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 2021-08-25 18:59 

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OnlyFans: Oops, Just Kidding; Keep Posting Sexually Explicit Material...

So, last week the news broke that OnlyFans, the wildly popular platform for "subscribing"; to private video and photographic content -- and whose most popular usecase appears to be for adult content -- announced that it was banning "sexually ex...

 2021-08-25 17:50 

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North Dakota Supreme Court: An Officer's Camera Is More Trustworthy Than His BS Testimony...

While body-worn cameras have mainly proven to be a boon for prosecutors , rather than the all-purpose accountability tools many of us thought they would be [ raises hand sheepishly ], the mere existence of more recordings is still a net gain for the gener...

 2021-08-25 17:45 

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Daily Deal: The Premium Python Programming Bundle...

The Premium Python Programming Bundle has 10 courses on the world's leading programming language. Whether it is for scientific programming, gaming, or web development, Python has the tools and libraries that will make your project come to life. These ...

 2021-08-25 16:38 

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Devin Nunes Loses Again, But He's Still Suing The Satirical Cow Who Mocked Him...

As you likely know by now, a little over two years ago, Devin Nunes kicked off his SLAPPy litigiousness by suing the satirical internet cow with about 1,200 followers at the time of the lawsuit (it now has over 770,000 ). What got a bit less attention was...

 2021-08-25 12:22 

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ISPs Give 'Netflow Data' To Third Parties, Who Sell It Without User Awareness Or Consent...

Back around 2007 or so there was a bit of a ruckus when broadband ISPs were found to be selling your "clickstream"; data (which sites you visit and how long you're there) to any nitwit with a nickel, then basically denying they were even doing ...

 2021-08-25 03:13 

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Sony Takes Down Leaked Unfinished Spider-Man Trailer, Releases Finished One Days Later...

We've talked plenty of times in the past about instances in which publishers of content, typically movies, get copyright takedowns performed on trailers. These takedowns are, frankly, never a great idea, but they are particularly stupid when companies...

 2021-08-24 23:02 

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Appeals Court Shuts Down Kansas' 30-Year-Old Ag Gag Law...

Another " ag gag " law has been shown the door by the courts. The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals has declared Kansas' "Farm Animal and Field Crop and Research Facilities Protection Act" (whew!) nothing more than a bunch of First Amendm...

 2021-08-24 20:30 

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Techdirt Podcast Episode 295: What Oracle/Google Means For Copyright And Interoperability...

We've written a lot about the Oracle/Google case over API copyrights as it wound its way through the courts, but the Supreme Court ruling has such widespread implications that there is still plenty to unpack. This week, we're joined by two top exp...

 2021-08-24 19:24 

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US Army Now Using Clearview's Unproven Tech To Investigate Crimes...

We can add another government agency to the list of entities that have been suckered in by Clearview's highly questionable sales pitches about its unproven tech: the US Army. [Paywall ahead, but alternatives abound.] The US Army has a contract with Cl...

 2021-08-24 17:47 

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Congressional Lawmaker Give Up Attempt To Dump Qualified Immunity In Police Reform Efforts...

The judicial construct known as qualified immunity will continue to make it harder for people to obtain redress for rights violations... at least for the time being. While there has been a more sustained movement to reform law enforcement across the natio...

 2021-08-24 17:42 

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Daily Deal: The 2021 Ultimate Microsoft Excel Business Intelligence Bundle...

The 2021 Ultimate Microsoft Excel Business Intelligence Bundle has 12 courses to help you master advanced Microsoft Excel functions. You'll learn about PivotTables, data visualization, financial modeling, Power Query, and more. It's on sale for $4...

 2021-08-24 16:48 

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Political Consultant Misrepresents Nearly Everything In Arguing That The Gov't Should Make Google/Facebook Pay News Orgs...

If you don't know who Doug Schoen is, he's a quintessential political/lobbying insider, who has worked for the Clintons and more recently for Mike Bloomberg's presidential campaign. It might surprise some people to find that he also was a regu...

 2021-08-24 13:43 

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Cable's US Broadband Monopoly Continues To Grow...

We've noted a few times how US regulators often simply refuse to acknowledge that the US broadband sector is heavily monopolized . Regional cable and phone monopolies are the number one reason US broadband is patchy, expensive, and slow with routinely...

 2021-08-24 03:04 

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Washington State Supreme Court Says $547 Fine Imposed On A Homeless Man Violates The Constitution...

It seems all but impossible to completely do away with civil asset forfeiture, but advances are being made around the country. Criminal asset forfeiture remains a thing -- one that's rarely troubled by reform legislation. But it can be just as absurd,...

 2021-08-23 22:45 

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Understanding The California Ruling That Said Prop 22, The Gig Worker Ballot Initiative, Was Unconstitutional...

Opponents of Uber et al. have been cheering the recent California court decision declaring Proposition 22 unconstitutional. Proposition 22 was a ballot measure passed to override significant parts of the legislature's AB 5 bill, which affected all sor...

