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Helping Astronauts Go to the Bathroom in Space

Imagine that moment of trying to unlock your front door when you desperately need to use the bathroom. You finally jiggle the key into the lock, burst into the room, drop everything you’re holding, and sprint to the bathroom. Relief. Now imagine that feeling again. Except you’re an astronaut. Floating in space. For six days.

Courts Continue to Split on the Fourth Amendment in Cyberspace

Just two weeks ago, a United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania handed down a decision compelling Google to produce electronic data, even though the data had been stored on servers in foreign countries. Magistrate Judge Thomas J. Reuter determined that requiring Google to retrieve information stored on foreign servers does not

The Facebook Divorce

At least one judge in New York has ruled that a person seeking a divorce may serve the spouse with divorce papers via Facebook.  Facebook breakups have long been the source of gossip and relationship lore.  But divorce papers? Is that taking it too far? Maybe not, maybe Facebook divorce just makes sense. One advantage

Switch-ing Stories: Lucky Leak or Café Culprit?

The Nintendo Switch was set to release on March 3rd, 2017, when—two weeks early—an “unboxing” video surfaced, attributed to Neogaf user Hiphoptherobot. However, according to a Nintendo spokesperson, Switch units were stolen by employees of a U.S. distributor, with one system (this system) being illegally resold. Hiphop may be guilty of possessing stolen goods if

White House Staff Using Secretive Encrypted Apps to Leak Information about the Current Trump Administration

President Donald Trump stated in an animated press conference on February 16, 2017 that his “administration is running like a fine-tuned machine.” The number of leaks plaguing the current administration, and the information being leaked, paint a different story. A transcript of his telephone conversation with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull revealed that Trump was

The Role of Telehealth and Privacy in the Trump Era

Telehealth, the use of telecommunication technologies to promote health care interactions, education, and administration, has been focused on lately by the media. The technology involved includes the internet, streaming, and even apps for smart phones. Due to the recent changes in the White House, there has been some pushback by the public, with many wondering:

Disney v. VidAngel: Pious Pirates or Fighting for Filtering?

The on-demand economy has arrived. More and more companies are dedicating their business to giving people what they want, when they want it. In terms of watching movies and television shows, various on-demand subscription streaming services such as have become the norm in many households, and popularity of subscription streaming services has steadily increased over

New Calls to make ExxonMobil the “Phillip Morris of Climate Liability”

On February 6th, eighteen members of Congress from California penned a letter to the state’s recently confirmed Attorney General, Xavier Becerra, to join several other states in a legal fight to determine whether Exxon and its predecessor companies intentionally misled the public for decades on climate science. The missive notes a previous probe by California’s

New People, New Policy: Transition at the FTC

As technology continues to shape and transform society, the FTC has used its traditional consumer protection power to venture into new technological territory. However, it’s still unclear what the scope and extent of the FTC authority is under its consumer protection power. While a recent 3rd Circuit decision recognized the FTC’s authority to regulate data

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