How the Feds took down the Silk Road drug wonderland

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/11/silk-road/

Last month, the FBI was able to find and arrest Ross Ulbricht, the man behind Darknet ecommerce site (and popular online drug trafficking haven) Silk Road, and Wired has published a detailed post-mortem on how it all went down. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the raid on Ulbricht (along with nearly a dozen well-known Silk Road vendors) was a plan years in the making — built on the backs of smaller, low-profile arrests. And, it seems like they aren’t done: Law enforcement told Wired that they’re not only looking to take down more Silk Road sellers, but also those who offer Bitcoin currency conversion services as “unregistered money transmitters”.

Home-brewed TV Everywhere

Unlike Jeff Bewkes’ original vision for TV Everywhere, in which all new use-cases for TV content would be discretely licensed, the courts are carving out a growing list of use-cases that do not need to be licensed.

Opening shots fired in coming battle over copyright reform

While the proposed Unlocking Technology Act would certainly address the controversy of cellphone unlocking it would quite a bit farther than previous bills to deal will phone locks, and farther than the White House called for in its statement, both of which were narrowly targeted at allowing consumers to move their phones from one network to another.

Can the French civilize Twitter? Should they try?

A string of offensive hashtag memes in France has spurred the government to announce a consultation on hate speech with Twitter. It could mark a watershed for the country’s approach to social media — but it’s not just Paris that has a problem. We all do.