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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Jan 31, 2011 Apps Alter Reading on the Web
QUOTE: "...as these services develop and start making money, it’s only reasonable they share that money with publishers whose content they’re piggybacking on.”
Jan 30, 2011 Define Gender Gap? Look Up Wikipedia's Contributor List
QUOTE: Jane Margolis, co-author of a book on sexism in computer science, “Unlocking the Clubhouse,” argues that Wikipedia is experiencing the same problems of the offline world, where women are less willing to assert their opinions in public.
New York Times Jul 28, 2010 People sue Apple over 'overheating' iPads
QUOTE: Three iPad users claim that because the iPad will shut itself off after remaining in direct sunlight for long enough, it fails to meet the promises Apple made about using the device as an e-book reader.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 16, 2010 You Want My Personal Data? Reward Me for It
QUOTE: On the Internet, users supply the raw material that helps generate billions of dollars a year in online advertising revenue. Search requests, individual profiles on social networks, Web browsing habits, posted pictures and many Internet messages are all mined to serve up targeted online ads. All of this personal information turns out to be extremely valuable, collectively. So why should Google, Yahoo, Facebook and other ad businesses get all the rewards?
New York Times Jul 02, 2010 Now Parents Can Hire a Hall Monitor for the Web
QUOTE: So it comes as no surprise that, after years of headlines and horror stories about predators, cyberbullies and other dangers to children online, a crop of subscription services has emerged to help parents monitor their child’s activities on social networks.
New York Times Aug 21, 2009 The coming-out stories of anonymous bloggers
QUOTE: Formerly anonymous bloggers share their coming-out stories with CNN.
CNN (Cable News Network) Dec 06, 2008 The dangerous temptations of instant truth: As communication gets ever faster, we must ask if the very speed at which we can know things endangers our liberty
QUOTE: The publication of that [British National Party--Ed.] list of members and their addresses was itself a serious infringement of their privacy. The design of an internet programme that will be of instant appeal to every nosey-parker in the land - and that's most of us - takes the offence further. How would Jews, or Muslim clerics, or pacifists, or Porsche-owners, or naturists, or anti-hunt or pro-hunt supporters, or members of any group that may attract hostility, ridicule or prejudice, feel about attempts to construct and publish a list that identifies names and addresses?
Sunday Times/The Times (UK) Jul 24, 2008 Britain Eyes Download Tax: Broadband users could pay an annual levy to download as much music as they want, with proceeds channeled to copyright holders
QUOTE: Ministers are backing proposals that would enable millions of broadband users to pay an annual levy which would allow them to copy as much—previously illegal—music from the internet as they wanted. The money raised would be channelled back to the rights-holders, with artists responsible for the most popular songs receiving a bigger slice of the cash.
BusinessWeek Jul 22, 2008 Net Censorship Law Struck Down Again
QUOTE: A federal appeals court struck down as unconstitutional a Clinton-era law that would have forced websites with adult material to verify visitors' ages, dealing another blow to the government in a 10-year court battle over net censorship. The 3rd U.S. Circurt Court of Appeals upheld on Tuesday a 2007 lower-court decision that the Child Online Protection Act violated the First Amendment since it was not the most effective way to keep children from visiting adult websites.
Wired Jul 17, 2008 Cracking Down on Ringtone Swindles: The EC says some Web sites trick customers seeking just a single ringtone into buying long-term subscriptions
QUOTE: The European Commission will on Thursday (17 July) announce that it will launch inquiries into ringtone websites across Europe, as a result of an initial investigation that found that many are tricking consumers into expensive subscriptions when they thought they were downloading a single ringtone for free.
BusinessWeek May 19, 2008 Letting Victims Track Tormentors
QUOTE: The system is the latest in a series of technology-based systems to keep closer tabs on criminal behavior, from home monitoring bracelets and sex offender registries to cameras on street corners, says Washington State University Criminology Professor Travis Pratt, who conducted a review of his own state's program two years ago.
Time Magazine Apr 20, 2008 Avoiding Net traffic tie-ups could cost you in future
QUOTE: The good news for consumers is that the Web is awash with cool new applications — such as high-definition video — that tap into the power and reach of the Internet. The bad news: Net obsession in the future could cost you.
