March 18, 2006

Man says a-l-l-a-h in name blocked e-mail

Posted in News Headlines at 4:50 am by miharuyouth

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

FOUNTAIN CITY, Wis. — A man says his attempts to sign up for an e-mail account with Yahoo failed when he used his name, which includes the letters a-l-l-a-h – as in Allah, the Arabic word for God.

Ed Callahan said he started trying to establish the e-mail account after his mother, with the same last name, couldn’t get one.

As he tried using various words, he determined that e-mail addresses with other religious words seemed OK, but not if they included the spelling of Allah.

“The war on terror is becoming a war on Muslims,” Callahan said.

Yahoo Inc. said Wednesday it has changed policy to allow usage of the word. In a written statement, the company defended the previous policy as an attempt to protect users from hateful speech.

“A small number of people registered for IDs using specific terms with the sole purpose of promoting hate and then used those IDs to post content that was harmful or threatening to others, thus violating Yahoo’s terms of service,” the statement said.

After the policy change, Callahan said he promptly registered a new e-mail account, which includes his last name

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Torrent sites under attackPosted in News Headlines at 2:55 am by miharuyouth

The MPAA filed lawsuits against Torrentspy, Isohunt, Torrentbox, Niteshadow and Bthub. This could have a huge impact on the Bittorrent community since Torrentspy and Isohunt are two of the most frequently visited torrent sites.
But on the other hand, Isohunt and Torrentspy are torrent search engines and DO NOT host any torrents so the MPAA may have a hard time to built a strong case.

Slyck got a chance to talk to the operators of Torrentspy and Isohunt, and they reacted quite relaxed:

“Funny, they didn’t email me,” Gary from ISOHunt said. “I’m not too concerned because we deal with copyright requests everyday, some of them from studios MPAA represents.”

“Justin” from TorrentSpy echoed Gary’s skepticism. “I guess I will learn more when I see what they have filed exactly. I’m not sure why they are suing when we comply with DMCA requests but I guess we will learn more down the road.”

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