All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Government’

MegaUpload Take Down Affecting Other File Lockers

The MegaUpload take down and resulting all out Internet war with Anonymous has other file lockers running scared. TorrentFreak is reporting that many popular file hosting services are drastically limiting the services they offer or are just shutting down. Filesonic, one of the biggest file sharing sites on the net, removed its rewards program and revoked access to files from …

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Consumer Watchdog Calls On European Commission To Block Google Motorola Deal

Consumer Watchdog is pushing to get the European Commission to block Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility and to issue a formal complaint against Google’s business practices. The group’s Privacy Project Director John M. Simpson wrote a letter to Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia, saying, “The Commission’s role in keeping Google’s abuses in check is essential. Its executives have close relationships with …

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NASA’s Code Laid Bare

NASA’s code has now gone open source – cue homebrew rocket ships. Open source development is a great thing. With NASA opening a new open source software-dedicated Web site, it allows street coders to access and improve the source code that NASA is working on. This can lead to new discoveries that the professional engineers at NASA could possibly never …

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Out Against SOPA / PIPA

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted a message about SOPA and PIPA on Facebook today. He said: The internet is the most powerful tool we have for creating a more open and connected world. We can’t let poorly thought out laws get in the way of the internet’s development. Facebook opposes SOPA and PIPA, and we will continue to oppose any …

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Google Has Given SOPA Author Lamar Smith $17K Since 2006

Google is protesting SOPA, but apparently the company has given the bill’s author a total of $17,000 since 2006. Google site reliability engineer Liz Fong-Jones writes on Google+: “Surprising thing I noticed: Google’s NetPAC has given Rep. Lamar Smith (the architect of SOPA) $17,000 over the past 6 transparency years.” She links to this pdf showing all of Google NetPAC’s …

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Google’s Matt Cutts: It’s Time To Take Action On SOPA

Google has blacked out its logo in protest of SOPA. The company has also put up a blog post calling for visitors to petition Congress. Google’s head of web spam, Matt Cutts, who has been a vocal opponent of SOPA and PIPA for some time, has also put up a new blog post calling for people to call senators. about …

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Google Wants You To Petition Congress Over SOPA / PIPA

As previously reported, Google has gone with a blacked out logo for SOPA Blackout Day (in case you haven’t visited Google yet today to see for yourself). The company put up a blog post titled “Don’t censor the web.” The post calls for visitors to petition Congress, and has the following to say about PIPA and SOPA: PIPA & SOPA …

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Google And Competition: Should The Government Be Regulating?

Google’s competitive practices have dominated the headlines this week, thanks to the company’s “Search Plus Your World” features (extensive integration of Google+ into search results, but not extensive integration of competing social networks Twitter and Facebook), but this is really just the latest episode in the ongoing complaints against the Internet’s dominant search player. Senators Herb Kohl and Mike Lee …

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Obama Administration Responds To Petitions Calling For SOPA Veto

While SOPA has been delayed, while “outsanding concerns” are addressed by representatives, the White House has put out a statement from the Obama Administration, responding to a “We the People” Petition on SOPA and online piracy. The petition says: WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO: VETO the SOPA bill and any other future bills that threaten to diminish the free …

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SOPA Delayed Until “Outstanding Concerns Addressed”

On Friday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith announced that he will remove DNS Blocking from SOPA, so the issue can be “further examined”. Here’s Smith’s statement in its entirety: House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today said he plans to remove a provision in the Stop Online Piracy Act (H.R. 3261) that requires Internet Service Providers to block access …

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Is SOPA’s Bipartisan Support Due To Legislators’ Ignorance?

SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act, H.R. 3261) is perhaps the biggest news on the Internet lately. It is certainly the biggest news about the internet. People have been neatly divided into two camps on the matter: For and Against. Those in the “For” camp have generally been thought to be entertainment industry types, their attorneys, their lobbyists, the politicians …

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Reddit Black Out On 01/18 To Protest PIPA / SOPA

Reddit announced that it will be blacking out its site for 12 hours on 01-18 from 8AM – 8PM EST. The Reddit Team says in a blog post: Instead of the normal glorious, user-curated chaos of reddit, we will be displaying a simple message about how the PIPA/SOPA legislation would shut down sites like reddit, link to resources to learn …

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