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Republicans

Submission + - Another Politician Doesn't Get Copyright->

davidphogan74 writes: "Don Henley, a founding member of "The Eagles," is suing a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, claiming the candidate is misusing two of his popular songs.

The suit filed Friday in federal court in California claims Charles DeVore is using Henley's hit songs "The Boys of Summer" and "All She Wants to Do Is Dance" without authorization.

The suit comes from two campaign videos that DeVore posted on YouTube that used Henley's music, according to the lawsuit. DeVore also has a comment on his web site blaming the liberal artist rather than understanding how broken US copyright laws are."

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Communications

Submission + - Skype: Coming soon to a cell phone near you!->

davidphogan74 writes: "Skype, the Internet calling service that has more than 400 million users around the world, is aggressively moving onto mobile phones.

The Luxembourg-based company, a division of eBay, plans to announce on Tuesday that it will make its free software available immediately for Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch and, beginning in May, for various BlackBerry phones, made by Research in Motion."

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Earth

Submission + - Google Earth and growth of suburbs in the USA-> 1

davidphogan74 writes: "So, I've recently become hooked on Google Earth's Historical Imagery. There's a lot of interesting things that can be found in it. The jet I posted before is one of them. Naked people aside, Google Earth has a lot of possibilities for even those with legitimate uses."
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Businesses

Submission + - Comcast - How to cancel service-> 1

davidphogan74 writes: "I wanted to drop my TV and phone. I don't use them, and don't want to pay $40/mo more for them. It took two calls to Comcast to drop those parts. The first call led to a message telling me to call back during business hours. The second call went to sales, and got me a $40/mo cheaper deal. No audio, sorry. I didn't plan ahead.

Why does it take this much work to drop service from a cable bill? Don't they get this is part of why I'm dropping services?"

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Privacy

Submission + - My Car Was Stolen-> 1

davidphogan74 writes: "So my car was stolen. I have some pictures of my car in digital forms. I'm dealing with my insurance company, and I plan to use Google Street View to show that my car was in excellent condition.

Anyone have ideas? Has Google Street View been used like this? I figure it shows that a year ago or so, and my Civic was beautiful. It was about there when it was stolen, but the snowy pic is the only thing I have recently."

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Patents

Submission + - IP3 Networks ceases operations over patent lawsuit-> 1

davidphogan74 writes: "Second Rule LLC and hence IP3 Networks have announced they ceased operations and are out of business. They have been in litigation with Nomadix for over 18 months, and finally have had to cave in over a WiFi redirection patent. They have their references to the invalidity of Nomadix's patent."
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Businesses

Submission + - MPC Shutting Down-> 2

davidphogan74 writes: "MPC Computers (formerly Micron's computer division), which has been operating under the protection of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy, notified the Idaho Department of Labor that it would terminate its remaining employees in a letter on 12/30/2008. MPC said 147 employees would be terminated immediately and 51 would be retained while the company liquidates its assets. The company laid off 200 in October and filed bankruptcy in November."
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The Courts

Submission + - Lori Drew Files New Bid for Dismissal->

davidphogan74 writes: "Lori Drew, the woman convicted of three misdemeanors in the MySpace suicide case, can't be guilty of computer fraud, because gaining access to a computer under false pretenses is still "authorized access" as a matter of law, Drew's attorneys argued Monday in a new bid at clearing their client's name.

This could get interesting..."

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The Internet

Submission + - Webcam Suicide in Florida->

davidphogan74 writes: A teenager in the US state of Florida has committed suicide in front of a live internet audience. Abraham Biggs, 19, from Pembroke Pines, near Miami, killed himself hours after announcing his intention to do so on his blog. His family have condemned the website viewers and operators for failing to save him.

The footage has since been taken down and his father is now calling for more regulation of chatrooms.

It makes me wonder if they'll charge anyone with a TOS violation, like Lori Drew.

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United States

Submission + - Arkansas city willfully ignores the Constitution->

davidphogan74 writes: "Now, if somebody wants to sue us, they have an option to sue, but I'm fairly certain that a judge will see it the way the way the citizens see it here," Mayor James Valley said. "The citizens deserve peace, that some infringement on constitutional rights is OK, and we have not violated anything as far as the Constitution."

Why add to that?

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