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All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘U.S. Government’

Zuckerberg: U.S. Immigration Policy ‘Unfit for Today’s World’

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has pulled the cover off his immigration reform group, outlining its position and naming its advocates in a Washington Post op-ed. He starts off with an anecdote about a young, undocumented student that he teaches in an after-school class on entrepreneurship. The kid’s family is from Mexico, but he’s live in America basically his whole life. …

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Google Fights to Keep User Info Private Against National Security Letters

Since 9/11 and the implementation of the Patriot Act, the FBI’s use of National Security Letters to obtain info has skyrocketed. National Security Letters (NSL) are a form of a demand letter that are used by the U.S. Government (mostly the FBI) to extract information from an organization in the name of national security. The kind of info requested in …

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U.S. Government Says the World Won’t End Dec 21, Which Means the World Is Definitely Ending Dec 21

The world didn’t end on May 21st. The world once again failed to stop existing on October 21st. The world is also not going to end on December 21st. But don’t bother telling that to your weird cousin in his doomsday shelter, he won’t believe you anyway. Especially after you tell him that the latest reassurance is coming from the …

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BlackBerry Ditched by U.S. National Transportation Safety Board

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is looking to replace all of its BlackBerry devices with iPhone 5’s. The agency posted a notice to the Federal Business Opportunities website seeking firms that can handle the the transfer of the agency’s devices. The NTSB stated that the switch away from BlackBerry was due to the devices “failing both at inopportune …

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Megaupload Accuses U.S. Of Attempting To Rewrite International Law

As usual, the Megaupload case is one of the most intriguing legal battles of our time. The result of which could have long lasting impacts on not just copyright law, but International criminal proceedings and extradition laws. Before it gets to that point, the Megaupload legal team wants the case thrown out. The reason behind the legal team’s request is …

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Judge Declares Megaupload Searches Illegal

New Zealand’s High Court has declared that the warrants used to justify the January 19th raid on Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom’s were illegat. The court also ruled that it was illegal for copies of Dotcom’s hard drive to be removed from New Zealand to the U.S. In the judgment, which is embedded below, Justice Helen Winkelmann ruled that the search …

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U.S. Doesn’t Want Megaupload Users Getting Their Data Back

The MPAA shocked everybody last week when they said they would be fine with Megaupload users getting access to their legitimate files. They wouldn’t help those people get back their data, but they wouldn’t be opposed to them getting it back either. Too bad the United States doesn’t want them getting back any data whatsoever. CNET got their hands on …

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U.S. Department of the Interior Chooses Google Apps

The U.S. Department of the Interior announced yesterday that it has awarded a contract to Onix Networking for department-wide cloud email and collaboration services using Google Apps for Government. The contract is part of the Department of the Interior’s “IT Transformation” initiative, which was announced last year and seeks to reduce costs by cutting waste and increasing the efficiency of …

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MegaUpload Server Host Demands Payment

The MegaUpload Saga just got far more interesting. We reported back when this all first started that the only reason the U.S. could go after MegaUpload was because some of their servers were hosted in the U.S. out of Carpathia Hosting in Virginia. The data was going to be erased, but the Pirate Party and the EFF both want the …

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Jotform.com Is Back In The Hands Of Its Rightful Owner

The Jotform.com domain was returned today. The only problem is that the feds still aren’t saying what caused the suspension in the first place. You may remember yesterday when we reported that Jotform.com was suspended by the federal government for apparently no reason. When the Jotform team attempted to contact the Secret Service as to why their Web site had …

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DOJ vs. Anonymous: Who’s Tricking Who?

With Anonymous’ #OpMegaUpload in full swing, it’s time to ask ourselves an important question: Who actually has the upper hand in this “battle” – the U.S. Government or Anonymous? You’re probably aware that the DOJ delivered a blow on Thursday with its takedown of major filesharing site MegaUpload. Just hours later, government websites ranging from the DOJ to the U.S. …

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