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 2021-09-10 22:30 

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Cop Who Killed A Suicidal Man Less Than 11 Seconds After Entering His House Convicted Of Murder...

It's rare enough to see a law enforcement officer convicted of murder. It's even rarer to see it happen twice in one year. In June, Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering George Floyd. Chauvin placed his knee on the ne...

 2021-09-10 20:29 

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ProtonMail Turned Over French Activist's IP Address To Law Enforcement Following A Request From Swiss Authorities...

ProtonMail has long advertised itself as a particularly privacy-conscious email service . The free end-to-end encrypted email service promises more privacy and security than many of its competitors. But there are limits. ProtonMail operates out of Switzer...

 2021-09-10 19:06 

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Facebook Says It Violates The Terms Of Service Of Their New Snoopervision Glasses If You Cover The 'I'm Recording You' LED...

You've likely heard by now that Facebook has launched their own version of sunglasses with a built-in camera, in partnership with Ray Ban, called "Ray Ban Stories" (because, seriously, which brand is cooler right now? Facebook? Or Ray Ban?). L...

 2021-09-10 17:43 

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Apple Mostly, But Not Entirely, Wins Against Epic; No Antitrust Violation, But Must Tweak Practices To Comply With CA Law...

If there's something that's been made clear over the last year or so in the world of antitrust it's that just because some people don't like big companies and their practices, that doesn't mean it's an antitrust violation. It rarel...

 2021-09-10 17:40 

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Daily Deal: The Complete 2021 Cybersecurity Super Bundle...

The Complete 2021 Cybersecurity Super Bundle has 24 courses designed to help you become a cybersecurity expert. You'll learn about network security, database security, cloud security, and project management security procedures. It's on sale for $7...

 2021-09-10 16:28 

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Brazilian President Bans Social Media Companies From Removing Disinformation & Abuse...

Ah, great. Just after Australia made it clear that media organizations are liable for comments on social media (demonstrating one aspect of a world without intermediary liability protections), Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has announced new social...

 2021-09-10 13:32 

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Amazon, Space X Throw Hissy Fits As They Bicker Over Government Contracts, Subsidies...

We've noted a few times that the Space X, Starlink satellite broadband service isn't going to be quite as disruptive to telecom as many people might think. For one, capacity constraints mean that the company will only be able to serve somewhere be...

 2021-09-10 10:34 

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Police Department Caught Falsifying Evidence Logs Used In Trial Of PD Employee Who Was Caught Falsifying Evidence Logs...

The Miami Beach Police Department is so full of what we colloquially call "bad actors" that it can't even make its way through a criminal trial of one of its employees without implicating even more employees. Proper evidence handling? Chain of...

 2021-09-10 02:44 

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Another Mod War: Jagex Demands Shutdown Of HD RuneScape Mod, Retracts After Public Backlash...

The gaming industry modding wars continue. We had recently discussed Nintendo's continued war on anyone who mods its games, including shutting down tournaments for incredibly minor uses of mods that make those tournaments possible . We've also bee...

 2021-09-10 00:46 

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Body Cam Video Shows Cop Killing A Harmless Dog Within 15 Seconds Of Arriving At The Scene...

I don't often write about cops killing dogs. It's not that it's a rarity. It actually happens all the time . Laurel Matthews, a supervisory program specialist with the Department of Justice's Community Oriented Policing Services (DOJ COPS)...

 2021-09-09 22:13 

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Announces On Twitter The Livestreaming On Facebook Of His Signing Of A Bill That Removes 1st Amendment Rights For Both...

We've talked a bunch about just how incredibly unconstitutional Texas's social media content moderation bill , HB20 is, so I don't really need to cover any of that again. You can look it up -- or just read how a court found Florida's simil...

 2021-09-09 20:41 

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Sixth Circuit Reaffirms It's A Fourth Amendment Violation To Chalk Car Tires For Parking Enforcement Purposes...

Two years ago, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals surprised the city of Saginaw, Michigan by finding the process of marking car tires with chalk for parking enforcement violated the Fourth Amendment. The city certainly didn't expect multiple tickethol...

