Technology

Watson: Even without SOPA, Google censors material and blacklists legitimate websites from its news aggregator

January 20, 2012

“As major Internet giants joined forces yesterday to protest legislation that would hand the U.S. government power to arbitrarily seize websites with no legal process under the pretext of copyright infringement, Google slapped a black censorship image over its logo and urged people to sign an anti-SOPA petition that has accrued over 5 million signees.”

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Congress indefinitely postpones the Stop Online Piracy Act and PROTECT IP Act by postponing all future votes and actions on the legislation

January 20, 2012

“Lawmakers on Friday indefinitely postponed anti-piracy legislation that pits Hollywood against Silicon Valley, two days after major Internet companies staged an online protest by blacking out parts of prominent websites. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid postponed a showdown vote in his chamber on the Protect Intellectual Property Act, or PIPA for short, that had been scheduled for January 24.”

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Daily Kos Article – Confessions Of A Hollywood Professional: Why I Can’t Support the Stop Online Piracy Act

January 19, 2012

“SOPA and PIPA are designed to do one thing and one thing only – tie online pirates to assets in the United States so our justice system can get at them to collect civil judgments and cut off sources of revenue.”

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Stopping SOPA: National ‘Stop SOPA’ Day leads three co-sponsors [Sen. Rubio (R-FL), Rep. Terry (R-NE) & Rep. Quayle (R-AZ)] to publicly withdraw their support for SOPA and its Senate version, the PROTECT IP Act

January 18, 2012

“Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) withdrew as a co-sponsor of the Protect IP Act in the Senate, while Reps. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) and Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.) said they were pulling their names from the companion House bill, the Stop Online Piracy Act. Opponents of the legislation, led by large Internet companies, say its broad definitions could lead to censorship of online content and force some websites to shut down.”

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Today (January 18th) is ‘Stop SOPA Day’; the Stop Online Piracy Act would require levels of censorship “identical to internet censorship systems in countries like China and Iran”

January 18, 2012

Jennifer Collins: Some congressmen practically brag about being out of touch with the Internet.

Melvin Watt (D-NC), a sponsor for SOPA: Chairman, I’m a pretty old-fashioned guy who still hasn’t figured out how or even whether I want to use all the fancy technological advances that are out there.

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After President Obama’s announcement that he would not support the Stop Online Piracy Act, House Majority Leader Cantor (R-VA) announces that he will stop all action on the SOPA (essentially killing the bill)

January 17, 2012

“In a surprise move today, Representative Eric Cantor(R-VA) announced that he will stop all action on SOPA, effectively killing the bill. This move was most likely due to several things. One of those things is that SOPA and PIPA met huge online protest against the bills. Another reason would be that the White House threatened to veto the bill if it had passed. However, it isn’t quite time yet to celebrate, as PIPA(the Senate’s version of SOPA) is still up for consideration.”

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The Department of Homeland Security’s comprehensive cybersecurity bill draft would give the Department power to take “any lawful action” against contractors if their systems are under attack

January 16, 2012

“The draft version of the comprehensive cybersecurity bill could give the Homeland Security Department the ability to take “any lawful action” against contractors if their systems are under attack. Bob Dix, a former staff director for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said that could mean taking over a vendor’s system that contains federal data.”

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The Stop Online Piracy Act is becoming a liability for its supporters in Congress

January 10, 2012

“The hot-button anti-piracy legislation that sparked a revolt online is starting to become a political liability for some of SOPA’s major backers. Among the fattest targets: SOPA’s lead author, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas), and two of its most vocal co-sponsors, Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.). House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has also felt the wrath of SOPA opponents.”

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Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal buys a $300 million stake in Twitter

December 19, 2011

“A member of Saudi Arabia’s ruling royal family has become a significant shareholder in Twitter. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the Saudi billionaire, has acquired a $300m stake in the US microblogging service after buying shares from existing shareholders in a secondary offer, according to one person familiar with the arrangement. The deal will leave him in control of about 3% in the site.”

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Verizon Wireless buys airwave rights covering 28 million people from cable-television provider Cox Communications Inc. for $315 million

December 19, 2011

“Verizon Wireless will buy airwave rights covering 28 million people from cable-television provider Cox Communications Inc. for $315 million, the companies said, the latest chapter in an unusual tie-up between the cellular giant and cable companies.”

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Report: The Federal Bureau of Investigation approached a technology company about its cell phone monitoring software, but was rebuffed

December 19, 2011

“During an oversight hearing Wednesday, Mueller told the Senate Judiciary Committee that the FBI “neither sought nor obtained any information from Carrier IQ in any one of our investigations.” Mueller was responding to a question by Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., chairman of the committee’s privacy and technology panel, who has said collecting personal information from people’s cellphones could violate federal law.”

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Apple’s A5 chip that powers the iPad, iPhone and iPod now manufactured by Samsung in Texas

December 19, 2011

“Apple and other consumer electronics companies typically look to the Far East for components, but a new report suggests that the production of Apple’s current mobile processors has now moved to the United States. Reuters on Friday reported that the chip powering Apple’s current iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models is now manufactured in a new 1.6 million square foot Samsung factory located in Austin, Texas. Samsung’s new Austin facility — which is the size of nine football fields — reportedly reached full production earlier this month, and it was built to manufacture non-memory chips.”

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The Stop Online Piracy Act hits a minor snag in its House Committee last Friday when a key supporter delayed a vote until this week

December 19, 2011

“Republican Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, decided against holding a committee vote that had been expected on Friday. The panel later scheduled a vote for Wednesday, December 21. The Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, aims to prevent Internet users from stealing content that does not belong to them but a growing chorus of opponents say the legislation is a sledgehammer that would stifle free speech.”

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Republican members of the House Homeland Security Committee introduce the PrECISE Act that encourages private firms to share information on cyber threats, but stops short of mandating new security standards for sectors deemed ‘critical to national security’

December 16, 2011

“The bill would clearly delineate the cybersecurity functions of the Department of Homeland Security by requiring DHS to evaluate cybersecurity risks for critical infrastructure firms and determine the best way to mitigate them. By authorizing DHS to oversee civilian cybersecurity, the legislation aligns with proposals from both the Senate and the White House, but it is unclear how much authority DHS would have to enforce its security standards.”

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The ‘Architects of the Internet’ — more than 80 engineers, inventors and software developers — oppose the Stop Online Piracy Act in an open letter to Congress

December 16, 2011

“A group of prominent architects of the Internet added their voices Thursday to those opposing legislation in the US Congress intended to crack down on online piracy. In an open letter to Congress, more than 80 engineers, inventors and software developers expressed concerns about the bills introduced in the Senate and the House of Representatives.”

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