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‘Pirate’ religion of Kopimism arrives in the U.S.

Sweden’s Missionary Church of Kopimism, which was founded in the fall of 2010 and granted official recognition by the Swedish government this past January, has already established branches in eighteen countries, including the United States. Now the upstart religion is beginning to attract mainstream attention. Kopimism is currently featured in…

Military spends $120 million on ‘pain ray’ that it can’t deploy

Remember the old joke about “what if they gave a war and nobody came?” It’s not quite as dramatic, but the Pentagon has invested $120 million dollars over the last fifteen years in an “Active Denial System” that nobody wants to use. The military claims that its so-called “pain ray,”…

How WWII codes on Twitter thwarted French vote law

PARIS — Twitter users turned Sunday’s French presidential election into a battle between a green Hungarian wine and a red Dutch cheese in a bid to get round tough laws banning result predictions. The #RadioLondres hashtag was the top France trend on Twitter during the first-round presidential vote, in homage…

How much do the Internet giants really know about you?

To briefly state the obvious, the internet giants are seriously big: Google is not only the world’s largest search engine, it’s one of the top three email providers, a social network, and owner of the Blogger platform and the world’s largest video site, YouTube. Facebook has the social contacts, messages,…

Google launches Street View in Israel

JERUSALEM — Google on Sunday launched Street View in Israel, the US Internet giant said, putting on show streets and sites of interest from the Holy Land’s three major cities with its 360-degree street-level images. The imagery of “Jerusalem, Tel Aviv-Jaffa and Haifa includes sites of interest such as the…

YouTube loses music clip copyright battle in German court

German court rules that YouTube must take down copyrighted music clips – a move which could lead to royalty payments YouTube must take down copyrighted clips of music, a German court has ruled, in a move that could be a step towards forcing it to pay large sums in royalties.…

Flying strip propels itself by turning inside out

Perhaps the acronym UFO would be more usefully applied to “unusual flying objects” these days, since there seem to be so many of them around. A few weeks ago, Raw Story reported on a 45-foot paper airplane. Today’s craft may be no more practical, but it appears far more effective…

Grateful Dead’s John Perry Barlow: Hacktivism unites diverse ideologies

If there is a battle over the future shape of the internet – and society as a whole – then hacktivist groups such as Anonymous and Lulzsec, Wikileaks and the file-sharing site Megaupload.com are among the frontline battalions. While the individual incidents and clashes involving these groups may seem disparate…

U.S. judge allows tech ‘poaching’ suit to proceed

SAN FRANCISCO — A US judge has given a green light to a lawsuit charging Apple, Google, Pixar and other technology-driven firms with colluding to keep salaries in check by agreeing not to poach one another’s software engineers. District Court Judge Lucy Koh, in a decision released late Wednesday, rejected…

Google and Twitter can’t police web content, says British AG

Dominic Grieve agrees that privacy injunctions should be served on internet companies, but warns of ‘excessive regulation’. By Josh Halliday Google and Twitter cannot “act like a policeman” of content on their networks, the attorney general has said in his strongest intervention yet on regulation of the internet. Dominic Grieve…

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