Is Big Brother Listening? And Other Concerns.

What is Google Home? On November 4th, Google released Google Home, a smart speaker and entertainment hub, and competitor to Amazon’s Echo. Users can ask Google Home questions typically asked of a search engine (e.g., how long to boil an egg) or request actions typically enacted on a smartphone (e.g., setting a timer or calendar reminder). The more a user engages with one of these smart hubs, the more user data the device and its servers Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – October 7, 2016

Online Gambling Lawsuit Dismissed in Ninth Circuit A federal judge dismissed a putative class action against defendant Valve for allegedly facilitating unlawful gambling through its multi-billion dollar online gaming platform. Valve powers gambling sites through which users bet on game outcomes using “trade bots” to trade “skins,” cosmetic items in the game-world that translate into real-world value. The court decided plaintiffs failed to meet the RICO standing requirement because gambling losses are insufficient injury. Critics believe plaintiffs will appeal. The Continue Reading →