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New Rules Limit Impact of Law School-Funded Jobs

Law school graduate employment rates are about to look a little worse at some schools in the wake of a new proposal adopted Friday by accreditors. During a meeting in Chicago, the American Bar Association’s accrediting arm voted to limit the amount of credit schools get for paying to find graduates jobs. Through what are [...]

Well Done Baltimore

The numbers continue to climb : Baltimore reached a grim milestone on Friday, three months after riots erupted in response to the death of Freddie Gray in police custody: With 43 homicides in July, the city has seen more bloodshed in...Show More Summary

New Law School Courses Explore Nietzsche, Guns and Bible

A trip to a shooting range, a deep dive into Nietzsche and an exploration into what's ailing American cities. These are among the adventures that law school students can look forward to this fall.

Trib Gets One Right

About time : Chicago police are alerting women on the Northwest Side to be careful after a man groped several women in the Lincoln Square neighborhood.The man is wanted for criminal sexual abuse involving the women on July 26 and July 27, according to police. Show More Summary

Circuit Check v. QXQ, Inc.: Analogous Art Doctrine

By Jason Rantanen Circuit Check Inc. v. QXQ Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2015) Download Opinion Panel: Louie, Dyk, Moore (author) Although it shows up only occasionally in the Federal Circuit’s opinions, the analogous arts doctrine can play an important role in structuring and limiting obviousness determinations.  Here, it is a key component of the Federal Circuit’s […]

Service Diversions 07-31-15

Get a start on your weekend travel plans as I have just updated the Service Diversions through all of next week. Make sure to follow @TransitBlogger on Twitter by clicking the button in the sidebar as I am using it more often. Also if you are into indie music make sure to follow @IndMusicReview & […]

Ridiculous 'Terrorist Reporting' Provision In Intelligence Authorization Would Undermine The First Amendment

9 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

A few weeks ago, we wrote about a troubling provision that the Senate Intelligence Committee had inserted into this year's intelligence authorization bill, which would require social networks to report to the government any "terrorist activity" they see on their systems. Show More Summary

And Now Here Comes Every Other Comic Convention With Trademark Apps For The Generic 'Comic Con'

9 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Roughly a year ago, we brought you the very dumb story of the San Diego Comic-Con suing Don Farr Productions, organizers of the Salt Lake City Comic Con, for trademark infringement. If ever there were a classic case of a trademark that had moved into a generic status, "comic-con" and similar iterations would have to be it. Show More Summary

DailyDirt: Hello, World Universe! Hello? (Is This Thing On?)

9 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) hasn't yielded much, and some of the results are even a bit embarrassing. We don't really know what to look for when we're listening for alien signals. There's growing evidence that planets like ours are not rare in the universe, but that doesn't necessarily mean intelligent life is abundant. Show More Summary

Freedom Of The Press Foundation Sues DOJ Over Its Secret Rules For Spying On Journalists

9 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The wonderful Freedom of the Press Foundation is now suing the US Justice Department for refusing to reveal its rules and procedures for spying on journalists. You can read the complaint here. The key issue: what rules and oversight exist for the DOJ when it comes to spying on journalists. Show More Summary

Judge Curious If Malibu Media Is Seeding Its Own Files And Engaged In Copyright Misuse

9 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

It appears that a judge has begun to get a little more curious about copyright troll giant Malibu Media and how it goes about finding "infringers" to shakedown with settlement agreements. In the past, evidence showed that other similar...Show More Summary

Wikileaks Latest Info-Dump Shows, Again, That The NSA Indeed Engages In Economic Espionage Against Allies

9 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

With all the revelations that have come out about the NSA and our foreign and domestic spy programs, it can, at times, become difficult to parse out exactly what we're supposed to be getting pissed off about and what is the exact kind of spy-work we ought to expect the alphabet agencies to conduct. Show More Summary

Taylor Swift's Streaming Rant Nearly Identical To Garth Brooks' Used CD Rant

9 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The music business tends to repeat itself. Conversations that seem completely intertwined with new technologies mirror those over earlier developments. Read Adrian John's Piracy, for example, and see how closely the file-sharing debate followed the one about sheet music a century earlier. Show More Summary

UK Prevent Strategy For Identifying Potential Terrorists Identifies 3 Year Old Because Of Course It Did

9 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

We've talked a lot about the UK's ambitious plan to marry Orwellian thought crime designations with Minority Report style crime-prediction when it comes to stopping all the terrorism that's barely occurred in the country. The basic idea...Show More Summary

James Woods Sues Random Trollish Twitter User For $10 Million Over Clearly Hyperbolic Tweet

9 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Eriq Gardner, over at the Hollywood Reporter, was the first of a few sites to post the story of how actor James Woods is ridiculously suing a trollish Twitter user for $10 million, arguing that a single tweet from this guy, Abe List, who had all of 2,000-ish followers, somehow hurt Woods' reputation. Show More Summary

Daily Deal: Top Deals Of The Month

9 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

I'm a in a bit of shock that tomorrow is August 1. The summer's passing by too quickly. We're trying something new today and highlighting two of our top deals from this month. They are both ending soon so grab them while you can. Soar, swoop, and flip through the air with 58% off of the Striker Spy HD-Camera Drone. Show More Summary

Silicon Valley, Meet Labor Law

This is cross-posted from PrawfsBlawg with permission of the author, Heather Whitney (Bigelow Fellow, Chicago). I worked on Google’s Global Ethics & Compliance team from 2007-2010 and at that time the thought of labor law having anything to say about...

Solar technology could give consumers the power to get off the grid

In the more than 130 years since Thomas Edison released the electric light bulb on the world, households have more or less gotten electricity one way. Build a power plant, string power lines in all directions until you’ve connected as many homes and businesses as possible, repeat.But in a nondescript white brick house a few […]

With IoT, appliance makers aim to create ‘smart homes’

A microwave that accepts voice-over-recipes, a washing machine that takes commands from a smartphone app and a Wi-Fi enabled air conditioner connected to a smartphone—Appliance makers in India plan to put these innovations together to create smart Indian homes for consumers.Internet of Things (IoT) that enables machines to interact with each other with minimal or […]

Transformational Trends Set to Change Batteries as We Know It, Finds Frost & Sullivan

Rapid advances in wearable devices and the Internet of Things (IoT) are being mirrored by breakthrough innovations in battery technologies. Traditional chemistries and forms are giving way to radical batteries that are flexible, thin,...Show More Summary

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