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‘Honest’ criminal turns himself in after learning he’s wanted via vanity Google search

You know, we talk a great deal at Techdirt about dumb criminals and how often they are nabbed by the intersection of their own stupidity and technology. It is, frankly, enough to make you wonder about the future of our species, watching these would-……

Chilling: Climate change deniers have scientific paper disappeared

Let me let you in on a little fantasy of mine: every once in a while, I like to imagine finding myself meeting the person who came up with the term "global warming." Why? So I can punish that person. Severely. See, what a term like "global warming"……

Journal retracts scientifically-sound research due to legal threats from climate change deniers

Chilling Effects: Climate Change Deniers Have Scientific Paper Disappeared (via Techdirt) Let me let you in on a little fantasy of mine: every once in a while, I like to imagine finding myself meeting the person who came up with the term “global warming.” Why? So I can punish that…

Cops turning to third-party companies to hack suspects’ phones

Police Utilizing Private Companies, Exploits To Access Data From Suspects’ Smartphones (via Techdirt) Law enforcement agencies really want to see your phone’s contents. I mean, they really want to. Martin Kaste at NPR has a story on law enforcement and smartphones which contains the following quote from a Rolf Norton,…

Major publisher Elsevier caught charging money for open access science articles

Elsevier Still Charging For Open Access Copies, Two Years After It Was Told Of The Problem (via Techdirt) For some reason, Elsevier seems to take delight in being hated by the academic world. Its support for the awful Research Works Act back in 2012 led to a massive boycott of…

Philly.com ordered to provide identity of anonymous commenter sued for defamation

Philly Court Orders Website To Unmask Anonymous Commenter ‘Named’ In Defamation Suit (via Techdirt) Anonymous commenters are often held up as examples of the worst aspects of the internet. It’s an enabler of abhorrent behavior, as the lack of identification allows people to make statements without suffering consequences. Of course,…

Justice Dept. petitions for right to retain metadata collection indefinitely

DOJ Asks To Hang Onto Bulk Collections Longer, Citing Need To ‘Preserve’ Evidence It Has No Intention Of Presenting In Court (via Techdirt) The DOJ is asking the courts to extend the amount of time it can hold onto bulk metadata records. The use-by date is normally five years, but…

Olympic snowboarders jumping over — and around — ban on displaying logos

How Snowboarders Are Waving Company Logos In The IOC’s Face… And There’s Nothing It Can Do About It (via Techdirt) The International Olympics Committee has this “branding” thing down cold. (No pun intended. The IOC is just as obnoxious during the Summer Olympics.) Everything that doesn’t belong to an Official…

NSA report suggests Edward Snowden had three possible collaborators

The NSA Offers Up Three Possible Contributors To Snowden’s Leaks To Its Congressional Oversight (via Techdirt) The question has often been asked, but without a satisfactory answer: how did Snowden end up with so many sensitive documents? Further, how did he manage to do this undetected? There has been a…

British judge rules Google can be sued under local law in breach of privacy case

British Judge Rules Google Can Be Sued In UK Over Privacy Case (via Techdirt) The battle over online privacy, and how personal data should be treated as it moves over the Internet, is being fought between the US and EU points of view in multiple ways. There is the EU’s…

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