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Written by Katie Booth Edited by Vivian Tao Editorial Policy I. Introduction: Not all data uses are created equal. Google recently introduced a new social networking tool called the Google+ project, which capitalizes on the fact that consumers want more control over whom they share their personal information with online. Google+ allows users to set up separate groups—such as a group for friends, a group for family, and a group for coworkers—and then share different information with each group. This ... Read More...
Posted On Aug - 17 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST
by Heather Whitney Google calls competitors’ patent acquisition anticompetitive; Microsoft claims Google was invited Techcrunch reports that Google accused Microsoft of buying the Nortel patents in order to supress competition from Android, Google’s popular mobile operating system. On Wednesday, Google SVP and Chief Legal Officer David Drummond released a blog post calling, among other things, the recent Nortel patent auction win by a consortium including competitors Microsoft, Apple, and Oracle anticompetitive, done to stifle Android innovation through litigation. On Thursday, Microsoft’s ... Read More...
Posted On Aug - 10 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST
District Court Says CAN-SPAM Act Does Not Violate First Amendment By Samantha Kuhn – Edited by Chinh Vo U.S. v. Smallwood, 09-CR-00249 (N.D. Tex. July 15, 2011) Slip Opinion hosted by Scribd.co The District Court for the Northern District of Texas rejected a First Amendment challenge to the CAN-SPAM criminal statute, which prohibits the computer transmission of “multiple commercial electronic mail messages, with the intent to deceive or mislead recipients . . . . as to the origin of such ... Read More...
Posted On Aug - 9 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Court Affirms Disciplining of Mortuary-Science Student for Threatening Facebook Posts, Relies on Tinker Standard for Censoring Speech in Higher Education By Matthew Becker – Edited by Abby Lauer Tatro v. University of Minnesota, 2011 WL 2672220 (Minn. Ct. App. July 11, 2011) Slip Opinion hosted by the Minnesota State Law Library The Minnesota Court of Appeals affirmed a decision of the University of Minnesota Provost’s Appeals Committee, which had penalized mortuary-science student Amanda Tatro for off-campus posts to a social ... Read More...
Posted On Jul - 25 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Supreme Court Holds California Ban on Violent Video Games Violates First Amendment By Raquel Acosta – Edited by Dorothy Du Brown v. EMA, No. 08-1448 (June 27, 2011) Slip Opinion via supremecourt.gov The Supreme Court affirmed a Ninth Circuit decision that had found that a California law that restricted the sale or rental of violent video games to minors did not comport with the First Amendment and permanently enjoined its enforcement. Justice Scalia delivered the opinion of the Court.  In ... Read More...
Posted On Jul - 5 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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