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White House: It's Time to Legalize Cell Phone Unlocking

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The White House on Monday came out in support of a consumer’s right to unlock their cell phone once they have fulfilled the terms of the contract. Responding to a petition on whitehouse.gov, the executive branch stated “The White House agrees with the 114,000+ of you who believe that consumers...
White House: It's Time to Legalize Cell Phone Unlocking

Bootstrap creators leave Twitter for Obvious and GitHub but vow to keep working on open-source project

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Mark Otto and Jacob Thornton (aka @mdo and @fat), who created front-end Web app development toolkit Bootstrap whilst working at Twitter, have decided to leave the social networking company. In a blog post, Otto and Thornton promise that they will both continue to work on the Bootstrap project, which was...
Bootstrap creators leave Twitter for Obvious and GitHub but vow to keep working on open-source project

Apple Off The Hook For ComiXology's Censoring

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Reports yesterday that Apple had inserted itself into the world of publishing censorship have turned out to be completely inaccurate. Apple didn't ban the sale of a comic, the app's company did. The kerfuffle centered on the banning of the sale of issue 12 of Image Comic's Saga comic series...
Apple Off The Hook For ComiXology's Censoring

Pick one or the other with Polar

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Polar is a new iOS app from Input Factory. It’s available now as a free download from the App Store, and carries no additional in-app purchases. Polar is a simple app designed to allow users to solicit opinions from friends and community members on whatever subject they please. The questions...
Pick one or the other with Polar

Oh, Please, New York Times, Get Over Yourself — You Don't Have A God-Given Right To Interview Apple's CEO (AAPL, NYT)

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Apple is an extremely manipulative company when it comes to the press. Some outlets are favored, and some are not. (In the interest of disclosure, you should know that we are not. We have made a decision to call it like we see it, because that's what we would...
Oh, Please, New York Times, Get Over Yourself — You Don't Have A God-Given Right To Interview Apple's CEO (AAPL, NYT)
Apple's stock buyback will cut its tax bill by more than the cost of the borrowing (AAPL)

Chain-Link Confidentiality: A HIPAA-Like Approach To Online Privacy

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As we put more of our private information online and entrust it to web services, privacy breaches become almost inevitable. One major problem with online privacy is that there is really no enforceable chain of confidentiality. So when a third-party service makes your information available to another party, things can...
Chain-Link Confidentiality: A HIPAA-Like Approach To Online Privacy

UPS Coughs Up $40 Million Because It Delivered Drugs From Rogue Pharmacies

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Whenever we talk about things like "secondary liability" and why it doesn't make sense to blame a company for something their users do, we'll often use examples like pointing out that it's inappropriate to blame AT&T if someone makes a bomb threat over the phone, or to blame Ford for...
UPS Coughs Up $40 Million Because It Delivered Drugs From Rogue Pharmacies

Former social darling Diaspora* intends to transform into a 'community-run' project

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Diaspora*, the crowdfunded social network, hailed as a potential ‘Facebook killer’ when born, is making the transition to a ‘community-led’ project, it announced today. The team recently released an image remixing and sharing tool, Makr.io, which was born out of an itch that they found while using Diaspora*, but felt...
Former social darling Diaspora* intends to transform into a 'community-run' project

Apple seeks HTC penalty for uncooperative expert witness

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Apple is seeking US International Trade Commission court sanctions against HTC based on the testimony of one of its expert witnesses. HTC's witness Michael J. Geile repeatedly deferred to HTC's lawyers when pressed about his "inventions" with parent company ADC Telecommunications and is essentially saying nothing of substance to the...
Apple seeks HTC penalty for uncooperative expert witness

Auto-Ban: German Court Orders Google to Delete Offensive Search Suggestions

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Germany’s Federal Court of Justice has ordered Google to evaluate requests to remove potentially defamatory autocomplete search entries. In a Tuesday decision, the court said it is Google’s responsibility to remove autocomplete results that falsely imply “a factual link between [an individual] and terms … which have negative connotations.” At...
Auto-Ban: German Court Orders Google to Delete Offensive Search Suggestions

Dancing Baby Video Fight Heads Back To Court: Will A Bogus Takedown Finally Get Punished?

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Yesterday, our most popular post involved a story of a questionable DMCA takedown notice leading to the shutdown of 1.5 million sites. This was not a first. We've written numerous times about bogus DMCA notices and the damage they can cause by censoring works without an adversarial hearing first. And...
Dancing Baby Video Fight Heads Back To Court: Will A Bogus Takedown Finally Get Punished?

Senators Want Details On Twitter's New Censorship Policy

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Two U.S. Senators want Twitter to give more details on how and when it will censor content when requested to do so by foreign governments. "We understand that Twitter has an obligation to comply with legal requests that do not violate human rights," Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill.,...
Senators Want Details On Twitter's New Censorship Policy
Apple: Samsung has destroyed 'vast quantities' of evidence ahead of infringement trial

Samsung files 'me too' motion for adverse inference jury instruction against Apple

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On Wednesday morning, Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal granted an Apple motion for an adverse inference jury instruction against Samsung on the grounds of spoliation of evidence. Samsung has now followed up on a footnote in which Judge Grewal stated that Apple's alleged "fail[ure] to issue litigation hold notices in...
Samsung files 'me too' motion for adverse inference jury instruction against Apple

German data commissioner orders Facebook to drop its real name policy

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Germany’s data commissioner — the Unabhaengiges Landeszentrum fuer Datenschutz (ULD) — has ordered Facebook to drop its real name policy, accusing the company of violating German data protection laws which give users the right to use pseudonyms online. The regulator includes both Facebook’s US and Irish offices in its report, noting that it...
German data commissioner orders Facebook to drop its real name policy

