Publishers claim so but the EU Court of Justice says no
‘Europeans may browse the Internet without fear of infringing copyrights, as the EU Court of Justice ruled Thursday in a decision that ends a four-year legal battle threatening the open Internet.
‘It was the European top court’s second wide-ranging cyber ruling in less than a month. The court ruled May 13 that Europeans had a so-called “right to be forgotten” requiring Google to delete “inadequate” and “irrelevant” data upon requests from the public. That decision is spurring thousands of removal requests.
‘In this week’s case, the court slapped down the Newspaper Licensing Agency’s (NLA) claim that the technological underpinnings of Web surfing amounted to infringement.
‘The court ruled that “on-screen copies and the cached copies made by an end-user in the course of viewing a website satisfy the conditions” of infringement exemptions spelled out in the EU Copyright Directive. The NLA’s opponent in the case was the Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA). The PR group hailed the decision…’
Your Texting and Keyboarding Could Be Causing Permanent Hand Injury
‘David Ruch, practice division leader for the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, has been witnessing a growing phenomenon of hand and thumb injuries related to texting. While “Blackberry thumb,” sounds outdated, the problem has persisted longer than the device it was named for.
‘”The majority of high-tech people are younger, and they’re the ones getting the tendonitis in the thumb,” Ruch tells Mashable.
‘”There’s not a great treatment. It’s an overuse phenomenon.”
‘According to Ruch, small screens, button-mashing and improper use are causing many young smartphone users to develop problems in hand tendons that can cause lasting damage when they reach the ages of 40 or 50…’
tip: You won’t suffer RSI if your hands are fat but are you willing to get that fat?
Google Chrome Extension Will Let You Encrypt your eMails Easily
‘While end-to-end encryption tools like PGP and GnuPG have been around for a long time, they require a great deal of technical know-how and manual effort to use. To help make this kind of encryption a bit easier, we’re releasing code for a new Chrome extension that uses OpenPGP, an open standard supported by many existing encryption tools.
‘However, you won’t find the End-to-End extension in the Chrome Web Store quite yet; we’re just sharing the code today so that the community can test and evaluate it, helping us make sure that it’s as secure as it needs to be before people start relying on it. (And we mean it: our Vulnerability Reward Program offers financial awards for finding security bugs in Google code, including End-to-End.)
‘Once we feel that the extension is ready for primetime, we’ll make it available in the Chrome Web Store, and anyone will be able to use it to send and receive end-to-end encrypted emails through their existing web-based email provider…’