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Submission + - Phorm, the deep packet inspection ad-injector company, ceases trading 1

mccalli writes: Phorm, a controversial UK deep-packet inspection/ad-injection company discussed on Slashdot many times before, has ceased trading today. Phorm was controversial for, among other things, editing and approving UK government advice on privacy, offering hospitality to the police prior to a decision over prosecution, and being the subject of an EU investigation for its practices and close relationship with the then UK government. The Register has a more editorialised version of the news, but it is fair to say that Phorm will not be mourned by fans of internet privacy.

Submission + - Hudson project renames after Oracle claims name (kohsuke.org)

mccalli writes: A post from the founder and one of the main contributors to the open source Hudson continuous integration project has decided to rename itself to Jenkins . The background here is Oracle having claimed its ownership of the name allowed them to veto the actual developer's proposed move to GitHub and away from Oracle's java.net due to reliability issues. The project states they're not forking, they're renaming, ie. any future releases from Oracle under the name Hudson would be regarded as the fork.

Moving an open source project away from Oracle seems to be an increasingly well-worn path these days — it does make you wonder how nicely they are able to play.


Submission + - Doug Lea leaves the JCP Java standards body (oswego.edu)

mccalli writes: Doug Lea, the person behind Java 1.5/1.6's concurrency utils, has decided not to stand for re-election to the Java Community Process execuite , citing Oracle's behaviour regarding standards. Whilst acknolwedging there were issues when Sun controlled it, he states that 'Rather than fixing rules orceasing violations, Oracle now promises to simply disregard them. If they indeed act as they have promised, then the JCP can never again become more than an approval body for Oracle-backed initiatives.'

Submission + - EU takes UK government to court over Phorm trials (europa.eu)

mccalli writes: The EU is to take the UK government to court regarding its lack of action over the Phorm trials — full statement here.

A Register article gives more background on the case. The summary is that BT intercepted customer data for Phorm's deep packet inspection advertising trials and that this was contrary to EU data privacy law. When BT customers complained, the UK's Information Commissioner stated there were no powers for them to investigate — the lack of this power is also contrary to EU directives.


Submission + - Wikileaks founder arrest warrant issued (bbc.co.uk)

mccalli writes: A warrant has been issued for Julian Assange's arrest — charges of rape and molestation. At the time of submission that's all the detail available on the BBC article, but they tend to update as time goes on so the article may have more information by the time you get to read it.

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