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Facebook caught reading emails to decide if they would send them or not

Which happens to be super-super mega wiretapping eeee-legal. Thanks, ** Jack **. Facebook’s E-mail Censorship is Legally Dubious, Experts Say | Epicenter
When The Pirate Bay released new Facebook features last month, the popular social networking site took evasive action, blocking its members from distributing file-sharing links through its service. Now legal experts say Facebook may have gone too far, blocking not only links to torrents published publicly on member profile pages, but also examining private messages that might contain them, and blocking those as well. “This raises serious questions about whether Facebook is in compliance with federal wiretapping law,” said Kevin Bankston, a lawyer with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, responding to questions from a reporter about the little-noticed policy that was first reported by TorrentFreak. Facebook private messages are governed by the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which forbids communications providers from intercepting user messages, barring limited exceptions for security and valid legal orders. While the sniffing of e-mails is not unknown — it’s how Google serves up targeted ads in Gmail and how Yahoo filters out viruses, for example — the notion that a legitimate e-mail would be not be delivered based on its content is extraordinary.

Justice Dept. drops case against war resister Watada

Raw Story | Justice Dept. drops case against war resister Watada
The Department of Justice has dropped its case against 1st Lt. Ehren Watada, a war resister who refused Iraq deployment in June 2006 and denounced President George W. Bush’s decision to invade as illegal and immoral.... One of the charges was filed for statements Watada made during the 2006 convention of Veterans for Peace, held in Seattle. “I could never conceive of our leader betraying the trust we had in him. As I read about the level of deception the Bush administration used to initiate and process this war, I was shocked. I became ashamed of wearing the uniform. If the president can betray my trust, it’s time for me to evaluate what he’s telling me to do,” Watada said, according to the court martial charge sheet.

May 06, 2009

Die Robot Die: Robo Caller Gears Smashed

Die Robot Die: Robo Caller Gears Smashed
A Reddit user figured out the phone number for one of the car warranty robocallers and has decided the best revenge would be to post it online so the internet can annoy them just as much as they've been annoying us. Now that the story is on the front page of Reddit, that dream can come true. User personsaddress commented, "I called and asked the rep if she would like to buy a warranty on the computer she was currently using. She said she didn't need one. So I told her that I don't either, so quit freaking calling me."

May 03, 2009

The cat parasite that influences your thoughts

Cat Parasite Affects Everything We Feel and Do - ABC News

The parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, has been transmitted indirectly from cats to roughly half the people on the planet, and it has been shown to affect human personalities in different ways.

Research has shown that women who are infected with the parasite tend to be warm, outgoing and attentive to others, while infected men tend to be less intelligent and probably a bit boring. But both men and women who are infected are more prone to feeling guilty and insecure.

Other researchers have linked the parasite to schizophrenia. In an adult, the symptoms are like a mild form of flu, but it can be much more serious in an infant or fetus. Oxford University researchers believe high levels of the parasite leads to hyperactivity and lower IQs in children.

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