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"The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral,
begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing
evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you murder the hater, but you
do not murder hate. In fact, violence, merely increases
hate....Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding
deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot
drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out
hate; only love can do that."--Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Lawmaker: Congress will kill FCC's net neutrality rules, CW
The U.S. House of Representatives will move quickly to kill net
neutrality rules from the Federal Communications Commission, a
lawmaker says.
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John Tarnoff: Verizon Throws Fuel on the Net Neutrality Fire, Huff
The Net Neutrality fire continues to smolder with Verizon's
just-announced support of Comcast, in Comcast's dispute with internet
backbone provider Level 3 Communications. In a letter to the FCC,
Verizon opines that Comcast charging additional fees to Level 3 does
not violate the FCC's new Net Neutrality rules.
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FCC net neutrality decision sets up court battle, CW
Multiple lawsuits are likely over the FCC's net neutrality rules, a
group of experts says.
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Study shows Net supports civic engagement, Net Family News
Certainly "clicktivism" isn't the all of social activism - it's a
complement to it - but it's clear the Internet is an increasingly
important support to civic engagement in this country, a just-released
Pew/Internet survey shows. According to Pew's report, 75% of US adults
are active in some kind of voluntary group, and 80% of those who use
the Net are (compared with 56% of non-Internet users). Drilling down a
bit more,
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The Social Side of the Internet, Pew
The internet has become deeply embedded in group life and is affecting
the way civic and social groups behave and the way they impact their
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Study: Internet users more likely to volunteer for groups, Pew
The stigma that heavy internet usage creates lonely, reclusive people
blogging in a dark room may require rethinking.
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Court Allows Microsoft's Claims for Contributory Cybersquatting and
Dilution to Move Forward -- Microsoft v. Shah, Tech & Marketing Law
Microsoft Corp. v. Shah, et al., C10-0653 (W.D. Wash.; Jan. 12, 2011)
WSJ's Law Blog reports...
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New delegations in APNIC, IPv4 Depletion
Some recent IPv4 delegations from APNIC have moved the anticipated
IANA allocation date closer. APNIC's pool is down to 2.39 x /8. This
indicates that we are now 1-2 weeks away from the big IANA depletion
event. The following large networks got allocated in recent days: and to China TieTong Telecommunications
and to Beijing Time-vision Telecommunication
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Comcast wins U.S. Justice approval for NBCU deal, Globe and Mail
Federal Communications Commission OKs cable giant's purcahse of a
majority stake in broadcast giant with conditions
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Federal regulators approve Comcast's acquisition of NBC Universal,
with asterisks, WAPO
Federal regulators on Tuesday blessed Comcast's $30 billion
acquisition of NBC Universal, imposing a slew of conditions on
everything from competition with rivals to the price of Internet
service for poor families out of concern that the firm's vast sweep
could harm consumers.
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Regulatory Approval Received for Comcast/GE Joint Venture for NBC
Universal, COMCAST
I am pleased to report that today we received final regulatory
clearance for the Comcast and General Electric joint venture relating
to NBC Universal. As we proceed to close this transaction, we look
forward to ushering in new benefits for consumers and hastening the
arrival of the digital multiplatform, anytime, anywhere media and
communications future that Americans want.
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Rockefeller Statement on FCC Approval of Comcast-NBC Universal Merger,
Senate Commerce
Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV released this statement after
the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved the merger of
Comcast Corporation and NBC Universal:
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Free Press Denounces FCC Approval of Comcast-NBC Merger, Free Press
According to press reports on Tuesday, the Federal Communications
Commission announced its decision, by a vote of 4-1, to approve the
merger of Comcast and NBC Universal, one of the largest media mergers
in history.
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Comcast/NBCU: Central Casting, Crawford
The biggest communications policy moment since the AT&T divestiture
has just happened: The $100 million-dollar-march (or more - what
Comcast spent to make sure this happened) has ponderously,
self-evidently reached its conclusion with the FCC's approval of the
merger between Comcast and NBCU. It wasn't the subtlest campaign; it
didn't need to be; it was effective in its discipline and heavy
persistence. The tweets are flying and the journalists are already
weighing in.
