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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

Limited Second Amendment Right for Minors: the New Trend

How young is “too young” to learn about gun safety? 18 years? 15? 10? With new and improved gun technology the answer to these questions might be more shocking than once thought. A recent Chicago ordinance which imposed strict and cumbersome regulations on gun ranges was struck down, January 18, 2017. Most notably, the law

Thanks to the DMCA, Your Right to Repair May Actually Just Be an “Alternative Right”

I’m sure you’ve all seen the “check-engine” light come on in your car or on your motorcycle, and I’m sure you’ve wanted to get it checked out and removed as quickly as possible, partly due to caring about your vehicle, but mostly because those lights are annoying. Or maybe you’re the tinkering type and wanted

Trump’s “Immigration Ban” and the Tech Companies’ Response

The 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, has recently caused quite a stir in not only the country but also the large technology companies across the world. One of Trump’s most recent executive orders, the so-called “Immigration Ban”, has technology companies reacting in a variety of different ways. There have already been responses

Should Apple Prevent InTEXTicated Driving?

In a move that will surely make millions of phone obsessed Millennials shriek out in horror, a class action suit has been filed against Apple alleging the company has had the ability to prevent iPhone owners from texting and driving since 2008. The complaint states that Apple has elected not to include the technology in

Settlement Break for Star Trek Fan

YouTube provides creators the great ability to express themselves on an online forum. But what happens when what the creators produce constitutes copyright infringement? YouTube tends to be a breeding ground for copyright infringement claims. In fact, Google, the company which owns YouTube, has recently published its own “Transparency Report,” which shows that from September

Why Can’t We Be Friends? The Battle Between FBI and Tech Continues

It seems like just yesterday the FBI was taking legal action to force Apple to unlock the San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone. Ultimately, in the case, the FBI found a way to unlock the phone and no longer needed Apple’s help. But, as a previous blog by Rhian Mayhew pointed out, although the “tension between the FBI