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Links 13/05/2023: Ruby 3.3.0 Preview1, Wine 8.8, and Kdenlive 23.04

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • HackadayHackaday Podcast 218: Open Source AI, The Rescue Of Salyut 7, The Homework Machine

        This week, Editor-in-Chief Elliot Williams and Kristina Panos have much in the way of Hackaday news — the Op Amp Challenge is about halfway over, and there are roughly three weeks left in the Assistive Tech challenge of the 2023 Hackaday Prize. Show us what you’ve got on the analog front, and then see what you can do to help people with disabilities to live better lives!

    • Graphics Stack

      • GamingOnLinuxDXVK 2.2 released supporting D3D11On12, plus improvements for game launchers

        DXVK translates Direct3D 9 / 10 and 11 into Vulkan for Proton and Wine, used on Linux desktop and Steam Deck for gaming. The new DXVK 2.2 release sounds like quite a big one, and just shows how awesome open source is. Once it's ready and in a new Proton release, we should see another nice little bump in game compatibility.

      • GamingOnLinuxNVIDIA open sources more of RTX Remix with v0.2

        NVIDIA has released version 0.2 of RTX Remix today, which on top of lots of improvements also opens up their NVIDIA RTX Remix Bridge.

    • Applications

      • OSTechNixLocalSend – The Open-Source Airdrop Alternative For Secure File Sharing

        If you're familiar with AirDrop, you know it's a popular feature developed by Apple Inc. that enables seamless file transfer between supported Macintosh computers and iOS devices using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. However, if you're using Linux and missing out on this functionality, worry not! We have a perfect solution for you. Say hello to LocalSend, an AirDrop alternative designed specifically for Linux systems. In this guide, we will discuss how to install and use LocalSend to securely share files, folders and text messages between different devices.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • TecMintHow to Fix SSH Permission Denied (Public key) Error in Linux

        SSH, an acronym for Secure Shell, is a remote protocol that is widely used to make remote connections to servers, network devices, and other remote hosts that run the service. It uses a public/private key pair to encrypt traffic between the user and the remote host.

        When making a connection, you might encounter the “ssh permission denied public key” error. In this guide, we seek to understand the cause of this error and how to address it.

      • ID RootHow To Install Needrestart on Rocky Linux 9

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Needrestart on Rocky Linux 9. As a system administrator, it is important to ensure that all services on your server are running with the latest security patches and updates.

      • TecAdminHow to enable HSTS for Enhanced Web Security in Apache

        HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) is a web security policy mechanism that helps to protect websites against protocol downgrade attacks and cookie hijacking. It allows web servers to declare that web browsers (or other complying user agents) should interact with it using only secure HTTPS connections, and never via the insecure HTTP protocol.

      • TecAdminHow to Configue FirewallD on CentOS 9/8 and RHEL 9/8

        As cybersecurity threats continue to evolve, having a robust firewall setup is no longer a luxury but a necessity. Firewalls act as the first line of defense, filtering network traffic to protect your system from malicious attacks. In Linux systems, FirewallD has emerged as a popular firewall management solution, superseding iptables due to its flexibility [...]

      • TecAdminHow to enable HSTS for Enhanced Web Security in Nginx

        HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) is a security mechanism that helps to protect websites from man-in-the-middle attacks (MITMs). It does this by instructing browsers to only connect to the website using HTTPS, and to never downgrade to HTTP.

      • Julia EvansIntroducing "Implement DNS in a Weekend"

        Hello! I’m excited to announce a project I’ve been working on for a long time: a free guide to implementing your own DNS resolver in a weekend.

        The whole thing is about 200 lines of Python, including implementing all of the binary DNS parsing from scratch. Here’s the link: [...]

    • WINE or Emulation

      • WINE Project (Official)WineHQ - Wine Announcement - The Wine development release 8.8 is now available.

        The Wine development release 8.8 is now available.

        What's new in this release: - More work towards full PE support in the PostScript driver. - Initial support for loading ARM64EC modules. - More work on IME restructuration. - Various bug fixes.

        The source is available at:

        Binary packages for various distributions will be available from:

        You will find documentation on

        You can also get the current source directly from the git repository. Check for details.

        Wine is available thanks to the work of many people. See the file AUTHORS in the distribution for the complete list.

      • GamingOnLinuxWine 8.8 is out now with more PE work, initial support for ARM64EC modules

        Time for a bit of weekend Wine? The translation layer for running Windows games and apps on Linux and other platforms development release v8.8 is out now. Once a year a new stable release is made with the next being Wine 9.0, and Wine is just one part of what allows Steam Play Proton to play some of the biggest games around on Linux desktop and Steam Deck.

    • Games

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • 9to5LinuxKDE Frameworks 5.106 Improves Breeze Icons, Plasma Browser Integration, and More

          The KDE Project released today KDE Frameworks 5.106 as another monthly update to the KDE Frameworks 5 open-source collection of more than 80 add-on libraries to Qt providing common functionality to the KDE Plasma desktop environment and KDE Gear software suite.

          Work continues on the major KDE Frameworks 6 series, but that doesn’t mean that the KDE Frameworks 5 series does not receive any attention. In fact, KDE Frameworks 5.106 is here with more improvements to the Breeze icon theme, the Dolphin file manager, Partition Manager, Plasma Browser Integration, and other components.

        • KdenliveKdenlive 23.04.1 released

          Kdenlive 23.04.1 has just been released, and all users of the 23.04.0 version are strongly encouraged to upgrade.

          The 23.04.0 release of Kdenlive introduced major changes with the support of nested timeline. However, several issues leading to crashes and project corruption went unnoticed and affected this release.

          This should now be fixed in Kdenlive 23.04.1. While we have some automated testing, and continue improving it, it is difficult to test all configurations and cases on such a large codebase with our small team. We are however planning to improve in this area!

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Web Browsers/Web Servers

      • University of TorontoThe modern browser experience has some impressive subtle tricks

        My current mouse has additional 'rocker' buttons, which Firefox (and probably other web browsers) map to forward and back one page, just like the keyboard shortcuts of Alt + Right Arrow and Alt + Left Arrow. Over the time I've become completely acclimatized to using them and having them just work, so it took a while for me to consciously notice a surprising situation where the 'back' rocker button worked.