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Comcast deal means NBC loses management of Hulu, Lost Remote
NBCU will have to relinquish its "management rights" at Hulu under the
newly-approved joint venture announced by the FCC and the Department
of Justice. The agreement took more than a year to reach. One of the
issues to those who were concerned about the deal was that Comcast
would have too much control over both [...] Related posts:
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In Allowing Comcast/NBC Universal Merger, U.S. Government Recognizes
the Importance of Online Video, PK
Yesterday, the U.S. Government officially recognized the competitive
potential of online video. This isn't a reason to cheer the approval
of the merger between Comcast and NBCU--as Commissioner Copps
recognized, no plausible conditions or commitments could remedy all of
the bad effects of the merger. But observers have realized for a while
that the merger was a done deal. All that was politically possible was
to try to get the best conditions on it as possible. While the
specifics of the conditions might not be perfect, the fact that so
many of them address
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U.S. official defends domain seizures for copyright violations, CW
The director of U.S. ICE defends the recent seizure of more than 80
domain names of Web sites accused of copyright infringement.
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Google defends its linking policy in a Spanish court, CW
Spain's Data Protection Agency and Google on Wednesday faced off in
court where the search company defended its content linking policies
and business model.
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Reddit, Digg, Fark, Slashdot, TechCrunch & Others Sued Over Ridiculous
'Online Press Release' Patent, Techdirt
Last summer, you may recall, we wrote about the ridiculous situation
of a company called "Gooseberry Natural Resources LLC," which held a
ridiculous broad patent (6,370,535) that it claimed covered the basic
concept of generating a press release online. The company had sued a
bunch of (usually small) online press release services -- some of whom
were really struggling to fight the lawsuit. And, to make matters
worse, it was not clear who really owned the patent, as there appeared
to be a series of shell companies to hide the actual patent holder.
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HBO: Netflix must charge more to use our content, CNET
HBO won't come to Netflix's streaming service until the latter charges
customers $20 per month, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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Senator Al Franken: No joke, Comcast trying to whack Netflix, Ars Technica
Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) has had it with the Federal Communications
Commission (FCC), who has just created "essentially two Internets"
with weak net neutrality rules and who this week signed off on the
mega-merger of Comcast and NBC Universal. A common thread unites the
two decisions: both highlight the "growing threat of corporate
control" over information.
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The Technology of Privacy: When Geeks Meet Wonks, Google
Come to Google's Washington, DC offices for a panel discussion about
how privacy affects technology and vice versa. This discussion won't
linger on policy alone. Instead, it will focus on engineering and the
mechanics behind the best practices of online privacy.
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Lee Raine, The Social Side of the Internet, Pew Internet
The internet is now deeply embedded in group and organizational life
in America. A new national survey by the Pew Research Center's
Internet & American Life Project has found that 75% of all American
adults are active in some kind of
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OECD: Cyber attacks could create perfect storm , Globe and Mail
Future Global Shocks project identify cyber events that could cause
global shock
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White House: Private Sector Must Lead Internet Security Fight, Ecommerce Times
The world of e-commerce is booming -- but on a parallel track,
identity theft, loss of privacy and fraud are skyrocketing as well.
While the government has a role in combating Internet security abuses,
two top administration officials visited Silicon Valley to emphasize
that the private sector needs to lead the way in
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The 6th Circuit affirms the Computer Fraud and Abuse conviction of an
IT Employee, Computer Fraud
Last week the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the criminal
conviction for the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act ("CFAA") of an
employee who stole confidential data from his employer's computers.
U.S. v. Batti, 2011 WL 111745 (6th Cir. Jan. 14, 2011). The issues on
appeal were limited to whether the government had offered sufficient
proof that the value of the data stolen exceeded $5,000 to qualify as
a 5 year
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Work E-Mail Not Protected by Attorney-Client Privilege, Court Says, Wired
E-mails between a client and attorney are no longer considered
privileged and confidential if the client writes the messages from a
work e-mail account, a California court of appeals has ruled. The 3-0
decision Thursday by the Sacramento-based Third Appellate District
means that if you intend to sue your employer, don't discuss the
lawsuit with an attorney using company e-mail. The company has a right
to access it and use it against you in court.
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