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September 28, 2012

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

A newly signed California law forbids employers and universities from asking employees and applicants for their social media passwords. The law was hastily developed in response to a string of reports last spring of employers coercing applicants to “voluntarily” allow businesses to snoop through their Facebook accounts as part of the interviewing process. The United States House of Representatives failed in an attempt to ratify a Federal ban, paving the way for states to take up the responsibility.

Universities and scholarships were also found with sophisticated procedures around monitoring current athletes and student applicants. The University of North Carolina handbook for sports explained, “Each team must identify at least one coach or administrator who is responsible for having access to and regularly monitoring the content of team members’ social networking sites and postings.”

Facebook responded to the media frenzy by reminding schools, governments, and businesses that giving away passwords was…

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September 28, 2012

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According to Globo, Google executive Fabio José Silva Coelho has been arrested by federal police in Brazil, after the company refused a judge’s order to remove a controversial political video from YouTube. Judge Flavio Peren ordered Coelho’s arrest for violating Brazil’s election laws, which prohibits attack ads that defame candidates in the lead-up to an election. As Reuters reports, a Google spokesperson says that the company is appealing the decision “because, as a platform, Google is not responsible for the content posted to its site.” We are still waiting for Google to respond to our own inquiry about the arrest, but the company has made similar arguments in the past when confronted with local interpretations of free speech.

via Google executive arrested in Brazil as the company resists orders to freeze political speech on YouTube | The Verge.

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September 28, 2012

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Contact: Carolyn Lang, clang@aiusa.org, 202-675-8761

(Washington, D.C.) — Amnesty International calls on the Swedish authorities to issue assurances to the United Kingdom and to Julian Assange that if he leaves Ecuador’s London embassy and agrees to go to Sweden to face sexual assault claims, he will not be extradited to the United States in connection with Wikileaks.

In the wake of the Wikileaks co-founder addressing the United Nations and with talks due between British Foreign Secretary William Hague and Ecuadorian officials, the human rights organization said that it was time to break the impasse.

via Amnesty International Calls on Sweden to Assure Julian Assange Won’t be Extradited to the United States | Amnesty International USA.

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September 28, 2012

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The United States would consider stationing troops on New Zealand soil if our Government asked for them as part of a burgeoning defence relationship, US Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta says.

Mr Panetta left New Zealand on Saturday after a whistlestop visit as part of a broader US push to shore up allegiances in the Pacific to counter China’s rising influence in the region.

via US keen to station troops in NZ: Panetta | Stuff.co.nz.

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September 28, 2012

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Hacktivist group Anonymous is planning to launch a decentralized version of the whistleblower site Wikileaks on Nov. 5, a security vendor reported over the weekend.

Bitdefender cited a post on the AnonNews website indicating the new project is a “massively distributed and decentralized” Wikipedia-style peer-to-peer setup.

“Although little data has been disclosed, it is sure that this webspace will substitute for Wikileaks, a notorious wiki-style portal where key persons have disclosed confidential government information, but which suffered numerous outages and attacks against its server infrastructure,” it said.

It said the Nov. 5 date may mark the start of the beta-testing stage for the new service initially dubbed “TYLER.”

The new site will serve as a publishing platform where users from around the world will be able to dump “evidence of illegality [,] corruption and fraud they have gathered,” Bitdefender quoted Anonymous as saying.

Bitdefender also noted the decentralized, peer-to-peer distribution…

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A Larry Pickering cartoon.

September 26, 2012
A Larry Pickering cartoon. by Tramway_John
A Larry Pickering cartoon., a photo by Tramway_John on Flickr.

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September 17, 2012

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Excuse the belated chortle here but it bears noting that Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo!, seems to have pushed the old maxim of a “new broom sweeps clean” all the way into the darkest recesses of Yahoo. To wit, consider the note the BI found from Mayer to her staff.

We have a very exciting update to share with you today – we are announcing Yahoo! Smart Phones, Smart Fun! As of today, Yahoo is moving off of blackberries as our corporate phones and on to smartphones in 22 countries. A few weeks ago, we said that we would look into smartphone penetration rates globally and take those rates into account when deciding on corporate phones. Ideally, we’d like our employees to have devices similar to our users, so we can think and work as the majority of our users do.

The list includes the iPhone 5, the Nokia Lumia

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‘Muslims’ Movie Producer Was Federal Informant

September 17, 2012

‘Muslims’ Movie Producer Was Federal Informant.

Occupy Wall St.Year Two: All Roads Lead to Wall Street

September 17, 2012

Originally posted on Kasama:

This comes from occupywallst.org.

Another World is Possible! #S17 

#OccupyWallStreet was born Sept. 17, 2011, when we occupied the heart of Manhattan’s Financial District to declare: “We are the 99%! We will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%!”

Our message resonated across the globe as countless sister occupations rose up in solidarity. With the whole world watching, a terrified 1% threw everything they could at us, but in so doing, they exposed not only the violence and deceit necessary to maintain systemic inequality, but also the tragic truth that our so-called democratic governments were in fact tools of the very 1% we had organized to resist. In city after city, we were demonized, brutalized, and evicted – but the 1% made one crucial error: in their arrogance, they assumed they’d won.

The 1% can never win; they are (by their own design) hopelessly outnumbered. Another…

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