      • Mozilla

    • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

    • Licensing / Legal

      • Adriaan Roselli#AudioEye Is Suing Me

        The most substantive change in the amended complaint (there is more than one change) might be this demand on page 31:

        w (d) Granting Plaintiff an injunction enjoining Defendant from making future defamatory or disparaging statements about Plaintiff and requiring Defendant to remove his prior defamatory or disparaging statements about Plaintiff, and including further injunctive relief as the Court deems just and proper;

    • Programming/Development

      • Ruby 3.3.0-preview1 Released

        We are pleased to announce the release of Ruby 3.3.0-preview1. Ruby 3.3 adds a new pure-Ruby JIT compiler named RJIT, uses Lrama as a parser generator, and many performance improvements especially YJIT.

      • Miguel Young de la SotaSingle Abstract Method Traits

        Rust and C++ both have very similar operational semantics for their “anonymous function” expressions (they call them “closures” and “lambdas” respectively; I will use these interchangably). Here’s what those expressions look like.

      • Thorsten BallThe Age of a Software Project

        I was recently talking to a friend about how you work on a project must change depending on where in its lifecycle the project is.

      • Python

        • Nikhil MarathePython Gotcha: Idiomatic file iteration has bad performance

          While convenient, this is far from optimal for I/O intensive programs. I would say this default behavior isn’t a good idea for anything larger than human-created text files, and its presence in the base class of all I/O objects is certainly some kind of path dependence. Throughout the ecosystem, there are lots of places that iterate over files this way, and there are other places that go out of there way to inefficiently implement this contract, leaving a lot of performance on the table.

  • Leftovers

    • The NationCable Noose
    • LatviaMail shipment figures dropped in 2022 in Latvia

      The lifting of Covid-19 restrictions in 2022 changed users' habits in the use of postal services - the total number of postal parcel shipments decreased by 1.3 million or 5.2%, and letters by 24%, according to data published by the Public Utilities Supervisory Commission (SPRK) on May 12.

    • EFFDressed to Judge: EFF's 7th Annual Tech Trivia Night

      Every year the Cybertiger stalks his prey: pressing nerds everywhere with the most obscure, fascinating, minutiae of tech-related questions to quiz digital freedom supporters on their tech know-how. Who will come out on top, he wonders? Well, we found out last week, on Thursday, April 27 for EFF’s 7th Annual Tech Trivia Night!

      Thankfully, this year, the Cybertiger (EFF’s one and only Cooper Quintin, Senior Staff Technologist) wasn’t the only one dressed up for the occasion. Our three judges also dazzled the attendees: Jon Callas with a red velvet suit and top hat, Eva Galperin with a very judgmental gown, Ava Salas with a goth dress and cat ears.

      After going through a fit check for everyone on stage, the competition was ready to start! Seven teams put their tech-know-how to the test, all ready to battle it out for the chance to win champion trophies and EFF prize packs.

    • ScheerpostOut of Eden
    • uni StanfordHow 'Star Trek: Picard' informs us about cybersecurity

      But sometimes Hollywood gets it right by depicting reality in ways that both entertain and educate. And that’s important, because whether it’s a large company, government or your personal information, we all share many of the same cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities. As a former cybersecurity industry practitioner and current cybersecurity researcher, I believe the final season of “Star Trek: Picard” is the latest example of entertainment media providing useful lessons about cybersecurity and the nature of the modern world.

    • US News And World ReportBrittney Griner Plays in First WNBA Preseason Game Since Detainment in Russia

      Brittney Griner strolled down the sideline about 1 1/2 hours before the Phoenix Mercury played and hugged and high-fived her teammates, coaches and opposing players

    • YLEAPN Podcast: Finland's English-language conundrum

      This week's show hears from a group of parents fighting to keep their children in an international school, learns about an innovative attempt to reach Russian gamers, and looks ahead to Finland's cha cha chances at this year's Eurovision Song Contest.

    • Education

      • Common DreamsGive Them a Raise! Teachers Deserve Much More Than a Week of Appreciation

        To this day, I have yet to meet a person incapable of naming a teacher who made an impact on their life. No matter if they attended an under-resourced or well-off school, nearly everyone has had a teacher who made them believe in themselves, taught them to love a subject they thought they were terrible at, or opened up their view of the world.

      • MeduzaRussia’s higher education system drifts away from Bologna Process — Meduza

        Vladimir Putin has signed a decree on higher education reform in Russia, consolidating the shift of the education system away from the Bologna Process and international accreditation standards.

      • MeduzaBetween socialist promise and totalitarian threat Owen Boynton reviews Masha Karp’s ‘George Orwell and Russia’ — Meduza

        In his two most famous novels, “Animal Farm” and “Nineteen Eighty-Four,” the lifelong socialist George Orwell cautioned his readers, chiefly conceived to be the British leftists, about the dangers of totalitarianism they had to take into account if they wanted to secure a more just and equal future for the working classes. In her new book, “George Orwell and Russia,” Masha Karp — an Orwell scholar and Russian Features Editor at the BBC World Service — explores in depth George Orwell’s political views, the Russian roots of his novels, and the way Orwell himself had been drawn into the propaganda struggle between Britain and the Soviets when he found himself composing the controversial “Orwell’s list” of 1949. Owen Boynton reviews Masha Karp’s book, finding a great deal to admire, but taking issue with parts of the author’s moral argument about Orwell.

    • Hardware

      • HackadayThe Peak Of Vacuum Tube Radio Design

        One of the more popular trends in the ham radio community right now is operating away from the shack. Parks on the Air (POTA) is an excellent way to take a mobile radio off-grid and operate in the beauty of nature, but for those who want to take their rig to more extreme locations there’s another operating award program called Summits on the Air (SOTA) that requires the radio operator to set up a station on a mountaintop instead. This often requires lightweight, low-power radios to keep weight down for the hike, and [Dan] aka [AI6XG] has created a radio from scratch to do just that.

      • HackadayA Non-Destructive Digital Back For A Classic Leica

        As digital photography has become so good, perhaps just too good, at capturing near-perfect pictures, some photographers have ventured back into the world of film. There they have found the imperfections requiring technical skill to cope with that they desire, but they’ve also come face-to-face with the very high cost and sometimes sketchy availability of film stocks. From this has come the so-called post-digital movement which marries analog cameras and lenses with digital sensors, and of this a particularly nice example comes from [Michael Suguitan]. He’s taken a classic Leica M2 rangefinder camera, and built a new back for it containing a Raspberry Pi Zero and sensor.

      • HackadayHackaday Prize 2023: Finger Tracking Via Muscle Sensors

        Whether you want to build a computer interface device, or control a prosthetic hand, having some idea of a user’s finger movements can be useful. The OpenMuscle finger tracking sensor can offer the data you need, and it’s a device you can readily build in your own workshop.

