miniLinks for 2007-02-28
MiniLinks by Danny O'Brien
February 28, 2007
- Supreme Court Debates Patentability of Software
Justices look skeptically at the details of software's
- Toward an Ethical Patent System
European citizens unite against over-broad patents....
- Bad Patents Are Bad for Business
... as does the European business community to go with it.
- Canada Turns Away Americans for Past Misdemeanors
Thanks to DHS data mining, Canada turned away a visitor who
shop-lifted during a fraternity prank 20 years ago and
others with minor criminal records.
- Has the Media Center Moved to Silicon Valley?
On the day of the Oscars, Tom Forenski thinks that films
have lost their magic, and Net technology has seized it.
- Whit Diffie Warns Of Overbroad Privacy Laws
"I am, on balance, more pleased with the fact that I can
learn lots of information about people in minutes by using
the Web than I am concerned about the fact that people can
learn lots of information about me that way. And I would
not like to see laws that restrict people's ability to go
investigate things. "
- Protect Your Users' Data With a Privacy Wall
How one company works to protect its users' financial
- SF Chronicle: Reverse Real ID
"Congress must take a hard look at whether it makes sense
to proceed with an expansive law that would be more
appropriately called the National ID Act."
- North Korea and the Internet
North Korea's strange, inward-looking national intranet.
- Did WIPO's Director-General Lie About his age?
Confidential report suggests that he was 28 when he first
took the job, not 37, and has repeatedly given the wrong
age on official documents for 24 years.
- The "Crime" of Blogging in Egypt
Abdelkareem Nabil Soliman is sentenced to four years for
- Recording Industry Targets Colleges
Administrators get caught in the crossfire: "[The
complaint] is asking us to pursue an investigation and as
the service provider we don't see that as our role", says