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Illinois Legislation Asks Dating Websites To Post Background Check Information Illinois Legislation Asks Dating Websites To Post Background Check Information
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Online dating has always been a risky business; you never know if you could be talking to Mr./Ms. Right or the Zodiac Killer. According to an article in the Chicago Tribune, Legislation in Springfield, Illinois, if passed, could require any …

Private Company Amassing Database of License Plate Data Private Company Amassing Database of License Plate Data

Back in November, Josh Wolford opened quite a discussion about the rising prevalence of license plate readers in law enforcement. These scanning devices read license plates quickly and compile data to help track movements, reveal stolen vehicles, etc. Some have …

Paul Ceglia Ordered To Pay $5,000 For Contempt Paul Ceglia Ordered To Pay $5,000 For Contempt

Everybody’s favorite Facebook troll is back and this time, he’s the one paying. The Buffalo News is reporting that Paul Ceglia has been ordered by a judge to pay a $5,000 as he has been found in contempt. U.S. Magistrate …

Bangladesh Seeks Punishment for Facebook Comment Bangladesh Seeks Punishment for Facebook Comment

An Australian professor, who is a native of Bangladesh, posted this message on Facebook: “Many die, why should not Sheikh Hasina Die?”. (image) Sheikh Hasina pictured above with Wen Jiabao This move by Khandaker may cost him his life. The …

Apple Retailers Siding With eBizcuss In Legal Dispute Apple Retailers Siding With eBizcuss In Legal Dispute

Late last week we brought you news of a lawsuit brought against Apple by French retailer eBizcuss, the largest Apple Premium Retailer (APR) in France. The suit accuses Apple of anti-competitive behavior. Specifically, eBizcuss says that Apple unfairly gives preferential …

Tweeting Juror Is One Man’s Ticket Off Death Row Tweeting Juror Is One Man’s Ticket Off Death Row

An Arkansas man’s death row conviction has been overturned essentially because one juror couldn’t keep away from Twitter. The Arkansas state Supreme Court has reversed a lower court’s decision that the juror’s tweets in question do not constitute grounds for …

Police Tracking Your Every Move With License Plate Readers Police Tracking Your Every Move With License Plate Readers
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Privacy. It’s on everyone’s minds these days. A couple of months ago it was Apple and Google that were drawing the ire of consumers with the storing of location data. And of course, Facebook is always mentioned when people discuss …

In California, Police Can Still Search Your iPhone Without a Warrant In California, Police Can Still Search Your iPhone Without a Warrant

California Senate Bill 914, introduced by state Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), would make it illegal for the police to search a person’s mobile device during an arrest without a warrant. It received nearly unanimous support in passing the state …

Could Lying on Facebook, Checking Out NSFW Stuff Land You in Jail? Could Lying on Facebook, Checking Out NSFW Stuff Land You in Jail?
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The internet community was rocked this week as one of the most important, coveted items in my lifetime finally hit the web. I’m talking, of course, about the Scarlett Johansson nudie pics. How many people, do you think, while dutifully …

California’s Amazon Tax Law Forces Affiliate Marketer to Move to Nevada California’s Amazon Tax Law Forces Affiliate Marketer to Move to Nevada
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After years of operating a successful comparison shopping site in California, Nick Loper recently had to shut down his business and move to another state to start over. Why? Loper was one of the affiliate marketing victims of the online sales tax law that California passed earlier this summer.

Facebook Troublemakers Beware: Hacking Someone’s Account Is Identity Theft Facebook Troublemakers Beware: Hacking Someone’s Account Is Identity Theft
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The decision against a California juvenile charged with identity theft has been affirmed by an appellate court. The identity that he was convicted of stealing just happened to be her Facebook identity. Rolando S. used the female victim’s email password …

Anti-Piracy Lawyer Rips Off Content from Competitor Anti-Piracy Lawyer Rips Off Content from Competitor
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John Steele, an anti-piracy “pay-up-or-else” lawyer, has filed close to 100 mass-lawsuits for his clients, targeting thousands of BitTorrent users, a.k.a. Pirates. Now it seems the moniker could even fit Mr. Steele himself. The folks over at TorrentFreak have pointed …

Twitter Still Reacting to Casey Anthony Twitter Still Reacting to Casey Anthony
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The Casey Anthony case has, no doubt, captivated the world both online and offline. It has even been said that the Casey Anthony case is to social media what the O.J. Simpson trial was to cable television. The big difference, however, is that social media gives people an opportunity to participate in a way that was never before thought possible.

Court Rules Government Must Get Warrant to Access Cell Phone Location Data
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According to the EFF, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled that federal law allows judges the discretion to require that the government obtain a probable cause search warrant before accessing cell phone location data. 

What is Fair Use? You Tell Us.
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What is fair use? It’s a question that doesn’t seem to go away. Traditional media publications often throw blogs under the bus for borrowing quotes and spreading news to their own audiences. While there are certainly plenty of cases in which blogs do trample on the concept of fair use, to say that blogs in general follow this practice is simply absurd.

Are You Blogging Within Your Fair Use Rights?
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With all of the struggles and controversies surrounding the news industry these days, there is a lot of confusion out there about what falls under fair use and what doesn’t. The more savvy bloggers who have been in the game for a while usually have a better grasp on the concept, but there are still plenty of others who aren’t so well versed. After all, anyone can start a blog, and not everyone comes from a news or legal background.

Developer Shares Story of Being Threatened by Facebook for Crawling
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Pete Warden, a former software engineer at Apple, who is now working on his own start-up, posted an interesting story about how Facebook threatened to sue him for crawling the social network. I reached out to both Warden and Facebook for more details, but so far have only received response from Facebook, who calls  the incident as "violation of our terms."

Google, Microsoft Part of Coalition to Get Privacy Law Updated

A coalition that includes Google and Microsoft is aiming to get the Electronic Communications Privacy Act updated to reflect the needs of today’s technologically fast-paced world, where much consumer and business data resides in the cloud. I listened in on a conference call this afternoon, which featured several members of the coalition, including representatives from both companies.

Justin Bieber’s Manager Arrested for Not Tweeting Quickly Enough
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Justin Bieber’s manager was arrested today, and WebProNews talked to his lawyer as they awaited arraignment.

FTC Sues Intel, Intel Says “Misguided”
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The Federal Trade Commission has sued Intel, saying it has "abused its market dominance" according to the LA Times. Richard A. Feinstein, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition is quoted as saying:

"Intel has engaged in a deliberate campaign to hamstring competitive threats to its monopoly. It’s been running roughshod over the principles of fair play and the laws protecting competition on the merits."

Perfect 10 Comes Out Swinging at Google Again
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Those who have been following the search industry for some time, may recall that Google had some legal issues with the (former) magazine Perfect 10 (nsfw). The company, which ceased publication of its magazine, but still operates on the web, has issued a press release saying that its five year battle with the search giant is "about to heat up."