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 2021-10-20 03:38 

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MLB In Talks To Offer Streaming For All Teams' Home Games In-Market Even Without A Cable Subscription...

Streaming options for professional and major college sports has long been a fascination of mine. That is in part because I'm both a fairly big fan of major sports and a fan of streaming over the wire instead of having cable television. My family cut t...

 2021-10-19 22:55 

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Appeals Court Says Couple's Lawsuit Over Bogus Vehicle Forfeiture Can Continue...

Another attempted government theft has been thwarted by the courts. The Ninth Circuit Appeals Court has ruled in favor of a couple whose vehicle was carjacked by Arizona law enforcement officers while their son used it for an extended road trip. Here'...

 2021-10-19 20:30 

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Techdirt Podcast Episode 301: Scarcity, Abundance & NFTs...

We've got a cross-posted podcast for you this week! Recently, Mike appeared on the Ipse Dixit podcast with host Professor Brian L. Frye — the inspiration for our Plagiarism Collection of NFTs and, previously, our OK, Landlord gear — for a ...

 2021-10-19 19:03 

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Hollywood Is Betting On Filtering Mandates, But Working Copyright Algorithms Simply Don't Exist...

Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen may not have mentioned copyright in her Congressional testimony or television interviews, but her focus on artificial intelligence ("AI") and content moderation have a lot of implications for online copyright ...

 2021-10-19 17:45 

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Introducing The Techdirt Insider Discord...

Join the Insider Discord with a Watercooler or Behind The Curtain membership! Techdirt has been around for nearly 25 years at this point, and we have an unfortunate habit of being just slightly too far ahead of the technology curve. The site was launched ...

 2021-10-19 17:40 

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Daily Deal: The Dynamic 2021 DevOps Training Bundle...

Most software companies today employ extensive DevOps staff and engineers are in constant demand. In the Dynamic 2021 DevOps Training Bundle , Certs-School provides you with 5 courses to introduce you to the DevOps field, improve your skills, and then lat...

 2021-10-19 16:29 

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Criminalizing Teens' Google Searches Is Just How The UK's Anti-Cybercrime Programs Roll...

Governments sure seem to hate online advertisers and the platforms that profit from targeted advertising and tailored content algorithms. But they don't -- at least in this case -- have anything against engaging in exactly this sort of behavior if it ...

 2021-10-19 13:29 

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Canon Sued For Disabling Printer Scanners When Devices Run Out Of Ink...

For more than a decade now, computer printer manufacturers have been engaged in an endless quest called: "let's be as annoying as humanly possible." That quest, driven by a desire to monopolize and boost the sale of their own printer cartridge...

 2021-10-19 03:51 

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Copyright Law Discriminating Against The Blind Finally Struck Down By Court In South Africa...

Most people would agree that those who are blind or visually impaired deserve all the help they can get. For example, the conversion of printed materials to accessible formats like Braille, large print, or Digitally Accessible Information System ( DAISY )...

 2021-10-18 22:59 

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LAPD Sees Your Reform Efforts, Raises You $20 Million In Bullets, Snacks, And Surveillance...

The Los Angeles Police Department is reform-resistant . This isn't the same as reform- proof , but more separates "resistant" from "proof" in this case than the misleading labels promising varying degrees of water resistance placed on ...

 2021-10-18 20:32 

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Study Shows How Android Phones Still Track Users, Even When 'Opted Out'...

We've frequently noted that what's often presented as "improved privacy" is usually privacy theater. For example researchers just got done showing how Apple's heavily hyped "do not track" button doesn't actually do what it ...

 2021-10-18 19:10 

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Court Tells Arkansas Troopers That Muting Anti-Cop Terms On Its Facebook Page Violates The 1st Amendment...

When government entities use private companies to interact with the public, it can cause some confusion. Fortunately, this isn't a new problem with no court precedent and/or legal guidelines. For years, government agencies have been utilizing Twitter,...

 2021-10-18 17:50 

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New Research Shows Social Media Doesn't Turn People Into Assholes (They Already Were), And Everyone's Wrong About Echo Chambers...

