Justice Department’s Demand for Extreme Secrecy in Reality Winner Trial Contested by Defense


Reality Winner’s defense lawyers accused the government of attempting to unfairly gag them from discussing issues vital to the case and the public at large.

Source: Justice Department’s Demand for Extreme Secrecy in Reality Winner Trial Contested by Defense

San Diego Comic Con Gets Gag Order On Salt Lake Comic Con | Techdirt

Last month, in covering some news about the case still going on, we added a long (longer than the post itself…) editor’s note about the truly weird situation in which SDCC had sent us a ridiculous subpoena demanding (among other things) any internal documents ever mentioning SDCC and implying that we had some sort of business relationship with the organizers of the SLC event (to be clear, we have zero relationship with anyone involved in either event — we just found a story written about the case and used that as the basis for our posts on the topic). We pushed back on SDCC and noted that it really appeared that their fishing expedition was an attempt to intimidate the press from reporting on this case. It was… really strange.And now, with SDCC happening right now, the Hollywood Reporter has the latest on the case, in which SDCC has filed for one of the strangest legal gag orders I’ve seen in a while. I mean, I’ve seen these kinds of gag order requests filed by pro se plaintiffs, but rarely by competent lawyers working at giant famous law firms.

Source: San Diego Comic Con Gets Gag Order On Salt Lake Comic Con | Techdirt

U.S. Lawmakers Seek to Criminally Outlaw Support for Boycott Campaign Against Israel


THE CRIMINALIZATION OF political speech and activism against Israel has become one of the gravest threats to free speech in the West. In France, activists have been arrested and prosecuted for wearing T-shirts advocating a boycott of Israel. The U.K. has enacted a series of measures designed to outlaw such activism. In the U.S., governors compete with one another over who can implement the most extreme regulations to bar businesses from participating in any boycotts aimed even at Israeli settlements, which the world regards as illegal. On U.S. campuses, punishment of pro-Palestinian students for expressing criticisms of Israel is so commonplace that the Center for Constitutional Rights refers to it as “the Palestine Exception” to free speech.But now, a group of 43 senators — 29 Republicans and 14 Democrats — wants to implement a law that would make it a felony for Americans to support the international boycott against Israel, which was launched in protest of that country’s decades-old occupation of Palestine.

Source: U.S. Lawmakers Seek to Criminally Outlaw Support for Boycott Campaign Against Israel

Android ‘forensic’ app pulled from Google Play after vulnerability report • The Register

If you use an app called eVestigator, billed as checking Android phones for compromise, delete it.That’s the word from someone signing their name as MaXe from InterN0T, who looked at what the Android app does.The app claimed to test Android phones to see if they’ve been compromised, but MaXe found it ran a connect() scan across every available TCP port – all 65,535 of them – and tell the user there are “87,375 threats” on their phone.The “report” button didn’t do anything much apart from sending the user’s external IP address back to the developer, “along with other details about the Android environment + user-entered details”, the advisory says.

Source: Android ‘forensic’ app pulled from Google Play after vulnerability report • The Register

Stupid Patent of the Month: Using A Computer To Count Calories | Electronic Frontier Foundation


This month’s stupid patent, like many stupid patents before it, simply claims the idea of using a computer for basic calculations. U.S. Patent No. 6,817,863 (the ’863 patent) is titled “Computer program, method, and system for monitoring nutrition content of consumables and for facilitating menu planning.” It claims the process of using a computer to track nutrition information like calorie or vitamin intake. It is difficult to think of a more basic and trivial use for a computer.The ’863 patent is owned by a patent troll called Dynamic Nutrition Information, LLC. Dynamic Nutrition filed a lawsuit this month in the Eastern District of Texas accusing Australian company Fatsecret of infringing the ’863 patent. Dynamic Nutrition had filed four other lawsuits. Consistent with a pattern of nuisance litigation, each of those earlier suits settled very quickly.

Source: Stupid Patent of the Month: Using A Computer To Count Calories | Electronic Frontier Foundation

US Embassy Threatens to Close Domain Registry Over ‘Pirate Bay’ Domain – TorrentFreak


The US Embassy in Costa Rica has threatened to have the country’s domain registry shut down unless it suspends ThePirateBay.cr. The registry says it won’t comply without a court order and has written to the ICANN organization to complain about harassment and personal insults.

Source: US Embassy Threatens to Close Domain Registry Over ‘Pirate Bay’ Domain – TorrentFreak

Cloudflare goes berserk on next-gen patent troll, vows to utterly destroy it using prior-art bounties • The Register


Web giant wants to invalidate Blackbird Tech’s designs, get them thrown out of profession

Source: Cloudflare goes berserk on next-gen patent troll, vows to utterly destroy it using prior-art bounties • The Register

We are ‘heroes,’ says police chief whose force frisked a photographer • The Register


Brit plod used Terrorism Act to collar snapper. Hello, 2005

Source: We are ‘heroes,’ says police chief whose force frisked a photographer • The Register

This Startup Made Journalists Agree To Write Positive Reviews Or Pay Them $2,000


It’s time we had another talk about relationships between journalists and things they cover. Tech website The Verge recently reported on a troubling offer from a startup, JetSmarter, to “demonstrate” its services with a free flight. To accept, a reporter had to agree to publish a positive story, quickly, or be charged $2,000 by JetSmarter.

Source: This Startup Made Journalists Agree To Write Positive Reviews Or Pay Them $2,000