One Of Congress’s Biggest Defenders Of NSA Surveillance Suddenly Aghast That NSA May Have Spied On Him | Techdirt



Of course, this very same Pete Hoekstra, who long defended NSA surveillance, didn’t seem to have much of an issue when the NSA was spying on anyone other than himself. Just last year, in a debate with Glenn Greenwald, Hoekstra mocked the idea that anyone was upset at the NSA spying on foreign governments and said if there was anything to complain about, it was that the NSA allowed such info to leak

Source: One Of Congress’s Biggest Defenders Of NSA Surveillance Suddenly Aghast That NSA May Have Spied On Him | Techdirt

Pharma Exec for Maker of $150,000 Cancer Drug Tells Investors Its Pricing Is “Very Responsible”


A top official at Johnson & Johnson dismissed questions about drug price reform debate, saying that the company is “responsible” in pricing its drugs.

Source: Pharma Exec for Maker of $150,000 Cancer Drug Tells Investors Its Pricing Is “Very Responsible”

Brian Krebs criticises PayPal’s security as authentication flaws exposed • The Register

“The attacker had merely called in to PayPal’s customer support, pretended to be me and was able to reset my password by providing nothing more than the last four digits of my Social Security number and the last four numbers of an old credit card account,” Krebs explained in a blog post.

The second of the two hacks happened even though PayPal had earlier promised to monitor the reporter’s account for suspicious activity following the first attack just hours before, said the reporter.

Source: Brian Krebs criticises PayPal’s security as authentication flaws exposed • The Register

Book Publisher Has No Idea How Google Works But Pretty Sure It Could End Piracy If It Tried | Techdirt

Here’s the stupidest thing on piracy you’re going to read today. Or this month. Maybe even this whole holiday season. Rudy Shur, of Square One Publishers, has a problem with piracy, which he thinks is actually a problem with Google.

After being contacted by Google Play with an offer to join the team, Shur took it upon himself to fire off an angry email in response. That would have been fine, but he somehow convinced Publisher’s Weekly to print both the letter and some additional commentary. Presumably, his position at a publishing house outweighed Publisher Weekly’s better judgment, because everything about his email/commentary is not just wrong, but breathtakingly so.

Source: Book Publisher Has No Idea How Google Works But Pretty Sure It Could End Piracy If It Tried | Techdirt

Clinton Senior Adviser Authored Paper Arguing for Paid Leave Proposal She Now Opposes


Hillary Clinton’s top domestic policy adviser pushed the line that Clinton is “the only candidate” who wants to “raise your incomes — not middle class taxes.” A few years back, she had a different position.

Source: Clinton Senior Adviser Authored Paper Arguing for Paid Leave Proposal She Now Opposes

Just Before Passing Surveillance Expansion, Lawmakers Partied With Pro-CISA Lobbyists


The night before Congress passed legislation to expand surveillance power, legislators attended a party with the chief lobbyists for the bill.

Source: Just Before Passing Surveillance Expansion, Lawmakers Partied With Pro-CISA Lobbyists

Makers of OxyContin Bankroll Efforts to Undermine Prescription Painkiller Reform


Pharmaceutical companies that manufacture and market highly addictive opioid painkillers are funding nonprofit groups fighting against reforms.

Source: Makers of OxyContin Bankroll Efforts to Undermine Prescription Painkiller Reform

Obama Program That Hurt Homeowners and Helped Big Banks Is Ending


HAMP’s failure stemmed from its design. Rather than a cash-transfer program that hands vouchers to distressed borrowers so they can lower their mortgage payments, the government gives the money to mortgage servicing companies, to encourage them to modify the loans. But while the government sets benchmarks to follow, the mortgage companies ultimately decide whether or not to offer aid.

Source: Obama Program That Hurt Homeowners and Helped Big Banks Is Ending