By Soulskill from Slashdot's back-off department
Microsoft is currently fighting a legal battle with the U.S. government, who wants to search the company's servers in Ireland
using a U.S. search warrant. An anonymous reader points out a new court filing
from Microsoft that argues the U.S. itself would never stand for such reasoning from other governments
. Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith writes,If the Government prevails, how can it complain if foreign agents require tech companies to download emails stored in the U.S.? This is a question the Department of Justice hasn’t yet addressed, much less answered. Yet the Golden Rule applies to international relations as well as to other human interaction. In one important sense, the issues at stake are even bigger than this. The Government puts at risk the fundamental privacy rights Americans have valued since the founding of the postal service. This is because it argues that, unlike your letters in the mail, emails you store in the cloud cease to belong exclusively to you. Instead, according to the Government, your emails become the business records of a cloud provider. Because business records have a lower level of legal protection, the Government claims it can use a different and broader legal authority to reach emails stored anywhere in the world.Read Replies (0)
By Roblimo from Slashdot's oldies-but-goodies department
"Welcome to the Vintage Radio and Communications Museum of Connecticut," is the headline on the museum's website
. The site also says, "Our volunteers are happy to give personal tours," and that's what today's two videos (and two more we'll run tomorrow or later in the week) are: personal tours of the museum conducted by volunteer Bernie Michaels, known in ham radio
circles as W2LFV. (Alternate Video Link 1
) (Alternate Video Link 2
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By timothy from Slashdot's and-wednesday's-not-looking-so-hot-either department
An anonymous reader writes with word that a Spanish judge, after complaints from taxi associations that the competition Uber brings to the transportation market is unfair to existing firms' drivers, has ordered the company cease operations in the country
. From the BBC article:In his ruling on the temporary ban, the judge said Uber drivers didn't have official authorisation to drive their cars and was "unfair competition." The move follows a complaint by the Madrid Taxi Association. The Spanish ban comes just a day after Uber was blacklisted in the Indian capital Delhi. Drivers "lack the administrative authorisation to carry out the job, and the activity they carry out constitutes unfair competition," the Spanish court services said in a statement after the ruling.
In Thailand, too
. And stateside, the government of Portland, Oregon thinks Uber's a big enough threat to justify a sting operation
. Business Insider's keeping score
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By timothy from Slashdot's you-like-this-and-this-and-this department
New submitter stephenpeters
writes The AdNauseam browser extension claims to click on each ad you have blocked with AdBlock in an attempt to obfuscate your browsing data. Officially launched mid November at the Digital Labour conference in New York, the authors hope this extension will register with advertisers as a protest against their pervasive monitoring of users online activities.
It will be interesting to see how automated ad click browser extensions will affect the online ad arms race. Especially as French publishers are currently planning to sue Eyeo GmbH, the publishers of Adblock.
This might obfuscate the meaning
of the clicks, but what if it just encourages the ad sellers to claim even higher click-through rates as a selling point?Read Replies (0)