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Submission + - Is There A Purity Test for Innovators? (forbes.com)

gumsout writes: "The increasingly purist, exclusionary view of innovation inevitably will underestimate – significantly — the broader innovative potential in our nation, in our people, and in our companies, that might be awakened and cultivated."
Censorship

The Companies Who Support Censoring the Internet 299

RichiH writes "From Techdirt: 'A group of companies sent a letter to to Attorney General Eric Holder and ICE boss John Morton (with cc's to VP Joe Biden, Homeland Security boss Janet Napolitano, IP Czar Victoria Espinel, Rep. Lamar Smith, Rep. John Conyers, Senator Patrick Leahy and Senator Charles Grassley), supporting the continued seizure of domain names they don't like, as well as the new COICA censorship bill, despite the serious Constitutional questions raised about how such seizures violate due process and free speech principles.' A full list of companies who you might want to avoid buying from is included, as well."
Image

German Kindergartens Ordered To Pay Copyright For Songs Screenshot-sm 291

BBird writes "Deutsche Welle reports: 'Up until this year, preschools could teach and produce any kind of song they wanted. But now they have to pay for a license if they want children to sing certain songs. A tightening of copyright rules means kindergartens now have to pay fees to Germany's music licensing agency, GEMA, to use songs that they reproduce and perform. The organization has begun notifying creches and other daycare facilities that if they reproduce music to be sung or performed, they must pay for a license.'"
Input Devices

Microsoft Puts the Kibosh On Kinect Sex Game Plans 419

theodp writes "Microsoft's Kinect has been out for less than two months and already there's an adult company looking to produce a 3-D sex game for the Xbox 360 console. But Microsoft immediately shot down any speculation that the game will pass the certification process. 'This isn't the first example of a technology being used in ways not intended by its manufacturer, and it won't be the last,' a Microsoft spokesman said in a statement. 'Microsoft did not authorize or license its technology for this use. Xbox is a family friendly games and entertainment console and does not allow Adults Only content to be certified for use on its platform, and would not condone this type of game for Kinect.'"
Censorship

Submission + - Youtube helps political censorship in Russia

An anonymous reader writes: Here is the story: Russian PM Vladimir Putin has recently spoken on TV, answering phone questions. Despite of heavy moderation of all questions some of them, quite harsh, still got through. One of them was from a young MD, cardiologist from Ivanovo, quite a big city to the East of Moscow, about recent Putin's visit to to Ivanovo. During the visit PM has seen county hospital where he was presented with a fake that Russians call "Potyomkin's Village" — a lot of patients replaced by nurses, computers that has been collected from doctors homes and other local state departments, whole hospital controlled by local FSB department, hospital staff has been ordered to tell PM about "salaries" several times higher than actual ones... you get the picture. Here is the story at newsbcm.

As you can see, the cardiologist has lost his job the next day. The story has been spoken of in Russian LiveJournal communities several times, causing heated discussions. This topic (sorry, Russian — but I hope Google Translator hasn't been told to censor results yet) even has had video on youtube with comments from Ivanovo people and doctors. This one. As you can see, the video has been removed and account terminated "has been terminated due to multiple third-party notifications of copyright infringement".
A brilliant display of Youtube helping free speech on the Internet. Any ideas where people can host videos now without them being removed due to some political pressure from corrupted officials?
The Internet

Submission + - UN Wants to Control the Internet (itnews.com.au) 2

Dangerous_Minds writes: News has surfaced in the wake of the Wikileaks story that the United Nations is mulling total inter-government control of the internet. The initiative was spearheaded by Brazil and supported by other countries including India, China, Saudi Arabia and South Africa. Meanwhile, Drew Wilson of ZeroPaid commented that while the Cablegate story may be bad, attempting to destroy Wikileaks would only make matters worse for various governments around the world given what happened when the music industry shut down Napster ten years ago.
Censorship

Amazon Taking Down Erotica, Removing From Kindles 641

ctmurray writes "The independent writers who publish on Amazon report that erotica books containing incest are being taken down with no explanation by Amazon, and removed from the Kindles of purchasers of the books. Author Selena Kitt writes: 'I want to be clear that while the subject of incest may not appeal to some, there is no underage contact in any of my work, and I make that either explicitly clear in all my stories or I state it up front in the book's disclaimer. I don't condone or support actual incest, just as someone who writes mysteries about serial killers wouldn't condone killing. What I write is fiction.' Kindle's own TV ad features a book with a story line of sex between a 19-year-old and his stepmother, defined in some states as incest (Sleepwalking by Amy Bloom)."

