Facebook, Google Ask Congress to Make Computer Science a K-12 Priority

Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and more than a dozen other advocacy groups have sent a letter to the Chairman and ranking members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and the House Education and the Workforce Committee. The letter…

Uber Facing Another Lawsuit from Driver Who Claims Employee Status

Uber is once again facing a lawsuit from a driver who says he should be treated as an employee, rather than an independent contractor. A Los Angeles man named Greg Fisher has sued Uber in California Northern District Court. He…

Revenge Porn Now a Specific Offense in the UK, Punishable by Up to Two Years in Jail

Revenge porn has been a hot topic in legislatures and courtrooms both across the US and abroad. Now, the UK is poised to pass a new law that will make the sharing of images without one’s consent a specific criminal…

Teens Tweet Group Sex Video, Get Hit with Child Porn Charges

Four Joliet, Illinois teens could spend the next few years in a juvenile facility after posting a group sex video on Twitter. Three boys, aged 14, 15, and 16, and one girl, aged 15, were arrested after the girl’s mother…

Montana Yoga Pants Ban Bill Was Literally Laughed Out of the Room

Earlier this week, we told you about Montana State rep David Moore, a Republican with a mission. Moore sponsored House Bill 365, which made headlines as the bill that wanted to ban yoga pants. And speedos. And tight, beige tank…

This Lawmaker Wants to Ban Yoga Pants and Speedos

Meet David “Doc” Moore, a Republican legislator from Missoula, Montana. David Moore would like you to please refrain from wearing any sort of form-fitting clothing in public, thank you very much. Moore has sponsored a bill, House Bill 365, that…

Interactive Advertising Bureau Weighs In On Obama Proposals

During Tuesday’s State of the Union Address, President Obama briefly touched on some proposals that may have an impact on the digital advertising industry. These include laws to combat cyber attacks and to protect the data of minors. Here’s the…

Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple & Other Tech Companies Call For Government Surveillance Reform

About a year ago, the Reform Government Surveillance coalition was formed. Today, it includes AOL, Apple, Drobpbox, Evernote, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter, and Yahoo. The companies have since maintained a website on the issue, and have now penned an…

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

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…

Unlocking Your Cellphone Is Now Legal – Again

Today, President Obama will sign a bill into law that The White House calls “a win for American consumers, a win for wireless competition, and an example of democracy at its best.” It’s the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition…

Cellphone Unlocking Bill Passes House, Heads to Obama’s Desk

The House has unanimously passed legislation, unanimously passed last week in the Senate, that will once again make it legal for consumers to unlock their cellphones. “With today’s House passage of the bipartisan Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act,…

Cellphone Unlocking Bill Passes Senate, Heads to House

Late Tuesday, the Senate passed the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act with a unanimous vote. The bill, introduced by Democratic Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, reverses a Library of Congress decision regarding DMCA exemptions and would once again make…

Cellphone Unlocking Bill Passes Senate Committee

A Senate bill to reverse a Library of Congress decision and make unlocking your cellphone legal again has passed the Judiciary Committee. In January of last year, unlocking new cellphones became illegal via a decision from the Library of Congress.…

Amazon Charges a Penny for Shipping to Get Around French Law

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

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

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, Wants Doctors to Oppose Gay Marriage for Medical Reasons

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 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

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 Maps While Driving Not Part of Cellphone Ban, Rules California Court

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.…