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SCOTUS Rules: Device Searches Require a Warrant

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Nowadays, the term smartphone almost seems like a misnomer. Perhaps, a better name at this point would be “compact supercomputer.” The wireless devices that most of us carry around in our pockets all day are so much more than just phones. They are an ATM, an HD video camera, a massive photo album, a repository…
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SCOTUS Decides Not to Forever Change TV as We Know It

I talk a lot about how new technologies are challenging existing laws, venturing into previously unregulated areas, or how technology seems to be clouding the defined lines of previous laws. Last week, the law finally caught up to one of those technologies (or didn’t, depending on your perspective). The Supreme Court issued a ruling that…
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Flipping the “Kill Switch” on Smartphone Theft

Back in February, we reported that California [wanted] to Kill Your Smartphone…if it got stolen. California lawmakers were considering legislation that would require every cellphone sold in the state to have a so-called “kill switch” technology. As we explained, this software allows the phone to be shut down remotely (or, as the legislation put it,…
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Land of the Free, Unless You’re Parking

If you want a graphic illustration of how society is changing, you need look no further than the San Francisco Chronicle, where these two stories appeared within pages of each other the other day. The first story is about how retirees who live there, mostly elderly, regularly head down to the piers for the sole…
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Another Day, Another ISP-Netflix Fight Over How Fast Content Gets To Your Home

Last week the ongoing fight over who should pay what to efficiently get content from our favorite websites (Netflix, YouTube, etc.) to our homes flared up again after a tweet from a Netflix customer earlier this month sparked a public relations battle between Netflix and Verizon. The tweet from Netflix customer Yuri Victor that started…
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