stories from May 6th, 2013

(Mis)Uses of Technology

by Mike Masnick


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Patents

by Leigh Beadon


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

from the do-the-math dept

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As part of our sponsorship program with the Application Developers Alliance, we're highlighting some of the content on DevsBuild.It, their new resource website, that we think will be most interesting to Techdirt readers.

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.

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Friday

03:43 'Smart' Lock Vendor Locks Hundreds Out Of Their Home With Bungled Firmware Update (37)

Thursday

18:58 As HBO Screams About GoT Episodes Leaking From A Hack, HBO Leaks Next GoT Episode Early (11)
15:38 EFF Pioneer Awards: Chelsea Manning, Annie Game... And Me (161)
13:34 North Carolina Election Agencies First Learned They'd Been Hacked From Leaked Documents Published By The Intercept (11)
11:53 Palantir's Law Enforcement Data Stranglehold Isn't Good For Police Or The Policed (13)
10:46 Former FCC Commissioner Tries To Claim Net Neutrality Has Aided The Rise Of White Supremacy (37)
10:40 Daily Deal: Raspberry Pi Mastery Bundle (2)
09:42 Crowdfunded Billboards Shame Politicians For Selling You Out On Net Neutrality (14)
06:36 Aspiring Actor Forges Court Order To Delist Content, Gets Busted By Judge, Forges Court Order To Delist Article About Contempt Charges (14)
03:34 FOIA Lawsuit Filed Over DOJ Data Complainant Is Pretty Sure Doesn't Even Exist (12)

Wednesday

18:59 As A Streaming Future Looms, ESPN Is Damned If It Does, Damned If It Doesn't (35)
15:42 Once Again, Rather Than Deleting Terrorist Propaganda, YouTube Deletes Evidence Of War Crimes (71)
13:29 The MPAA Narrative About Piracy Flips To Danger From Pirate Sites Now That It Has Lost The Moral Argument (107)
11:55 Wall Street Merger Mania Is Driving Us Toward One Single, Horrible ISP - Probably Named Comcast (26)
10:42 Impostor Sending Out DMCA Notices In Chaturbate's Name Now Targeting Techdirt URLs (29)
10:35 Daily Deal: The Complete Machine Learning Bundle (0)
09:29 Stories Claiming DNC Hack Was 'Inside Job' Rely Heavily On A Stupid Conversion Error No 'Forensic Expert' Would Make (62)
06:27 FCC Begins Weakening The Definition Of Quality Broadband Deployment To Aid Lazy, Uncompetitive ISPs (53)
03:23 Proposed Law Would Turn US Borders Into Unblinking Eyes With A Thirst For Human DNA (62)

Tuesday

18:46 Saudi Government Looking To Jail More Citizens For 'Harming Public Order' With Their Religious Tweets (10)
15:33 One Twitter Account's Mission To Make White Supremacists Very, Very Famous (249)
13:30 Techdirt Podcast Episode 134: The Problems With SESTA And Why Section 230 Matters (0)
11:55 Court Says CFAA Isn't Meant To Prevent Access To Public Data, Orders LinkedIn To Drop Anti-Scraper Efforts (28)
10:45 The Snopes Fight Is Even Way More Complicated Than We Originally Explained (49)
10:40 Daily Deal: Virtual Training Company Single User License (0)
09:47 Defending Hateful Speech Is Unpleasant But Essential, Even When Violence Is The End Result (318)
06:47 Broadband ISP Cox Will Now Charge You $50 More To Avoid Usage Caps, Overage Fees (37)
03:40 DOJ Goes Way Overboard: Demands All Info On Visitors Of Anti-Trump Site (62)

Monday

19:13 Danish University And Industry Work Together On Open Science Platform Whose Results Will All Be Patent-Free (77)
15:44 Lawyer: Yahoo Lost Sec. 230 Immunity Because It Didn't Hand Over Personal Info; Court: GTFO (45)
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