Internet General (see also Fraud, Free Speech, etc.)
Categories underneath Internet General (see also Fraud, Free Speech, etc.):
- Internet: Children
- Internet: Infrastructure / Domain Names
- Internet: Linking
- Internet: Netiquette
- Internet: Search Engines
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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Jul 13, 2011 Amazon Takes On California
QUOTE: Amazon said this week that it would push a voter initiative in California that could eliminate sales tax for virtual sellers with only a modest physical presence in the state. Its move instantly escalated the company’s long-running battle with many states over collecting sales tax, taking the question directly to voters. And it has sharply intensified its dispute with physical retailers like Wal-Mart Stores and Target, which have vowed to fight the measure.
New York Times Jun 29, 2011 California targets Kindle lab in Amazon tax spat
QUOTE: Amazon.com said today that it's reluctantly severing ties with affiliates in California, a move that it hopes will let it continue shipping products to state residents without collecting sales taxes.... The measure says that any retailer who "through a subsidiary" has any "place of business" in California must collect sales taxes.
CNET Jun 23, 2011 Let’s Make a Deal, Amazon Tells Texas
QUOTE: Texas has granted sales tax rebates to companies on goods and services they buy, but has apparently never allowed one to stop collecting taxes from its own customers. The Texas Retailers Association blasted the proposed Amazon deal as a carve-out that would leave the state’s brick-and-mortar stores at a disadvantage to the giant Internet retailer.
New York Times Apr 27, 2011 India Puts Tight Leash on Internet Free Speech
QUOTE: Even before the new rules… India has periodically tried to restrict speech on the Internet… The rules do not provide a way for content producers to defend their work or appeal a decision to take content down.
New York Times Jan 03, 2011 Anonymity and the Dark Side of the Internet
QUOTE: What is remarkable about this volume is that the legal academics who make the arguments I have rehearsed are by and large strong free-speech advocates. Yet faced with the problems posed by the Internet, they start talking about “low value” speech (a concept strong first-amendment doctrine rejects) and saying things like “autonomy resides not in free choice per se but in choosing wisely” and “society needs not an absence of ‘chill,’ but an optimal level.”(In short, let’s figure out which forms of speech we should discourage.)
New York Times May 27, 2010 The Magic Behind Rating Apps
QUOTE: The customer-review process isn’t perfect. Occasionally, it can be abused, or manipulated. But this week, I came across something I’d never seen before: an app that had earned dozens of one-star (terrible) ratings — yet the written reviews were ecstatic.
New York Times May 21, 2010 Sure, It’s Big. But Is That Bad?
QUOTE: “The government is finally onto the notion that they have to start asking questions about Google,” he said. “Google started off saying they were going to treat everything on the Web neutrally. That is the basis on which they secured dominance. And now they’ve changed the rules.”
New York Times Aug 28, 2009 Bill would give president emergency control of Internet
QUOTE: Internet companies and civil liberties groups were alarmed this spring when a U.S. Senate bill proposed handing the White House the power to disconnect private-sector computers from the Internet.
CNET Aug 06, 2009 No More Perks: Coffee Shops Pull the Plug on Laptop Users: They Sit for Hours and Don't Spend Much; Getting the Bum's Rush in the Big Apple
QUOTE: a decade-old love affair between coffee shops and laptop-wielding customers is fading.
Wall Street Journal, The (WSJ) Jul 29, 2009 Should you trust health advice from the web?
QUOTE: a growing body of evidence suggests that much online health information is unreliable.
New Scientist Jul 20, 2009 Tweleted: Making Mischief on Twitter ( That Viral Thing)
QUOTE: Tweleted raises some larger privacy concerns. When a user deletes a post on Twitter, it disappears from their user profile but not from Twitter's search engine results. Tweleted uses this loophole to dig up its deleted posts.
Time Magazine Jul 19, 2009 Wikipedia May Be a Font of Facts, but It’s a Desert for Photos
QUOTE: At a time when celebrities typically employ a team of professionals to control their images, Wikipedia is a place where chaos rules. Few high-quality photographs, particularly of celebrities, make it onto this site.
New York Times Jul 17, 2009 L.A. weighs plan to replace computer software with Google service
QUOTE: Frustrated by a slow and antiquated computer system, the city of Los Angeles is weighing a plan to replace its e-mail and records retention software with a service provided by Google, a move that could allow the Internet giant to retain sensitive records transmitted by the police and other municipal agencies.
Los Angeles Times Jul 16, 2009 A stacked deck: Online gambling in Europe
QUOTE: he European Union’s supposed single market, which the commission polices, is fractured over the issue [on-line gambling].
