Imagine if people spoke in real life the way they would in a YouTube comment. A comedy bit from Conan O'Brien does just that.
On his late-night talk show on Wednesday, Conan was talking about Google's decision to ban anonymous YouTube comments, forcing people to use their real screen names. Many YouTube users have given the overall comment cleanup a thumb's down. But Conan voiced his support for requiring real names, complaining that the anonymous comments are "usually awful things that no one would have the guts to say in person."
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Wikileaks released on Wednesday what it called the draft text of a secretly negotiated international economic treaty that critics warn could limit Internet freedoms.
The document-leaking organization published a draft of the Intellectual Property Rights chapter for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a proposed free-trade agreement between the US and 11 Pacific Rim nations that's been under negotiation for nearly three years. However, because the Obama administration has deemed the talks to be classified information, this appears to be the first time the public is getting a glimpse at the pact.
The 95-page chapter focuses on digital rights management, patents, … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO -- On the occasion of what would've been Aaron Swartz's 27th birthday, the hacker who was driven to suicide earlier this year by government prosecution was memorialized with a clay statue of his likeness at the Internet Archive.
The half-sized representation of Swartz bears his scruffy, unshaven likeness and neck-length hair, but also an Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) T-shirt and a laptop with an inscription on its lid: "10,000,000,000,000,000 Internet Archive 2012 bytes archived." The Internet Archive crossed 10 petabytes of data archived for free in October 2012.
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As bugs and glitches continue to plague Healthcare.gov, the man who oversaw the site's creation has said he's resigning.
Tony Trenkle, chief information officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), sent an e-mail to co-workers on Tuesday that said he will be leaving on November 15 "to take a position in the private sector." Apparently, Trenkle's resignation isn't directly a result of the bungled Web site, but rather a management restructuring within the department, according to information sent to CNET by CMS.
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In a move that could be described by the cliche "better late than never," it appears the US government has finally reached out to the experts to fix the beleaguered Healthcare.gov.
Details are minimal at the moment, but CNBC broke the news via Twitter on Thursday shortly before noon PT that the Obama administration has tapped at least three Silicon Valley heavyweights to fix the problematic Web site: Google, Oracle, and Red Hat.
Was the White House aware of the NSA surveillance on US allies, or was it left in the dark? That question has reared its head following admissions from Washington that the NSA tapped into the phone calls of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other foreign leaders.
The White House and State Department did approve the phone taps, current and former U.S. intelligence officials said, according to the Los Angeles Times. These officials also say that members of the National Security Agency and other US intelligence agencies are now upset that President Obama appears to be distancing himself from the … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO -- Like a story straight out of the universe of Franz Kafka, Lavabit founder Ladar Levison found himself before a judge in Washington, representing himself against an entire team of representatives for the US government.
The founder of the secure e-mail service couldn't find an affordable lawyer in the only one week's time he was given to travel from Texas to DC. Still, he found it imperative to argue his case for why federal agents were not authorized to gather Lavabit's SSL keys for its mounting case against National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.
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A Verizon data center experienced a network failure over the weekend that caused the insurance application part of the site to go dark, according to multiple reports on Sunday. On Monday, the HHS released a statement saying that things were up and running again.
"Verizon Terremark successfully resolved the issue with the networking component overnight, and as of 7 a.m. ET this morning the Data Services Hub … Read more
You're invited to join CNET at our headquarters in downtown San Francisco tonight to meet Ladar Levison, who created the Lavabit e-mail service that's now at the center of a high-profile lawsuit over government surveillance and Americans' privacy rights. Please RSVP if you're able to come.
Levison, who pulled the plug on Lavabit to avoid becoming "complicit in crimes against the American people," has graciously agreed to join us to talk about his lawsuit pitting him against the US government. Lavabit's e-mail services were used by Edward Snowden, the source of leaks that have … Read more