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 2021-09-02 17:42 

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Daily Deal: The All-Access CompTIA A+ And Network Certification Prep Bundle...

The All-Access CompTIA A+ And Network Certification Prep Bundle has 12 courses designed to help you prepare for various certification exams. Courses cover CompTIA A+, PenTest+, Security+, Network+, and more. It's on sale for $45. Note: The Techdirt De...

 2021-09-02 16:29 

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Where Texas' Social Media Law & Abortion Law Collide: Facebook Must Keep Up AND Take Down Info On Abortion...

It's always astounding to me how little most policymakers consider how many of the policies they push for contradict one another. On Wednesday, the Texas Senate easily approved its version of HB20 , the blatantly unconstitutional bill that tries to pr...

 2021-09-02 12:32 

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GOP Hollowly Threatens To 'Shut Down' Telecom Companies For Cooperating With Legal January 6 Inquiries...

If you've spent any real time digging into Trump GOP era tech policies, you've probably noticed they're a jumbled mess of contradictions and inconsistencies , cloaked in a lot of performative propaganda . The same party that thought net neutra...

 2021-09-02 03:20 

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Nintendo Shuts Down Another 'Smash' Tournament Due To Mod Use, With No Piracy As A Concern...

Late last year, we discussed a predictably odd move by Nintendo to shut down a Smash Bros. tournament called The Big House over its use of a mod called "slippi." Slippi essentially unbreaks the 20 year old game when it comes to competitive online ...

 2021-09-01 22:36 

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Content Moderation Case Study: Spam "Hacks" in Among Us (2020)...

Summary: From August to October of 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic had no end in sight and plenty of people were still stuck at home, on lockdown, unable to gather with others, the video game Among Us became incredibly popular as a kind of party game when ...

 2021-09-01 20:36 

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Ninth Circuit: Sorry, But We Have No Way To Hold Border Patrol Agents Accountable For Killing People In Mexico...

Thanks to the Supreme Court , it's pretty much legal for US law enforcement officers to kill people in Mexico. I know, that doesn't seem right but that's the way it plays out. So long as only bullets cross the border, the extraterritorial, ext...

 2021-09-01 19:18 

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Hacker Taunts T-Mobile, Calls Its Security 'Awful'...

It's historically always been true that however bad a hack scandal is when initially announced, you can be pretty well assured that it's significantly worse than was actually reported. That's certainly been true of the recent T-Mobile hack, wh...

 2021-09-01 17:46 

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eBay's FOSTA-Inspired Ban On 'Adult Content' Is Erasing LGBTQ History...

There was plenty of attention paid OnlyFans decision recently to ban "sexually explicit" content -- a policy the company suspended following an outcry. However, more and more people are noticing that the same kind of thing is happening across the ...

 2021-09-01 17:41 

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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 ...

 2021-09-01 16:37 

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Reverse Warrants Show Feds Sought Data On Thousands Of Police Brutality Protesters In Kenosha, Wisconsin...

Is there anything law enforcement won't use geofence warrants for? The answer appears to be "no." A recent Google transparency report shows exponential growth in the geofence (a.k.a. " reverse ") warrant market, one that Google has ina...

 2021-09-01 13:15 

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AT&T's 911, Cellular Networks Face Plant In Wake Of Hurricane Ida...

After Hurricane Katrina, in 2008 the FCC passed rules mandating that cellular towers be upgraded to include battery backups or generators capable of delivering at least 8 hours of backup power, basically the bare minimum for usefulness. But the US cellula...

 2021-09-01 02:54 

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Make It A Trend: More Modders Get Hired By Developers, This Time CD Projekt Red...

You will recall that we were just discussing a cool little story about Bethesda going so far in embracing the modding communities surrounding its games that it ended up hiring one of the writers of an impressive Fallout 4 mod onto its team. Part of what m...

 2021-08-31 22:48 

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Facebook Promises To Inform Users If Their Content Was Removed Due To Community Standards Takedown Demands From Governments...

There's an interesting discussion that happens in content moderation circles with regards to government requests for takedowns: are those requests about content that violates local laws or about the content violating website policies ? Many people lum...