USA TODAY Apr 07, 2008 10 Sites for Cheap Flights
QUOTE: We put together a list of our favorite air-travel sites to help you plan your journey. Most of them are aggregated ticket searches, meaning they crawl lots of different sites for data, from airline Web sites to other travel sites, such as Orbitz, and then present you with a huge list of results that you can narrow down according to your preferences. Almost all of them include hotel and car rental searches as well.
PC Magazine Apr 05, 2008 Editorial Observer: The Already Big Thing on the Internet: Spying on Users
QUOTE: Technology companies have long used “cookies,” little bits of tracking software slipped onto your computer, and other means, to record the Web sites you visit, the ads you click on, even the words you enter in search engines — information that some hold onto forever. They’re not telling you they’re doing it, and they’re not asking permission. Internet service providers are now getting into the act. Because they control your connection, they can keep track of everything you do online, and there have been reports that I.S.P.’s may have started to sell the information they collect.
New York Times Mar 20, 2008 FCC commish: Net neutrality shouldn't extend to illegal acts
QUOTE: Earlier this week, FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein told a symposium on Internet Video Policy that the various net neutrality proposals the agency is considering include "exemptions for illegal activities." Content Agenda's Paul Sweeting reports that Adelstein said that the Commission will be "very careful about the use of the Internet for illegal purposes, and that includes the illegal downloading of copyrighted works..." But, Sweeting adds, that doesn't mean Adelstein approves of content filtering. "The problem is, how can you ever tell what's illegal?" Adelstein asked the gathering.
Ars Technica Mar 14, 2008 Dupre's MySpace page evolves with scandal
QUOTE: Facebook and MySpace have become one of the go-to background tools for journalists...allowing members of the press to put a face to the subject of their story and find out more about them. As more people make profiles on these Web sites, the information they make available is more frequently becoming public fodder.
CNN (Cable News Network) Mar 11, 2008 Spitzer's E-Escort Plight Shows Workings of Prostitution 2.0
QUOTE: Internet-based prostitution businesses are easy to find online. They range in size from sole-proprietorships posting on Craigslist to large organized rings allegedly like the Emperors Club. In 2006, federal prosecutors took down a Manhattan-based e-escort service operating as "New York Elites" and "Exotica 2000" that had raked in $13.5 million in revenues in four years.
Wired Mar 06, 2008 National Dragnet Is a Click Away: Authorities to Gain Fast and Expansive Access to Records
QUOTE: The expanding police systems illustrate the prominent roles that private companies play in homeland security and counterterrorism efforts. They also underscore how the use of new data -- and data surveillance -- technology to fight crime and terrorism is evolving faster than the public's understanding or the laws intended to check government power and protect civil liberties, authorities said.
Washington Post Mar 01, 2008 Judge Reverses His Order Disabling Web Site
QUOTE: ...Judge White acknowledged that the bank’s request posed serious First Amendment questions and might constitute unjustified prior restraint...Critics of [the] previous order had said one problem was its breadth: It obstructed access to documents beyond those that the bank said contained confidential information.
New York Times Feb 23, 2008 What Facebook Knows That You Don't
QUOTE: All the commotion about how Facebook hoards outgoing users' data got me wondering whether we're missing the more important privacy question: What happens to all the data we active members choose to delete, for privacy reasons or otherwise?
Washington Post Feb 21, 2008 Army Blocks Public's Access to Documents in Web-Based Library
QUOTE: The Army has shut down public access to the largest online collection of its doctrinal publications, a move criticized by open-government advocates as unnecessary secrecy by a runaway bureaucracy.
Washington Post Feb 11, 2008 How Sticky Is Membership on Facebook? Just Try Breaking Free
QUOTE: Some [Facebook] users have discovered that it is nearly impossible to remove themselves entirely from Facebook, setting off a fresh round of concern over the popular social network’s use of personal data.
New York Times Feb 10, 2008 Outraged eBay sellers plot strike week: Boycotts by irate sellers are nothing new for eBay - but organizers hope this time, they'll have critical mass.
