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Panel says NSA surveillance is a threat to the Internet’s survival

Panel says NSA surveillance is a threat to the Internet’s survival

Imagine a future where a single unified Internet no longer exists, instead being replaced by locked down local versions that exist, primarily, to keep prying eyes away from data that is private. Such is one possibility posed by current government Internet surveillance, largely resting on the NSA's shoulders, according to a panel that recently gathered to discuss the issue. Senator Ron Wyden set up the discussion panel, and many big-name individuals from within the tech industry took part, including Google's Eric Schmidt and Microsoft's General Counsel Brad Smith. The topic is a serious one, and dire warnings were given.

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Warner Bros. anti-piracy methods revealed in court docs

Warner Bros. anti-piracy methods revealed in court docs

The battle over movie piracy just became a bit more transparent, with unsealed court documents revealing how Warner Bros. goes about finding infringing content and issuing takedown notices. The information was revealed as part of a lawsuit by file-hosting service Hotfile, which was a counter-suit issued during a legal debacle with the MPAA, something that ultimately resulted in a large settlement. The counter-suit resulted in redacted court filings hiding how Warner Bros. goes about finding pirated content, which attracted the attention of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Upon request by the EFF, the case judge ruled that the records be unsealed.

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California police can use drones without warrants

California police can use drones without warrants

Drones are a growing part of society, which is still trying to figure out how they should -- and shouldn't -- be used. Among this debate is under what circumstances law enforcement can use drones for surveillance, and whether they need a search warrant to do so. California, usually a state that favors such measures, has moved against a bill requiring police to get search warrants for drone use.

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Marriott fined $600,000 for jamming guest hotspots

Marriott fined $600,000 for jamming guest hotspots

Marriott will cough up $600,000 in penalties after being caught blocking mobile hotspots so that guests would have to pay for its own WiFi services, the FCC has confirmed today. The fine comes after staff at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee were found to be jamming individual hotspots and then charging people up to $1,000 per device to get online.

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Uber and more targeted by LA and San Francisco DAs

Uber and more targeted by LA and San Francisco DAs

Uber and its competitors Lyft and Sidecar have many fans but no lack of troubles, the latter of which tends to be in a constant state of ebb and flow. All three aforementioned companies are facing their latest challenge in Los Angeles and San Francisco, where the district attorneys have fired off letters alleging that an investigation has revealed violations of state law.

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