Economist Jul 12, 2009 The Paradox of Privacy (Media Cache)
QUOTE: While attitudes toward privacy can appear paradoxical, the seeming contradiction is really about something else: control
New York Times Jun 30, 2009 It's Like eBay Meets Match.com: Does peer-to-peer lending work?
QUOTE: Economists have been studying these peer-to-peer lending programs from the beginning, and their findings are now starting to show up on the Web. They've discovered that while the sites may be useful for some high-risk borrowers... these credit markets also result in loan decisions tainted by human frailty and bias.
Slate Jun 27, 2009 Cyberwar: U.S. and Russia Differ on a Treaty for Cyberspace
QUOTE: Any agreement on cyberspace presents special difficulties because the matter touches on issues like censorship of the Internet, sovereignty and rogue actors who might not be subject to a treaty. United States officials say the disagreement over approach has hindered international law enforcement cooperation, particularly given that a significant proportion of the attacks against American government targets are coming from China and Russia.
New York Times Jun 15, 2009 Microsoft Sues Three in Click-Fraud Scheme
QUOTE: AFTER an investigation that took more than a year, Microsoft has filed its first lawsuit over click fraud, where people manipulate clicks on a Web advertisement.
New York Times Jan 18, 2009 Marriage Ban Donors Feel Exposed by List
QUOTE: dotting the online display are thousands of red arrows... identifying the addresses of donors who supported Proposition 8, which outlawed same-sex marriage in California. It is exactly those arrows that concern supporters of the measure, who say they have been regularly harassed since the election...
New York Times Sep 26, 2008 Do you oppose the $700 billion Wall Street bailout? Click here
QUOTE: Quote:A flurry of Web activism is channelling misgivings about the proposed $700 billion Wall Street bailout into political action.
CNET Dec 06, 2007 SAFE Act won't turn mom-and-pop shops into WiFi cops
QUOTE: ISPs already have a duty to notify authorities if they stumble across anything that appears to be child pornography or molestation evidence. The new [The Securing Adolescents from Exploitation-Online Act] bill ups the penalties for not reporting this information
Ars Technica Aug 11, 2007 Slipstream: Who Owns the Concept if No One Signs the Papers?
QUOTE: WHO owns a bright idea? If the technology associated with an idea is new and the opportunities it offers are valuable, it will have many authors — most of whom may argue over ownership.
New York Times Jul 06, 2007 Awaiting Internet Access, Remote Brazilian Tribes Debate Its Promise, Peril
QUOTE: The federal government this year announced a new program to provide satellite Internet access to 150 remote communities, in hopes that they will be better equipped to protect themselves against illegal logging and other threats to their culture.
Washington Post Jun 03, 2006 Online Throngs Impose a Stern Morality in China
QUOTE: a growing phenomenon the Chinese call Internet hunting, in which morality lessons are administered by online throngs and where anonymous Web users come together to investigate others and mete out punishment for offenses real and imagined.
New York Times May 07, 2006 Same Old Scam, Every Month: Credit Card Charges for Purchases You Don't Remember
QUOTE: The sales technique is called a "negative-option plan," one of those shady but legal deals in which consumers are automatically charged for services or products until they take action to say they don't want them. The most common consumer complaint -- aside from alleged unauthorized automatic billing -- is the way, critics say, that the marketing companies play loose with the truth to enroll unsuspecting consumers.
Washington Post Aug 06, 2005 Nigerian Net Grifters Doing Fine
QUOTE: In the con that internet users are probably most familiar with, the e-mailer poses as a corrupt official looking for help in smuggling a fortune to a foreign bank account. E-mail or fax recipients are told that if they provide their banking and personal details and deposit certain sums of money, they'll get a cut of the loot.
Wired Jun 26, 2005 At PartyGaming, Everything's Wild
QUOTE: PartyGaming, based in Gibraltar, has no assets in the United States, and its officers or directors could risk being served with a civil suit - or an arrest warrant - if they came to the United States on business. The reason? The Justice Department and numerous state attorneys general maintain that providing the opportunity for online gambling is against the law in the United States - and PartyGaming does it anyway.
New York Times May 28, 2004 NEC Unit Admits It Defrauded Schools
QUOTE: Criminal investigations into corruption and waste in the E-Rate program, a federal plan to bring Internet access to poor schools and libraries, yielded their biggest legal settlement to date on Thursday [with NEC.]
New York Times Jan 27, 2003 Kazaa strikes back at Hollywood, labels
QUOTE: Sharman Networks, owner of the popular Kazaa file-swapping software, has launched a legal counterstrike against the major record labels and Hollywood studios, asserting that they have “obscenely” abused their copyright powers.
CNET Nov 13, 2002 Library Filtering Debate Heats Up
QUOTE: The court's decision to hear a Justice Department appeal defending the Children's Internet Protection Act, represents the third time the justices will hear arguments pitting free speech against attempts to shield children from online smut.
