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New Cybersecurity Proposal Patches Serious Privacy Vulnerabilities

from Updates by Rainey Reitman and Lee Tien

For months, we?ve been raising the alarm about the serious civil liberties implications of the cybersecurity bills making their way through the Senate. Hours ago, we received some good news. A new bill called the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 (S 3414) is replacing the prior Lieberman-Collins Cybersecurity Act (S 2150). This new bill drastically improves upon the previous bill by addressing the most glaring privacy concerns. This is huge, and it?s thanks to the outcry of Internet users like you worried about their online privacy.Check out the new bill (PDF).

Google Puts Social Twist on Ramadan Traditions

from Mashable! by Neha Prakash

Digg: The Rise and Fall of an Internet Darling

from Mashable! by Chelsea Stark

A Digg Power User’s Inside Take on the Rise and Fall of a Social Empire

from Wired Top Stories by Roberto Baldwin
We give you the inside story of Miguel Lopez — a man who went by the Digg handle “mklopez” and went on to become one of the social news aggregator’s most influential power users. What was his method? Why did he do it? And was he ever paid for a Digg? Wired tells all.

Anonymous hackers target oil industry giants, more than 1,000 email credentials exposed

from The Next Web by Jon Russell

The Death of SOPA Was Not a Fluke: Three Reasons Why Elected Officials Should Endorse the Declaration of Internet Freedom

from Updates by Trevor Timm
The January 18th blackout protesting the Stop Online Piracy Act (?SOPA?) was an unprecedented event in Internet history.  Within 24 hours, dangerous and draconian copyright legislation went from being a forgone conclusion in Congress to completely rejected by its members. Still, many observers have remarked that, despite the protest?s effectiveness, the result was a fluke. It was a perfect storm of companies and people coming together that could not be replicated, they’ve said, and nothing has really changed.

The Marissa Mayer era begins tomorrow: What does it mean for Yahoo?

from The Next Web by Drew Olanoff
Most of the Internet, and seemingly Google itself, was blindsided today by the announcement that Marissa Mayer has resigned her post at the search giant, and taken the position of CEO at Yahoo!
Let?s focus on what this might mean for Yahoo!, exactly.

Marissa Mayer and Yahoo: Silicon Valley?s New Odd Couple?

from Mashable! by Todd Wasserman

The Senate cybersecurity showdown is approaching: A preview

from The Next Web by Alex Wilhelm

Network neutrality 101

from Hurriyet Daily News
Lately we have begun to hear lots of remarks on network neutrality by government officials.

Syrian Rebels Use YouTube, Facebook for Weapons Training

from Wired Top Stories by Spencer Ackerman
Rebels fighting against Bashar Assad in Syria’s civil war are outgunned, outmanned and largely aren’t professional soldiers. So they’re turning to social media for tutorials in how to use their weapons.

Newest U.S. Counterterrorism Strategy: Trolling

from Wired Top Stories by Spencer Ackerman
Inside the State Department, a Silicon Valley veteran has quietly launched an improbable new initiative to annoy, frustrate and humiliate denizens of online extremist forums. The idea is nothing less than to teach Muslims around the world how to become effective trolls. It’s hardly a substitute for drone strikes and commando raids, but as terrorist recruitment has moved online, it might prevent al-Qaida from attracting new terrorists. The only thing missing is a strategy.

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