QUOTE: ...[an Ebay seller says,] "these changes [to Ebay's policies, which include fee hikes, a 21-day hold on some funds sent through its PayPal payment service, and disallowing sellers from leaving negative feedback for their buyers] are just devastating to the small business owner. It's really a slap in the face."
CNN (Cable News Network) Jan 29, 2008 Ask.com's Search Policy Splits Privacy Groups
QUOTE: When the search engine Ask.com launched a privacy protection program...it intended to hold out an olive branch to activists that oppose how search engines track people's private information. Instead, it...has sparked a feud between privacy advocacy groups and spotlighted the simmering controversy over how search engines handle private information.
Forbes Jan 28, 2008 Kazaa User Appeals Feds' Novel Use of Child Porn Law to Supreme Court
QUOTE: Last year, Walter Sewell...was sentenced under the [Protect Act] to the automatic 15-year prison stretch after downloading and sharing sexually explicit images over the Kazaa file-sharing network...[Sewell's attorney] argues that sharing such files over Kazaa shouldn't qualify as advertising under the law, and therefore shouldn't be subject to the mandatory 15 years.
Wired Jan 25, 2008 The Morning After
QUOTE: A Facebook group blasted unproven allegations of sexual assault across campus. Is what happened at an Oregon college rough justice--or reputation assassination?
Newsweek Dec 18, 2007 Shrink-Wrap Software vs. Hosted Services
QUOTE: Free services cannot be trusted. If you are not paying for something and know for a fact that the service actually has a customer service department that actually answers the phone to resolve these situations, then bad things can happen and often do.
PC Magazine Nov 30, 2007 Online Games Use Fraud Software to Combat Cheats
QUOTE: Cheaters in multiplayer online games beware: Game developers are turning to advanced financial fraud-detection software to keep you from crooking your way to online riches.
Wired Aug 25, 2007 Tech: Is Unlocking the iPhone Legal?
QUOTE: One group that claims to have broken the chains that bind iPhone owners to AT&T says they have been ordered to cease and desist by the carrier's lawyers.
MSNBC Aug 23, 2007 What's in a name? Tell that to those arguing the toss over .xxx
QUOTE: The .xxx domain proposal was widely viewed as a bad idea, impressively drawing broad opposition from disparate groups such as censors, civil libertarians and the adult entertainment industry. It was difficult to find an informed proponent for it who did not somehow stand to profit from the monopoly income it would create.
Guardian Unlimited Jul 09, 2007 Samsung Option is Imaginary
QUOTE: It may seem like a rather minor irritation to discover that optional equipment advertised for a product is not actually available. But it's a bit more annoying when that option is one of the reasons you chose that particular model.
InfoWorld Jun 29, 2007 Dark side of 'reputation defending' service (Police Blotter)
QUOTE: Companies like DefendMyName.com have recently been treated to a flurry of positive news articles describing how they help paying clients remove embarrassing information from the Internet. .... A court ruling last week, however, revealed the dark side of how some of these companies work.
News.com Jun 22, 2007 Sold Down the Digital River
QUOTE: If there's one kind of product that ought to be easy to sell online, it's software. And maybe it would be if companies like online software distributor Digital River didn't make it so hard to just buy what you want.
InfoWorld Jun 13, 2007 Teenage murderers convicted through IM logs (Police Blotter)
QUOTE: A teenage girl, her boyfriend, and a mutual friend jointly murder[ed the] girl's mother, who was opposed to the relationship. ....detectives unearthed a series of e-mail and instant-message exchanges between the then-teenagers and used them as evidence in the trial.
News.com Jun 12, 2007 Are Unfair Takedowns Becoming EBay's Trademark?
QUOTE: We've had quite a few stories here (see "Embroidery Piracy and EBay/PayPal Privacy" for example) about abuses of the power EBay's Verified Rights Owner (VeRO) programs gives vendors to arbitrarily take down auctions. But while most of those stories have involved takedowns over alleged copyright infringement, one reader's recent experience suggests that trademark claims might be an area where the abuses are even more troubling.
InfoWorld Jun 08, 2007 EVGA Rejects Warranty for Confidential Reasons
QUOTE: It's bad enough when a vendor stiffs you on warranty repair. But graphics cards vendor EVGA recently added insult to injury with a form letter telling a reader that its refusal to honor his warranty was confidential. ....
