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
Supreme Court Uses The Bizarre ‘Looks Like A Cable Duck’ Test To Outlaw Aereo
Analysis: Aereo’s death leaves cloud computing hanging in the balance
Symposium: Aereo decision injects uncertainty into copyright
Did Aereo Kill The Cablevision Ruling That Enabled So Much Innovation? Who The Hell Knows?
In Aereo’s wake, Fox targets Dish’s TV streaming service
Aereo Fallout Begins: Fox Uses Ruling To Attack Dish’s Mobile Streaming Service
Why the Supreme Court just set TV innovation back a decade
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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
Digital Privacy Is Fundamentally Different From Physical Privacy
Courts may hear challenges to secret cell tracking devices after new ruling
The Supreme Court’s Riley Decision Won’t Change Much In The Field (Guest Blog Post)
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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
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
Report: Rare leaked NSA source code reveals Tor servers targeted
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
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
Facebook study: More fallout as journal editors voice concern over data collection
As Flies to Wanton Boys
This is all so serious. Except perhaps for this …
Google Orders Terminator Robots Not To Kill Founders Brin & Page