We recently wrote about Joe Bernstein's excellent Harper's cover story , which argues that we're all looking at disinformation/misinformation the wrong way, and that the evidence of disinformation on social media really influencing people is g...

 2021-10-18 17:45 

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Daily Deal: The 2021 Complete Video Production Super Bundle...

The 2021 Complete Video Production Super Bundle has 10 courses to help you learn all about video production. Aspiring filmmakers, YouTubers, bloggers, and business owners alike can find something to love about this in-depth video production bundle. Video ...

 2021-10-18 16:43 

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Apple Gives Chinese Government What It Wants (Again); Pulls Quran App From Chinese App Store...

Apple has generally been pretty good about protecting users from government overreach, its recent voluntary (and misguided) foray into client-side scanning of users' images notwithstanding. But that seemingly only applies here in the United States, wh...

 2021-10-18 12:09 

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Many Digital Divide 'Solutions' Make Privacy And Trust A Luxury Option...

We've noted a few times how privacy is slowly but surely becoming a luxury good . Take low-cost cellular phones, for example. They may now be available for dirt cheap, but the devices are among the very first to treat consumer privacy and security as ...

 2021-10-17 19:00 

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

This week, our first place winner on the insightful side is PaulT with a response to a complaint about vaccinations : You're free to avoid doing something you dislike, as you are free to avoid wearing clothes, or paying taxes. It's just that you m...

 2021-10-16 19:00 

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This Week In Techdirt History: October 10th - 16th...

Five Years Ago This week in 2016, everyone was abuzz about the infamous Trump Access Hollywood recording that had dropped the previous Friday, and we learned about how NBC had delayed a story about it for fear of getting sued — after all, Trump was ...

 2021-10-16 02:39 

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Trader Joe's Threatens Man Over Parody 'Traitor Joe' Political T-Shirt...

The last time we found niche grocery chain Trader Joe's playing intellectual property bully, it was over one enterprising Canadian man who drove across the border, bought a bunch of good stuff from Trader Joe's, and then resold it at his Canadian ...

 2021-10-15 23:10 

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Study Says Official Count Of Police Killings Is More Than 50% Lower Than The Actual Number...

In 2019, the FBI claimed to be compiling the first-ever database of police use of force, including killings of citizens by officers. It was, of course, not the first-ever database of police killings. Multiple databases have been created (some abandoned ) ...

 2021-10-15 20:35 

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The Surveillance And Privacy Concerns Of The Infrastructure Bill's Impaired Driving Sensors...

There is no doubt that many folks trying to come up with ways to reduce impaired driving and making the roads safer have the best of intentions. And yet, hidden within those intentions can linger some pretty dangerous consequences. For reasons that are no...

 2021-10-15 19:07 

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GOP Very Excited To Be Handed An FCC Voting Majority By Joe Biden...

Consumer groups have grown all-too-politely annoyed at the Biden administration's failure to pick a third Democratic Commissioner and permanent FCC boss nearly eight months into his term. After the rushed Trump appointment of unqualified Trump ally Na...

 2021-10-15 17:30 

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Plagiarism By Techdirt: Our Plagiarized NFT Collection Can Now Actually Be Bid On...

Place your bids on the Plagiarism NFT Collection by Techdirt A few weeks ago, we wrote about our latest experiment with NFTs (which is part of the research we're doing into NFTs for a deep dive paper I'm working on). There's a very long explan...

 2021-10-15 17:25 

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Daily Deal: The Complete 2022 Microsoft Office Master Class Bundle...

The Complete 2022 Microsoft Office Master Class Bundle has 14 courses to help you learn all you need to know about MS Office products to help boost your productivity. Courses cover SharePoint, Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, Teams, and more. The bundle is o...

 2021-10-15 15:14 

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Clearview Celebrates 10 Billion Scraped Images Collected, Claims It Can Now Recognize Blurred, Masked Faces...

Clearview's not going to let several months of bad press derail its plans to generate even more negative press. The facial recognition tech company that relies on billions of scraped images from the web to create its product is currently being sued in...

 2021-10-15 12:10 

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Journalists In St. Louis Discover State Agency Is Revealing Teacher Social Security Numbers; Governors Vows To Prosecute Journalists As Hackers...

