Read All About It: New Business Models and Technology for Local Newspapers

Thursday, September 13, 2012, by Samantha Surles People have been talking about the decline of local newspapers for a long time, but lately they also seem to be talking about possible solutions to the problem. The importance of local papers to community life is undiminished, but shifts in the advertising industry are making it more

Google Unlocks The Search Term “Bisexual”

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 by Tasneem Dharamsi Here’s a lesser-known fact for all of those avid Google users out there:  from late 2009 until very recently, the company had blocked the term “bisexual” from its search algorithm.  Since the search term is now unblocked, when a user begins to type the letters in the word

Implications of New Study on Sentencing for Three Strikes Drug Offenders

Friday, September 7, 2012 by Neil Barnes Over half the states in the US implement some form of the three strikes law, which mandates that upon his or her third felony conviction, a felon must be incarcerated for a minimum time period. This period is normally longer than the ordinary sentence for the felony considered

New Proposed Changes to U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Maintenance Fees

Friday, September 7, 2012 by Catherine Clodfelter The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced changes to its fee system on Wednesday, reducing patent maintenance fees. This change is a part of a reform of the U.S. patent system that USPTO maintains is the “most significant of the U.S. patent system in more than a

Dear Poultry Facilities: Please Keep Turkey on the Table, Leave it Out of Our Water

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 by Holly Bannerman Last month, a federal jury convicted House of Raeford Farms Inc., a North Carolina poultry slaughtering and processing facility, of 10 counts of knowing violations of the Clean Water Act. For nearly 16 months, blood, grease, and body parts from slaughtered turkeys were sent directly to the city

EFF Seeks Answers from Secret Court in Ruling on NSA Spying Violations

Tuesday, September 4, 2012, by Anne Marie Tosco The public may soon learn the details of the secret court ruling that the National Security Agency (“NSA”) violated the Fourth Amendment when it conducted illegal surveillance of e-mails and telephone calls. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (“EFF”), a non-profit defender of digital rights, sued the United States

The SEC Establishes New Rules Regarding “Conflict Minerals” in the Manufacturing Process

Tuesday, September 4, 2012, by Kelly Anderson Just over a week ago, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved new rules that could considerably impact the manufacturing process of numerous American electronic companies.  Enacted “under the umbrella” of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the new SEC regulations require companies to publicly disclose