Trololololegislation: The U.K. Considers Harsher Penalties for Online Trolling

Internet trolls in the U.K. could face up to two years in prison if proponents of a new proposal set for Parliament have their way. The proposal, put forth last Sunday, seeks to quadruple the current maximum penalty of six months. Its author, MP Angie Bray, says she decided the change was necessary “after one

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Medical Devices in Social Media: Fitting the Small Print in 140 Characters

One in three American adults have gone online to figure out a medical condition. Consequently, social media is increasingly being adopted as a tool for promoting medical devices (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.). Patients are starting internet support groups, rating devices on Yelp! and sharing photos on Reddit and YouTube. In contrast, medical professionals are

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GoPro’s Stock Slide: Is One Man Responsible?

Michael Schumacher, Formula 1 driver and known to many as the Stig, is still recovering from traumatic injuries sustained during a skiing accident last December at the French Alps resort of Méribel. Schumacher was skiing off-piste when he crashed into rocks and even though Schumacher was wearing a helmet, he sustained severe head injuries and

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The Shape of Things to Come: Apple Might Be Facing a Healthy Dose of Its Own Medicine

Apple, Inc. has developed a reputation for actively and aggressively defending its intellectual property rights in its products. In particular, it has recently been involved in a number of high profile patent cases: Creative Technology v. Apple, Inc. (click here); Typhoon Touch Technologies, Inc. v. Dell, Inc. (click here); Nokia v. Apple, Inc. (click here);

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Testy about Tesla: Michigan Bans Electric Car Company’s Direct Sales Model

Michigan residents may now have a more difficult time obtaining Elon Musk’s inventive electric cars. On Tuesday, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill that prohibits direct to consumer automotive sales. Although this legislation applies to all car manufacturers, Tesla is currently the only company employing that model. The bipartisan legislation, which passed through the


Facebook Does Not Want the DEA to be Your Friend

In early October, Sondra Arquiett filed a lawsuit alleging that the Drug Enforcement Agency (“DEA”) created a fake Facebook account using her name and information. Arquiett was awaiting sentencing for possession of cocaine, for which she would eventually receive probation. According to the lawsuit, the DEA created the account for the purpose of identifying other

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P2P and the (technologically) Illiterate Author

The man who gained fame and fortune by penning novels that tricked millions of readers into thinking lawyers are suave characters that with no writing, research, and or deference to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure are able to combat injustice, racism, and corporate greed, has recently apologized for what’s been described as a verbal

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Will new cellphone encryption prevent the FBI from abusing your privacy?

It has been an arduous year for credit card users. Target, Home Depot, and K-Mart all were hacked and had shopper’s credit card information stolen. Fortunately, some of the information was encrypted and thus unusable to the hackers. Their response was to begin encrypting more of the credit card data. It seemed to be a


California Farmers Look to New Technologies to Combat Climate Change

As the end of the year draws near, 2014 is likely to go down as one of the worst for California farmers as a result of an unprecedented drought. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, approximately 80% of California is experiencing extreme drought levels (click here for clip of California’s drought evolution). One of the

Privacy and Security: Outflanking the Third-Party Doctrine

Edward Snowden became famous last year for revealing US government surveillance programs and starting a conversation in America about the tradeoffs between privacy and security. More recently, Snowden has conducted interviews in which he has advised Americans to avoid certain online services, like Dropbox and Facebook, that do not provide adequate privacy protections for users