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FBI Allegedly Posed as Repairmen to Illegally Search Vegas Villa

A group of Chinese high rollers is accusing the FBI of posing as Internet repairmen in order to secretly infiltrate and search their Las Vegas villa. As part of a motion to suppress evidence filed in federal criminal court on Tuesday, the men accused of running an illegal gambling operation......

FBI Agents Cut DSL, Posed as Repairmen to Conduct Search: Motion

Las Vegas is set to become the focal point for a Fourth Amendment issue that's as brazen as it is kooky. Suspecting several high rollers staying at Caesars Palace were engaged in an illegal bookmaking operation, the feds allegedly cut off Internet access to their $25,000-per-night private villa, then posed......

An Unusual Incentive: Company Offers Beer for Timesheets

Does this sound like a weird incentive to you? A company has an issue with people not turning in their timesheets on time. Its response? Build a custom "kegerator" that dispenses beer when an employee, whose timesheet has been submitted, swipes his or her keycard. Out here, in Silicon Valley,......

Non-Sequiturs: 10.29.14

As the World Series draws to a close, be sure to salute Miami-based lawyer Laurence Leavy, who will be sitting front and center behind home plate tonight wearing a garish Miami Marlins jersey. Troll so hard, buddy! [CBS Sports] Speaking...Show More Summary

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Horton Rises

Although the Fifth Circuit tried to put a stake in the heart of the NLRB's Horton decision, the Board confirmed its vitality today in its opinion in Murphy Oil U.S.A. The bottom line: the NLRB "reaffirmed the D.R. Horton rationale.....

Cricket Revealed As Mobile ISP That Was Blocking Encrypted Emails

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

A few weeks ago, we wrote about how VPN company Golden Frog had quietly revealed in an FCC filing that an unnamed mobile broadband provider had been (even more) quietly blocking people from sending encrypted emails -- basically blocking users from making use of STARTTLS encryption. Show More Summary

TSA Confiscates Ray-Gun-Shaped Belt Buckle

As I've said before, we can't just assume everyone at the TSA is an idiot and/or a petty bureaucrat drunk on his or her semi-power. This story confirms that. It suggests that only 40 to 80 percent of them are....          Related Stories TSA Finds It Correctly Punished Naked Protester TSA Turns Away Mute Stroke Victim Sheriff: We Need Armored Vehicles to Intimidate People  

Rise of Computer Patents

          It is fairly difficult to nail-down which patents are “software” patents.  For the chart below, I parsed through all utility patents issued since 1976 and looked for any of the following keywords within an independent claim: computer; processor; software; machine.readable; information; memory; data; virtual; or storage.media. Show More Summary

Houston Mayor Retreats on Fight Over Pastor Subpoenas

Under pressure from religious groups, Houston Mayor Annise Parker on Wednesday said Monday that that the city is withdrawing subpoenas it had issued to local pastors who had spoken out against an ordinance extending anti-discrimination protections to transgender people.

Hackers Breached White House Network... And Some Other Country Told The US About It

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

So, there's a story in the Washington Post that's getting a bit of attention about how Russian hackers apparently breached a White House computer network (an unclassified network, so not as troubling as it could have been). And that story is kind of interesting, but it seems like the bigger deal is this: U.S. Show More Summary

Stan Lee Beats Namesake Company in Fight Over 'Spider-Man' Rights

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals finds Stan Lee Media Inc's claim of owning Spider-Man, The X-Men and other characters to be "implausible" read more

Strategy Of Merger: 4 Steps To Success For Law Firm Leaders

How should small-to-medium-size firms approach a merger strategy, what are the "rules of the road" for a successful merger, and how can the inherent risks be managed?

FDA Is Angry That ICANN Won't Just Censor Websites On Its Say So

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

It's not just the City of London Police demanding that websites be taken offline without any due process. It appears that the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is getting in on the game as well. The Wall Street Journal recently published...Show More Summary

FCC Proposes Treating Online Video Providers Akin to Cable

However, Tom Wheeler is short on providing the all-important details of the plan read more

The View From Up North: Terror In Ottawa

Reflections from Canadian columnist Steve Dykstra on the recent Ottawa shooting.

RSVP Now For A Free Drink With ATL In Philadelphia

Many of you have told us you're coming. But for those of you who haven't, here's your invitation.

Detailed Report Shows How ISPs Are Making 'Business Choice' To Make Your Internet Connection Terrible

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

A couple of years ago, we wrote about an effort by the big broadband players to push the FCC away from using M-Lab to measure basic network diagnostics on the internet. M-Lab is a very interesting project, focused on collecting a huge amount of data about internet performance, and making that data widely available. Show More Summary

FTC Sues AT&T Over Bandwidth-Throttled 'Unlimited' Data Plans

That "unlimited" data plan your cell phone provider offers is probably anything but, and the FTC isn't happy about it -- so unhappy that it's filed a complaint in federal court. See, back in 2007, when AT&T was the only carrier offering the iPhone, it enticed customers with promises of......

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