Monday, May 02, 2011

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AT&T Starts Capping Internet Use, Huffpo
The company, America's largest Internet service provider, becomes the
second broadband carrier after Comcast to start limiting the amount of
broadband its customers use. DSL users will be capped at 150 GB per
month, with those going over the limit more than three times in three
separate months made to pay $10 for each 50 GB over the limit. U-verse
users will be capped at 250 per month. Such metered access has already
hit Internet subscribers in Canada.
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Urgent Communications
I'm not much of an adventurer, or gambler for that matter. Never have
been. You'll never see me in Las Vegas at the tables throwing around
big bills — dollar blackjack is exciting enough
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TomTom Apologizes For Selling Speeding Data To Dutch Government, Techdirt
TomTom, the troubled GPS navigation device maker, was forced to
quickly apologize after news reports came out about how the company
had sold aggregate data on driving habits it collected from the
devices to the Dutch government, who then used that data to figure out
where to set up speed traps and speed cameras. TomTom claims they
thought the data would just be used for improving traffic safety, not
for speed traps
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WISPA Announces Disaster Relief Fund, Sends Aid to Cullman, Alabama, WISPA
The Wireless Internet Server Provider Association today announced the
WISPA Disaster Relief Fund . "The WISP Community should be proud of
their generosity to assist another company in their industry who was
in need. But why shouldn't they be proud, these operators often invest
their own money, to bring broadband service to
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Is It Possible To Salvage Open WiFi?, Techdirt
We recently wrote about how a guy had his home raided by gun-toting
law enforcement officials accusing him of downloading child porn when
it really came from someone else who had hopped on his open WiFi
router. While the lesson we got out of it was that law enforcement
needs to rethink when it calls in SWAT teams and beef up their own
technical knowledge, the lesson that many others were pushing was that
you must
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Protecting children online, OECD
As increasing numbers of children worldwide enjoy the benefits of the
Internet, they also face a spectrum of risks to which they are more
vulnerable than adults. This reports examines these risks as well as
the policy responses of governments and other stakeholders to improve
the protection of children online.,3355,en_2649_34223_1_1_1_1_1,00.html?rssChId=34223#47741369
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CAIDA's IPv6 measurement and analysis activities, CAIDA
In pursuit of more rigorous data on IPv6 deployment, CAIDA has
undertaken four IPv6 measurement and analysis exercises: address
allocation data; traceroute-based topology; DNS queries from root
servers; and a global survey of network operators in 2008.
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my second FCC TAC meeting, and its IPv6 promise, CAIDA
I recently remotely attended my second meeting of the FCC's
Technological Advisory Council (slides but no video archives). The
chairs of four working groups created at the first TAC meeting
(Critical Transitions; IPv6; Broadband Infrastructure Deployment; and
Sharing Opportunities) presented their interim results. The FCC then
issued a set of "TAC recommendations" (which the TAC never saw); it is
mostly a wish list from
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Testing IPv6 for World Ipv6 Day, Potaroo
It's now time to look hard at the practical issues that we will
encounter with deployment of IPv6, and in support of this it has been
proposed to launch a "test flight" of IPv6 on World IPv6 Day. On June
8 2011 a number of web sites, including Google, Facebook, Yahoo! and
Bing, will convert their main web pages to be reachable over both IPv4
and IPv6. Content providers all over the world are invited to join in
this effort. For
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Former DHS Official: ACTA 'Sweetheart Deal For IP Owners; Free Gov't
Enforcement Of Private Rights', Techdirt
We recently wrote about a 2008 memo and position paper from Homeland
Security to the USTR warning that ACTA was a bad idea that could harm
national security, and transfer private civil issues to the government
to enforce. The author of the original memo, Stewart Baker, who is no
longer at DHS, has now commented on our coverage of this issue,
stating that DHS did not like ACTA as it was drafted:
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Wikileaks Cables Show Massive U.S. Effort to Establish Canadian DMCA,
Michael Geist
Wikileaks has released dozens of new U.S. cables that demonstrate
years of behind the scenes lobbying by U.S. government officials to
pressure Canada into implementing a Canadian DMCA. The cables include
confirmation that Prime Minister Harper personally promised U.S.
President George Bush at the SPP summit in Montebello, Quebec in 2008
that Canada would pass copyright legislation, U.S. government lines
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PICTURES: Bin Laden's Alleged Compound Hits Google Maps, Huffpo
President Barack Obama announced late Sunday night that Osama bin
Laden was killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan during a raid by U.S.
