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LightSquared GPS Interference Reported, AVWeb
Early field tests of the effects of LightSquared's 4G signal on
GPS-dependent devices showed some disruption of service when tested by
first responders in New Mexico. In a letter to federal officials (PDF)
last week, Bill Range, the program director for New Mexico's 911
system, says the tests run by police
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Woman kicked off train after 16-hour cell phone chat, CNET
A woman is removed from an Amtrak train and charged with disorderly
conduct after she reportedly talks nonstop on her cell phone from
Oakland, Calif., to Salem, Ore.
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Rural Township Develops Creative Broadband Solution Using Experimental
Technology, WISPA
Many have asked the question, "How can we fill the need for rural
broadband Internet access in our rural community?" But few have
actually ventured beyond the question to attempt to make it happen.
Ryan Peel, owner of Vergennes Broadband LLC is one of those rare few.
Having lived in the scenic rural town of
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Video: Tim Wu - The Master Switch, Center for Internet and Society
Tim Wu presented his widely acclaimed new book THE MASTER SWITCH: The
Rise and Fall of Information Empires at Stanford Law School on May 9,
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Netflix Data: AT&T Caps Not That Generous After All, Gigaom
AT&T said that its average DSL subscriber only uses 18 GB of data per
month when it announced its 125 GB cap earlier this year, and the
company's spokesperson Mark Siegel even called the caps "generous."
But new data published by network management specialist Sandvine this
week might make one question the company's rosy take on its bandwidth
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Comcast Apologizes For Threatening Nonprofit Over Tweet, Tweet
Comcast has apologized to a Seattle nonprofit called Reel Grrls after
an executive told the organization that Comcast would no longer fund
it because of its Twitter post questioning Comcast's hiring of a
member of the Federal Communications Commission.
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Nonprofit sees Comcast funding yanked, restored after critical Tweet,
Ars Technica
Comcast saw fit last week to defund a nonprofit it supported after a
critical tweet and at least one Comcast employee thought it was the
right move. ReelGrrls, a nonprofit for teenage girls supported by
Comcast, have had their funding pulled, and then reinstated, in the
last few days after they expressed incredulity at former FCC
Commissioner Meredith Baker's new job at Comcast after she had helped
approve its merger with NBC.
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Righthaven Facing Class Action Lawsuit Over Its Sham Copyright
Transfer And Lawsuits, Techdirt
Things keep looking worse and worse for Righthaven. After documents
were unsealed that show that the transfer of copyrights from the Las
Vegas Journal-Review (and its parent company, Stephens Media) to
Righthaven were almost certainly a sham transfer, designed solely to
pass along "the right to sue" (which is not a separately transferable
right under copyright law), it seemed like Righthaven might finally
have to suck it up
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Google chairman: Internet blacklists make us more like China, Ars Technica
Eric Schmidt, Google's chairman, has strong views on legislation
setting up government Internet blacklists. "I would be very, very
careful if I were a government about arbitrarily [passing] simple
solutions to complex problems," Schmidt said during a Google
conference in England today, according
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Secret Service Blasts Fox 'Blathering' On Twitter, Huffpo
"Had to monitor Fox for a story. Can't. Deal. With. The. Blathering."
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Secret Service Apologizes For Tweet About 'Blathering' On Fox News, NPR
"Had to monitor Fox for a story. Can't. Deal. With. The. Blathering,"
someone in the agency wrote, thinking it would go on a personal
account. That individual no longer has access to the official Twitter
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Shhh! Don't Tell Google News You're a Blog!, Gigaom
Google recently rolled out some enhancements to its Google News site,
including settings that allow users to say whether they want to see
more or less news from "blogs." But how does the search giant define
the term "blog?" After all, the lines between traditional media and
the blogosphere have blurred a lot over the past few years, with
traditional media entities launching blogs, and some blog sites
becoming major
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Cable Losing Market Share to TelcoTV, Internet Video - With 759
Million Pay TV Subscriptions by Year End, dslreports
The latest data from new data from ABI Research shows that while
overall pay TV services continue to grow, traditional cable TV
companies continue to lose market share in many markets due to both
telco TV (U-Verse TV and FiOS TV, predominately) and Internet video.
able TV subscriptions dropped from 72% in 2009 to 69% in 2010, with
cable providers in North America and Western Europe taking the
greatest hits,
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NIST Releases New DRAFT Cloud Computing Synopsis, Info Law Group
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently
released a new cloud computing draft special publication for public
review and comment (see associated press release), which NIST is
billing as "its most complete guide to cloud computing to date."
Public comments to NIST on the 84-page P 800-146 DRAFT Cloud
Computing Synopsis and Recommendations (PDF 1.9MB) are due by June 13,
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Public Knowledge Asks FCC To Make Recusal Process Public, PK
In a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, PK President Gigi B.
Sohn noted that PK's FCC Reform report last year noted the lack of
transparency in post-FCC employment. The letter also noted that
officials recusing themselves from dockets or issues because of
employment negotiations had in the past been required to file a
publicly available letter with the recusal information. That
requirement has lapsed, and Public Knowledge said Genachowski should
"immediately reinstitute this requirement."
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Meredith Baker's Departure, PK
This member of the Federal Communications Commission comes to admire
the work of this company, votes to approve orders that help it and
then joins the company after the Commission term expires.
