STLR Link Roundup – November 12, 2018

SCOTUS to Decide Whether the U.S. Government Is a “Person” Who may Petition to Institute Review Proceedings Under the AIA The Supreme Court of the United States, on October 26, 2018, granted certiorari in Return Mail Inc. v. United States Postal Service, to address Question 1 of the petition: whether the U.S. government is a “person” who may petition for AIA review of issued patents without facing the estoppel consequences that apply to private parties.  Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – November 2, 2018

No Crypto ETF from BlackRock Anytime Soon, CEO Says The largest asset manager in the world, BlackRock, won’t be launching a bitcoin ETF until cryptocurrencies are seen as legitimate, according to BlackRock CEO Larry Fink. Fink does say, however, that he could see the day where there is electronic trading for crypto that could be a store of wealth. The SEC also has doubts about a bitcoin ETF, and has yet to approve any application for such Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – October 26, 2018

Pentagon Launches First Cyberoperation to Protect Elections Against Russian Interference The United States Cyber Command has begun conducting the first known overseas cyberoperation to protect American elections. The operation involves targeting Russian operatives with digital alerts, warning them against interfering with the approaching midterm elections. News of the operation comes after the White House recently lifted restrictions on Cyber Command’s ability to conduct offensive attacks. Yahoo Agrees to $50 Million Settlement for Massive Data Breaches Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – October 19, 2018

Federal Judge Approves SEC’s Settlement with Tesla CEO Elon Musk. On Tuesday, October 16, 2018, U.S. District Court Judge Alison Nathan approved Elon Musk and Tesla’s securities fraud settlement with the SEC. As part of the settlement, Musk and Tesla will each pay $20 million in civil penalties. Musk must also step down as chairman of the board within 45 days for at least 3 years. The SEC sued Musk on September 27, 2018 alleging Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – October 12, 2018

President Trump Signs Landmark Audio Streaming Bill Into Law On October 11th, President Trump signed the Music Modernization Act (MMA), along with two companion bills into law. The MMA and its companion bills should make it easier for artists to get paid by allowing artists to receive royalties from songs written prior to 1972, creating a single music licensing database, and making the legal process easier for artists to receive royalties. It also guarantees producers and Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup-April 21, 2018

California Federal Judge Certifies Privacy Class Action Lawsuit Against Facebook  On Monday, Judge Donato of the Northern District of California certified a class action suit against Facebook under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). The class is comprised of all Illinois Facebook users for whom Facebook created and stored a face template after June 7, 2011, through Facebook’s “Tag Suggestions” program. Through “Tag Suggestions,” Facebook scans uploaded photographs, identifies faces in photographs, and then Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – April 13, 2018

Oracle and Google Dispute Has Implications for Copyright Law On March 27, 2018, the United States Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit handed down a decision in a suit between Oracle and Google. The three judge panel overruled a jury verdict from the United States District Court for the Northern District of California which found that Google had a fair use defense to their unauthorized use of Oracle’s Java application programming interface packages (API Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – April 7, 2018

Technology Stocks Lose Billions Amid Fears of Increased Regulation and Trade Wars The so-called FAANG stocks – Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, and Google parent Alphabet – continued to fall this week amid growing fears of increased regulation, trade wars, and social backlash. Since the Nasdaq Composite’s March 12 peak, the FAANG stocks have lost a total of $397 billion. FAANG stocks are the five most popular tech stocks in the market and are frequently grouped Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – March 31, 2018

AI Accountability A driverless car operated by Uber recently killed a pedestrian when the test driver failed to intervene.  Last week, a person was also killed while Tesla’s autopilot was active. Questions of accountability as driverless cars become more prevalent have rocked the autonomous vehicle community, however the dangers associated with them may be overstated, especially compared to the safety of human drivers. Several ideas have been proposed throughout the years, however it’s possible that Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – March 18, 2018

NY State Village, Plattsburgh, Becomes the First Town to Ban Bitcoin Mining Plattsburgh, a city in upstate New York, has been a hotbed of Bitcoin mining activity because of its access to low cost electricity. The profitability of Bitcoin mining is largely a function of electricity costs. Plattsburgh has one of the lowest electricity rates in the United States. The country-wide average rate is 10 cents per kilowatt-hour. In Plattsburgh, residents pay 4.5 cents and Continue Reading →