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feederishly (week of 7.6.14)

July 13, 2014
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I’m thinking, meh … don’t really have a lot to say this time round.  Much of the big ugly same, and the NSA.  So here’s some of this week’s feeds maybe clustered by subject, but that’s about it:

… More Disruptive Innovation v. Entrenched Interests …

And this is just hilarious…

2 weeks of feeds … (week of 6.22.14 to Indy Day)

July 5, 2014

Missed the week before this last holiday week,  and lots of stuff happened, so I’m bunching two weeks into one.   Big week the week before last, with the Supreme Court bringing down a couple of tech-related rulings.  One good, one terrible.   Let’s start there.

Aereo: Nutshell … Supremes say it looks like cable, therefore it’s infringing copyright, without looking at what is technically happening, which is not directly infringing at the least.  Opens up a whole can of lawsuits based on the “feels like cable” non-test.  How fun to not know whether your startup is legal…

Supreme Court: Aereo Looks Just Like Cable TV, So It Has to Follow the Same Laws as Cable TV — Kevin Drum | MoJo

Supreme Court Uses The Bizarre ‘Looks Like A Cable Duck’ Test To Outlaw Aereo — Mike Masnick | Techdirt

Analysis: Aereo’s death leaves cloud computing hanging in the balance — David Kravets | Ars Technica

Symposium: Aereo decision injects uncertainty into copyright — Mitch Stoltz | SCOTUSblog

Did Aereo Kill The Cablevision Ruling That Enabled So Much Innovation? Who The Hell Knows? —  TechDirt

In Aereo’s wake, Fox targets Dish’s TV streaming service — David Kravets | Ars Technica

Aereo Fallout Begins: Fox Uses Ruling To Attack Dish’s Mobile Streaming Service —  Techdirt

Why the Supreme Court just set TV innovation back a decade — Jeff John Roberts | Gigaom

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Riley / Cell-Phone Searches: And here’s the good news.  Turns out the Supremes have realized your smartphone holds just a bit more information than your wallet … and potentially your own home.  So, no, it’s not okay for cops to search it for their “safety” and stuff.

Supreme Court Sets Powerful Limits for Cell Searches, Fails to Protect Internet Streaming — Rebecca Jeschke | EFF

Digital Privacy Is Fundamentally Different From Physical Privacy — Kevin Drum | MoJo

Courts may hear challenges to secret cell tracking devices after new ruling — Cyrus Farivar | Ars Technica

The Supreme Court’s Riley Decision Won’t Change Much In The Field (Guest Blog Post) — Eric Goldman | Technology & Marketing Law Blog

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And since that’s all kind of heady stuff, here’s some randoms, like open source is suspect?

IRS policy that targeted political groups also aimed at open source projects — Ryan Paul | Ars Technica

Better yet, even looking at the Tor website, let alone using Tor, apparently gets you on the spy-on-me list.  That would include me.

NSA targets Tor administrators and people searching for privacy tools, reports claim — David Meyer | Gigaom

Report: Rare leaked NSA source code reveals Tor servers targeted — Cyrus Farivar | Ars Technica

And finally, Facebook has been manipulating your moods?  Creepy, but not surprising, which should be unsettling in itself.

Facebook altered 689,000 users’ News Feeds for a psychology experiment — Russell Brandom | The Verge

Even the Editor of Facebook’s Mood Study Thought It Was Creepy (Adrienne Lafrance/The Atlantic Online)

Facebook Just Admitted It Tinkered With People’s News Feeds to Manipulate Their Emotions — Ben Dreyfuss | MoJo

Facebook study: More fallout as journal editors voice concern over data collection — Brandon Bailey | SiliconBeat

As Flies to Wanton Boys — James Grimmelmann | The Laboratorium

This is all so serious.  Except perhaps for this …

Google Orders Terminator Robots Not To Kill Founders Brin & Page — Barry Schwartz | Search Engine Land


feeds & feeds ~ real law (week of 6.15.2014)

June 21, 2014

Stuff happened this week on the legal front.  First, there’s the Supremes:

Bad Day for Bad Patents: Supreme Court Unanimously Strikes Down Abstract Software Patent — Daniel Nazer and Vera Ranieri | EFF

