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 2021-07-27 12:01 

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AT&T Gets Loyal Lawmakers To Push A Broadband Tax For 'Big Tech'...

Hoping to capitalize on legitimate animosity against "big tech," AT&T lobbyists and policy makers have been busy recirculating a fifteen-year-old talking point . Namely, that big tech companies should throw billions of dollars at big telecom compa...

 2021-07-27 03:24 

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Police Union Gives 'Officer Of The Year' Award To A Cop Who Spent Last Year Suspended...

If you'd like some more anecdotal evidence about the useless and general disconnectedness of police unions , have I got something for you. We all know police unions take the worst aspects of policing and amplify them. We know they fearlessly defend ev...

 2021-07-26 22:47 

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Naturopath Sues Twitter After It Bans Her Account For Spreading Medical Misinformation...

We recently discussed the case of a man who thought Facebook owed him $10 million per day in damages for moderating his posts in which he deployed the n-word. According to this person, Facebook violated about half of the Constitutional amendments when it ...

 2021-07-26 20:35 

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Streisand Effect Still Works: Vancouver Roofing Company Hit With Negative Reviews After Suing Over A Negative Review...

Last week, KGW8 had an incredible story about how a couple in Vancouver, Washington were sued after leaving a 1-star review for Executive Roof Services (ERS). The defendants in the lawsuit, Autumn Knepper and Adam Marsh, were (reasonably!) annoyed about t...

 2021-07-26 19:01 

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Senator Klobuchar Proposes An Unconstitutional Law That Would Kill Legions Of People If Trump Were Still President...

This bill is so bad it was worth a second post . There is a reason that the Constitution contains the provision , "Congress shall make no law [...] abridging the freedom of speech." And this new bill proposed by Senator Klobuchar (who really shoul...

 2021-07-26 17:49 

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NSO Group Attempting To Distance Itself From Damaging Leak By Offering Up Contradictory Statements And 'Nothing To Fear' Platitudes...

This truly is a pleasure to observe. Israeli malware merchant NSO Group -- the purveyor of powerful spyware capable of turning a target's phone into a spy agency's plaything -- is playing a whole lot of defense after leaked data seen by a number o...

 2021-07-26 17:44 

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Daily Deal: The Unreal And Unity Game Development For Beginners Bundle...

The Unreal and Unity Game Development for Beginners Bundle has 6 courses to help you master game development and build your own games. You'll learn about Unreal Engine, which is one of the most popular engine choices available for games. You'll al...

 2021-07-26 16:35 

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Anti-Vaxxers Countermeasures Show Why It's Not So Simple To Just 'Delete' Anti-Vax Misinfo On Social Media...

It's not a new thing that those without any experience in content moderation assume that it's somehow "easy" to just find and delete misinformation and disinformation online -- but it's often stunning how little they've thought thr...

 2021-07-26 12:30 

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Netflix Finally Faces Competition, Tries To Pretend Otherwise...

Netflix had a pretty good run there for a long while. Thanks to low prices and an innovative streaming system, the company simply hoovered up streaming video subscribers as the cable TV industry stumbled around in the dark, busy pretending the cord cuttin...

 2021-07-25 19:00 

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Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt...

We've got a double first place winner this week, with one comment hitting the top of both the insightful and funny leaderboards. It's an anonymous comment on our post about the judge who ignored the First Amendment and misread a town law in orderi...

 2021-07-24 19:00 

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This Week In Techdirt History: July 18th - 24th...

Five Years Ago This week in 2016, Cy Vance was still arguing for mandated encryption backdoors with an unconvincing legal argument , while Apple was snubbing John McCain's attempts to drag them in to hear complaints about encryption , and a former Hom...

 2021-07-24 02:39 

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Maine Legislature Ends Civil Asset Forfeiture In The State...

The state of Maine recently enacted the strictest facial recognition limitations in the country, prohibiting the use of the tech in most areas of the government and preventing state law enforcement from acquiring it. The tech can still be used, but all se...

 2021-07-23 22:28 

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FTC Formally Embraces Right To Repair As Movement Goes Mainstream...

One of the bigger bright spots in the last few years of often thorny or downright ridiculous policy debates has been the continued ascension of the right to repair movement. Whether it's Apple's wasteful restrictions or bullying of independent rep...

