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ISIS Claims First Attack in Afghanistan

At least 33 people were killed in the suicide bombing, which the Islamic State claimed responsibility for.

USPTO Patent Quality Call for Papers

The USPTO has an outstanding request for comments on its patent quality initiatives and many participants in the patent system will be submitting comments and proposals for improving patent quality. I’ve been working with a group of academics to create a second channel for submissions that will also open the door for further vetting and commentary to help the USPTO […]

Harvey Weinstein Talks ‘Hateful Eight’, Sony Hack, Gut Instincts & Socially Aware Oscar Campaigns At Tribeca

A packed house gathered today at the SVA Theatre for the Tribeca Film Festival’s A Conversation With Harvey Weinstein, in which the The Weinstein Co. film chief canvassed an array of topics including the Sony hacking incident, Quentin...Show More Summary

Jonathan Crombie Dies: Actor Known For Canada’s ‘Anne Of Green Gables’ TV Series

Actor Jonathan Crombie, best known for his role as the romantic lead in the Canadian TV series Anne of Green Gables, has died. He was 48. Crombie was adept at playing clean-cut characters of unexpected depth and warmth, and to generations of Canadians he’ll always be Gilbert Blythe to Megan Fallows’ Anne Shirley. Show More Summary

Hillary Loves the Common Core, and the "Iowa Core"

On Tuesday Hillary’s first small sit down in Iowa, which was choregraphed for the CSPAN audience, took up the subject of education. Almost 50 minutes in, one of the particiants, Diane, receives her prompt from Hillary to ask the Common Core question at 49:48. Show More Summary

Campbell conference: beyond transformative use

3 hours agoIndustries / Law : 43(B)log

Panel VII. Beyond Transformative Use—Other Fair and Permitted Uses (Moderator, Professor Gomulkiewicz) (partial: I had to leave early, sorry) Gomulkiewicz: sometimes licenses get a bad rap but they can be a powerful engine for creativity. Show More Summary

Report: 175,000-plus N.Y. students opt out of Common Core test, more expected

An education advocacy group says that more than 175,000 New York students — far more than last year — opted out of Common Core English Language Arts exams given this week, and the number is expected to climb, highlighting a growing movement among parents around the country to protest standardized tests they think are unfair […]

Obama’s Immigration Order Blocked by Courts; Activists Lament

A federal judge has refused to allow Obama’s immigration executive order to go through as 26 states filed an injunction against it.

This Week In Techdirt History: April 12th - 18th

4 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Five Years Ago This week in 2010, the move to a new type of mass media was accelerating across the board: more people were giving up TV across the board and smart artists were trying smart business models like the classical orchestras using CwF+RtB. Show More Summary

Cylon.js Makes Internet of Things Development As Easy As Web Development – Open Source JavaScript Robotics and IoT Framework Releases Version 1.0

Cylon.js ( the open source robotics and Internet of Things (IoT) framework has just reached a major milestone today with the release of version 1.0. Now supporting over 35 different hardware and software platforms, the JavaScript framework can also connect using Machine to Machine (M2M) API standards such as REST and MQTT. “We created Cylon.js […]

The truth about sex in the hospital

An excerpt from The Nurses: A Year of Secrets, Drama, and Miracles with the Heroes of the Hospital. The outdated caricature of the sexy nurse — breasts straining buttons on a form-?tting white minidress, shapely legs slipped into white heels — remains pervasive and global. Nurses say it also holds the profession back. Imagery that sexualizes […]

'Furious 7' rules Friday box office; 'Paul Blart' surprisingly strong

"Furious 7," which recently passed $1 billion in worldwide ticket sales, looks poised to dominate the domestic box office for a third straight weekend, bringing in an estimated $8.3 million on Friday.

Texas Close to Passing Statewide Open Carry Law

Fox News reported: “Texas is poised to become the largest state in the U.S. to allow citizens to openly carry handguns, a change long sought by gun-rights activists.” “The Texas House of Representatives on Friday voted 96-35 to allow residents with concealed-handgun licenses to openly carry their guns in public in holsters. A similar open-carry […]

Campbell conference: IP and cultural expression

5 hours agoIndustries / Law : 43(B)log

Panel VI. IP and Cultural Expression (Moderators, Professor Said and Professor Margaret Chon) Mark McKenna, Notre Dame: Influence of Campbell outside copyright/in right of publicity: the First Amendment cases in which there’s an arguably expressive use of someone’s identity—movie, song, video games. Show More Summary

April 2015 Issue of Governance and Recordkeeping Around the World

The Governance and Recordkeeping Around the World newsletter, published by Library and Archives Canada (LAC), highlights issues pertaining to government and recordkeeping practices in the public and private sectors around the world.The April 2015 issue has just been published. Show More Summary

Doonesbury and disrespect, cont’d

5 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

Reminder: as you lie bleeding to death on your office floor for drawing satire, Garry Trudeau will sneer at you for “punching down.” Greg Lukianoff and Patheos’s “Terry Firma” weigh in on the “Doonesbury” cartoonist’s sad contribution to the Charlie Hebdo discussion. Show More Summary

Upcoming Webinar on Library Polices: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The Education Institute, the continuing education program developed by The Partnership of Provincial and Territorial Library Associations of Canada, is organizing a webinar on Library Polices: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly on April 23, 2015:"All libraries have policies. Show More Summary

‘The Messengers’ Off To Low Ratings Start, ‘Last Man’ & ‘Cristela’ End Seasons

It was a night of endings, beginnings and a dip in usage in primetime on Friday. With the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs as competition and a 4% slip among adults 18-49 in overall usage from last week, there was also a bit of some things remaining the same with ABC topping the night among adults 18-49 for the second week in a row. Show More Summary

Getting It Done: The Week in D.I.Y & Indie Music

A Complete Guide To Facebook Advertising For Musicians Data Is Power For Indie Musicians 7 Ways Ensure You Never Get Invited Back To A Venue 3 Surprising Music Career Tips You Never Knew You Needed 6 Lessons Indie Labels & Musicians Have Learned About Streaming Music Leveling The Playing Field...

Campbell conference: copyright and music licensing

6 hours agoIndustries / Law : 43(B)log

Panel V. Copyright and Music Licensing (Moderator, Dean O'Connor) Peter Menell, U.C. Berkeley: We seem to approach fair use depending on how we approach our careers. Lawyers: fair use is attractive b/c it has so much potential. Social science: not so perfect b/c it doesn’t solve core problems in many areas. Show More Summary

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