 2021-09-09 19:12 

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Impossibility Of Content Moderation: Scientist Debunking Vaccine Myths Gets A YouTube Strike For Medical Misinfo...

Here's another one in our never ending series on the impossibility of doing content moderation at scale, and how (all too frequently) people trying to expose bad behavior are punished as if they're promoting bad behavior. This involves a scientist...

 2021-09-09 17:58 

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Connecticut Court Orders Blogger To Turn Over Electronic Devices To Cop Suing Over Alleged Defamation By Blog's Commenters...

Things are getting dumber and way less constitutional in a defamation lawsuit filed by a Connecticut law enforcement officer. Lt. Vincent Benvenuto -- despite being the beneficiary of all the official and codified protection and forgiveness government wor...

 2021-09-09 17:54 

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Daily Deal: Knowable Audio Learning Platform...

Knowable makes skill-building simple and fun! Get new 10-minute lessons delivered every morning and explore a catalog of exclusive audio courses taught by today's top experts. Want to get ahead at work, boost your productivity, or build better habits?...

 2021-09-09 16:37 

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Damned If You Do; Damned If You Don't: ProPublica's Bizarre Reporting On WhatsApp Abuse Reports...

I've been struck over the years by how much reporting on technology involves attacking companies for what they do -- even if for totally contradictory reasons. Everything is viewed through the lens of assuming the worst possible intentions . And, yes,...

 2021-09-09 13:20 

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AT&T Whines About Spectrum Hoarding Now That T-Mobile Is Doing It...

Economists predicted the T-Mobile merger would result in a lot of layoffs, something that's been proven true so far. Those same economists also predicted that the merger will also inevitably result in higher prices for consumers, though that's exp...

 2021-09-09 10:20 

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Sci-Hub Celebrates 10 Years Of Existence, With A Record 88 Million Papers Available, And A Call For Funds To Help It Add AI And Go Open Source...

To celebrate ten years offering a large proportion of the world's academic papers for free -- against all the odds, and in the face of repeated legal action -- Sci-Hub has launched a funding drive : Sci-Hub is run fully on donations. Instead of chargi...

 2021-09-09 04:09 

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China's New Youth Online Gaming Restrictions Birth Underground Workaround Industry To Defeat It...

It will not be controversial to say that China has always been one of the leaders in the war on the internet and culture alike. Between the Great Firewall of China at the macro level, the almost hilariously Orwellian tactics like forbidding certain karaok...

 2021-09-08 22:41 

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New Texas Abortion Law Likely To Unleash A Torrent Of Lawsuits Against Online Education, Advocacy And Other Speech...

In addition to the drastic restrictions it places on a woman's reproductive and medical care rights, the new Texas abortion law , SB8 , will have devastating effects on online speech. The law creates a cadre of bounty hunters who can use the courts to...

 2021-09-08 20:35 

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Rupert Murdoch Learns Why Intermediary Liability Protections Matter: Australia Says Media Orgs Can Be Sued Over Facebook Comments...

Ah, Australia. The country down under has always taken an upside down view on intermediary liability laws -- quite quick to blame an intermediary for 3rd party content. Two years ago we wrote about a problematic ruling in Australia based on the idea that ...

 2021-09-08 19:06 

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Computer Repair Shop Owner Has To Pay Twitter's Legal Fees Over Bogus SLAPP Suit Regarding Hunter Biden's Laptop...

At the end of last year we wrote about an absolutely ridiculous SLAPP suit filed by John Paul Mac Isaac, the owner of a computer repair shop whose name became somewhat famous after the NY Post ran a story regarding what was apparently Hunter Biden's l...

 2021-09-08 17:47 

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Will COVID Become Australia's 9/11?...

Civil liberties in Australia are on the verge of extinction, thanks to the government's response to the COVID crisis. What has been heralded as a triumph of science and quick responses has drifted towards something far more totalitarian that imposes i...

 2021-09-08 17:42 

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Daily Deal: The 2021 Google Software Engineering Manager Bundle...

The 2021 Google Software Engineering Manager Bundle has 12 courses to help you learn software development. You'll learn about Data Science, Python, C#, Java, and more. Two courses will help you prepare for the CISA and CISM certification exams. It'...