 2021-08-31 22:48 

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Facebook Promises To Distinguish Takedowns From Governments; Whether They're For Illegal Content, Or Merely Site Rules Violations...

There's an interesting discussion that happens in content moderation circles with regards to government requests for takedowns: are those requests about content that violates local laws or about the content violating website policies ? Many people lum...

 2021-08-31 20:30 

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Techdirt Podcast Episode 296: Internet Policy & The Canadian Election...

Canada is barreling towards a federal election, and if recent legislative proposals are any indication, the outcome will have huge implications for the future of the internet in the country. Between the recent Bill C-10 and the proposed online harms legis...

 2021-08-31 19:04 

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House Committee Investigating January 6th Capitol Invasion Goes On Social Media Fishing Expedition; Companies Should Resist...

Whatever you think of what happened on January 6th, people should be concerned about the House Select Committee that is investigating those events now demanding information from various social networks . As the committee announced in a press release , it ...

 2021-08-31 17:48 

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Man Who Was Ejected From The United States After Appearing In A Film Critical Of ICE Asks Court To Roll Back Removal...

Under president Donald Trump, ICE went from barely tolerable to fascist stormtroopery , doing anything in its power to kick people out of the country. Trump claimed he was just trying to make the nation safer by ridding us of the "worst of the worst.&...

 2021-08-31 17:45 

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Daily Deal: xFyro Active Noise Cancelling Wireless Earbuds...

The xFyro Active Noise Cancelling Pro Earbuds utilize active noise canceling not just to block out ambient noise but optimize your listening experience by calibrating it based on a 4-mic system that listens to your surroundings and music. The ANC Pro also...

 2021-08-31 16:20 

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China's New Internet Regulations, Building On Western Internet Regulations, Requires Algorithms To 'Vigorously Disseminate Positive Energy'...

When the UK announced its rebranded "Online Safety" bill (originally, the "Online Harms" bill) we noted that the mechanism included was effectively identical to the original Great Firewall of China. That is, when China first began censorin...

 2021-08-31 13:22 

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Apple's Dedication To Privacy Is Missing When It Comes To Its Workforce, Employees Say...

For a while it's been clear that Apple has been hoping to use "we care about privacy" as a marketing advantage in an internet economy that consistently... doesn't. For example Apple has stood up to the FBI when it comes to backdooring encr...

 2021-08-31 03:15 

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Netflix's Announced 'Video Game Streaming' Foray Fizzles Into Some Mobile Games Using Netflix IP...

You may recall that my colleague Karl Bode discussed Netflix's response to real competition last month, dealing mostly with how Netflix has attempted to hand-waive concerns over losing subscribers in the face of increasing streaming options from the l...

 2021-08-30 22:37 

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Another 1.2 Million Consumers Ditched Traditional Cable TV Last Quarter...

Surprising nobody, the traditional cable TV industry lost another 1.2 million paying subscribers last quarter as users flee to other alternatives. Largely those alternatives consist of streaming video services that are cheaper, more flexible, and feature ...

 2021-08-30 20:38 

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Sidney Powell, Lin Wood, And A Bunch Of Other Trump-Loving Lawyers Hit With Sanctions In Michigan...

Former Trump lawyer/current conspiracy theorist/lawsuit defendant Sidney Powell has one more thing to add to her extremely dubious CV: sanctions. The attorney general for the state of Michigan -- one of the states alleged to be the home of election fraud ...

 2021-08-30 19:13 

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Texas Legislature Says You Can't Teach About Racism In Schools, But Social Media Sites Must Host Holocaust Denialism...

Everything is bigger in Texas, even the act of unconstitutional spitting on the 1st Amendment. We've already talked about the blatantly unconstitutional bill, HB20 , that picks up where Florida's already-declared-unconstitutional bill leaves off, ...

 2021-08-30 17:47 

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More Pro-Trump Lawyers Sanctioned For BS Election Fraud Lawsuits...

