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RIAA and BSA's Lawyers Taking Top Justice Posts 377

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the one-hand-washes-the-other dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Following the appointment of RIAA's champion Donald Verrilli as associate deputy attorney general, here's a complete roundup of all the RIAA and BSA-linked lawyers comfortably seated at top posts at the Department of Justice by the new government. Not strange, since US VP Joe Biden is well known for pushing the copyright warmongers' agenda in Washington. Just in case you don't know, Verrilli is the nice man who sued the pants off Jammie Thomas."
Cellphones

Bickering Blocks US Mobile Phone Payments 267

Posted by timothy
from the they're-not-insisting-on-picking-up-the-tab-either dept.
theodp writes "Imagine a technology that lets you pay for products just by waving your cellphone over a reader. You wouldn't have to if you lived in Japan, where people have been using it for the last five years to pay for everything from train tickets to groceries to candy in vending machines. While nearly everyone who's tried it has liked this form of payment, consumers in the United States won't be able to wave-and-pay anytime soon: The companies that must work together to give the technology to the masses can't agree on how to split the resulting revenue."

Comment: Re:no privacy here, no privacy there (Score 1) 388

by David M. Andersen (#25432101) Attached to: Passport Required To Buy Mobile Phones In the UK
Well... Their transport secretary gave some great quotes in about building a massive telephone/internet database:
  • "If they are going to use the internet to communicate with each other and we don't have the power to deal with that, then you are giving a licence to terrorists to kill people."
  • "The biggest civil liberty of all is not to be killed by a terrorist."
Privacy

Bill To Add Accountability To Border Laptop Search 495

Posted by kdawson
from the is-a-receipt-too-much-to-ask dept.
I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes "Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) has introduced a bill that would add accountability to the DHS searches conducted upon the laptops of those crossing the border. Specifically, it would require the issue of receipts to those who had their property confiscated so that it could later be returned, would limit how long the DHS can keep laptops, would require them to keep the laptop's information secure, and would create a way to complain about abuse. Finally, the DHS would be required to keep track of how many searches were done and report the details to Congress. Rep. Sanchez also has also issued a statement about the proposed bill."

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