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Facebook refuses to run ‘Marijuana is Safer’ book advertisement

The social networking website Facebook has refused to run an advertisement for a book that compares the harms and legal status of marijuana and alcohol. The publisher of “Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink?” hoped to use a Facebook ad to promote a special price…

Hackers crack PBS content system, publish report claiming Tupac is ‘still alive’

U.S. public broadcaster PBS was attacked Sunday night by hackers who broke into their website’s content management system and published a fake report claiming that slain rapper Tupac was alive and well in New Zealand. The hackers who claimed responsibility called their group “The Lulz Boat.” In a message published…

Senate bill makes illegal Internet streaming a felony

Those who illegally stream live video or audio over the Internet could face up to five years in prison under legislation recently introduced to the U.S. Senate. Ars Technica reported that Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), John Cornyn (R-TX) and Christopher Coons (D-DE) proposed a bill last week that would make…

Huffington Post rebuffs union boycott call

WASHINGTON — The Huffington Post rebuffed a union boycott call over its practice of using unpaid bloggers, saying most of them are “thrilled to contribute” despite not being paid. The Newspaper Guild, a union of US media workers with 26,000 members, urged contributors to The Huffington Post earlier this week…

Senator Al Franken to introduce bill making net neutrality violations a crime

While House Republicans push to eliminate new net neutrality regulations adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) announced Monday he will introduce legislation to make violations of net neutrality a crime. “I’m introducing a new bill that would call violations of net neutrality out for what…

Internet and cell phones the ‘best weapons against dictatorships’

Decentralized communication technologies, such as cell phones and the Internet, are the best way to ensure the spread of democracy around the globe, according to an study published in the International Journal of Human Rights. Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter have become an important tool for democracy and…

YouTube buys US web television company

SAN FRANCISCO – YouTube announced that it bought Internet television company Next New Networks to improve content for the Google-owned video-sharing website. The New York City-based startup was launched four years ago and is home to popular networks, such as “Barely Political” and “Indy Mogul,” which it billed as the…

GOP leader John Boehner vows to eliminate ‘net neutrality’

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) vowed Monday to eliminate net neutrality rules recently enacted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), referring to the regulations as a “government takeover of the Internet.” “Right now, freedom and free expression are under attack by a power structure in Washington populated with…

Arianna Huffington urged to end ‘exploitation’ of journalists

The Newspaper Guild, a journalists’ union with more than 34,000 members, has launched a letter writing campaign calling on Arianna Huffington, the co-founder of the Huffington Post, to share her fortune with the unpaid writers who made her successful. “As we look to the future, we look to you, Arianna…

Google tweaks search to push out ‘content farms’

Google announced Thursday that it has made a major change to its algorithm to push down the rankings of low-quality websites and “reward” high-quality content. While not explicit, this change is Google’s long-anticipated response to the rising prevalence of content farms such as eHow and Demand Media. Google tweaks its…

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