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In Syria, a detained Internet activist remains in limbo

Two years ago this week, authorities arrested a computer programmer, Bassel Khartabil, involved in protests against the Syrian government. There's still no word on when he'll be released.

By Mar. 11, 2014

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'Star Wars' actor's lightsaber cane gets him detained by TSA

Peter Mayhew, the extremely tall man who plays Chewbacca, confounds TSA operatives in Denver with his lightsaber cane. Apparently, it was too long for their liking.

By Jun. 10, 2013

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Free-software activists hope for detained engineer's freedom

Bassel Khartabil, a volunteer with copyright licensing nonprofit Creative Commons, was reportedly detained by the Syrian government on March 15.

By Jul. 11, 2012

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Security researcher: I keep getting detained by feds

Moxie Marlinspike, who doesn't know why he is being targeted, was listed in the contacts on a seized phone of a WikiLeaks volunteer.

By Nov. 18, 2010

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Researcher detained at U.S. border, questioned about Wikileaks

Jacob Appelbaum, who volunteers with Wikileaks, is questioned for three hours and has mobile phones confiscated on his way back to the United States for a hacker show.

By Jul. 31, 2010

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Sony execs detained by workers over severance pay

The CEO and head of human resources of Sony France have been freed after being held by union workers who demanded better severance packages.

By Mar. 13, 2009

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Kevin Mitnick detained, released after Colombia trip

Famed social engineer-cum-hacker tells a cautionary tale about the dangers of traveling into the U.S. with a laptop, and sending packages back home from Bogota.

By Oct. 1, 2008

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Peter Mayhew back as Chewbacca in 'Star Wars,' sources say

Anonymous sources feed the rumor that Peter Mayhew is once again donning the fur suit to play Chewbacca for the new "Star Wars" movie.

By Apr. 7, 2014

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Kanye, the new Steve Jobs, gets Jobs-signed Apple mouse

Kim Kardashian, good friend of Steve Wozniak, gives her beau lovely Apple Pro mice signed by Jobs and Woz. They are a Father's Day gift.

By Jul. 1, 2013

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'Star Wars' lightsaber thumb-wrestling goes to the digit side

The ancient sport of thumb-wrestling gets a sci-fi upgrade with a lightsaber kit that outfits your thumbs for battle.

By Sep. 19, 2013