ONC Issues Final Rule to Update Health IT Certification Program

On October 14th, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, the federal entity responsible for coordinating national efforts to implement and use health information technology, issued a Rule that finalized new changes and requirements under the ONC Health IT Certification Program. The Program was launched in 2010 and is largely charged with

European Union’s Crusade against Corporate Welfare

Last week, it was reported that Apple is moving over $9 billion worth of their iTunes Intellectual Property assets to Ireland from Luxembourg. This level of commitment to the country comes less than two months after the European Commission ruled Ireland’s tax breaks to Apple were unlawful and ordered the American tech giant to pay

AT&T To Buy Time Warner – Bad News for Consumers

Good news AT&T and DirecTV customers! Your cable packages might be getting a significant upgrade here in the near future. AT&T and its subscribers will have the opportunity to obtain access to HBO, CNN, TNT, Cartoon Network, TBS, and Warner Brothers. This is due to the recent agreement for AT&T to purchase Time Warner for

Pokemon Go, I Sue You! Minimizing Legal Conflicts with Geo-fencing.

With the release of “Pokemon Go” in July 2016, the real world was invaded with virtual monsters. Armed with GPS-enabled smartphones, players, called “trainers,” explore the real world to locate and catch these virtual monsters, or “Pokemon.” The game also designates real world landmarks as virtual “Pokestops” and “Gyms” were trainers can resupply on in-game

Watch Out!: Short-term Rentals

  AirBnB, VRBO, HomeAway, and other internet platforms allow people to rent out their properties for short-term stays.  Owners like the boost in income while neighbors, home owner associations, and localities worry about the under-regulated influx of strangers.  So, are these short-term rentals a good thing? Positive Aspects of Short-term Rentals Property owners like short-term

Who Fact Checks the Fact Checkers?: The News on Google News’ Newest Tag

Last Thursday (October 13, 2016) Google announced it is adding a “fact check” feature to Google News, the news aggregator subsite of Google. News aggregators, for those unfamiliar with the concept, “pull together, and allow to assemble, news from a variety of sources in one place.” Google News, for example, assembles news articles

End of the Road for Software Patents?

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) has again shaken up the software patent world with its most recent decision in Intellectual Ventures v. Symantec Corp & Trend Micro Inc. The majority wrote that: “Most of the First Amendment concerns associated with patent protection could be avoided if this court were willing to

Maybe Switch to a Password: Feds Approved to Unlock Phones with Fingerprints

On October 16, 2016, Forbes reported on a court filing from May 2016, detailing a Department of Justice search warrant request. This memo in support of a search warrant wasn’t just for a search of the house, nor even of unlocked phones. The memo in support of the warrant in question sought permission to “depress

Highway Justice: Xerox’s New Tech to Catch HOV Violators

Driving can be stressful. Time pressures and traffic, aggressive drivers and speed traps. And America drives, a lot.  The average American commutes twenty-six minutes to work each day, which is close to a twenty percent increase since the data started being tracked back in the 1980’s. This alone may not sound like an astonishing figure,