stories from May 6th, 2013

Failures

by Michael Ho


Filed Under:
ads, advertising, commercials, economist, failures, jokes, publicity

Companies:
dove, dr pepper, ford, gm, hyundai


Studies

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
dsm, mental health, nimh, research

Companies:
american psychiatric association


Copyright

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
copyright, copyright trolls, errors, lawsuits, sloppy


Copyright

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
copyright, copyright reform, data, evidence


(Mis)Uses of Technology

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
drm, html5

Companies:
netflix


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Patents

by Leigh Beadon


Filed Under:
patents, sponsored posts


When Startups Need More Lawyers Than Employees, The Patent System Isn't Working

from the do-the-math dept

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We've talked a lot about the tax on innovation that patent trolls create, which is well-known inside startup circles but often misunderstood by the broader public, thanks to the pro-innovation rhetoric of high-profile trolls like Intellectual Ventures. The conversation is getting more attention lately, especially with the recent news of Senator Schumer's patent reform bill which specifically aims to fight the patent troll problem, and this interview with an anonymous developer from a tech startup offers some perspective from someone who is directly affected by the issue.

Free Speech

by Tim Cushing


Filed Under:
civil liberties, fear, fud, terrorism, the public


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Wednesday

22:36 Engineers Say If Automated Cars Experience 'The Trolley Problem,' They've Already Screwed Up (74)
16:07 FISA Court: Government Can Collect Content Along With Dialing Data Using Pen Register Orders (16)
14:32 Arrest Warrant Issued For District Attorney Involved In DEA's California Wiretap Warrant Mill (23)
13:05 Baltimore PD Can Keep Tabs On The Entire City, Thanks To Privately-Donated Aerial Surveillance System (34)
11:45 Nice Officials Say They'll Sue Internet Users Who Share Photos Of French Fashion Police Fining Women In Burkinis (99)
10:39 Bogus Defamation Lawsuit With Fake Defendant Results In Negative Reviews Of Dentist Being Taken Down (30)
10:34 Daily Deal: Ultimate PC Data Security Suite Bundle (0)
09:30 Copyright Group, In Arguing Against FCC's Set Top Box Proposal, Appears To Argue That VCRs & DVRs Are Also Illegal (50)
08:31 Tempting Fate: Pittsburgh Election Officials Insist Their E-Voting Machines Can't Be Hacked (40)
06:29 One More Time With Feeling: Net Neutrality Didn't Hurt Broadband Investment In The Slightest (20)
03:22 Russia's Hackathon Continues, Targeting The New York Times And Other News Agencies (25)

Tuesday

22:30 Little Tree Air Freshener Company Sues Non-Profit For Making Tree Shaped Ornaments (27)
16:26 The EFF Calls Out Microsoft's Ongoing Bullshit On Windows 10 Privacy Concerns (64)
14:37 And Just Like That, The Dumbest Trademark Suit Over Saying 'Thank You' Disappears (15)
13:00 Techdirt Podcast Episode 87: An Interview With Kim Dotcom's Lawyer (10)
11:45 FBI Apparently Made Darkweb Child Porn Site Faster During Its Hosting Of Seized Server (38)
10:47 Sony Apparently Issuing Takedowns To Facebook For News Articles About PS4 Slim Leak (14)
10:42 Daily Deal: SaferVPN Basic Subscription (0)
09:43 Think Tank That First Proposed SOPA Now Claims 'Proof' That SOPA Would Have Been Great (12)
08:40 Peter Thiel's Lawyer Now Sending Questionable Defamation Threat Letters To Media On Behalf Of Melania Trump (24)
06:32 Your 'Smart' Power Outlets Are Now Botnets Thanks To The Internet Of Broken Things (45)
03:25 What It Looks Like When The Terrorists Win: The JFK Stampede Over Fans Cheering For Usain Bolt (30)

Monday

23:27 Police Unions To City Officials: If You Want Good, Accountable Cops, You'll Need To Pay Them More (44)
16:02 With Both Presidential Candidates Claiming To Be Against The TPP, President Obama Kicks Off Campaign To Ratify It (30)
14:35 Why Are The Congressional Intelligence Committees So Quiet On The NSA Malware Leaks? (16)
13:07 Anti-Piracy Operations Are Fabricating Links To Non-Existent Torrents In DMCA Notices (32)
11:55 Did The NY Times Give Up Its Journalism Standards The Second Facebook Threw A Few Million Its Way? (13)
10:54 Donald Trump Has Freed Up Journalists' Ability To Call Bullshit; But It Won't Last, Nor Extend To Others (93)
10:50 Daily Deal: Apple MFi-Certified Lightning Cable 3-Pack (0)
09:47 India Criminalizes Merely Visiting A Copyright Infringing 'Blocked' Site (26)
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