links for 2010-03-30

  • A Philadelphia man has been charged with threatening to kill Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and his family.
    A two-count complaint and warrant was filed today accusing Norman Leboon, 33, of threatening to kill Cantor and his family in a YouTube video posted online this month, according to U.S. Attorney Michael L. Levy and FBI Special Agent in Charge Jan Fedarcyk.
    “The Department of Justice takes threats against government officials seriously, especially threats to kill or injure others,” Levy said in statement. “Whether the reason for the threat is personal or political, threats are not protected by the First Amendment and are crimes.”
    Read the affidavit and the warrant.
    Cantor spokesman Brad Dayspring said the congressman was notified over the weekend by authorities that a credible threat was made against his life, and that an arrest had been made.
  • More than ever, Apple CEO Steve Jobs is responding to customer emails. Perhaps the most exciting revelation is that the iPad — and iPhone — will gain a universal inbox. That will be a welcome upgrade. What other secrets has Jobs revealed?
    (tags: apple ipad)

  • The much-criticized cloak of secrecy that has surrounded the Obama administration’s negotiation of the multilateral Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement was broken Wednesday. The leaked draft of ACTA belies the U.S. trade representative’s assertions that the agreement would not alter U.S. intellectual property law. And it raises the stakes on the constitutionally dubious method by which the administration proposes to make the agreement binding on the United States.
    The goal of the trade pact is to tighten enforcement of global intellectual property rules. The leaked draft, though incomplete in many respects, makes clear that negotiators are considering ideas and principles not reflected in U.S. law.

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