Copyright troll abuses DMCA in bid to censor his previous life as a troll-fighter

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DC attorney Mike Meier once worked with EFF to fight copyright trolls, whom he called “bill collectors for the movie industry…extorting money” — now he’s joined the trolls as a professional “bill collector,” and now he wants evidence of his past life censored and is prepared to send outrageously bogus copyright threats to get his way.

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Tech Review’s annual science fiction issue, edited by Bruce Sterling, featuring William Gibson

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The summer annual features stories “inspired by the real-life breakthroughs covered in the pages of MIT Technology Review,” including “Petard,” my story about hacktivism; and “Death Cookie/Easy Ice,” an excerpt from William Gibson’s forthcoming (and stone brilliant) futuristic novel The Peripheral.
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Meatspace: friendly, open chat that uses GIF-loops from your webcam instead of emoticons

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Noah Swartz writes, “We live in what is now being hailed as the social media age. Every news article, blog post, or landing page is replete with links to various networks like Twitter or Facebook. More often than not these networks serve to wrap us in our own bubbles, rather than really giving us an experience akin to socializing in person via the Internet.”
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Republicans use cropped frame from Foley execution footage in campaign ad

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Bravo, Allen Weh! It’s not even been a week.

CNN:

Weh, a Marine combat veteran and onetime New Mexico Republican Party Chairman, appears to be the first candidate this cycle to use Foley’s gruesome execution as campaign fodder, portraying the murder as one consequence of a rudderless American foreign policy mismanaged by President Obama and Udall.

Foley himself is cropped out of the web video, leaving only the stark image of the black-clad jihadist, clutching a blade in the Syrian desert.

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For years, NSA shared massive amounts of surveillance data with domestic law enforcement

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“The National Security Agency is secretly providing data to nearly two dozen U.S. government agencies with a ‘Google-like’ search engine built to share more than 850 billion records about phone calls, emails, cellphone locations, and internet chats, according to classified documents obtained by The Intercept.” Ryan Gallagher has more.

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