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  1. FCC Isn’t Sure How to Censor Television Anymore, Wants Our Advice

    The Boob Tube

    The Federal Communications Commission wants a piece of our minds. I suggest you keep your use of profanity to the minimum.

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  2. Things We Saw Today: An Adorable Swedish Detective Agency

    Things We Saw Today

    According to Jezebel's translation, these young ladies are charging $2.50 for easy cases, $6.25 for medium, and $12.50 for hard, but they won't work on their own birthdays. I'd say that's a good deal.

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  3. If This Lawsuit Succeeds, It Could Break Amazon’s Dominance of the eBook Market

    Inside of a dog it's too dark to read

    The new and growing market for eBooks has allowed companies to call into question some of the basic and universal characteristics of reading and owning books. That you can loan them to your friends, for example, or that by purchasing a book you're also purchasing the ability to read it whenever you want, wherever you want, until you lose it, donate it, give it away, or wear through its well-loved spine. eBook publishers have, to put it mildly, established that these are qualities of a book that they do not intend to carry over to the new format, which is to a certain extent fine, so long as consumers know what they're getting into. But the eBook market also has other problems, namely accusations of price fixing, and, due to the combination of software that limits the kind of device a given eBook can be read on and the dominance of the Kindle over the eReader market, bullying tactics. A new lawsuit filed by three independent bookstores is looking to strike at the heart of the problem: the insistance of eReader makers that their books should not be readable on other devices.

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  4. Here’s What U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz Has to Say About the Prosecution of Aaron Swartz

    Aaron Swartz's suicide last week was just the beginning. The public outcry from the tech community has been massive, with a petition to remove the prosecuting attorney for Aaron's case, one Carmen Ortiz, from office hitting the required number of signatures for an official White House response relatively quickly. In large part, a majority of these complaints center around the opinion that the prosecution was overzealous at best. Ortiz, for her part, has remained mum on the subject. Until last night, that is. Her office has released an official statement on the matter of Swartz's prosecution and, uh, it's... definitely something.

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  5. Things We Saw Today: A Medic Alert Bracelet for the Perfectly Healthy

    Things We Saw Today

    As the daughter of an attorney, I feel compelled to say that this is something you can always work out with a loved one beforehand, in writing. (CubicleBot)

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  6. Finnish Police Confiscate 9-Year-Old Girl’s Laptop Because Piracy

    No. No no no no no no no. no.

    Seriously, Finland? We understand that Internet piracy is a problem, but this is just too much. Police raided the home of a nine-year-old girl and confiscated her laptop — her Winnie the Pooh laptop – because she was accused of downloading one song off The Pirate Bay. That really happened. We all live in this world now. Back in the spring of this year, the parents of the little girl were told their Internet connection had been used in an act of online piracy. Their daughter had come across a song she was searching for on The Pirate Bay and downloaded it. She later bought the album. The family was told to pay 600 euros for the incident and sign a non-disclosure agreement, but they refused at the time. On Tuesday, things got real when Finnish police showed up at their door with a search warrant, and took their daughter’s Winnie the Pooh laptop. Read more of this story at Geekosystem.com.

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  7. Representative Zoe Lofgren Shows Her Internet Savvy: Ask Reddit for Internet Law Suggestions

    the internet is serious business

    Zoe Lofgren made sure that her name echoed loudly through the hallowed halls of the internet (did you know we have halls? Yeah, like tons of halls. Acres. With pillars and junk.) a year ago during the SOPA/PIPA debates in congress, by loudly opposing it, and even engaging in a Reddit AMA, hoping to drum up some attention to the pretty alarming powers the bill gave to rights holders and the pretty alarming requirements it made of internet service providers. While I won't say she brought the issue to Reddit's attention in the first place, her engagement with a large and influential internet community became part of a temporary internet revolution that culminated in Wikipedia, Tumblr, Reddit, Google, and a host of other websites going completely dark or otherwise completely devoting a day to raising awareness of the bill. She has returned to Reddit recently, at the turn of the tide to perform a rather interesting experiment:

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  8. Idiocracy Later: Minnesota Drops Controversial Online Education Stance

    As you may recall, Minnesota took a bold stance against free online education last week. The gist of the situation was that the state wanted to somehow curtail free online education outlets because they hadn't been given permission to operate within Minnesota's borders. This reasoning traced back to a decades-old law that was meant to apply to degree-granting institutions. After a day worth of Internet backlash, Minnesota's Office of Higher Education performed a quick 180 and now supports the use of websites like Coursera.

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  9. Idiocracy Now: Free Online Education Deemed Illegal in Minnesota

    One might think that free online education is one of the very few things that's looking positive in the entire education scene. The quality varies wildly, but even the basics being entirely free to peruse is a relatively new, and helpful, concept. Allowing folks the ability to educate themselves is a basic tenet of progress. That's not how Minnesota sees it, however. The state is enforcing a law mainly meant to apply degree-granting institutions to try and curtail free online courses, because they never got permission to operate in Minnesota. Seriously.

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  10. Woman Loses License Over Red-Light Camera Ticket, Hadn’t Been There in Over a Year

    Red-light cameras are the bane of law-abiding citizens across the United States. In theory, the cameras should catch criminals looking to take advantage of the fact that the police can't be everywhere at all times. In reality, the process is automated and can fail spectacularly when it does. Case in point: Lauren Morosoff had her driving privileges revoked over a ticket issued by a red-light camera in New Jersey a year and a half after she left the state.

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