Last Friday, Missouri's Chief Information Security Officer Stephen Meyer stepped down after 21 years working for the state to go into the private sector. His timing is noteworthy because it seems like Missouri really could use someone in their governm...

 2021-10-15 03:37 

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Billy Mitchell Survives Anti-SLAPP Motion From Twin Galaxies A Second Time...

The Billy Mitchell and Twin Galaxies saga rolls on, it seems. Mitchell has made it onto our pages several times in the past, most recently over a lawsuit filed against gaming record keepers Twin Galaxies over its decision to un-award his high score record...

 2021-10-14 22:30 

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Content Moderation Case Study: Tumblr's Approach To Adult Content (2013)...

Summary: There are unique challenges in handling adult content on a website, whether it's an outright ban, selectively allowed, cordoned off under content warnings, or (in some cases) actively encouraged.Tumblr9;s early approaches to dealing with a...

 2021-10-14 20:35 

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Court Says Google Translate Isn't Reliable Enough To Determine Consent For A Search...

The quickest way to a warrantless search is obtaining consent . But consent obtained by officers isn't always consent , no matter how it's portrayed in police reports and court testimony. Courts have sometimes pointed this out, stripping away ill-...

 2021-10-14 19:17 

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University Of Hong Kong Wants To Remove A Sculpture Commemorating Tiananmen; To Preserve It, People Have Crowdsourced A Digital 3D Replica...

As Techdirt has chronicled, the political situation in Hong Kong becomes worse by the day, as the big panda in Beijing embraces a region whose particular freedoms were supposed to be guaranteed for another 25 years at least. One manifestation of the incre...

 2021-10-14 17:57 

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House Democrats Decide To Hand Facebook The Internet By Unconstitutionally Taking Section 230 Away From Algorithms...

We've been pointing out for a while now that mucking with Section 230 as an attempt to "deal" with how much you hate Facebook is a massive mistake. It's also exactly what Facebook wants , because as it stands right now, Facebook is actuall...

 2021-10-14 17:53 

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Daily Deal: The Premium Coding Skills Bundle...

The Premium Coding Skills Bundle has 9 courses to help you learn the essentials of coding. Courses cover C++, MySQL, Python, Flutter, Dart, and more. You will also get exam prep for MTA, PCEP, and ITIL 4. It's on sale for $29. Note: The Techdirt Deals...

 2021-10-14 16:33 

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Prosecutors Drop Criminal Charges Against Fake Terrorist Who Duped Canadian Gov't, NYT Podcasters...

For a couple of years, a prominent terrorist remained untouched by Canadian law enforcement. Abu Huzayfah claimed to have traveled to Syria in 2014 to join the Islamic State. A series of Instagram posts detailed his violent acts, as did a prominent New Yo...

 2021-10-14 13:34 

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Broadband Data Caps Mysteriously Disappear When Competition Comes Knocking...

We've noted for years how broadband data caps (and monthly overage fees) are complete bullshit . They serve absolutely no technical function, and despite years of ISPs trying to claim they "help manage network congestion," that's never bee...

 2021-10-14 02:59 

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Public Backlash Leads Tusla Park To Stop Bullying Coffee Shop Over Trademark...

A good public outcry and backlash can lead to many, many good things. We see it here at Techdirt all the time , particularly when it comes to aggressive bullying episodes over intellectual property. Some person or company will try to play IP bully against...

 2021-10-14 02:59 

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Public Backlash Leads Tulsa Park To Stop Bullying Coffee Shop Over Trademark...

A good public outcry and backlash can lead to many, many good things. We see it here at Techdirt all the time , particularly when it comes to aggressive bullying episodes over intellectual property. Some person or company will try to play IP bully against...

 2021-10-13 22:51 

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LinkedIn Caves Again, Blocks US Journalists' Accounts In China...

LinkedIn -- the business-oriented social media platform owned by Microsoft -- has spent the last few years increasing its compliance with the Chinese government's demands for censorship. A couple of years back , the network drew heat for not only bloc...

 2021-10-13 20:45 

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Prudish Mastercard About To Make Life Difficult For Tons Of Websites...