      • HackadayYour Childhood Inventions Brought To Life

        If you are the kind of person who reads Hackaday, you probably spent time in school doodling little design day dreams. [Allen Pan] gets it, and he’s taken it upon himself to make some of those daydreams into reality. You can see how it worked out — or didn’t — in the video below.

      • HackadayWhat Is A Schumann Resonance And Why Am I Being Offered A 7.83Hz Oscillator?

        Something that probably unites many Hackaday readers is an idle pursuit of browsing AliExpress for new pieces of tech. Perhaps it’s something akin to social media doomscrolling without the induced anger, and it’s certainly entertaining to see some of the weird and wonderful products that can be had for a few dollars and a couple of weeks wait. Every now and then something pops up that deserves a second look, and it’s one of those that has caught my attention today. Why am I being offered planar PCB coils with some electronics, described as “Schumann resonators”? What on earth is Schumann resonance, anyway?

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Jennifer Margulis: The intersection between antivaccine beliefs and cancer quackery

        Back before the pandemic, in 2018—a time that now seems like ancient history—I took note of a woman whom I referred to as a rising star in the antivaccine movement, because she was. At the time, I took notice of Jennifer Margulis mainly because, after having co-authored a book with antivax pediatrician Dr. Paul Thomas and for a blog post that brought her to my attention entitled€ Medical Doctors Concerned We Are Giving America’s Children Too Many Vaccines Too Soon. It was a typical antivax assertion of the time, that vaccines were causing autism and all sorts of other health problems in children because we were giving too many of them to children at too young an age. (Of course, antivaxxers would never say how many and at what age they considered “safe.”) Her post was the “gateway” that led me to look at the sorts of antivaccine misinformation Margulis had been laying down on her website and elsewhere. After the pandemic hit (and totally predictably), Margulis pivoted effortlessly, as so many antivaxxers did, to anti-COVID-19 vaccine misinformation and grift. Of course, she has no clear expertise in medicine to speak of, as her PhD is in English, specifically 19th century American Literature, African-American Literature, and American Studies, but that hasn’t stopped her from becoming prominent in the antivaccine movement.

      • ScheerpostMore People Died From the Failures of Obamacare Than From Covid-19

        Why a better healthcare system is needed.

      • US News And World ReportCDC Data: Omicron Subvariant XBB.1.16, or Arcturus, Responsible for 14% of New COVID-19 Cases

        The CDC this week reduced the coronavirus data it publishes after the public health emergency declaration related to the coronavirus ended.

      • Recycling workers offer depots as refuge, colleagues as blood donors in an earthquake

        Ä°stanbul's Recycling Workers Association outlined their action plan for a potential earthquake, which involves repurposing their waste facilities into shelters and proposing their (migrant) companions as unbound strong rescuers and blood donors.

      • ScheerpostHealth Insurance Claim Denied? See What Insurers Said Behind the Scenes

        Learn how to request your health insurance claim file, which can include details about what your insurer is saying about you and your case.

      • Common DreamsSocietal Cost of 'Forever Chemicals' Estimated at Over $17,000,000,0000

        An upcoming report by Sweden-based organization ChemSec will detail the costs of the continued use of so-called "forever chemicals" which go overlooked by their manufacturers—the "societal" price that individuals and governments pay as the chemicals remain in the environment long after they are used in a range of products.

      • Common Dreams70+ US Lawmakers Demand EPA Boost Regulation of Microplastic Pollution

        Citing extensive research which has shown recently that microplastics are ubiquitous in the environment, more than 70 U.S. House members on Friday wrote to the Environmental Protection Agency to demand stronger regulation of the microscopic particles that are used in everyday household items and have been linked to respiratory diseases and cancers.

      • Common DreamsSanders, Jayapal Plan Town Hall on Healthcare as Human Right to Promote Medicare for All Bill

        As Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Pramila Jayapal prepare to reintroduce legislation to establish a national health program expanding Medicare to all Americans, the two lawmakers announced on Friday their plans to hold a town hall at the U.S. Capitol on May 16 regarding the need for Medicare for All.

      • TechdirtAPA Report Says That Media & Politicians Are Simply Wrong About Kids & Social Media; Media Then Lies About Report

        What if the media and the politicians threw a moral panic about kids and social media… and the actual experts didn’t come along? The American Psychological Association has put out a thoughtful, nuanced study, about kids and social media, that suggests that the hyperventilating we’ve heard about is misplaced, and that there are some simple common sense approaches that parents can and should take to make sure their kids are having a healthy experience with social media.

      • Hong Kong Free PressHong Kong man jailed for 11 months for ‘inciting others’ to spread Covid-19 and harm judges

        A Hong Kong man has been jailed for 11 months after he pleaded guilty to three counts of incitement linked to encouraging others to spread the Covid-19 virus and cause harm to the city’s judges and police officers. District Judge Clement Lee sentenced defendant Chung Chi-chiu to prison on Friday...

      • H2 ViewSingapore rules out ammonia ship transfers in 2023

        The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has quashed reports indicating it was ready to conduct the first transfer of ammonia in Singapore’s port waters before the end of 2023.

    • Proprietary

      • Ali Reza HayatiWe need free and open passwordless login

        It’s been a while since Google introduced its passkey login system which users won’t need to set and remember passwords in order to log in to their accounts. Now, Google is giving its users option to switch to passkey-only login for their accounts.

      • Bruce SchneierTed Chiang on the Risks of AI

        EDITED TO ADD: Ted Chiang’s previous essay, “ChatGPT Is a Blurry JPEG of the Web” is also worth reading.

      • New YorkerWill A.I. Become the New McKinsey?

        So, I would like to propose another metaphor for the risks of artificial intelligence. I suggest that we think about A.I. as a management-consulting firm, along the lines of McKinsey & Company. Firms like McKinsey are hired for a wide variety of reasons, and A.I. systems are used for many reasons, too. But the similarities between McKinsey—a consulting firm that works with ninety per cent of the Fortune 100—and A.I. are also clear. Social-media companies use machine learning to keep users glued to their feeds. In a similar way, Purdue Pharma used McKinsey to figure out how to “turbocharge” sales of OxyContin during the opioid epidemic. Just as A.I. promises to offer managers a cheap replacement for human workers, so McKinsey and similar firms helped normalize the practice of mass layoffs as a way of increasing stock prices and executive compensation, contributing to the destruction of the middle class in America.

      • Franz DillMeta Says ChatGPT-Themed Malware Is Beginning to Spread

        The social media company's latest threat analysis warns about malware promising to provide some type of "AI functionality." It says so far, in 2023, it discovered 10 malware families disguised as a generative AI program that attempts to access people's accounts. The goal is to take over a computer so that it can run unauthorized ads from compromised machines. These ads are how they make money by making people buy fake software/malware.

