This WEEK in LAW

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How a Chipmunk Emoji Cost an Israeli Texter $2,200

by Gabriella Ziccarelli and Eric Goldman<p>[Eric’s introduction: Gabriella is a star SCU Law alum and an associate at Blank Rome in DC. She is also a …

Text Messaging

Google Allo With New Features, Chat Backup/Restore, Incognito Mode For Groups And More

Google Allo is still a quite new messaging application in the Android world, but Google has been pushing hard for users to adopt it. Unfortunately, …

Google

Personal data is collected on kids at school all the time. Here’s help for parents to protect children’s privacy.

Whether you know it or not, there is a remarkable amount of personal information about children now being collected by schools and their vendors that is then shared with government agencies, for-profit companies and other entities, all without parent consent. What kind of data? There’s the basics — …

Privacy

How to Opt Out of Twitter's New Privacy Settings

Since Wednesday night, Twitter users have been greeted by a pop-up notice about Twitter’s new privacy policy, which will come into effect June …

Privacy

Congress’ Imperfect Start to Addressing Vulnerabilities

With the global and debilitating WannaCry ransomware attack dominating the news in recent weeks, it’s increasingly necessary to have a serious policy …

National Security Agency (NSA)

New Twitter Policy Abandons a Longstanding Privacy Pledge

Twitter plans to roll out a new privacy policy on June 18, and, with it, is promising to roll back its longstanding commitment to obey the Do Not …

Privacy

Telco-Backed Politician Wants to Restore Privacy Rules She Helped Kill

Last Thursday Republicans proposed a new law that would require companies from Comcast and Verizon to Facebook and Google to get your permission …

Net Neutrality

2.6 million comments in, the FCC has changed almost nothing about its net neutrality proposal

Since taking over the FCC earlier this year, commission chairman Ajit Pai has released the text of most proposals a month before they’re voted on. This is done in the name of transparency, so the public knows what the commission is up to. But it’s also done so that the commission can begin …

Net Neutrality

Court ruling means you no longer have to register consumer drones with the FAA

Hobbyists are exempt until further notice.<p>Drone law is, like the wobbly uncrewed aircraft themselves, hardly settled law. On Friday, the District of Columbia circuit court of appeals overturned an existing rule from the FAA that mandated drone users register in a federal database in an attempt to …

Drones

A federal appeals court shoots down the FAA’s drone registry requirement

The FAA’s drone database hit a major snag this week, courtesy of a U.S. Court of Appeals ruling. The D.C.-based court sided with drone hobbyist John Taylor, who argued that the Federal Aviation Administration doesn’t have jurisdiction over what the law classifies as model aircraft.<p>“Taylor does not …

Drones

The FAA gets a case study with a drone crash inside an MLB stadium

PSA: Flying your drone over a baseball stadium with tens of thousands of fans is a really, really bad (and probably illegal) idea.<p>Yesterday someone flew their drone (which appears to be a GoPro Karma) into Petco Park, the stadium belonging to the San Diego Padres, an MLB team. And yes, it was …

Drones

BREAKING: Best Buy Child Porn Case Takes Yet Another Blow in Federal Court

A nationally debated U.S. Department of Justice child-pornography case against a prominent Southern California doctor and involving Best Buy …

U.S. Department of Justice

Obituary: Eastern District of Texas Patent Troll Haven, 2003-2017

The patent troll haven in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas (EDTX) died suddenly today. The cause of death was a U.S. Supreme …

Supreme Court makes it much harder for patent trolls to sue in East Texas

Folks got sued in East Texas “just because they had a website.” Those days may be over.<p>The US Supreme Court ruled (PDF) today on how to interpret the …

Paypal says Pandora’s logo infringes, starts trademark battle

“The similarities between the logos are striking, obvious, and patently unlawful.”<p>Some heavy tech hitters have been in the spotlight lately for …

Paypal

Google and Facebook lobbyists try to stop new online privacy protections

Lobbyists try to kill "opt-in" privacy standard before it can be implemented.<p>Lobbyists for Google, Facebook, and other websites are trying to stop …

Privacy

Airbnb is running its own internal university to teach data science

Tech companies, and increasingly even non-tech companies, are struggling with the fact that there are not enough trained data scientists to fill market demand. Every company has their own strategy for hiring and training, but Airbnb has taken things a step further — running its own university-style …

Big Data

The FCC will not disregard anti-Net Neutrality comments left by identity-stealing bots

Before the FCC stopped taking comments on its plans to destroy Net Neutrality (but after so many people rallied to tell it not to that its site …

Net Neutrality

If Net Neutrality Dies, Comcast Can Just Block A Protest Site Instead Of Sending A Bogus Cease-And-Desist

It appears that a vendor working for Comcast sent a <i>totally bullshit</i> cease-and-desist letter regarding a pro-net neutrality site: Comcastroturf.com, …

All the Second Life rabbits are doomed, thanks to DRM

Every Ozimal digirabbit in the venerable virtual world Second Life will starve to death (well, permanent hibernation) this week because a legal …

Second Life

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5 things I wish Google Allo could do

Following its demo at May’s I/O conference, Google’s AI-powered messaging app finally launched yesterday. I took Allo for a spin and found that it has some neat tricks up its sleeve, like smart replies and Google Assistant for surfacing info from around the Web in your conversations.<p>That being …

Google

FCC kicks off effort to roll back net neutrality rules

Updated 05/18/2017 01:29 PM EDT<p>Scandal isn't slowing down one part of the Republican agenda: The Federal Communications Commission took the first formal step toward dismantling Obama-era net neutrality rules Thursday, kicking off what's likely to be a bitter and months-long lobbying battle over the …

Internet

RiffTrax Live: MIAMI CONNECTION is this Thursday!

If you put everything about the 80s in a blender, then somehow ran the resulting smoothie through a translator that only speaks languages from …

Click to tell your reps

Influence politicians with collective calling<p>START CAMPAIGN<p>Create shareable campaigns that allow supporters to message their reps in just a few …

Marketing

Silicon Valley Murder Mystery: How Drugs and Paranoia Doomed Silk Road

Silk Road once reigned as the Internet’s premier destination for drug deals and even more illicit fare. But as the Web site became a billion-dollar enterprise, its creator, Ross Ulbricht, went from idealistic to dangerous. An adaptation from Nick Bilton’s new book shows how the empire collapsed.<p>I. …

Silicon Valley

Law Professor Shows How to Fight Copyright Trolls

In recent years, file-sharers around the world have been pressured to pay significant settlement fees, or face legal repercussions.These so-called …

Law

Movie Piracy Blackmail Plot Fails, Six Arrested

According to anti-piracy outfits the world over, people rarely leak movies or TV shows for anything other than profit. While that statement is almost …

Security