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  • Atom-based gateway taps new open source IoT cloud platform
    Eurotech’s rugged, IP40 protected “ReliaGate 20-26” IoT gateway runs Red Hat Linux on a Bay Trail Atom, and has cellular, GPS, WiFi, and Bluetooth options. Eurotech’s ReliaGate 20-26 is the latest in a line of Internet of Things gateways, such as the ReliaGate 10-11, based on a TI AM3352 Sitara SoC, and the Intel Atom […]



  • DuckDuckGo: The Little Search Engine That Gives Back Big
    DuckDuckGo's proprietor, Gabriel Weinberg, says his once-personal project isn't making anyone wealthy, but he and his workers live decently. He says they're doing well enough that giving money to open source projects doesn't hurt their budget.


  • Linux Mint 18 Screenshot Tour
    A new project called X-Apps was started and its goal is to produce generic applications for traditional GTK desktop environments. The idea behind this project is to replace applications which no longer integrate properly outside of a particular environment (this is the case for a growing number of GNOME applications) and to give our desktop environments the same set of core applications, so that each change, each new feature being developed, each little improvement made in one of them will benefit not just one environment, but all of them.


  • Using ATA Over Ethernet (AoE) on CentOS 7 (Initiator and Target)
    This guide explains how you can set up an AoE target and an AoE initiator (client), both running CentOS 7. AoE stands for "ATA over Ethernet" and is a storage area network (SAN) protocol which allows AoE initiators to use storage devices on the (remote) AoE target using normal ethernet cabling. "Remote" in this case means "inside the same LAN" because AoE is not routable outside a LAN (this is a major difference compared to iSCSI). To the AoE initiator, the remote storage looks like a normal, locally-attached hard drive.


  • Does your company have a plan for adopting containers?
    Linux containers are definitely attracting a lot of attention as cloud-native alternative to virtual machines for application isolation and deployment, but where does your company sit on the adoption spectrum?read more




  • What makes up the Fedora kernel?
    Every Fedora system runs a kernel. Many pieces of code come together to make this a reality. Each release of the Fedora kernel starts with a baseline release from the upstream community. This is often called a ‘vanilla’ kernel. The... Continue Reading →



  • Linux Under the Hood: Silence of the RAM
    The continuing adventures of a new open source tinkerer who finds his diagnostic acumen sorely lacking during what should have been a simple RAM installation -- thereby leaving the rest of us grateful he didn't pursue a career in the medical field.



  • Can IBM Really Make a Business Out of Blockchain?
    You can mark 2016 as the year “blockchain” became a buzzword. It’s not as hollow as “cloud,” which marketers have rendered almost meaningless. But “blockchain” is now at the point where everyone and their dogs want a piece of it.



  • Red Hat Summit Hosts a Wedding - for Real.
    I've seen a lot of strange things at technology conferences. I've seen all manner of flying objects, cars, sports stars and crazy contests - but i've never seen what I saw today at Red Hat Summit 2016 - a real wedding.




  • Peppermint 7 Released
    Peppermint 7 launched a few days ago. Peppermint is a lightweightUbuntu-based Linux distribution with an emphasis on speed and simplicity.Although the name is similar to Linux Mint, the projects aren'tdirectly related.


  • Make Peace With Your Processes: Part 5
    n previous articles in this series, we’ve whet our whistles with a quick look at the Process Table and pseudo filesystems, and we talked about /dev and /proc. Now let’s explore a few useful but unrelated command lines, which may save the day at some point.


  • Dangerous keyboard app has more than 50 million downloads
    "The problem was that it asked for just about every permission that an app could ask for," said Bill Anderson, chief product officer at mobile security company OptioLabs. "It was an especially long list. And surprisingly, most people said yes. But the permissions were so excessive that it turned this thing into a potentially marvelous way to hack phones."


