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Europe's New Copyright Rules Will Be Devastating to the Internet as We Know It

Get ready for a world of "link taxes" and copyright complaints over memes.<p>The formal death of net neutrality and the AT&T-Time Warner merger have received plenty of justified attention this week for the numerous ways they will negatively impact free speech and internet competition. But activists, …

Internet

Colorado baker slammed with hostile reviews, protests after Supreme Court victory

Colorado baker Jack Phillips received a standing ovation Saturday at the Western Conservative Summit, which came as a change of pace after a week of …

Rights & Freedoms

Denmark passes law banning burqa and niqab

Denmark has joined several other European countries in banning garments that cover the face, including Islamic veils such as the niqab and burqa, in a move condemned by human rights campaigners as “neither necessary nor proportionate”.<p>In a 75-30 vote with 74 absentees on Thursday, Danish lawmakers …

Religion

Google Could Owe Oracle $8.8 Billion in Android Fight

Google could owe Oracle Corp. billions of dollars for using Oracle-owned Java programming code in its Android operating system on mobile devices, an …

Mobile Devices

Billionaires Are Pushing Back Against New Zealand's Ban on Foreign Home Buyers

Rich real-estate investors are voicing their discontent over New Zealand’s ban foreign home buyers. Several businessmen are mobilizing to amend the …

The Case Against Low-fat Milk Is Stronger Than Ever

For years you’ve been told to go for skim over full-fat dairy. Even the latest dietary guidelines for Americans urge people to avoid the full fat, …

Nutrition

An AI just beat top lawyers at their own game

The nation's top lawyers recently battled artificial intelligence in a competition to interpret contracts — and they lost.<p>A new study, conducted by …

Artificial Intelligence

French Food Waste Law Changing How Grocery Stores Approach Excess Food

Every morning at a supermarket called Auchan in central Paris, Magdalena Dos Santos has a rendezvous with Ahmed "Doudou" Djerbrani, a driver from the French food bank.<p>Dos Santos, who runs the deli section of the store, is in charge of supervising the store's food donations. She sets aside prepared …

Agriculture

Supreme Court could cripple public unions in run-up to 2018 midterms

The plaintiff challenges the fees that government unions collect from nonmembers to cover collective bargaining costs.<p>The Supreme Court will hear arguments Monday in a case that could shrink government unions and their campaign war chests by as much as two thirds, with potentially devastating …

U.S. Supreme Court weighs Microsoft overseas data fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A major privacy rights fight between Microsoft Corp and the Justice Department reaches the Supreme Court this week, with the justices considering whether U.S. law allows prosecutors to compel technology companies to hand over data stored overseas.<p>The nine justices will hear …

Privacy

Parents lose court battle to keep son Isaiah Haastrup alive in intensive care

The parents of a brain-damaged boy being cared for at a London hospital have lost a life support treatment fight.<p>Specialists at King’s College …

Intensive Care

Kim Dotcom sues New Zealand government for up to $6.8B

Dotcom, founder of file-sharing site MegaUpload, is suing for damages over the destruction of his business and damage to his reputation.<p>Kim Dotcom is suing the government of New Zealand for billions of dollars in damages over his arrest in 2012.<p>The founder of file-sharing site MegaUpload is asking …

Dot-com

Supreme Court says North Carolina does not have to immediately redraw congressional maps that a lower court ruled unconstitutional

The Supreme Court said late Thursday that North Carolina does not immediately have to redraw its congressional district maps, meaning that the 2018 elections will likely be held in districts that a lower court found unconstitutional.<p>The court granted a request from North Carolina's Republican …

North Carolina

'This is depraved conduct,' DA says of California couple accused of torturing kids

<b>Riverside, California (CNN) —</b> A California district attorney painted a horrible picture of physical and emotional abuse as he announced torture charges Thursday against a Riverside County couple accused of keeping their 13 children captive and malnourished in their home.<p>David Turpin, 56, and Louise …

