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ON PRISM, SMITH, AND PEN REGISTERS

Edward Snowden is a computer nerd that could be finding his way to court sometime in the future.  The big news of the week is Snowden’s leak that the CIA and other intelligence agencies, have been mining “metadata” of the American public.  Essentially, intelligence agencies have been gathering and analyzing data on which websites you visit, how … Continue reading

US v. KIM DOTCOM – PART I OF THE MEGAUPLOAD SAGA: THE CURIOUS CASE OF KIM DOTCOM

Kim Dotcom has led an interesting life. Born Kim Schmitz in Kiel, Germany, in 1974, the 6’6″, ~300 lbs., father of 5 (including twin girls born earlier this year) has been in the public spotlight, and had brushes with the law, since he was a teenager. At 19, he was known as Kimble (referencing the … Continue reading

MAKER OF SKYRIM SEEKS TO TRADEMARK “FUS RO DAH” AND UNRELETINGLY FORCE KNOCKOFF SHIRTS AWAY

In case you are not one of the over 10 million people who have purchased Elder Scroll V: Skyrim since its critically acclaimed release in November, “Fus Ro Dah” is magical shout. As a dragon-born in the game, your character is able to learn power phrases, including “Fus Ro Dah,” which means ‘unrelenting force’ and … Continue reading

EU’S HIGHEST COURT FINDS SOCIAL NETWORKS CANNOT BE FORCED TO FILTER OR MONITOR FOR COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT

Intellectual property holders (movie studios, record labels, etc.) have been supporting legislation like SOPA, PIPA, and others in the USA to make internet sites responsible for copyright infringement by their users. Efforts have also been made elsewhere in the world to find the balance between copyright protection and internet freedom. In the European Union, there … Continue reading

HASBRO IS NO-BRO TO BRONY PIRATES

If you aren’t familiar with the term, “Brony” refers to the surprisingly large number of adult, heterosexual males who proudly admit their love of the 2010 animated series “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” based on ’80s classic toys. The movement probably got its largest attention when Stephen Colbert gave a shout out to his … Continue reading

FULL TILT PONZI: DID JESUS AND THE PROFESSOR DEFRAUD FANS?

On April 15 of this year, federal prosecutors brought charges against poker websites PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker accusing them of running illegal gambling sites and closed down most online gambling websites. However, this week things have gotten worse for Full Tilt. While PokerStars was able to return $120 million dollars in frozen player’s accounts, … Continue reading

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