 2021-09-08 16:34 

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The Role Of Confirmation Bias In Spreading Misinformation...

We recently wrote about the need to start thinking differently about mis- and disinformation , as the discussions on it cover a bunch of different -- often unrelated -- concepts. And lumping them together creates problems (as it did with the term "fak...

 2021-09-08 13:32 

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Biden Has Wasted A Year Failing To Fill Top Telecom Oversight Spots...

Consumer groups have grown increasingly 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 BFF Nathan ...

 2021-09-08 02:50 

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External Investigation Finds Small Number Of Aurora PD Officers Create The Most Problems (Plus 98 Other Reason To Improve)...

Maybe cops are too close to the action? Perhaps that's why it always seems it takes an outside entity to discover the problems (and problem officers) in police departments. The US Department of Justice frequently does this (less frequently from 2017-2...

 2021-09-07 22:45 

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Backpage Founders Trial Finally Begins...

It's been over three years since Backpage.com was seized (the week before FOSTA was signed into law -- which is notable since every conversation about the need for FOSTA claimed it was because existing laws were useless to stop Backpage). However, in ...

 2021-09-07 20:30 

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Techdirt Podcast Episode 297: The Future Of Libraries...

The notion that if libraries didn't exist already, the publishing industry wouldn't allow them to exist at all is both a grim joke and a depressing truth, as continually evidenced by the opposition of publishers to seemingly unobjectionable techno...

 2021-09-07 19:07 

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GoDaddy Reignites Debate Over Infrastructure Layer Moderation By Banning Texas Anti-Abortion Snitch Site...

The debate over content moderation at the infrastructure (rather than edge) layers of the internet stack is heating up again. For what it's worth, we'll be hosting our next Techdirt Tech Policy Greenhouse on this very subject later this month (if ...

 2021-09-07 17:49 

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FTC Decides Maybe It's Time To Start Asking Why McDonalds Ice Cream Machines Are Broken All The Damn Time...

In unsurprising news, the McDonald's McFlurry machine is down . In actual surprising news, the FTC is looking into it . (Paywall ahead, but here's another option .) The FTC reached out to McDonald's franchisees this summer seeking information ...

 2021-09-07 17:44 

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Daily Deal: The Complete Guitar Lessons Bundle...

The Complete Guitar Lessons Bundle has 14 courses to help you master playing guitar. By the end of these courses, you'll be playing chords in songs, soloing, strumming various patterns, reading the guitar tab, and generally understanding your guitar. ...

 2021-09-07 16:37 

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Lessons Learned From Creating Good Faith Debate In A Sea Of Garbage Disinformation...

A few weeks ago, Elizabeth Dwoskin, Will Oremus and Gerrit De Vynck from the Washington Post published one of the most fascinating -- and in some ways, most important -- discussions of social media and dealing with "disinformation" that I've s...

 2021-09-07 13:14 

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Every Streaming Company Not Named Apple Receives A Lousy Grade On Privacy...

While streaming providers and hardware companies see significantly higher consumer satisfaction rates that traditional cable TV, their privacy practices still leave something to be desired. That's according to a new breakdown of streaming service priv...

 2021-09-07 10:17 

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Investigation Finds NSO Malware Being Used By The Bahrain Government To Target Activists And Dissidents...

More bad news for Israeli malware purveyor NSO Group . Despite its contradictory and simultaneous claims that it does not allow its customers to abuse its products and that it has no way of monitoring use of its products, more evidence continues to surfac...

 2021-09-05 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 an anonymous entry in a long-running debate — I won't provide all the context (you can check it out for yourself) because frankly the source of the debate is getting a bit tiresome and ...

 2021-09-04 19:00 

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This Week In Techdirt History: August 29th - September 4th...

Five Years Ago This week in 2016, a leaked copyright proposal in the EU was a complete mess with lots of terrible ideas — though that didn't stop Hollywood from finding something in it to freak out about — while a report from the UK govern...

 2021-09-04 02:39 

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Mystery Over Fake Section 1201 Takedown Claims Sent By 'Video Industry Association of America' Deepens...

