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

09:24 T-Mobile's Getting Into Cable TV, Where Its Opposition To Net Neutrality May Come Back To Bite It (23)
06:27 DOJ Wants Protesters & Reporter Convicted For 'Hiding Behind The First Amendment' (102)
03:23 It Looks Like The FBI Thought About Prosecuting FOIA Requesters After Influx Of Automated Requests (8)

Thursday

19:22 Suburban Express, Which Sued Over Online Reviews Claiming It Had Racist Drivers, Cheerfully Sends Out Racist Advertisement (38)
15:28 NBA2K18 Is Removing User Made Content From The Game Over IP Infringement, Refuses Refunds To Anyone Who Bought It (13)
13:24 Florida Public Officials Face Criminal Charges For Dodging Public Records Laws (24)
11:53 Two Separate Studies Show That The Vast Majority Of People Who Said They Support Ajit Pai's Plan... Were Fake (64)
10:37 NY Attorney General Finds 2 Million Fake FCC Net Neutrality Comments (26)
10:32 Daily Deal: CrossOver 17 (2)
09:31 Why Must The FCC Insult Everyone's Intelligence By Misrepresenting Broadband Investment? (71)
06:40 Leaked E-mail Shows Even The FCC's Own CTO Thinks Gutting Net Neutrality Harms The Public (51)
03:33 Australian Government Wants To Punish Whistleblowers And Journalists Who Leak Classified Documents With Up To 20 Years In Prison (17)

Wednesday

19:55 If You Are Going To Worry About Bitcoin's Energy Consumption, Worry About Server Farms Too -- For More Than One Reason (26)
15:41 Comic Con Verdict: Salt Lake Comic Con Loses The Battle, Now Seeks To Win The War (31)
13:41 FCC Boss Claims Net Neutrality Hurts Small ISPs, But The FCC's Own Data Proves Otherwise (18)
11:58 Deputies Involved In 62,000 Criminal Cases Shown To Be Liars, Frauds, Domestic Abusers, And Sexual Predators (23)
10:46 Smart Handgun Safe Not Smart Enough Not To Let Basically Anyone Break Into It (58)
10:41 Daily Deal: Storyist For Mac (0)
09:24 Bogus Wiretap Charges Brought Against Man Who Recorded Cops Costs NH Taxpayers $275,000 (28)
06:30 After Investigating Itself, CenturyLink Proclaims There's Just No Way It Committed Billing Fraud (17)
03:29 UK Drug Lab Misconduct Calls 10,000 Convictions And Prosecutions Into Question (22)

Tuesday

19:40 Hospitality Industry Group Pushes Back On Portland's Attempt To Trademark Bully A Local Brewery (9)
15:40 It Was Twenty(-odd) Years Ago Today When The Internet Looked Much Different Than It Does Now (45)
13:30 Techdirt Podcast Episode 147: Games That Tell Stories (1)
11:59 No, The FTC Won't Save You Once Net Neutrality Rules Are Killed (76)
10:45 Court Tosses Cop's Attempt To Sue Twitter And Facebook For Someone Killing Cops In Texas (10)
10:40 Daily Deal: eLearnExcel + eLearnOffice (0)
09:31 Canadian Supreme Court Says Privacy Protections Apply To Sent Text Messages Obtained From The Recipient (6)
06:29 The Folks That Built The Internet Tell The FCC It Has No Idea How The Internet Works (89)
03:23 Google Publishes Another Batch Of National Security Letters, Updates Its Transparency Report (5)
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