      • Vice Media GroupMy AI Girlfriend Charges $1/Minute and Only Wants to Talk About Sex

        According to Marjorie’s manager, Ishan Goel, Caryn’s AI model uses the longest conversations users had with it for training. If one user had an hour-long conversation with the bot, it would consider that conversation successful and use the content of that interaction to inform how the bot behaves in future interactions. This suggests that the most engaged Caryn AI users talked about sex, a lot.

      • Vice Media GroupApple Is Trying to Compete With Adobe’s Creative Cloud Dominance

        While Adobe has, for years, offered discounts to college students, as soon as they graduate, the cost of the suite more than doubles, to $54.99 per month for a 12-month license, with a significant fee if you attempt to cancel early. Apple’s App Store certainly has its problems, but it doesn’t try to gouge you with a huge cancellation fee as you try and cut bait.

      • Windows TCO

        • Data BreachesIllinois Data Breach Exposes Private Information of Medicaid, SNAP, and TANF Recipients

          The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) and Department of Human Services (IDHS) have disclosed a data breach within the State of Illinois Application for Benefits Eligibility (ABE) system’s Manage My Case (MMC) portal.

        • [Repeat] IllinoisIllinois Data Breach Exposes Private Information of Medicaid, SNAP, and TANF Recipients

          The breach involved unauthorized accounts created in the ABE system, which accessed and linked to existing customer MMC accounts by using the customers’ personal information, which was stolen from another source.

        • Scoop News GroupCybercriminals have adapted since Microsoft’s decision to block macros

          Macros — which enable certain automation in particular file types — were long a favorite way for [crackers] to lace documents with malicious scripts to download malware onto targeted systems during email phishing campaigns, the researchers said in a new report. But after Microsoft’s February 2022 decision, which the company fully implemented by July, attacks enabled through macros have dropped off precipitously, the researchers said in a report published Friday ahead of a talk at the Sluethcon cybercrime conference in Arlington, Virginia.

        • The Register UKWhy Microsoft just patched a patch that squashed an under-attack Outlook bug

          To remind you of the original bug, tracked as CVE-2023-23397: it was possible to send someone an email that included a reminder with a custom notification sound. That custom sound could be specified as a URL path within the email.

          If a miscreant carefully crafted a mail with that sound path set to a remote SMB server, when Outlook fetched and processed the message, and automatically followed the path to the file server, it would hand over the user's Net-NTLMv2 hash in an attempt to log in. That would effectively leak the hash to an outside party, who could potentially use the credential to access other resources as that user, allowing the intruder to explore internal network systems, steal documents, impersonate their victim, and so on.

    • Pseudo-Open Source

      • Openwashing

        • MIT Technology ReviewThe open-source AI boom is built on Big Tech’s handouts. How long will it last? [Ed: There's no "open-source AI boom"; they're proprietary and they actively abuse Free software, e.g. with GPL violations. This publisher is taking money from Microsoft entities, so such propaganda is not unexpected.]
          Last week a leaked memo reported to have been written by Luke Sernau, a senior engineer at Google, said out loud what many in Silicon Valley must have been whispering for weeks: an open-source free-for-all is threatening Big Tech’s grip on AI. New open-source large language models—alternatives to Google’s Bard or OpenAI’s ChatGPT that researchers…


          But this open-source boom is precarious. Most open-source releases still stand on the shoulders of giant models put out by big firms with deep pockets. If OpenAI and Meta decide they’re closing up shop, a boomtown could become a backwater.

          For example, many of these models are built on top of LLaMA, an open-source large language model released by Meta AI. Others use a massive public data set called the Pile, which was put together by the open-source nonprofit EleutherAI. But EleutherAI exists only because OpenAI’s openness meant that a bunch of coders were able to reverse-engineer how GPT-3 was made, and then create their own in their free time.

    • Security

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • TechdirtFBI Buys Confirmation Bias, Asks Cop Shops To Show Them On The Req Form Where Encryption Hurt Them

          It has been more than 1,800 days since the FBI said it would correct its incorrect total of (allegedly) uncrackable encrypted devices in its possession. Back in the glory days of its “going dark” narrative, the FBI claimed it had more than 7,800 impenetrable devices in its possession. Some congressional scrutiny, much of it spearheaded by Senator Ron Wyden, forced the FBI to actually take a look at its presumed totals. That additional scrutiny forced the FBI to admit its tracking software had vastly over-represented its supposed encryption problem.

        • TechdirtClearview Fined Again By French Government For Failing To Pay Fines Already Owed To French Government

          Clearview has been giving web scraping a bad name since its arrival on the scene a couple of years ago. Scraping isn’t necessarily bad. Web scraping can provide data sets that help improve things for people everywhere. But this effort can also be used to do the sort of thing Clearview has been doing: grabbing any and all personal data/photos that aren’t locked down, shoehorning them into a massive database, and selling access (along with its facial recognition AI) to anyone who wants it, from gym owners to billionaires to cops.

        • Security WeekFrance Punishes Clearview AI For Failing To Pay Fine

          France's privacy watchdog doled out further penalties to US firm Clearview AI for failing to pay a 20-million-euro fine imposed last year over data breaches.

        • AxiosEx-ByteDance exec claims CCP "maintained" access to U.S. data

          The Chinese Communist Party "maintained supreme access" to data belonging to TikTok parent company ByteDance, including data stored in the U.S., a former top executive claimed in a lawsuit Friday.

          Why it matters: The allegations come as federal officials weigh the fate of the social media giant in the U.S. amid growing concerns over national security and data privacy.

        • New York TimesEx-ByteDance Executive Accuses TikTok Parent Company of ‘Lawlessness’

          The former executive sued ByteDance, which owns TikTok, for wrongful termination and accused the company of lifting content from rivals and “supreme access” by the Chinese Communist Party.

        • US News And World ReportExecutive Fired From TikTok's Chinese Owner Says Beijing Had Access to App Data in Termination Suit
          A former executive at TikTok’s parent company ByteDance accuses the tech giant of serving as a “propaganda tool” for the Chinese government


          Among the most striking claims in Mr. Yu’s lawsuit is that ByteDance’s offices in Beijing had a special unit of Chinese Communist Party members sometimes referred to as the Committee, which monitored the company’s apps, “guided how the company advanced core Communist values” and possessed a “death switch” that could turn off the Chinese apps entirely.

          “The Committee maintained supreme access to all the company data, even data stored in the United States,” the complaint said.

