Link Round-Up: 25th November, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving to all readers! Concerns Over Cybersecurity Hacking and cybersecurity have been high profile issues of late but especially this week, with a report that Hilary Clinton’s electoral defeat may have been the work of hackers. Deeper analyses of these claims suggest otherwise, however. Unfortunately, not all cybersecurity concerns are groundless: the U.S. Navy has confirmed that hackers gained access to sensitive personal information, including Social Security numbers, of over 130 thousand current and Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – November 18, 2016

Following Election, Facebook Faces Fake News Problem Following the conclusion of last week’s election, Facebook has faced significant media backlash regarding its role in facilitating the propagation of false information leading up to the election. What initially started as an internal conversation amongst senior executives of the firm quickly spread to various news outlets. The media outcry prompted an immediate response from Mark Zuckerberg, in which he claimed: “of all the content on Facebook, more Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – November 11, 2016

Top Climate Change Skeptic to Lead EPA Transition President-Elect Donald Trump has reportedly selected Myron Ebell to oversee the transition efforts at the Environmental Protection Agency. Ebell is the director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based libertarian/conservative think tank. An outspoken denier of manmade climate change and critic of environmental regulatory measures, Ebell has, for example, called the EPA’s Clean Power Plan an “obviously illegal” executive abuse over states and supported Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – October 21, 2016

Widespread Website Outages Caused by a DDoS Attack Internet users, particularly on the East Coast, experienced problems accessing many of their favorite websites on the morning of October 21. A distributed denial of service (“DDos”) attack of unknown origin crippled the services of DNS provider Dyn. Commentators expressed concerns that the attacks were a troubling sign of things to come. At the time of this writing, the source of the attacks is unknown. Some experts 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 →

STLR Link Roundup – April 12, 2016

Oracle v. Google: We Agree Not To Snoop On Jurors Litigators routinely use the online and social media lives of potential jurors to their advantage during jury selection. But as Oracle and Google prepare to face off in the latest round of their ongoing $9.3 billion IP infringement battle, the judge in the case has offered the two Silicon Valley giants a choice: consent to a ban on searching the online lives of the jury Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup–March 25, 2016

Update on Apple & the FBI The case between Apple and the FBI has been getting a lot of attention lately, but things might be coming to an end soon. As everyone likely knows, this case has been about the FBI trying to compel Apple to help unlock an iPhone that was used by someone who murdered 14 and wounded 22 people in San Bernardino. On March 21st the Federal Bureau of Investigation filed a Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – March 25, 2016

FBI Finds an Outside Party That May Be Able to Hack the iPhone The California District Court has vacated the hearing set for the Apple iPhone case that was set for March 22, 2016 after the FBI’s request. As detailed in the memo filed by the FBI, they have found an outside party that may be able to unlock the iPhone in question. If this is successful, the FBI would not need Apple’s assistance in Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – March 25, 2016

Supreme Court Will Now Hear Apple v. Samsung Patent Case The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday (March 21) agreed to hear part of the patent case between Apple and Samsung. The Court will consider Samsung’s argument that the damages for infringing a design patent should be based on an assessment of the significance of the design to the overall value of a product. Currently, courts award full value of a product. However, the court refused to Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup — March 11th, 2016

Google uses Geolocation to Implement Right to Be Forgotten Ruling Google will use IP address data and other geolocation signals to determine whether a Google Search user is located in Europe. If so, Google will delist search results covered by the European Court of Justice’s “Right to be Forgotten” rulings. Peter Fleischer, Global Privacy Counsel at Google, released a blog post on a company blog on March 4th, detailing some specifics of the implementation. Previously, Continue Reading →