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Kim Kardashian Says She Believes Paris Robbers Were Watching Her Snapchat

“They had this window of opportunity and just went for it.”<p>This Sunday marks the much-touted, highly anticipated episode of <i>Keeping Up with the Kardashians</i> in which <b>Kim Kardashian West</b> is going to discuss her robbery in Paris this past October for the first time, on camera. The episode has already …

Hollywood

Edina police ask for whole city's Google searches, and a judge says yes

The cops are winning.<p>As detailed in a report from Tony Webster earlier this week, a Hennepin County judge has granted the Edina Police Department an …

Google

Lack of Oxford Comma Costs Maine Company Millions in Overtime Dispute

A class-action lawsuit about overtime pay for truck drivers hinged entirely on a debate that has bitterly divided friends, families and foes: The dreaded — or totally necessary — Oxford comma, perhaps the most polarizing of punctuation marks.<p>What ensued in The United States Court of Appeals for the …

Adorable puppy born in shelter has bizarre image of herself on her ear

• <b>The puppy, Lucy, was born at the Humane Society in Greater Rochester, NY in October</b>• <b><br>In February, the shelter put up photos of Lucy and her siblings</b> …

Why American Farmers Are Hacking Their Tractors With Ukrainian Firmware - Motherboard

To avoid the draconian locks that John Deere puts on the tractors they buy, farmers throughout America's heartland have started hacking their equipment with firmware that's cracked in Eastern Europe and traded on invite-only, paid online forums.<p>Tractor hacking is growing increasingly popular …

Agriculture

Maker of connected vibrator agrees to destroy sensitive user data

Standard Innovation reaches $3 million class-action settlement after its vibrators were shown to collect and transmit ‘highly sensitive’ data<p>A sex toy company has settled a class-action lawsuit filed by women who alleged that its connected vibrators collected “highly sensitive” personal information …

Innovation

French hoverboard inventor banned from flying in France

Investigation into Franky Zapata’s Flyboard Air hovercraft stirs debate over innovation and regulation in France<p>The man who invented the Flyboard Air has been barred from flying his jet-powered hoverboard in France, sparking a debate over the country’s policies on innovation. In a Facebook post on …

Aerospace

Judge OKs warrant to reveal who searched a crime victim’s name on Google

Order seeks data for "any/all user or subscriber information" related to the searches.<p>Police in a small suburban town of 50,000 people just outside …

Google

Man jailed indefinitely for refusing to decrypt hard drives loses appeal

“Our client has now been in custody for almost 18 months,” defense attorney says.<p>On Monday, a US federal appeals court sided against a former …

Surveillance

How police unmasked suspect accused of sending seizure-inducing tweet

Defendant's iCloud account contained "the exact" GIF used in the crime, cops say.<p>The man accused of sending a Newsweek writer a seizure-inducing …

Driver's Licenses

Hope fades for cheap TV-over-Internet as FilmOn loses copyright fight [Updated]

TV networks expert witness: “The Internet is not a communications channel.”<p>Remember the startup Aereo? That's the Boston-based outfit that tried to …

Net Neutrality

Cheerleading company can get copyrights, pursue competitors, Supreme Court says

The high court ponders copyrighted uniforms, Van Gogh, and cat-shaped lamps.<p>The Supreme Court issued a 5-2 opinion (PDF) today allowing cheerleading …

3D Printing

BuzzFeed Tech

The food delivery company DoorDash is testing robotic deliveries–and we tried to intercept it.

Nunes claims some Trump transition messages were intercepted

The move gave cover to the White House but was rebuked by top Democrats.<p>Updated 03/22/17 06:48 PM EDT<p>House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes declared Wednesday that members of Donald Trump’s transition team, possibly including Trump himself, were under inadvertent surveillance following November’s …

Government

Could the President Spy on His Political Opponents?

The controversy continues over President Trump’s Twitter storm accusing President Obama of wiretapping him. On Monday, members of Congress peppered …

Government

Donald Trump's claim of FISA use against him puts focus on spying scope

President Trump's claim that the Obama administration used a law meant for snooping on foreign agents against him during the presidential campaign …

Government

US Congress to NSA: How many Americans do you illegally spy on?

If there is one piece of information that would fatally undermine the NSA's argument that it doesn't abuse Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence …

Surveillance

Despite privacy concerns, Trump will not reform FISA 'to protect the security of the nation'

The Trump administration plans to reauthorize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, despite criticisms from Congress and privacy advocates, who …

Surveillance

Reading List: Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Law and entrepreneurship? Law and innovation? Read these three pieces in a single sitting:<p>Abstract:<p>To foster innovation, we must find solutions to …

Innovation

FedEx Can Keep On Copying for Creative Commons Licensee

Fed Ex Office and Print Services recently scored a victory in <i>Great Minds v. FedEx Office and Print Services, Inc.</i>, securing dismissal of a copyright …

School Districts

Lanham Act Lesson: Dropbox Drop Kicks Opponent and Scores Attorneys’ Fees Award

As the sun set on 2016, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in <i>Sunearth, Inc. v. Sun Earth Solar Power, Co.</i> embraced a new standard for awarding …

Law

Sis Boom Bah – Supreme Court Extends Copyright Protection to Cheerleading Uniform Designs

In a decision announced today, the Supreme Court held that Varsity Brands is entitled to assert copyright protection in two-dimensional designs …

Design

Social Media Attack That Set Off a Seizure Leads to an Arrest

WASHINGTON — When the journalist Kurt Eichenwald opened an animated image sent to him on Twitter last December, the message “You deserve a seizure for your posts” appeared in capital letters along with a blinding strobe light. Mr. Eichenwald, who has epilepsy, has said he immediately suffered a …

Social Media

Law, Virtual Reality, and Augmented Reality by Mark A. Lemley, Eugene Volokh

Abstract<p>Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are going to be big -- not just for gaming but for work, for social life, and for evaluating …

Virtual Reality

Companies want employees’ genetic info—new bill lets them take it by force

Under guise of “voluntary” wellness programs, employees’ genetics could be exposed.<p>It’s hard to imagine a more sensitive type of personal information …

Genetic Testing

Florida lawyer's trousers catch fire in court arson trial

<b>A Florida defence lawyer's trousers have reportedly caught fire in court during an arson trial.</b><p>Stephen Gutierrez was to address jurors on Wednesday when smoke began billowing from his pocket, witnesses said.<p>The attorney fled the court and later returned unharmed with a singed pocket, blaming a …

Florida

Star Trek Axanar update and Chasing the Infinite Sky Trek fan film

internet, kickstarter, movies, star trek, television<p>Facebook<br>• Twitter<br>• linkedin<br>• google<br>• Reddit<p>Alec Peters discusses how they intend to tell the most story …

Star Trek Cats

Beam Me Up, Kitty! It's Star Trek with Cats

<i>Star Trek</i> is a sci-fi classic; the only thing that could make it better? Cats.<p>Thankfully, the beacon of light that is illustrator Jenny Parks has …

Star Trek