archive for: ‘Jonathan Fisher’

MPAA, RIAA and Anonymous All Stand Against Arizona’s New Internet Censorship Bill

The Arizona state legislature just passed a bill that would criminalize any use of “obscene, lewd, or profane language” transmitted over “any electronic or digital device … with intent to … offend.” Pending approval by the Governor, the bill could soon become law. House Bill 2549 [pdf link] was largely touted as a means of combatting cyberbullying. But despite passing …

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Facebook and Partners Launch Social Energy App Aimed At Resource Conservation

Alongside partners Opower and the National Resource Defense Council and 16 utilities companies, Facebook announced today the beta launch of a social energy app at social.opower.com. The app leverages Facebook’s existing platform to allow people to benchmark their home’s energy usage against similar homes, compare energy use with friends, eneter energy-saving competitions, and share tips on how to become more …

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What Facebook Would Have Looked Like in the Early ’90s [Video]

I like getting nostalgic for the old internet. It was slower, less organized, and a lot more DIY, and at one point you couldn’t even illegally download songs from it. But somehow it was just what I needed back then, back before cat memes and spiderman threads, when the shrill whine, crack, hiss, and chirp of my modem would propel …

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Social Networking Sites Can Predict Your Risk of STD

Just when you thought Facebook stalking couldn’t get any creepier, a researcher from the University of North Carolina has suggested that social networking sites could be the key to predicting and slowing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Peter Leone is a professor of medicine at UNC’s Center for Infectious Diseases. According to Salon.com, Leone has discovered a link …

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Proposed Internet Legislation In Iraq and Lebanon Concerns Free Speech Advocacy Groups

Proposed legislation on the table in both Iraq and Lebanon has free speech and human rights watch groups on alert. The proposed laws — which deals with press freedom and online publishing — could use draconian methods and punishments to grossly limit freedom of expression in the two countries, and rein in internet usage at a time when Middle East …

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New Variant of Flashback Malware Exploits Unpatched Java Vulnerability in Macs

A new variant of the Flashback trojan has appeared, exploiting a Java vulnerability found in Macs. Cyber security firm F-secure announced this discovery via its blog today. Flashback is a trojan that was originally distributed in the guise of erotic images or politically offensive material. It was later updated to be distributed in a fake installer application for the Adobe …

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Teacher’s Aide Suspended: Yet Another Facebook Password Battle

Yet another former employee is fighting a legal battle against employers after being suspended for refusing to hand over access to her Facebook account. Teacher’s aide Kimberly Hester, of Cassopolis, Michigan, has taken unpaid leave and is collecting workman’s compensation while she fights her suspension. Hester was an employee of Lewis-Cass Intermediate School, and working as a teacher’s aide at …

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The Rise and Fall of RIM [Infographic]

When Research In Motion, onetime king of the smartphone mountain, released its 2011 fourth quarter earnings report last week, things didn’t look good for the company. Along with the release of the earnings report came an announcement that the company would be rethinking its strategy, with a focus on appealing to the enterprise market, where it still has a small …

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Local Police Are Tracking Your Cell Phone Location

The Supreme Court decision United States v. Jones recently ruled unconstitutional the warrantless tracking of crime suspects via GPS tracking devices. Though the decision marks a clear victory for personal privacy and Fourth Amendment freedom from warrantless searches, it is limited in scope to blocking warrantless use of GPS devices, leaving other forms of digital tracking in a legal grey …

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What’s Happening On The Internet Every Minute [Infographic]

How much time do you spend on the internet every day? I spend at least eight hours online every weekday, and that’s a conservative estimate. I know some smart-phone addicts who are probably wired in, one way or another, nearly every minute of the day — excluding the six or so hours they sleep at night. While we’re all hanging …

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YouTube Adds “Shows” Page For Korean TV Fans

YouTube announced on its blog yesterday that it is adding a Shows page for Korean viewers. The page will organize the wide variety of Korean television shows made available on YouTube. Korean programming available on the new Shows page ranges from recent comedy game show Infinite Challenge (무한도전) to the 2005 drama classic My Lovely Sam Soon (내 이름은 김삼순). …

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KillZimmerman Twitter Account Wants Trayvon Martin’s Killer Dead

Last month’s shooting death of unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin has sparked a wave of racial debates, protests, and expressions of solidarity with the Martin family. It has also put shooter George Martin, a 28-year-old neighborhood watch captain who reportedly followed Martin back from a convenience store, in the public hot seat. Martin was not arrested after the incident, nor …

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