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Digital Media Law: Privacy, Social Media, Electronic Communications and Related Legal Issues » Blog Archive » FTC Advises That Mergers Don’t Eliminate Privacy Promises of Acquired Companies

The FTC recently posted comments on its business blog about the responsibility of companies to comply with privacy representations made to prior …

Mergers & Acquisitions

Dropbox Versus The World

The new tech war is a battle to own your digital data. Dropbox’s 32-year-old CEO thinks he can thwart the world’s most formidable titans.

"What’s preventing Google from disrupting your success?"

Drew Houston’s company may be valued at $10 billion, but here in GSB Faculty West 104 on the Stanford …


Salmon Bulgogi

Pull the bones from the salmon if there are any. Cut the salmon fillet into 3/4-inch thick pieces.

In a medium size bowl, mix the marinade ingredients …


Japanese Home Among the Trees Uses Bookshelves and Glass for Walls

An established Japanese architecture firm with a yen for porous, indoor-outdoor living spaces crafts a hilltop perch for a young family and the surrounding wildlife.

Project: Geo Metria HouseArchitect: Mount Fuji Architects Studio

One summer day, Kensuke Kenmotsustepped into his nine-month-old house …

Interior Design

Loudr Launches New Service to Help Artists Monetize Cover Songs

Artists now have another way to make money from their Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift cover songs. Loudr has launched Loudr Licensing, an easy-to-use …


Thousands of Uber accounts are allegedly being sold on the dark web

Thousands of Uber users account credentials could have been compromised, and are up for sale from unscrupulous sellers. At least two separate vendors on dark web marketplace AlphaBay are hawking active Uber accounts, Motherboard reports. Once purchased, these accounts let buyers order up rides using …

New York

How Pinterest Engineer Tracy Chou is Breaking the Silicon Ceiling

Tracy Chou, a young engineer at Pinterest, is tackling tech’s women problem head-on.

“There are a lot of engineers here,” Tracy Chou, a programmer at Pinterest and one of the fastest-rising engineers in tech, tells me one evening at Dogpatch Boulders, a climbing gym named after the bayside San …

Grace Hopper

EU: Don’t use Facebook if you want to keep the NSA away from your data

In a key case before the European Union's highest court, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), the European Commission admitted …


Watch Out Harry Fox, Loudr Is Coming For You

Also, currently SoundCloud doesn’t pay anything for streams (except to WMG and soon to Sony and Universal). So an artist would be LOSING quite a bit …


Broadband companies sue over new Net neutrality rules

A pair of lawsuits challenge agency's new Internet traffic rules, calling them a violation of federal law.

Less than two weeks after the Federal …

Net Neutrality

How one man’s utopian vision for the Internet conquered, and then warped, Silicon Valley

Jacob Silverman is the author of “Terms of Service: Social Media and the Price of Constant Connection,” from which this article is adapted.

Twenty …

Silicon Valley

India Strikes Down Controversial Law Banning ‘Offensive’ Online Content

The law, often called draconian, made online content deemed "grossly offensive" punishable by a jail term of up to three years

In a landmark ruling, India’s apex court struck down a law that allowed the government to jail citizens for up to three years for posting “offensive” content on the Internet.


Gone, The App For Selling Your Old Crap, Taps UPS To Go Nationwide Instantly

Gone, a service that launched out of Austin to help your sell your old crap, has today announced a partnership with UPS that will allow the company to rapidly scale nationwide.

Gone traditionally works by letting users snap pictures of their old gear, which is then automatically priced, picked up …

United Parcel Service

Amazon spurns slow FAA, reveals it’s been testing drones abroad

In testimony to the Senate Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security, Amazon says the Federal Aviation Administration’s snail-like pace in adopting commercial-friendly drone policies will keep the U.S. far behind its European counterparts.

Last week, the FAA announced it would allow …


Wall Street's 'most powerful woman' is Google's new finance chief

Ruth Porat, the Morgan Stanley chief financial officer often called “the most powerful woman on Wall Street”, is joining Google as its finance chief.

