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Submission + - US Senate poised to create "Internet kill switch" (zdnet.com.au)

An anonymous reader writes: "A new US Senate Bill would grant the President far-reaching emergency powers to seize control of, or even shut down, portions of the internet. The legislation says that companies such as broadband providers, search engines or software firms that the US Government selects "shall immediately comply with any emergency measure or action developed" by the Department of Homeland Security. Anyone failing to comply would be fined. That emergency authority would allow the Federal Government to "preserve those networks and assets and our country and protect our people," Joe Lieberman, the primary sponsor of the measure and the chairman of the Homeland Security committee, told reporters on Thursday. Lieberman is an independent senator from Connecticut who meets with the Democrats."

Submission + - The Humble Indie Bundle (wolfire.com)

h4rr4r writes: The Humble Indie Bundle is a unique kind of bundle that we are trying out.

Pay what you want. If you bought these five games separately, it would cost around $80 but we're letting you set the price!

All of the games work great on Mac, Windows, and Linux. We didn't want to leave anyone out.

There is no middle-man. You can rest assured that 100% of your purchase goes directly to the developers and non-profits as you specify (minus credit card fees).

We don't use DRM. When you buy these games, they are yours. Feel free to play them without an internet connection, back them up, and install them on all of your Macs and PCs freely.

Your contribution supports the amazing Child's Play charity and Electronic Frontier Foundation. By default, the amount is split equally between the seven participants (including Child's Play and EFF), but you can tweak the split any way you'd like.

Social Networks

Submission + - Twitter Isn't A Public Service (bnet.com)

Michael_Curator writes: "Twitter has emerged as one of the most important communications tools of our time, but that doesn't mean we get to tell its owners what to do. But there's been a disconcerting trend among pundits and bloggers to insist that Twitter become something other than what it is, or that its owners have in mind. Rachel Sklar on the Huffington Post is the most recent and visible pundit to decide that, in light of Twitter's prominent role in helping get the Iranian election story out, "it's time for Twitter to grow up." To Sklar, I guess that means something akin to neatening up, cutting its hair and getting a real job — you know, getting a predictable revenue model that Wall Street can learn to love."
Role Playing (Games)

Submission + - SPAM: First ROM Hack sent Cease and Desist Letter

MasaMuneCyrus writes: A highly anticipated Chrono Trigger ROM hack, Chrono Trigger: Crimson Echoes, has just been nailed by a C&D by Square-Enix within days of its release (having been ignored for several years), the first Cease and Desist letter of its kind. Additionally, Square Enix extended their cease and desist to any and all rom/modifications of any of their games, a rom hacking tool (that does not contain any copyrighted material), and forbids not only ripping or hacking anything from a Square-Enix game, but even teaching others how to do it (i.e., documentation).
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