Aaron Swartz Internet Activist Dies In Brooklyn

Aaron Swartz at the EIFL visioning retreat 2008, taken by Quinn Norton by Flickr user EIFL: knowledge without boundaries, licensed by Creative Commons

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It’s quite suspicious that, Co-Founder of Reddit and RSS, Aaron Swartz, committed suicide this weekend in his Brooklyn, NY apartment.  It’s even more disturbing to hear that he had been facing charges under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act where he could have been potentially seeing 35 years in prison and up to $1 million dollars in fines.

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Blocked, Buster: Video Rental Company Settles Lawsuit

Vhs'sss by Flickr user Orin Zebest, licensed by Creative Commons.

A settlement has been reached by top video rental company, Blockbuster, in a class-action lawsuit.  A Minnesota man, Baseem Missaghi, claimed that Blockbuster has been violating the Video Privacy Protection Act. The Privacy Protection Act was created specifically for rental companies like Blockbuster to prevent harvesting their end user’s information. The law states that video rental companies are not allowed to unveil information specific to each user’s account without their consent. Blockbuster had reportedly been holding onto the private data for millions of their consumers across the world. As part of the settlement, Blockbuster was required to pay lawyer fees totaling around $140,000.

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