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Marketplace Tech for Thursday, January 17, 2013
Jan 17, 2013

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, January 17, 2013

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The suicide of Internet activist Aaron Swartz is having a legal backlash. Rep. Zoe Lofgren has proposed "Aaron's Law" to scale back what critics call an overly broad law, that allowed prosecutors to threaten Swartz with decades of jail time. But will "Aaron's Law"  go far enough? Ebay's PayPal system is widely used for online payments. In a new partnership with NCR, the cash register and automated teller company, PayPal is taking another step toward making payments offline. Soon they may be enabling you to pay for gas using your Smartphone. 

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The Aftermath of Aaron Swartz's Suicide; Using PayPal at the Pump

Jan 17, 2013
The death of a freedom of information campaigner and accused hacker is prompting a bid to change federal law on computer abuse and fraud. Aaron Swartz, 26, killed himself on Friday as he awaited trial for breaking into MIT’s computer system to make public subscription-only academic journals in a database called J-Stor. Professor James Grimmelmann […]

The suicide of Internet activist Aaron Swartz is having a legal backlash. Rep. Zoe Lofgren has proposed “Aaron’s Law” to scale back what critics call an overly broad law, that allowed prosecutors to threaten Swartz with decades of jail time. But will “Aaron’s Law”  go far enough? Ebay’s PayPal system is widely used for online payments. In a new partnership with NCR, the cash register and automated teller company, PayPal is taking another step toward making payments offline. Soon they may be enabling you to pay for gas using your Smartphone. 

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