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Inside Citizen Lab, the “Hacker Hothouse” protecting you from Big Brother

arstechnica.com — It was May of 2012 at a security conference in Calgary, Alberta, when professor Ron Deibert heard a former high-ranking official suggest he should be prosecuted. This wasn't too surprising. In Deibert's world, these kinds of things occasionally get whispered through the grapevine, always second-hand.
Jul 30, 2014

RT @arstechnica: Inside Citizen Lab, the “Hacker Hothouse” protecting you from Big Brother ars.to/1yX64tK

Jul 30, 2014

Inside Citizen Lab, the “Hacker Hothouse” protecting you from Big Brother ars.to/1yX64tK

Jul 30, 2014

RT @arstechnica: Inside Citizen Lab, the “Hacker Hothouse” protecting you from Big Brother ars.to/1yX64tK

Comcast customer pulled gun on technician after objecting to bill, police say

arstechnica.com — Installation fees have caught many cable customers by surprise, but rarely do service calls end with a customer stealing a technician's tools and whipping out a firearm. But that's just what happened Monday in Albuquerque, N.M. when a Comcast worker went to the home of Gloria Baca-Lucero, according to a criminal complaint filed in Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court.
Jul 30, 2014

RT @idiosyncronaut: reasonable > RT @arstechnica: Comcast customer pulled gun on technician after objecting to bill, police say http://t.co…

Jul 30, 2014

RT @arstechnica: Comcast customer pulled gun on technician after objecting to bill, police say ars.to/1qLnLvZ by @JBrodkin

Woman files $123M suit against Facebook over photoshopped nude photos

arstechnica.com — Houston woman Meryem Ali has filed a $123-million lawsuit against both Facebook and a former friend who posted a picture of her on an "imposter" Facebook profile under her name, according to Texas Lawyer.
Jul 30, 2014

RT @arstechnica: Woman files $123M suit against Facebook over photoshopped nude photos ars.to/1knoD7q by @joemullin

ICANN to plaintiffs: No, you can’t have all of Iran’s domains

arstechnica.com — Further Reading Signs point to fallout from NSA spying that lead to "multi-stakeholder" model. The global body in charge of domain names, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), has asked a federal court to prevent the handover of the country code top-level domain names (ccTLD) of North Korea, Syria, and Iran as part of a terrorism lawsuit dating back over a decade.
Jul 30, 2014

ICANN but UCANT RT @ArsLaw: ICANN to plaintiffs: No, you can’t have all of Iran’s domains ars.to/1zvQgyd by @cfarivar

Jul 30, 2014

RT @arstechnica: ICANN to plaintiffs: No, you can’t have all of Iran’s domains ars.to/1zvQgyd by @cfarivar

Algorithm predicts US Supreme Court decisions 70% of time

arstechnica.com — A legal scholar says he and colleagues have developed an algorithm that can predict, with 70 percent accuracy, whether the US Supreme Court will uphold or reverse the lower-court decision before it.
Jul 30, 2014

Better or worse than a reasonably informed person? @mediagazer: Algorithm predicts Supreme Court decisions 70% arstechnica.com/tech-policy/20…

FCC chair accuses Verizon of throttling unlimited data to boost profits

arstechnica.com — FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is not happy about Verizon Wireless' announcement that it will throttle 4G users with unlimited data plans. While he didn't go quite so far as to accuse Verizon of breaking FCC rules, he told the company that it needs to justify its policy.
Jul 30, 2014

RT @ArsLaw: FCC chair accuses Verizon of throttling unlimited data to boost profits ars.to/1uHUuE5 by @JBrodkin

Virgin Mobile lets you save money on your social media-obsessed teens

arstechnica.com — Virgin Mobile has unveiled a new prepaid plan that allows its users to tailor their Internet use for specific applications for just $5 per month on top of a $7 monthly base fee that covers just 20 texts and 20 minutes of talk time. The plan will only be available at Walmart stores starting August 9.
Jul 30, 2014

RT @arstechnica: Virgin Mobile lets you save money on your social media-obsessed teens ars.to/1uHRLur by @cfarivar

UK green-lights driverless car tests in 2015 in a few cities

arstechnica.com — Further Reading Nevada also issues special red license plates for autonomous vehicles, includes infinity symbol. Following the lead of the United States, the United Kingdom has announced that it will allow driverless cars to be tested on British roads starting in January 2015.
Jul 30, 2014

RT @arstechnica: UK green-lights driverless car tests in 2015 in a few cities ars.to/1qLoHQY by @cfarivar

Active attack on Tor network tried to decloak users for five months

arstechnica.com — Officials with the Tor privacy service have uncovered an attack that may have revealed identifying information or other clues of people operating or accessing anonymous websites and other services over a five-month span beginning in February.
Jul 30, 2014

Active attack on Tor network tried to decloak users for five months ars.to/1xzPz4h

Modbook’s next project is the convertible MacBook Apple won’t make

arstechnica.com — Before the iPad, people who wanted an Apple tablet could buy something called the " Modbook" from a company named Axiotron. For $2,279, the company would take a regular white plastic MacBook, take it apart, and reassemble it inside a purpose-built tablet case with a Wacom digitizer and stylus installed.
Jul 30, 2014

Modbook is still making MacBooks into crazy, pricey tablets, if you were wondering: arstechnica.com/apple/2014/07/…

Why one New Jersey school district killed its student laptop program

arstechnica.com — Further Reading From Uruguay to Maine, "one-to-one" programs have put laptops in every child's ... One school district in Hoboken, New Jersey has decided to abandon its one-to-one laptop program for 7th, 8th, and 9th graders. Ultimately, the Hoboken School District decided the scheme was more trouble than it was worth-even when supported by federal grants.
Jul 30, 2014

RT @jcstearns: Why a NJ school killed its laptop program: "There is no more determined hacker…than a 12-year-old who has a computer" arstechnica.com/tech-policy/20…

Jul 30, 2014

Good effort, poor execution: Why one New Jersey school district abandoned its one-laptop-per-student program - bit.ly/1lcaW5X

Jul 29, 2014

Having done enterprise IT before, I can only imagine what a nightmare working on student laptops must be. ars.to/WMaQfW

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Podcasting patent troll: We tried to drop lawsuit against Adam Carolla

arstechnica.com — Personal Audio LLC is an East Texas shell company that gleaned national attention when it claimed it had the right to demand cash from every podcaster. The company was wielding a patent on "episodic content," which it said included anyone doing a podcast, as well as many types of online video.
Jul 30, 2014

Patent troll tries to drop lawsuit, Adam Carolla won't let it ars.to/1nExUHG

Jul 29, 2014

RT @danielnazer: Wow. Personal Audio claims it has now 'learned' that there's not much money in podcasting and offered to drop suit arstechnica.com/tech-policy/20…

Jul 29, 2014

RT @danielnazer: Wow. Personal Audio claims it has now 'learned' that there's not much money in podcasting and offered to drop suit arstechnica.com/tech-policy/20…

Jul 29, 2014

RT @arstechnica: Podcasting patent troll: We tried to drop lawsuit against Adam Carolla ars.to/1nExUHG by @joemullin