And here we are again with some of the stuff I was reading last week – in no order whatsoever.
- Cell phone unlocking legal again as president signs measure / SiliconBeat
- The Phone Unlocking Victory Should Be the First Step Towards Real Copyright Reform
- Watch Drought Take Over the Entire State of California in One GIF
- Just because this affects me personally.
- Earth is in the early stages of a sixth mass extinction, says the journal Science - News.com.au
- Google Protects Chilling Effects From Takedown Notices / TorrentFreak
- Do You Search Differently Since Snowden? t / Gizmodo
- NSA Surveillance Chilling Effects: HRW and ACLU Gather More Evidence / EFF
- EFF Asks Court To Declare NSA’s ‘Internet Backbone’ Collections Unconstitutional / Techdirt
- The New Senate USA FREEDOM Act: A First Step Towards Reforming Mass Surveillance / EFF
- Please Stop Saving Me A Click l / BuzzFeed
- Socrates Takes a Back Seat to Business and Tech
- Science Says You Should Leave Work at 2 p.m. and Go for a Walk
- Judge upholds warrant for Microsoft e-mail on foreign server r / The Volokh Conspiracy
Microsoft ordered to give US customer e-mails stored abroad s / Ars Technica
- Why Minecraft is a phenomenon: it requires its players to co-create it – Robin Sloan / Medium
Well it’s been two weeks, and my collection of links is pretty expansive. So I’ll just keep most of them to myself, and here’s some random stuff that’s not too old…
- File-Sharing Doesn’t Hurt Box Office Revenue, Research Finds / TorrentFreak
- An Amusing Explanation of Why Net Neutrality Is So Serious
- Tech Blogger Tries To Cancel Comcast Service, Hilarity Ensues
- Comcast admits its policies are responsible for customer harassment s / The Verge
- Google, Netflix, and Facebook ask FCC to intervene in fight over internet ‘congestion’ / The Verge
- Biggest “patent troll” slapped down hard by appeals court n / Ars Technica
- Yet another evidence that Germans run US trolling operations
- Verizon will start restricting LTE speeds for its heaviest unlimited-plan customers
- Musician Whose Works Are At Center Of Copyright Lawsuit Against YouTube Star Slams Lawsuit And Copyright
- Some really crazy people made the entire Star Wars movie in Minecraft
- Latest CAFC Ruling Suggests A Whole Lot Of Software Patents Are Likely Invalid
- Another Blogger Wins a Fair Use Defense For a Photo–Leveyfilm v. Fox Sports
- Amended aggravation: Garcia v. Google t’s 43(B)log
- Suing File-Sharers Doesn’t Work, Lawyers Warn o / TorrentFreak
- Yelp statements about its filters not protected by anti-SLAPP law or CDA t
Yeah, pretty mixed up… next time perhaps a thematic approach again.
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:
- Want To Encourage Gossipy Content Online? Go For It–Jones v. TheDirty (Forbes Cross-Post)
- Microsoft drops case that severed DNS hosting for millions of No-IP nodes
- Four Unanswered Questions From Aereo’s Supreme Court Loss (Forbes Cross-Post)
- Taylor Swift is right about music, and the industry should act on her ideas
- Security company says your data can easily be recovered from ‘wiped’ Android phones
- Seth Rogen and James Franco are ‘shocking the world community’ (and don’t fear ‘any punishment from Heaven’)
- Billionaire Elon Musk giving $1M to Nikola Tesla museum – San Jose Mercury News
- “Loopholes for Circumventing the Constitution”, the NSA Statement, and Our Response
- True or false: NSA snooping disclosures hurt cloud adoption
- FBI Directly Spying On Prominent Muslim-American Politicians, Lawyers And Civil Rights Activists
- What Were They Thinking? Microsoft Seizes, Returns Majority of No-IP.com’s Business
… More Disruptive Innovation v. Entrenched Interests …
- Lyft will launch in NYC Jul 11, cars can be hailed initially from Brooklyn and Queens but not from Manhattan – Mike Isaac / New York Times
- Lyft defies New York City taxi agency’s ban, to launch Friday
- Lyft hit with restraining orders from NY attorney general, Taxi Commission
- Lyft reverses under legal pressure, cancels Friday night New York launch
- Lyft blocked at city gates by New York Attorney General, Taxi Commission
And this is just hilarious…
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…
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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.
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And since that’s all kind of heady stuff, here’s some randoms, like open source is suspect?
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.
And finally, Facebook has been manipulating your moods? Creepy, but not surprising, which should be unsettling in itself.
This is all so serious. Except perhaps for this …
Stuff happened this week on the legal front. First, there’s the Supremes:
… and we have some heartening news re the NSA – at least the House cares a tiny bit about its constituency:
… but good news doesn’t last long:
… this is just nutty; no “right to be forgotten” in the US, and Techdirt is not the right place to send a request:
… some fun on the copyright trolling front (not fun for the trolls):
… just because these are important:
… no, it’s not that YouTube is going to block indy artists:
… and finally, the geek in my is amused (spoiler ~ Twitter’s new GIFs are really MP4s):
Next week, more stuff. etc.tcj
A little late this (last) week, so we’ll keep it short:
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.
Opening up Tesla’s patents makes for more infrastructure, standardization, and is actually (gasp!) consumer friendly
Oh, but we have to collect everything on everyone … except we don’t know what to do with it (except invade privacy, I suppose).
If you haven’t been following this issue, short version: Google’s scanning of books is fair use, and preserves history. Duh.
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) …
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.