Tech News Today 395

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Episode 395

Tech News Today 395: Pay Attention To Our Intention

SOPA stopped for now, UMG can take anything down, fight for spectrum getting ugly, and more.

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  • Verizon agrees to buy Cox Communications' AWS spectrum for $315m
  • TV channel squeeze proposed to pay for tax cuts
    • Verizon purchasing $316 million of spectrum from Cox Communications
    • Cox left SpectrumCo in 2009
    • provision that allows both entities to resell each others' services — and "over time," Cox may have the option to become a wholesale distributor of Verizon service under its own brand.
    • Cox wireless customers are guaranteed service through March 30th of next year.
    • Spectrum crunch looming. White space initiative proceeding, Lightsquared must give up at least half its space and the proposal to let cellphone companies pay television stations to give up their frequencies is tied up in other political battles
  • Stop Online Piracy Act Vote Delayed
  • SOPA attracts plenty of supporters during House debate
  • Vint Cerf: SOPA means 'unprecedented censorship' of the Web
  • SOPA Markup Day 1: We Don't Understand This Bill, It Might Do Terrible Things, But Dammit, We're Passing It Now
  • BobbyDigital's astute observation about SOPA
  • In case SOPA passes: emergency list of IP addresses for popular websites
    • motion from Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah). He urged Smith to postpone the session until technical experts could be brought in to testify whether altering the internet’s domain-naming system to fight websites deemed “dedicated” to infringing activity would create security risks.
    • Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), agreed to further explore a controversial provision that lets the Attorney General order changes to core internet infrastructure in order to stop copyright infringement. Resume hearings on "the earliest practical day" Congress is back in session.
    • Michael O’Leary, an MPAA vice president, had testified last month before the committee that security concerns were “overstated.”
    • Putting false information into the DNS system — the equivalent of the net’s phonebook — would be ineffective, frustrate security initiatives and lead to software workarounds, according to a paper co-signed by security experts Steve Crocker of Shinkuro, David Dagon of Georgia Tech, Dan Kaminsky of DKH, Danny McPherson of Verisign and Paul Vixie of Internet Systems Consortium. The paper was lodged into the committee’s record on Thursday.
    • @Bobby_Digital Sopa is like hiring seal team 6 to stop people from sneaking into the movie theater.
    • A Reddit thread is collecting the IP addresses for sites.
    • Vint Cerf: Section 102(e)(2)(i) continues to require service providers to block access to sites. While that provision no longer mandates DNS blocking in order to accomplish that goal, it still permits falsifying IP addresses in response to domain name resolution requests. Any response that provides a false IP address triggers potential damage to the intent of DNSSEC.... falsifying responses to domain name resolution requests will compromise the "downgrade resistance" of next-generation improvements to DNSSEC, because systems that do not receive a signed answer from a resolver will fall back to accepting unsigned responses to resolve a domain name.

Discussion Stories

  • UMG claims "right to block or remove" YouTube videos it doesn't own
  • YouTube Apparently Gives Universal Music Group Direct Access to Videos for Easy Removal (Update)
  • YouTube denies that Universal Music had rights to attempt removal of Megaupload’s video
  • Universal Says It Can’t Be Sued for Bogus Megaupload Video Takedown
  • In SOPA's shadow, Megaupload strikes back against Universal
    • Universal argues that its takedown is not governed by the DMCA in the first place.
    • the takedown was sent "pursuant to the UMG-YouTube agreement," which gives UMG "the right to block or remove user-posted videos through YouTube's CMS based on a number of contractually specified criteria."
    • When UMG removes a video via YouTube's CMS, a "reference file" is created that "in theory is supposed to identify other instances of postings of the same content." UMG speculates that this "reference file" system was responsible for the accidental removal from YouTube of a Tech News Today episode featuring the Megaupload video.
    • Megaupload video has been restored to YouTube as well.
    • A YouTube spokesperson has sent the following statement, seemingly refuting UMG’s claim:
      • "Our partners do not have the right to take down videos from YT unless they own the rights to them or they are live performances controlled through exclusive agreements with their artists, which is why we reinstated it."
    • a letter UMG lawyer Kelly Klaus sent to YouTube on Wednesday. In that letter, Klaus wrote:
      • 'Your letter could be read to suggest that UMG's rights to use the YouTube "Content Management System" with respect to certain user-posted videos are limited to instances in which UMG asserts a claim that a user-posted video contains material that infringes a UMG copyright. As you know, UMG's rights in this regard are not limited to copyright infringement, as set forth more completely in the March 31, 2009 Video License Agreement for UGC Video Service Providers, including without limitation Paragraphs 1(b) and 1(g) thereof.
  • Judge dismisses Twitter stalking case
  • Should Copyright Be Allowed to Override Speech Rights?
    • William Lawrence Cassidy was accused of using Twitter to harass and cause "substantial emotional distress" to a religious figure identified in court papers only by the initials "A.Z."
    • U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus wrote in the 27-page ruling, "Although in bad taste, Mr. Cassidy's Tweets and Blog posts about A.Z. challenge her character and qualifications as a religious leader. And, while Mr. Cassidy's speech may have inflicted substantial emotional distress, the Government's Indictment here is directed squarely at protected speech: anonymous, uncomfortable Internet speech addressing religious matters."
    • The New York Times identified the target of the tweets as Alyce Zeoli, a Buddhist religious leader

News Fuse



  • Tomorrow, December 17th the PlayStation Vita goes on sale in Japan
  • Monday, December 19th, the ITC will rule on whether HTC infringed on some of Apple's patents or not.



"Hello TNT crew,

Laws against distracted driving are not legislating stupidity. Our cognitive system is designed to present us with a cohesive, consistent stream of information. It does this so well that we are unaware of gaps in our knowledge.

I conducted a study investigating the effect of communicating while driving on driving performance using three different modalities, cellphone, handsfree, and texting. As you reported, each modality had a detrimental effect on driving performance (negative effect on driving: texting > handsfree = cellphone). However, i also measured whether people were aware of these detriments. This awareness can be thought of as metacognition, thinking about our thinking process. Before completing the task, all participants thought that communicating while driving would have a negative effect on their driving performance. However, after completing the task, participants were asked to evaluate how well they think they performed. Overall, participants thought they drove better while communicating than when they were driving undistracted. This result, likely, occurred because when communicating people do not notice their decreased performance and their mind fills in the gap assuming that everything proceeded according to plan.

In sum, distracted driving is not only dangerous but our minds may be designed so that we are unaware of the danger. It is not legislating stupidity but legislating evolution.

Adam K. Dubé, M.A. Doctoral Candidate, Experimental and Applied Psychology Program Department of Psychology University of Regina Email:"

"Yesterday during the SOPA markup session by the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Berman of California asked his colleagues to "pay attention to our intentions, not what we actually wrote in the bill."

Intentions don't become law, bills do. If you want a better law, you have to write a better bill.

Fond Affections for the show,

- Klo from Austin, TX"



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