 2021-07-23 20:37 

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10 Steps The Biden-Harris Administration Should Take To Bring Equity To Our Patent System...

This post is one of a series of posts we're running this week in support of Patent Quality Week , exploring how better patent quality is key to stopping efforts that hinder innovation. A couple weeks ago, President Biden signed an executive order focu...

 2021-07-23 19:07 

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Court Docs Appear To Show FBI Informants Contributed Two-Thirds Of The Conspirators To The Michigan Governor Kidnapping Plot...

The FBI's proclivity for inside jobs has not gone unnoticed here at Techdirt . The FBI primarily considers itself a counterterrorist agency these days, which has led to a lot of undercover work that closely resembles entrapment. Utilizing a large numb...

 2021-07-23 17:55 

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Techdirt Has Been Released From A Gag Order Regarding A Federal Investigation Into A Silly Comment...

I'm going to start off this post with a note that, in general, you should not threaten federal judges. I do understand that people often take out their anger on decisions that go in ways they disagree with by insisting that a judge is corrupt or awful...

 2021-07-23 17:50 

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Daily Deal: The Complete 2021 SQL Master Class Bundle...

The Complete 2021 SQL Master Class Bundle has 7 courses focused on SQL to help you become an expert. SQL has been around for years and is used by many industries to handle data, store it securely, access it quickly, and more. You'll learn how to retri...

 2021-07-23 16:28 

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Senators Klobuchar And Lujan Release Ridiculous, Blatantly Unconstitutional Bill To Make Facebook Liable For Health Misinformation...

On Wednesday, Senator Amy Klobuchar promised to introduce a bill that would somehow hold Facebook liable for medical misinformation. As we wrote in the post about her claims, that doesn't explain how there would be any legitimate underlying cause of a...

 2021-07-23 13:23 

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Biden Still Hasn't Picked An FCC Boss, But He Just Tagged A Comcast Lobbyist As Ambassador To Canada...

We've noted a few times how consumer groups have grown annoyed at the Biden administration's failure to pick an FCC boss six months into his term. After the rushed Trump appointment of unqualified Trump BFF Nathan Simington to the agency (as part ...

 2021-07-23 10:26 

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Texas School District's Facial Recognition System Capable Of Capturing A Single Student's Image More Than 1,000 Times A Week...

Facial recognition tech is making its way into schools, subjecting minors to the same tech that still hasn't proven its worth in the adult world. Like many other surveillance encroachments, this acquisition and deployment was prompted by violence and ...

 2021-07-23 03:45 

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Learning About Content Moderation From Ghosts In Virtual Reality...

Content moderation in virtual reality comes with its own unique challenges. What works for the moderation of text and video doesn't neatly translate into VR. In late June, Facebook's Horizon, a VR social space still in beta testing, released an up...

 2021-07-22 22:38 

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Telecom Industry Spends $320,000 Every Day Lobbying Against Policies It Doesn't Like...

We've noted repeatedly that while "big tech" has faced intense scrutiny over the last few years, "big telecom" has largely seen the exact opposite. Despite being every bit as problematic as tech giants (worse in some ways given their n...

 2021-07-22 20:37 

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COVID-19 Shows What Innovation Looks Like Without Patents (Spoiler: It Works)...

This post is one of a series of posts we're running this week in support of Patent Quality Week , exploring how better patent quality is key to stopping efforts that hinder innovation. The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a fascinating natural expe...

 2021-07-22 18:56 

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DOJ Makes It Official: No Gathering Of Journalists' Records During Leak Investigation...

For years, the Department of Justice has used its bespoke "balancing process" to decide whether or not to target journalists during investigations of criminal acts or to hunt down the source of leaked documents. This was intended to make the DOJ t...

 2021-07-22 17:44 

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Techdirt Is Fighting A New Lawsuit...

Techdirt was recently sued in Florida by Larry Klayman for an article that we published concerning the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit suspending his license for 90 days. We strongly believe that this case is entirely without meri...

 2021-07-22 17:39 

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Daily Deal: The 2021 Complete All-in-One Adobe Creative Cloud Suite Course Bundle...