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  • Why Are So Many MMA Fighters Truthers, Conspiracists, And Just Plain Weird?
    Take Ronda Rousey, who in 2013 took a break from dominating the women’s bantamweight division to find out the truth about the Sandy Hook massacre. Or Tim Kennedy, the UFC middleweight/Army Ranger who appears on Alex Jones and has the beliefs of a John Birch Society conspiracist who was cryogenically frozen and revived in the late 2000s.


  • Feds To Investigate Tesla's Autopilot After Model S Fatality
    The federal government will be investigating Tesla's autopilot feature after a driver using the feature was killed in Florida on Wednesday. Tesla reported on Thursday that this was the first instance of a fatal crash while the vehicle was on Autopilot.


  • The One Move That’ll Up Your Website’s Performance
    HostGator invests millions of dollars every year in technology that makes your website perform better. That means faster load times, response times and happier customers. Use the promo code DIGG and get 77% off your plan.



  • Adnan Syed Granted New Trial
    Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Martin Welch ruled Thursday that Syed — whose trial was popularized by "Serial" — deserves another trial because his attorney failed to cross-examine a cell tower expert about the reliability of data that placed Syed's cellphone near the burial site.


  • Biden Says Sanders Will Endorse Clinton
    Vice President Biden has made a habit of revealing big news before it happens (remember his gay marriage endorsement?). Now, he's at it again, but this time with Bernie's endorsement of Hillary.




  • The Arrest Capital Of The United States
    When you cross into the New Orleans suburb of Gretna, Louisiana, over the Crescent City Connection bridge there is no sign that says, “Welcome to the Arrest Capital of the United States.” But it is.



  • How Samantha Bee Crashed The Late-Night Boys' Club
    Bee's bare-knuckle delivery has changed the entire tone of the late-night satire conversation. Where John Oliver is affable and caustic and Jon Stewart indignant and bemused, Bee is quite literally outraged.


  • Over 100 Sanders Supporters File Lawsuit Against Debbie Wasserman Schultz
    120 people have sued embattled Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the DNC for fraud, negligent misrepresentation, and breach of fiduciary duty, among other claims, alleging that Wasserman Schultz favored Hillary Clinton and misled DNC and Sanders donors into believing she was impartial.









  • The Bathing Machines Of The 19th Century
    Back in the 18th and 19th century, the ladies just couldn't strip to their swimwear and run towards the waves on the beach. To help women maintain their modesty and dignity, a simple contraption called the “bathing machine” was developed.


  • What The Reviews Are Saying About The New Tarzan Movie
    On Friday, the King of the Jungle will swing back onto the big screen in live-action for the first time in 18 years. With Alexander Skarsgård​ and Margot Robbie leading the way, can "The Legend of Tarzan" be this summer's breakthrough blockbuster?


  • How Did Celebrity Airport Style Become A Thing?
    How did they make it a place? Who made it a place? Why did they do that? The answers to these questions are, in short, that airport photography is easy to take, cheap to buy, and safe for everyone involved.












  • America’s Most Dangerous Mosquitoes
    there are about 174 species of mosquitoes in the United States, but only a few spread disease. Here are six of the most common disease-spreading offenders endemic to the United States.




  • Why You Should Make Beer-Can Cabbage This Summer
    Sure, you might wonder if stuffing a hollowed-out head of cabbage with a can of beer is mere insanity. But I promise you it's a glorious thing, a vegetarian preparation truly worthy of the grill.





  • 'UpgradeSubscription.exe' File In Preview Build Hints At Windows 10 Subscriptions
    An anonymous reader writes: A file named "UpgradeSubscription.exe" is found buried in the System32 folder of Windows 10 build 14376, alongside 590 other .exe files. ZDNet reports the file has been part of other recent preview builds, but just recently uncovered. "In the file's properties, it's described as the Windows Upgrade to Subscription Tool, and its date and time stamp corresponds to other administrative tools in the same build," reports ZDNet. You can view the screenshot here. Microsoft responded to ZDNet saying: "The Windows Upgrade to Subscription tool, found in the latest Windows Insider builds, helps to manage certain volume licensing upgrades from Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Update to Windows 10 Enterprise. This binary file is not associated with the free consumer upgrade offering nor is it applicable to consumer Windows editions." When pressed for additional details, Microsoft responded with, "No further comment." While the file does nothing, it does appear to confirm that it's related to licensing, referencing a registry value called AllowWindowsSubscription. Build 14376 reveals a few references to servicing packages named Microsoft-Client-License-Platform-Upgrade-Subscription-Package. Last year, there was some talk about Windows 10 being the last version of Windows as Microsoft is pushing a "Windows as a service" vision. When news broke in April about Windows Phone's sharp revenue declines, PCWorld reported that CEO Satya Nadella's strategy is to grow Microsoft's revenues by convincing customers to adopt its paid subscription services.
             

