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Submission + - New documents detail FBI,bank crack down or "terrorist" group Occupy Wall Street (

jvillain writes: The Guardian has up a story detailing the crack down on Occupy Wall Street. (OWS). It goes on to show how the FBI, DHS. Terrorist Fusion Centers and the banks all worked together to stifle descent.

"This production [of documents], which we believe is just the tip of the iceberg, is a window into the nationwide scope of the FBI's surveillance, monitoring, and reporting on peaceful protestors organizing with the Occupy movement These documents also show these federal agencies functioning as a de facto intelligence arm of Wall Street and Corporate America."

I guess the next question is how many Americans are now listed as part of a "terrorist group" by the government for their support of OWS?


Submission + - In Vast Effort, F.D.A. Spied on E-Mails of Its Own Scientists (

jvillain writes: The FDA went on a spying expedition against some of it's it's own scientists. Predictably disaster ensues. Emails sent to congress, lawyers third parties etc were collected and read. Wistle blowers are intimidated. Of course it only comes out in the when the contractor hired to do the spying posts the messages on a public web site.

While outrage ensues in Congress and the White house, down the hall they are both making plans to make more of this possible.

Submission + - Canada judge allows software patents. (

jvillain writes: In a case of court activism and insanity a Canadian federal judge ruled At its core, the question is whether a “business method” is patentable under Canadian law. For the reasons which follow, the Court concludes that a “business method” can be patented in appropriate circumstances

Then followed up by awarding Amazon a patent for all of internet shopping. seeks a patent for an invention entitled “Method And System For Placing A Purchase Order Via A Communication Network” (claimed invention).

It was a judicial move like this that turned patent law into madness in the US. Here is a link to the PDF of the ruling. Link


Submission + - Google faces anti-monopoly probe by EC (

jvillain writes: Google is facing a preliminary anti-monopoly probe by the European Commission into its dominant position in online browsing and digital advertising following allegations that it demotes competing websites to the lower echelons of customers' search results.

The Silicon Valley internet company revealed today that the commission has sent out formal questionnaires seeking information about complaints from three firms – the British price comparison site Foundem, a French legal search engine called eJustice and a shopping site, Ciao, which is owned by Microsoft.

Submission + - UK Science & Tech Committee Look into Climate (


The Science and Technology Committee today announces an inquiry into the unauthorised publication of data, emails and documents relating to the work of the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia (UEA). The Committee has agreed to examine and invite written submissions on three questions:

-- What are the implications of the disclosures for the integrity of scientific research?

-- Are the terms of reference and scope of the Independent Review announced on 3 December 2009 by UEA adequate (see below)?

-- How independent are the other two international data sets?

The Committee intends to hold an oral evidence session in March 2010.

My question for /. readers is what questions do you think they should be look into?

Submission + - CRIA Faces $60 Billion Law Suite

jvillain writes: The Canadian Recording Industry Association faces a law suite for 60 Billion dollars for wilful infringement.

These numbers may sound outrageous, yet they are based on the same rules that led the recording industry to claim a single file sharer is liable for millions in damages.

Since these exact same companies are currently in the middle of trying to force the Canadian Government to bring in a DMCA for Canada it will be interesting to see how they try to spin this. I guess they were right after all about flagrant copy right issues happening in Canada.

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