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After Investigating Itself, CenturyLink Proclaims There's Just No Way It Committed Billing Fraud

36 minutes agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Lawsuits have begun to pile up for broadband provider CenturyLink, after a whistleblower revealed earlier this year that the ISP had been routinely over-billing its broadband customers for years. The whistleblower, who claims she was...Show More Summary

UK Drug Lab Misconduct Calls 10,000 Convictions And Prosecutions Into Question

3 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

UK prosecutors are looking at the possibility of having a whole bunch of convictions overturned, thanks to misconduct by a lab service contracted by the government. Malfeasance at Randox Testing Service, which handles toxicology tests...Show More Summary

Hospitality Industry Group Pushes Back On Portland's Attempt To Trademark Bully A Local Brewery

3 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Just a quick update from Portland, Oregon, folks. After the city engaged in some truly impish behavior by trying to bully aside a local brewery that has a trademark on Portland's iconic jumping-deer sign, there have been no further negotiations on a resolution between the two sides. Show More Summary

It Was Twenty(-odd) Years Ago Today When The Internet Looked Much Different Than It Does Now

3 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Last week, Mike and I were at a conference celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Reno v. ACLU, a seminal case that declared that the First Amendment applied online. What makes the case so worth a conference...Show More Summary

Techdirt Podcast Episode 147: Games That Tell Stories

3 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Gaming is changing the nature of storytelling. Video games of course — but also the modern rise of board games, tabletop RPGs and other forms of analog gaming. A good game does more than just arbitrarily pair play with a veneer of narrative,...Show More Summary

No, The FTC Won't Save You Once Net Neutrality Rules Are Killed

3 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

If you understand anything about the net neutrality fight, it should be this: repealing these popular rules is just one small part of a long-standing ISP plan to reduce meaningful oversight of one of the least-competitive industries in America. Show More Summary

Court Tosses Cop's Attempt To Sue Twitter And Facebook For Someone Killing Cops In Texas

3 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Presumably prestigious law firm 1-800-LAW-FIRM is winning some cases somewhere. But it's not having any luck with its dubious legal theories related to social media companies and "material support for terrorism." The firm hasn't racked up any wins in these cases (as far as I'm aware). Show More Summary

Canadian Supreme Court Says Privacy Protections Apply To Sent Text Messages Obtained From The Recipient

3 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

In the US, the Fourth Amendment protects the privacy of conversations… up to a point. The government can't open mail or intercept phone calls without a warrant. Thanks to a fairly recent Supreme Court decision, the government can't access...Show More Summary

The Folks That Built The Internet Tell The FCC It Has No Idea How The Internet Works

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

By now the FCC has made it clear it has absolutely no intention of actually listening to the public or to experts when it comes to its plan to repeal popular net neutrality rules later this week. It doesn't really matter to the FCC's myopic majority that the vast majority of the record 22 million public comments on its plan think it's a stupid idea. Show More Summary

Google Publishes Another Batch Of National Security Letters, Updates Its Transparency Report

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Google has released what appears to be its entire collection of National Security Letters to date. Well, at least the entire collection approved for release by the DOJ, which still falls far short of the number received by the search...Show More Summary

Why Does China Love The 'Sharing Economy'? Not Because Of Communism...

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Something strange has been happening in China. People have been going nuts about bicycles. Specifically, investors have gone crazy over startups that allow people to rent bikes for a fraction of a dollar per hour, and then leave them anywhere, rather than only at special bike stations -- what is known as "dockless" bike-sharing. Show More Summary

FCC Boss 'Jokes' About Being A 'Verizon Puppet' At Tone Deaf Industry Gala

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

As we've well-documented, Trump's FCC is currently under fire for not only gutting net neutrality, but for giving a crash course in what regulatory capture looks like. In just a short period of time the agency has moved to protect cable's...Show More Summary

Congress Fixes More Problems With FOSTA Bill... But It Still Needs Work

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Congress continues to push for a bill to deal with the use of the internet for sex trafficking. Over the past few months we've discussed multiple attempts at this. Most of the initial action happened on the Senate side, with SESTA -- the "Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act." That was a terrible bill with many, many problems. Show More Summary

The Free Market Argument For Net Neutrality

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

On Thursday of this week, the FCC will vote to undue the 2015 Open Internet Order. While the FCC insists that this will just be bringing back the internet to the regulatory framework it had prior to 2015, that is not true. It will be changing the very basis for how the internet works and doing so in a dangerous way. Show More Summary

Court Says Google Must Unmask Person Who Left Wordless, One-Star Review Of Local Psychiatrist

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Back in August, psychiatrist Mark Beale filed a defamation lawsuit. His target? A one-star review containing zero words written by someone using the name "Richard Hill." Beale claimed this single review, hosted by Google, had irrevocably damaged his livelihood. In support of this, he offered several bizarre assertions. Show More Summary

Daily Deal: Six Sigma Green & Black Belt Certification Training

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Six Sigma is a disciplined, data-driven approach and methodology for eliminating defects in any process -- from manufacturing to transactional and from product to service. This course will focus on the sub-methodology, DMAIC (define,...Show More Summary

MPAA Wins: Australia To Carve Google And Facebook Out Of Its Expanded Safe Harbor Provisions

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Back in November, we discussed some reforms Australia was looking to make to its copyright laws. Chiefly at issue was how safe harbors were incorporated into the law, with those provisions applying only to primary service providers like ISPs due entirely to what appears to be a simple poor choice of words in the law. Show More Summary

FBI Director Complains About Encryption, Offers To Sacrifice Public Safety In The Interest Of Public Safety

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

FBI Director Christopher Wray offered testimony to the House Judiciary Committee at a hearing entitled "Oversight of Federal Bureau of Investigation." Not much in terms of oversight was discussed. Instead, Wray took time to ask for a...Show More Summary

Court Holds NYPD In Contempt For Refusing To Hand Over Documents Related To Black Live Matter Surveillance

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The NYPD continues to extend a middle finger to every entity that isn't the NYPD. The department's long history of doing everything it can to thwart public records requesters has been discussed here several times. It's not on much better...Show More Summary

Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

This week, our first place winner on the insightful side came in response to the absurd trademark battle between the San Diego and Salt Lake comic conventions, where the former played some licensing games with Rose City to try to bolster its argument. Show More Summary

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