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Four short links: 19 August 2013

Glenn Greenwald, Terrorism Act 2000, comedian Jay Leno, decent website

Detaining my partner: a failed attempt at intimidation | Glenn Greenwald | Comm ... -- At 6:30 am this morning my time - 5:30 am on the East Coast of the US - I received a telephone call from someone who identified himself as a "security official at Heathrow airport." The official - who refused to give his name but would only identify himself by his number: 203654 - said David was not allowed to have a lawyer present, nor would they allow me to talk to him. We spent all day - as every hour passed - worried that he would be arrested and charged under a terrorism statute. Beyond that, every time the US and UK governments show their true character to the world - when they prevent the Bolivian President's plane from flying safely home, when they threaten journalists with prosecution, when they engage in behavior like what they did today - all they do is helpfully underscore why it's so dangerous to allow them to exercise vast, unchecked spying power in the dark.

Glenn Greenwald's partner detained at Heathrow airport for nine hours | World ne ... -- The partner of the Guardian journalist who has written a series of stories revealing mass surveillance programmes by the US National Security Agency was held for almost nine hours on Sunday by UK authorities as he passed through London 's Heathrow airport on his way home to Rio de Janeiro.

How to trap a whistleblower - -- I can tell you that there are ways, if you think that the government is abusing a program, of coming forward. The Drake case collapsed in spectacular fashion when the judge found that the information Drake possessed was completely unclassified, and had only been marked otherwise after it was seized from his home. Wyden said famously: When the American people find out how their government had secretly interpreted the Patriot Act, they will be stunned and they will be angry.

Behind The Scenes At Homejoy, A Cleaning Startup That Says Its Really A Tech Com ... -- Apparently this is something members of the Homejoy team were thinking about too, because they emailed me recently to suggest a guest column about why Homejoy really is a tech company. Linsey, whose past work includes time as a technical program manager at Amazon and co-founding the social marketing startup Crowdbooster (which, like Homejoy, was backed by incubator Y Combinator ), said he was convinced to stay by the size of the technical challenges that Homejoy was facing. (the company doesnt identify cleaners by their full names): Before [Homejoy] I had to solicit jobs myself and now Homejoy is like a household name. (And by the way, the list of markets where Homejoy is now available includes cities like Atlanta, Phoenix, and Tampa Bay, so maybe this isnt just for startup douchebags after all ) And for what its worth, I was pretty impressed by what I saw not just by the technology, but by Linseys enthusiasm in outlining the problems Homejoy has already solved, and the ones that it still needs to face.

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