Submission + - 'Hacktivist' Claims Credit for WikiLeaks Attack (informationweek.com) 2

digitaldc writes: A self-proclaimed "hacktivist" said Tuesday he's the computer expert who knocked rogue Web site WikiLeaks offline for several hours through a distributed denial of service attack.

The hacker, who calls himself The Jester and goes by the name th3j35t3r on Twitter, said he was motivated to take down WikiLeaks for patriotic reasons. He also said his other targets include Web sites used by Al Qaeda and other terrorists groups for recruiting purposes.

Power

Submission + - Hydrino to Electricity Validated (pesn.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Back in 2002, Slashdot discussed Blacklight Power's hydrino concept, which claims that there is a lower energy state of hydrogen, yielding 200 times more energy than comes from burning hydrogen; which could lead to cheap, non-polluting heat. Now they have announced additional independent validation of this effect by Rowan University, whose Engineering department is ranked 23rd in the U.S. They also claim that they can go straight to electricity, skipping the heat step. "With the diversion of a fraction of a percent of the electrical output, the hydrogen fuel can be created from water with the net providing power on-site. Thus, power can be generated anywhere including at homes and businesses and in cars without supporting fuels, generation, or distribution infrastructure." Also announced is that the technology has been licensed by Akridge, a leading real estate firm in the U.S.
Australia

Submission + - Wikileaks founder Assange offered home in Ecuador (zdnet.com.au)

lukehopewell1 writes: Things are getting pretty hot for the Australian-born founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange.

Having irked the US, UK, European Union and the Australian government, and an international arrest warrant out there, it doesn't seem like many places are safe for the whistle-blower these days

However, an unlikely hero has come to the fold, with Ecuador coming out today and offering Assange a home with "no questions asked."

"We are ready to give him residence in Ecuador, with no problems and no conditions," Ecuadorian Deputy Foreign Minister Kintto Lucas told the Ecuadorinmediato website yesterday.

He may have no choice, considering that the Australian government has thrown the Federal Police at him, as well as a "whole-of-government" investigative panel which may end up revoking his passport.

Government

New Bill Would Put DHS In Charge of 'Critical' Private Networks 193

GovTechGuy writes "A new bill unveiled Wednesday by House Homeland Security chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) would give the Department of Homeland Security the authority to enforce federal cybersecurity standards on private sector companies deemed critical to national security. The Homeland Security Cyber and Physical Infrastructure Protection Act of 2010 authorizes DHS to establish and enforce risk and performance-based cybersecurity standards on federal agencies and private sector companies considered part of the country's critical infrastructure. Such firms include utilities, communications providers and financial institutions."
Google

UK Minister Backs 'Two-Speed' Internet 226

Darkon writes "UK Culture minister Ed Vaizey has backed a 'two-speed internet', letting service providers charge content makers and customers for 'fast lane' access. It paves the way for an end to 'net neutrality' — with heavy bandwidth users like Google and the BBC likely to face a bill for the pipes they use."
The Courts

Appeals Court Overturns 2007 Unix Copyright Decision 330

snydeq writes "A federal appeals court has overturned a 2007 decision that Novell owns the Unix code, clearing the way for SCO to pursue a $1 billion copyright infringement case against IBM. In a 54-page decision (PDF), the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals said it was reversing the 2007 summary judgment decision by Judge Dale Kimball of the US District Court for the District of Utah, which found that Novell was the owner of Unix and UnixWare copyrights. SCO CEO Darl McBride called the decision a 'huge validation for SCO.'" The case over who owns Unix will now go to trial in Utah.

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