        • India TimesWhy cash will become a commoner; and other top tech & startup stories this week

          In its Future of Retail Payments Report 2023, consultancy firm Bain and Co has predicted that by FY2026, cash will go down to 48% of overall payments in the country. Currently, it is at 70%. That is a steep fall, especially since FY26 is less than two years away.

        • The Drone GirlThis woman oversees drone flights in more than 130 different countries

          Margherita Bruscolini is Head of Drones at Globhe, a massive drone data-gathering company based in Sweden that works with more than 8,000 drone operators worldwide to collect high-resolution drone data from more than 130 countries, which are then delivered to clients.

          Globhe’s drone flights span various verticals —mainly global health, water, extreme weather events, environment, agriculture, forestry, infrastructure, and renewable energy. Globhe’s customers are businesses, governments, organizations and researchers — all of whom seek Globhe’s high-resolution drone data to increase their own work efficiencies and/or lower costs through applications such as map-making or conducting inspections.

        • Federal News NetworkExecutive fired from TikTok’s Chinese owner says Beijing had access to app data in termination suit

          A former executive at TikTok’s parent company ByteDance accuses the tech giant of serving as a “propaganda tool” for the Chinese government. The allegations were made in a complaint filed Friday in San Francisco Superior Court as part of his wrongful termination lawsuit. Yintao Yu claims that the Chinese government monitored ByteDance's work from within its Beijing headquarters. He also alleges ByteDance used software to scrape user content from competitors like Instagram and Snapchat without permission. ByteDance did not reply to a request for comment.

      • Confidentiality

        • Ciprian Dorin CraciunExperimenting with multi-factor encryption

          In the beginning of 2023 I've started extending my open-source project z-tokens, from just supporting passwords (plus other related tokens) generation and hashing (with various well-known algorithms), with support for a very "opinionated" encryption tool.

          I know that "opinionated" is currently a very misused word, from "opinionated" web frameworks, to "opinionated" cryptography tools. However, in this case I think I'm not misusing it, as I'll try to describe further.

        • Franz DillNIST on Post Quantum

          NIST has release a draft of Special Publication 1800-38A: Migration to Post-Quantum Cryptography: Preparation for Considering the Implementation and Adoption of Quantum Safe Cryptography.” It’s only four pages long, and it doesn’t have a lot of detail—more “volumes” are coming, with more information—but it’s well worth reading.

  • Defence/Aggression

  • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

    • FinlandSecret room inside popular game contains independent journalism forbidden in Russia

      After the start of the war on Ukraine, Russia has banned its citizens from accessing such online services as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, as well as the sites of several Western media, including Helsingin Sanomat. Due to this, a large proportion of Russians are not aware of what is going on in Ukraine, for example.

      The Russian state-controlled media are not telling the truth.


      Early this year, Helsingin Sanomat commissioned two well-known map designers to create a Counter-Strike map imitating a Slavic city. A secret room was hidden in the map.

  • Environment

    • Energy/Transportation

      • QuartzHow did Sam Bankman-Fried get away with peddling FTX?

        As FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried prepares to go on trial€ for several of the 13 charges against him, the crypto world is getting pressured by regulators around the globe to make sure they’re not liable for another fraudulent scheme.

      • DeSmogFour-Fifths of Board Members at America’s Top Six Banks are Climate Conflicted

        Four in five bank directors at the six largest banks in the U.S. have ties to polluting companies and organizations, including major fossil fuel companies, according to a new DeSmog analysis.

        The research raises fresh concerns about the extent of anti-environmental influence inside some of the nation’s most powerful boardrooms at a time when campaigners are pushing the banks to enact stronger environmental policies at their annual shareholder meetings.

      • DeSmogSempra LNG Lobbyists Ghost Wrote Louisiana Officials’ Letters Supporting Gas Storage Project

        In an effort to gain federal approval for a natural gas storage project in south Louisiana, Sempra LNG lobbyists crafted letters for Louisiana elected officials to send to federal regulators in support of the project.

        Last fall, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) greenlit the Hackberry gas storage project, which involves converting underground domes constructed in the 1970s to mine for salt into storage space for up to 25.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas. Sempra LNG has been trying to build the project in Cameron Parish since 2006, when the company planned to store gas in the caverns from its liquefied natural gas (LNG) import facility. Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing later created a surplus in U.S. natural gas, which is primarily composed of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

      • Common DreamsEast African Groups Urge Policymakers to Ditch Fossil Fuels for Renewables

        More than three dozen progressive advocacy groups implored East African leaders this week to stop funding fossil fuel projects and instead ramp up investment in renewable energy production and other green economic initiatives.

      • RIPEThe Climate Cost of the AI Revolution

        ChatGPT and other AI applications such as Midjourney have pushed "Artificial Intelligence" high on the hype cycle. In this article, I want to focus specifically on the energy cost of training and using applications like ChatGPT, what their widespread adoption could mean for global COâ‚‚ emissions, and what we could do to limit these emissions.

      • The Next PlatformAI Hype Will Drive Datacenter GPU Prices Sky High

        People are not going to be any more patient about adding generative AI to their workloads today than they were in the late 1990s and early 2000s to add Web infrastructure to modernize their applications to deploy interfaces for them on the Internet. The difference this time around is that the datacenter is not transforming itself into a general purpose X86 compute substrate, but rather is becoming more and more of an ecosystem of competing and complementary architectures that are woven together to provide the overall best possible bang for the buck across a wider variety of workloads.

      • MeduzaAirlines Azimuth and Georgia Airways plan to resume direct flights between Russia and Georgia by late May — Meduza

        Russia-based airline Azimuth and Georgian Airways are completing the “last formalities” before starting direct flights between Russia and Georgia later this month, says Russian state broadcaster RBC.€ € 

      • QuartzEurope's new energy problem: it now has too much gas

        Europe has come a long way from the frenzied stockpiling driving up natural gas prices a year ago.

    • Wildlife/Nature

    • Overpopulation

      • ABCPope joins Meloni in urging Italians to have more kids, not pets

        Italy recorded a record low number of live births last year, 392,598, which combined with an elevated number of deaths, 713,499, has accelerated the demographic trend that threatens to crash the country’s social security system. The government of Premier Giorgia Meloni is backing a campaign to encourage at least 500,000 births annually by 2033, a rate that demographers say is necessary to prevent the economy from collapsing by growing the wage-earning population as retirees draw on their pensions.

