TalkTalk and BT granted judicial review of Digital Economy Act Telegraph
The High Court has ordered a judicial review of the Digital Economy Act after successful appeals by two of the UK’s biggest internet service providers. TalkTalk and BT requested the review after claiming that the Act had been rushed through Parliament in the ‘wash up’ period before the last election, and had received ‘insufficient scrutiny’. In particular, the internet service providers objected to the practice of sending alleged copyright infringers warning letters, and possibly even suspending their broadband connection, in an effort to reduce illegal filesharing and internet piracy. Both companies argued the plans were incompatible with European rules that govern the extent to which internet service providers are responsible for ‘policing’ online activity, and could breach the privacy of their customers.
Nevercookie Eats Evercookie With New Firefox Plugin Security Week
American Internet Search Engine Pulls Operations From China ChinaTechNews
Doug Leeds, president of Ask.com, stated in a company blog post yesterday that offices in New Jersey, USA, are also closing. While Leeds did not state the number of China staff that are affected, other media put the total number at 130. The closures in New Jersey and Hangzhou will take place over a few months, and Leeds states: “Consolidating our engineering resources in a central location — our Bay Area headquarters — will also make it possible for us to swiftly respond to the hyper-competitive arena that Q&A has become. We need a team that is able to work side by side, face to face, idea to idea, as much as possible. We simply aren’t able to do that with our team fractured across the country, across the globe.”
A Moment in the Sun Will Evaporate RockMelt Advertising Age
A Profoundly Overhyped New Web Browser Will Suffer the Same Fate as Cuil. RockMelt is a fitting name for the new web browser that is rolling out this week. It will be hard to get anyone to use it, and the hype will disappear overnight. I haven’t seen such an apt moniker for a product since I watched the show “Bored to Death.”
Set to Testify in Rape Case, Woman Texts Suicide Threat from Court Roof; Should Law Be Changed? ABA Journal
Apparently unglued by the prospect of being questioned directly by the pro se defendant in a child-rape case, his now-adult alleged victim fled to the roof of the King County Courthouse in Seattle last week and texted a suicide threat to the prosecutor.
Body scanners: MEPs insist on EU rules to protect passengers EU
Body scanners at airports may be useful but the privacy and health of passengers must be protected. Moreover, a broader approach to security is needed, as scanning alone cannot stop terrorism. These were the views of most MEPs speaking in a debate at the European Parliament Transport Committee on Tuesday.
Cigarette Packs to Include Corpses, Diseased Lungs ABC News
Modest one-liners of smoking’s dangers included on cigarette packs may soon turn into gory images and messages that will cover nearly half the pack. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration unveiled 36 labels Wednesday, which are aimed at ramping up efforts to warn smokers of smoking’s fatal consequences. These labels exercise the agency’s new authority over tobacco products, and the most significant change in cigarette warnings since companies were forced to add the mandatory Surgeon General’s warning in 1965. Some of the proposed images include a man smoking from a tracheotomy hole, a cadaver with a warning about deadly lung disease, and a pained infant exposed to smoke.
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