minilinks for 2008-05-21
MiniLinks by Hugh D'Andrade
May 21, 2008
- Media Failing to Probe Candidates on Civil Liberties
Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting takes the news media to task for not asking the tough questions of the presidential candidates.
- Senators Question NSL Served to Internet Archive
Senators have asked the FBI to explain why the feds sought records from the digital library.
- Wiretaps Increase by 20%
The US government's statistics for 2007 show that (legal) wiretap requests have increased. (Illegal wiretaps are not included in the government's statistics.)
- New Trial in Filesharing Case?
D'oh! The judge in the landmark Jammie Thomas case now says he may have ruled in error.
- RIAA Describes It's Methods
The RIAA admits that it can't tell whether songs have been distributed or not in the cases it has brought.
- Napster Drops DRM
Napster's new online venture has the largest selection of DRM-free tunes on the Internet.
- TV Networks Take on RedLasso
A rapidly growing site that indexes video clips has been taken to court by the big networks.
- Google's Streetview Causes a Stir in Rome
Locals in Rome assumed Google's camera car was a surveillance vehicle. Were they right? (log-in may be required)
- Google Updates Streetview to Conceal Identities
New technology allows Google to blur faces incidentally captured in Streetview.
- Cars that Datamine?
Stanford scientists are studying ways to allow cars to collect data on your driving habits.
- Patent Court Appointees Under Question
A law professor claims to have discovered a flaw in the appointment of patent judges -- the appointments may be unconstitutional, calling into question thousands of patent rulings. (log-in may be required)
- New Device for Searching Cellphones
A new thumb drive can quickly and easily suck data from cellphones.
- Security Gaps When ISPs Hire Third Parties
The use of third parties to intercept web traffic and direct users to advertising can open major security holes.
- When Technology is Designed to Fail
"Complexity by design" isn't an accident -- it's a way for providers to maintain control.
- New Site Lists Copyright Takedowns
YouTomb compiles a list of all the videos ordered removed from YouTube.