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Apple sues HTC for infringing 20 iPhone patents

Engadget has the documentation. I’d like to add my voice to the chorus of people decrying the use of “user interface” patents. This kind of thing can be pretty vile. For example, one of the patents is for:

“Unlocking A Device By Performing Gestures On An Unlock Image,”

Which is absurd.

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Mininova Goes Legit, Removes All (Possibly) Copyright-infringing Torrents

As a result of the recent court case against the site, they’ve removed all torrents not registered on the site by the copyright holder.

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The EFF Needs Your Help To Bust A Patent on Podcasting

A company called Volomedia was just granted a patent on “a method for providing episodic media.” and the EFF is tackling it.

It walks like bullshit, talks like bullshit, and smells a whole lot like bullshit. The EFF is looking for examples of prior art (Prior to 19 November 2003).

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The ACTA Internet Chapter OR “Goodbye, Internet”

Leaked from the secret meetings in Seoul. It’s hard to view this as anything but an attempt by big business to employ government in propping up their busted-ass business models around the world.

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An Inbox Is Not a Glove Compartment

Disturbing news from the federal courts today, as a federal judge ruled that “government can obtain access to a person’s inbox contents without any notification to the subscriber.” which means anyone with a job in government can read your email without telling you.

Analysis at the link above, here’s a PDF of the actual ruling.

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FTC Requiring Bloggers To Disclose Payments For Reviews

From a functional standpoint, I am fine (even happy) with this, provided it kills asshole astroturfers dead. From an ideological standpoint, I am pretty well against it. Either way, it’s an important moment in internet history. I wonder what effect this will have on Amazon reviews?

The first blog regulatory laws. Dang.

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Aaron Swartz’s FBI File

A light-hearted romp for the whole family.

Since SWARTZ is the potential subject of an ongoing investigation, it is requested that SWARTZ not be approached by agents.

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Jack Kirby’s Heirs File To Regain Copyrights

The author assumes that Kirby’s heirs will probably just end up with rights to royalties, which I can’t say I give a shit about it. Jack’s long gone.

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Mac Clone Maker Psystar sues Apple for Snow Leopard

You have to admire either their balls or their total disconnection from reality.

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Handley, Comics and Obscenity

Newsarama’s Jeff Trexler on what the recent guilty plea of Christopher Handley in his “possessing obscene visual representations of the sexual abuse of children and mailing obscene material.” case. Handley could be in jail for 15 years for owning some Manga. This is beyond not good.

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Court Jails Pirate Bay Founders

I’m sure the appeals process will be long:

Frederik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Carl Lundstrom and Peter Sunde were found guilty of breaking copyright law and were sentenced to a year in jail.

They were also ordered to pay $4.5m (£3m) in damages.

I feel that their attitude didn’t help them with the judge. Google still indexes millions more torrent files than TPB ever could. Why no attack against them? See also: Wired’s coverage.