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Submission + - Indian government to track locations of all cell phone users ( 1

asto21 writes: As per amendments made to operators’ licences, beginning May 31, operators would have to provide the Department of Telecommunications real-time details of users’ locations in latitudes and longitudes.

Documents obtained by The Indian Express show that details shall initially be provided for mobile numbers specified by the government. Within three years, service providers will have to provide information on locations of all users.

The information will have some margin of error at first. But by 2013, at least 60 per cent of the calls in urban areas would have to be accurately tracked when made 100 metres away from the nearest cell tower. By 2014, the government will seek to increase the proportion to 75 per cent in cities and 50 per cent in suburban and rural areas.


Submission + - Top ebook site closed down by publishers (

roaryk writes: The book download portal and cyberlocker have shut down voluntarily after a coalition of US and international book publishers managed to get an injunction against the two sites. According to the complaint, the sites offered users access to 400,000 e-books and made more than $11 million in revenue in the process. The admins, Fidel Nunez and Irina Ivanova, have been tracked down using their PayPal donation account which was not anonymous. Despite the claims of the industry the site admins say they were barely able to cover the server costs with the revenue.

Submission + - Web Forms Service Shut Down Over User Content (

scottbomb writes: This is truly frightening. An entire business is threatened, and the dominoes fall on many other businesses all because of some alleged illegal activity by a handful of their customers. Don't you just love how Big Government is looking out for... you?

Quote from the linked page:

"SOPA may not have passed, but what happened shows that it is already being practiced. All they have to do is to ask Godaddy to take a site down. We have 2 millions user generated forms. It is not possible for us to manually review all forms. This can happen to any web site that allows user generated content."

Submission + - Monsanto opposes open-source seeds (

microphage writes: Monsanto went after hundreds of farmers for infringing on their patented seed after audits revealed that their farms had contained their product — as a result of routine pollination by animals and acts of nature. Unable to afford a proper defense, competing small farms have been bought out by the company in droves. As a result, Monsanto saw their profits increase by the hundreds of millions over the last few years as a result. Between 1997 and 2010, Monsanto tackled 144 organic farms with lawsuits and investigated roughly 500 plantations annually during that span with a so-called “seed police.”

Submission + - Female Passengers Say They Were Targeted for TSA Body Scanners (

wiedzmin writes: TSA agents in Dallas singled out female passengers to undergo screening in a body scanner, according to complaints filed by several women who said they felt the screeners intentionally targeted them to view their bodies. Allegedly, women with "cute bodies" were directed through the body scanners up to three times over by female agents, who appeared to be acting on a request from male agents viewing the scans in a separate room. Apparently this was done because the scans were "blurry", possibly due to autofocus problems with agents' smartphone cameras.

Submission + - Planned Post-ACTA Repression In European Union: The Documents (

petval writes: Rick Falkvinge, the Swedish Pirate Party MEP, discovered two interesting European Commission documentsProposal for a Revision of the Directive of Intellectual Property Rights and Notice and Takedown procedures that give a glimpse of the planned crackdown on online freedoms of speech post-ACTA. Falkvinge informs about some of the most blatant parts like references to eroding the common carrier status of the ISPs, fast-track lowcost civil procedures which should we read as "Fast-track, low-cost civil procedures: Civil procedures means “lawsuits against ordinary people”. Fast-track means “without delays caused by due process of law and exercising of rights”. Low-cost means “preferably in bulk”.. Continuing with other cases he also mentions some similarites with Transpacific Partnership Agreement (TPP).
His closing really sums it well: All in all, this is a completely horrible document that shows how the European Commission prepares to legislate post-ACTA. The proposals above have already entered the legislative process and will result in a real legislative proposal. We need to stay more vigilant than ever.

The Internet

Submission + - Journalist arrested by Interpol for Tweet (

StarWreck writes: Police in Kuala Lumpur detained Hamza Kashgari, 23, "following a request made to us by Interpol" on behalf of the Saudi authorities. Kashgari, a newspaper columnist, fled Saudi Arabia after posting a tweet which read: "I have loved things about you and I have hated things about you and there is a lot I don't understand about you I will not pray for you." Said tweet sparked outrage in Saudi Arabia and resulted in multiple death threats. Kashgari faces the death penalty in Saudi Arabia.

Submission + - Megaupload programmer denied internet access (

An anonymous reader writes: The head programmer of the Megaupload website has been granted bail on the condition internet access is blocked to all members of his household.

Bram van der Kolk, 29, left North Shore District Court with his wife today after he was was granted bail to an Auckland address.

