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Boo! The House Majority PAC Is Watching You

An anonymous reader writes I received some interesting mail this week from the House Majority PAC. First, a “voter report card” postcard telling me my voting record was “excellent” (I’m a good citizen!), but also letting me know that they “plan to update this report card after the election to see whether you voted”. OK, so one of the Democratic…

Joker Goes Offline After Pressure From Copyright Holders

While most people use standalone torrent clients to download files, there are also several services that allow people to stream videos in a web-browser via the popular file-sharing protocol. One of the best implementations of BitTorrent ‘powered’ streaming is Joker.org. Although the actual streaming is not fully peer-to-peer, as the transfers first go through central servers, its ease of use…

Colleges Face New ‘Gainful Employment’ Regulations For Student Loans

HughPickens.com writes: Education Secretary Arne Duncan says the Education Department wants to make sure loan programs that prey on students don’t continue their abusive practices. Now Kimberly Hefling reports that for-profit colleges who are not producing graduates capable of paying off their student loans could soon stand to lose access to federal student-aid programs. In order to receive federal student…

Smart Meters and New IoT Devices Cause Serious Concern

dkatana writes: The ongoing deployment of internet-of-things devices is already creating serious issues and discussions about the privacy of users, IoT security, and the potential threat of cyber criminals taking control of sensors and smart devices connected to the Internet. Security and privacy concerns associated with smart meters are why they are currently “optional” in several countries. That’s the case…

Facebook Sets Up Shop On Tor

itwbennett writes: Assuming that people who use the anonymity network want to also use Facebook, the social network has made its site available on Tor, Facebook software engineer Alec Muffett said in a post on Friday. Facebook also decided to encrypt the connection between clients and its server with SSL, providing an SSL certificate for Facebook’s onion address. This was…

MPAA Bans Google Glass In Theaters

An anonymous reader writes: The Motion Picture Association of America, along with the National Association of Theater Owners, have banned Google Glass and similar devices from being in movie theaters. They said, “As part of our continued efforts to ensure movies are not recorded in theaters, however, we maintain a zero-tolerance policy toward using any recording device while movies are…

Disney Patents a Piracy Free Search Engine

Disney and other rightsholders are not happy with today’s search engines after repeatedly asking Google and Co. to promote legal content and remove pirate sites from search results. While Google implemented several changes to satisfy these requests, Disney has also taken matters into its own hands. A new patent awarded to Disney Enterprises this week describes a search engine through…

Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

HughPickens.com writes We know that about 10 million more people have insurance coverage this year as a result of the Affordable Care Act but until now it has been difficult to say much about who was getting that Obamacare coverage — where they live, their age, their income and other such details. Now Kevin Quealy and Margot Sanger-Katz report in…