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Teen arrested after allegedly ranking girls on Facebook

Allegedly he posted a comprehensive list, ranking 50 of his female classmates. It apparently included some rather predictable criteria. There was allegedly a subjective bio of each girl, coupled with separate ratings for their faces and bodies and references to race, ethnicity, and alleged sexual behavior. There was also an indicator of whether their "stock" might be in the ascendancy or not.

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Mozilla resists US gov't request to nuke "MafiaaFire" add-on

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has asked Mozilla to remove a simple Firefox extension that redirects visitors from one domain name to another. Why? Because the MafiaaFire Redirector (no, the name isn't subtle) makes it easy for Web surfers to bypass the government's domain name seizures. Mozilla, the foundation that oversees Firefox development, has resisted the request.

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Government handing out modems fresh from the 1990s.

Posted April 13th, 2011 by Ben
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WE'VE got some good news for anyone who misses those old grey Telecom touch phones.

Your house is about to get another grey box, courtesy of the NBN.

New pictures of the NBN Network Termination Unit, or "NBN Box", have been published in an information pack for consumers.

The NBN Box will connect you to the new broadband network when it's rolled out in your area.

All Australian homes will get one, regardless of whether they're hooked up to the network via fibre-optic cable, wireless or satellite.

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Russian security service wants to ban Skype and Gmail

Posted April 11th, 2011 by Deslock Darkstar
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The Russian security service has proposed banning Skype, Hotmail and Gmail as their "uncontrolled use" could pose a security threat, a service official said during a government meeting on Friday.

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Consumer Report: Verizon FiOS sometimes not ACTUALLY Fiber?

Posted April 5th, 2011 by johnson
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...I do some Googling around and confirm that in some multi dwelling units they run fiber to the building but not to the apartments. They use VDSL and the existing phonelines to get the data connection to the unit. I ask the installer why not use the existing coax. Especially since they had to run it anyway and it is spec’ed appropriately. He didn’t know.

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An Introduction to the Distributed Social Network

The Electronic Frontier Foundation gives an overview of the emerging peer-to-peer alternatives to centralized, monopoly-controlled social networks like Facebook and Twitter, and discusses the strengths of the former and weaknesses of the latter.

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Illinois Amazon Tax: Controversial Measure Taxing Online Retail

Posted March 11th, 2011 by Thrain
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On Thursday, Governor Quinn signed a measure he called the "Mainstreet Fairness Act," levying a new set of taxes on online retailers. Depending on who you ask, the law, known colloquially as the "Amazon Tax," will be a massive windfall in state revenues, or a set of empty promises that will cause companies to flee the state and revenues to drop.

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Social Network Surveillance and Anarchist Activism

FOX News reports: “A privacy watchdog’s freedom of information request has revealed a government memo encouraging agents to befriend people on a variety of social networks, to take advantage of their readiness to share — and spy on them.

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'Anonymous' Hackers Help Iranian Activists Fight The Regime

Posted February 19th, 2011 by Deslock Darkstar
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In recent days, with Iranians taking to the streets to protest against the government, the country's Islamic authorities have boosted their censorship efforts in a bid to crush opposition activity online. This is where Anonymous and its "Operation: Iran" come in.

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U.S. Government Shuts Down 84,000 Websites, ‘By Mistake’

Posted February 17th, 2011 by XD45
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The US Government has yet again shuttered several domain names this week. The Department of Justice and Homeland Security’s ICE office proudly announced that they had seized domains related to counterfeit goods and child pornography. What they failed to mention, however, is that one of the targeted domains belongs to a free DNS provider, and that 84,000 websites were wrongfully accused of links to child pornography crimes.

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