May 25th 2008
This Week in Tech 144
The FBI vs. The Internet
Microsoft stops scanning books, the FBI's national security letters, and more.
- Leo apologizes to Kevin Rose about last week's Twitter comments. Follow Kevin.
- Microsoft to shut down book search program in face competition from Google Book Search. Microsoft's comments.
- Text Archive, Open Content Alliance, and OpenLibrary.org. OCR is corrected by reCAPTCHA.
- Orphan works legislation now in Congress. Could be good or bad depending on how law is implemented.
- Internet Archive served by FBI in 2007 with national security letter seeking identity and behavior of Internet Archive user.
- Kahle and attorneys were under immediate gag order with penalty of incarceration.
- FBI served 200,000 such letters in four years, circumventing FISA court.
- Archive's only legal recorse was to sue government (Internet Archive v. Mukasey) with help of ACLU and Electronic Frontier Foundation, arguing law was unconstitutional.
- FBI settled before case was challenged before judge. Internet Archive settled on condition that it could go public.
- Six senators ask FBI for information on this case. Full text.
- Video on Archive.org about NSLs
- Controversy over Ariel Waldman harrassment on Twitter.
- Apple gets 188 mysterious ocean containers filled with "electronic computers." Second coming of iPhone at WWDC?
- Roz Savage rows across the Pacific.
- JPL attempts soft landing on Mars.
- Cory Doctorow selling unprotected version of latest book "Little Brother" online.
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Show notes by David Di Franco.
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