minilinks for 2009-01-28
MiniLinks by Hugh D'Andrade
January 29, 2009
- ACLU Requests Bush-era Memos
In a test of President Obama's commitment to transparency, the ACLU requested sensitive Bush administration memos on torture and wiretapping that have long been sought by privacy and human rights advocates.
- Patriot Act Used to Punish Fliers
Conflicts with airline staff have led to fliers facing federal terrorism charges.
- Cox Ready to Throttle P2P
The cable service will give preference to time-sensitive traffic during periods of congestion.
- Blair Backs Telecom Immunity
President Obama's choice for Director of National Intelligence says he thinks telecoms that cooperated in the Bush administration's illegal spying program should be given civil liability.
- Apple Wins Patent on "Pinch"
The US Patent Office awarded Apple a patent on its "multitouch" technology -- setting the stage for Apple to challenge Palm' s Pre smart phone.
- Obama Wants to Know: Why Open Source?
President Obama has asked Sun Chairman Scott McNealy to write a paper on the benefits of open source software.
- Sick Teen Settles With Music Industry
A 19 year old woman with serious health problems has settled a suit for alleged illegal downloads.
- Ninth Circuit Lets Text Message Privacy Case Stand
In an en banc review of an earlier ruling, the court held that a search of a police employees text messages violated his privacy rights.