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Java Trap, 2010 Edition

http://journal.paul.querna.org

Oracle is going to control the future of Java. I don’t know what will happen to the Java Community Process, but I lack any faith in it continuing.

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Irish ISP wins major legal victory against record labels

http://www.techeye.net

UPC, one of Ireland's largest internet service providers, has won a major legal victory against four of the world's most powerful record companies over the much-contested issue of online music piracy.

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Not Being Able To Spy On Everyone Online Is A Feature, Not A Bug

http://www.techdirt.com

Designing for surveillance means, more or less by definition, designing a less secure, more vulnerable infrastructure.

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HTC Willfully Violates the GPL in T-Mobile's New G2 Android Phone

http://www.freedom-to-tinker.com

"HTC will normally publish this within 90 to 120 days. This time frame is within the requirements of the open source community."

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Interview with Chiranuch Premchaiporn of Thai Netizen Network

http://www.eff.org

The laws require internet service providers and websites to invest a large amount of effort in monitoring and keeping logs of their services. They also have to comply massive censorship, let alone the loss of reputation that occurs when users cannot access websites.

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Near-Final ACTA Text is a Counterfeit of Democracy

http://www.laquadrature.net

The release of this text should not give the illusion of transparency by hiding the fact that the whole negotiation process was carried on out of public scrutiny. Moreover, ACTA could profoundly alter the Internet ecosystem by turning technical intermediaries into a copyright police of the Net.

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COICA amended, still threatens Internet security

http://blog.internetgovernance.org

Under the current text, ISPs would likely have to forgo secure DNS resolution for its end customers in order to comply with COICA orders. This is anathema to the stated purpose of DNSSEC

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Victory: Internet Censorship Bill is Delayed, For Now

http://www.eff.org

A markup on SJC Chairman Leahy’s IP infringement bill was postponed late Wednesday, as staffers anticipated the chamber would finish legislative work and adjourn for recess before the hearing could commence.

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Some Android apps caught covertly sending GPS data to advertisers

http://arstechnica.com

The results of a study conducted by researchers from Duke University, Penn State University, and Intel Labs have revealed that a significant number of popular Android applications transmit private user data to advertising networks without explicitly asking or informing the user.

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EFF supports Microsoft in seeking to make it easier to invalidate patents

http://www.eff.org

Today EFF, joined by Public Knowledge, the Computer & Communications Industry Association and the Apache Software Foundation, filed an amicus brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case in which Microsoft is trying to make it easier to invalidate an issued U.S. patent.

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As USPTO evaluates Bilski, Red Hat says end software patents

http://arstechnica.com

When the Supreme Court heard the Bilski case earlier this year, it ruled that the specific business method patent at issue in the case was invalid and contended that the patentability of intangible methods should be reduced but not eliminated. The court declined to provide clarity on the scope of software patentability, however, which leaves a lot of important questions unanswered.

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When a company asks for your copyright

http://www.fsf.org

RMS: Companies that develop free software and release it under the GNU GPL sometimes distribute some copies of the code in other ways. If they distribute the exact same code under a different license to certain users that pay for this, typically permitting including the code in proprietary programs, we call it "selling exceptions".

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Over 450 letters sent to the USPTO proposing guidelines to end software patents

http://www.fsf.org

Last week, we put out an action item asking people to write to the USPTO, and explain to them why software should not be eligible for patents under their forthcoming post-Bilski guidance. To answer the call, you all sent in more than 450 letters, offering the USPTO all kinds of legal and practical reasons why they should stop issuing software patents.

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Government Seeks Back Door Into All Our Communications

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The New York Times reported this morning on a Federal government plan to put government-mandated back doors in all communications systems, including all encryption software.

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Gallo report adopted: A stab in the back of citizens' freedoms

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The Gallo report is an illustration of the will of the entertainment industry to try to impose private copyright police and justice of the Net

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