  • Finance

  • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

  • Censorship/Free Speech

    • TechdirtDefamation Is Having A Moment; But Beware The Influx Of Bad Cases

      Defamation cases are having quite a moment. The threat of a likely loss in a big defamation suit resulted in Fox News settling for $787 million just as trial was set to begin in the Dominion case, And then, this week, we saw E. Jean Carroll win her defamation (and sexual abuse) lawsuit against Donald Trump, with a jury awarding her $5 million.

    • LatviaRussian rap artist blacklisted in Latvia

      A Russian-speaking resident of Estonia, Artemy Ivanov aka€ rapper 'Temada', who caused outrage among many Rīga residents€ by holding street concerts in Russian during the Easter holidays, has been denied entry into Latvia, Latvian Television reported on May 11.

    • NYPostRussian woman gets 2-year suspended sentence for leaving ‘insulting’ note on Putin’s parents’ grave

      A 60-year-old Russian woman was given a two-year suspended sentence on Thursday for leaving a note with an "insulting inscription" on the grave of President Vladimir Putin’s parents, independent news sites reported on Thursday.

    • LRTRussian writer doused with ketchup in Vilnius

      Russian writer Viktor Shenderovich was doused with ketchup by a protester in Vilnius on Thursday.

    • EFFThe UK Online Safety Bill Must Not Violate Our Rights to Free Speech And Private Communication

      Clause 110 of the bill requires websites and apps to proactively prevent harmful content from appearing on messaging services. This will mandate the screening of all user content, all the time. It’s not compatible with encryption, or our right to privacy. When our words, personal photos, and videos are screened for compliance with state-mandated criteria, this interferes with our rights to free speech online. And where screening is done by algorithms, the decision to remove content will be taken without context.

      The briefing states:

      Throughout the UK legislative process, EFF has stressed that mandated scanning obligations will lead to€  censorship of lawful and valuable expression. The Online Safety Bill also threatens another basic human right: our right to have a private conversation. That’s why we have called for action to make sure that users’ rights to private messaging and end-to-end encryption are safeguarded, not abandoned.

    • EFFThe Law Should Not Require Parental Consent for All Minors to Access Social Media

      Utah and Arkansas€  have already passed such laws. When they go into effect in March 2024 and September 2023, respectively, anyone under eighteen will be required to obtain parental consent before accessing social media. The same would be true nationally under the Protecting Kids on Social Media Act, which was recently introduced in Congress. And though it doesn’t directly require parental consent for social media, the Kids Online Safety Act, too, would require platforms to implement “parental supervision” tools that would force them to verify child-parent relationships. Once the Utah and Arkansas laws are in effect, young people will not be able to access social media using a login without a complicated approval process that would require parents and guardians to share their private information with social media platforms or third-party verification services.€ 

    • LRTLithuanian MPs turn to language watchdog over Kaliningrad’s name

      Two Lithuanian conservative MPs have turned to the country’s Commission of the Lithuanian Language with a proposal to stop using the name of the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad.

    • RFERLTwo Women From Karelia Flee Russia Fearing For Safety After Anti-War Posts

      Two women from Russia's northwestern region of Karelia, Anna Trusova, 57, and Irina Nippolainen, 59, have fled the country after authorities launched a probe against them in March, accusing them of public calls for actions compromising Russia's national security.

    • New York TimesA Crucial Question in Thailand’s Election: Can You Criticize the King?

      Liberal voters have intensified their scrutiny of the Thai monarchy in recent years. Conservatives have responded with a campaign to defend the institution at all costs.

    • [Repeat] OpenRightsGroupOnline Safety Bill: A Danger to Democracy

      Even though Smith had liaised with police for months, the eight were arrested early on Saturday morning for allegedly possessing items that could be used for a “lock on” protest, under new powers rushed into laws days before the coronation. These items were in fact luggage straps used to carry placards, but as more than 20 organisations warned the Public Order Act 2023 is so ill-defined: “essentially any person walking around with a bike lock, packet of glue, roll of tape or twine, or any number of other everyday objects could be at risk of having been found to have committed this offence, so wide is the net cast by it”.


      Within weeks of being introduced, critics of the Public Order Act have been proved right: its broad powers will enable the police to close down protests and suppress dissent. The Act builds on draconian powers included in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022, which gives the police powers to close down protests because of “noise”, “unease” and the risk of “serious disruption”. Both of these laws also extend the police’s powers to stop and search members of the public, despite evidence that such powers are used disproportionately used against racialised communities.

  • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

  • Civil Rights/Policing

    • [Repeat] New York TimesStriking Writers Find Their Villain: Netflix

      The W.G.A. had been negotiating with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which bargains on behalf of all the major Hollywood studios, including Netflix, before talks broke down last week. The writers went on strike on May 2. Negotiations have not resumed, and Hollywood is bracing for a prolonged work stoppage.

      Last week, at a summit in Los Angeles a day after the strike was called, one attendee asked union leaders which studio has been the worst to writers. Ellen Stutzman, the chief negotiator of the W.G.A., and David Goodman, a chair of the writers’ negotiating committee, answered in unison: “Netflix.” The crowd of 1,800 writers laughed and then applauded, according to a person present at that evening who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the strike.

    • TruthdigThe Question No One Is Asking about Jordan Neely’s Death

      The NYPD told Truthdig that officers “responded” at 2:27— seven minutes after the first clocked call for help — but video shows a train clock at 2:28 with no officers on the scene. The department has not replied to queries about when, exactly, officers arrived to administer first aid. According to New York City statistics, in critical situations, the average time from 911 call to police arriving at the scene is 7.5 minutes.

    • MeduzaZemfira takes Justice Ministry to court over ‘foreign agent’ designation — Meduza

      Singer Zemfira Ramazanova has filed a lawsuit against Russia’s Justice Ministry, requesting that her inclusion on the ministry’s list of “foreign agents” be declared illegal. State broadcaster RBC reports that a representative of the singer filed the suit on her behalf on May 10.

    • MeduzaAttorney faces felony charges for refusing to testify against client, jailed for ‘striking’ policemen with ballpoint pen — Meduza

      The authorities in Buryatia are prosecuting Natalia Nizovkina, a civil liberties activist and defense attorney representing the Ulan-Ude resident Natalia Filonova in a separate overtly political case.

    • MeduzaCyprus and Malta annul dozens of ‘golden passports’ belonging to Russian nationals sanctioned by E.U. — Meduza

      Cyprus and Malta revoked citizenship obtained in exchange for investment from dozens of Russian nationals, and members of their families, who are subject to E.U. sanctions. Der Spiegel reports that, in response to a request by European Parliament member Moritz Kerner, Cyprus annulled nine “golden passports” issued to Russian nationals who have been sanctioned, as well as another 34 passports belonging to their relations. Malta revoked two sanctioned Russian nationals’ citizenship.

