GoDaddy Stopped Sanctions Against #Iran

More than a year back I wrote a post to reveal how Godaddy has restricted its web servers in a way they are not reachable from Iran, and It was considered as a part of sanctions against Iran and Iranians.

Today I’m truly glad to receive a confirmation via Twitter that GoDaddy has stopped these restrictions.

I thank Godaddy, specially for announcing this update publicly.

I also thank Collin D Anderson ( @CDA )  and NIAC (@NIACouncil) for following the updates about the sanctions and internet restrictions all along.

Bill Legalizing Phone Unlocking Moves Forward

Tech

The Republican-led House of Representatives passed a bill this week to once again legalize the unlocking of cell phones for use with multiple carriers, but the bill’s future is far from certain thanks to a controversial provision meant to protect carriers’ profits.

The process of unlocking phones used to be legal. It was considered an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which makes it illegal to circumvent software designed to protect copyrighted material. The exemption makes sense, as phone unlocking is a “noninfringing use” – the process has nothing to do with copyright. That changed in late 2012, when the Librarian of Congress revoked the exemption at the behest of carriers, making unlocking your own phone illegal.

If passed by the Senate and signed by President Obama, H.R. 1123 would once again make it legal to unlock your own phone or have a carrier do…

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How to Download & Paste a Metallic Set of #IconFonts on Your Wall?

I was just watching the ThinkTank HangOut  that WPthintank has organised and  Amazingly find out Matt Mullenweg has pasted a set of  metallic IconFonts on his wall 🙂

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At the first sight I thought the Icons are by FontAwesome then but with a closer look I realize the number of icons is much less than the FontAwesome collection, My second guess was that Matt has download the IconFonts from Genericons which is a recent Automattic Portrayal. Well they are, The icons on the wall behind Matt are identically looking like Genericons!

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Watch the very good conversation about future and applications of WordPress:

FINALLY, a Solar-Powered Cigarette Lighter

Tech

Smokers, prepare to look even cooler than normal when you’re smoking.

Instead of lighting your smoke with a namby-pamby Bic or a holier-than-thou Zippo, you could be harnessing the power of the sun! Imagine its rays streaking toward Earth like a comet trying to catch a bus, collecting in a momentous joyfulness on a small, reflective dish – that dish attached to a weird springy, coily thing that itself is attached to your unlit cigarette.

Moments later…

*WHOOSH!!!* Your cigarette blazes to life with a quick whiff of burning tobacco leaves, the heat soon drawn into your lungs although the entire process feels like an eternity. And moments later – again, an eternity – the sweet coursing of nicotine surges through your bloodstream like a lawn dart with a chip on its shoulder, leaving you with the strength and dexterity of a dozen non-smoking mortals.

Five minutes later:…

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Internet Defense League member; Cat Signal Feb 11 we fight back against NSA spying

Internet Defence League latest NewsLetter:

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Dear Internet Defense League member,

Cat Signal! Feb 11 we fight back against NSA spying.

Two years ago Internet users rose up and won the fight against SOPA and PIPA. One year ago, internet activist Aaron Swartz, who was a leader in these protests, tragically took his own life. In celebration of our huge win against SOPA and in memory of Aaron, we are helping coordinate a mass day of protest against mass surveillance to take place on February 11th.

It’s called The Day We Fight Back. This Tuesday, more than 4,000 websites will host banners urging people to call/email Congress to oppose mass government surveillance. Since the day Snowden blew the whistle on the NSA’s cynical abuse of the Internet we’ve been building a mass movement of Internet users to meet government surveillance head on. On Tuesday, the Internet will show its power to defend itself from threats once again.

If you’ve already got the Internet Defense League’s “all campaigns” code installed, you’re all set! The “cat signal” will be raised at midnight on Feb 11th.

Will you join? Click here to get the IDL code for your site.

We’ll demand that legislators

1) Pass the USA FREEDOM Act, which would move us in the right direction and restrict some of the spying.

2) Defeat the so-called “FISA Improvements Act”, which would entrench — and potentially expand — NSA spying.

3) Create additional privacy protections to protect the human rights of those outside the U.S.

4) End the NSA’s subversion of encryption and other data security measures.

Click here to stand up with thousands of other websites on The Day We Fight Back.

If you don’t have a website, you can still tell the world you’re taking on the NSA. Post on social media, make and share a meme, link to a NSA-related story, or organize a protest. Anything you can do helps, and if you tell us about it by replying to this email, we’ll help spread the word.

For years, the NSA has exploited secret legal interpretations to undermine our privacy rights — thus chilling speech and activism, and thereby threatening to subvert the very underpinnings of our democracy itself.

Now the time has come to once again fight back against mass surveillance. Are you in? Click here to get the code for your site.

Stay tuned after The Day We Fight Back — we’ve got the groundwork laid for another massive effort that will keep the pressure on and throw a wrench in the NSA’s plans like never before.

If you just want to get the code for The Day We Fight back, and not the IDL all-campaigns code, get it here.

For the Internet,
Tiffiniy, Holmes, and Evan

Internet Defense League
Fight for the Future

P.S. If you are part of the IDL’s twitter army (meaning you signed up with your twitter handle when you joined IDL, and authorized us to tweet out at key moments) we’ll be activating the twitter tool for this too to amplify the Cat Signal, so expect to see a tweet on Feb 11th! If you want to opt-out, just go to your twitter settings.

The Super Bowl: A Sex Trafficker’s Playground

Forte E Bello

woman hostageIn just a few short days hundreds of thousands of visitors will flood to the MetLife stadium in New Jersey for Super Bowl XLVIII. Many visitors will be coming to show their pride and cheer on their favorite team, but tragically, thousands more will be coming for something entirely different. What most people don’t know is that the single biggest game of the year has also been called the single largest human trafficking event on the planet.

Just beyond the stadium lights, hidden within the shadows will be thousands of victims, women, children and even men, caught in the inhumane web of sex trafficking. For them this day will bring something much different than football, loud cheers, hot dog stands and painted beer bellies. For them it will bring pain, abuse, repeated rapes and even fear of death. The exact numbers of trafficking cases in a given year or…

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