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  • CBS/Paramount Sets Phasers To Kill On Star Trek Fan-Fiction With New Guidelines
    Audiofan writes from a forum post on Audioholics: The Star Trek fan-fiction controversy that resulted in legal battles between CBS/Paramount and Axanar Productions concluded last week. However, CBS/Paramount have finally put forth its long-awaited guidelines intended to clarify acceptable fan-fiction so that it won't get the creative Star Trek fan sued for copyright infringement. But in doing so, it may have launched Star Trek fan-fiction's torpedo casket into space with a solemn salute. To be or not to be is the question which we ask about the future of Star Trek fan film. Some of the new guidelines for avoiding objections when making your own Star Trek movies and posting them to YouTube include: The fan production must be less than 15 minutes for a single self-contained story, or no more than 2 segments, episodes or parts, not to exceed 30 minutes total, with no additional seasons, episodes, parts, sequels or remakes. Part of the non-commercial requirements include: CBS and Paramount Pictures do not object to limited fundraising for the creation of a fan production, whether 1 or 2 segments and consistent with these guidelines, so long as the total amount does not exceed $50,000, including all platform fees, and when the $50,000 goal is reached, all fundraising must cease. The fan production cannot be distributed in a physical format such as DVD or Blu-ray. If the fan production uses commercially-available Star Trek uniforms, accessories, toys and props, these items must be official merchandise and not bootleg items or imitations of such commercially available products.
             

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  • US Regulators Investigating Tesla Over Use of 'Autopilot' Mode Linked To Fatal Crash
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Thursday it is opening a preliminary investigation into 25,000 Tesla Motors Model S cars after a fatal crash involving a vehicle using the "Autopilot" mode. The agency said the crash came in a 2015 Model S operating with automated driving systems engaged, and "calls for an examination of the design and performance of any driving aids in use at the time of the crash." It is the first step before the agency could seek to order a recall if it believed the vehicles were unsafe. Tesla said Thursday the death was "the first known fatality in just over 130 million miles where Autopilot was activated," while a fatality happens once every 60 million miles worldwide. The electric automaker said it "informed NHTSA about the incident immediately after it occurred." The May crash occurred when a tractor trailer drove across a divided highway, where a Tesla in autopilot mode was driving. The Model S passed under the tractor trailer, and the bottom of the trailer hit the Tesla vehicle's windshield. Tesla quietly settled a lawsuit with a Model X owner who claims his car's doors would open and close unpredictably, smashing into his wife and other cars, and that the Model X's Auto-Pilot feature poses a danger in the rain.
             

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  • Women Interviewing For Tech Jobs Actually Did Worse When Their Voices Were Masked As Men's
    Kristen V. Brown, reporting for Fusion:It is well-trod territory at this point that biases against women's technological abilities hold women in technology back. Study after study has shown bias persists at every point of the employment process. So the start-up interviewing.io decided to try and do something about it. It masked women's voices to sound like men's and vice versa during online interviews to see if interviewers would like them better. It was inspired to do the experiment because it was seeing some alarming data. Interviewing.io is a platform that allows people to practice technical interviewing anonymously and, hopefully, get a job in the process. After amassing data from thousands of technical interviews, the company noticed a troubling trend, writes founder Aline Lerner in a blog post: "Men were getting advanced to the next round 1.4 times more often than women. Interviewee technical score wasn't faring that well either -- men on the platform had an average technical score of 3 out of 4, as compared to a 2.5 out of 4 for women."
             

