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US: Diverse Coalition Battles AOLís Email Tax
by Antone GonsalvesTechWeb
March 1st, 2006
A diverse coalition of groups, many of them not-for-profits, has launched a campaign to pressure America Online (AOL) into halting plans for a pay-to-send email system.

US: EFF Challenges Clear Channel Recording Patent
ag-IP-news
February 15th, 2006
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) announced it has filed a challenge on Tuesday to an illegitimate patent from Clear Channel Communications. The patent - for a system and method of creating digital recordings of live performances - locks musical acts into using Clear Channel technology and blocks innovations by others.

US: Sales Brisk for "Wal-Mart" Docu As Accusations Fly
Reuters
February 15th, 2006
Berlin's European Film Market became the backdrop for yet another verbal battle between Wal-Mart and its filmmaker nemesis Robert Greenwald on Tuesday. The Greenwald-directed film "Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price" made for hot sales but heated words at the market.

US: The Net Effect of Neutrality
by Eric HellwegTechnology Review
February 10th, 2006
In Congress this week, two sides presented their cases in front of a Senate committee thatís considering revising a 10-year-old telecommunications bill. The topic was Internet neutrality: the idea that all bits coursing along the Web should be treated equally.

US: Seated at Both Sides of the Table
by Scott WoolleyForbes
February 7th, 2006
To settle a $400 million debt he owes to himself, Carl Icahn wants to sell some prized possessions--to himself. Confused yet?

US: The End of the Internet
by Jeffrey ChesterThe Nation
February 6th, 2006
The nation's largest telephone and cable companies are crafting an alarming set of strategies that would transform the free, open and nondiscriminatory Internet of today to a privately run and branded service that would charge a fee for virtually everything we do online.

THAILAND: Thai PM shrugs off shares sale protests
by Amy KazminFinancial Times
February 6th, 2006
Thaksin Shinawatra, Thai prime minister, this weekend declared he would not bow to pressure and step down from office, even as tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Bangkok to demand his resignation.

MIDDLE EAST: Firms feel pain of people power
by Robert PlummerBBC News
February 3rd, 2006
The backlash throughout the Muslim world against a series of Danish cartoons caricaturing the Prophet Muhammad is having a severe impact on at least one prominent business in Denmark.

IRAQ: Planted Articles May Be Violation
by Mark MazzettiLos Angeles Times
January 27th, 2006

US: Wal-Mart's Musical Moves
by Abigail Goldman and Charles DuhiggLos Angeles Times
January 26th, 2006
This latest example of Wal-Mart's "direct procurement" approach continues the company's practice of upending the traditional relationship between the makers of goods and those who sell them. The deal has some in the recording industry alarmed at the thought of Wal-Mart's establishing direct partnerships with musicians and cutting out the labels. And it may just be the start.

US: How Dr. Weil, Dr. Phil, and Larry King Turn Your Trust into Cash
Center for Science in the Public Interest
January 25th, 2006
These three men use their fame to hawk vitamins, herbs, and other dietary supplements that often rely on inflated claims and dubious (or nonexistent) science. Consumers who buy these products may be overpaying or wasting their money entirely, according to CSPI.

US: Writer Says Ex-Chief of HealthSouth Paid for Positive Coverage
Associated Press
January 19th, 2006

US: Disney Paid Eisner $10.1 Million in '05
Associated Press
January 12th, 2006
Michael D. Eisner, former chief executive of the Walt Disney Company, received $10.1 million in compensation last year, including a $9.1 million cash bonus, according to the company's annual proxy statement filed Wednesday.

US: Lobbyist's Work for Publishers of Magazines Under Scrutiny
by By Katherine Q. Seelye KATHARINE Q. SEELYEThe New York Times
January 9th, 2006

CHINA: Microsoft Shuts Down Blog Potentially Offensive to China
by Kathy Chen and Geoffrey FowlerWall Street Journal
January 5th, 2006
Microsoft Corp. has shut down a popular Chinese-language blog that has run edgy content potentially offensive to Chinese authorities, amid China's continuing efforts to control information on the Internet.

IRAQ: Pentagon Paid Sunni Clerics To Aid Propaganda Effort
by David S. Cloud and Jeff GerthThe New York Times
January 2nd, 2006
A Pentagon contractor that paid Iraqi newspapers to print positive articles written by American soldiers has also been compensating Sunni religious scholars in Iraq in return for assistance with its propaganda work, according to current and former employees.

US: Ex-Qwest Executive Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud
Reuters
December 28th, 2005
A former top executive of Qwest Communications International Inc on Wednesday pleaded guilty to wire fraud, avoiding a five-week trial that had been set to start on Tuesday.

US: Timeline of Qwest Woes
The Associated Press
December 28th, 2005

US: On Opinion Page, a Lobby's Hand Is Often Unseen
by Philip ShenonThe New York Times
December 23rd, 2005

US: Trial Against News Corp. Is Allowed to Go Forward
by Rita K. FarrellThe New York Times
December 21st, 2005

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