New Firefox has no-plugin video-conferencing

Firefox Hello (a Webrtc implmentation) has debuted in the just-released v.34 of the browser, allowing users to conduct peer-to-peer video-chats without any plugins -- just create a chat, send the URL to your friend and start talking. Read the rest

New Net Neutrality tool connects you directly to the phone of senior White House staffers

Did Obama Break the Net? -- from the good people at Demand Progress and Fight for the Future. Read the rest

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MagicJack dials wrong number in legal attack on Boing Boing

Gadget maker MagicJack recently lost a defamation lawsuit that it filed against Boing Boing. The judge dismissed its case and ordered it to pay us more than $50,000 in legal costs.

The Florida-based VOIP company promotes a USB dongle that allows subscribers to make free or inexpensive phone calls over the internet. I posted in April 2008 about its terms of service—which include the right to analyze customers' calls—and various iffy characteristics of its website.

We had no idea that it would file a baseless lawsuit to try and shut me up, that CEO Dan Borislow would offer to buy our silence after disparaging his own lawyers, or that MagicJack would ultimately face legal consequences for trying to intimidate critics. Read the rest

MagicJack Legal Documents

Collected here are legal documents relating to MagicJack's defamation lawsuit against Boing Boing. The presiding judge ruled its case a SLAPP -- a strategic lawsuit against public participation -- and ultimately entered a judgment against it and made MagicJack pay most of our legal costs.

There's a lot to read, so some excerpts are included. Highlights include the wild expense of fighting off lawsuits, MagicJack's litigators saying they didn't want to see discussion of the case on the "blogosphere," and it now being a matter of court record that I produce 'lusty and imaginative' expressions of contempt. Read the rest