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The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni

An anonymous reader writes with this Ars piece about the executive order that is the legal basis for the U.S. government’s mass spying on citizens. One thing sits at the heart of what many consider a surveillance state within the US today. The problem does not begin with political systems that discourage transparency or technologies that can intercept everyday communications…

Judge Lucy Koh Rejects Apple’s Quest For Anti-Samsung Injunction

The Associated Press, in a story carried by The Financial Express, reports that Federal Judge Lucy Koh has has rejected Apple’s attempt to block the sale of several older Samsung smartphones that copied features in the iPhone. Wednesday’s rebuff comes nearly four months after a jury awarded Apple Inc. $119 million in damages for Samsung’s infringements on technology used in…

MPAA Research: Blocking The Pirate Bay Works, So…..

Website blocking has become one of the favorite anti-piracy tools of the entertainment industries in recent years. The UK is a leader on this front, with the High Court ordering local ISPs to block access to dozens of popular file-sharing sites, including The Pirate Bay and KickassTorrents. Not everyone is equally excited about these measures and researchers have called their…

Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of “Tropes vs. Women,” Driven From Home By Trolls

Sonny Yatsen writes: Anita Sarkeesian, the creator of Tropes vs. Women — a video series exploring negative tropes and misogynistic depictions of women in video games — reports that she has been driven from her home after a series of extremely violent sexual threats made against her. Her videos have previously drawn criticism from many male gamers, often coupled with…

Google Wins $1.3 Million From Patent Troll

An anonymous reader writes Earlier this year, Google sued Beneficial Innovations for breach of contract, ostensibly in defense of its Doubleclick ad technology clients against whom Beneficial Innovations had filed suits despite Google having already paid licensing fees for the technology. Following Google’s jury trial win, the company was originally awarded only ‘nominal damages of $1 and a judicial order…

FBI Investigates ‘Sophisticated’ Cyber Attack On JP Morgan, 4 More US Banks

Bruce66423 writes with news of an electronic attack believed to affect at least five U.S. banking institutions this month, including JP Morgan, now being investigated by the FBI. According to the Independent, The attack on JP Morgan reportedly resulted in the loss of “gigabytes of sensitive data” that could have involved customer and employee information. It is said to have…

Leaked Draft Reveals Hollywood’s Anti-Piracy Plans

As the discussions over the future of anti-piracy legislation in Australia continue, a draft submission has revealed the wish-list of local movie groups and their Hollywood paymasters. The draft, a response to a request by Attorney-General George Brandis and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull for submissions on current anti-piracy proposals, shows a desire to apply extreme pressure to local ISPs. The…

African States Aim To Improve Internet Interconnections

jfruh writes A rapidly growing percentage of Africans have access to the Internet — and yet most of the content they access, even things aimed specifically at an African audience, is hosted on servers elsewhere. The reason is a bewildering array of laws in different nations that make cross-border cooperation a headache, a marked contrast to places like Europe with…

Fake NVIDIA Graphics Cards Show Up In Germany

An anonymous reader writes “Several fake NVIDIA cards — probably GeForce GT 440 — have had their BIOS reflashed to report themselves as GeForce GTX 660. They were sold under the brand “GTX660 4096MB Nvidia Bulk” but only deliver 1/4 of the speed of a real GTX 660. Investigations are ongoing into who did the reflashing, but several hundred of…