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+ - Google Street View and "No Photography" Lo->

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thesandbender
thesandbender writes "Google Street View is sure to upset a number of law enforcement agencies. Because of the "Terrorist Threat" photographing most tunnels and several bridges in and around New York City is strictly forbidden. Apparently Google didn't see the signs or forget to turn off their cameras. The site has entire photographs of all the major tunnels and bridges around New York. What other "sensitive" information does Google Street View reveal?"
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The Internet

+ - eBay Ivory Trade Threatens Elephants' Survival

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travdaddy
travdaddy writes "The International Fund for Animal Welfare studied eBay's internationally illegal ivory trade and reported "over 2,200 elephant ivory items listed on eBay Web sites and found that more than 90% of the listings breached even eBay's own respective national wildlife policies." Normally banned items are delisted from eBay but the report continues, "very few of the suspected illegal items reported by IFAW investigators to eBay during the snapshot survey were removed from sale.""
Republicans

+ - The War on Free Speech

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populist
populist writes "In a post-9/11 climate, the right of free expression is under attack. It's been endangered in the age of George Bush when dissent may be called a threat to national security, terrorism, or treason. But losing that most precious of all rights means losing our freedom; as 18th century French philosopher Voltaire spoke in defense of saying "I may disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." Using it to express dissent is what noted historian Howard Zinn calls "the highest form of patriotism" exercising our constitutional right to freedom of speech, the press, to assemble, to protest publicly, and associate as we choose for any reason within the law."
Microsoft

+ - MS Wants to Identify All Web Surfers, All the Time

Submitted by Moochman
Moochman (54872) writes "New Scientist reports on a technology Microsoft is developing to identify users based on their browsing habits. Quote: "The software could get its raw information from a number of sources, including a new type of 'cookie' program that records the pages visited. Alternatively, it could use your PC's own cache of web pages, or proxy servers could maintain records of sites visited. So far it can only guess gender and age with any accuracy," but the aim is to be able to identify name, occupation and location as well. On a related note, The Inq reports on Microsoft's plans to widen the use of its identity-verification technology CardSpace, which is built into Windows Vista and available as an add-on to XP. It's being envisioned as an identity solution for the entire internet: says Kim Cameron, pioneer of the technology, "We feel it has to solve all use cases." (Aha, so the anonymous use cases, too, eh?) One might ask, with all of this user-identification information on hand, how long will it be until the Feds come knocking on Microsoft's door asking for help? They already have."
Education

+ - Student in court over suspension for youtube video

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kozmonaut
kozmonaut writes "A "model student" is in court this week over 40-day suspension for posting a mocking in-class video of "Mongzilla", a high school english teacher. The student is arguing he had First Amendment rights to publish the video, though it was filmed without permission in the classroom. The judge says she will have a decision by the end of the day. http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/316618_youtube 22.html"

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