It's not just headliners like L. Lin Wood and Sidney Powell getting sanctioned for pursuing bullshit election fraud lawsuits. Other grifting asshats with Esq. on their letterhead are getting benchslapped for abusing the court system to pursue politica...

 2021-08-30 17:42 

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Daily Deal: The Learn AutoCAD Programming Bundle...

The Learn AutoCAD Programming Bundle has 8 courses to help you become an AutoCAD wizard. There are 67 hours of lectures and hands-on lessons covering VBA, VB.NET, C#, AutoLISP, and C#.NET Programming. It's on sale for $30. Note: The Techdirt Deals Sto...

 2021-08-30 16:39 

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Most Information About Disinformation Is Misinformation...

Reporter Joseph Bernstein recently published a fantastic cover story in Harpers all about "disinformation" and "fake news" but not in the way you normally think about it. It's not like most such articles -- often decrying just how much...

 2021-08-30 13:34 

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FCC Bungled Broadband Mapping And Subsidies So Badly, It Got Boxed Out Of Broadband Infrastructure Plan...

So we've noted for a long time how the FCC's broadband maps are a bit of a joke , routinely overstating broadband competitors, speeds, and service availability. We've also routinely noted how these bad maps go hand in hand with extremely slopp...

 2021-08-29 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 That One Guy with a comment about Universal Music Group sending a takedown over footage of the moon : Amazing how many of these cases could and would be stopped cold if there was any sort of pena...

 2021-08-28 19:00 

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This Week In Techdirt History: August 22nd - 28th...

Five Years Ago This week in 2016, we watched as telcos tapdanced around net neutrality requirements , and also took a look yet again at the clear evidence that net neutrality didn't hurt broadband investment . The think tank that originally proposed S...

 2021-08-28 02:39 

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Canadian Cops Blow Off Drone Operation Laws, Crash Their Drone Into A Landing Airplane...

Someone finally hit an airplane with a drone while flying it near an airport. And of all people, it was the cops . (h/t Justin England , via Hackaday ) The Transportation Safety Board is investigating after a York regional police drone collided with an ai...

 2021-08-27 22:32 

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Copyright Scammers Getting More Sophisticated, Just As The US Is About To Make It Easier For Them...

Back in May, we wrote about the growing number of pure copyright scammers , using completely made up claims of copyright infringement as a form of a phishing technique. As I mentioned in a comment, we get multiple such messages every week here at Techdirt...

 2021-08-27 20:51 

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PSA: Universal Music Group Has Copyrighted The Moon. That is All....

We have seen and covered a great many ridiculous copyright issues here at Techdirt. It is, after all, sort of our thing. Still, some attempts at enforcing copyrights are so ludicrous that they take your breath away. Now, granted, often times the most egre...

 2021-08-27 19:05 

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Why Are We Letting School Administrators Use Qualified Immunity To Escape Accountablity For Violating Free Speech Rights?...

Administrators of publicly-funded schools have a strange habit of misunderstanding the limits of their power and failing to respect the freedoms extended to their students by the Constitution. Naturally, this has resulted in lawsuits . Lots of them. And l...

 2021-08-27 17:44 

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The Externalization Of Content Moderation: Facebook Explores 'Election Commission'...

We've covered plenty of stuff about the Oversight Board that Facebook set up. While we recognize the cynicism towards it and still think it's somewhat early to judge , for many of us following the Board's decisions closely, it's been reall...

 2021-08-27 17:39 

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Daily Deal: xFyro Active Noise Cancelling Wireless Earbuds...

The xFyro Active Noise Cancelling Pro Earbuds utilize active noise canceling not just to block out ambient noise but optimize your listening experience by calibrating it based on a 4-mic system that listens to your surroundings and music. The ANC Pro also...

 2021-08-27 16:33 

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Google Report Shows 'Reverse Warrants' Are Swiftly Becoming Law Enforcement's Go-To Investigative Tool...

Thanks to its never-ending collection of location data, Google has become a prime target for law enforcement investigators. Using so-called " reverse warrants ," investigators ask Google to turn over information for all devices in a geofenced area...

