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California Drones Bill Vetoed, Police Not Required to Obtain Warrants for Unmanned Surveillance

California Drones Bill Vetoed, Police Not Required to Obtain Warrants for Unmanned Surveillance

By Josh Wolford September 30, 2014

California Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have instituted regulations on drone use by public agencies – including the police. Among other things, the bill would have forced police, in most cases, to obtain a warrant to …

Amazon Charges a Penny for Shipping in France Amazon Charges a Penny for Shipping in France

In an attempt to help brick-and-mortar bookstores unable to offer the deep discounts and free shipping that has made Amazon so successful, France enacted a law last year disallowing the online retailer from offering a five percent discount and free …

Google: Driverless Car Tickets Should Come Our Way Google: Driverless Car Tickets Should Come Our Way

What in the hell happens when one of Google’s driverless cars gets pulled over and handed a ticket? I say ‘when’ because it’s actually never happened. Though Google’s self-driving vehicles have now logged over 700,000 miles, the Mountain View Police …

Mom Banned from Facebooking About Kids, Hitler Mom Banned from Facebooking About Kids, Hitler

If a judge orders, as part of a probation deal, that you must stop ranting about Hitler and your family on Facebook, you should probably take it seriously. An appellate court has ruled that banning a woman from posting about …

State Rep Posts Impassioned Plea Against Butt Sex

The great state of South Dakota, which has had a legal ban on same-sex marriage since 1996 and a constitutional amendment against it since 2006, is about to face its first legal challenge. And before the case hits the court, …

Utah Revenge Porn Ban Signed into Law Utah Revenge Porn Ban Signed into Law

Utah has just become the latest state to pass laws specifically banning “distributing intimate images of a person without that person’s permission.” These bills are generally drafted to tackle so-called revenge porn. Governor Gary R. Herbert signed the bill, HB71, …

Revenge Porn Ban to Be Proposed at Federal Level Revenge Porn Ban to Be Proposed at Federal Level

While various efforts to ban so-called “revenge porn” have been taken at the state level, there hasn’t yet been a push at the federal level to enact laws to criminalize non-consensual online distribution of sexual content. According to reports, this …

Checking Google Maps While Driving OK in CA Checking Google Maps While Driving OK in CA

A California appeals court has ruled that consulting Google Maps on your cellphone is not the same thing as talking or texting on said phone, and therefore does not fall under the handheld ban the state issued back in 2008. …

Arizona's Anti-Gay Bill Gets Pushback From Apple Arizona's Anti-Gay Bill Gets Pushback From Apple

Apple has joined a host of high-profile businesses in urging Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to veto a controversial piece of legislation that would allow businesses to discriminate against the LGBT community on religious grounds. The bill, Senate Bill 1062, amends …

Google Lobbies to Keep Glass Legal on the Highway Google Lobbies to Keep Glass Legal on the Highway

In news that can’t come as much of a surprise, Google has begun to throw its mighty weight around to halt state legislation that would cripple or even totally ban the use of Google Glass while driving. Reuters reports that …

California Egg Law Is Met With Opposition

California has proposed a law set for 2015 that will regulate more stringent guidelines regarding the treatment of chickens. In order for farmers to qualify for selling eggs, space requirements must be met as well as other conditions such as …

Woman Ticketed for Driving with Google Glass Wins Woman Ticketed for Driving with Google Glass Wins
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The California woman who was recently ticketed for wearing Google Glass while driving (the first such citation in the country) has been let off the hook. A court dismissed Cecilia Abadie’s ticket on Thursday afternoon, saying that there was no …

NY Lawmaker Attempts Google Glass Ban for Drivers NY Lawmaker Attempts Google Glass Ban for Drivers
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If Brooklyn Assemblyman Félix Ortiz has is way, New York highways will be a Google Glass-free zone. The Democrat has introduced legislation to ban the use of Google Glass for those operating a motor vehicle. It would be a expansion …

New York City's Smoking Ban to Include E-cigarettes New York City's Smoking Ban to Include E-cigarettes
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Since 2002, New York City has banned smoking in bars, restaurants, places of employment, government buildings, parks, and other public places. Now, over a decade after that law was enacted, the NYC Council has decided to add e-cigarettes to the …

Pussy Riot And Greenpeace Members May Be Freed Early

Pussy Riot released the video for Like A Red Prison earlier this year. Many wondered if the video served as a political statement in relation to last year’s imprisonment of members from the musical group who were punished for involvement …

‘Deer Trail’ Drones: Residents Want to Shoot Down
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It’s normal for hunters to consider shooting at deer and other forms of wildlife, but shooting at government drones is not something to cross the average mind. However, one community recently thought about this option. On Tuesday, the population of …

Uruguay Legalizes Marijuana Trade

Today is a historic day for the potential global expansion of legalizing marijuana as a trade. While the majority of the United States think that the use of marijuana should be legal, another country is considering legalizing other components of …