West Ham confident of securing winger from Mexican club Morelia, while Jed Steer is set to leave Norwich for Aston VillaJefferson Montero West Ham UnitedWest Ham are close to signing Jefferson Montero by triggering the Ecuadorian's Â£3m release clause at his Mexican club, Morelia.Roberto MartÃnez, the Everton manager, is also interested in Montero, who reportedly came close to signing
for Wigan Athletic in January when the Spaniard was in charge. But it is understood that West Ham are confident of securing the services of the 23-year-old winger, who has played for Ecuador 27 times.RenÃ©
Meulensteen Man UnitedDavid Moyes has
dispensed with RenÃ© Meulensteen as first-team coach, the Dutchman becoming the last
of Sir Alex Ferguson's senior backroom staff to depart the club.
Meulensteen follows the assistant manager Mike Phelan, the goalkeeping coach Eric Steele, and the chief scout Martin Ferguson out of Manchester United.
Meulensteen turned down the chance to take up an alternative role.Jed Steer Aston VillaAston Villa's manager, Paul Lambert, has said the Norwich City goalkeeper Jed Steer will become his sixth summer acquisition on 1 July.Lambert has been busy in the transfer market, bringing
in the defenders Jores Okore and Antonio Luna, midfielders Leandro Bacuna and Aleksandar Tonev, and the Danish striker Nicklas Helenius.The 20-year-old Steer will complete the move once his deal at Carrow Road expires. The former England Under-19 international will provide competition for Brad Guzan and Benji Siegrist.guardian.co.uk
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executive of Ariadne Capital, a venture capital firm based in London, believes that trust is essential to good leadership. Story
prepared by MIT SHASS CommunicationsEditorial and Design Director: Emily HiestandSenior Writer: Kathryn O'NeillPhotography: Jon Sachs Jim Furyk lost in a playoff a year ago at the Tampa Bay Championship and had no reason to feel as though he threw one away.
Luke Donald simply beat him and two others with a 7-iron out of the
rough to 6 feet
for birdie on the first extra hole. It is bad â€“ enabling federal prosecutors' harassment of Aaron Swartz.
But America's copyright regime is
an even greater threatIs the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act the "worst law in technology", as Columbia Law School's Tim Wu calls the statute? I think there are worse laws for the technology industry and its customers, but the CFAA is more than bad enough â€“ a vague, outdated and Draconian law, abused by the government in several high-profile cases â€“ to have spurred calls for repeal.As Wu and many others (including
me) have pointed out over the years, the vagueness of the CFAA has given prosecutors a tool that should worry everyone. This is because the government contends that the statute's ban on "unauthorized access" to someone else's computer is a felony, period, with potential penalties you'd associate with serious violent crime.The late Aaron Swartz has been the highest-profile target of overreaching federal prosecutors relying in large part on the
CFAA, in a case where he downloaded hundreds of thousands of academic papers from an organization that didn't want him prosecuted and ultimately decided to make the material freely available.
There's little question that his suicide was spurred, in part, by the government's escalating threats, made possible thanks to prosecutors' ability to use the CFAA as sledgehammer.But
forex-growth-bot the first.
The Bush administration relied on the CFAA to prosecute the easy-to-dislike Lori Drew, who was among several people who created a bogus MySpace account of a fictitious teenaged boy who wooed and rejected the daughter of Drew's neighbor in suburban St Louis. The girl killed herself. When Missouri
prosecutors said they had no relevant state law to prosecute Drew and her admittedly heartless helpers in this
scheme, a federal prosecutor in Los Angeles hauled Drew there to face charges under the CFAA.The case boiled down to Drew's misstatements in her MySpace profile.
(Shamefully, MySpace supported the prosecution.) The jury convicted Drew of one charge, but the judge in the case wisely overturned it, pointing out that the government
would have made everyone who's ever violated a "terms of service" agreement, no matter how minor the violation, at risk for criminal charges.The
this law is not just from government prosecution. It's been stretched widely in civil cases, as well.
Wu says the way to fix this intolerable situation is to persuade President Obama to fix it:"The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act is egregiously over-broad in a way that has clearly imposed on the rights and liberties of Americans. With just one speech, the president can set things right."But
no, he can't.
At least, not in a way we could trust.First,
presidential dispensation is useful, but it's not remotely permanent.
White House occupants change.
A more authoritarian chief executive than Obama won't be bound by what he does.Presidents also change, or their positions do.
That's the second big problem with Wu's suggestion: wishful thinking. Obama's record on civil liberties and executive power is simply abysmal
â€“ worse than George W Bush's in many ways, and better in only a few (such as gay rights).Obama's Justice Department has made clear it believes the CFAA gives it the power to go after anyone.
