All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Internet’

Obama Appoints Four White House Insiders To NSA Review Panel

Two weeks ago today, President Obama proposed a number of reforms to the NSA and FISA court in response to the Snowden leak. The reforms were largely cosmetic changes meant to give the illusion of real change, but there was one proposal that could actually do some good. He proposed the creation of an independent review board that would determine …

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Government Declassifies Court Opinion That Says NSA Violated The Fourth Amendment

One of the big talking points from NSA proponents is how the agency’s spy programs are constitutional. That’s debatable and many in Congress feel that the agency has largely overstepped its bounds in the collection of American’s cellphone metadata. Even so, the FISA court that oversees these requests for data largely support the NSA’s activities. There was one brief moment …

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Vine Cat-Kicker Arrested, Charged with Cruelty to Animals

A viral animal abuse video has led to an arrest, and the perpetrator faces a maximum of 60 days in jail on a charge of cruelty to animals. 17-year-old Walter Easley will be back in court on September 12th to face charges after a Vine video that shows Easley kicking a cat went viral with the help of 4chan, reddit, …

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Mark Zuckerberg Wants To Make The Internet Available To All

The Internet is the single greatest invention in the history of mankind. It has the power to change how we see the world by exposing us to different ideas and cultures without ever leaving our home. It’s that transformative power that makes the Internet so special, and why it’s imperative that more people get connected. Unfortunately, there are a few …

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Groklaw To Shut Down As Editor Doesn’t Want Government Going Through Its Virtual Underwear

Groklaw, an award-winning and highly respected legal site dealing mainly in software law, is shutting down due to fears of government spying. Specifically, the site’s editor Pam Jones has determined that she can’t stand the idea of the government reading emails, and doesn’t see how the site can go on. Earlier this month, email provider Lavabit (which was reportedly used …

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Google Fiber To Head To Leawood, Kansas

Google announced that Leawood, Kansas’ City Council has voted to make the town the 14th Kansas City area to get Google Fiber. “We look forward to bringing service to Leawood, but there‚Äôs quite a bit of planning and construction work to do before we can actually start hooking up homes,” Google FIber community manager Rachel Hack says. Google will post …

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Should Internet Access Remain Tax Free?

You probably pay a lot for Internet, but at least you don’t have to pay taxes on your service with each monthly bill. That may all change next year, and two senators want to stop that from happening. The Hill reports that Sens. Ron Wyden and John Thune introduced the Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act into the Senate on Thursday. …

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Former Rep. Dennis Kucinich Calls For The NSA To Be Abolished

The NSA has become quite the touchy subject in Washington these past few months after leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed the agency’s spy programs. The president and those who support the NSA have been on the defensive claiming that the agency doesn’t abuse its powers (it does), while those against the agency have been calling for it …

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Lavabit Shuts Down, Email Service Says It Won’t Be “Complicit In Crimes Against The American People”

In early July, it was suggested that former NSA contractor Edward Snowden used Lavabit. For those unaware, it’s a small email provider based out of Texas that promises the utmost privacy through encryption. The service had a small following, but now it’s gone. In a post on the Lavabit home page, owner Ladar Levison said that he’s shutting down Lavabit …

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Baltimore Working To Bring More Internet Options To Its Businesses And Residents

Baltimore is sick and tired of Comcast. The ISP signed an agreement with the city back in 2004 that makes it the exclusive cable TV provider in the city until 2016. That means the city is also largely stuck with Comcast for its Internet needs, but the city wants to change that. The Baltimore Business Journal reports that the city …

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USA! USA! We’re Number One…in Porn! (We Did It, You Guys)

Hello fellow Americans. Recently losing our obesity crown to Mexico has probably got you feeling a bit down, and I understand that. Chanting “We’re Number two, we’re number two” doesn’t really have the same ring to it. We’re still number one in terms our incarceration levels, and I’m sure we’re still on top in number of current reality shows about …

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Not Enough Ryan Gosling on Your Screen? Goslingize Any Web Page with a New Chrome Extension

If your favorite websites feel like they are lacking a certain Goslingness, fear not. There’s a new Chrome extension that can help. It’s called Hey Girl, and it performs a simple task. When activated, it will turn every image on any page into a photo of Ryan Gosling. Inspired by the ubiquitous Ryan Gosling Hey Girl meme, this extension is …

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