It was only a week or so ago that we discussed the latest example of the type of fake DMCA notices that Google gets to delist certain URLs from search results. In this instance, a couple of factors made these DMCA notices even more problematic than usual....

 2021-09-03 22:32 

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Ten Seconds Of Doing Nothing Is Reasonably Suspicious, Says The Fifth Circuit Appeals Court...

How much does it take to establish reasonable suspicion needed to subject a person to an at least temporary removal of most of their rights? Not much, says the Fifth Circuit Appeals Court, which appears willing to keep poking the SCOTUS bear with its mind...

 2021-09-03 20:36 

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Apple Recognizes It Jumped Too Quickly On Its CSAM Detection System; Delays Implementation...

Sometimes speaking out works. A month ago, Apple announced a series of new offerings that it claimed would be useful in fighting back against CSAM (child sexual abuse material). This is a real problem, and it's commendable that Apple was exploring way...

 2021-09-03 19:11 

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Sony Music Says DNS Service Is Implicated In Copyright Infringement At The Domains It Resolves...

One of the characteristics of maximalist copyright companies is their limitless sense of entitlement. No matter how much copyright is extended, be it in duration, or breadth of application, they want it extended even more. No matter how harsh the measures...

 2021-09-03 17:44 

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Colorado Transportation Officals Asked Navigation App Providers To Plant False Information. Worse, The Providers Complied....

Well, this isn't cool. Colorado transportation officials fed bogus information to map apps to make an open road appear to be closed. Hoping to keep traffic from rerouting to a smaller road after a larger highway was closed due to rockslides, the Color...

 2021-09-03 17:39 

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Daily Deal: Trio 3-in-1 Aluminum Desktop Charging Stand...

Who wants to work on a messy desk? Focus on your productivity and not on tangled wires with this Trio 3-in-1 Aluminum Desktop Charging Stand . This stand holds your phone vertically or horizontally for the perfect angle to read messages, watch videos, lis...

 2021-09-03 16:28 

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The Challenge In Content Moderation And Politics: How Do You Deal With Bad Faith Actors?...

We talk a lot about the various challenges of content moderation all the time here on Techdirt, but there's one aspect that really comes up all the time and is rarely addressed: how do you deal with bad faith actors ? So much of the debate around cont...

 2021-09-03 12:35 

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Study Suggests Assholes Online Are Routinely Assholes Offline...

A new study published in the American Science Review found that that if you're an asshole troll online, there's a pretty good chance that you're the same way in the brick and mortar world. The researchers used representative surveys and behavi...

 2021-09-03 02:58 

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Indie Game Dev Decides To Leave Industry Due To Steam Returns On Short Game...

It has now been over six years since Valve finally put in a refund policy for video games purchased on its Steam platform. At the time of its announcement, I was very much in favor of this move by Valve, given how previously the prospect of buying games o...

 2021-09-02 22:47 

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Error 403: Syrians Blocked From Online Learning Platforms...

Individuals in dictatorships need more freedom not less. Syrians have for years been unable to work remotely or pay for remote services, even educational ones. Do we want to do the same now to Afghans, who are already in fear of the Taliban? Examining in ...

 2021-09-02 20:39 

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Miami Beach PD Blocks Enforcement Of New Law Miami Beach Cops Abused To Arrest People For Filming Them...

In May, the Miami Beach city council passed an ordinance that basically made it illegal to come within 20 feet of cops. The Ordinance prohibits any person, after receiving a warning from a law enforcement officer not to do so, to approach or remain within...

 2021-09-02 19:12 

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A Guy Walks Into A Bra...

A recent and surprisingly unpleasant professional encounter found me thinking again about an experience I had in the late 90s during my earlier career as a web developer before I went to law school. I'd gotten involved with a group that put on monthly...

 2021-09-02 17:47 

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The Real Threat To US Supporters In Afghanistan May Be The US-Funded Biometric Database Compiled By Their Former Government...

American armed forces entered Afghanistan nearly 20 years ago, bringing with them weapons, vehicles, and a vast amount of war tech. After 20 years, we're finally out of Afghanistan, but much of what the US military brought to the country has been left...

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