That includes you and me, assuming you've ever violated a terms of service in any way, as you undoubtedly have done.Banana republics have lots of laws designed to
be widely broken, providing leverage for prosecution of people either not liked by the government or who do otherwise legal things that annoy the leaders.
So, even though you and I are exceedingly unlikely to become targets of the CFAA, we could be â€“ and that's why the law is intolerable as it stands.Wu doubts, fairly, that this Congress in particular can be persuaded to act on almost anything.
And it's no exaggeration to say that lawmakers are terrified in general of doing anything that might cause them to be accused of being soft on crime. But like it or not, this is ultimately an issue for Congress, which writes the laws.The
lawmakers' tendency to favor vagueness has some merit â€“ it gives the people who carry out enforcement and make regulations the ability to adjust to changing circumstances â€“ but in cases like this, where the abuse by the executive branch is blatant, Congress should take the risk of
doing its job.
Representative Zoe Lofgren, a California Democrat, has proposed an "Aaron's Law" that would help redress the current imbalance.
Reforming CFAA is also an issue for the press â€“ or would be, if we had more journalists who took seriously their duty to hold power accountable.
Journalists in aggregate have two problems with this law: a superficial understanding, at best, and an
fat burning furnace to government positions on criminal justice and security.
Even when journalists are directly threatened by overreaching, as they are in the WikiLeaks case, they still demonstrate a reluctance to take a stand.If enough news organizations put the Obama civil liberties record under the spotlight it deserves, perhaps the American people would
care more about what they're losing. Or maybe, we're willing to live in a more banana-like republic all the time; but I hope not.I said earlier that the CFAA, bad as it is, isn't the worst law relating to technology.
At least one, by my reckoning, is worse: the increasingly harsh copyright regime that has already turned countless millions
of Americans into lawbreakers and deterred countless innovators.Copyright
in America started life in the US constitution as a way to promote innovation by giving creators of works strong rights for limited periods. It has metastasized into a system that has perverts the founders' intent and given giant corporations overwhelming â€“ and increasing â€“ power over not just entertainment but everything that contains information, including software, which is now part of almost everything.In
a rare defeat for the Copyright Cartel, the supreme court has upheld the "first sale doctrine" â€“ the principle that once you buy a book or CD, you can resell it â€“ in a closely watched case. The court's rationale was that Congress didn't mean to create a different standard for works bought overseas as opposed to ones bought in the US. But the same court also just refused to hear an appeal of a Minnesota woman who's been ordered to pay more than $220,000 for downloading two-dozen songs â€“ a testament to Congress' gift to Hollywood and its allies in the form of absurdly stiff penalties for minor infringement.In
the end, people who want change in bad laws have to work for it. This is doubly hard given Congress' pay-to-play system of legal
bribery, where dollars translate into votes.
Maybe that will have to change first, as the "United Re:Public" coalition says, but we need to get started or get used to a system that puts everyone at risk.
We could begin by calling our legislators and insist they get behind "Aaron's Law".US constitution and civil libertiesIntellectual propertyInternetCensorshipUS supreme courtUS CongressAaron SwartzDan Gillmorguardian.co.uk
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| Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds Attempts to settle long-running antitrust investigation by European Commission over market dominance continue to stallGoogle's rivals have indicated they will reject its offer to label its services in search listings, as it tries to settle a long-running antitrust investigation by
the European Commission over its market dominance.The US search company's offer was publicised on Thursday by EC competition commissioner JoaquÃn Almunia, who has given rivals and outside organisations a month to comment on the proposals, which aim to settle an ongoing antitrust tussle with the EC.If organisations broadly accept the ideas, then Google will be bound over to obey them and display the results in a set format in countries within the EC for five years and three months.But
if Google's suggestions to settle are turned down â€“ as looks likely â€“ Almunia could be obliged to issue a formal "Statement of Objections" to Google's conduct in search and force it to follow a legally binding code of conduct, or micro niche finder fines of up to 10% of its global revenues.Google has been under investigation since November 2010, when Almunia's office opened an investigation into Google's dominance of search following complaints by the UK "vertical search" company Foundem, Microsoft-owned Ciao, and the French legal search engine ejustice.fr.A similar investigation into Google's search dominance in the US fizzled out earlier this year, when the Federal Trade Commission made no move to enforce any changes on Google's search results layout.The
independent European consumer organisation BEUC, whose members include Which? in the UK, said in a statement it was disappointed with the proposals, which it said would not achieve the aim of "eradicating the current anti-competitive behaviour in what
is essentially a monopoly market". Google has over 90% of search share in Europe, compared to about 65% in the US.Google's suggestions were set out after more than nine months' negotiation with the EC.