InfoWorld Jun 06, 2007 Free the Spam King!
QUOTE: The Wire Fraud Act, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and their state law correlates have targeted online fraud and virus transmission for years, but that hasn't stopped computer criminals, especially when a lot of money is at stake.
Wired Jun 06, 2007 Amnesty International taps tech to slow violence in Darfur: New satellite imagery and Web site aim to sound alarm for imminent militia attacks
QUOTE: The Eyes on Darfur project is the first time a human rights organization has used technology to try to prevent human rights violations, according to Amnesty International.
Computerworld Jun 06, 2007 Court overturns man's Net ban for life (Police Blotter)
QUOTE: [A] pennsylvania man appeal[ed] a lifelong ban on using any computer network at "any location, including employment or education." ...[his] permanent ban on Internet use [was] thrown out.
News.com Jun 05, 2007 Growth Biz for IP Lawyers: Policing the Net
QUOTE: Online business sales are booming, but so are the sales of fake goods and pirated software...As a result, Internet policing has become a major cost of doing business for many companies.
Law.com Jun 04, 2007 Stiffer Cyber Laws to Crack Down on Botnets, Spyware
QUOTE: Federal lawmakers confronting a plague of botnet infections, denial-of-service extortion schemes and spyware are going on the counter-offensive with two new bills that would make it easier for federal prosecutors to charge cybercriminals, while bringing computer intrusion under the ambit of the mob-busting RICO Act.
Wired Jun 03, 2007 Group rips Microsoft over Internet user profiling research: Algorithms could help governments finger critics, says Reporters Without Borders
QUOTE: Microsoft Corp. research on Internet user profiling could lead to tools that help repressive regimes identify anonymous dissidents, the Reporters Without Borders advocacy group warned last Friday.
Computerworld Jun 01, 2007 Google Photos Stir a Debate Over Privacy
QUOTE: the Web has been buzzing about the privacy implications of Street View...Google said in a statement that it takes privacy seriously and considered the privacy implications of its service before it was introduced on Tuesday.
New York Times May 31, 2007 Broadband Monopolies Have Charter to Steal
QUOTE: It's funny how most of the gripes I hear about broadband service come from areas where the high-speed Internet service choices are very limited. Or maybe it's not so funny. It's certainly no laughing matter for one reader who got tricked by Charter Communications into paying more for less service.
InfoWorld May 30, 2007 Porn-Surfing By Proxy
QUOTE: [Psiphon] users grapple with the thorny question of whether to give people in repressive countries access to the entire Web, warts and all, via their personal computers.
Forbes May 30, 2007 Open-source search engine gangs up on Google
QUOTE: Led by Wikipedia's co-founder Jimmy Wales, hundreds of software engineers - ranging from fledgling teenage coders to retired, respected software gurus - are combining in an unlikely attempt to overturn Google's domination of the search market. Their weapon? The transparency provided by open source software.
May 30, 2007 Cops need warrant to search cell phone? (Police Blotter)
QUOTE: [The] San Francisco Police Department arrest[ed] alleged medical-marijuana distributors and searche[d] a T-Mobile Sidekick without a search warrant. U.S. District Judge Susan Illston [ruled that the] warrantless search violate[d the] Fourth Amendment.
News.com May 29, 2007 Teen Tests Internet's Lewd Track Record: California High Schooler Allison Stokke, 18, Becomes a Victim Of Unwanted Attention After Photo Is Posted on a Sports Blog
QUOTE: Within days, hundreds of thousands of Internet users had searched for Stokke's picture and leered. The wave of attention has steamrolled Stokke and her family...
Washington Post May 25, 2007 Google-Proof PR?
QUOTE: Some might still argue that MyEdge misleads Web users or that it muzzles them by hiding negative opinions.
Forbes May 24, 2007 Do We Need a Computer Lemon Law?
QUOTE: It seems to me I'm hearing more computer support horror stories of the type I reported last time than ever. No doubt there are many factors causing this - commodity pricing of PCs, offshoring of frontline support, etc. But the question it raises is whether we need some kind of computer lemon law.
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