Spotify hit with lawsuit alleging infringement of Philips patents | Reuters

A patent licensing company on Monday accused music-streaming service Spotify of infringing three patents originally granted to Dutch technology giant Philips.<p>Sisvel, an Italian intellectual property management firm, sued Spotify in U.S. District Court in Delaware, alleging infringement of three …

Twitter sued by suspended far-right blogger who claims free-speech violations

In another example of a conservative accusing a Silicon Valley company of discrimination and suppression of speech, a right-wing blogger suspended by …

Tanzania pardons two child rapists and calls for arrest of pregnant schoolgirls

Activists accuse government of encouraging human rights violations, as President Magufuli releases convicted abusers of 10 primary school children<p>Activists accused Tanzania’s leaders of “promoting a culture of human rights violations”, as the release of two high-profile child rapists this week …

Africa

U.S. high court turns away dispute over gay worker protections

(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal by a Georgia security guard who said she was harassed and forced from her job because she is a lesbian, avoiding an opportunity to decide whether a federal law that bans gender-based bias also outlaws discrimination based on …

Russia Plans Instant Movie Pirate Site Blockades, Without Court Order

A decade ago online pirates had more or less free rein in Russia, but much has changed in recent years.With the introduction of several new laws, the …

Sony & Warner Sue TuneIn For Copyright Infringement in UK High Court

When it comes to providing digital online audio content, TuneIn is one of the world’s giants.Whether music, news, sport or just chat, TuneIn provides …

Dallas Buyers Club Loses Piracy Lawsuit, IP-Address is Not Enough

In recent years, BitTorrent users around the world have been targeted with threats. They can either pay a significant settlement fee, or face far …

Spanish Police Arrest Seven in Pirate Sports Streaming Crackdown

While most large broadcasters around the world now offer comprehensive sports packages to their customers, subscriptions are often quite …

US Court Disarms Canada’s Global Site Blocking Order Against Google

Google regularly removes infringing websites from its search results, but the company is also wary of abuse.When the Canadian company Equustek …

Afghan Government Moves to Block WhatsApp, Telegram Messaging Services

Afghanistan's government has ordered a block on messaging services WhatsApp and Telegram, according to a letter sent to the country's internet providers that was widely shared over social media on Saturday.<p>The letter was reportedly sent to Afghan ISPs after the country's National Directorate for …

Estonia freezes resident ID cards due to security flaw

Estonia's residents use their mandatory national IDs to access pretty much anything, from online banking to online voting. So, it was a huge blow to the program when experts found a security flaw in the chip the ID used that makes it possible for bad players to impersonate and steal the identities …

Spain High Court jails two Catalan separatist leaders pending investigation | Reuters

MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) - Spain moved closer on Monday to imposing central rule over Catalonia to thwart its independence push as Madrid’s High Court signaled a hardening line by jailing the leaders of two of the largest separatist organizations.<p>Jordi Cuixart (L), leader of Omnium Cultural, and …

Canada's Quebec province to ban face coverings in public sector | Reuters

QUEBEC CITY, Quebec (Reuters) - Quebec will ban face coverings for people giving or receiving provincial government services under a law passed on Wednesday that rights groups have criticized as marginalizing Muslim women in the mainly French-speaking Canadian province.<p>FILE PHOTO: Women in …

EU lawmakers agree to strengthen privacy rules for WhatsApp, Skype

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union lawmakers voted on Thursday to bring online messaging and email services such as WhatsApp and Skype into the scope of tough telecoms privacy rules that will restrict how they can track users.<p>The vote in the European Parliament's civil liberties committee was …

Pakistani Senate Rejects Age Limit For Marrying Girl As Un-Islamic

Pakistan’s Senate has struck down legislation last week that would have increased the minimum age girls to marry from age from 16 to 18. We have …

Home Office reverses decision to deport Palestinian-Syrian asylum seeker after family's pleas

The Government has performed an unexpected U-turn to allow a Palestinian-Syrian asylum seeker to remain in the UK after desperate appeals from his …

Human Rights