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  • Netherlands Gets First Nationwide 'Internet of Things'
    An anonymous reader writes: The Netherlands has become the first country in the world to implement a nationwide long-range (LoRa) network for the Internet of Things, says Dutch telecoms group KPN on Thursday. "As from today the KPN LoRa network is available throughout The Netherlands," KPN said in a statement. Phys.Org reports: "The rollout of a low data rate (LoRa) mobile communications network is critical to connect objects as many may not be able to link up with home or work Wi-Fi networks to gain Internet access. The LoRa network is complementary to KPN's networks for the 2G, 3G and 4G phones. KPN has already reached deals to connect some 1.5 million objects, a number which should steadily grow now that the LoRa network is available across the country. Tests are being carried out at the Schiphol airport in Amsterdam -- one of Europe's busiest air hubs -- for baggage handling. Meanwhile in the Utrecht rail station an experiment is under way to allow LoRa to monitor rail switches."
             

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  • Ask Slashdot: What's Your Preferred Media Streaming Device?
    New submitter bkr1_2k writes: Way back when, I had a PC dedicated as a media server using MythTV. That died and I didn't bother building a new one. Consumer electronics caught up and I recently bought an Apple TV (3rd Generation) to use for streaming my media library. I am, unsurprisingly, finding flaws with it. I'm looking for alternative devices that allow me to stream from my media server directly, without the need for a middleman app like iTunes for the Apple TV. I don't need a ton of streaming services (we have Netflix and Amazon Prime but don't use anything else). I primarily want to use this for streaming my own music and movie libraries over my home network, preferably with a user interface that lets me browse those in a fashion that doesn't force me to scroll through my whole library to get to the title that starts with the letter "Z" (A very poor design choice in the Apple TV). Nor do I want any voice controls since they all suck, in my experience. I would prefer an 'open' device that I can update at will with add-ons, but it's not a requirement. What are the current options out there? Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast. Anything else that might fit my needs better? Last week, we asked a similar question: "What's your preferred music streaming service?"
             

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  • Dell Stops Selling Android Tablets
    Dell is discontinuing its Venue line of Android tablets. Furthermore, the company says it will also stop issuing software updates to its existing Android tablets. The move comes as Dell wants to shift its focus on Windows 2-in-1 devices. As for the other reason, the American company adds that Android market is "oversaturated" and is experiencing "declining demand from consumers." Other Android devices from the company were discontinued some time ago. The company will honor after sales support for people who have purchased Venue Android tablets until the warranty and service contracts expire.
             

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  • Elizabeth Warren Says Apple, Amazon and Google Are Trying To 'Lock Out' Competition
    Elizabeth Warren, an American academic and member of the Democratic Party, believes that Google, Apple, and Amazon are trying to use their size to "snuff out competition." In a speech about the perils of "consolidation and concentration" throughout the economy, the Massachusetts senator singled out the three of tech's biggest players. From a report:Warren had different beefs with Google, Apple and Amazon, but the common thread was that she accused each one of using its powerful platform to "lock out smaller guys and newer guys," including some that compete with Google, Apple and Amazon. Google, she said, uses "its dominant search engine to harm rivals of its Google Plus user review feature;" Apple "has placed conditions on its rivals that make it difficult for them to offer competitive streaming services" that compete with Apple Music; and Amazon "uses its position as the dominant bookseller to steer consumers to books published by Amazon to the detriment of other publishers.""Google, Apple and Amazon have created disruptive technologies that changed the world, and ... they deserve to be highly profitable and successful," Warren said. "But the opportunity to compete must remain open for new entrants and smaller competitors that want their chance to change the world again."
             

