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Appeals Court Rules That Your Electronics Can Stay Turned On In Flight

Back in 2013, the FAA saw sense, and ruled that passengers can use their electronic fondleslabs during takeoff and landing. And, shortly after, the Association of Flight Attendants sued, claiming the FAA had overstepped its bounds. An appeals court just ruled against the AFA, meaning takeoff Candy Crush is here to stay.


US Court Says Warrantless Mobile Phone Tracking Is A-OK

Do you like privacy? You’re going to hate this news. A US federal court just ruled that law enforcement doesn’t need a warrant to obtain cell tower location data. This is just a year after the same federal court ruled that it did need a warrant, a move some called the biggest privacy wins in recent memory. Now it is a loss.


Expert In US Supreme Court Lethal Injection Case Did Research On Drugs.com

Tomorrow, when the US Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the highest-profile death penalty challenge in seven years, the justices will begin ruling on this question: Does Oklahoma’s use of the common surgical sedative midazolam fail to make prisoners unconscious during lethal injections, thus violating the Eighth Amendment’s protection against “cruel and unusual punishment”?


Google Attempts To Fight Patent Trolls With A Pretty Dubious Strategy

Google’s legal team has announced that it will be buying as many patents as possible in order to “remove friction from the patent market” and defeat patent trolls, companies that buy patents just to sue people on bogus charges of infringement. But there’s a big problem with this strategy.


What You Need To Know If You're Going To Record Cops In The US

There are some very disturbing videos circulating the internet right now, depicting the deaths of unarmed civilians at the hands of trained, armed men. Many of these videos even show individuals being shot in the back, or as they try to flee.


Google Vs The EU: A Fight For The Right To Screw With Search Results

Google is the most popular search engine in the world, to the point where I feel dumb typing “Google is the most popular search engine in the world”, because, holy crap, you already know. But ubiquity is not synonymous with benevolence. The EU’s new lawsuit against the search giant brings up larger issues.


The European Commission Opens Antitrust Investigation Into Google

After much speculation and more than three years in the planning, the European Commission has announced that it is opening a formal investigation into claims of unfair practices by Google.


You Can Now Serve Divorce Papers On Facebook

What to do if you need to serve divorce papers to a spouse that’s nowhere to be found, or dodging your calls and visits? Send them a Facebook message, of course. This is now an accepted way to start the process of ending a marriage.


The EU Is Planning Antitrust Charges Against Google

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the European Union is preparing to level antitrust charges at Google “in the next few weeks”.


Censorship Order That Threatened Websites And Message Boards Overturned

Our right to express opinions online — for instance, to criticise copyright trolls and their demands for money in hopes of scaring them away — are protected by the First Amendment. The Georgia Supreme Court correctly underscored these protections in a ruling late last week about the state’s anti-stalking law. The panel overturned a trial judge’s astonishing order directing a website owner to remove all statements about a poet and motivational speaker who had a sideline business of demanding thousands of dollars from anyone who posted her prose online — a practice that had sparked plenty of criticism on the web.