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Submission + - Court Strikes Down Two Key Patriot Act Provisions

HairyCanary writes: "A federal district court judge struck down two key pillars of the Patriot Act Wednesday, ruling that using a secret spying court to wiretap and secretly search Americans' homes for criminal prosecutions violates the Constitution's protections against unreasonable searches and seizures."

Submission + - Wally Schirra, Dead at 84

Jivecat writes: "Veteran astronaut Walter M. Schirra Jr., the only man to fly in the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs, has died of a heart attack in a La Jolla, California, hospital. (NASA press release, AP wire) Along with commanding three spaceflights, Wally was known for his wit and levity, including having coined the term "Constellation Urion" for the glittering cloud of ice that developed around the spacecraft following on-orbit urine dumps."

Submission + - RIAA Backs Down Again in Chicago

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "The RIAA seems to have a problem making things stick in the Windy City. It has once again backed down in BMG v. Thao, after suing a misidentified defendant. Same thing occurred last October in Elektra v. Wilke. In the Thao case, the RIAA based its case on information that the cable modem used to partake in file sharing was registered to Mr. Thao. However, it turned out that Mr. Thao was not even a subscriber (pdf) of the ISP (pdf) at the time of the alleged file-sharing, and therefore did not have possession of the suspect cable modem at that time."

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