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Will the Americans with Disabilities Act tear a hole in Internet law?

First Round Capital Bumps Up Phineas Barnes, Kent Goldman To Partner Level

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Two big promotions are getting announced today at First Round Capital — a sign of more growth, and more opportunities, at the early-stage VC firm: Phineas Barnes and Kent Goldman are now partners. Previously both had been principals with FRC, which they each joined in 2008. The move signifies the...
First Round Capital Bumps Up Phineas Barnes, Kent Goldman To Partner Level

Designer group Hermès obtains $100M award against alleged counterfeiters

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This report is brought to you from Eric Goldman's Technology & Marketing Law Blog which covers aspects of Internet law, intellectual property, and advertising and marketing law. Hermès v. Does, 12-civ-1623 (S.D.N.Y.; Apr. 30, 2012) We've blogged repeatedly about trademark owners obtaining ex parte orders that provide extraordinarily broad...
Designer group Hermès obtains $100M award against alleged counterfeiters

Why Branch Is Moving Back To New York City

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My co-founder likes to say, “Being a startup founder in San Francisco feels like being a banker in New York.” Our founding team of three started Branch, a conversation platform, six months ago in New York. We spent the first few months bootstrapping our prototype from a co-working space...
Why Branch Is Moving Back To New York City

How these geeks pulled off one truly amazing light show at CenturyLink Field

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What happens when you turn a bunch of photographers, artists and sports geeks loose on a pro football and soccer stadium? Well, just take a look at the absolutely amazing “Midnight Lights” video created by Bodega Studios, a video in which CenturyLink Field is transformed into a massive work...
How these geeks pulled off one truly amazing light show at CenturyLink Field

10 Things You Need To Know This Morning (AOL, AAPL, GOOG, ORCL, GS)

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Good morning! Here is the news: The inside story of how Goldman blew its chance to lead the Facebook IPO. AOL is looking sell off TechCrunch and Engadget for $70-$100 million. AOL reported earnings, and its display ad business is still limp. Here's a look at some of the top...
10 Things You Need To Know This Morning (AOL, AAPL, GOOG, ORCL, GS)

Geotargeting And The Slippery Slope To Fragmenting The Internet With Localized Censorship

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For years we've talked about the challenges a global internet creates for legal questions that are based on more limited jurisdictions. As different countries start to deal with this, there has been some fragmenting of a global internet in the form of country-wide censorship, such as those seen in the...
Geotargeting And The Slippery Slope To Fragmenting The Internet With Localized Censorship

Three Things I Have Learned From Ev, Biz, and Goldman

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Since January, Evan Williams, Biz Stone, and Jason Goldman have been helping us build Branch. I feel very lucky to call them mentors and friends, so I thought I would pay it forward by sharing some of the wisdom that they have shared with me. I Don’t Know – @Ev Do you...
Three Things I Have Learned From Ev, Biz, and Goldman

Law Professor: Megaupload Prosecution A 'Depressing Display Of Abuse Of Government Authority'

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We've written plenty about the problems with the government's case against Megaupload, but it's still interesting to see law professor Eric Goldman's rather brutal assessment of the government's case, suggesting that it's clearly a case of abuse by the government: The resulting prosecution is a depressing display of abuse of...
Law Professor: Megaupload Prosecution A 'Depressing Display Of Abuse Of Government Authority'

Twitter co-founders’ Obvious Corp. announces Branch, a ‘curated discussion platform’

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Obvious Corporation, the new endeavor of Twitter founders Biz Stone, Evan Williams and Jason Goldman, has today announced its second project. It’s called Branch and it’s a partnership with developers  Josh,Cemre Güngöre, and Hursh Agrawal. The project is described as a platform for curated discussion among people that are knowledgable about a particular topic....
Twitter co-founders’ Obvious Corp. announces Branch, a ‘curated discussion platform’

Obvious Backs Online Community For Local Neighborhoods And Cities, Neighborland

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The Obvious Corporation, the ideas incubator and firm started by Biz Stone, Evan Williams and Jason Goldman, has announced its latest investment—online community Neighborland. It’s unclear how much Obvious put into the startup. From the startup’s site, it appears Neighborland is an online community for local neighborhood residents to share...
Obvious Backs Online Community For Local Neighborhoods And Cities, Neighborland

Thrillist CEO Ben Lerer Says The Opportunity For An IPO Is 'Quite Large'

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Thrillist CEO Ben Lerer expects his daily deals site to be a $100 million revenue business a year from now, he told Katie Roof in an interview for The Deal Pipeline. He also said the company is positioning itself to potentially IPO, and that the opportunity for an IPO...
Thrillist CEO Ben Lerer Says The Opportunity For An IPO Is 'Quite Large'

DealBook: Goldman Looks to Hire Social Media Strategist

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The Wall Street firm that many on the Internet love to hate is seeking some help in developing a "positive online presence."...
DealBook: Goldman Looks to Hire Social Media Strategist

With $2M In Tow, Branch Teams Up With Twitter Co-Founders’ Obvious For ‘New Brand Of Discourse’

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Last June, Twitter Co-founder Biz Stone announced that he was stepping back from Twitter to again team up with co-founder Evan Williams and early employee Jason Goldman to re-start The Obvious Corporation — an idea incubator — the one that initially helped give life to Twitter. A few months later,...
With $2M In Tow, Branch Teams Up With Twitter Co-Founders’ Obvious For ‘New Brand Of Discourse’

Biz Stone’s Obvious invests time and money into Neighborland to help citizens unite

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Obvious Corporation, the new endeavor of Twitter founders Biz Stone, Evan Williams and Jason Goldman, has announced that it will be investing both ‘capital and effort’ into community connection startup Neighborland. Stone, in a post on the Obvious site, says that they’re doing so because they like what the team...
Biz Stone’s Obvious invests time and money into Neighborland to help citizens unite

How Important Is Attribution In Copyright Issues?

