FCC: We'll Treat Internet Like Telephones if That's What It Takes

Or they can just do that now and really save us all a ton of trouble. 

Breaking News: Washington Post: US mining data from 9 Internet firms in broad secret program


WashingtonPost: The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping into the central servers of nine leading US Internet companies, extracting audio, video, photographs, e-mails, documents and connection logs that enable analysts to track a person’s movements and contacts over time.


This is worse than the Verizon phone log situation. This NSL/PRISM issue will lead to a misunderstanding of what the problem is.

The act of us, users, giving information to private companies in exchange for a service (Gmail, Facebook) isn’t the issue. It never was an issue as far as I’m concerned. The issue is the government’s power when it comes to accessing that information. More importantly how government obtains and wields that power. 

The Internet really loves to hunt people down. 


Outraged netizens track teen who defaced Egyptian temple

CNN: Parents of a 15-year-old Chinese tourist have apologized after the teenager defaced a stone sculpture in an ancient Egyptian temple with graffiti.

The act drew ire in both Egypt and China — generating a massive online backlash amongst China’s unforgiving netizens.

The vandal carved ‘Ding Jinhao was here’ in Chinese in the 3,500 year old Luxor Temple.

This was photographed by an embarrassed Chinese traveler and shared on weibo, China’s micro-blogging site on May 24.

Photo: Screen grab of Weibo photo via CNN


Video shows crash-landing of Russian airliner

A video posted by m24.ru shows the dramatic crash-landing of a Russian airliner in Moscow Saturday. The video taken from the dashboard of a passing car shows the plane sliding off the runway and crashing onto a nearby highway where it split into several pieces. At least 4 are dead.

More on the story from Reuters here.