The 2021 Complete All-in-One Adobe Creative Cloud Suite Course Bundle has 12 courses designed to teach you about video editing, animations, photography, design, and more. Courses cover popular Adobe products like Lightroom, After Effects, Photoshop, and A...

 2021-07-22 16:30 

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Florida's New Law Against Blocking Roads During Protests Already Being Ignored By Cops Policing Protests The Governor Supports...

Just a few months ago , Florida governor Ron DeSantis signed a broadly-written anti-protest bill that, among other things, criminalized the act of participating in a protest if other protesters did illegal things. It also criminalized the blocking of traf...

 2021-07-22 13:30 

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The Government 'Fix' For The T-Mobile Merger Continues To Look Like A Convoluted Mess...

Remember when the FCC rubber stamped the Sprint T-Mobile merger without even looking at impact analysis ? Remember when a long line of economists and experts noted the merger would likely erode competition, raise rates, and kill jobs -- and both U.S. regu...

 2021-07-22 02:49 

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Court Calls Bullshit On Cop Who Claimed He Could Smell Weed In Sealed Bags In A Moving Car From His Own Moving Cruiser...

It doesn't happen nearly often enough, but it's always enjoyable to watch a court lay the smackdown on a law enforcement officer's literally unbelievable assertions. And this case [PDF] -- via FourthAmendment.com -- contains a claim from a sup...

 2021-07-21 22:45 

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Content Moderation Case Study: Spotify Comes Under Fire For Hosting Joe Rogan's Podcast (2020)...

Summary: In May of 2020 Joe Rogan, whose podcast was considered one of the most popular in the world, signed an exclusive deal to host the podcast on Spotify. Rogan, who has been described as "America's Bro Whisperer" by the AV Club, is a come...

 2021-07-21 20:42 

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The Key To Lowering Drug Prices Is Improving Patent Quality...

This post is one of a series of posts we're running this week in support of Patent Quality Week , exploring how better patent quality is key to stopping efforts that hinder innovation. Patents are increasingly a hot topic in drug price policy conversa...

 2021-07-21 19:05 

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Senator Amy Klobuchar Says She Has A Bill To Hold Facebook Responsible For Vaccine Disinfo; But What Would The Cause Of Action Be?...

Earlier this week, appearing on The View , Senator Amy Klobuchar was asked about COVID disinformation, and gave a pretty bizarre answer . Responding to a question about how fighting COVID has been politicized by Fox News , Klobuchar said we should make Fa...

 2021-07-21 17:56 

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Seventh Circuit Says (Reluctantly) That 18 Months Of Pole-Mounted Camera Surveillance Isn't Unconstitutional...

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a very well-written and thoughtful decision [PDF] on the Constitutionality of long-term surveillance via pole-mounted cameras. The tricky thing is the "expectation of privacy." For years, it has ofte...

 2021-07-21 17:51 

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Daily Deal: CuriosityStream Unlimited HD Plan...

CuriosityStream is the award-winning streaming and on-demand viewing destination where you can journey through our world and beyond. Its immersive experiences feature experts like David Attenborough, who will teach you about the natural world, Michio Kaku...

 2021-07-21 16:32 

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As White House Says It's 'Reviewing 230', Biden Admits His Comments About Facebook Were Misinformation...

In the never ending stupidity saga , kicked off by the White House picking a fight with Facebook because Facebook hasn't banned 12 individuals (who were named as disinformation dozen by the Center for Countering Digital Hate), things have kicked up a ...

 2021-07-21 11:55 

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Axios Parrots A Lot Of Dumb, Debunked Nonsense About Net Neutrality...

I've talked a lot about how the Trump net neutrality repeal was a massive con. It effectively gutted the FCC's consumer protection oversight at telecom monopoly behest, then tried to ban states from being able to protect US consumers as well. Wors...

 2021-07-21 08:56 

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Many Automakers Rely On Patents, But That Doesn't Mean All Patents Are Good For Automakers...

This post is one of a series of posts we're running this week in support of Patent Quality Week , exploring how better patent quality is key to stopping efforts that hinder innovation. The auto industry is experiencing a transformative period of innov...

 2021-07-21 02:45 

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Court To Cop: You Need More Than 'Odor Of Marijuana' And Inconsistent Testimony To Justify A Warrantless Search...