… and we have some heartening news re the NSA – at least the House cares a tiny bit about its constituency:

House votes 293-123 to cut funding for NSA spying on Americans — Megan Geuss | Ars Technica

House votes to limit NSA’s ‘backdoors’ spying — Levi Sumagaysay / SiliconBeat

EFF Statement on Passage of Massie-Lofgren Amendment Regarding NSA Backdoors — Rainey Reitman | EFF

… but good news doesn’t last long:

Whistleblower Crackdowns, Self-Censorship, Stonewalled FOIAs: The 1st Amendment Under Attack — Peter Van Buren | MoJo

… this is just nutty; no “right to be forgotten” in the US, and Techdirt is not the right place to send a request:

Techdirt Receives Its First ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Request — Mike Masnick | Techdirt

… some fun on the copyright trolling front (not fun for the trolls):

Elf Man v. Lamberson: presented with the evidence of wrongdoing, plaintiff attempts to run away — SJD | Fight Copyright Trolls

Prenda lawyers who sued over “assclown” taunt must pay $12,000 in fees — Joe Mullin | Ars Technica

… just because these are important:

Court adopts a Fourth Amendment right to the deletion of non-responsive computer files — Orin Kerr | The Volokh Conspiracy

Narrow (but unanimous) Supreme Court decision supporting government employee speech rights — Eugene Volokh | The Volokh Conspiracy

… no, it’s not that YouTube is going to block indy artists:

That Story You’ve Read About YouTube ‘Blocking’ Indie Artists… Yeah, That’s Not Accurate — Mike Masnick | Techdirt

… and finally, the geek in my is amused (spoiler ~ Twitter’s new GIFs are really MP4s):

Gasp: Twitter GIFs Aren’t Actually GIFs — Greg Kumparak | TechCrunch

Next week, more stuff. etc.tcj


feedish (week of 6.8.2014)

June 17, 2014

A little late this (last) week, so we’ll keep it short:

Copyright Troll Accuses Critic of Leading “Psychopathic” Hate Group — Andy / TorrentFreak

This is just fun.  Troll shakes down small players, and doesn’t like it when they defend themselves, or when people … you know, talk about it.

Elon Musk Destroys The Rationale For Patents, Opens Up All Of Tesla’s — Mike Masnick / Techdirt
What Elon Musk did — and did not — do when he “opened” Tesla’s patents
 — Jeff John Roberts / Ars Technica

Opening up Tesla’s patents makes for more infrastructure, standardization, and is actually (gasp!) consumer friendly

The NSA Won’t Hand Over Data Because It Literally Can’t Keep Track of It — Ashley Feinberg / Gizmodo

Oh, but we have to collect everything on everyone … except we don’t know what to do with it (except invade privacy, I suppose).

Google Books Round 86: Libraries Win Yet Again — James Grimmelmann / The Laboratorium

If you haven’t been following this issue, short version:  Google’s scanning of books is fair use, and preserves history. Duh.

Facebook Gets Easy Section 230 Win in DC Circuit–Klayman v. Facebook — Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog

After volumes of case law on the subject, you’d think that litigants would figure out you generally can’t sue the platform for the defamatory (or offensive) content of its users (or its editorial decisions) …

Thinking Like A Lawyer Is A Technique — Not A Lifestyle — Kevin McKeown / Above the Law

Posted only because I want to find it in the future.  I’m so very guilty of thinking like a lawyer (specificity, please!) when I should just it go.  Not good for relationships.  But then … sometimes you can’t help yourself.

And that’s that.  Perhaps more timely next week.



… must … feed … (week of 6.1.2014)

June 8, 2014

This week I tagged about 150 stories of interest – which is a bit much to cull.  It’s likely due to interest in totally off-topic bits, like this: This Map Shows You The Fastest Way to Get Anywhere In Your City — Alissa Walker / Gizmodoand this:  CIA tweets for the first time, and it’s doublespeak — David Kravets / Ars Technica

When there really is important stuff going on out there, like

NSA Intercepting ‘Millions Of Images’ Per Day In Order To Fill Facial Recognition Database — Tim Cushing / Techdirt

Reddit, Imgur, DuckDuckGo, BoingBoing And More Will Participate In Anti-NSA Protests This Week — Sarah Perez / TechCrunch

No worries: NSA chief says facial recognition program is totally legal — Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica

On 6/5, 65 Things We Know About NSA Surveillance That We Didn’t Know a Year Ago — Katitza Rodriguez and Nadia Kayyali / EFF

… and in the same context, but more fun …

NSA-Mocking Easter Egg Found In Google’s New Email Encryption Plug-In — Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch

And remember, it’s not illegal to film law enforcement doing their jobs in public …

Woman charged with wiretapping for filming cops wins $57,000 payout — David Kravets / Ars Technica

That’s all for this time…  too much to process.

