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Wisconsin student arrested for refusing to stop texting at school

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A 14-year-old girl in Wisconsin has been arrested by the police and charged with disorderly conduct for refusing to stop texting during a maths class and ignoring a teacher’s demand to stop. According to the Smoking Gun, the girl (and the photo on the left is not her) has not been named. When she got confronted by the school security officer, she denied having a phone, but it was then […]

Prosecutors drop 50% of charges against Pirate Bay owners

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The Pirate Bay’s trial still continues in Sweden, but now will face less charges than what was brought up the prosecutor – in fact, the charges were cut to half, as the serious charge of assisting in widespread copyright infringement was dropped. Co-defendant Fredrik Neij said that the prosecutor, Hakan Roswall, misunderstood the BitTorrent protocol technology, and the evidence simply did not mean that The Pirate Bay actually spread the […]

Victoria Police looking on how to stop internet frenzy on arsonist information

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Victoria Police is discussing with the Department of Public Prosecutions a way to ban messages being posted on blogs and social networking websites like Facebook and MySpace that contain his image or street address,  according to The Age. This is because of a suppression order on the information of his identity. However, his name can be revealed. This, however, has not stopped many people posting it on the World Wide […]

Internet brings out information about accused arsonist’s life, location

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A man accused of starting a blaze that killed 11 people, according to The Age, at the bushfire in Churchill has had his whereabouts and pictures of him posted on social networking website Facebook, even though there has been an injunction by the courts to not to have that information mentioned in public. However, the name of the man can be revealed. Brendan Sokaluk, 39, is charged with arson causing […]

Pirate Bay owners may face jail time

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The criminal trial of the operators of the popular Bit Torrent website The Pirate Bay will begin on Monday in a Stockholm criminal court, and the tracker operators could be facing two years prison each and fines as high as US$180,000. Hans Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Peter Sunde and Carl Lundström have all been charged with 33 counts, summarised by Prosecutor Hakan Roswall, for “promoting other people’s infringements of […]

$90 million “black hole” in Victorian Police IT arm

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The Australian has revealed that the Victorian Police’s Business Information Technology Service (BITS), which is under internal investigation for fraud, kickbacks and disappearing equipment, has a $90 million “black hole” (as described by The Australian) in its accounts. A consultant’s report that was leaked and obtained by The Australian, also show that it would need an extra $89 million to prop up a major contract. The report also found that […]

RIAA ditches evidence-gathering firm after changing strategies

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The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has dumped the company that it used to gather evidence against 35,000 people for illegally uploading music as part of its five-year-old strategy against piracy, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. The company, MediaSentry, searched the internet for evidence against people that they claimed were sharing large amounts of music. However, several people and civil-right advocates have complained that the […]

Boy kills mother, shoots father after parents take away Halo 3 game

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Prosecutors have said to a Lorain County, Ohio judge that Daniel Petric shot his father and killed his own mother after his father took away and did not allow him to play the game Halo 3. Petric, who is now 17, sneaked out to get the game, but his parents caught him when he came inside the house, and his father put the game in a lockbox in the parent’s […]

LA Judge considers throwing out Lori Drew case after testimony backfire

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A Los Angeles judge is considering throwing out the case against Lori Drew, who is facing one count of conspiracy and three counts of unauthorised computer access for allegedly violating the terms of service of MySpace to inflict psychological harm on 13-year-old Megan Meier that led to her suicide, after it was revealed yesterday that she did not start the MySpace profile nor read the terms of service. But who […]

Santa Clara shooter was fired, not laid off

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According to GigaOM, the person responsible for the shooting at SiPort was not laid off as part of the layoffs. Jing Hua Wu, who shot three executives at the Santa Clara based company, was terminated individually. In fact, SiPort had no plans to conduct layoffs from the company, nor will it conduct them in the future, according to their spokesperson. “SiPort has never had a general layoff at the company […]

Police arrest gunman in killing at Silicon Valley tech company

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The Mercury News is reporting that a 47-year-old man has been arrested after a manhunt after the man fatally shot three of his former co-workers at a Silicon Valley technology company. Jing Hua Wu was arrested at an intersection in Mountain View on Saturday, according to Lt. Mike Sellers from the Santa Clara Police. Wu had been missing since he shot three people at the offices of where he previously […]

North Carolina teachers dismissed sack over Facebook comments, one faces dismissal

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A North Carolina teacher, who has not been named, is facing dismissal; while four other teachers at the same school all received discipline action after all five were caught posting comments about students. While the four who received discipline action’s comments were described as a “poor judgement and bad taste” by the district spokeswoman Nora Carr, the teacher who is facing dismissal is noted to have made derogatory comments about […]

Malaysian Blogger freed in landmark ruling

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A well-known Malaysian blogger has been freed by the courts, in what has been described as a landmark ruling, after finding that the government acted beyond its authority and his indefinite detention and the law that allows these sort of detentions were illegal. Raja Petra Kamarudin, who is the editor-in-chief of an anti-government website, was arrested and detained without trial on September 12. He is expected to be freed on […]

Google execs. to face trial in Italy?

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According to Reuters, Italian prosecutors have ordered four former and current Google executives to stand trial over a video of a taunted youth with Down syndrome that was posted on the Italian version of YouTube. All four face charges of defamation and failure to exercise control over personal data. This comes after an investigation into an complaint from Vividown, an Italian advocate group for people with Down syndrome, and the […]

State lawmaker’s son charged with Palin email hacking

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David C. Kernell, son of Democratic Tennessee state lawmaker Mike Kernell, has pleaded not guilty on Wednesday after being indicted for breaking into the Yahoo email account of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Kernell, 20, entered the plea in federal court in Knoxville, and was released without posting bond. However, he was told that he was forbidden to use the internet, except to check his email and to do […]

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