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Bill Would End US Govt's Sale of Already-Available Technical Papers To Itself
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An anonymous reader writes “Members of the Senate have proposed a bill that would prohibit the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) from selling to other U.S. federal agencies technical papers that are already freely available. NTIS is under the Department of Commerce. The bill is probably a result of a 2012 report by the Government […]

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Canada Introduces Privacy Reforms That Encourage Warrantless Disclosure of Info
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An anonymous reader writes “Earlier this week, the government introduced the Digital Privacy Act (Bill S-4), the latest attempt to update Canada’s private sector privacy law. Michael Geist reports that the bill includes a provision that could massively expand warrantless disclosure of personal information. Organizations will be permitted to disclose personal information without consent (and […]

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Napster cofounder’s Jerk.com accused of acting like … err … jerks
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Site charged with seeking payments to clear smear profiles The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is cracking down on a site they say lifted user information to create smear profiles on a for-profit reputation site.…

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Comcast could soon launch its own WiFi-powered mobile service
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With companies like Verizon pushing into its broadband turf, Comcast may be pushing back with its own mobile network, according to a report from The Information. Insiders claim that, like Google, it’s considering a service that would work using a…

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Review: Samsung GALAXY Note 3 Neo
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The Company that made large-screen phones a rage, is back with yet another oversized handset. Dubbed as the Note 3 Neo, this smartphone sits right between the GALAXY Note 3 and its predecessor GALAXY Note 2. The handset packs in a “hexa-core” processor and 5.5 -inch HD screen. But is it worth the Rs 38,000 […]

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Online Skim Reading Is Taking Over the Human Brain
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Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes “Michael S. Rosenwald reports in the Washington Post that, according to cognitive neuroscientists, humans seem to be developing digital brains with new circuits for skimming through the torrent of information online at the expense of traditional deep reading circuitry… Maryanne Wolf, one of the world’s foremost experts on the […]

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Porn site that spews copyright suits uses lie detectors on defendants
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Lwp Kommunikáció via flickr The business of mass-copyright litigation has taken off in the past few years. Several firms around the country gather forensic evidence about illegal downloads on BitTorrent, and then file lawsuits against hundreds, or thousands, of users, demanding settlement fees of several thousand dollars each. One of the most prolific litigators is […]

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Dec. 25, 2004: Next Stop, Titan, Saturn’s Largest Moon
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Its orbit around Saturn securely established, the Cassini mission releases the probe designed to send back information from the planet’s largest satellite.     

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Google Introduces In-App Content Search Globally
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Sounds a bit complicated doesn’t it? Well, Google has left that part to the developers who build all of those awesome apps, which you use on a day to day basis. Basically, Google Search will now allow you to open your search results via an app, provided it is installed on your device. We search […]

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