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  • BMW, Intel, Mobileye Partner On Self-Driving Cars, 'Turning Point For Automotive Industry': Reports
    BMW, Intel, and Mobileye NV are working to develop autonomous-car technology, reports Bloomberg, citing multiple sources. Senior executives from each company will hold an event on Friday to discuss the driverless-vehicle initiative, the report adds. From the article:Jerusalem-based Mobileye has been an early leader in providing cameras, software and other components that allow vehicles to see the world around them. BMW has been a client of Mobileye, along with General Motors Co. and Tesla Motors Inc. As automakers and their suppliers race to create systems to replace human drivers, most companies are betting on some form of artificial intelligence, which requires powerful processing.Reuters, citing one source, reports the same thing. The announcement will be a "turning point for the automotive industry," Amnon Shashua, the chairman and co-founder of Mobileye.
             

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  • Google Is Adding a VR Shell To Chrome To Let You Browse the Entire Web In VR
    An anonymous reader writes: While it's possible to create and view specially built virtual reality 'WebVR' websites through today's browsers, traversing the web in VR means taking your VR headset on and off as you come across VR websites and non-VR websites. Google is working to fix this by adding a 'VR Shell' to the Chrome browser that will render non-VR websites in a virtual environment, and allow seamless transitioning from them to WebVR sites. Recent developer builds of Chrome on Android reveal both the WebVR API and VR Shell directly integrated into the browser. The company is also working on adding support for headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive on desktop.
             

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  • Spotify Says Apple Won't Approve New Version Of Its App Because It Doesn't Want Competition For Apple Music
    According to a report on Recode, Apple has rejected an update to Spotify's iOS app, and that this has caused a "grave harm to Spotify and its customers." The Swedish-based music company competes with Apple's Music streaming app and service. In a letter to Apple's top lawyer, Spotify says that Apple turned down a version of the app citing "business model rules" and demanded that Spotify uses Apple's billing system if it wants to acquire new customers and sell subscriptions. From the report:The letter, sent by Spotify general counsel Horacio Gutierrez to Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell on May 26, suggests that Spotify intends to use the standoff as ammunition in its fight over Apple's rules governing subscription services that use its App store. "This latest episode raises serious concerns under both U.S. and EU competition law," Gutierrez wrote. "It continues a troubling pattern of behavior by Apple to exclude and diminish the competitiveness of Spotify on iOS and as a rival to Apple Music, particularly when seen against the backdrop of Apple's previous anticompetitive conduct aimed at Spotify ... we cannot stand by as Apple uses the App Store approval process as a weapon to harm competitors."
             

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  • Google Reveals What N In Android N Stands For -- Nougat
    We finally know what N in Android N stands for: Nougat. Google made the announcement on Thursday. The Android maker always names smartphone operating system updates after candies and other sweet treats. The past few versions, for instances, are named Marshmallow, Eclair, Lollipop, and Marshmallow. Naming aside, Android N brings with it a range of interesting features such as multi-window support, better battery efficiency, and the ability to reply to messages straight from the notification. Enthusiasts who own a Nexus 6 or a newer Nexus device, can give a whirl to the preview of Android N on their device. The final version of Android N will be made available later this year.
             

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  • IMAX Will Build You a Home Theater -- Starting at $400K
    An anonymous reader shares an Ars Technica report: If you have about $400K to spare, IMAX's Private Theatre division will now build an IMAX cinema setup in your own home. The entry-level IMAX Private Theatre is the "Palais," which starts at about $400,000 for a screening room with up to 18 seats. For your money you get dual 4K 2D/3D projectors, a proprietary IMAX sound system, and a media playback system that supports everything you might want to throw at it (TV, games, Blu-ray, etc.) No word on the exact specifications of the projectors, but they're probably not IMAX-with-laser. Screen size will vary depending on the setup, but generally they will be 3 metres (10ft) tall or more. Stepping up to the "Platinum" IMAX home theatre for about $1 million gets you a much larger screening room with space for up to 40 people.
             