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Many, many people think that attribution is a key part of copyright law, but in the US it's really not a part of the law at all (with a few tiny, nearly meaningless exceptions). Attribution issues may come up in situations of plagiarism, but they have little do with copyright...
How Important Is Attribution In Copyright Issues?
HUGE CHART: This Surge In Apple Looks Like Exactly Like Two Other Bubbles That Ended In Disaster

Smarsh Acquires Former TC50 Finalist Perpetually, Founder Thanks NY Tech Scene

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Disrupt alumni never cease to impress. TC50 finalist Perpetually and its web archiving technology have been acquired by Portland, Ore.- based Smarsh. Though the news hit the Web yesterday, we’re told the acquisition occurred earlier this year. Given Smarsh’s pedigree – which also specializes in archiving digital content, including IM conversations,...
Smarsh Acquires Former TC50 Finalist Perpetually, Founder Thanks NY Tech Scene

Recruiting the Draft Picks: Twitter's Internal Shuffle, Spurred by a Year-Long Talent Raid on the Valley

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Twitter is looking more and more different by the day – and it’s not just the company’s fancy new little blue bird logo. The company is in the midst of a significant ongoing internal reorganization of key roles in its product, engineering, strategy and sales teams, stealing a number of...
Recruiting the Draft Picks: Twitter's Internal Shuffle, Spurred by a Year-Long Talent Raid on the Valley

POLL: What Will Apple Do With Its $100 Billion Cash Pile?

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Apple is holding a conference call at 9:00 AM on Monday to discuss the result of its internal discussions regarding its ~$100 billion cash pile. Obviously, a dividend is one possibility, but that's just a guess. So in the meantime, let's do a poll. Please follow SAI on Twitter...
POLL: What Will Apple Do With Its $100 Billion Cash Pile?
RIM corporate customers preparing for switch to iOS, Android

Obvious Co. partner Lift releasing iPhone app to ‘achieve any goal’

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The Obvious Co.-backed company Lift has announced plans to launch an iPhone app that is a ‘simple, positive way to achieve any goal. The app, which is designed to help people achieve ‘any goal’ will be released in August. Back in August of last year Obvious Co. partners Biz Stone, Evan...
Obvious Co. partner Lift releasing iPhone app to ‘achieve any goal’

Teaching Style, Not Computers, Appears To Be Biggest Factor In Classroom Distraction

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For many years, we've covered various stories of professors struggling with the idea of students having their laptops open in the classroom. Our argument has always been that the computers themselves are neutral, and it's up to the professors to adapt and make sure their teaching strategies either do a...
Teaching Style, Not Computers, Appears To Be Biggest Factor In Classroom Distraction

First Round Capital Raises Its 4th Fund And Makes Kent Goldman And Phineas Barnes Partners

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First Round Capital, a seed stage VC firm with investments in startups like Birchbox and Uber, has raised its fourth fund. Kent Goldman and Phineas Barnes will be partners in the next fund alongside Howard Morgan, Chris Fralic, Rob Hayes and Josh Kopelman. Here's the post Josh Kopelman wrote announcing...
First Round Capital Raises Its 4th Fund And Makes Kent Goldman And Phineas Barnes Partners

Surprise! This Tech Company Has A Hotter Stock Than Apple This Year (AAPL, PCLN)

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For all of the hype around Apple, you'd think it was the hottest tech stock on the planet. It's not. There's one company that always flies under the radar that's doing better than Apple: Priceline. Priceline is up 50% year to date, versus 48% for Apple. (Check the chart...
Surprise! This Tech Company Has A Hotter Stock Than Apple This Year (AAPL, PCLN)

Ridiculous Statutory Damages Rules Means Judge Regretfully Awards $3.6 Million For Circumvention Of DRM

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Eric Goldman points us to yet another example of ridiculous statutory damages rules around copyright creating awards in court cases that have no connection to any real harm. And, this time, it involves the violation of the highly questionable (and controversial) anti-circumvention clause of the DMCA. The case involves an...
Ridiculous Statutory Damages Rules Means Judge Regretfully Awards $3.6 Million For Circumvention Of DRM

Final Stats On Heartland Payment Systems Class Action: $1,925 To 11 People, $600k To Lawyers

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We've been discussing for years just how broken the "class action" lawsuit system is in the US. The idea behind it sounds like it makes sense: if a company wrongs a bunch of people, the ability to bundle them all into a class, and get recompense via a single lawsuit...
Final Stats On Heartland Payment Systems Class Action: $1,925 To 11 People, $600k To Lawyers

Courts Losing Patience With Clearly Bogus Trademark Claims; Dismissing Them Early

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Eric Goldman has a post about a district court (Eastern District, NY) dismissing a trademark claim against the site PissedConsumer, by a company that was upset about what people were saying about it on the site. Of course, that's a pretty clear abuse of trademark law, which isn't about letting...
Courts Losing Patience With Clearly Bogus Trademark Claims; Dismissing Them Early
Unigo doubling traffic each month after relaunching as marketplace for virtual college guidance
Scribd and the new era of the $10 textbook
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