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Airbnb Sues San Francisco Over Law It Helped Draft

Are you worried about the San Francisco housing crisis? The city’s new law has your back. Are you worried SF’s new law might hurt your Airbnb profits? Airbnb has your back. The rental company is suing its hometown for passing a law requiring renters to register with the city, though Airbnb helped draft that very law. Ah, how money changes people.


Should Cops Be Allowed To Call 911 From A Locked Phone To Track Someone Down?  

Here’s a conundrum recently faced by police in the US: A kidnapper forgets his phone at the scene of a crime. Police find it, use it to call 911 and gather information to track him down. Now his lawyer argues that all evidence should be tossed because calling 911 from an abandoned phone is illegal.


Pirate Bay Founder Will Sue The Recording Industry For A Change

Last week the Helsinki District Court decided that Peter Sunde, one of the co-founders of file-sharing portal The Pirate Bay, owes quite a bit of money to the music industry. Specifically, he owes a coalition of Sony Music Entertainment, EMI, Universal Music and Warner Music $US400,000 ($533,429), as reported by Torrent Freak. His response? No, screw you.


A Major Law Firm Will Soon Be Using A Robotic Lawyer

An “artificial-intelligence attorney” created using technology from IBM’s Watson has snagged its first customer, but that doesn’t mean it will be appearing in the courtroom any time soon.


Pirate Admits To Illegally Distributing $22 Million Of Android Apps

In 2012, the Department of Justice clamped down on Android app piracy and now convictions are being made — along with the announcement of some incredible figures.


Child Porn Is Being Hidden In Legal Porn Sites And It Could Land You In Trouble

Your favourite porn sites may not be quite what they appear. A report by the Internet Watch Foundation reveals that there’s been a rise in the practice of storing child abuse images within otherwise legal porn sites — and it warns that it could put regular porn viewers at risk of prosecution.


Judge Rules Evidence From FBI's Paedophile Tor Hack Is Invalid

In 2015, the FBI hacked Tor to identify users of child sex websites. Now a judge has thrown out evidence acquired during the investigation.


The European Commission Has Issued Google With Antitrust Charges

Google has received formal antitrust charges from the European Commission today, which the claim company has “abused its dominant position by imposing restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile network operators”.


US Congress' New Encryption Bill Is A Total Nightmare

Yesterday, US Senators Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein released a draft of what they’re calling the “Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016.” The so-called “encryption bill” manages to be both breathtakingly ignorant and condescending at the same time.


Uber Has Settled A Lawsuit Over Background Checks In California

Uber is currently embroiled in hundreds of lawsuits around the world, but after today, it can cross one off the list. The cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco sued Uber in 2014 over its background check procedures, but the company has now settled out of court for at least $US10 million.


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