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Mastercard and Visa Start Banning VPN Providers

Payment providers are increasingly taking action against sites and services that are linked to copyright infringement. There’s an unwritten rule that Mastercard and Visa don’t accept file-hosting sites that have an affiliate program and...

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Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013 Net News No Comments

Spy Court Urged to Unmask Legal Basis for NSA Dragnet Phone Surveillance

Does the Patriot Act really give the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Court the authority to require telephone carriers supply a feed of all calling metadata? The court's legal rationale on that front is...

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Monday, June 10th, 2013 Net News No Comments

"Sender-pays" rule doesn’t necessarily increase telecom investment

Robert Hruzek We recently made the case against a proposal to institute a "sender-pays" rule for Internet interconnection. The idea was submitted by European telecom incumbents and it's under discussion at this week's International...

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Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 Net News No Comments

Facebook tries cloaking probe into data leak involving 1 million accounts

Facebook officials told a blogger to keep their discussions with him private as they investigate claims he acquired names and e-mail addresses belonging almost one million account holders for $5 through a publicly available...

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Monday, October 29th, 2012 Net News No Comments

Copyright Scofflaws Beware: ISPs to Begin Monitoring Illicit File Sharing

Photo: Matt Licht, NotionsCapital.com/Flickr The nation’s major internet service providers by year’s end will institute a so-called six-strikes plan, the “Copyright Alert System” initiative backed by the Obama administration and pushed by Hollywood and...

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Monday, October 8th, 2012 Net News No Comments