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Rewrite of Senate Bill lets Feds Read Your Email, Google Docs, Without a Warrant

The 4th Amendment may be very close to dead. If this bill becomes law, online the 4th Amendment is dead.

What’s the problem with the police trolling through your Gmail account looking for something? If you haven’t done anything you have nothing to fear right?

Right.

(From CNET)

Leahy’s rewritten bill would allow more than 22 agencies — including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Communications Commission — to access Americans’ e-mail, Google Docs files, Facebook wall posts, and Twitter direct messages without a search warrant. It also would give the FBI and Homeland Security more authority, in some circumstances, to gain full access to Internet accounts without notifying either the owner or a judge…

Leahy had planned a vote on an earlier version of his bill, designed to update a pair of 1980s-vintage surveillance laws, in late September. But after law enforcement groups including the National District Attorneys’ Association and the National Sheriffs’ Association organizations objected to the legislation and asked him to “reconsider acting” on it, Leahy pushed back the vote and reworked the bill as a package of amendments to be offered next Thursday. The package (PDF) is a substitute for H.R. 2471, which the House of Representatives already has approved.

One person participating in Capitol Hill meetings on this topic told CNET that Justice Department officials have expressed their displeasure about Leahy’s original bill.

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Cyber War: Israeli Military Sites Under Mass Hack Attack

War is in cyberspace as much as it is in real space. Since mid-last week Israeli sites have been probed over 44 million times. Typically Israel is subject to a few hundred attempts per day.

In air conditioned bunkers filled with servers hackers chase each other back and forth through code and over social media.

The attached article reports that the Israeli Army has a presence in all sorts of social media, and Hamas is particularly effective in Twitter. Try using the hashtags #Hamas and #Gaza to see what is happening in real time. It’s pretty amazing. But I wouldn’t go any deeper than that.

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“We Are Ok” Is #1 Shared Term This Morning (On Facebook)

I was on social media from the first drops of rain on. Of course I tend to spend a fair amount of time in various social media anyway. But as of last night it seemed as if everyone in the universe was on Facebook and Twitter- which apparently they were according to the attached article.

I did notice a common phenomenon last night. It usually started with a post that read something like “Winds getting strong.” Followed by “Lights are flickering.” And then that person vanished. That’s what happened to me last night.

(From TechCrunch)

“Here’s the top 10 shared terms by U.S. Facebook users as of this morning, compared to the 24 hours from Sunday to Monday morning, as shared by Facebook’s journalism program manager Vadim Lavrusik. Before Sandy hit, people were discussing weather forecasting and sending well wishes to friends in affected areas. Then as the storm hit over night, people began sharing their personal situation to reassure loved ones.”
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EU Commissioner Reveals He Will Simply Ignore Any Rejection Of ACTA By European Parliament

The battle for internet freedom continues on many fronts. The fight over ACTA in Europe has entered a new stage.

(From Techdirt.com)

“In other words, De Gucht won’t accept the idea that the European electorate, through their representatives in the European Parliament, might possibly want to reject something they were not allowed to know about until late in the negotiating process, and to which they were unable to provide any meaningful input. In his view, ACTA must be passed, and ACTA will be passed — whatever anyone else thinks about it.”

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Amazing: Orangutans using iPads to Communicate

I have always been facinated with orangutans. They are incredible creatures which exibit deep intelligence. If you ever get a chance to observe one in person it’s pretty amazing.

It seems that their intelligence may in fact be even deeper than we thought.

Across the country zoos are introducing iPads to the apes with amazing results. Just as computers are liberating tools for some humans who are challenged by traditional communication, so too might the same be said for “the people of the forest.”

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