    • The NationThese Unions Are on the Front Lines Fighting Against the Uberization of Us All

      In the past year and a half, start-up unionization efforts such as those at Starbucks, Amazon, Trader Joe’s, and Apple have been satisfying to witness for those of us hungry for social justice in the United States. We have their backs, and we’ll continue to root for them.1

    • The NationHow a Scrappy Group of Young Moms Transformed the Way We Think About Teen Pregnancy

      In 2013, a picture of a baby with tight curls and tears rolling down his cheeks greeted passengers on the New York City subway.

    • The NationThe GOP’s Threats to Women’s Rights
    • Democracy NowAs Title 42 Ends, Asylum Seekers Face Inhumane Border Conditions, New Restrictions & Fast Deportation

      The Trump-era Title 42 policy has come to an end, but the Biden administration has instituted what human rights advocates say amounts to a new asylum ban. We get an update from the San Ysidro border crossing near San Diego, California, where hundreds of asylum seekers have been sleeping on the ground under trash bags and foil blankets, with many reporting they’ve not eaten in days. Pedro Rios, director of the American Friends Service Committee’s U.S.-Mexico Border Program, says Biden’s anti-asylum policies are “reconfiguring the concept of asylum to a point where it no longer offers the promise that it did post-World War II.”

    • Common DreamsBiden’s New Asylum Ban Continues the Psychological Warfare on the U.S. Border

      On April 8, three young Venezuelan men were detained in El Paso, Texas, where they had just crossed the border from Ciudad Júarez, Mexico. They were among the 183,000 undocumented people reportedly apprehended by the United States Border Patrol that month, which, according to the Reuters news agency, constituted a 13% increase from March.

    • France24Migrants stuck at US gates as Covid-era immigration policy expires

      As pandemic-era asylum restrictions ended early Friday, migrants in northern Mexico faced more uncertainties about a new online system for appointments to seek asylum in the U.S. Some migrants still waded apprehensively into the Rio Grande, defying officials who shouted for them to turn back, while elsewhere along the U.S.-Mexico border people hunched over cell phones trying to access an appointment app that may change their future.

    • Mexico News DailyEbrard: ‘No confrontations’ at border as Title 42 migration rule ends

      The policy, which for years allowed the U.S. to quickly expel migrants to contain the spread of COVID-19, ended at 11:59 p.m. Thursday.

    • Democracy NowU.S. Sanctions on Venezuela & Cuba Fuel Migration Even as Biden Restricts Asylum Seekers at Border

      The number of asylum seekers from Cuba and Venezuela is expected to grow as the Trump-era Title 42 asylum restriction ends. A group of House Democrats are urging the Biden administration to lift sanctions on the countries, which they say are driving people to leave their homes out of economic desperation. We speak with Venezuelan economist Francisco Rodríguez, author of a new report for the Center for Economic Policy and Research, “The Human Consequences of Economic Sanctions.”

    • New York TimesCovid-Era Border Policy Expires

      Title 42, which lifted at midnight, had allowed the swift removal of migrants on public health grounds. Though holding facilities were full, border crossings remained lower than predicted.

    • Federal News Network‘He wanted to live the American Dream’: Honduran teen dies in US immigration custody

      The mother of a 17-year-old boy who died this week in U.S. immigration custody is demanding answers from American officials, saying her son had no known illnesses and had not shown any signs of being sick before his death. The teenager, Ángel Eduardo Maradiaga Espinoza, was detained at a facility in Safety Harbor, Florida, and died Wednesday. His death underscores concerns about a strained immigration system as the Biden administration manages the end of asylum restrictions known as Title 42. His mother, Norma Saraí Espinoza Maradiaga, told The Associated Press in a phone interview that her son “wanted to live the American Dream.”

    • Craig MurrayNow Protest Is a Moral Duty

      The torrential rain was shed from the policeman’s flat hat via its curved plastic peak, forming a curtain of water that flowed down in front of him, obscuring his face.

    • ScheerpostGig Work Is Getting Dangerous

      Underpaid app workers are facing more pressure to accept risky clients. That's putting them in danger.

    • Common DreamsA Few Words on 'Less Than Artificial Intelligence' From a Human Practioner

      After almost 79 years on this beleaguered planet, let me say one thing: this can’t end well. Really, it can’t. And no, I’m not talking about the most obvious issues ranging from the war in Ukraine to the climate disaster. What I have in mind is that latest, greatest human invention: artificial intelligence.

    • Common Dreams'Very, Very Scary': Intensifying Cyclone Mocha Takes Aim at World's Largest Refugee Camp

      Officials in Bangladesh and Myanmar are preparing Friday to evacuate hundreds of thousands of people as a tropical storm turbocharged by the fossil fuel-driven climate crisis strengthens in the Bay of Bengal.

    • Common DreamsAt Least Two Migrant Children From Honduras Have Died in US Custody This Year

      After the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Friday confirmed that a 17-year-old Honduran in the United States without a parent or guardian died in government custody earlier this week, CBS Newsrevealed another recent death.

  • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

    • TechdirtNY AG Doles Out Wrist Slap Fine To Companies That Helped Telecom Giants Use Fake And Dead People To Lie About Net Neutrality

      You might recall how when U.S. telecom giants lobbied the Trump FCC to kill net neutrality, they hired a bunch of PR firms to flood the FCC with fake comments from a bunch of fake and dead people. The goal: create the illusion of support for shitty, unpopular policies. It’s a pretty popular tactic by corporations and lobbying firms looking to influence the government and/or create the illusion of consensus.

    • 'Infrastructure work' at leading mobile operator on the election day raises concerns

      The employees will not be able to come to the Turkcell headquarters or connect to their computers between May 12 and 15. There will be no similar practices by the other mobile operators. The concerns led to a 5 percent drop in the price of Turkcell shares.

    • EFFEight Years Holding ISPs to Account in Latin America: A Comparative Outlook of Victories and Challenges for User Privacy

      Through periodic reports within the €¿Quién defiende tus datos? project, key digital rights groups in Colombia (Fundación Karisma), Perú (Hiperderecho), México (R3D), Brazil, (InternetLab), Chile (Derechos Digitales), Paraguay (TEDIC), Argentina (ADC), Spain (Eticas), and Panamá and Nicaragua (IPANDETEC), have been rating ISPs and holding them to account vis-à-vis privacy best practices and international human rights standards. Evaluating companies’ public statements, policies, service contracts, transparency reports, law enforcement guidelines, and judicial or administrative challenges to government demands for user data, each national edition assesses whether and how ISPs defend users’ privacy and protect their data.

