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  • Firefox 4 beta 2 released, including app tabs and CSS3 transitions
  • Pirate Party offers hosting to WikiLeaks
  • Law suit targets sites using analysis service that introduced zombie cookies
    As Ryan Single explains, zombie cookies are browser cookies ressurrected from Flash’s client side storage without the users knowledge or consent. It was Quantcast that was identified as using them, though they claimed to have stopped shortly after being outed by researchers at UC Berkeley. Quantcast is in wide usage by many high profile sites and it is their customers being targeted by this suit. The basis of the suit is the use of zombie cookies violated a federal computer intrusion law, which I think is not the best framing but lacking a federal online privacy law there is little alternative.
  • More on ASCAP boss’s fears over being silenced
    Professor Lessig himself messaged about this earlier in the day, linking to an update to his original Huffington Post article from earlier inviting Paul William’s to a debate. Mike Masnick at Techdirt has the open letter from Williams along with a good bit of analysis. The conclusion is indeed as baffling as it seems, somehow equating the call to a civil discourse in a public forum on the merits of both views with an attempt to silence one of those views. It is frustrating when the other side of the question of how we re-balance copyright won’t even engage in a rational conversation.

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