 2021-08-27 12:51 

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States Wouldn't Be Pushing Inconsistent Tech Laws If Congress Wasn't So Corrupt...

You might recall after the telecom lobby convinced Congress to obliterate both privacy and net neutrality rules (despite both having bipartisan public support), there was a lot of industry whining about the various state replacement efforts that popped up...

 2021-08-27 02:34 

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Doing It Right: Bethesda Likes 'Fallout' Mod So Much It Hires Some Of The Team That Made It...

How gaming companies treat their modding communities that spring up around their games is something of a fault line in the industry. Game studios tend to be either pro-modding or not, with very little space in between. Nintendo, for instance, is notorious...

 2021-08-26 22:35 

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Massachusetts District Attorney Delays Forfeiture Proceedings For Years, Some Involving As Little As $10...

We all know how lousy civil asset forfeiture is. In lieu of actual criminal charges, cops (and feds) just seize any property they can get their hands on, turning other people's money into pure profit for law enforcement agencies. Money they can often ...

 2021-08-26 20:46 

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'Historic' FCC Robocall Fine For Burkman, Wohl Could Prove Hollow...

We've noted for years that the FCC's purported "war on robocalls" has been predominantly empty. Just a few years ago, for example, the FCC patted itself on the back for some minor rule changes that simply let wireless carriers offer roboca...

 2021-08-26 19:20 

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Academic: Problems Created By Undermining Section 230 Can Be Solved... By Undermining Section 230?...

I remain confused at why so many people endorse Macarthur Genius award winner, Prof. Danielle Citron's views on Section 230. Over and over again people say that her ideas for reforming Section 230 are sensible. Except that they are not. She has falsel...

 2021-08-26 18:40 

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Support Public Code, While Helping Support Techdirt...

Recently, following our announcement that we have removed all Google ads and tracking code from Techdirt, a reader reached out to us with a novel (and greatly appreciated!) proposal for supporting the change and our ongoing reporting while also helping ou...

 2021-08-26 17:52 

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Chicago PD Oversight Says ShotSpotter Tech Is Mostly Useless When It Comes To Fighting Gun Crime...

Gunshot detection tech provider ShotSpotter is fighting a PR battle on multiple fronts after more news surfaced that its analysts may alter detection records to fit police narratives and investigators' theories. Communications and court documents obta...

 2021-08-26 17:47 

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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...

 2021-08-26 16:45 

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Trumpist Gettr Social Network Continues To Speed Run Content Moderation Learning Curve: Bans, Then Unbans, Roger Stone...

Remember Gettr ? That's the Trumpist social network run by former Trump spokesperson (and vexatious lawsuit filer ) Jason Miller that promised to be supportive of "free speech." As we point out what happens with every new social network that j...

 2021-08-26 12:22 

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California's 'Open Access' Fiber Broadband Plan Is Making Telecom Giants Like AT&T Nervous...

Back in 2009, the FCC funded a Harvard study that concluded (pdf) that open access broadband networks (letting multiple ISPs come in and compete over a central, core network) resulted in lower broadband prices and better service in numerous locations worl...

 2021-08-26 03:01 

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Fake 'U.S. Copyright Office' Imposter Gets Google To Delist URLs On Section 1201 Grounds...

We've done more than our share of posts in the past about the problems within the DMCA takedown system as currently practiced. The reason for so many posts is in part due to the sheer number of problems with how this all works. For starters, when noti...

 2021-08-25 22:37 

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Content Moderation Case Study: YouTube Deals With Disturbing Content Disguised As Videos For Kids (2017)...

Summary: YouTube offers an endless stream of videos that cater to the preferences of users, no matter their age and has become a go-to content provider for kids and their parents. The market for kid-oriented videos remains wide-open, with new competitors ...

 2021-08-25 20:36 

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Report Shows DOJ Engaged In Selective Prosecution To Maximize Punishment For 'Black Lives Matter' Protesters...

Under Trump, the DOJ did all it could to break the spirit of the Black Lives Matter movement that took on renewed vigor last spring following yet another killing of an unarmed black person by a white cop. That's according to a report [PDF] by The Move...

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