Porat, 57, who has been at Morgan Stanley since 1987 and advised the US government on its rescue of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac during the 2008 …


Taylor Swift will be available on Jay Z's Tidal streaming service

Most people still have no idea what Tidal is, but that's likely to change if Jay Z continues playing his cards right. See, the music mogul has just convinced Taylor Swift to give the Norwegian hi-fi streaming service -- that he snapped up -- the right to stream most of her albums. As she's one of …

Taylor Swift

Tech coalition including Microsoft, Apple, and Google presses attack on the Patriot Act

Advocacy groups, major tech companies, and a coalition of huge firms including Google, Microsoft, and Apple have sent a letter to the Obama administration urging it to decisively end the NSA's bulk collection of metadata, which expires June 1st as part of Section 215 of the Patriot Act. Obama has …


Messaging Apps Offer Do-It-All Services in Bid for Higher Profits

Messaging apps do a lot more these days than send messages.

Facebook’s Messenger app is the perfect example. Last week, the company added the ability to let Messengers users send and receive money. And on Wednesday, the company announced that users of its stand-alone Messenger app would be able to …


Farm Groups Fight For Drone Freedom

By David Morgan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - American farmers want the Federal Aviation Administration to relax proposed regulations on commercial drones so the unmanned aircraft can be used over longer distances at any time of day or night, farm group representatives said on Wednesday.

Representatives for …

David Morgan

Amazon, Eager To Get Drones In The Air, Hates FAA's Regulations

Slow U.S. approval process is pushing drone innovation abroad

Last week, the FAA did something strange: it granted Amazon a certificate to test drones, provided Amazon test those drones under a set of incredibly tight restrictions that don’t match with Amazon’s planned drone delivery model at all. …


Former Beats Execs Jimmy Iovine and Trent Reznor Leading Development of Apple's New Music Service

Rumors about a revamped Apple-branded Beats streaming music service have been circulating since September of last year, but as the launch of the service draws nearer, information on pricing and content has been leaking out.

In a detailed report on the upcoming service published today, The New York

Jimmy Iovine

LendingHome raises $70M for online real estate investment platform - Silicon Valley Business Journal

Gina HallContributor

LendingHome disclosed on Friday that it raised $70 million in new funding for its online platform which allows individuals and …

Silicon Valley

How Often Does an App Share Your Location? You May Be Surprised

Even for researchers experienced at examining technology that might be invasive, this warning was alarming: “Your location has been shared 5,398 times with Facebook, Groupon, GO Launcher EX and seven other apps in the last 14 days.”

The warning was sent to a subject as scientists at Carnegie Mellon …

Carnegie Mellon University

RadioShack's bankruptcy auction may include your personal data

But legal challenges could prevent the company from selling it

If you shopped at RadioShack before the company started closing its stores en masse earlier this year, your personal data could be up for bid in the company’s bankruptcy auctions.

More than 13 million e-mail addresses and 65 million …


Facebook's Messenger platform will let you download apps, message businesses

During his F8, Mark Zuckerberg unveiled the next phase in Facebook Messenger: Messenger Platform. According to Zuckerberg, the app is now an ecosystem that can now be used to create and share content in line and independent of the News Feed.

An entire ecosystem built into Facebook Messenger

Going …


Google is now one of the most powerful corporate forces in Washington

Google built its empire through its unrivaled search engine. Now it's trying to preserve that power through an unrivaled political engine.

With an average of one meeting per week with White House officials throughout Obama's tenure, the Wall Street Journal reported, Google has evolved into one of …


10 Free Apps That Will Change How You Decorate

Whether you're planning, measuring, renovating or redecorating, we've rounded up the best, free home makeover tools for your phone.


How music labels are trying to kill off Spotify’s unlimited free streaming

As Taylor Swift goes, so goes just about everybody else.

Last fall, Taylor Swift shut out music-streaming services like Spotify from the release of her latest album. This week, it seems like the big labels are finally, if a little slowly, paying attention.

On Friday, Universal Music told the Financial


8 Tips for Designing on a Budget

Living on a budget is a simple fact of life, for most. Who says that should equate to missing out on good, modern design for the home? Not us.

Interior Design