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Censorship

+ - Trans Pacific Partnership Threatens Freedom Online

Submitted by
pafein
pafein writes "Hot on the heels of the SOPA blackout and ACTA protests in Europe comes reports about a new threat to online freedom, the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement or TPP. A trade agreement covering a dozen Asian, North & South American countries, TPP is being negotiated this week in a Hollywood hotel. It contains many of the most troubling provisions of other online anti-piracy bills: prohibitions on circumventing digital locks, three strikes rules, domain seizures, criminal penalties for peer-to-peer filesharing, as well as new ones, including treating temporary copies as copyright infringement, a proposal experts called 'crazy'. Offline, worries have been raised that TPP threatens access to generic drugs in developing countries and enables corporations to sue governments over health, environmental and other laws.

The treaty is characterized by a lack of transparency: the proposed text is only known by leaks while documents from negotiations would be secret for four years after adoption. The dates and locations of negotations themselves are secret: NGOs who tried to hold an event in the hotel were thrown out by the US Trade Representative; meanwhile, negotiators went on an MPAA sponsored tour of a movie studio. TPP has already attracted the attention of L.A.'s Occupy movement; concerned Netizens are encouraged to contact the USTR and their senator."
Google

Does Google Own Your Content? 160

Posted by Zonk
from the err-i-have-to-go-make-some-copies dept.
mjasay writes "ZDNet is reporting that Google has a potentially worrisome clause in its User Agreement for Google Apps. Namely, that any content put into the system and 'intended to be available to the members of the public' is free game for Google, reserving the right for Google 'to syndicate Content submitted, posted or displayed by you on or through Google services and use that Content in connection with any service offered by Google.' Google may not be evil, but giving it these (and other) rights to one's data should be ringing alarm bells in the Google Apps user base."
The Courts

German Prosecutors Won't Help RIAA Counterpart 199

Posted by Zonk
from the will-never-happen-here dept.
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "A German court decision ruled that the European counterpart to the RIAA cannot invoke criminal proceedings over petty file sharing incidents. The goal was to to find out from ISPs the identity of alleged file-sharing subscribers; the requests have been refused as the judge saw the the proceedings as not in the 'public interest', and little or no economic damage was shown to have been caused to the record companies. Offering a few copyright-protected music tracks via a P2P network client was 'a petty offense,' the court declared. Within days, German prosecutors have now indicated that they will no longer permit the use of 'criminal proceedings' to procure subscriber information."
Education

+ - Monkeys and humans learn the same way->

Submitted by
Lucas123
Lucas123 writes "A new study from UCLA showed that monkeys, like humans, learn faster by being actively involved in the learning process rather than just having information placed before them, according to a story in ScienceDaily. In the study, two rhesus macaque monkeys learned to put up to 18 photos on an ATM-like touch screen in a row. 'The monkeys did much better on the first three days when they had the help than when they didn't, but on the test day, it completely reversed.'"
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Music

RIAA Backtracks After Embarrassing P2P Defendant 255

Posted by Zonk
from the lack-of-forethought-gets-them-every-time dept.
Harmony writes "When the RIAA sued Sgt. Nicholas Paternoster, it included a screenshot of a shared folder with over 4,600 files — some of which were pornographic images unrelated to the case. Last week, the RIAA got permission from a judge to, as a 'professional courtesy,' swap out the original exhibit for one with only the 350+ songs the defendant is accused of sharing on Kazaa. The RIAA's carelessness may come back to haunt it, however: 'After the suit was filed — and the exhibit made public — Sgt. Paternoster decided to fight back, filing a counterclaim accusing the RIAA of violating his privacy and seeking to "shame Counter-Plaintiff... into giving in to their unreasonable demands regarding their copyrighted materials."'"
Biotech

MIT Engineers World's First Schizophrenic Mice 159

Posted by kdawson
from the beautiful-little-minds dept.
Frosty Piss writes "MIT researchers have created a schizophrenic mouse that pinpoints a gene variation predisposing people to schizophrenia. Research with the mouse may lead to the first genetically targeted drugs for the disease, which affects 1 percent of the population worldwide. This is the first study that uses animals who demonstrate an array of symptoms observed in schizophrenic patients to identify specific genes that predispose people to the disease."
Patents

Music From DNA Patented 203

Posted by kdawson
from the tinkle-of-little-coins dept.
stm2 writes "Two lawyers have patented generating music from a DNA sequence. According to the patent, it covers 'music generated by decoding and transcribing genetic information within a DNA sequence into a music signal having melody and harmony.' A comment to the blog post mentions DNA-derived music being performed at a conference in 1995."
Slashback

FBI, IRS Raid Home of Sen. Ted Stevens 539

Posted by kdawson
from the longest-serving-republican dept.
A while back we discussed the corruption investigation aimed at Alaska Sen. Ted "series of tubes" Stevens. A number of readers sent us word that the home of Sen. Stevens was raided earlier today by agents of the FBI and the IRS. The focus of the raid was a remodeling project at Stevens's home and the involvement of VECO, an oil company.

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