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  1. DOJ Walks Back Its Demands For Info On Everyone Who Visited A Trump Protest Site As Some Of Those Visitors Protest Subpo

    08.23 / 22:53 techdirt.com Techdirt.com - Technology
    Last week we wrote about a crazy warrant from the DOJ, effectively demanding information -- possibly identifying information -- on everyone who visited the site disruptj20.org, which had been used by people organizing protests of Trump's inauguration. When we wrote about it, the site's hosting company, DreamHost, had just announced that it was pushing back on the demand in court. On Monday of this week, some of the visitors to the site pushed back too. Public Citizen Litigation Group took…
  2. GCHQ Knew FBI Wanted To Arrest MalwareTech, Let Him Fly To The US To Be Arrested There

    08.23 / 22:53 techdirt.com Techdirt.com - Technology
    It looks like the UK found an easy way to avoid another lengthy extradition battle. Its intelligence agency, GCHQ, knew something security research Marcus Hutchins didn't -- and certainly didn't feel obliged to tell him. Not only that, but it let a criminal suspect fly out of the country with zero pre-flight vetting. (Caution: registration wall ahead.) Officials at the intelligence agency knew that Marcus Hutchins, from Devon, who was hailed as a hero for helping the NHS, would be…
  3. Sonos Users Forced To Choose Between Privacy And Working Hardware

    08.23 / 22:53 techdirt.com Techdirt.com - Technology
    For years now, we've highlighted how these days -- you don't technically own the things you buy. And thanks to a rotating crop of firmware and privacy policy updates delivered over the internet, what you thought you owned can very easily change -- or be taken away from you entirely. Time and tine again we've discussed how companies love to impose new restrictions on hardware via software update, then act shocked when consumers are annoyed because they've had either their rights -- or…
  4. Australian Gov't Accessed Domestic Metadata Thousands Of Times, Shared Some Of It With China

    08.22 / 22:52 techdirt.com Techdirt.com - Technology
    The Australian government has released its latest report [PDF] on its domestic metadata collection efforts and it has a bit of surprising news in it. Josh Taylor and Paul Farrell of Buzzfeed report the Australian government isn't keeping all the domestic metadata it's hoovered up to itself. It's sharing it with several other countries, including one surprising name: There were a total of 23 disclosures of information from the Australian Federal Police to enforcement agencies in…
  5. Techdirt Podcast Episode 135: 20 Years Of Techdirt

    08.22 / 22:52 techdirt.com Techdirt.com - Technology
    Can you believe it? Tomorrow is our 20th anniversary! Techdirt has come a long way since Mike started it as a newsletter on August 23rd, 1997, and this week's episode of the podcast is a celebration and exploration of that history. Mike and Dennis are joined by Medium's Alex Feerst acting as moderator/interviewer to discuss the past 20 years of Techdirt. Follow the Techdirt Podcast on Soundcloud, subscribe via iTunes or Google Play, or grab the RSS feed. You can also keep up with…
  6. Verizon Begins Throttling Wireless Users, Effectively Bans 4K Streaming

    08.22 / 22:52 techdirt.com Techdirt.com - Technology
    Thanks to a little something called competition, Verizon Wireless was forced recently to bring back unlimited data plans, after spending the last few years trying to tell consumers they neither wanted nor needed such plans (narrator: they did). But all has not been well in Verizon-land since, with several network performance reports indicating that Verizon's network configuration was struggling a little under the load of these new unlimited users. That's a problem for a company that…
  7. Court Strips Immunity From Bite Mark Experts Who Put Wrong Man In Jail For 23 Years

    08.22 / 22:52 techdirt.com Techdirt.com - Technology
    We've discussed the junk science masquerading as forensic science in criminal cases. Coming in slightly ahead of chatting with psychics is "bite mark analysis." According to these so-called experts, each bite mark is just as unique as a fingerprint. But if so, why have so many cases been overturned when actual science -- usually DNA evidence -- is examined? Bite mark analysts have no answers. Fortunately, there's been less and less reliance on this highly-questionable evidence over the…
  8. Daily Deal: Machine Learning with Python Course and E-Book Bundle

    08.22 / 22:52 techdirt.com Techdirt.com - Technology
    Machine learning is a rapidly growing area of study and is becoming a large part of our everyday lives. The $49 Machine Learning with Python Course and E-Book Bundle takes you on a deep dive into machine learning with 4 e-books and 5 online courses. You'll learn about TensorFlow, data mining, Python and much more. Note: The Techdirt Deals Store is powered and curated by StackCommerce. A portion of all sales from Techdirt Deals helps support Techdirt. The products featured do not…