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  • NRA Complaint Takes Down 38,000 Websites
    Sarah Jeong, reporting for Motherboard:38,000 websites hosted by the automated publishing service Surge went down today, after the National Rifle Association sent a legal notice over a parody website created by the Yes Men. A few days ago, the Yes Men released the parody video, "Share the Safety" -- announcing a supposed NRA program to deliver firearms into the hands of those too impoverished to afford guns. The opening frame of the video says "Paid for in part by the National Rifle Association of America with additional support from Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation." "Systemic poverty and dumb laws keep the urban poor unable to acquire life-saving firearms," says the video, which is available on YouTube. "That's why we at the NRA are teaming up with Smith & Wesson to share the safety.â The YouTube description includes a link to the "official" website, ShareTheSafety.org.
             

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  • Hacker Takes Over Oculus CEO's Twitter Account, Announces New CEO
    Another day, another high-profile becoming victim of a hack attack. Somebody managed to find a way into Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe's Twitter account late Wednesday. The hacker, who appears to be a user who goes by the alias "lid" on Twitter changed Iribe's bio and cover photo, and made a couple of interesting "announcements" -- including him becoming the new CEO of Facebook-owned virtual reality company. TechCrunch reports:This is just the latest in a string of tech CEO's having their Twitter accounts compromised, this attack does not appear to be from the same hacker group responsible for the hacks on the accounts of Travis Kalanick, Sundar Pichai, Mark Zuckerberg and Dick Costolo. Late Wednesday night, Iribe's Twitter bio temporarily read, "hey its @Lid ... im not testing ya security im just havin a laugh." The hacker told me in a Twitter DM that he accessed the password via last month's MySpace breach, he also said that he also would've managed to access Iribe's email account had he not had two-factor authentication enabled.
             

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  • WA government still hopeless at infosec
    Colin Murphy, can we talk about SHA-1?
    Western Australia's Auditor General has panned the state's consistently-awful IT security, delivering its report from a site that Chrome warns isn't doing HTTPS right.…





  • Encryption, wiretaps and the Feds: THE TRUTH
    New US report suggests fewer peeps are using crypto but it's probably the other way around
    Figures published this month suggest fewer Americans are using encryption to secure their communications – but if you look into the detail, the opposite is probably closer to reality.…



  • Apple, Amazon and Google are screwing us, warns Elizabeth Warren
    Potential Clinton running mate lays into anti-competitive Silicon Valley giants
    Potential vice-president and Wall Street critic Elizabeth Warren has accused tech giants Apple, Amazon and Google of undermining competition and using their political clout to kill off efforts to place limits on them.…


  • Bay Area Techies! How to get in to Shape (Tech Expo)
    Two-day event at AT&T Park, July 15 and 16
    Promo In San Francisco on Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16? Be sure to check out Shape, a jam-packed technology festival and expo curated by AT&T that runs over the two days.…












  • Broker DP Data shuts up shop after HP's lawyers took a bite out of them
    'Extremely challenging' year for sales and 'trademark infringement' sueball blamed
    Grey broker DP Data Systems is facing a trademark infringement case brought by Hewlett Packard that ultimately convinced management to pull down the shutters, the business has claimed in its latest financial filing.…














  • China swaps cyber czars
    Lu Wei steps down, Xu Lin steps up
    China has a new Internet chief, after Lu Wei abruptly stepped down.…










  • Permabit offers deduplication to Linux masses – almost
    Data slimming tech for Hybrid Cloud Prof Services partners
    Permabit has moved beyond OEMs, making the latest release of its dedupe technology available as a Linux software package so that ISVs, professional services folks and systems integrators in its Hybrid Cloud Professional Services partners programme can use it.…




  • Hubble spies rare cosmic tadpole galaxy
    Astro boffins use find to study star formations
    The Hubble telescope has captured images of a rare tadpole galaxy glittering with bursts of star formation, swimming in the black pond of space.…



  • The problem with Canada? The price of broadband is too damn high
    And other telco oligopoly moans... Our resident maple leafer talks to digi rights group
    Opinion Openmedia, a digital rights advocacy group, has quickly become one of Canada's leading civil liberties organizations. Established in 2008 by Steve Anderson, Openmedia has run a series of successful campaigns which have made it the bane of Canada's telecoms oligopoly.…




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