 2021-08-23 20:39 

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Ninth Circuit Affirms MSNBC's Anti-SLAPP Motion Against OAN Network's Bullshit Defamation Lawsuit...

One America News (OAN) -- a "news" network apparently more "fair and balanced" than the extremely right-leaning Fox News -- sued MSNBC commentator Rachel Maddow for (factually) insinuating one of OAN's reporters had a side gig working ...

 2021-08-23 19:06 

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NY Times And Washington Post Criticize Facebook Because The Chicago Tribune Had A Terrible Headline...

I'm going to try, once again, to do that stupid thing where I try to express a nuanced point on the internet, where there's a high likelihood of it being misunderstood. So, consider this opening a warning that you should read this entire article t...

 2021-08-23 17:53 

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Investigation Of ShotSpotter's Practices Is Raising Questions The Company's Angry Statement Really Doesn't Answer...

Earlier this month, another courtroom challenge of evidence exposed another questionable alteration of a gunshot report by law enforcement tech supplier, ShotSpotter. In 2018, a man shot by police officers claimed in his lawsuit that ShotSpotter altered g...

 2021-08-23 17:48 

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Daily Deal: The MacOS 11 Course...

The MacOS 11 Course is here to help with your understanding of macOS's core functionality. You'll learn how to configure key services, perform basic troubleshooting, and support multiple users with essential macOS capabilities. This course is grea...

 2021-08-23 16:27 

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Researchers Who Built Similar System Explain Why Apple's CSAM Scanning System Is Dangerous...

Jonathan Mayer, a Princeton University professor and former chief technologist at the FTC, is one of the smartest people I know. Every time I've spoken with him I feel like I learn something. He's now written a quite interesting article for the Wa...

 2021-08-23 12:39 

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Court Slaps Down Ajit Pai's Lazy FCC Ruling On 5G Safety, Likely Fueling Conspiracy Theorists...

To be clear, there's absolutely no evidence that 5G wireless technology poses a meaningful impact to human health. Most of the conspiracy theorists that claim otherwise have a head full of pebbles, and are uniformly basing those claims on misinterpret...

 2021-08-22 19:00 

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

This week, both our winners on the insightful side come in response to our post about OnlyFans and its announcement that it would no longer host sexually explicit content. In first place, it's James Burkhardt with some thoughts : A huge angle I think ...

 2021-08-21 19:40 

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This Week In Techdirt History: August 15th - 21st...

Five Years Ago This week in 2016, a wave of newspapers that had tried out paywall models were discovering they didn't work as well as hoped , and those that had come to rely almost solely on Facebook for traffic were realizing that might have been a m...

 2021-08-21 02:39 

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Edvard Eriksen Estate Goes After Another Danish City For Having A Mermaid Statue...

Who knew that a bronze statue of a mermaid could cause so much trouble. If you're not aware, there is a statue of the Little Mermaid on the shores of the Danish capital Copenhagen. It was created by Edvard Eriksen, who died decades ago. Eriksen's ...

 2021-08-20 20:48 

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Sensitive Data On Afghan Allies Collected By The US Military Is Now In The Hands Of The Taliban...

The problem with harvesting reams of sensitive data is that it presents a very tempting target for malicious hackers, enemy governments , and other wrongdoers. That hasn't prevented anyone from collecting and storing all of this data, secure only in t...

 2021-08-20 19:06 

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FTC Tries Tries Again With An Antitrust Case Against Facebook...

As you'll recall, back in December, the FTC filed an antitrust case against Facebook, arguing that Facebook abused a dominant market position to acquire Instagram and WhatsApp for anticompetitive reasons, and that it puts in place anti-competitive pol...

 2021-08-20 17:47 

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Chinese Government Censors Back On Their Karoake Song Banlist Bullshit...

The perpetual motion machine that is the Chinese government's censorship arm rolls on. While China has embraced a particularly state-focused form of capitalism, it still engages in the sort of stuff long associated with the Chinese government, like ma...

 2021-08-20 17:42 

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Daily Deal: The 2021 All-in-One Computer Science Bundle...

The 2021 All-in-One Computer Science Bundle has 11 courses to teach you the essentials of computer science. You'll learn about Java, C++, Ruby on Rails, Python, and more. It's on sale for $35. Note: The Techdirt Deals Store is powered and curated ...

 2021-08-20 16:41 

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OnlyPrudes: OnlyFans, The Platform For Sexually Explicit Content, Says No More Sexually Explicit Content (Except For Nudes)...

To some extent, it was only a matter of time until this issue came up. OnlyFans has grown massively over the last year (demonstrating, yet again, that the idea that the internet ecosystem is "settled" and that Facebook/Google control all is not ne...

 2021-08-20 12:36 

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Google Has Been Paying Wireless Carriers Billions To Not Develop Competing App Stores...

To be clear, wireless carrier app stores have always kind of sucked. Verizon's efforts to create its own app store were shut down in 2012 , after underwhelming consumers for years. At the time, the narrative was that Verizon just didn't find it wo...

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