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This Week In Techdirt History: September 25th – October 1st

7 hours 24 minutes ago
Five Years Ago This week in 2017, the SESTA fight continued, and we took a look at how Google would survive the law, but startups might not, and how much of the supposed sex trafficking epidemic driving the bill simply didn’t exist. Ajit Pai’s FCC amusingly declared victory over wireless competition issues, the streaming exclusivity […]
Leigh Beadon

After Trying To Deny The Obvious, Google Announces It’s Shutting Down Stadia

1 day 4 hours ago
While Google’s Stadia game streaming service arrived with a lot of promise, it generally landed with a disappointing thud. A limited catalog, deployment issues, and a quality that couldn’t match current gen game consoles meant the service just never saw the kind of traction Google (or a lot of other people) originally envisioned. Developers have been […]
Karl Bode

Daily Deal: Apple 13.3-inch MacBook Air 128GB – Silver (Refurbished)

1 day 7 hours ago
With a gorgeous, ultra-thin design, the Apple MacBook Air 13.3-inch notebook is designed to take on today’s most demanding tasks without compromising on portability and usability. This refurbished Apple MacBook Air has an integrated 720p FaceTime HD webcam for video chats and communication. The combination of the stunningly beautiful Retina display, high-performance Core i5 processor, […]
Gretchen Heckmann

Hundreds Of Authors Ask Publishers To Stop Attacking Libraries

1 day 9 hours ago
We keep pointing out that publishers hate libraries. Oh, they’ll pretend otherwise, and make broad platitudes about libraries and the good of society. But, it’s clear in how they act that they think of libraries as dens of piracy. They’re now using the ebook revolution as a chance to harm, or even wipe out, libraries. […]
Mike Masnick

Netflix Expands Its Stupid Password Sharing Crackdown Cash Grab

1 day 13 hours ago
We’ve noted how, as Netflix gets bigger and more powerful, it has increasingly behaved more like the cable giants (Comcast) it used to disrupt. For example, once it was big enough to pay telecom giants their pound of flesh, it stopped caring about stuff like net neutrality. But there’s no better example of Netflix’s pivot […]
Karl Bode

Daily Deal: HP ProBook X360 11-G1-EE (Refurbished)

2 days 8 hours ago
The HP ProBook X360 11-G1-EE (refurbished) is a Windows 10 Professional laptop with an 11.6″ display and a resolution of 1366×768 pixels, providing the ultimate user experience. This laptop is powered by an Intel Pentium dual-core processor that optimizes your work for better productivity. It also comes with 8GB RAM for faster and smoother performance. […]
Gretchen Heckmann

Roskomnadzor Has Become Putin’s Personal Powerful Surveillance Network

2 days 9 hours ago
Russia’s Roskomnadzor never used to be a powerful government thug. It used to be almost nothing at all. It was an afterthought — a regulatory agency created to cover things hardly anyone considered to be important. It was formed in 2008 and asked to oversee radio signals, telecom, and the Russian mail service. But then […]
Tim Cushing

Rep. Ken Buck’s Irrational Spite Of Tech Companies May Have Screwed Up Another Antitrust Bill

3 days 4 hours ago
It’s kinda weird how the GOP’s pure hatred and spite towards tech companies, and their desire to exact maximum punishment rather than make good policy, keeps blowing up bills that might otherwise pass. We’ve talked plenty about how Republicans have effectively torpedoed the big tech antitrust bill by insisting that it must include provisions that […]
Mike Masnick

Indian Legislators Want The Government To Be Able To Intercept Encrypted Messages

3 days 6 hours ago
India is still a democracy. Or so it pretends. But it’s becoming indistinguishable from autocratic regimes, like those found in some of its nearby neighbors, China, Turkey, and Pakistan. Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India has become indistinguishable from dozens of other abusive regimes run by dictators, all while trying to uphold the pretense of […]
Tim Cushing

Daily Deal: Acer TravelMate (Refurbished)

3 days 8 hours ago
This refurbished Acer Travelmate P446 laptop combines portability, performance, and value. Featuring a 14″ screen and an Intel i5 5200U 2.2GHz processor, combined with 8GB Ram and a 256GB Solid State Hard drive, it lacks little in the way of speed. Be it the home user, student, or business that needs top-notch performance at budget […]
Gretchen Heckmann