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Pakistani programmer unknowingly tweets bin Laden operation, Globe and Mail
Sohaib Athar unwittingly described the U.S. operation to kill the
world's most wanted militant
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Bin Laden Raid Was Tweeted Live, Huffpo
In the early hours of Monday, Sohaib Athar reported on his Twitter
account that a loud bang had rattled his windows in the Pakistani town
of Abbottabad, saying he hoped "its not the start of something nasty."
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Twitter Nails Osama Capture, Death First, Huffpo
First reported on social media.
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Best social media moments of Osama bin Laden's death, Lost Remote
When the President of the United States unexpectedly asks for time
across the networks late on a Sunday night, you know it's going to be
big. And as the live statement was repeatedly delayed, that left
everyone clamoring on Twitter while news organizations hit the phones.
Before long, the news was out before the President approached the
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Interesting World: Man Unwittingly Live Tweets Raid That Killed Osama
Bin Laden, Techdirt
There's really not much for us to say on the raid that killed Osama
bin Laden, since that's really not a topic for this blog... and, of
course, it's being covered quite ably pretty much everywhere else.
However, I do find this one minor side story, highlighted by Mike
Butcher at TechCrunch,
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To Stream or Not to Stream? The Future of Live Sports Distribution, CISCO
The wildly popular U.S. men's college basketball face-off known as
March Madness offered a teachable moment this spring. Thanks to a
partnership between CBS and Turner Sports, not only was more of the
tournament shown live on TV than ever before, but every game was
streamed online for free. And here's the kicker: viewership in both
domains was up over last year. ...
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Facebook Shuts Down Legitimate Pages Because Of Bogus Claims, Huffpo
Facebook has shut down at least a half-dozen legitimate Facebook pages
due to what appears to be a dysfunctional copyright infringement
claims system.
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New FBI Documents Provide Details on Government's Surveillance Spyware, EFF
EFF recently received documents from the FBI that reveal details about
the depth of the agency's electronic surveillance capabilities and
call into question the FBI's controversial effort to push Congress to
expand the Communications Assistance to Law Enforcement Act (CALEA)
for greater access to communications data. The documents we received
were sent to us in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
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Sony apologizes, details PlayStation Network attack, CW
Sony's PlayStation Network and Qriocity online services will begin a
phased resumption this week, after the company took them offline in
response to a "very sophisticated" intrusion, the company said Sunday.
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Appeals Court: No Hacking Required to Be Prosecuted as a Hacker, Wired
Employees may be prosecuted under a federal antihacking statute for
taking computer files that they were authorized to access and using
them in a manner prohibited by the company, a federal appeals court
has ruled.
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Court: If You Use Your Computer For Anything Your Employer Doesn't
Like, You May Have Committed A Crime, Techdirt
Last year, we've noted some seriously troubling interpretations of the
Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). The law is designed to deal with
malicious computer hacking -- someone breaking into a secure computer
and accessing secret or private info. Yet, it's been twisted time and
time again (sometimes in very different ways by different courts).
However, this latest ruling is simply ridiculous. It effectively says
if you do anything on your employer's computer that the employer
doesn't like, you've committed a federal crime.
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9th Circuit Clarifies Brekka: Employees Can Be Criminally Prosecuted
for Violating Their Employer's Computer Policies, Computer Fraud
In California, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Montana, Arizona, Nevada
and Idaho – states covered by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals — the
answer as of yesterday is an emphatic "YES." In U.S. v. Nosal, 2011 WL
1585600 (9th Cir. April 28, 2011) the court clarified its decision in
LVRC Holdings LLC v. Brekka, 581 F.3d 1127, 1131 (9th Cir. 2009) which
up until now was considered to be a bar to using the Computer Fraud
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Fire at data centre sends Aruba offline, Netcraft
Italian hosting company Aruba was knocked offline for a few hours
today after a fire broke out in the centre of a server farm.
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Interconnected VoIP Providers Get One Free Bite -- Take Two, Telecom Law Monitor
The Commission's efforts to resolve the 2009 Omnibus CPNI NAL continue
to provide insights into the enforcement process generally. In the
past, we've commented on surprisingly small settlements and odd
provisions, but two orders earlier this week are especially cryptic.
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FCC Regulatory Fee Proposal May Resolve Long Pending VoIP Petition
Too, Telecom Law Monitor
According to the FCC's weekly list of pending items on circulation,
the Commission appears ready to resolve a longstanding petition by an
interconnected VoIP provider to cancel its 2007 FCC regulatory fee.
The ruling could have impact on future regulatory fee assessments, but
the specific relief relating to 2007 (if the petitioner is successful)
is likely to be limited to the petitioner.
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