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Daily Show mocks FCC's Baker for taking Comcast job, Ars Technica
The antics of FCC officials don't generally make their way into the
mass media, but FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker has managed
the feat. Turns out, it's easy enough to do: just announce that you
are leaving the FCC to take a senior government affairs job with
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ARPANET Created in Arlington on May 17, 2011, bArlington
It's official. The ARPANET was created in Arlington on May 17, 2011 at
4:08 pm!Well, according to the video screen in the picture below that
is.After the Ruskies launched Sputnik, the United States government
decided that technology research and development would probably be a
good priority. The blog post from earlier today goes into that
history. Inside of ARPA was an office called
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Senate bill would require warrant for e-mail, cloud searches, Ars Technica
Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) proposed
sweeping digital privacy protections Tuesday that would require the
government, for the first time, to get a probable-cause warrant to
obtain e-mail and other content stored in the cloud.
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Rockefeller Questions Tech Companies on Compliance with Children's
Online Privacy Law, Senate Commerce
Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV today announced that he is
asking Apple, Google and Association for Competitive Technology (ACT)
executives to show whether the applications running on their mobile
platforms are in compliance with children's online privacy law.
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Senator To Facebook: I Don't Know How You Can Defend Your Company, Huffpo
Facebook's chief technology officer, Bret Taylor, was grilled by
senators Thursday on the adequacy of the social network's policy
barring users under 13 years old after a recent report found that
millions of children had Facebook accounts.
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DHS Boss: 'Very, Very, Very Few People Get A Pat Down'; Reality: ~1.8
Million People Per Month, Techdirt
With all of the talk about the TSA airport gropings, Homeland Security
boss Janet Napolitano has been a bit on the defensive about the
procedure. In answering questions at a press club lunch, she claimed
specifically that "very, very, very few people get a pat down," and
that it only happens in "under very limited circumstances." She also
joked that whenever anyone does get groped, those "tend to get on
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Supreme Court OKs Warrantless House Search, Wired
Police do not need a search warrant to knock on a suspected drug
dealer's door and then kick it down when a suspicious bustling noise
is heard from the other side, the Supreme Court ruled 8-1.
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District Ct. Holds Use of Facebook at Work Does Not Violate the CFAA,
Info Law Group
Every now and then I wonder what goes through the mind of some
litigation parties and their respective attorneys. Case in point the
ongoing case of Wendi J. Lee v. PMSI, Inc., 8:10-cv-2904, out of the
U.S. Middle District of Florida within the 11th Circuit Court of
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No Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Violation for Access of Facebook and
Personal Email by Employee -- Lee v. PMSI, Tech & Marketing Law
Lee v. PMSI, 8:10 cv 2904 T 23TBM (M.D. Fla; May 6, 2011) I blogged last...
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US New Cybersecurity Strategy Includes Military Option, Circleid
Defense Systems reports: "The U.S. government's sweeping new
cybersecurity strategy announced May 16 states that the country will
respond to a major cyberattack using any or all of the means at its
disposal… Although military response to a cyberattack is one of the
options listed in the International Strategy for Cyberspace, it will
be considered only as a last resort, officials said."
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US Top Cybersecurity Official Resigns, Circleid
Phil Reitinger, the Department of Homeland Security's top cyber and
computer crimes official, is resigning just days after the
administration launched its most ambitious cybersecurity initiative.
"I have decided that the time has come for me to move on from the
Department," Reitinger wrote in an e-mail to DHS employees this
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Congressional Leaders Reach Agreement On Patriot Act Extension, Huffpo
Top congressional leaders agreed Thursday to a four-year extension of
the anti-terrorist Patriot Act, the controversial law passed after the
Sept. 11 attacks that governs the search for terrorists on American
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Congress Just Sold You Out: Leadership Plans To Extend Patriot Act For
Four Years With NO Concessions, Techdirt
As we've discussed, there were some very questionable provisions in
the Patriot Act which were set to expire last year, but got extended,
officially to allow time for debate. There was none, and when the
extension was set to expire, Congress extended the clauses again for
90 days, supposedly to debate them. There were some superficial
discussions, but the end result is what many people knew would happen
anyway: the
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Smishing: another crimeware that threats mobile phone users' security,
Global Crossing
Specifically speaking, smishing is one of the latest criminal
activities in the computing environment, where social engineering
techniques and text messages are used to attack cell phone users
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Lawrence Lessig: An Open Letter to North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue:
Support Community Broadband, Huffpo
On your desk is a bill passed by the overwhelmingly Republican North
Carolina legislature to ban local communities from building or
supporting community broadband networks. (H.129). By midnight tonight,
you must decide whether to veto that bill, and force the legislature
to take a second look.
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North Carolina broadband bill would eliminate level playing field, Ars Technica
Michelle Kempinksi lives in Cedar Grove, North Carolina, a township of
about 2,000 on the fringes of Orange County. The county is home to the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and thousands of
plugged-in residents enjoying the benefits of high-speed broadband. In
Cedar Grove however, life is a different story.
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Beastly Drone Sub Is 'Underwater Predator', Wired
Why should flying robots deal out all the pain? A new robotic
submarine could become the first undersea 'bot to carry arms.
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