In 2011 Almunia's team had raised a series of concerns over how Google labels its search results, "scrapes" pages on other sites to display in search listings, requires exclusivity deals on its adverts on web pages, and prevents easy portability of advertising campaigns to other search engines.The biggest concern is over what is perceived as Google's promotion of its own services, such as Maps, YouTube, Shopping and Local.
The company's proposals, unveiled by Almunia, suggest that it would label listings where it is promoting products on its own behalf. In some cases, it would also offers links
to up to three other "vertical" rival sites, decided by a test of how many page views those sites have received in the European economic area.But BEUC said the "labelling" proposal "may even shepherd consumes towards clicking on Google services [that would be] highlighted in a frame â€¦ Labelling an infringement of competition law doesn't prevent it being an infringement."Instead, opponents say, Google should be forced to compete in the same way that they are â€“ on the basis of their content and Google's indexing system.Shivaun
Raff, co-founder of the UK vertical search company Foundem â€“
one of the original complainants to the EC in spring 2010, after alleging that the US company was artificially demoting it in search results â€“ said: "The only foolproof way to tackle abusive practices is to end them. Ultimately, the only way to end Google's search manipulation practices and restore a level-playing field is to ensure that Google holds all services, including its own, to exactly the same standards, using exactly the same crawling, indexing, ranking, display, and penalty algorithms."A Google spokesman said: "We continue to work co-operatively with the European Commission."GoogleEuropean
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© 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky will endorse a pathway to citizenship for the nationâ€™s illegal immigrants, a significant move for a favorite of Tea Party Republicans who are sometimes hostile to such an approach. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), who
has walked a fine line on gay marriage, came out strongly Wednesday night against the Supreme Court's decision to declare a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.
Read full article >> Below is the transcript, via WikiLeaks, of NSA leaker Edward Snowden's statement on Friday at Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport.
Snowden reiterated his google sniper download U.S.
cyber programs are "illegal" and "immoral," framing his leaks as a "moral decision." He also assailed U.S. efforts to extradite him, arguing that the Obama administration was seeking to "make an example" of him
and that he was wanted for political speech rather than for any violations of law. Read full article >> The U.S. India Business Council is upset about the immigration bill.
In particular, it's worried about a provision that would make it a whole lot harder for Indian IT services companies, like Tata and Infosys, to do business in the United States: Companies that have more than 15 percent of their workforces on H1-B visas wouldn't be able to send workers to work for American companies on-site, and would have to reduce the overall number of H1-B workers to less than half of their total payroll by 2017.
That could force American companies that employ them to
change their business models, which could get expensive.
(I explained the issue more fully for The New Republic last month.) Read full article >> ISTANBUL â€” Sitting in his tiny shop in the heart of Istanbulâ€™s Grand Bazaar, Mehmet Ali Yildirimturk explains why, despite the fall in gold prices this year, Turkey remains fascinated with the metal. â€œIn Turkey, when a baby is born, you give gold. When a circumcision takes place, you give gold. At weddings you give gold,â€ Yildirimturk said as a longtime customer squeezed into the wood-paneled shop for a valuation of her bracelet. Read full article >> Many tech companies have called for the U.S. Congress to ease restrictions on high-skill immigration because they can't find qualified tech workers to fill open positions.
How do two of these drugs compare? Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced plans to install in Times Square 30 trash and recycling stations that can compact waste using solar energy and then alert workers when the bins are full.
The bride and the groom are lawyers in New York.
In â€œThe New Digital Ageâ€ Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen lay out a future without secrets â€” for the good and the bad.
Leon Leyson was 10 when the Germans invaded Poland, but was saved, along with some members of his family, by Oskar Schindler, who employed them in his factories. Oracle has updated some of its middleware and developer products to make them better equipped for private cloud
deployments, releasing major updates for the WebLogic application server and Oracle Coherence in-memory data cache.
One of the countryâ€™s last remaining tuition-free colleges will charge undergraduates deemed able to pay about $20,000 starting in 2014. Golf organizations have formed a partnership to promote playing nine holes for players not interested in the time it takes an amateur to get through 18 holes. Rob Thomas, the â€œVeronica Marsâ€ creator and producer, had told fans they had 30 days to raise $2 million, a figure that was met in about 10 hours.
JPMorgan Chase ignored risk controls and withheld information from regulators during big trading losses last year, a Senate inquiry found. This hearty, high-protein combination shows up in countless cuisines â€“ including Persian cooking, which inspired several of this weekâ€™s