When cops are looking to perform warrantless searches, the only thing more useful than drug dogs is officers' own noses . The invocation of the phrase "smell of marijuana" magically dissipates the protective shield of the Fourth Amendment, all...

 2021-07-20 22:29 

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WIPO Says Johnson & Johnson Can't Seize Parody Website Suggesting Band Aids With Corporate Sponsors...

Danielle Baskin is something of a brilliant creative force who constantly comes up with hilarious art projects/commentary/satire -- some of which end up turning into actual businesses. This included, somewhat recently, her Maskalike business that would pr...

 2021-07-20 20:30 

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Techdirt Podcast Episode 290: Patent Quality Week...

Although it's taken a bit of a back seat lately, the topic of patents has long been important here at Techdirt. Now that we're in the first ever Patent Quality Week , it's time to dig back in and talk about changing the patent system and turni...

 2021-07-20 17:49 

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The Eternal October: Bringing Back Tech Optimism, Without The Naivety...

For many reasons, it seems we're deep in the mire of the techlash: everywhere you look, there are stories about the evils of technology. And while it is important to explore the risks and downsides of technology -- especially after a few decades domin...

 2021-07-20 17:44 

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Daily Deal: The Modern Web Development And MySQL Programming Bundle...

The Modern Web Development and MySQL Programming Bundle has 5 courses to help you master popular programming languages. You'll learn PHP, MySQL, GitHub, Heroku, Blazor, .NET, and more. It's on sale for $20. Note: The Techdirt Deals Store is powere...

 2021-07-20 16:37 

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Judge Ignores First Amendment, Misreads Town Law, While Ordering Resident To Remove 'Fuck Biden' Signs...

A municipal court judge in New Jersey who apparently doesn't understand either the First Amendment or local ordinances has just ordered a resident to take down some f-bomb-laden signs from her yard . (h/t Peter Bonilla ) A municipal judge on Thursday ...

 2021-07-20 12:43 

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MAGA 'Freedom Phone' Targets Rubes With Dubious Promises Of Privacy...

If you hadn't noticed, there's been no shortage of dodgy folks attempting to cash in on the MAGA craze. There's also been no shortage of folks eager to cash in on the generalized animosity against "big tech" driven by bogus claims of &...

 2021-07-20 03:18 

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Google Jumps Into The Game Revenue Split Wars With Stadia...

It's no secret that the launch of Google's video game streaming platform Stadia has not exactly been smooth. From access issues to performance problems, up to and including a low adoption rate and stunted catalogue of games , this appeared for all...

 2021-07-19 22:59 

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Appeals Court Affirms State Trooper Who Responded To An F-Bomb With An Arrest Owes $15k In Legal Fees...

By now, there's enough case law in place that law enforcement officers should definitely know it's a violation of rights to arrest someone for momentarily offending them. Even without the case law, these officers know it's not okay to bust peo...

 2021-07-19 21:00 

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Using The George Floyd Protests As An Excuse, Minneapolis Police Destroyed Evidence And Case Files...

Immediately following the murder of George Floyd by former-officer and current-convict Derek Chauvin , Minneapolis burned. Literally . Unchecked violence by cops provoked violence by some city residents, who looted businesses and, most provocatively, set ...

 2021-07-19 19:24 

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Patent Quality Week: This One Weird Trick Could Solve Most Patent Quality Problems...

This week is the very first Patent Quality Week , in which a bunch of folks in the innovation space explore what it will take to improve patent quality. Unfortunately, for years, patent maximalists have tried to attack those of us who support a better pat...

 2021-07-19 17:50 

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French Competition Authority Fines Google Nearly $600 Million For Failing To Negotiate A Nonsensical Deal With Publishers 'In Good Faith'...

France has long been in the vanguard of passing bad copyright laws. For example, it rushed to bring in probably the worst implementation of the EU Copyright Directive's upload filters. It's also keen on forcing Google to pay French press publisher...

 2021-07-19 17:45 

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Daily Deal: How to Hack Bundle...

The How to Hack Bundle has 8 courses to teach you all about ethical hacking. You'll learn how to diagnose different kinds of cybersecurity attacks and how to defeat them. You'll practice all the skills and techniques in real-time using an ethical ...

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