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SOPA and PIPA. Final Draft Of ACTA Watered Down, TPP Still Dangerous On IP Rules. A personal design challenge by Leighton Hubbell. SEC Goes After Online Trading Firms That Unwittingly Helped Latvian Hacker. In an effort to crack down on hacker/stock traders who hijack brokerage accounts and exploit the stock market for gain, the Securities and Exchange Commission has, in a novel move, gone after four online trading companies and eight executives who they say helped a Latvian hacker make more than $850,000 from fraudulent trades. According to the complaint, filed by the SEC in federal court in San Francisco (.pdf), a 34-year-old individual using the name Igors Nagaicevs hijacked the online brokerage accounts of numerous customers over a 14-month period between June 2009 and August 2010 and began selling off their stocks.

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry Documents Artist's Social Media Dissent. Ai Weiwei is the subject of Alison Klayman's documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, which has been showing at this year's Sundance Film Festival.Photo: Ted Alcorn PARK CITY, Utah — Most art documentaries feature paintbrushes or chisels.

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry Documents Artist's Social Media Dissent

Keiser Report: State Of The Banana (E242) Oakland police fire tear gas, flash grenades on Occupy protesters. Beck Diefenbach / AP Occupy Oakland protestors burn an American flag found inside Oakland City Hall on Saturday.

Oakland police fire tear gas, flash grenades on Occupy protesters

By NBC News, msnbc.com staff and news services Story updated 12:30 p.m. ET: Oakland officials on Sunday were inspecting damage inside City Hall that was caused by about 50 Occupy protesters who broke in and smashed glass display cases, spray-painted graffiti, and burned the U.S. and California flags. The break-in on Saturday was the culmination of a day of clashes between protesters and police. At least three officers and one protester were injured. Mayor Jean Quan said Occupy protesters have caused an estimated $2 million in damages from vandalism since October. Riot police fought running skirmishes with anti-Wall street protesters in Oakland.

Occupy protesters barred from camping in DC squares. Police Use Tear Gas on Occupy Oakland Protesters. The 5 Stupidest Habits You Develop Growing Up Poor. Warren Buffett wants all to share this on Facebook. State Of The Union Address Highlights The Dirty Trick Of Hiding More Draconian IP Rules In 'Trade Agreements' As we've been discussing, it's great that the anti-SOPA/PIPA protests have awakened many to the horrors of ACTA.

State Of The Union Address Highlights The Dirty Trick Of Hiding More Draconian IP Rules In 'Trade Agreements'

It seems that this may also help people finally learn about the nefarious practice of industry trade groups and governments to sneak bad IP legislation through "international agreements. " With President Obama mentioning the importance of trade agreements and dealing with infringement in his State of the Union address, many people were wondering if it was a signal about SOPA/PIPA. Ted Talks. iPhone 5 details leaked by Foxconn employee? Another day, another iPhone 5 rumor.

iPhone 5 details leaked by Foxconn employee?

This time it’s supposedly from a Foxconn employee, claims 9to5mac. The website reported that the iPhone 5 is currently “geared for production”, with sample devices floating around. The sample devices reportedly feature a 4+ inch display (made by LG on at least one of them), will not have a teardrop-shaped body, have been longer/wider than the existing iPhone, and won’t have the same iPhone 4/4S form factor. It was also mentioned that none of the samples are final versions either. There is no guarantee that the final iPhone 5 will feature any of the aforementioned details and again, there’s no way to tell if the reports are true either. What Would It Take to Kill Hollywood? And Should We Try? By Alyssa Rosenberg on January 25, 2012 at 9:52 am.

What Would It Take to Kill Hollywood? And Should We Try?

Sen. Sanders talks State of the Union. What It's Like to Live in a Universe of Ten Dimensions. The Pay Ethic. We hear a lot about the work ethic, the notion that hard work is inherently virtuous.

The Pay Ethic

We don’t hear nearly so much about its dual, the Pay Ethic. Ron Paul Introduces Bill To Repeal Unconstitutional Section of NDAA. A perfect storm for Gingrich. Newt Gingrich celebrates at a primary night rally Saturday in Columbia, South Carolina.

A perfect storm for Gingrich

Hollis Felkel: Gingrich picked up late-deciding conservatives, tea partiersFelkel: Tax returns, speaking fees, Santorum win in Iowa plagued RomneyFelkel: South Carolinians want, above all, someone tough enough to beat ObamaThis vote shows it's a marathon, not a sprint, to the nomination, he writes Editor's note: Hollis "Chip" Felkel is a native South Carolinian and a 25-year veteran of national politics and policy. He is the CEO of Felkel Group and The RAP Index, a business that identifies key contacts in public affairs.

He is co-author of "Political Golf. " » Take Part in the Black March Protest Against Internet Censorship The 99% Economy. What Happens to MegaUpload’s Grammy Winning CEO Swizz Beatz? In yet another surprise move, file-sharing site MegaUpload has quietly appointed rapper / producer Swizz Beatz as its new CEO.

What Happens to MegaUpload’s Grammy Winning CEO Swizz Beatz?

Swizz Beatz, who's married to Alicia Keys, is claimed to have played a key role in recruiting some of the A-list stars who endorsed the site in the controversial Mega Song campaign. The appointment of the prominent rapper is not going to be applauded by the major music labels, who describe Megaupload as a piracy haven.