MPAA’s Beloved “Network Monitoring” To Be Included In Broadband Stimulus Bill

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“MPAA to Public: All your intermets are belong to us!” The short version: music/movie lobbyists want “network monitoring” provisions in the broadband stimulus bill, to track what you’re doing in the name of anti-filesharing. Snip from Public Knowledge post: Hollywood’s lobbyists are running all over the Hill to sneak in a copyright filtering provision into the stimulus package. The amendment allow ISPs to “deter” child pornography and copyright infringement through network management techniques. The amendment is very, very controversial for a couple of reasons:

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Top 5 Tech Toys Of 2009 And 5 More On The Way

Top 5 Tech Toys Of 2009 And 5 More On The Way 

2008 was a good year for gadgets, and we’re hoping that ’09 will be just as impressive. We’re only a month in so far, but Palm, Dell, Sony and even Amazon have all dropped hints about what the companies have in store. We’ve collected the five big announcements that have us drooling, as well as five more that we’d like to see happen before 2010.

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Don’t Buy That Textbook, Download It Free

Don’t Buy That Textbook, Download It Free

Will these overpriced textbooks go away anytime soon?

In protest of what he says are textbooks’ intolerably high prices — and the dumbing down of their content to appeal to the widest possible market — Professor Preston McAfee has put his introductory economics textbook online free. He says he most likely could have earned a $100,000 advance on the book had he gone the traditional publishing route, and it would have had a list price approaching $200. “This market is not working very well — except for the shareholders in the textbook publishers,” he said. “We have lots of knowledge, but we are not getting it out.”

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Locations Of Speed Traps Available On Your GPS Unit

Locations Of Speed Traps Available On Your GPS Unit 

Nobody likes getting a speeding ticket. For some people, the solution is, you know, not speeding. For others, it’s constantly searching for new technology to help them evade the cops, finding fancier and fancier radar detectors to know just when to hit the breaks.

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Introducing the New and Improved “Good for You” Napster

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The “New” Napster is Ready For Serious Action

Remember Napster, the totally illegal file-sharing program turned legal music subscription site? Yeah, neither did we (or at least we chose not to), until today, when it it launched a music store with 6 million DRM-free tracks for sale at competitive prices (i.e. MP3s at $1 per song). Previously, Napster had been selling songs in the outrageously misnamed PlaysForSure format.

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