      The report we are releasing today provides an overview and comparative analysis of this series of editions. It highlights achievements and gaps throughout editions’ shared criteria, looking at companies’ data protection and digital security policies, how transparent ISPs are about government data demands, whether they notify users about data requests, and whether they require a previous judicial order to hand user data to authorities. It compares the performance of regional and global companies, like Telefónica and América Móvil, in countries the project covers. The imbalances this comparison reveals is a mix of gaps in companies’ commitments and in national law, which€  mirrors how weak or strong privacy safeguards are in countries’ legal frameworks. Moreover, the report describes how our partners’ studies revealed privacy issues during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly the rise of data-sharing agreements with governments related to policies aimed at curbing the spread of the virus.€ € 

    • RIPERIPE NCC Cloud Strategy Framework (v2)

      Our cloud strategy framework provides the principles and requirements for the cloud architecture of the RIPE NCC services. To determine these requirements, it uses the service criticality framework, more specifically its availability component rating.

      We published our cloud strategy framework in November 2021. Since then, we worked on developing the service criticality framework and published its final version in May 2022. We have recently published the criticality ratings for some of our core services. At the same time, we realised that we need to update the cloud strategy framework to better reflect the reality and the diversity of services we provide.

  • Monopolies

    • TechdirtBiden Nominates Legacy Entertainment Industry Copyright Enforcer To Be New IP Czar

      I have to admit that I’d lost track of the whole White House IP Czar position. Officially, the “Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator” or IPEC, the job was created by the “Pro-IP Act” in 2008, and we warned that the whole thing was an attempt to turn the White House into Hollywood’s private copyright police force. The first IPEC didn’t come until after President Obama was elected, and while he was in office, there were two IPECs who served under him, with somewhat mixed results. The first one, got off to a rocky start, but was willing to listen to non-maximalist opinions, and eventually produced some more balanced reports on “IP enforcement.”

    • Patents

      • MondaqEuropean Union: New EU Patent Proposals Published – Compulsory Licensing, An SPC For Unitary Patents And Centralised SPC Application Procedure, And Reforms To The SEPs System

        The European Commission has today (27 April 2023) published proposals for changes impacting on patents in the EU in relation to compulsory licensing of patents in crisis situations, reforms to the Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) system (including the EUIPO being able to set SEPs licence fees worldwide) and the introduction of a Supplementary Protection Certificate (SPC) for the new unitary patent right [sic] (UP) and a centralised SPC application procedure for this and national SPC rights [sic]. [...]

      • Scottish Society for Computers and LawEuropean Commission proposes Regulation on essential standard patents

        The European Commission has proposed Regulations on standard essential patents, compulsory licensing of patents in crisis situations, and amendments to the laws about supplementary protection certificates. These aim to create a more transparent, effective and futureproof intellectual [sic] property [sic] rights [sic] framework.

      • Kluwer Patent BlogCMS Unified Patent Court can’t cope with influx of opt-outs [Ed: UPC is a fake, invalid "court"; many parties recognise it upfront and want nothing to do with it?]

        Less than three weeks before the planned opening of the Unified Patent Court, a message has been published on its website as a reaction to problems with the content management system, which apparently isn’t able to cope with the growing inflow of opt-outs.

      • USPTO Invalidates VLSI Patent—So Why Didn’t They Review It The First Time?

        Earlier today, the USPTO issued its final written decision in IPR2021-01064.€  The final written decision found that all challenged claims in VLSI’s patent were in fact invalid. So what makes this IPR special?€  Well, the challenged patent was one of the patents underlying VLSI’s $2 billion verdict against Intel.

      • JUVET 2432/19: Boards of Appeal declare in-person proceedings new “gold standard” [Ed: These Boards of Appeal are not independent; until this is corrected all this stenography misses the real issue: EPO corruption]

        In July 2021, an EPO press communiqué confirmed that compulsory video conferencing is admissible, under the European Patent Convention, in appeal proceedings “in a general emergency”. Then, in November 2021, the Enlarged Board of Appeal released its final reasoning in G 1/21.

      • H2 ViewSeven transport takeaways from European Patent Office’s report [Ed: Patent extremists given a platform to boost a defunct, corrupt EPO. Greenwashing PR from Marks and Clerk, Team UPC]

        Dominic O’Connor,€ Principal, Chartered (UK) and European Patent Attorney, at Marks & Clerk, reflects on this year’s European Patent Office report and latest developments involving patent filings for hydrogen technology.

    • Trademarks

      • TechdirtIron Maiden Opposes Women’s Lingerie Company For Using The Word ‘Maiden’

        Iron Maiden, the band, is not a band I have thought about much in the last, oh, let’s call it 20 years. They have made it onto our pages before, specifically for behaving like trademark bullies, which is apropos. I say that as the band most recently is opposing the trademark application for a lingerie company that goes by the name “Maiden Wear,” asserting that the public is going to think that the company is associated with the band because the band also sells clothing merch.

    • Copyrights

      • Walled CultureEd Sheeran has won yet another copyright infringement case – and that’s outrageous

        Aside from the extraordinary idea that anyone can hold the copyright on a sequence of just four chords, there’s another striking aspect to this latest case. It was not Marvin Gaye himself alleging harm from Sheeran – Gaye died nearly 40 years ago, in 1984 – but the family of the co-writer of the song, Ed Townsend, who died in 2003. Copyright is supposed to be about incentivising artists to create, so the idea of taking a living creator to court over alleged copying of dead artists’ work is particularly reprehensible. Moreover, in this case, copyright nearly caused a very real future loss for culture: [...]

      • Torrent FreakCourt Denies Grande's Challenge of $47 Million Music Piracy Verdict

        Internet provider Grande Communications' challenge of a $47 million music piracy verdict has failed to achieve the desired result. A federal court in Texas denied Grande's request for judgment as a matter of law or a new trial. This means the company will now take its dispute with the major music labels to the Court of Appeals.

      • Torrent FreakPotential Impact on Major Pirate Sites as Vietnam ISPs Face New Responsibilities

        Major pirate sites, including Fmovies, 9anime, BestBuyIPTV,, Fembed, and 2embed, are reportedly linked to or directly operated from Vietnam. Enforcement efforts have faced challenges but things may be about to change. From verifying customer identities to clarified ISP liability, through content blocking, takedown tools and the ability to unmask infringers, a government decree appears to offer rightsholders a smorgasbord of opportunities.

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