Wired Nov 12, 2002 Supreme Court to Hear Web Porn Case
QUOTE: The court announced today that it will decide whether a federal law that requires libraries receiving federal Internet subsidies to use anti-pornography filtering software violates the Constitution.
Washington Post Nov 05, 2002 Study: Net Credibility Gap Gapes
QUOTE: A prominent consumer advocacy group says most informational websites don't do enough to assure visitors that their data is credible -- or make clear their ulterior motives for offering that data.
Wired Nov 05, 2002 China's Cyberwall Nearly Concrete
QUOTE: While the Great Wall no longer deters would-be invaders from entering China, experts meeting in Washington on Monday said the Chinese government continues to maintain a nearly rock-solid cyberwall.
Wired Oct 29, 2002 Want Bills by Snail Mail? It Might Cost You Money
QUOTE: You may dread monthly bills in the mailbox, but consider them a perk. Some companies are charging for them.
New York Times Oct 29, 2002 Court weighs Virginia anti-porn law
QUOTE: A federal appeals court heard arguments Monday regarding a challenge to a Virginia law restricting sexual material on the Internet.
CNET Oct 26, 2002 When the Spam Hits the Blogs
QUOTE: Owners of the conversational websites known as weblogs have recently noticed that their referral logs have become the newest target for spam.
Wired Oct 24, 2002 Bush Backs New Online Protections for Children: President Urges Senate to Pass 'Virtual' Porn Law
QUOTE: President Bush, remarking that it's a "sick world," called yesterday for an increase in federal funding and new legislation to combat online predators who stalk children in cyberspace in hopes of sexually molesting them.
Washington Post Oct 21, 2002 Dad's 'Immoral' Poem Exiles Son
QUOTE: An Egyptian appeals court has confirmed the guilty verdict in the case of Shohdy Naguib Surur, who was sentenced to one year in prison in June for posting his father's poem on the Internet.
Wired Oct 08, 2002 Tech firms target workplace downloads
QUOTE: Technology companies Macrovision and Websense are teaming up to root out illegal MP3s, movies, games and other copyrighted material on employees' work computers.
CNET Oct 08, 2002 University backs down on link ban
QUOTE: The University of California at San Diego has abandoned plans to discipline a student group for linking to an alleged terrorist Web site.
CNET Oct 03, 2002 Wanna Bet? Feds Say Not So Fast
QUOTE: It's not without reason that gambling industry lobbyists like to compare the U.S. ban on Internet gaming to the nation's infamous experiment earlier this century with prohibition.
Wired Oct 01, 2002 Professor posts digital device hit list
QUOTE: Could singing fish novelties be hooked by a proposed law requiring anti-copying technology in digital devices?
CNET Sep 18, 2002 Watchdogs launch attack on filter law
QUOTE: Free speech proponents are stepping up their fight against Internet filtering in schools, waging a grassroots campaign against a law that requires Web blocking as a condition of federal funding.
New York Times Aug 01, 2002 The Internet Power Grab
QUOTE: The great transition that is taking place on the Internet -- from free to fee -- is now gathering speed.
Fast Company Jul 12, 2002 Judge: See Ya Later, Gator
QUOTE: Update: A federal judge on Friday ordered software company Gator to temporarily stop displaying pop-up advertising over Web publishers' pages without their permission.
CNET Oct 28, 2001 Government Clamps Down On Agency Web Sites
QUOTE: ...government officials have been removing information from their agencies' Web sites on the Internet: the location and operating status of nuclear power plants...touched off a difficult and growing debate about the balance between the public's right to know and the nation's heightened security needs...
New York Times Jun 01, 2001 A Beautiful Life, An Early Death, a Fraud Exposed
QUOTE: Cyberspace has become home to so many jokes, stunts and fabrications...But Ms. Swenson's fabrication was constructed so expertly and made so emotionally compelling....
New York Times May 22, 2001 Somebody's Watching You: The Web's Secret Police
QUOTE: "Sophisticated counterfeit product is the work of savvy and well-funded criminals who understand that software counterfeiting represents a low legal risk and very high profits
E-Commerce Times Feb 16, 2001 Outrageous Fortune
QUOTE: Whiting and just two other CommerceNet executives became millionaires via an increasingly common practice in which nonprofits invest in for-profit ventures. The gains from those investments generally go into the nonprofit's coffers; sometimes, though, they also go to a select few executives who oversee the investments. Whiting and his friends used the tactic to make their nonprofit very profitable indeed.
Industry Standard Jan 01, 1111 Can You Believe What You Read on the Web?
QUOTE: Now the U.S. government is considering requiring people who write about products or services on the Internet to inform readers if they received compensation.
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