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Google chairman Schmidt speaks out against NSA on data taps

Google chairman Schmidt speaks out against NSA on data taps

Google's executive chairman Erc Schmidt has publicly rebuked the NSA over recent revelations the US spy agency has tapped the company's international data cables to conduct surveillance on hundreds of millions of people around the world, including most of the American Internet user base. He has registered formal complaints with the NSA and members of Congress. His statements turn up the heat on an ever-widening public sphere investigation of the NSA's digital mass spying activities.

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FAA ruling lets airline passengers power on devices below 10,000 feet

FAA ruling lets airline passengers power on devices below 10,000 feet

Under a new FAA ruling, commercial flight passengers flying within the US will now be able to use smartphones, tablets, laptops, MP3 players and some other small electronics during all parts of flights. There are, however, some limitations, the most obvious of which is that passengers still can't make or receive calls or text messages.

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Google Glass speeding ticket strikes: changing the law

Google Glass speeding ticket strikes: changing the law

Today there's a buzz about a speeding ticket issued in California with an additional note about wearing Google Glass. The original post appears courtesy of Cecilia Abadie who provided a rather clear scan of the ticket she recieved. This ticket suggests that while Abadie was pulled over for speeding - 80 miles per hour in a 65 MPH zone - then was cited for Driving with a Monitor Visible (that's Google Glass). Now comes the time when we see how the law changes for devices that aren't covered in the original writing for this particular "Television" code in California law - then in laws across the USA and the world, soon after.

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CISPA introduced for third time, revised bill language unclear

CISPA introduced for third time, revised bill language unclear

CISPA, the bill that grants legal immunity to large information-collecting companies from being sued for sharing the personally identifying information of all their customers with the US government, has risen from the grave once again. The "Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act" was introduced in the Senate by Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.). The language of this the third undead incarnation of the so-called "zombie bill" is as yet unclear.

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Edward Snowden Whistleblower Award reception video released by WikiLeaks

Edward Snowden Whistleblower Award reception video released by WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks has posted six videos of former NSA analyst Edward Snowden receiving the Sam Adams Award for Integrity in Intelligence on Oct. 9, 2013. The appearance is one of very few for Snowden after leaking classified documents about US and UK mass spying programs in May.

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VIEVU teams with Motorola Solutions for new body-worn video cameras

VIEVU teams with Motorola Solutions for new body-worn video cameras

The oncoming collection of BWV (body worn video) cameras coming from VIEVU may remind you of Narrative Clip - aka the cameras formerly known as Memoto. But here as the VIEVU team announces a partnership with Motorola Solutions, they push forth a small form-factor, highly secure camera made for security organizations, police, and law enforcement in general. In other words - if you get your hands on one of these, you'll either have purchased on direct from VIEVU or you'll have copped one off a cop.

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Google, all major payment companies shun pay-to-remove mug shot sites

Google, all major payment companies shun pay-to-remove mug shot sites

Google is demoting commercial mug shot websites in search results, the New York Times reports, and MasterCard, PayPal, American Express, Discover and Visa have all stated they are in the process of terminating payment services to the owners of such sites. This mass revolt started when influential reporter David Segal called the search engine and the payment companies with a few simple questions last week. Their spectacularly unified response could drive the 80-plus pay-to-remove mug shot publishing operations into relative obscurity—much to the relief of the millions of people who have ever been arrested but not convicted of any crime.

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Microsoft releases early 2013 law enforcement data request numbers

Microsoft releases early 2013 law enforcement data request numbers

Earlier this year, Microsoft published its first Law Enforcement Requests Report, in which the company details the number of requests it has received for user data, as well as how each request was responded to. That report looked at numbers from 2012, while the latest one it published today details the first six months of 2013. As last time, some requests made via FISA may not be included due to government restrictions.

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Verizon faces off with FCC in court this week over Net Neutrality

Verizon faces off with FCC in court this week over Net Neutrality

The seemingly endless saga over the regulation of the Internet in the US will be starting a major chapter this week as Verizon and the FCC head off to the US Court of Appeals over issues regarding Net Neutrality. At stake is not only the regulation of the Internet as a basic modern commodity but as well as the commission's ability to regulate it at all.

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Mobile Roaming Charge ban drafted by EU commission

Mobile Roaming Charge ban drafted by EU commission

It would appear that the European commission has decided that it's not good for the greater cross-section of the public for roaming charges to exist - so says a leaked draft of legislation shown off this week. This information comes from the Guardian where they say they've got their hands on this proposed bit of law that'll have Neelie Kroes, the commission vice-president who speaks on digital affairs, continue to speak out against roaming charges from mobile companies across the EU.

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Text Message sender could be liable for car wreck in NJ appeals court

Text Message sender could be liable for car wreck in NJ appeals court

A New Jersey appeals court has found true an interesting set of conclusions this month in going over a case involving a car wreck from 2009. In this case, the driver of a vehicle in Mine Hill Township, New Jersey, was texting and driving when he hit a motorcycle carrying Linda and David Kubert - who both subsequently lost their legs as a result of the crash. The Kuberts settled their case against Best, continuing then to sue Shannon Colonna - the person on the other end of the phone.

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Apple request to suspend e-book antitrust ruling denied: verdict stands

Apple request to suspend e-book antitrust ruling denied: verdict stands

This afternoon Apple has been denied the right to suspend the verdict handed down in its defense against charges of conspiring with book publishers to raise the prices of e-books. At the moment this means that Apple is sentenced to terminate current agency agreements with publishers and hold off any multimedia agreements that could in any way increase overall market prices on e-books for the next five years.

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