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FBI Enlists Makeup Vendors, Tattoo Shops For Help In War On Terrorism
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation has released a collection of 25 fliers to assorted businesses in order to help promote their “Communities Against Terrorism” campaign. The fliers are designed to help employees easily identify “suspicious persons” who might be hiding …

FCC Providing Broadband To Poor Families Through Lifeline FCC Providing Broadband To Poor Families Through Lifeline
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The FCC is reforming and modernizing their Lifeline program that provides telephone service to poor families across the nation. On their Web site today, the FCC detailed the planned changes to the Lifeline program. For those unaware, the Lifeline program …

Megaupload Data Could Be Erased By Thursday Megaupload Data Could Be Erased By Thursday

The Megaupload saga continues with the potential erasure of data on their servers. Data belonging to users of Megaupload could be deleted as soon as Thursday according to federal prosecutors. CBS is reporting that the company is defending itself by …

Search Engines Given Code Of Practice Search Engines Given Code Of Practice

It looks like the copyright police are at it again. This time they are in a secret meeting with search engine companies making demand of them. In a document obtained by TorrentFreak, it has come to light that copyright holders …

MegaUpload Take Down Affecting Other File Lockers MegaUpload Take Down Affecting Other File Lockers
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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, …

Consumer Watchdog Calls On European Commission To Block Google Motorola Deal Consumer Watchdog Calls On European Commission To Block Google Motorola Deal
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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 …

NASA’s Code Laid Bare 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 …

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Out Against SOPA / PIPA Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Out Against SOPA / PIPA
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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 …

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

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

Google Wants You To Petition Congress Over SOPA / PIPA Google Wants You To Petition Congress Over SOPA / PIPA
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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 …

Google And Competition: Should The Government Be Regulating? Google And Competition: Should The Government Be Regulating?
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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 …

Obama Administration Responds To Petitions Calling For SOPA Veto Obama Administration Responds To Petitions Calling For SOPA Veto
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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 …

SOPA Delayed Until “Outstanding Concerns Addressed” SOPA Delayed Until “Outstanding Concerns Addressed”
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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 …

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. …

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

U.S. Gov’t Wants To Censor Twitter

EFF published an article earlier today detailing the U.S. government’s growing demand that Twitter shut down accounts that are affiliated with alleged terrorists. Citing several recent incidences in which government officials have pressured Twitter to censor tweets and accounts, EFF …

NOAA To Start Using Google Apps For Government NOAA To Start Using Google Apps For Government

In what is a pretty significant endorsement of Google’s wares, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has switched over to Google Apps for Government and thus become the largest government agency in the United States to adopt cloud-based email service. …

Tweet #AskState To Ask Questions Directly to U.S. State Department Tweet #AskState To Ask Questions Directly to U.S. State Department

As we bore into the year that is 2012, the U.S. Department of State has chosen to step up their Internet vocab by inviting Twitter users to submit questions to them throughout the month of January as part of their …

ICANN Has Started Taking Applications For New Top-Level Domains ICANN Has Started Taking Applications For New Top-Level Domains
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Beginning January 12, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers will be accepting applications for newly available top-level domain names beyond the typical .com and .net variety. Some of the new domain offerings you might see are .book and …

Malaysian Police Monitor Protesters Via Social Media Malaysian Police Monitor Protesters Via Social Media

Social media taketh and now social media taketh away. Sorta. While social media sites like Twitter and Facebook have become integral for protesters to organize events, government officials in Malaysia have taken a page out of this playbook and used …