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Journal Journal: What is a journal? 2

When Slashdot added the journals, one of the features was the ability to submit journal entries for stories.

But other than that, I've never read any guidelines for what goes in your journal. It's up to you what story you want to tell in your journal.

Communications

Submission + - Thailand welcomes Twitter's censorship plans, roya (thenextweb.com)

patiwat writes: "The Thai government has called Twitter's tweet censorship move a "welcome development." Tweets may now be blocked at the request of the Thai government; the system will be used to discourage and punish lese majeste (criticism of the Thai King). The government previously declared that Facebook users worldwide "liking" a lese majeste Facebook link would also be prosecuted; over 10,000 Facebook pages have been removed and hundreds of individuals, including children and academics, have been jailed. Calls to reform the lese majeste laws have been fiercely criticized by no less than the Army Commander, whose backing is critical to the government's stability."
The Internet

Submission + - PIPA Co-Sponsor Drops Support for the Bill (facebook.com)

Tiek00n writes: Florida Senator Marco Rubio, one of the co-sponsors of PIPA, has dropped his support for the bill, and is encouraging co-sponsor Harry Reid to stop rushing the bill through congress. "As a senator from Florida, a state with a large presence of artists, creators and businesses connected to the creation of intellectual property, I have a strong interest in stopping online piracy that costs Florida jobs. However, we must do this while simultaneously promoting an open, dynamic Internet environment that is ripe for innovation and promotes new technologies." "Congress should listen and avoid rushing through a bill that could have many unintended consequences. Therefore, I have decided to withdraw my support for the Protect IP Act."
DRM

Submission + - Louie CK experiment proves DRM pointless (forbes.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Louie CK has self produced and released an entirely new stand up video of all new material and self released it on a self created website with absolutely no DRM or other protection despite warnings. In doing so he was able to only charge $5 for the download, which gives you a plain simple high quality video of the performance with no strings attached. Best part is he was able to still profit reasonably whilst charging a fraction what it would have cost going through a third party production company and deliver a superior product. If more artists catch on this model could soon spell the end of DRM.
Twitter

Submission + - Juror's Tweets Overturns Trial Verdict (bbc.co.uk) 1

D H NG writes: The Arkansas Supreme Court had overturned a murder conviction due to a juror tweeting during the trial. Erickson Dimas-Martinez was convicted in 2010 of killing a teenager and was sentenced to death. His lawyers appealed the case on account of a juror tweeting his musings during the trial. Tweets sent include "The coffee here sucks" and "Court. Day 5. here we go again". In an opinion, Associate Justice Donald Corbin wrote "because of the very nature of Twitter as an... online social media site, Juror 2's tweets about the trial were very much public discussions." Dimas-Martinez is to be given a new trial.

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