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Sorry, but We’re Seeing Someone Else: Relations between Pittsburgh & Uber Decline

Just a few months ago, everyone was gossiping about the new and blossoming relationship that had emerged between tech giant Uber Technologies and the City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In September of 2016, Uber launched its self-driving car pilot program on the hilly streets of the “Burgh.” The original plan was to have 100 cars on

Assessing the Unique Dynamic Between the Public Funding and Private Enjoyment of Stadiums

  There is an endemic problem in the United States with the way sports owners are ransoming the necessary funds to supply new sports stadiums with the latest and greatest technology, and this field is one filled with hypocrisy and failed logic. Balancing Municipalities Decision to Green Light Stadium Construction Proponents of stadium construction contend

Big Brother’s Got Siblings: VIZIO’s $2.2 Million Settlement with the FTC

In the modern world, there’s enough covert and overt surveillance occurring with enough regularity to make George Orwell’s predictions seem demure. From the Snowden-triggered revelations of 2013 to the endless cookies users accept while browsing the web, computer and smart phone users are leaving footprints everywhere they wander. Governments and corporations follow close behind, collecting

Biometrics, Privacy, and Facebook: Who is Tagging Who?

Beth is a twenty-five-year old who lives and works in New York City. She, like many of her peers, keeps in touch with her old friends and classmates via Facebook, one of the most well-known online social media and social networking services. After her birthday party, Beth logs on to Facebook to post pictures to

ICYMI: FCC Approves RTT as an Update to TTY

Amidst the usual end-of-year activities and the beginning of a transition of presidential power, the Federal Communications Commission unanimously approved a historic change for people with disabilities. On December 15, the FCC adopted a rule requiring telecommunications companies to support Real-Time Text (RTT) in their systems, replacing the outdated text telephony services (TTY). This rule

Snapchat Goes Public: What the Average Trader Should Know about SNAP

On February 2, Snap, parent company of the popular social media app Snapchat, filed for its initial public offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol, SNAP. The company’s decision to go public comes on the heels of a successful year that saw a 600% increase in revenue from 2015. What

Somebody’s Watching You: The Security Risks of Pacemaker Technology

From Amazon’s helpful electronic assistant Alexa to televisions that track viewer preferences, these days people surround themselves with devices that continuously record information about their users. Even medical devices, like Pacemakers, are more frequently being offered with built-in network capability, creating an expansive Internet of Things that simultaneously increases efficiency and vulnerability for those that

Liar, Liar, ISP on Fire

New York Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, has set his sights on Charter Communications and its subsidiary Time Warner Cable (TWC). Following a sixteen-month investigation, reviewing internal TWC corporate documents and hundreds of thousands of internet speed tests, Schneiderman has filed a suit alleging the internet service provider (ISP) promised internet speeds it knew it would

Buzzer-beater: “Talent Act” Becomes Law Minutes Before Inauguration

With all of the spectacle and controversy surrounding the recent inauguration of the incoming President, Donald Trump, it was easy to miss the passage of then-President Barack Obama’s final law.  Minutes before the inauguration, Obama signed the “Tested Ability to Leverage Exceptional National Talent Act of 2017” (Talent Act), codifying the existing Presidential Innovation Fellows