The FBI is seeking to extradite van der Kolk, Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, Finn Batato and Mathias Ortmann to the United States after the closure of Megaupload on January 19.


Submission + - Open Source Solution to Twitter Censorship (

drewry writes: "With the recent announcement by Twitter to start censoring tweets in countries with strict freedom of speech laws, we have decided to launch a project to try to create alternatives for these countries. We are not trying to kill Twitter, just provide a free open alternative.

Introducing the Robin Messenger project, what this does is it creates a 100% open source software that can be downloaded and installed on any server (well currently only those in the LAMP stack) but could easily be converted to Ruby, ASP, java, etc. The nodes communicate with each other using an open API that sends data as JSON and receives data in the header vars. Currently a user registers on one node and their username is identified as being from that node by adding a number at the end, for example my username is drewry1 on node1 but I can also register on other nodes if I wanted to. However, you can follow anyone on any node and receive their messages on your node. We hope in the future to provide sister projects that help index the other nodes and improve the search and hash tag features.

The idea comes from the 17th century French tradition of round-robin where those petitioning the king would sign their name in a circle (or ribbon) so no one person could be identified as the ringleader. This essentially takes that idea to the 21st century by decentralizing the messaging system so that no one server can be identified as the "ringleader." Additionally, because it is all open you could easily install this on a LAN, Open Mesh network, etc. in case the internet were to go down in your country. We want to provide clear, free and open alternatives to activists regardless of what country they are in and in the process develop future technology that promotes an open internet.

We currently have 3 nodes running (hoping to double that by tonight)

The github repo is here —

The download link is on the signup page of each node, for example as well as a detailed explanation of the project's objectives. The installation process grabs the node list and registers your node on all other nodes. What we need is publicity and more developers that can donate their time and server space to help the project grow. We believe that this could provide a great tool for the internet and we hope that others will see that possibility too!"

Submission + - Senate Contact Forms Disabled As SOPA/PIPA Protest (

An anonymous reader writes: Trying to contact your senate representative regarding PIPA and SOPA? Well you won't be able to do it via the web. All Senate 'contact' links are redirecting to an error page. Does this represent a concerted effort by senators to ignore their constituents, or are so many of them using the forms that an inadvertent DDOS is going on?

Submission + - Copyright Troll Righthaven loses it's website (

Tootech writes: The court-authorized dismantling of Las Vegas copyright company Righthaven LLC appeared to be under way Thursday, with the company losing control of its website to a receiver.

As noted by the Righthaven Victims website critical of Righthaven, the website on Thursday was no longer operational and that domain name was “parked” at domain name hoster — apparently so it can be auctioned.

Records at Network Solutions, which tracks domain names, showed control of Righthaven’s website domain name was transferred Wednesday to Randazza Legal Group, which represents Righthaven creditor Wayne Hoehn.

However, attorney Marc Randazza said that information was incorrect and that a court-appointed receiver, attorney Lara Pearson of the Rimon Law Group in the Reno area, had control of it.

Submission + - Namecheap Opposes SOPA (

sfcrazy writes: "Namecheap, one of the top domain registrars, has come out opposing SOPA, the dangerous bill aimed to destroy the Internet by Hollywood. Namecheap CEO, Richard Kirkendall, has released an encouraging statement "While we at Namecheap firmly believe in intellectual rights, SOPA is like detonating a nuclear bomb on the internet when only a surgical strike is necessary. This legislation has the potential to harm the way everyone uses the Internet and to undermine the system itself. At Namecheap, we believe having a free and open Internet is the only option that will continue the legacy of innovation and openess that stands for everything we all value in our modern society.""
The Military

Submission + - This Is the Last F-22 Raptor Ever (

An anonymous reader writes: AK 4195. That's the tail number of the last F-22 Raptor ever, which you can see here fully assembled and about to move into the flight line to get ready for delivery. That assembly line is now closed. Done. Forever.

Submission + - Quantum PageRank faster than Google's classical ph (

MrSeb writes: "PageRank, one of the most significant inventions in recent history, has been converted by some Spanish computer scientists into a quantum algorithm that outperforms its classical physics predecessor. In the last few years there has been a steady growth of quantum networks — networks that communicate using entangled photons; usually for the sake of cryptography — and at some point, the classical web (in both senses) will probably be replaced (or augmented) by a network of quantum nodes. The quantum PageRank is essentially a quantized version of the classical PageRank, with a few band aids slapped on to take care of niggling quantum issues that Page and Brin (shockingly) didn’t foresee. The best way to think of this is to picture a quantum crawler that makes its way around a quantum network. The importance of a page/node is the chance of the crawler being found there at any given instant."

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