For all the attention that OnlyFans got for its shortlived plan to ban sexually explicit content in response to "pressures" from financial partners, as we've discussed, it was hardly the only website to face such moderation pressures from fina...

 2021-10-13 19:02 

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In Latest Black Eye For NSO Group, Dubai's King Found To Have Used NSO Spyware To Hack His Ex-Wife's Phone...

NSO Group has endured some particularly bad press lately, what with leaked data pointing to its customers' targeting of journalists, political figures, religious leaders, and dissidents. That its powerful spyware would be abused by its customers was n...

 2021-10-13 17:51 

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Facebook's Nick Clegg Makes It Clear: If You're Looking To Undermine Section 230, That's EXACTLY What Facebook Wants...

Facebook policy dude/failed UK politician Nick Clegg has written an op-ed for USA Today confirming what has been obvious to everyone who understands Section 230, but (for reasons I don't quite understand) seems obscured from basically every politician...

 2021-10-13 17:46 

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Daily Deal: The 2022 Adobe Creative Cloud Training Bundle...

The 2022 Adobe Creative Cloud Training Bundle has 7 courses to help you learn all about Adobe's creative software suite. You'll learn how to design apps in Adobe XD, how to master Photoshop, how to use animation in After Effects, how to design pro...

 2021-10-13 16:36 

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Google, Amazon, And Microsoft Are Using Third Party Companies To Sell Surveillance Tech To ICE, CBP...

A few years ago, tech companies stood up to the US government, issuing statements objecting to immigration policies instituted by the Trump Administration and, in some cases, threatening to pull contracts with ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and...

 2021-10-13 13:30 

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Charter Spectrum Threatens To Ruin Potential Customers Over Debt They Don't Owe...

There's a reason U.S. cable and broadband companies have some of the worst customer satisfaction ratings of any companies, in any industry in America . The one/two punch of lagging broadband competition and captured regulators generally mean there'...

 2021-10-13 02:44 

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Twitch, Others, Ban Amouranth Yet Again, Once Again With Zero Transparency...

Regular readers here will by now likely be familiar with Twitch streamer "Amouranth". She has made it onto our pages as part of the year-long mess that Amazon's Twitch platform appears to be making for itself, during which it has demonstrated ...

 2021-10-12 22:50 

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Alabama Supreme Court Rules Law Enforcement Can Withhold Almost All Records Indefinitely...

Here's what you need to know about Alabama and its public records laws before we head to a depressing state Supreme Court opinion that makes everything worse: Alabama has one of the weakest public records laws in the nation. Public bodies are not requ...

 2021-10-12 20:40 

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LA Sheriff's Handpicked 'Public Integrity Unit' Doing Little More Than Harassing And Intimidating The Department's Critics...

The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department is apparently incapable of being reformed. Over the years, the LASD has run an illegal prison informant program, one that culminated in an FBI investigation during which the LASD threatened FBI agents and federal w...

 2021-10-12 19:16 

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Facebook Banning & Threatening People For Making Facebook Better Is Everything That's Wrong With Facebook...

Regular readers know that I'm a believer in trying to get the big internet companies to embrace a more protocols over platforms approach, in which they're building something that others can then build on as well, and improve in their own ways (wit...

 2021-10-12 17:55 

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Why Section 230 'Reform' Effectively Means Section 230 Repeal...

Some lawmakers are candid about their desire to repeal Section 230 entirely . Others, however, express more of an interest to try to split this baby , and "reform" it in some way to somehow magically fix all the problems with the Internet , withou...

 2021-10-12 17:50 

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Daily Deal: The Complete 2021 Learn Linux Bundle...

The Complete 2020 Learn Linux Bundle has 12 courses to help you learn Linux OS concepts and processes. You'll start with an introduction to Linux and progress to more advanced topics like shell scripting, data encryption, supporting virtual machines, ...

 2021-10-12 16:59 

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Report: TSA Is Spending $1 Billon On Bag Scanners That 'May Never Meet Operational Needs'...

Somehow, "TSA" stands for "The Terrorists Won." In exchange for endless inconveniences , inconsistently deployed security measures, and a steady stream of intrusive searches and rights violations , we've obtained a theatrical form of s...

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