… and now the week, in feeds (week of 5.25.2014)

May 31, 2014

Another busy week in techlaw … which is a silly thing to say.

Appeals court slams Prenda Law’s mass-copyright lawsuit strategy — Joe Mullin / Ars Technica

Crushing Blow for Copyright Trolls: Appeals Court Halts AF Holdings’ Extortion Scheme — Rebecca Jeschke / EFF

Appeals Court Overturns Prenda Win From Former RIAA Lobbyist Judge — Mike Masnick / Techdirt

Major Victory Over Copyright Trolls: A Deeper Look — Mitch Stoltz / EFF

This was a good day for many folks.  Not so much for the Prenda-related folks.

Why We Shouldn’t Worry About Open Wi-Fi — Corynne McSherry – EFF

In the same vein.

Sex Cams at NASA & Library of Congress, Anti-Piracy Outfit Says — Andy / Torrent Freak

Just more ineptitude w/ DMCA Takedowns.

The Most Important Facts From Mary Meeker’s 2014 Internet Trends Report — Josh Constine / TechCrunch

“Six Strikes” Results Show High Number of Persistent Pirates — Ernesto / TorrentFreak

Everything you need to know about the future of newspapers is in these two charts — Mathew Ingram / Gigaom

‘Cause the Times, they are a’ changin’ (and the Herald …)

Bombshell TrueCrypt advisory: Backdoor? Hack? Hoax? None of the above? — Dan Goodin / Ars Technica


Google Receives 12,000 Requests To Be Forgotten From Europeans On Day One — Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch

Could that happen in the US? Er … no.

 Want To Scrub Google Search Results In The US? Tough–O’Kroley v. Fastcase — Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog

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until then…

… feed me (week of 5.18.14)

May 26, 2014

I have over 100 stories of note from last week to chose from.  Think I’ll decimate that and just give you …

How the NSA is Transforming Law Enforcement — Nadia Kayyali / EFF

Because this domestic surveillance story is still getting scarier rather than better.  For example…

EFF Dismayed by House’s Gutted USA FREEDOM Act — Mark Jaycox and Nadia Kayyali and Lee Tien / EFF

NASA is getting ready to communicate with aliens using a new strategy — Jesus Diaz on Sploid, shared by Jesus Diaz to Gizmodo

Vimeo rolls out Copyright Match to find and remove illegal videos — Chris Welch / The Verge

… although it has no legal obligation to do so.  Pressure by legacy entertainment no doubt.  Standby, Collateral Damage.

Don’t Roll The Dice On Defamation Suits Against Gripe Sites, Especially In California–Ocean’s Eleven v. Anders — Eric Goldman

… you might get SLAPPed.

Google scolded for “polite trademark bullying” of parody site — Joe Mullin / Ars Technica

Seriously, Goog?  It was actually funny parody too.

Cisco Goes Straight To The President To Complain About The NSA Intercepting Its Hardware — Tim Cushing / Techdirt

… continuing the Collateral Damage theme.  Damage to US business is the intelligence community’s end-goal?

The NSA is capturing every phone call made in the Bahamas — Russell Brandom / The Verge

Nuff said.

FBI can begin videotaping interrogations, Department of Justice says — Megan Geuss / Ars Technica

Difficult to believe?  This or the part where they didn’t record interrogations …

Lawyer Suing Usher Gets Benchslapped Into The Stone Age — Joe Patrice / Above the Law

In case you wondered whether a lawyer being obnoxious prick was sanctionable…

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And this is just because I have a thing about sinkholes:

A Giant Sinkhole Just Opened Up in the Middle of Manhattan — Ashley Feinberg / Gizmodo

Take care…



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