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78% of adults believe Internet access a fundamental right; 50% want no regulation

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blogs.zdnet.com: Four of every five adults believe access to the Internet is a fundamental right, and more than half believe it should never be regulated, according to a new survey.

Apache bug prompts update advice

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zdnet.com.au: IT security company Sense of Security has discovered a serious bug in Apache's HTTP web server, which could allow a remote attacker to gain complete control of a database.

BBC claims angry iPlayer plugin mob 'conflated' open source term

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theregister.co.uk: The BBC has tried to draw a line under its decision to bar open source implementations of RTMP (real-time messaging protocol) streaming in the iPlayer, after The Register revealed the Corporation's quiet switcheroo last week.

Microsoft exec suggests Internet tax to pay for cyber security

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infoworld.com: Charney equates infected PCs with infected people, and suggests the equivalent of quarantines to stop malware from spreading.

Also: Cyberwar, are we being lied to?

Keep Your Cloud, I'm a Customer Not a Consumer

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linuxtoday.com/blog: The cloud hype is getting thicker and smellier every day. All the cloud excitement is coming from those who hope to profit from it, the vendors and breathless tech journalists who can't think of anything worthwhile to write about. They're working very hard to make it sound like a wonderful thing, a miracle of rare device that will transform life as we know it.

Techgage's 5th Birthday Contest

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techgage.com: Techgage has just turned five, so what better reason to celebrate? To help kill two birds with one stone, we're looking to YOU for input on what we're doing right, and what you want to see more of (or improve). As a thanks for taking our site survey, you'll be entered to have a chance at winning our custom-built gaming PC, valued at $4,200!

Heroes and Villains of Tech

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pcworld.com: Here's a look at standout good guys and bad guys -- from passionate heroes who balance profit with innovation and social responsibility to money-mad, egomaniac villains who simply cannot be trusted.

Get your damn hands off my Internet!

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dthomasdigital.com: I’m talking to you government, entertainment industry, and monopoly service providers. What happened to my really cool and interesting Internet. Well I tell you one thing that unless something is done it will be gone forever.

BBC blocks open source software from iPlayer video service

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arstechnica.com: The BBC has enabled SWF Verification for its iPlayer streaming video service. This content protection mechanism has locked out users who consume the iPlayer video content with open source software.

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