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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. Entry no. 25, Kitchen Ninja of the 300 Random icon design challenge.

A personal design challenge by Leighton Hubbell

Well, here we are – the first major milestone, number 25 of the goal. Not bad. I’m not real sure if we have any trends happening yet with the work, but I have a feeling in a month or two, it’ll be more apparent. If you’ve been following along at home, thank you. If you’re new here, feel free to subscribe to the feed. [button_med name="Get the feed" url=" 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.

SEC Goes After Online Trading Firms That Unwittingly Helped Latvian Hacker

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. Using the equity in their accounts, he then made fraudulent purchases of other stocks he already owned, in order to artificially inflate the price of those stocks so he could sell them off at a profit. Nagaicevs conducted the activity, in part, through accounts that he opened with eight online trading firms, four of which are U.S.

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

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry opens with a surveillance camera. [bug id="sundance"] Alison Klayman’s entertaining, compelling and thought-provoking film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this week, follows the Beijing-based architect, conceptual artist and provocateur as he does battle with Chinese authorities, surviving around-the-clock stakeouts, a beating by police, public denouncement and, eventually, an 81-day prison stint. What is Ai’s crime? “Weiwei believes liberty is a cause for earlier generations,” Klayman told

Ai’s life as a subversive may have began as a child. After authorities refused to release the total number of deceased from a 2008 earthquake in Sichuan, Ai filmed documentaries that detailed the damage. 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, 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. The scene around City Hall was mostly quiet Sunday morning. Story updated 6:00 a.m. A U.S. flag was burned by a group of protestors inside City Hall, according to City Council President Larry Reid.

Story updated 3:15 a.m. Sgt. 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. As some of you know, until the last couple of years, I was poor as shit.

The 5 Stupidest Habits You Develop Growing Up Poor

The first 18 years, I was a kid and couldn't do anything about it. The next 17, I was still a kid and wouldn't do anything about it. I take full responsibility for that, and I don't point a finger at anyone for the way I lived. I dug my own hole. But along the way, a few miracles happened (including landing a job that doesn't suck), and I've finally found myself living the way I always pictured a normal person would: bills paid, groceries in the fridge and two gold-plated nude statues of myself standing proudly in my front yard. But as anybody who's been through the poverty gauntlet can tell you, it changes a person. . #5. When You're Poor ... Shockingly, when you're buying food based entirely on 1) how long it keeps and 2) how cheap it is, you wind up with shitty food. Photos.comLike assloads of beer. Forget about fresh produce or fresh baked goods or fresh anything.

If it wasn't canned, it was frozen. 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.

However, as Harold Feld explains, it's much more likely he's talking about these new international agreements and treaties, like ACTA and (the even worse) TPP agreement that's currently being negotiated (in secrecy, of course). Feld also highlights how these things always "ratchet up. " He points to the infamous US-Korea Free Trade Agreement ("KOROUS").

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?

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

And Should We Try? " Paul Graham, the founder of start-up seeder Y Combinator has decided that the fight over SOPA and PIPA proves that Hollywood is a dying industry, and has issued calls for competitors to kill it: That’s one reason we want to fund startups that will compete with movies and TV, but not the main reason. That’s a big task, and one that comes with formidable obstacles. Second, and relatedly, knowing how to distribute content isn’t the same thing as knowing how to produce it, or to spot what’s good about a project, or to know how to make it work. Third, I don’t know that there’s good evidence that there will be a direct tradeoff between movie spending and other forms of entertaining. Sen. Sanders talks State of the Union. What It's Like to Live in a Universe of Ten Dimensions. By Maria Popova What songwriting has to do with string theory.

What It's Like to Live in a Universe of Ten Dimensions

What would happen if you crossed the physics of time with the science of something and nothing? You might get closer to understanding the multiverse. In Imagining the Tenth Dimension: A New Way of Thinking About Time and Space, Rob Bryanton — a self-described “non-scientist with an inquisitive mind,” whose dayjob as a sound designer involves composing music for TV series and films — proposes a theory of the universe based on ten dimensions, a bold and progressive lens on string theory based on the idea that countless tiny “superstrings” are vibrating in a tenth dimension.

For a taste, here is a mind-bending explanation of ten dimensions might mean: The project began as a set of 26 songs, exploring the intersection of science and philosophy. Before launching into the additional dimensions, Bryanton also breaks down the familiar three: HT It’s Okay To Be Smart Donating = Loving Brain Pickings has a free weekly newsletter.

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. The Pay Ethic is the idea that paying generously is a virtue. There’s no question that we practice it: we value peoples’ fashion, their taste in art, their furniture, based largely on how much they payed for it. Paying more for a work of art is more virtuous, and it imparts a higher value into the art itself. Where the ethic is really most important is in paying wages. The two ethics really are dual of each other. When the two ethics fall out of balance, civilization is compromised. Libertarians and free-market advocates might call this heretical: Capitalism, they will claim, is built on greed, founded on squeezing every ounce of profit from people like cattle. The truth is this: if a business is in such straits that it can only survive by cutting corners from the payroll, then that business is not a productive asset.

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. 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. " (CNN) -- It was the perfect storm.

Clearly, Gingrich deserves a lot of credit. A Gingrich win seemed highly unlikely just seven days ago, and yet he won by double digits. As for Romney, it was ugly. Hollis Felkel Romney was forced to make a serious attempt in the Palmetto State, something he had never really planned on doing. » 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. 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. One of the many unanswered questions regarding the MegaUpload shutdown today is what happens to the company’s new CEO?

A few days ago MegaUpload surprised friends and foes by listing rapper/producer Swizz Beatz as CEO. Beatz is not named in the indictment which was made on January the 5th, which may have saved him. Beatz was one of the stars who endorsed MegaUpload in public, and he reportedly recruited several artists for the Mega Song promotion.

Beatz’s appointment connected MegaUpload to many of the biggest musicians in the business.