What We Should Learn From Comic Creators Censoring Themselves For Apple

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On the heels of Tim Cushing's story about Apple threatening removal of a comics app due to what it deemed to be adult content, leading me to wonder whether Apple realizes that their devices are indeed used by adults throughout the world, it's worth highlighting something Cushing mentioned somewhat...
What We Should Learn From Comic Creators Censoring Themselves For Apple

Reddit CEO in Memo Leaked to Gawker: 'We are Not Going to Ban Distasteful Subreddits'

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(Photo: Reddit) As the story of notorious Reddit user Violentacrez and the controversial subreddits he moderated sinks its tentacles into the greater Internet, Reddit administrators–known for their laissez-faire attitude about site moderation–have remained astonishingly mum. In conversations with Betabeat, Reddit general manager Erik Martin gave little indication as to how Reddit...
Reddit CEO in Memo Leaked to Gawker: 'We are Not Going to Ban Distasteful Subreddits'

HBO Wants Google to Censor.... HBO.com

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In common with many other websites on the Internet, Google has an obligation to remove infringing content upon receiving a valid DMCA request from copyright holders. Starting a few months ago copyright holders drastically increased the number of notices sent, totaling more than 50 million last year. While many of...
HBO Wants Google to Censor.... HBO.com

Breaking: Appeals Court Sends Viacom-YouTube Case Back To District Court, Future Of Safe Harbors Still Uncertain

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The original ruling in the Viacom vs. YouTube case was a complete and total victory for YouTube. The court effectively dumped the case at the summary judgment stage, correctly recognizing that YouTube qualified for the DMCA's safe harbors, and that Viacom was trying to change the clear definitions in those...
Breaking: Appeals Court Sends Viacom-YouTube Case Back To District Court, Future Of Safe Harbors Still Uncertain

Journalists Have No Obligation To Cover A Story About You The Way You Want Them To Cover It

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As we've discussed a few times, we seem to get threatened with a lawsuit approximately once a month or so (though they tend to come in bunches after extended quiet periods). The threats usually fall under one of two categories: someone upset about something we wrote about them, or someone...
Journalists Have No Obligation To Cover A Story About You The Way You Want Them To Cover It

Japanese Court Misunderstands Autocomplete, Orders Google To Turn It Off To Protect 'Privacy'

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Over the past few years, we've seen a number of lawsuits around the globe concerning Google's "autocomplete" feature, which takes common searches based on what you've already typed and suggests those as potential full searches. The feature can be pretty useful (and also amusing at times). In the US, the...
Japanese Court Misunderstands Autocomplete, Orders Google To Turn It Off To Protect 'Privacy'

The Flipside: Embracing Closed Gardens Like The Apple App Store Shows Just How Un-Free You Want To Be

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Just the other day, I told you the story of some immature and racist apps in Google's Play store. In that post, I discussed how the kind of speech that offends is truly a barometer of exactly how free we want speech to be. It's one thing to embrace free...
The Flipside: Embracing Closed Gardens Like The Apple App Store Shows Just How Un-Free You Want To Be
Reddit CEO issues internal memo on free speech and outing of Violentacrez

EU Legal Review Says ACTA Negotiators Broke The Law In Not Revealing Text To EU Parliament

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Remember back when the EU Parliament voted 663 to 13 against what was going on with ACTA negotiations? The EU negotiators, who worked for the EU Commission, not the EU Parliament, seemed to brush off Parliament's concerns. However, some in the Parliament asked their legal services to determine if the...
EU Legal Review Says ACTA Negotiators Broke The Law In Not Revealing Text To EU Parliament

French Court Says Google Not Liable For Infringing Works Uploaded To YouTube

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In a case that appears to parallel the Viacom/YouTube case in the US, French TV network TF1 sued YouTube/Google (and competitor Dailymotion), claiming that those sites were liable for infringing videos uploaded to the site. However, in a new ruling, a French court has dismissed the case. As with other,...
French Court Says Google Not Liable For Infringing Works Uploaded To YouTube

A Silicon Valley Vet Explains How To Properly Execute A Handshake Deal

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In Silicon Valley, getting things done quickly is crucial. In the time it takes to get contracts drafted and papers signed, your funding could fall through along with your investment. So most deals in the high-tech hub start out with a low-tech handshake. This is meant to satisfy all parties...
A Silicon Valley Vet Explains How To Properly Execute A Handshake Deal

Twitter's Revolutionary Agreement Lets Original Inventors Stop Patent Trolls

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We've talked repeatedly in the past about how even if a company got patents for solely defensive reasons, down the road, those patents can end up in the hands of trolls, who abuse them to hinder real innovation. If you talk to engineers -- especially software engineers -- in Silicon...
Twitter's Revolutionary Agreement Lets Original Inventors Stop Patent Trolls

Kodak Deal Unloads a $2.8 Billion Debt

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Kodak will turn over its camera-film and other businesses to U.K. retirees in exchange for wiping out a hefty pension obligation. Down the road the pension plan can sell the assets....
Kodak Deal Unloads a $2.8 Billion Debt

Comixology, not Apple, responsible for not publishing controversial comic

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via paperblog.com Comixology CEO Dan Steinberge addressed the company’s customers today clarifying that Apple was not responsible for withholding its comic Saga #12 from the Comixology iOS app. In the last 24 hours there has been a lot of chatter about Apple banning Saga #12 from our Comics App on...
Comixology, not Apple, responsible for not publishing controversial comic
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