stories from May 6th, 2013


by Michael Ho

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dove, dr pepper, ford, gm, hyundai


by Mike Masnick

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dsm, mental health, nimh, research

american psychiatric association


by Mike Masnick

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copyright, copyright trolls, errors, lawsuits, sloppy


by Mike Masnick

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copyright, copyright reform, data, evidence

(Mis)Uses of Technology

by Mike Masnick

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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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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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05:24 Sexting Teen Charged With Sexually Exploiting Himself (82)
03:21 DOJ Says Federal Agents Must Seek Warrants For Stingrays; Forbids Collection Of Communications (17)


23:21 European Commission Admits Defeat In Trying To Improve Corporate Sovereignty Chapter In CETA (16)
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16:03 District Court Judge Worried About NSA Running Out The Clock On Phone Records... While Appeals Court Happy To Let Clock Run (12)
15:02 DOJ Reasserts Its Right To Engage In Seized Data Fishing Expeditions (9)
13:41 Washington State Court Confused By Section 230, Says Backpage May Be Liable For User Posts (25)
12:35 Techdirt Reading List: Larry Lessig's Republic, Lost (8)
12:30 Daily Deal: Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (2)
11:33 Med Express Ordered To Pay $20k In Sanctions For Frivolous Lawsuit Over A Negative eBay Review (6)
10:31 Everything The Same Is Infringing: How Hugh Hefner Used Mario Bros. To Show YouTube's Copyright System Sucks (28)
09:14 City Of Peoria Offers $125,000 Non-Apology To Owner Of Twitter Account That Parodied Its Mayor (19)
07:54 How Record Labels Conspired To Kill Off Public Domain Beatles Music In Canada (35)
06:01 No, The FCC Is Not (Intentionally) Trying To Kill Third-Party Wi-Fi Router Firmware (29)
03:04 Cop Fights State Agency For Right To Place '0INK' License Plate On His Own Vehicle (15)


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15:33 The Boston Globe Will No Longer Let John Sununu Shill For Telecom Companies Under The Pretense Of Objectivity (28)
14:03 China Forces Developers Of Great Wall Circumvention Tools To Delete Their Software (11)
12:47 Content Creator Of The Month: Realm Pictures Explores New Ways To Tell Stories Online (13)
11:45 Secret Service Agent Who Pleaded Guilty To Stealing Bitcoin From Silk Road Trying To Change His Name (17)
10:41 The Cable Industry Is Fighting Tooth And Nail To Prevent Cable Set Top Box Competition (18)
10:36 Daily Deal: Dubbler Dock Pro 2-Bay (4)
09:28 Movie Studio & Copyright Troll Claim 'Mere Possession' Of Popcorn Time Is Illegal And Could Result In A Year In Jail (82)
08:12 Vice News Employees Charged With Terrorism In Turkey... Because They Used Encryption (21)
05:58 Microsoft Retrofitting Windows 7, 8.1 With Windows 10's Privacy-Invading 'Features' (322)
02:59 Problem: Male Operators Use Surveillance Cameras For Ogling Women; Mayor's Solution: Employ Only Female Operators (20)


22:59 Wall Street Journal Scores Very Limited Win In Fight With DOJ Over Sealed Surveillance Documents (4)
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